Next week marks the start of what we believe is one of the biggest (and best!) events in the UK calendar – British Food Fortnight. From the 22ndSeptember until 7thOctober, the UK will be celebrating British produce and the sectors that work tirelessly to produce it, including the dairy industry. Whilst the event is a great excuse to indulge in some truly excellent, locally sourced food, we thought we’d recap the purpose behind British Food Fortnight and how we can all support the dairy industry both during the event and afterwards.
British Food Fortnight was launched in 2002 by a company called Love British Food following the foot-and-mouth crisis which cost the agricultural and tourism industries £8bn. In an effort to rebuild the food industry and support the nation’s farmers after a difficult year, Love British Food launched the campaign and coincided it with the annual UK harvest festival. Now in its 16thyear, the campaign has gained significant traction and is supported by thousands of producers, retailers, caterers and schools across the country. Although the agricultural sector is now better equipped for such disease outbreaks amongst their herds, they are still faced with challenges that British Food Fortnight aims to help overcome.
Today, globalisation is a trend within today’s society; in the UK, we regularly import and consume food and drink from across the world. Generally, this is a low-cost system but as a result, it has caused a decline in the number of British producers over the years. However, as an increasing number of UK consumers become aware of the negative side effects of importation, campaigns to #BuyBritish are increasing. Campaigners highlight how importations affect our local farmers financially, contribute to climate change and eliminates our stunning countryside and all its green space. With strict vegan diet trends also on the rise, there is a great need for those with an all-inclusive diet to support the British sourcing of food.
By backing British, the country’s farmers are able to generate a better income, the UK’s carbon footprint is reduced, and our countryside is kept looking, well, exactly like countryside should do! Of course, consumers benefit too; think about it – almost all of the nation’s favourite foods contain an ingredient that can be sourced from the British farming system, from the milk in your favourite chocolate bar to the vegetables and meat that make up your weekly roast dinner. Through buying your shopping from the local farmers markets, to purchasing Red Tractor assured products, and educating family and friends on the above reasons and the health reasons for consuming meat and dairy, you can help support British not only this coming fortnight, but for the foreseeable future.
Here at Meadow Foods, we’re equally as committed to supporting British food and that’s why we source all our milk from British farms. Through the hard work of our employees, 650 partner farmers and many customers, we hope that we can continue to grow our product portfolio and offer an even greater number of delicious British produced dairy treats!
To celebrate British Food Fortnight and the farmers that we work so closely with, we’re giving away a Meadow Foods hamper made up of our dairy products. To be in with a chance of winning, head over to our Twitter page and see our pinned tweet.