Multi-million pound boost for British food industry as public sector told to buy local

The UK government has announced a new and improved food and drink buying standard, which means from 2017 central government will commit to buying local produce. Overall, up to £400 million could be spent on food and drink sourced from the UK.

Currently, government, hospitals, schools and other public sector organisations in the UK spend £1.2 billion every year on food and drink. Up to £600 million of that is spent on imported produce, meaning £400 million could be put into the economy and support farmers if food and drink is sourced locally.

The new guidelines are published in The Plan for Public Procurement by the Department for Environment, Food and Rural Affairs (Defra)

Multi-million pound boost for British food industry as public sector told to buy local.

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