Prime Minister Theresa May praised the food and drink wholesale sector for its contribution to the economy as the industry gathered for the FWD Gold Medal Awards in London last night.
In a letter to the 750 guests, Mrs May said: “You play a vital role in our food supply chain, taking food and drink to where it is needed throughout Britain. You are a key contributor to the UK economy, employing thousands of people and supporting millions more through the food industry.”
“I am proud to be able to add my voice congratulating the incredible achievements of those who have worked so tirelessly over the past year.”
The Prime Minister also praised FWD for its “long-standing and positive” relationship with Government and its support on food supply resilience.
FWD Chairman Martin Williams told guests it was great to see that the Government valued wholesalers’ role so highly. “FWD has got the whole industry talking to each other, and through our representative work in Westminster, we’ve made sure that Government hears our voices,” he said.
Williams, whose term in office comes to an end in December, said he was “proud and humbled” to have been given the opportunity to contribute to the Federation’s 98-year history as Chairman since 2013.
“After almost a century of co-operation and communication, we are still here today, always looking for ways to improve, work better and innovate together,” he added.
Look out for extensive coverage of the FWD Gold Medals 2016 in the December issue of Wholesale News.