Caterer Vacherin has shown its support for the Great British Food Unit (GBFU), which has just been announced by Environment Secretary Elizabeth Truss.
The unit has been established to ‘turbo-charge' UK food exports and support industry growth plans, such as increasing manufactured food exports to £6b by 2020.
Vacherin is encouraging the whole food industry to get behind the initiative as it believes support for British produce should start within the UK.
At the beginning of this year Vacherin unveiled a campaign called A Greener Choice to promote dishes offering local and seasonal British fruit and vegetables. The initiative aims to reduce the amount of high greenhouse gas foods in each dish, including dairy and meat.
The GBFU has the support of chefs including Raymond Blanc, Ken Hom and Henry Dimbleby, and will work to increase food and drink exports; treble the number of apprenticeships in the food and drink industry and increase the number of Protected Food Names from 64 to 200.
Anthony Kingsley, Vacherin's lead on sustainability & CSR, said: "We are on board with Britain to be recognised as a great food nation. British food really has so much to offer, and will support both health and environmental concerns.
"Whilst Vacherin's health and sustainable sourcing focus is on locally sourced fruit and vegetables, of course our support is for a wide range of UK culinary excellence. We encourage other businesses to back great British food even more too."
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