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The annual conference of the Farexchange Programme was held in Leeds on 6 October 2009 and urged collaboration to secure sustainable supply chains between food retailers, manufacturers and suppliers.

Secure, efficient food supply chains are vital for boosting productivity and entering new markets against a backdrop of volatile prices, a shortage of commodities caused by climate change, and a ballooning global population.

Collaboration, best practice and increasing output in a world changed by the recession featured high on the agenda at the Farexchange Yorkshire Food in a Challenging World event, supported by Yorkshire Forward, which attracted food professionals, including speakers from Northern Foods, Asda and DHL.

Sion Roberts, chief executive of English Farming and Food Partnerships (EFFP), said: ‘It will not be back to business as usual once this recession is over.

‘Only by farmers and food companies working together can we deliver the right solutions and increase output to cope with demand.’ Paula Widdowson, director of corporate responsibility at Northern Foods, and Pearce Hughes, agricultural development manager at Asda, echoed Sion Roberts’ sentiments about the importance of collaborative supply chains in the drive for growth, and the benefits they provide for everyone involved.

Paul Rhodes, operations manager at Farexchange, concluded by telling delegates that focusing on secure supply chains is crucial for the future prosperity of farmers and food companies in Yorkshire.

Yorkshire Forward

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