UK – Kraft Heinz has joined other food and beverage manufacturers within the Food and Drink Federation (FDF) of the United Kingdom (UK).

The maker of Heinz tomato ketchup joins more than 300 other organisations representing the UK food and drink industry

The trade organisation represents food and drink manufacturers of all sizes throughout the UK including Scotland, where it’s sister organisation FDF Scotland operates.

FDF said it has seen an increase in the number of firms joining the platform, as a result of services it is offering around Brexit.

“We are thrilled to welcome Kraft Heinz into our membership.

“At this time more than ever, it is important for our industry to work together to make our value understood and our voice heard.

“We look forward to welcoming Kraft Heinz into our various member committees and forums,” said Ian Wright CBE, FDF Chief Executive.

According to FDF, UK food and drink industry accounts for 19% of the total manufacturing sector by turnover and employs over 400,000 people in the UK across 7,000 businesses.

It helps members operate well in a properly regulated marketplace to maximise their competitiveness while communicating industry’s values and concerns to government, regulators, consumers.

“Kraft Heinz is very pleased to have joined FDF’s membership.

“We recognise the valuable contribution the organisation continues to make in increasing awareness of the UK food and drink industry, which is particularly important at a time of such unprecedented uncertainty,” said Nigel Dickie, Corporate Affairs Director, Kraft Heinz.

“We look forward to working with FDF and fellow members to address the key challenges facing our industry.”

FDF recently outlined its view on the possibility of a no-Brexit deal, warning a ‘massive disruption’ to the industry if the government applies tariffs to food imports from the EU in the event of no deal.

The federation alongside UK’s bigger retailers; Asda, Marks & Spencer and Sainsbury’s warned that a no-deal Brexit would possibly threaten supply chain and food security.