Food Security

Over 8 million people are ‘too poor to eat’ in the UK.

Behind the full-looking shelves in your local supermarket lies a tight, efficient just-in-time supply chain, and across that chain is a key workforce.

Our skilled #FoodHeroes work incredibly hard to put safe, wholesome, and affordable food on every table across the nation.

Households in the UK must have access to affordable, nutritious food that is produced safely and to the highest of standards.

British poultry production and supply is renowned for its world- leading standards. We are proud to feed the nation quality food that is affordable and readily available for all.

A dignified food system means that everyone has access to the same choice of safe, wholesome, and nutritious produce; if something disrupts the system, there is a risk of creating a two-tier food system based on affluence.

Must Read Article: Shortage of non-UK labour to jeopardise British food supply

Food security is a global issue, but for many people in the UK, it is a very immediate concern.


of annual meat consumption in Britain is poultry.

Poultry as part of the solution.

Latest Food Security Articles from the BPC:

What do we value?
What do we value?

Off the back of this year’s EPIC Conference, I’ve been thinking about what ‘poultry in a sustainable supply chain’ really means in practice. In a world facing environmental catastrophe and big inequalities across the board, with the scaffolding of civic space eroding,...

Our response to “The True Cost of Cheap Chicken”
Our response to “The True Cost of Cheap Chicken”

Viewing the industry feeding the nation through a single-interest lens demonstrates an incredible lack of knowledge about what we do and why we do it. Following this article in The Telegraph we thought it right to make sure that the voice of the industry is heard,...


“We must keep food moving through fair and resilient trade to put food on every table across the country, create good jobs and enhance our food security. If not, we risk the accessibility of British food and British business viability here in the UK.”


of our imports and exports are traded with the EU?

Secure & Transparent Supply Chains

The UK is not self-sufficient in food production; it imports 48% of the total food consumed and the proportion is rising. Therefore, as a food-trading nation, the UK relies on both imports and a thriving agricultural sector to feed itself and drive economic growth.

But food coming into the UK market must meet our world-leading health and safety standards of food production.

If they don’t, this would be incredibly harmful to Britain’s food security and trust in the UK food system.

British farmers have worked incredibly hard to build a food system that enhances British food values and ensures high standards of production from farm to fork.

Compromising on our high standards of animal welfare and food safety by accepting trade products that do not meet our current standards will create a 2-tier food system, in which only the affluent can afford to eat British food grown to British standards.


It isn’t about what others do; it’s about what we do, and what we do really well.

British standards of production are world-class. Trade deals with countries where the food production standards aren’t as rigorous as ours means that this sort of lower quality food is brought into the British market at a low price point.

British farmers have worked incredibly hard to build a food system that enhances British food values and standards. If food produced to lower standards is allowed to enter the British market, it creates a 2-tier food system, in which only the affluent can afford to eat British food grown to British standards.

Packed - Whole British Chicken

72 %

Are uncomfortable eating chlorinated chicken. (WHICH? Survey)


Use of Chlorine banned from the UK/EU to protect production standards.

£ 2.70 /kg

Average price of a whole chicken in the UK.

0.01 mg

Maximum residue level set by EU of chlorate/kg of food.
Packed - Whole USA Chicken

21 %

US consumers pay 21% less for a kg of meat than UK consumers. (ASI 2015).


US repealed legislation requiring labelling of meat (hatched, reared, slaughtered.)


National legislation covering farm animal welfare.

82 %

Averse to lowering standards for a US deal. ‘Coming Home to Roost’ Respublica 2018.

Access to Skills & Talent

To continue feeding the nation their favourite meat, poultry meat businesses need access to sufficient labour. Our sector has grown significantly beyond the UK labour availability in the areas we operate (where the unemployment rate remains very low).

It is more important now than ever to adopt policies that enable businesses to drive productivity, create good jobs and strengthen food security in a thriving independent UK

BPC Food Heroes

We want to offer a platform for young people who are or aspire to be ‘Food Heroes’ to become our Young Ambassadors for the sector they are shaping. Read More on Food Heroes in our #CreatingGoodJobs section.

Logo #CreatingGoodJobs

50 %

Poultry makes up 50% of the meat consumed in the UK each year, produced by essential #FoodHeroes across the supply chain.


Industry has about 7,000 vacancies that need to be filled with non-UK workers each year.

British Standards

It all comes back to standards!

The British poultry industry, and the wider food sector, has a social responsibility to feed – and to feed people well. British food means:

  • A secure supply.
  • Knowing where our food comes from.
  • Standards that everyone can trust.
British food standards are world-leading.

Food imports coming out of new trade deals must reflect British standards or we risk undermining the high standards of welfare farmers & food producers have built over the years.

If we allow cheap, lower quality imports of food into the UK market, we create a two-tier system in which only the able can afford to access high quality British food produced to the highest standards.

“Purpose of food production is to feed people.”
Richard Griffiths

Chief Executive

Feeding the Nation

British Food at the heart of Public Procurement

Public procurement is the procurement of goods, services and works on behalf of a public authority, such as a government agency.

Public procurement covers all the purchasing of goods all government departments like the Department of Health (NHS), the Department of Education, the care sector, the Ministry of Defence, and HM Prison Service.

As producers of the most consumed meat in Britain, we recognise the importance of all people having access to safe, affordable, and nutritious food.

British food producers have worked hard to build a food system that ensures world-leading standards.

It is vital that we serve high quality food within the public sector to support British farmers, British food producers, British businesses, and British standards.

“Social eating is where our opportunity truly lies. We need a set of foundation standards, under regular review and improvement, that everyone can agree are good today.”
Richard Griffiths

Chief Executive

“If we have a system that provides high quality food to those whom we have a responsibility to feed then it is also a system of standards that will work for everyone else.”
Richard Griffiths

Chief Executive