Fourayes MD, Phil joined the Rural Policy Panel for the April RED Talk on the subject ‘Food after BREXIT’
This RED Talk took place on Thursday 15th April 2021 and celebrated the first anniversary of the ‘Rural Economic Development’ forums. Set up at the start of the pandemic to address the issues that rural business owners, farmers and landowners are facing, the 3-weekly Zoom discussions seek interim solutions and look towards the future of the rural economy and policy for generations to come.
The round table group was chaired by Sarah Calcutt and included Mark Lumsden-Taylor, David Missen, Lousie Manning and Phil Acock. Fourayes is a third generation family owned and operated business and Phil is the third generation to run the business; Phil is MD of Fourayes and vice-chairman of British Apples and Pears.
Phil was the first speaker in the 17th RED Talk and started off by recounting a trip to the pub with colleagues to drink British beer, as restrictions on outside hospitality had been lifted only four days ago. Also, the recent Channel 4 Food Unwrapped episode, which explored Fourayes’ orchards and factory to find out why English Bramley apples are unbeatable for flavour and cooking.
On the subject of BREXIT and food, Phil focused on issues impacting Fourayes in terms of lead times, imports and paperwork, but most importantly the issue of ‘Food Security’. Listen above.