What we stand for
Promoting the responsible manufacturing, sourcing, distribution, usage and disposal of foodservice packaging
The FPA brings together manufacturers and distributors of packaging used to serve and prepare food and beverages on the go with the UK’s hospitality industry. Together we raise standards with regard to packaging safety, environment and in-use performance, so helping to maintain a buoyant UK foodservice sector where foodservice operators and caterers are free to choose the packaging they want and can operate within an infrastructure that allows them to continue to flourish and improve the quality and range of their menu to the public.
Foodservice is a rapidly growing sector of the UK economy and includes hotels, restaurants, takeaways, coffee shops, mobile catering, home delivery, events, workplace and public sector catering serving over 9 billion meals per annum, employing 500,000 people across 30,000 outlets, generating well over £30 billion of revenue annually and contributing over a billion pounds annually in business rates.
The FPA, as a materially neutral and not for profit organization, provides a highly effective lobby and has overcome demands for local authority bans on particular materials, charges for a levy on foodservice operators to pay for the cost of dealing with litter and an exemption to bag charge legislation in Scotland and England for foodservice items that are not fully sealed. We have also been at the forefront of the movement towards reducing food waste, getting the packaging supply chain to work together on litter and increasing recycling, raising the issue of illegal packaging entering the EU, providing opposition to proposals to introduce deposit return schemes on packaging and in getting government to recognise the value of foodservice packaging in enabling an industry and in its role in protecting food. The FPA also forms part of the packaging stakeholder group consulting with government on reforms to the EU Packaging Waste Directive trying to ensure that reforms do not place further financial and administrative demands upon businesses.
Becoming a member of the FPA provides you with a regular flow of information on issues that impact directly on manufacturers and distributors as well as their customers and the public consuming food on the go. It also raises your profile and provides a number of networking opportunities with your fellow members all of whom are signatories to a Code of Practice and operate within the spirit of this code. As a FPA member your business will take full advantage of range of benefits.