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Supporting trade associations - working with Valpak is as easy as pie

Abbie Burford
Nov 02, 2021


The 16 September marked a noteworthy event in the catering industry’s calendar in the form of the Food and Drink Federation’s (FDF) annual awards evening. And it will be of no surprise to hear that celebrations were centred around good food and beverages!

For the first time since the pandemic, representatives from many of the federation’s key membership came together to celebrate achievements within the sector. This was a poignant occasion, after the FDF’s Chief Executive, Ian Wright CBE, statement: “[It’s been a] tough few years [with] the challenges of Covid, our EU Exit and – now – the extremely tight labour market.”

The Food and Drink Federation Awards

Valpak has been an Affiliate Member of the FDF since 2020 and has worked closely with the association for many years; therefore, every year Valpak representatives are invited to join in the festivities. This year myself and my manager had the honour of attending the soiree at the Royal Lancaster Hotel in London Paddington. The refreshments certainly didn’t disappoint and neither did the in-person networking opportunity, the first we had experienced since the first lockdown.

Awards up for grabs included Campaign of the Year, Exporter of the Year and a very topical Business Resilience title, Environmental Leadership and Sustainable Packaging Initiative. All winners were, of course, delighted with the accolades.

Connecting and working with various industries

The experience brought the importance of trade associations to the forefront of my mind, thanks to the unity and cooperation they facilitate, particularly in the times of uncertainty we have experienced in recent years. It is exactly these values that fuels Valpak’s passion for connecting with and working alongside such organisations, who really are the beating heart of each industry sector.

Bespoke Valpak services for trade associations

Valpak has worked with trade associations for many years and continues to partner with new ones - offering bespoke services to trade association members. For instance, expert Valpak presenters have attended various trade association events to inform members of applicable waste legislation. Valpak has also held events/webinars and one to one sessions that are exclusive to various memberships and has provided support on relevant topics via each association’s respective social channels.

Representing trade association members at Government level

In addition, Valpak is a key player in the Government advisory process on upcoming Extended Producer Responsibility, Deposit Return Scheme and Plastic Packaging Tax legislation. This means Valpak is at the forefront of negotiations and acts as a key representative for industry on behalf of its membership.

Get in touch

If any of the points mentioned above could be applicable to you and your business, please don’t hesitate to get in touch.

With special thanks to the FDF for being such warm and welcoming hosts at its awards evening.


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