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Technical Leadership Forum

Industry Working Groups

The Technical Leadership Forum (TLF) is a group of technical directors from major retailers and manufacturers and supports IGD’s priorities.

It drives change and improvement to ensure the safety and provenance of the food we eat. It sponsors the development of young people in food science – an area where we currently have a skills deficit.

2017 areas of focus:

  • Maintains a watching brief on relevant issues such as new and emerging technologies
  • Support the delivery of a new industry-wide programme on healthy eating
  • Ongoing programme of meetings with invited guests on above priorities

Recent outcomes:

  • Ongoing sponsorship and support of food science summer school (at Newcastle University, University of Reading, University of Nottingham, University of Leeds and University of Cardiff)


  • 2 Sisters Food Group Limited
  • Arla Foods UK
  • ASDA Stores Ltd
  • Bakkavor Group
  • Brakes 
  • Coca-Cola Great Britain & Ireland
  • Compass Group PLC
  • Dairy Crest Group plc
  • Greencore Group plc
  • Kerry Group plc
  • Marks and Spencer plc
  • Moy Park Ltd
  • Premier Foods Group Plc
  • Sainsbury's
  • Tesco Stores Ltd
  • Waitrose Ltd
  • Wm Morrison Supermarkets plc

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