Coronavirus (COVID-19)
information for the food and
consumer goods industry

As the global outbreak of Coronavirus (COVID-19) continues to escalate, IGD is regularly reviewing
official UK Government guidance and closely monitoring global developments. This site is aimed
at the entire food and consumer goods supply chain, from retailers and manufacturers to
trade associations, and provides important information for you and your business on
Coronavirus (COVID-19).

Our position on Coronavirus (COVID-19)

Susan Barratt, CEO of IGD, said: “We all understand that this is an extremely worrying time for the British public, with events around
Coronavirus (COVID-19) unfolding rapidly. Our number-one priority, at IGD and as a whole industry, is to keep feeding the nation, ensuring that everyone – including the most vulnerable members of our community – has access to the food and goods they need at this very challenging time.

“Retailers and manufacturers are making enormous efforts to keep goods flowing through the supply chain and are well used to handling large increases in demand. IGD’s role at this critical time is to provide a forum to bring the industry together, engaging with retailers, manufacturers, government and other key stakeholders, as well as providing data and shopper insight, all with the aim of helping to support and inform decision-making.

“Coronavirus (COVID-19) is expected to continue impacting us all for many months, making collaboration over the coming weeks absolutely crucial. We will continue to bring industry and government together, doing everything in our power to support the right decisions being taken at the right time, to ensure that our industry continues to provide for the British public.”

News and insight

Daily news and reports on Coronavirus (COVID-19) for the food and consumer goods industry.

Industry response

All of us who proudly grow, manufacture, supply and sell food and groceries are pulling together to feed the nation.

We’re working round the clock to make sure everyone – wherever they live and whoever they are – can get what they need.

We know some groups need extra support, and – with the government’s help - we’re working on that as fast as we can.

We’re proud and privileged to lead the 4 million colleagues up and down the UK who are working to deliver for our customers, and we thank them for all that they are doing.

But we can’t do it alone. Please help us by buying only what you need. Let’s feed the nation, together.

Anglo Beef
Processors UK

Bob Carnell

Associated British
Foods

Sarah Arrowsmith

Association of
Convenience Stores

James Lowman

Aldi
Stores

Giles Hurley

Amazon
Doug Gurr

Arla
Foods

Ash Amirahmadi

Asda
Roger Burnley

Bakkavor
Agust Gudmundsson

Bidfood
Andrew Selley

Booker
Charles Wilson

Brakes
Hugo Mahoney

British Retail
Consortium

Richard Pennycook,
Helen Dickinson

Coca-Cola
European Partners

Leendert den Hollander

Compass Group
UK & Ireland

Robin Mills

Co-op
Jo Whitfield

FareShare
Lindsay Boswell

Food and Drink
Federation

Ian Wright

Federation of
Wholesale Distributors

James Bielby

Fresh
Direct

Rajesh Tugnait

General
Mills

Ben Pearman

Greencore
Patrick Coveney

Hovis
Nish Kankiwala

Iceland
Malcolm Walker

IGD
Susan Barratt

John Lewis
Partnership

Patrick Lewis

Kraft
Heinz

Rafael Oliveira

Lidl
Christian Hartnagel

Marks and
Spencer

Steve Rowe

Morrisons
David Potts

Musgrave
Group

Noel Keeley

National Farmers
Union

Minette Batters

Nestle
Stefano Agostini

Nisa
Ken Towle

Ocado
Melanie Smith

pladis
Global

David Murray

Procter &
Gamble

Tom Moody

Premier
Foods

Alex Whitehouse

Sainsbury’s
Mike Coupe

2 Sisters
Food Group

Ranjit Singh Boparan

Sysco
Ajoy Karna

Tesco
Jason Tarry

UK
Hospitality

Kate Nicholls

Unilever
Sebastian Munden

Waitrose &
Partners

Rupert Thomas

Warburtons
Neil Campbell

Our events

These are difficult and unprecedented times. We take the health and
safety of our delegates and members extremely seriously and continue
to regularly monitor and review official guidance regarding the outbreak
of Coronavirus (COVID-19).

In the light of revised UK Government guidance issued on 16th March
regarding mass gatherings and social distancing measures, we are
currently in talks with our retail partners about our upcoming events.

We will be issuing new details about these events in the coming days,
so please continue to check igd.com/events for further information.

Government guidance

Please find here the latest GOV.UK guidance regarding Coronavirus (COVID-19)

Online resources for businesses and employers

For the latest information and advice, employers and business owners should visit guidance for
employees, employers and businesses.
Check the page regularly for updates and subscribe
to receive email alerts.

Information includes:

Citizens:

Distribution:

Employers and employees:

Hygiene and safety:

Find the updated stay-at-home guidance here. For information about the illness and symptoms
visit nhs.uk/coronavirus.

Businesses should check for daily updates at GOV.UK and subscribe to receive email alerts to
ensure they are acting on the most up to date information.

We will continue to update this section as further guidance is issued.

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