The Craft Guild of Chefs (CGC) has announced it is to merge with the Food Development Association (FDA) to 'create a wider reaching new superpower for food and drink ambassadors'.
The merger is expected to give both organisations, who have worked together before, more campaigning power on issues related to food and drink and will enable CGC members to participate in training and study days in food development and network with FDA members.
CGC chairman Nick Vadis said a permanent joining would give greater power to both organisations and help bring both sectors together. "It will help us lobby government on issues close to members’ hearts, for example. A spokesman for the whole food and drink industry, if you like, as opposed to just elements of it," he said.
The FDA calls itself an authoritative source for culinary and technical information for foodservice businesses, manufacturers and retailers to enhance their services, products and menus.
Under the merger, which comes into force today, The CGC said it would honour all existing FDA memberships and extend them with no extra charge until February 2010.