Our aim is to implement Dynamic Food Procurement in every region of the UK.

A Transformative Force for Good

Dynamic Food Procurement uses innovative technology to create an open digital marketplace that enables shorter, more transparent food supply chains which will deliver significant social, economic and environmental benefits for everyone. 

Improved food supply chain transparency created by Dynamic Food Procurement is crucial in order to make the informed choices needed to address real issues within every region of the country.

The sad reality is that, today, such transparency does not exist. Previously, the government has spent £2.4 Billion on food and catering in the UK every year, without knowing how and where that money was being spent.

 

DPUK is changing that by supporting Anchor Institutions - like local authorities, schools, hospitals, prisons and the Armed Services -  to form buying organisations capable of dynamic food procurement. This means the public sector is becoming part of the solution when it comes to delivering positive regional economic, social and environmental outcomes through the food we eat. More transparent food supply chains into local anchor institutions can help enable informed decisions around issues of climate change, biodiversity loss, food insecurity, poverty and diet-related disease.

Proven to work

The pilot of Dynamic Food Procurement in Bath and North East Somerset successfully delivered more than three million meals into the region’s primary schools reducing both financial and environmental costs associated with the contract. In Bridgwater, £10 million a year is spent at Hinkley Point Power Station through dynamic food procurement. These pilots allowed SME producers to access a market previously difficult to penetrate, and resulted in both environmental and financial cost reductions. As a result, the National Food Strategy published in 2021 recommends UK wide implementation of Dynamic Food Procurement.

Widely Supported

Supporters of the Dynamic Food Procurement model include The National Food Strategy, The National Farmers Union, the Soil Association, Sustain, The Sustainable Food Trust and Sustainable Food Places. These organisations support DPUK Food, hear them talk about the benefits they have seen at our launch event here.

In late 2020 a government inquiry led by the EFRA committee called for the immediate application of Dynamic Food Procurement across the UK consistent with the Bath and North East Somerset pilot - let’s take action together.

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DPUK Food is supporting the national take up of a dynamic food procurement model to drive positive change for the environment, the economy and public health.