Food and drink supply chain insurance specialist NFU Mutual has joined The Federation of Bakers.

The business, which works with some of the biggest bakeries in the UK, said it was becoming an associate member of the federation to get closer to important industry matters, help raise standards across the industry and better support its clients.

The Federation of Bakers has nine member companies running 33 bakeries across the UK.

NFU Mutual describes itself as having “more than a century of history in insuring the farming community as the UK’s largest rural insurer and a proven track record of working with some of the largest bakery manufacturers and retailers in the UK”.

Its subsidiary Risk Management Services helps bakery clients manage health and safety by providing risk-based gap analysis and practical observation of compliance against regulatory requirements. It also uses expert legal partners to work through real-life food safety scenarios.

“We are delighted to welcome NFU Mutual as a new associate member, and hope to support them as they continue to grow their business,” said Federation of Bakers director Gordon Polson.

In addition to NFU Mutual, the current Federation of Bakers associate members are: AAK (UK), AB Mauri UK and Ireland, ADM Milling, Baker Perkins, British Bakels, Buhler, CCFRA, Cereform, CSM (UK), Edme, Energy Management LLP, GB Ingredients, Kaak Group, Kwik Lok, Lesaffre Group, Puratos, Spooner Industries, Taste Tech, Zeelandia and Zeppelin Systems.