The HMRC should do more to educate small firms on the intricacies of pay laws, according to Ananda Foods and Image on Food

HMRC ‘demonises’ small firms who underpay staff

By James Ridler

Her Majesty’s Revenue and Customs (HMRC) should do more to educate small and medium-sized businesses on staff payment regulations, instead of “demonising them” for underpayment.

The Government’s Brexit white paper was published on Thursday (12 July)

Brexit free-trade paper met with mixed response

By James Ridler

The UK Government’s white paper, proposing a free-trade area for goods to create frictionless trade post-Brexit, has been met with mixed responses from across the food and drink industry.

The Chequers agreement also involved the proposal to treat UK and EU borders as combined customs territory

FDF backs Chequers ‘soft’ Brexit agreement

By Rod Addy

The Food and Drink Federation (FDF) was “greatly encouraged” by the Cabinet agreement on a ‘soft’ Brexit struck at Chequers on 6 July, urging a swift resolution from the UK and EU27.

More time seems to be needed to secure a EU-UK trade deal post-Brexit, warned Creed

Minister: Brexit trade talk extension looks advisable

By Rod Addy

Clinching an EU-UK trade deal by the original working deadline of October is now “a highly challenging timescale” and an extension looks advisable, according to Irish minister for agriculture, food and the marine Michael Creed.

Manufacturers must now pay at least 18p extra per unit for soft drinks containing 5g or more of added sugar

MPs back sugar tax hike as obesity plan unfolds

By Rod Addy

Political appetite to increase ‘sugar tax’ on soft drinks and extend the levy to other products is growing, a Populus survey seen exclusively by Food Manufacture has revealed.

HSE: “tragic and wholly avoidable incident”

Bakkavor fined £176k after food tray death

By Rod Addy

Bakkavor has been fined £176,000 after an employee was killed at its Caledonian Produce site in Bridgeness, Scotland as a result of being struck by empty food trays.

Fedima has urged producers to avoid ‘free-from’ claims on their food

Fedima: avoid ‘free-from’ claims

By Rod Addy

Free-from claims need careful consideration under allergen labelling regulations and should ideally be avoided, the European trade body representing bakery, confectionery and patisserie suppliers has advised.

Suppliers are kept waiting 50 days for payment, claimed Moore Stephens

Payment terms tough for suppliers

By Rod Addy

Food suppliers are being kept waiting for payment by the top supermarkets, with a maximum delay 50 days, Duncan Swift, partner and head of Moore Stephens’ food advisory group has claimed.

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