Regulation

A Heinz Beanz ad has been banned for a second time by the ASA

Heinz TV ad banned for a second time

By James Ridler

A TV ad for Heinz Beanz has been banned for a second time by watchdogs, after breaching rules for health claims in food advertising.

A no-deal Brexit could threaten the UK's food security, according to policy experts

Food security threatened by no-deal Brexit

By James Ridler

The Government is at risk of threatening the security of food in the UK if it doesn’t factor the agri-food industry in Brexit negotiations, according to a new report from food policy specialists.

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.