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US farm boss says US/UK ‘in dating phase’ over trade

By Mike Stones

The US and the UK are currently in “the dating phase” over agreeing a trade deal, which should not take long, US agriculture secretary Sonny Perdue has exclusively told the Food Manufacture Group.

FDF boss Ian Wright sought reassurances from the government over whether EU migrants could remain after Brexit

FDF boss calls for reassurance on EU migrant workers

By James Ridler

The Food and Drink Federation (FDF) has repeated calls for the government to confirm whether EU workers will be allowed to remain after Brexit, following the fifth round of Brexit talks in Brussels.

FDF director general Ian Wright highlighted three key challenges for food manufacturers after Brexit

FDF boss highlights three challenges of Brexit

By James Ridler

Food and drink manufacturers would face three key challenges after Brexit, warned the Food and Drink Federation’s (FDF’s) director general Ian Wright, speaking at the Processing and Packaging Machinery Trade Association show 2017.

Labour leader Jeremy Corbyn told conference Labour was ‘on the threshold of power’. Photo credit: Chatham House

Labour conference draws mixed response

By Michael Stones

The Labour Party conference in Brighton this week drew a mixed response from food manufacturing and business leaders, with plans for a new industrial strategy drawing praise but criticism of business finding less favour.

Prime Minister Theresa May has set out plans for a two-year Brexit transition period, in which the terms of trade should remain unchanged

Food industry welcomes PM’s transition period plan

By Michael Stones

The food and drink industry has welcomed Prime Minister Theresa May’s plan for a two-year transition period, in which the terms of trade should remain unchanged, to ease Britain’s exit from the EU.

Workers' productivity fell last year, resulting in 5% less revenue per worker

Food manufacturers lose £400M as productivity falls

By Matt Atherton

Falling productivity cost food and drink producers an extra £400M in labour costs last year, a report has revealed, as manufacturers are urged to make strategic changes ahead of more challenging market conditions.

Food and drink manufacturers’ competitveness is being stifled by unaddressed policy challenges: FoodDrinkEurope

Euro food firms warn on ‘renationalising food policy’

By Michael Stones

The European Commission (EC) should resist the renationalisation of food policies, such as country of origin labelling measures, urges euro food and drink manufacturers’ representative FoodDrinkEurope.

Tulip has agreed to buy pig producer Easey Holdings

Tulip agrees deal to buy pig producer

By Matt Atherton

Meat processor Tulip has agreed a deal to buy pig producer Easey Holdings, after this website exclusively revealed the firm’s plans to invest up to £70M in acquisitions, equipment and product innovation.

ABF's profits will be well ahead of last year

ABF buys vinegar firm as weak sterling boosts profits

By Matt Atherton

Associated British Foods’s (ABF’s) adjusted operating profit will be boosted by currency fluctations, it reported in its pre-close trading update, while it revealed the acquisition of an Italian vinegar manufacturer.

Pie-maker Tom Martin is under pressure from Brexit-related meat price hikes

Pie-maker suffers Brexit meat price hike

By Noli Dinovski

A West Yorkshire butcher and pie-maker has claimed the knock-on effect of the Brexit vote on meat prices is posing a “serious threat” to his business, even though he only sources locally.

Exports have grown, but manufacturers have little confidence in the UK’s economy

Exports rise as confidence in UK economy drops

By James Ridler

Manufacturers’ exports have continued to rise over the past year, according to a survey conducted by the EEF, the manufacturers’ organisation and business advice firm BDO, while their confidence in the UK’s economy sinks lower.