Brexit Debate

The Government has outlined the tariffs that will be applied should there be a no-deal Brexit situation

Tariff timeline slammed by food industry

By Aidan Fortune

Details of the tariffs that are to be applied to food and drink products in the event of a no-deal Brexit situation have been criticised by the industry.

The best outcome would be continued tariff-free and frictionless trade between the UK and the EU

Trade body counters calls for import tariff cut

By Rod Addy

The Food and Drink Federation (FDF) has stressed the importance of two-way tariff-free trade after Brexit, in contrast to one consumer group advocating unilateral abolition of UK import tariffs.

EU law states a food business must provide information on 14 specific allergens

Food Standards Agency defends allergen stance

By Rod Addy

The Food Standards Agency (FSA) has rejected claims it should require foodservice firms to print full allergen labelling on packaged foods displayed to consumers under allergen labelling guidelines.

The UK and the US are currently at odds over differing food standards including poultry production

US-UK food standards war breaks out

By Aidan Fortune

The Government has been warned against a “race to the bottom” in food standards, following the US ambassador’s suggestion that the UK embrace practices such as chlorine-washed chicken.

The FDF repeated calls to Government to avoid a no-deal Brexit

Tariffs impact every part of the food chain

By James Ridler

Imposing tariffs on food post-Brexit could start a chain reaction that would be felt by every member of the food and drink industry, according to the Food and Drink Federation (FDF).

Gove is speaking to colleagues in Government about delaying consultations involving departments other than DEFRA

More called for as Gove delays food consultations

By Rod Addy

The Food and Drink Federation (FDF) has welcomed the extension of deadlines pledged by environment secretary Michael Gove on some food industry consultations amid Brexit chaos, but believes others may also have to be delayed.

Manufacturing output fell to a 15-month low in January

Manufacturing output dips to 15-month low

By James Ridler

Output in the manufacturing sector, including food and drink businesses, has plunged to its lowest level in 15 months, according to business advisor BDO.

More than half of businesses said they were stockpiling to weather Brexit

Business leaders' Forum

Brexit top of industry agenda

By Aidan Fortune

Brexit was on everyone’s mind at the Food Manufacture Business Leaders’ Forum. Taking place in London last month and sponsored by legal firm DWF, the event saw representatives from the UK’s top food and drink businesses gather to discuss the challenges...

Products of animal origin will be able to display the EC identification mark for a transitional period

‘No control’ on export labelling rules post-Brexit: Defra

By Noli Dinkovski

The Government is aiming “wherever possible” to allow a transition period for food labelling changes if the UK leaves the EU without a deal on 29 March – but warned it had “no control” over how changes will be enforced overseas for exporters.

FoodDrinkEurope has called for better contingency plans to safeguard the agri-food chain

FoodDrinkEurope urges Brexit contingency planning

By James Ridler

FoodDrinkEurope (FDE), the manufacturers’ organisation for the European food and drink industry, has urged companies on both sides of the Channel to prepare for a no-deal Brexit scenario.

Labour shortages could push manufacturers to look to automation to fill the skills gap

Business Leaders' Forum

Labour shortages create opportunity

By James Ridler

The shrinking EU labour pool threatened by Brexit could pose opportunities for food manufacturers to look at automation and other cost-saving methods to fill the skills gap, according to law firm DWF’s head of food Dominic Watkins.

Food and drink firms feel the negative impact of Brexit worse, reports Creditsafe

Brexit negatively impacts food and drink

By James Ridler

Food and drink manufacturers have reported more negative impact from Brexit than any other business sector in the UK, according to a new report.

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