Brexit Debate

Scotland's food manufacturers expect the sector to boom

Scottish food and drink sector to create 14,000 jobs

By Matt Atherton

Scotland’s food and drink manufacturers expect to boost turnover by an average of 24% over the next five years, and to create 14,000 new jobs, according to a survey by the Bank of Scotland.

The FTA said the blockade would cause other traffic to come to a stand still

FTA warns of violence after Calais blockade

By Matt Atherton

Today’s blockade of the main motorway into Calais has made drivers a sitting target, warned the Freight Transport Association (FTA), whose membership includes lorry drivers of food and drink manufacturers.

Manufacturing sector rebounds after Brexit

Manufacturing sector ‘rebounds’ after Brexit

By Matt Atherton

The manufacturing sector achieved record 25-year growth last month, after the steep downturn following the EU referendum, according to the Markit/ Chartered Institute of Procurement & Supply purchasing managers’ index (PMI).

UK exports rise after 2015 dip

FDF first-half results show 9% rise in UK exports

By Matt Atherton

The value of food and non-alcoholic drink exports rose by 8.7%, up by £528.3M over the past 12 months to £6.6bn, compared with the previous year, according to the Food and Drink Federation (FDF).

Production costs continue to rise for manufacturers

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Which sector saw highest costs since the Brexit vote?

By Matt Atherton

The cost of manufacturing food and drink products has risen 4.3% over the past 12 months across all sectors, according to latest data from the Office for National Statistics (ONS).

Non-UK nationals working in Britain rose by 88,900 in the months before the EU referendum

Number of EU workers surge pre-referendum

By James Ridler

The number of EU workers in the UK rose by almost 90,000 in the run up to the EU referendum, according to new figures released by the Office of National Statistics (ONS).

The CPRE was accused of not thinking about food security in its New model farming paper

UK farming report slammed by National Farmers Union

By James Ridler

Policy pressure group Campaign to Protect Rural England (CPRE) was criticised for not considering food security in its paper, ‘New model farming: resilience through diversity’, according to the National Farmers Union (NFU).

British staff wages could go down after Brexit

Manufacturers will struggle to replace EU staff post-Brexit

By Matt Atherton

Food manufacturers face a “particularly challenging” time following the Brexit vote, as nearly 40% of the industry’s workforce are migrants and the overall damage to the economy is likely to reduce staff wages.

A review hygiene regulations is likely to be sparked by Brexit

Brexit will drive review of hygiene regulations

By Noli Dinkovski

A skills shortage and the impact of Brexit are the two main challenges facing the food industry, the newly appointed chairman of the Society of Food Hygiene & Technology (SOFHT) has claimed.

The FDF boss predicted a detailed plan for Brexit will be in place by October

Expect Brexit timeline by October, says FDF boss

By Noli Dinkovski

The boss of the Food and Drink Federation (FDF) believes the Conservative government will set out a timetable for the UK’s exit from the EU at the time of its party conference, which takes place from October 2–5.

 Rick Pendrous: UK food researchers could miss out on EU projects

UK food researchers miss out on EU projects

By Rick Pendrous

Andrea Leadsom, the former Conservative contender for prime minister, had her first official outing as environment secretary last month at the launch of the Industry Approved Apprenticeship Programmes from the National Skills Academy for Food and Drink.

Paul Wilkinson: Brexit will deliver 'unique opportunities'

Brexit is ‘unique opportunity’ for food and drink

By Michael Stones

Brexit will deliver “unique opportunities” for British food and drink manufacturers to boost exports, while allowing the industry to develop unfettered by the chains of EU red tape.