Brexit Debate

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.

Shore Capital's Clive Black doesn't see a worst-case scenario for M&A activity after Brexit

Business Leaders' Forum

No worst-case scenario for mergers and acquisitions

By James Ridler

Mergers and acquisitions (M&A) in the UK food and drink industry will continue, regardless of the outcome of Brexit, with the potential of the economy accelerating should a deal be agreed before 29 March, according to Shore Capital head of research...

Mondelēz is renting trucks and warehouse space to facilitate stockpiling

Mondelēz confirms stockpiling in UK

By James Ridler

Confectionery and snacks giant Mondelēz has joined the number of food and drink manufacturers stockpiling goods and raw materials to buffer itself from a worst-case scenario of a no-deal Brexit.

Greencore has set in motion its plans to cope with a no-deal Brexit

Greencore plans for no-deal Brexit

By James Ridler

Convenience foods manufacturer Greencore is working with its customers to manage supply chain disruption in the worst-case scenario of a no-deal Brexit.

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Business Leaders' Forum

Coveney: ‘take no-deal Brexit action now’

By James Ridler

With the threat of the UK crashing out of the EU, Greencore chief executive Patrick Coveney has urged food and drink manufacturers to act on no-deal Brexit scenario contingency plans.

A no-deal Brexit would disrupt the flow of food imports into the UK and raise prices, retailers have claimed

Retailers press Government to avoid no-deal Brexit

By Rod Addy

The bosses of grocery retailers including Sainsbury’s, Asda, Waitrose and McDonald’s have voiced concerns about the “significant risks to maintaining the choice, quality and durability of food” posed by a no-deal Brexit.

Clothier attended Food Manufacture's Business Leader's Forum on 22 January

Wyke Farms to double capacity of Bruton factory

By Rod Addy

Wyke Farms is doubling capacity at its Bruton plant in Somerset, having secured planning permission for the move as part of a five-year plan to maintain the business' strong growth.

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Business Leaders’ Forum

M&A activity resilient to Brexit

By James Ridler

Mergers and acquisitions (M&A) activity in the UK food and drink industry will continue despite the outcome of Brexit, according to Shore Capital head of research Clive Black.

The UK meat industry could lose access to labour in a no-deal Brexit

EU labour risk for UK’s meat trade

By Aidan Fortune

The head of one of the largest food processing trade bodies has repeated his warning on the damage a no-deal Brexit could have on the meat industry, particularly in terms of labour.