The UK’s free trade agreement threatens to be a one sided deal with little benefit for British producers that risks sacrificing food security and standards, warned members of the food and drink industry.
In an effort to tackle supply chain issues, the Government backtracked on its refusal to allow 'unskilled' labour into the UK and announced a temporary visa scheme for overseas HGV drivers, poultry workers and now pork butchers. The situation...
The European Commission (EC) is offering to halve the amount of paperwork for goods exported from Great Britain (GB) to Northern Ireland (NI) and slash food, plant and animal health customs checks by 80%.
UK seafood firms could avoid costly import tariffs thanks to the free trade agreement (FTA) between Iceland, Norway, Liechtenstein and the UK, according to a report, but the deal was largely 'an exercise in damage limitation'.
The food industry's official recommendations for a National Food Strategy include doubling R&D spend, overhauling Apprenticeships, launching a skills campaign and a call for closer Government collaboration.
Reports are surfacing of substantial amounts of vegetables going to waste that would otherwise be destined for fresh produce or frozen food processors because of the lack of labour required to harvest them.
The food industry faces 'the worst skills crisis in our lifetime', according to Andrew Brodie, Avara Foods people and communications director, one of the participants in Food Manufacture's 9 September webinar tackling the issue.