Brexit

The PM's Windsor Framework promised little by has the potential to overdeliver for food and drink firms

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The Windsor Framework

By Rod Addy

Provision Trade Federation director general Rod Addy discusses the recently agreed Windsor Framework and its implications for the food and drink industry in his exclusive column for Food Manufacture.

Rishi Sunak has agreed a deal with the EC that could end trade barriers between Britaina and Northern Ireland

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UK agrees new Northern Ireland Brexit deal with EU

By Gwen Ridler

Prime minister Rishi Sunak has agreed a new Brexit deal for Northern Ireland with European Commission president Ursula Van der Leyen, which would see the end of restrictions on the trade of goods traveling overseas in the UK.

It may feel like we're walking the plank as a planet, but we just have to keep moving. Credit: Getty / Richard Drury

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Cracking on in the permacrisis

By Rod Addy

In his first regular column for Food Manufacture, Rod Addy of the Provision Trade Federation, explores the fragile ground we find ourselves on and provides an honest outlook of the future of food production.

Success in food manufacturing will be about adapting

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Business Leaders Forum 2023: It’s never been survival of the fittest

By Bethan Grylls

The annual, intimate Business Leaders Forum gave way to a frank and honest discussion, as leaders from the across the UK came together to highlight the many challenges food and drink manufacturers now face, the mistakes made, and what we must do now.

What challenges now face the food and drink supply chain?

Long read

Challenges and developments in the food and drink supply chain

By Gwen Ridler

With the food and drink industry under constant threat from global pressures such as the COVID-19 pandemic and the war in Ukraine, how has the supply chain managed to keep up and running and what new developments do operators need to be aware of?

The BVA has regularly highlighted the dearth of vets

Brexit export certificates cost over £26m this year

By Rod Addy

Export health certification cost over £26m from January to June this year, claims the food industry's sanitary & phytosanitary (SPS) certification working group, which wants food business operators to support e-certification trials.

Smith: 'It would be economically foolish, morally wrong and globally irresponsible to drive UK customers to buy less sustainable alternatives'

Future trade deal must not undermine Welsh meat: HCC

By Gwen Ridler

UK trade negotiators risk scoring ‘a disastrous own goal’ against the Welsh meat industry if the next round of international trade deal drive UK customers to buy less sustainable alternatives to Welsh meat, warned Meat Promotion Wales (Hybu Cig Cymru,...

The UK/New Zealand FTA would have little impact on food standards, TAC advised

Verdict in on New Zealand free trade agreement

By Gwen Ridler

The UK’s free trade agreement (FTA) with New Zealand is unlikely to impact standards but could increase workload on agencies that ensure imports comply with those standards, according to the Trade and Agriculture Commission (TAC).

Scotland accounted for the largest share of UK food and drink exports, according to the FDF

Scotland accounts for the largest share of UK food and drink exports

By Michelle Perrett

Scotland, alongside Wales and the North East of England, had the strongest recovery in response to the supply chain problems caused by Covid-19 and the new UK-EU trading relationship, according to research by the Food and Drink Federation (FDF).

The Government has U-turned on its decision to implement further restriction on EU imports

Government U-turn on border strategy: Industry reaction

By Gwen Ridler

The UK government’s U-turn on border strategy will help clear up red tape surrounding imports, but could endanger parts of the industry to potentially devastating disease risks, warned members of the food and drink industry.

The Australian and New Zealand FTAs risk undercutting UK food producers, members of the industry warned

Free Trade Agreements 'threaten UK food production'

By Gwen Ridler

The Free Trade Agreements (FTAs) with Australia and New Zealand risk significantly undercutting domestic products, endanger food standards and threaten sustainability, according to members of Scottish government and the Welsh meat processing community....

War in Ukraine will impact food prices and could potentially lead to shortages, claimed FDF CEO Karen Betts

War in Ukraine will lead to food price rises: FDF

By Gwen Ridler

Russia’s invasion of Ukraine and the subsequent sanctions, trade restrictions and supply chain disruption will lead to food price rises and the possibility of temporary shortages, according to the Food and Drink Federation (FDF).

Starkey: 'Big bus coming towards us of increased fuel prices

Business Leaders Forum interview Adam Starkey

By Gwen Ridler

The spectre of increased fuel prices is looming over the food industry and is set to disrupt consumer purchasing habits, according to Adam Starkey, managing director of public sector meals supplier Green Gourmet.

Brexit red tape cost food firms about £60m last year, with Export Health Certificates the worst offender

Brexit red tape costs food businesses £60m

By Gwen Ridler

Brexit red tape has cost food businesses £60m in 2021, as continued shortages of registered veterinarians placed pressure on an industry already stretched thin after the UK’s split from the EU.

Lamb was the only roasting cut to post year-on-year growth in the four weeks to 26 December. iStock images credit: Elio Ruscetta

DIGITAL FEATURE: LONG READ

Meat trends: from roasts and snacks to environment

By Alyson Magee

Grocery market buoyancy may be waning alongside the lifting of restrictions, but the meat category is still performing well against the pre-pandemic period.

Changes to food and drink export processes have proved to be a headache

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Freightful times for food exporters

By Lynda Searby

UK exporters will have to wait for the COVID fog to lift before they can get a clear view of the future, says Lynda Searby.

The Seasonal Workers visa scheme has been updated to run until the end of 2024

Seasonal Workers scheme extended to 2024

By Gwen Ridler

The Government has extended the Seasonal Workers visa scheme to the end of 2024 to allow foreign workers to pick edible and ornamental crops, but employers were warned this isn’t a long-term solution.

Low stocks and shipping issues could see a shortage of sushi rice in the UK

Sushi rice prices set to explode

By Gwen Ridler

The UK is set to experience a significant increase in the price of sushi rice, according to ingredients firm Eurostar Commodities.

Boparan: 'Silly to plug any gaps by using imports'

2 Sisters to add 900 workers in visa boost

By Rod Addy

2 Sisters Food Group president Ranjit Singh Boparan has praised the Government's temporary visa scheme for seasonal poultry workers, claiming it has helped source up to 900 EU workers in the run-up to Christmas.

International trade secretary Anne-Marie Trevelyan hope to promote export opportunities to UK businesses

Trade secretary launches export campaign

By Gwen Ridler

A campaign urging UK businesses to ‘sell to the world’ and explore export opportunities has been launched by the international trade secretary.

Muneer: 'Businesses need to ensure they have the necessary permissions to bring workers into the country'

Legal opinion

HGV driver, poultry worker and pork butcher visas: what we know

By Shabana Muneer

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...

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