Brexit

Left to right: Robin Hancox, managing director of FreshLinc, and Mike Parr, managing director of PML

Details of Spalding Border Control Post outlined

By Gwen Ridler

Details of an approved Border Control Post (BCP) at Spalding – furthering Government plans for ten such inland sites to support post-Brexit food import checks – have been revealed by perishable cargo specialist PML.

Smith: 'There are significant costs involved in sponsoring employees and complex rules'

Legal opinion

Brexit and UK immigration and employment law

By Charlotte Smith

After the UK Immigration Act received Royal Assent, what are the upcoming changes to the UK’s immigration system and employment laws?

The Agriculture Act replaces the EU subsidy scheme for farmers with one encouraging eco-friendly aims

Farmers welcome Agriculture Bill becoming law

By Rod Addy

Farmers have welcomed the Agriculture Bill passing into UK law, gaining Royal Assent after more than 100 hours of debate in parliament, claiming the Government has listened to food standards concerns.

The NPA is calling for more urgency and engagement from Government 'before it is too late'

Pork producers on Brexit: 'time is running short'

By Rod Addy

A long list of questions about exports to the EU from 1 January 2021 remain unanswered, according to producer body the National Pig Association (NPA), which is calling for 'more urgency' from Government.

Businesses said the climate of uncertainty was hampering investment to tackle climate change

Brexit and COVID-19 hindering green projects

By Rod Addy

Food industry environmental initiatives are being hampered by the financial impact of COVID-19 and uncertainties surrounding the UK's relationship with the EU after the Brexit transition period, according to an industry survey.

The extension of the Trade and Agriculture Commission has been cautiously welcomed by UK trade bodies

Commission will stay to safeguard food standards

By Gwen Ridler

Trade bodies have cautiously welcomed the Government’s decision that the existence of the Trade and Agriculture Commission will continue, but have stressed industry involvement is needed in any future trade deals.

Rodda's says the new GI scheme would strengthen the global status of its Cornish clotted cream

Food firms back British GI labelling scheme

By Rod Addy

Processors including Rodda's Creamery and Anglesey Sea Salt have welcomed the British Geographical Indications (GI) scheme launched by the Government to help safeguard provenance and replace the EU system post-Brexit.

Government warns businesses to prepare for Brexit before it's too late

Government: firms ‘should act now on Brexit’

By Gwen Ridler

The Government has outlined actions that will need to be implemented by businesses before 2021, whether the UK ends up with a Canadian or Australian style deal with the EU.

Brexit could lead to disruption along the Irish border, according to a consortium of UK unions

Trade unions unite to oppose no-deal Brexit

By Gwen Ridler

Trade unions have united to urge the Government to do ‘whatever it takes’ to secure a trade deal with the EU to save jobs and prevent a schism along the Irish border.

Parish: 'The Government also needs to increase support for redistribution of surplus food to those who need it most.'

Government lacks preparation in face of COVID-19, Brexit

By Gwen Ridler

The Government stands accused of being unprepared for Brexit and a second wave of the novel coronavirus by a parliamentary committee report as new lockdown regulations threaten to force suppliers to cease operations.

The Government's plan to introduce 10 inland border sites could be too little, too late, according to Scala

Brexit inland border sites branded ‘last-minute’

By Gwen Ridler

Government plans for up to ten additional inland border sites to cope with Brexit congestion and border checks are ‘extremely last-minute and desperate’, according to supply and logistics specialist Scala.

OVs will have to sign EHCs for all consignments of products of animal origin exported to EU from 1 January 2021

'Chronic' vet shortage threatens meat and dairy exports

By Rod Addy

Meat and dairy exports to the EU remain threatened by the lack of vets needed to implement food safety checks and sign export health certificates (EHCs), claims the British Veterinary Association (BVA).

Peers in the House of Lords have voted for the amendments

Lords back food standards amendment in Agriculture Bill

By Michelle Perrett

The House of Lords has voted on two amendments to the Agriculture Bill that would mean that imported foods would have to meets domestic standards and the role of the Trade and Agriculture Commission would be strengthened.

Eustice said granting of third party status should be a

BREXIT: EU remains ‘intransigent’ over trade deal

By Michelle Perrett

The EU remains ‘intransigent’ on issues such as fisheries and is using the granting of third country status for animal products as a negotiating tactic, George Eustice, secretary of state for the Department for Environment, Food and Rural Affairs (EFRA)...

It’s never been more important to ensure your business is as fit as possible

The perfect storm is here: are you ready?

By Rod Addy

Food firms facing the perfect storm as the end of Brexit transition period looms, Christmas approaches and the UK tackles continued coronavirus restrictions should register for free for Food Manufacture’s 20 October webinar.

The end of the Brexit transition period on 31 December is likely to disrupt trade, experts claim

Brexit: customs staff, exports and red tape fears

By Rod Addy

Freight and customs representatives fear a lack of customs personnel and significant obstacles surrounding exports and red tape will lead to disruption at the end of the Brexit transition period.

NFU president Minette Batters wants MPs to be able to scrutinise trade deals

NFU wants MPs’ input on trade deals

By Michelle Perrett

The National Farmers Union (NFU) is urging ministers to give Parliament a say on how future trade deals will impact British food and farming.

The food and drinks chiefs will advise Liz Truss

Food and drink industry bosses join trade advisory group

By Michelle Perrett

Food industry bosses including Adam Couch, chief executive of meat processor Cranswick, have been confirmed as members of the new trade advisory group (TAG) advising International Trade Secretary Liz Truss.

MPs listened to concerns about the proposals for immigration

Agriculture and food face immigration labour hit

By Michelle Perrett

The Government’s proposed immigration policy is “simply not fit for the future of agriculture”, Tom Bradshaw, vice president of the National Farmers Union (NFU), has told MPs.

Spencer: 'Hundreds of thousands of tonnes of biowaste comes from coconuts'

Food Man Talks

Gluten-free waffle sandwich wins Bronze at Ecotrophelia UK

By Rod Addy & James Ridler

Jared Spencer, representing the Eco-Dive team from the University of Nottingham, which won Bronze at this year’s Ecotrophelia UK competition for CocoWaffle, a gluten-free, Dutch-inspired waffle sandwich concept, describes the group's ethnically diverse...

More than 1m people have signed the NFU's petition calling for the safeguarding of food standards post-Brexit

Food standards petition reaches 1m signatures

By Gwen Ridler

More than 1m people have signed a petition urging the Government to ensure future trade deals do not lead to an increase in imported foods that would be illegal to produce in the UK.

Government hails new global tariff regime planned from the start of 2021

Experts respond to Government's proposed tariff scheme

Brexit: UK Global Tariff positive for food industry

By Rod Addy

Brexit trade tariffs will be applied to agricultural imports from 1 January 2021 under Government proposals, potentially protecting domestic producers against cheaper import prices and lower food standards.