Brexit

British food standards need to be held as a benchmark for the UK's negotiations post Brexit, said Batters

Industry presses for standards retention post-Brexit

By Gwen Ridler

Pressure on Government to safeguard the UK food and drink supply chain post-Brexit continues to increase, as industry bodies urged negotiators not to sacrifice jobs and standards in pursuit of trade deals outside the EU.

Concerns have been raised about the impact of the Uk shellfish sector

UK shellfish will suffer “disproportionately” under Brexit

By Michelle Perrett

Brexit uncertainty and delays at the border will mean the shellfish sector suffers “disproportionately”, according to Luke Pollard, Labour (Co-operative) MP for Plymouth Sutton and Devonport and shadow environment secretary.

Fishing will not be part of EU trade deal

Fishing will not be part of EU trade deal

By Michelle Perrett

George Eustice, secretary of state for the Department for Environment, Food and Rural Affairs (DEFRA), has dismissed claims that fishing will be used as a bargaining chip in the UK’s trade agreement with the EU.

Staff shortages and the demand for vegan products were just two of the challenges facing food manufacturers in 2020

Challenges and trends for food and drink in 2020

By Gwen Ridler

The availability of seasonal staff, increasing cost pressures and the rise of veganism are all key challenges that will shape the future of food and drink in the UK, according to Regency Purchasing Group.

the loss of frictionless trade with the EU could see prices rise and a loss of availability, claimed the BRC

Food prices to rise with Brexit border friction

By Gwen Ridler

The UK will be at risk of higher food prices, reduced supply of short shelf-life goods and a lack of choice as a result of border friction with the EU, according to the British Retail Consortium (BRC).

George Eustice takes top role at Defra

George Eustice takes top role at Defra

By Michelle Perrett

Prime Minister Boris Johnson’s controversial cabinet reshuffle saw some new changes affect the food and manufacturing sectors.

Tariff increases on Scotch whisky threaten any future trade deals with the US

Whisky tariffs threaten future trade with US

By Gwen Ridler

Further tariffs on Scotch whisky by the US could threaten future trade negotiations with the superpower after the UK’s split with the EU, workers union GMB has warned.

Trade deals, dairy worries and stockpiling are hot topics in this Brexit round-up

The Brexit effect: the latest food industry news

By Gwen Ridler

Calls to fast-track deals with China and the US, concerns for the future of dairy trade with the EU and the impact of the UK’s exit from the EU on cold storage stockpiling all feature in this round-up of food industry Brexit news.

Jack Hamilton talked to Food Manufacture about what lies ahead for the comapny

Mash Direct marching toward growth in 2020

By Gwen Ridler

Growth in 2019, the rise of veganism and “import substitution” are all key to supporting growth for Mash Direct in 2020, according to chief executive Jack Hamilton.

Don't miss your chance to have your voice heard in our State of the Nation survey

Last chance to contribute to industry research

By Rod Addy

Senior industry personnel have less than a week to make their voice heard and outline their business’ expectations, aims and activities in 2020 in Food Manufacture’s exclusive State of the Nation survey.

Despite the uncertain political and economical climate, UK food manufacturing still continues to grow

UK manufacturing thrives in uncertain climate

By Gwen Ridler

The UK food and drink manufacturing sector continues to buck the curve and report growth, despite the threat of an uncertain political and economic climate, according to a new report.

Food Manufacture's Business Leaders' Forum is held every January and takes the form of a morning's debate on key industry topics

Business leaders prepare for industry summit

By Rod Addy

Food industry leaders are preparing for Food Manufacture’s Business Leaders’ Forum on 21 January, with a packed programme set to address key issues and frame the agenda for 2020.

The Conservative party won 43.6% of the vote, translating into 364 seats, while the Labour Party won 32.2%, giving it 203 seats

Industry responds to election result

By Rod Addy

The Food and Drink Federation (FDF) congratulated Conservative Prime Minister Boris Johnson on his victory as General Election results on Friday 13 December showed the Tories had won by a comfortable margin.

Principal issues affecting the firm going forward also included the ramifications of Brexit, livestock availability and prices, turbulent sales, animal health and foreign currency exposure

JW Galloway investment pays off despite Brexit challenges

By Dan Colombini

Scottish beef producer JW Galloway has reaped the rewards from new plant and equipment investment despite Brexit-induced challenges over the past year, as the firm demonstrated growth in its recent results.

The Business Leaders' Forum offers excellent networking opportunities and is held according to Chatham House rules

Business Leaders' Forum to feature exclusive research

By Rod Addy

Food Manufacture's Business Leaders' Forum will feature the results of an exclusive survey of industry bosses on a range of hot topics in the industry, including Brexit and environmental concerns.

BFF chairman Nigel Broadhurst called for a swift end to the uncertainty surrounding Brexit, whatever the outcome of the general election

Frozen food body calls for end to Brexit ‘black cloud’

By Dan Colombini

The British Frozen Food Federation (BFFF) has called for a quick solution to the “black cloud” of Brexit uncertainty, which is impacting the work the industry has achieved in reducing its carbon footprint and other key areas.

The UK market remains good value for investors despite Brexit and the upcoming general election

UK food M&A market ‘attractive’ despite Brexit uncertainty

By Dan Colombini

The UK food market remains “very attractive” after two major UK manufacturing M&A deals, involving Bakkavor and Valeo Foods, topped the list of industry activity in September, with the sector totalling £615.66m in value.

Geoff Eaton is to chair next year’s Business Leaders’ Forum

Business Leaders’ Forum

Geoff Eaton to chair Business Leaders’ Forum

By Rod Addy

Geoff Eaton, New England Seafood International chairman and chairman of the judges for the Food Manufacture Excellence Awards, is to chair Food Manufacture’s Business Leaders’ Forum on 21 January next year.

The NFU announced last week that it would write to the Department for Environment, Food and Rural Affairs (Defra), calling for an urgent investigation to safeguard the long-term prosperity of the industry.

NFU forced to delay Defra milk review proposals

By Dan Colombini

The National Farmers Union (NFU) has delayed its call for a review into profitability in the liquid milk sector, following the announcement of the general election.

Under a no-deal or unless smooth export terms are included in a deal, customs and tariff arrangements would lead to the scrappage of vast quantities of NI dairy products

No-deal impact on NI dairy sparks environmental woes

By Dan Colombini

Significant environmental concerns linked to the impact of a ‘no-deal’ on the Northern Ireland (NI) dairy sector have been raised after the EU agreed an extension to Brexit negotiations.

The two sides have been debating the legal text of a deal, but the agreement will still need the approval of both the UK and European parliaments.

Food industry cautious on Brexit deal

By Dan Colombini

Food firms have welcomed an apparent deal between the Government and the EU, but experts and opposition MPs have warned that the industry’s worries are far from over at this early stage.

The Government has assured food manufacturers that there will be no shortage of supplies or drops in standards

Brexit preparedness report ‘utterly worthless’

By Dan Colombini

Sections of the food manufacturing industry have warned the Government that a no-deal Brexit will “destroy” many businesses, with experts slamming the recent Preparedness Campaign.

Many firms have begun to stockpile goods in the wake of Brexit

Brexit stockpiling raises safety concerns

By Dan Colombini

Food firms must be prepared for rising costs and stockpiling complications following the post-Brexit HMRC impact assessment for the movement of goods, experts have warned.

Defra claims that under no circumstances will the UK lower its food standards

Defra defends post-Brexit UK food standards

By Dan Colombini

The Department for Environment, Food and Rural Affairs (Defra) has vowed to maintain food hygiene, following concerns that the UK would lower standards to match the US amid Brexit negotiations.

Unions have hit out at the US president's plans to apply 25% tariffs to Scotch whisky

GMB slams Trump post-Brexit whisky tariffs

By Dan Colombini

Trade union GMB Scotland has hit out at US president Donald Trump’s intention to apply 25% tariffs on Scotch whisky as part of any future trade deals, with Brexit on the horizon.

The Welsh Government is warning food and drink businesses to prepare for a number of challenges

Welsh firms urged to prepare for Brexit deadline

By Noli Dinkovski

Food and drink businesses in Wales should plan for the 31 October Brexit deadline regardless of whether they export to the EU or not, according to the Welsh Government.

Major disruption is expected at the Irish border if a no-deal Brexit goes ahead, warned experts

No-deal chaos to hit Irish border

By Gwen Ridler

Severe disruption will hit food manufacturers in Northern Ireland (NI) and the Republic of Ireland (ROI) if the UK crashes out of the EU without a deal on 31 October, according to food policy experts.

Chlorine washing is used to disinfect chicken in the US

Academics raise post-Brexit chlorinated chicken fears

By Noli Dinkovski

The Government has been accused of trying to “soften up” the public for lower food standards post-Brexit after one of its chief scientific advisers claimed imports of chlorinated chicken and beef reared with artificial hormones should be decided by “consumer...

Placing higher tariffs on food that doesn't meet UK standards will help deter them from entering the country

Government to use tariffs to maintain food standards

By Gwen Ridler

The UK will have systems in place to prevent food that does not meet high standards from entering the country in the event of a no-deal Brexit, according to the Secretary of State for Environment, Food and Rural Affairs.

The rise in recruitment for regulatory roles has been sparked by consumer demand for more transparency

Regulatory compliance feature

Keen to comply: the rise in regulatory recruitment

By Gwen Ridler

Despite the growing threat posed by Brexit, the recent rise in recruitment for food manufacture regulatory compliance roles is down to other pressures.

Boris Johnson has been named the new leader of the Conservative party and the UK's new prime minister. Image from the Foreign and Commonwealth Office shared under a Creative Commons 2.0 license

FDF urges new PM to avoid no-deal Brexit

By Gwen Ridler

Food and Drink Federation chief executive Ian Wright has urged new Prime Minister Boris Johnson to steer away from a no-deal Brexit, or risk “destroying” the industry.