Brexit

The Trade & Agriculture Commission's recommendations are intended to boost the UK food sector's competitiveness. Credit: robertmandel

Trade & Agriculture Commission: 'we are at a crossroads'

By Rod Addy

The UK Government must maintain high food standards for imports, rewarding countries who meet them with zero tariffs, and meet consumers' ethical expectations, the newly formed Trade & Agriculture Commission (TAC) claims.

Tensions still remains between the UK and the EU, with the Brexit trade deal offering little in the way of relief for struggling exporters

Deal with EU offers ‘little relief’ to exporters

By Gwen Ridler

British Meat Processors Association trade policy adviser Peter Hardwick claims the UK’s Brexit deal offers little relief for exporters to the EU from the burden of Britain becoming a third country.

Sanderson: 'Transforming transparency into genuine traceability'

Food safety opinion

Innovation and creativity love crises and constraints

By Rick Sanderson

“Crises present us with unique conditions that allow innovators to think and move more freely to create rapid, impactful change,” as Larry Clark, managing director, Global Learning Solutions, Harvard Business Publishing once said.

Ewing: 'The taskforce must not be a talking shop, it needs to provide urgent solutions.'

Scotland taskforce urged to protect seafood industry

By Gwen Ridler

The Scottish government’s newly established seafood task force needs to take decisive action to save the industry from ‘relentless bureaucracy’ and protect jobs, urged Scotland’s fisheries minister.

Heineken is cutting 8,000 jobs worldwide

Heineken cuts hit UK jobs

By Gwen Ridler

Heineken is to slash jobs across its UK operations, as part of a larger worldwide job cuts in the wake of COVID-19 disruption.

UK meat firms could move operations to the EU if export troubles continue

Meat processors trade in EU to bypass Brexit export woes

By Gwen Ridler

UK meat businesses are considering setting up an EU base to bypass export problems, as meat processors continue to struggle to ship product to the continent, the British Meat Processors Association (BMPA) claims.

UK exports of meat and seafood have been dogged by delays; Credit: iStock Fevsiie Ryman

MPs press Eustice on Brexit meat and seafood delays

By Rod Addy

MPs have pressed food and farming minister George Eustice for details on Government aid for meat and seafood firms hit by Brexit-related border delays and launched an urgent inquiry into their impact.

Brexit-related red tape is holding up food supplies at borders. Pic: Getty Images

Brexit red tape leads to food waste worries

By Jerome Smail

Concerns over food waste have been raised within the meat and seafood industries following border delays as a result of the new UK customs system.

Siemens offered its thoughts on automation in the face of Brexit-related supply issues

Opinion

Automation a solution to 'cliff-edge' Brexit delays

By Gwen Ridler

Siemens Digital Logistics development consultant Phil Lavin and Digital Industries head of food and beverage Keith Thornhill discuss how automation technologies can be used to compensate for the delays caused by our ‘cliff-edge’ Brexit.

Seafood and pork exports continue to suffer from delays at the ports

Brexit delays continue, hitting seafood and pork

By Gwen Ridler

The Scottish seafood sector hits ‘rock bottom’ as continued delays at the ports, technology failure and an increase in bureaucracy threaten to make British export undesirable to EU customers.

Confusion over Christmas has left producers unsure about the future of trade with Northern Ireland

Brexit chaos threatens NI trade and Scottish seafood

By Gwen Ridler

Post-Brexit disruption over paperwork and procedure is hitting supplies to Northern Ireland as well as seafood exports, with the Scottish industry saying it faces a perfect storm that could cripple its international trade.

Food trade bodies have called on the Government to investigate disruption at UK ports

Trade bodies call for inquiry into ports disruption

By Gwen Ridler

Food and drink industry representatives have urged the Government to launch an inquiry into continued Brexit-related disruption at UK ports as costs mount on manufacturers already negatively hit by the COVID-19 pandemic.

With less than two weeks to go, small business are still unprepared for Brexit

Small businesses remain unprepared for Brexit

By Gwen Ridler

Almost half (45%) of small and medium-sized enterprises (SMEs) in the UK are still figuring out scenario plans relating to Brexit, according to a new report from global standards provider GS1 UK.

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.

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