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Capilano Honey produces Manuka honey where the bees have foraged on the flowers of Leptospermum tree

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Five Australian foods coming to the UK

By Will Downey

Will Downey, Senior Business Development Manager at The Australian Trade and Investment Commission (Austrade) in the UK discusses the nutritional benefits of new Australian products set to enter the UK market following the Free Trade Agreement.

A trade mission to India hope to boost UK food and drink exports

India trade mission targets £500bn export market

By Gwen Ridler

A group of 12 manufacturers embarked on a trade mission to India last month, in a bid to secure exports to the country’s food and drink sector, forecast to grow to £500bn by 2020.

EFRA chair Neil Parish calls for funding

Trade groups: Brexit report underlines our fears

By Michelle Perrett

Trade groups have backed a report on Brexit from the Environment, Food and Rural Affairs (EFRA) committee that warns of a potentially “significant impact” on UK agriculture and the knock-on impact on consumers.

Total food and drink exports hit £22bn in 2017

Dairy, salmon, whisky and pork export wins in 2017

By Gwen Ridler & Rod Addy

Dairy, salmon and pork exports soared in 2017 following the Brexit vote, helping to add £2bn to overseas food and drink sales compared with 2016, according to figures released by the government.

Food manufacturers need to become more transparent, urged Milan Shah

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Shah: Food manufacturers must become more transparent

By Gwen Ridler

Food manufacturers need to become more transparent and willing to share data with other companies to boost the authenticity of the supply chain, the boss of a leading ingredients importer has urged.

Environment secretary Michael Gove would support the imposition of tariffs on imports of food and drink post Brexit

Food tariffs if Brexit ends up on WTO terms

By Michelle Perrett

The government would support the imposition of tariffs on imports of food and drink post Brexit to protect UK producers, despite it increasing prices for consumers, environment secretary Michael Gove revealed to MPs last month.

The Food and Drink Federation urged the government to confirm a Brexit transitional period

Brexit transitional period needed, urges FDF

By Gwen Ridler

Brexit could cost thousands of food and drink industry jobs, force businesses to downsize and block supply chains, if the government does not agree a post-Brexit transitional period in the lead up to it, warned the Food and Drink Federation (FDF).

Price: the EU knows how important the food and drink sector is

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Post-Brexit trade deals will be agreed, says former minister

By Rick Pendrous

The UK will go on to achieve a successful trading deal with the EU now that a last-minute deal to move on to the next phase of the Brexit negotiations has been struck, because it is in the interests of both parties to do so, former minister of state at...

The new trade with China opens the way for pig producers  to ‘capitalise on a significant global market’, said chef vet Robert Huey

Northern Ireland pork producers start exports to China

By Mike Stones

Pork producers in Northern Ireland have today (November 24) started exports to China, as part of a nationwide deal, first revealed in August, which is expected to generate £200M and support 1,500 jobs.

Sir Ivan Rogers told the NFU forum: “There’s no amicable no deal.”

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Sir Ivan Rogers: ‘No Brexit deal would be a very bad deal’

By Mike Stones

Failing to strike a trade deal with the EU before Brexit would be “a very bad deal indeed” for the UK food and farming industry, former top civil servant Sir Ivan Rogers told a forum organised by the National Farmers Union (NFU) on Monday (November 20).

Food manufacturers need to analyse the supply chains before Brexit

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Contingency plans needed to mitigate Brexit risks

By Rick Pendrous

Food manufacturers and retailers in the UK need to start preparing their contingency plans for a ‘hard’ Brexit – in which no deal is agreed with the EU – in order to mitigate the risks they face, warns a leading supply chain expert.

Sonny Perdue pictured with his boss US President Donald Trump

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US farm boss says US/UK ‘in dating phase’ over trade

By Mike Stones

The US and the UK are currently in “the dating phase” over agreeing a trade deal, which should not take long, US agriculture secretary Sonny Perdue has exclusively told the Food Manufacture Group.

Prime Minister Theresa May has set out plans for a two-year Brexit transition period, in which the terms of trade should remain unchanged

Food industry welcomes PM’s transition period plan

By Michael Stones

The food and drink industry has welcomed Prime Minister Theresa May’s plan for a two-year transition period, in which the terms of trade should remain unchanged, to ease Britain’s exit from the EU.

Eleven SMEs embarked on a food and drink trade mission to China

Manufacturers embark on China trade mission

By Matt Atherton

Food and drink manufacturers are joining a trade mission to the “prime market” of China to meet distributors and buyers, in a bid to boost exports.

Beef, Pork and Lamb exports grew in the first half of this year

UK meat exports break £500M in value

By Gwen Ridler

Exports of UK beef, lamb and pork were worth more than £500M in the first half of this year, up 18% year-on-year, according to the Her Majesty’s Revenue and Customs (HMRC).

Government must protect existing export opportunities and help open up new ones

Food exports: ‘government must do more to help’

By Noli Dinkovski

The UK is “open for business” with the rest of the world, but government needs to do more to promote food and drink exports before and after Brexit, a senior figure at the Department for International Trade (DIT) has suggested.

Southern Salads entered administration with almost 260 job cuts

Brexit vote forces salad firm to close: 250+ job losses

By Matt Atherton

Salad supplier Southern Salads has entered administration and “all but a handful” of its 260 workers have lost their jobs, after the value of sterling plummeted following the Brexit vote.

Fears have risen that a ‘frictionless’ trade deal post-Brexit will not happen

‘Frictionless trade’ guarantees sought in Brexit talks

By Rick Pendrous

The future of food trade between the UK and EU and fears about the lowering of food safety standards if a bilateral deal is struck with the US, took centre stage over the past month, as Brexit negotiations began.

Households face 'considerable and unpredictable' food price changes

Food prices ‘could increase after Brexit’

By Matt Atherton

Brexit could have a “substantial impact” on food prices, according to research from the Institute for Fiscal Studies (IFS), as manufacturers’ costs increase due to sterling devaluation.

Welsh SMEs were given access to a £1.6M exporting programme

Welsh SMEs given access to £1.6M export scheme

By Helen Gilbert

Small and medium-sized (SME) food businesses in Wales looking to break into global markets can now access a €1.8M (£1.6M) programme aimed at increasing competitiveness, the Welsh government has announced.

Boosting food and drink exports is the aim of our one-day conference on October 5

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Exports conference: still time for early-bird ticket

By Michael Stones

There is still time to buy early-bird tickets for the Food Manufacture Group’s exports conference – to take place at Ardencote Manor, Warwickshire on Thursday October 5 – ahead of the deadline (July 31).

Hebridean Sea Salt has entered liquidation after losing contracts in the aftermath of an FSS investigation

Liquidators appointed at salt firm

By Gwen Ridler

Liquidators have been appointed at Hebridean Sea Salt, after the business ran into difficulties following a Food Standards Scotland (FSS) investigation earlier this year.

Gove: ‘Provenance matters because our future does not lie in a pile it high sell it cheap race to the bottom’

Provenance key to food exports, claims Michael Gove

By Rick Pendrous

The provenance of UK-produced food would underpin the government’s global export strategy as the nation moves towards Brexit, Michael Gove claimed in one of his first outings as the new environment secretary.

Beware a shotgun trade deal that compromises UK standards, warns Barry Gardiner

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Food firms should beware a ‘shotgun US trade deal’

By Michael Stones

Food and drink manufacturers should beware the threats of “shotgun trade deals” with the US and other trading partners, warned Barry Gardiner, shadow secretary of state for international trade.

Calls to remain inside the Single Market until Brexit are mounting

Business and Labour back Single Market access calls

By Matt Atherton

The Confederation of British Industry’s (CBI’s) calls to remain inside the EU’s Single Market and Customs Union until after Brexit have been backed by EEF, the manufacturers’ organisation, and the Labour Party.

Barry Gardiner, shadow secretary for international trade, will be part of a top line-up at the 2017 FDF Convention

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Brexit and obesity on agenda at industry convention

By Rick Pendrous

Shadow secretary for international trade Barry Gardiner will lead a top line-up of speakers at the Food and Drink Federation’s (FDF’s) 2017 Convention, which takes place at the British Museum in London on July 11.

The Queen's Speech provided unanswered questions, EEF said (Flickr/Chatham House)

Queen’s Speech: answers needed to avoid ‘economic chaos’

By Matt Atherton

Manufacturers need urgent answers to key questions raised by the Queen’s Speech, in order to avoid “economic chaos”, says EEF, while the Food and Drink Federation (FDF) highlighted the importance of four key policy decisions.

Scottish food and drink exports increased 11% in the first three months of 2017

Scottish food and drink exports top £1.25bn

By Matt Atherton

Scottish food and drink exports climbed £124M to £1.25bn in the first quarter of 2017, with EU sales accounting for 70% of total exports, prompting the Scottish government to underline the importance of the EU’s 510M consumers.

The FTA called for the government to rethink pulling out of the EU Customs Union

Review plan to quit EU Customs Union, urges FTA

By Gwen Ridler

The government should review its decision to leave the EU Customs Union, urged the Freight Transport Association (FTA), after the confusion caused by last week’s general election.