Trade

Legislation ending exports of livestock for slaughter and fattening receives Royal Assent. Credit: Getty/Miguel Perfectti

News

UK law ends live animal exports

By Bethan Grylls

The Animal Welfare (Livestock Exports) Act has received Royal Assent and mandates that animals are slaughtered domestically.

Is drought in the Panama Canal flooding your supply chain with risk? Credit: Getty/35007

Legal Brief

Navigating business risks in face of the Panama Canal drought

By Matt Taylor and Nikki Hussey

Matt Taylor, partner at Eversheds Sutherland, and Nikki Hussey, senior associate at the firm, look at how the Panama Canal drought has caused disruption to UK food and drink producers and the benefits to testing your legal position.

Arla's Lockerbie site (pictured) has been promised £34 million's worth of a £300+ investment

News

Arla to invest more than £300m into UK sites

By Bethan Grylls

On the day of the Farm to Fork Summit, the dairy giant has said it will be injecting money into four of its sites across the UK, in addition to its previously announced plans for its Taw Valley site.

UK-made seaside treat on rocky ground from 'cheap' imports posing as locally produced goods. Credit: Stanton & Novelty

News

British rock candy faces extinction

By Bethan Grylls

Ten Blackpool-based confectionery manufacturers have come together to urge UK Government to grant rock origin protection status after ‘cheap, imitation imports’ place their businesses at risk.

Mintec breaks down the latest changes in confectionery ingredients prices. Image: Getty, fcafotodigital

Exclusive report

Confectionery ingredients price report

By Gwen Ridler

In this exclusive report for Food Manufacture, Mintec explores the changes in confectionery ingredients prices over the past year.

(L-R) Founder Andy Selch and NPD manager Colette Warren

News

SRSLY ditches the high street to focus on exports

By Gwen Ridler

Low-carb bread and ready meals firm SRSLY is pivoting away from the UK high street to prioritise direct to consumer and export markets after failing to drum up interest in physical stores.

Lawyer Mark Jones predicts what will happen this year following farming protests in the UK. Credit: Getty/NLshop

Legal Brief

Farmergeddon!

By Mark Jones

With tractor strikes in the streets, does UK fresh produce matter to the UK Government? Mark Jones, food and drink lawyer and partner at law firm, Gordons LLP, explores.

The world is facing simultaneous maritime disruptions, with crucial trade waterways impacted. Credit: Getty/PeterHermesFurian

Short read

F&B industry outlook: from war to inflation

By Bethan Grylls

We are in a period of considerable instability fuelled by political, economic and environmental challenges – Food Manufacture’s latest webinar gathered four experts to take stock on what’s been happening. Here’s the highlights…

We mustn't forget our most important trading partner, says the FDF. Credit: Getty/Studio1222

News

UK import and export trade snapshot

By Bethan Grylls

The trade report from the Food and Drink Federation (FDF), which assessed the period between January and December 2023, warns that new trade barrier rules could reverse export growth.

Welsh Lamb EU exports sees healthy year-on-year rises, but will new regulatory red tape put UK sheep exports at risk? Credit: Getty/Henry Arden

News

Welsh Lamb exports booming

By Bethan Grylls

Exports of Welsh Lamb and other sheep meats have grown again, whilst beef exports continue to recover.

Shipping costs have seen drastic price increases amid Red Sea attacks. Credit: Getty/djtrener

News

How to ride the wave in a permacrisis

By Bethan Grylls

Food Manufacture’s upcoming webinar brings together expert panel to provide overview of UK economy and geopolitical climate, as they strive to help food producers minimise disruption in volatile times.

Beef, carrots and salad crops among the foods that could see higher price tags attached. Credit: Getty/LauriPatterson

Short read

5 foods affected by supply shocks

By Bethan Grylls

While inflation may be easing, the supply chain remains sensitive to shocks, with several food commodities likely to see continued shortages and higher prices than the years before the permacrisis era.

Every single banana bought at Sainsbury’s will now contribute towards paying thousands of workers a fairer wage

News

Sainsbury’s paying premium for bananas

By Bethan Grylls

The supermarket has invested in living wages for workers of its best-selling fruit – the banana – three years ahead of a wider industry commitment.

Don't miss our webinar, exploring technologies for improving your supply chain traceability. Credit: Getty/sitox

News

Technology to improve your traceability

By Bethan Grylls

Register for our exclusive webinar which looks at existing and emerging technology to enhance your supply chain traceability, whilst taking you back to basics as our experts explore several case studies, options and the important questions to ask before...

The new border rules could cause a major fresh fruit fiasco. Credit: Getty/Studio1222

Short read

BTOM breakdown: Your checklist for 31 January

By Bethan Grylls

This Wednesday 31 January 2024 will see the UK roll out the first stage of its new border rules – here’s what you need to know and why so businesses are worried...

The Corporate Sustainability Due Diligence Directive will significantly change the way companies approach ESG. Credit: Getty/MTStock Studio

Short read

How the Due Diligence Directive will impact food and drink producers

By Bethan Grylls

Last December saw the informal agreement from EU Parliament and Council negotiators on new corporative sustainability rules, but what does this mean for food and drink manufacturers and suppliers and their current way of approaching ESG?

How prepared are you for the changes coming to UK borders? Credit: Getty/PCH-Vector

Opinion

New UK border controls may cause anarchy

By Andrew Thurston

Long-awaited changes to border controls on the import of animals, food and flowers from the EU into the UK may cause significant disruption to trade if suppliers in the EU are not sufficiently prepared. Andrew Thurston, customs duty lead for MHA explores.

2023 was a highly volatile year for the global commodities market and 2024 will see further disruption. Getty/CharlieAJA

News

Sugar, oil and gold likely to see price hikes in 2024

By Bethan Grylls

The Smart Cube’s senior commodity specialist examines the fluctuating commodity market and how things are shaping up this year, as he warns oil, gold and sugar costs are set to rise.

The big Food Manufacture trends report 2024

Feature

The biggest food and drink trends of 2024

By Bethan Grylls

From flavours of the moment, to the importance of health and functionality, to the impact of an unstable world – Food Manufacture unpicks the major trends and drivers for food and beverage producers in 2024.

As 2024 looms, our editor highlights several key moments of 2023. Credit: Getty/smshoot

Long read

7 big moments of 2023 for food and drink

By Bethan Grylls

As we usher in the new year, Bethan Grylls takes a look back over the course of 2023 and flags seven key moments for the food and drink industry.

Addy: 'The reality is that UK food has a great deal to commend it'

We need to talk about...

The UK's approach to trade

By Rod Addy

Despite a rich cultural history, the UK remains reluctant to shout the praises of its strong food and drink industry. Provision Trade Federation (PTF) director general Rod Addy explores Britain’s attitude to food and how it has impacted trade, security...

UK cheese exporters to Canada likely to see losses, says PTF's Rod Addy

We need to talk about…

UK cheese exports to Canada: Not looking so 'grate'

By Rod Addy

UK cheese producers exporting to Canada face losing millions of pounds and are already taking a hit during post-Brexit bilateral negotiations to establish a Free Trade Agreement (FTA) with the country.

Being in control of your export plan is the key to successful expansion. Credit: Getty/thitivong

Opinion

Are you driving your exports or are they driving you?

By Nicola Thomas

Nicola Thomas, director of the Food and Drink Exporters Association (FDEA), explains why a successful export drive stems from a plan based on your internal goals and capabilities, rather than so-called external ‘opportunities’ which arise.

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