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Representatives drew up a 10-point checklist to protect the supply chain after Brexit

Sector bodies issue government 10-point Brexit checklist

By Matt Atherton

Leading food and drink manufacturing representatives have signed an open letter to government, outlining 10 priorities that they claim are needed to protect the supply chain during the Brexit talks.

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.

Clive Black has been appointed non-executive director of Community Shop

Food surplus supermarket makes senior appointment

By Gwen Ridler

Food surplus supermarket Community Shop has appointed Shore Capital director and head of research Clive Black as a non-executive director, as it hits £1M annual turnover.

The British Poultry Council’s Reg Smith says the UK has to be more vocal on a global scale

Food Safety Conference

UK needs to be more vocal on global meat antibiotic use

By Matt Atherton

The UK’s meat sector needs to be more vocal in encouraging Asian countries to cut antibiotic use, as treatment here has significantly reduced, says the British Poultry Council’s (BPC’s) Reg Smith.

One-third of non-UK workers said  they plan to leave the UK within five years

One-third of foreign workers plan to leave UK

By Gwen Ridler

One-third of foreign workers are considering leaving the UK, with highly-skilled EU workers the most likely to leave, revealed a survey from financial consultancy Deloitte.

Scientific views on the impact of neonicotinoid pesticides is divided

Science must underpin regulation after Brexit

By Rick Pendrous

Science, rather than emotion, should underpin any future revisions to the UK’s regulatory regime governing crop production after Brexit, the head of crop protection at Rothamsted Research has warned.

Agri-food must not be a Brexit sacrificial pawn

Agri-food must not be a Brexit sacrificial pawn

By Rick Pendrous

In just a few days’ time the nation will decide who will be walking through the door of No 10 and taking charge of the Brexit negotiations with Europe – without doubt one of the biggest issues facing the UK generally and the food supply chain, more specifically,...

Food and drink exports reached record high levels in the first quarter of 2017

Food and drink exports hit record levels

By Matt Atherton

UK food and drink exports reached record high levels in the first quarter of 2017, driven by overseas sales of whisky, salmon and chocolate, the Food and Drink Federation (FDF) has revealed.

Greencore reported a 46% rise in revenue

Greencore revenue up 46.1% after food-to-go boost

By Matt Atherton

Convenience food manufacturer Greencore reported a 46.1% rise in group revenue to £1.01bn in its interim results, boosted by strong growth in its food-to-go offering, and the acquisition of US firm Peacock Foods.

Dame Fiona Kendrick has stepped down as Nestlé UK and Ireland ceo

Nestlé ceo Dame Fiona Kendrick steps down

By Matt Atherton

Dame Fiona Kendrick will stand down as ceo of Nestlé UK & Ireland, and will be replaced by current president and ceo of Nestlé Waters Italy Stefano Agostini, the manufacturer revealed yesterday (May 16).

The food and drink sector reacts to Labour leader Jeremy Corbyn's pledges (Flickr/Chatham House)

Election 2017

Food and drink sector reacts to Labour’s manifesto

By Matt Atherton

The Labour Party’s manifesto for June’s general election has been broadly welcomed by the Food and Drink Federation (FDF), while other industry responses were more mixed.

Amazon is to dedicate its Cambridge development centre to drone research

Amazon to devote site to drone research

By Gwen Ridler

Amazon is to focus development of its drone technology at its Cambridge site, while relocating other research to a new facility in the city.

Horticulture will be ‘devastated’ without a quota-based workers’ scheme

Election 2017

New government ‘must deal with labour shortages’

By Noli Dinkovski

The next UK government has been urged to address the “impending labour shortages” faced by the food industry pre- and post-Brexit, after the immigration minister claimed the problem had been overstated.

Securing the best possible Brexit deal topped the FDF's five-point manifesto

Election 2017

FDF wish list: Brexit tops five-point manifesto

By Matt Atherton

Securing the best possible Brexit deal for food and drink manufacturers tops the Food and Drink Federation’s (FDF’s) five-point manifesto, ahead of the general election on June 8.

Shadow Brexit secretary Keir Starmer said a Labour government would guarantee the right of EU nationals to remain in the UK 'on day one'

Election 2017

Labour would let EU nationals stay in the UK

By Matt Atherton

A Labour government would guarantee the rights of all non-UK EU nationals currently living in the UK to stay after Brexit, the party’s shadow Brexit secretary Keir Starmer pledged yesterday (April 25).

Whisky workers are seeking answers from EU officials over the security of their jobs, after the UK quits the EU

Whisky workers seek Brexit job reassurance

By Gwen Ridler

Whisky workers are seeking “honest answers” from EU officials in Brussels today (March 22) over the security of their jobs once the UK quits the EU.

Food manufacturers should follow Lidl’s example and buy more British food, urged the NFU

Food firms should buy more British food: NFU

By Michael Stones

Food manufacturers should buy more British food, urges the National Farmers Union (NFU), after thanking discount retailer Lidl for backing British food and farming.

Labour turnover has continued to fall year-on-year, as manufacturing workers increasingly prefer to sit tight

Labour turnover falls again – as workers sit tight

By Michael Stones

Labour turnover in the British workforce fell to 14% last year – down from 16% in the previous year, according to the latest Annual Labour Turnover data from EEF, the manufacturers’ organisation.

British Quinoa will supply several hundred tonnes of the crop annually from UK growers

Quinoa production in UK boosted by deal

By Noli Dinkovski

Quinoa production in the UK is set to increase after a domestic grower struck a deal to supply three years’ worth of crop to Lincolnshire-based pulse processor Dunns.

Young’s Seafood is targeting the lucrative US seafood market

Young’s Seafood targets US market

By Michael Stones

Young’s Seafood is planning a strong presence at the Seafood Expo North America in Boston next month – following news that the US is now the UK’s second largest export market and the largest outside Europe.

Some US food imports could prove hard to stomach, warns Professor Chris Elliott

City Food Lecture

US trade deal ‘may lead to unwanted food imports’

By Michael Stones

A US trade deal may result in Britain importing a range of food products that most consumers find unacceptable, warns Professor Chris Elliott in his City Food Lecture 2017.  

Further volatility in the pound’s value is expected with a hard ‘Brexit’

Hard Brexit could hit UK food and drink importers

By Rick Pendrous

More uncertainty will be created in the currency markets, which could hit UK food and drink importers, a foreign exchange specialist has warned, after it emerged that a ‘hard Brexit’ was more likely following Prime Minister Theresa May’s 12-point plan...

Many food manufacturers will have ‘uncomfortable conversations’ with their retail customers in the next six months, predicted Clive Black

Business Leaders’ Forum

Food price cuts may be on way as inflation returns

By Noli Dinkovski

Food manufacturers need to think strategically if they want to avoid the threat of retailers demanding price cuts as inflation returns, a leading City analyst has warned.

The NFU is lobbying government to ensure its members don’t lose out after Brexit

Business Leaders’ Forum

NFU seeks level playing field for post-Brexit

By Rick Pendrous

The National Farmers Union (NFU) is actively lobbying government to ensure British farmers are not disadvantaged compared with their main competitors in Europe following Brexit, its president Meurig Raymond told the Food Manufacture Group’s Business Leaders’...

Food manufacturer's labour costs may go up after Brexit, DWF partner Hannah Robbins said

Business Leaders' Forum

Food firms face higher labour costs after Brexit

By Matt Atherton

Food and drink manufacturers may face higher labour costs after Brexit, because they’ll have to compete for fewer non-UK EU workers, warns law firm DWF.

Any US-UK trade deal will come at a price

Any US-UK trade deal will come at a price

By Rick Pendrous

Britain’s prospects of securing a trade deal with the US post-Brexit were one of the main items up for discussion (along with the North Atlantic Treaty Organization) during Prime Minister Theresa May’s meeting with President Donald Trump last month.

Abbey Logistics has acquired bulk liquid food transport specialist Armet

Brexit must not delay smooth freight movements

By Rick Pendrous

Britain needs to keep trading with the rest of the EU and maintain smooth transport and logistics operations as Brexit progresses, with as few delays as possible, the head the Freight Transport Association (FTA) has warned.

The FDF’s Ian Wright urged the prime minister to reassure the food industry about its continued access to foreign labour

Business Leaders’ Forum

FDF boss urges PM to offer labour supply assurances

By Michael Stones

The UK food industry urgently needs assurances from the prime minister about the security of EU nationals working in the UK after Brexit, says Food and Drink Federation (FDF) director general Ian Wright.

Manufacturers must be prepared to exploit global opportunities (Flickr/Kevin Gill)

Oxford Farming Conference

Food firms must adapt to new markets pre-Brexit

By Matt Atherton

Food manufacturers must adapt to new markets ahead of Brexit, and add value wherever they can, said the Oxford Farming Conference’s chairman.

England in particular, lacks sufficient promotional support for exports

Food and drink export promotions need more support

By Rick Pendrous

The UK government needs to put more money and resources into supporting small food and drink manufacturers in export promotions – in a similar way that Bord Bia does in Ireland – as we move towards Brexit and seek to boost the nation’s expert potential,...

Coca-Cola European Partners is planning new products to join its recently launched organic herbal tea brand

Coca-Cola plans launches in new soft drinks categories

By Rick Pendrous

Coca-Cola European Partners (CCEP) plans to develop more soft drinks such – as its new Honest organic herbal tea brand recently launched in the UK – in categories outside those it has traditionally served, its UK boss Leendert den Hollander has revealed.


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