Professional Associate Members

In addition to our own knowledge and experience, we are developing a growing number of partnerships with professional Associate members who are able to provide specialist expertise in the following areas:

Profiles and contact details of our current Associates are below If there are other areas of international trade where you would like some help, please let us know.


Ashbury Labelling - www.ashburylabelling.co.uk
Claudine Lefebvre
 claudine.lefebvre@ashburylabelling.co.uk 

Ashbury Labelling is a leading provider of regulatory advice, artwork approval and specification services. We provide an integrated end-to-end process which delivers excellence at every stage, ensuring specifications, pack copy and labelling which are right first time.

We deliver thousands of multi-lingual approvals each year for clients across the food, drink and non-food industries. Our regulatory experts provide our services to retail, foodservice and manufacturing customers in over 80 countries and regions, including the EU, the Middle East and the Americas. We give you the clear, practical advice you need to ensure your products are correctly labelled in all of your prospective markets.

We aim to help you get your products legally compliant and on-shelf as quickly and painlessly as possible. In this spirit we have an FDEA rate card for referrals, so please contact us about your projects to see what discounts we can arrange.


Amivet Exports Ltd - www.amivetexports.co.uk
Andrew Iveson  - andrew@amivet.co.uk
Mob: 07765 642273 Tel:  0161 929 1887  

We are a leading provider of veterinary export health certification (EHC) for the worldwide export of food and animal products from the UK offering free advice to FDEA members

Our veterinary surgeons have vast experience in all aspects of the industry and we pride ourselves on providing a reliable, competitive and personalised service that tailors its service to meet each individual customer’s requirements.

We deal with all products including:

⦁ Dairy (milk, yogurt, cream, butter, whey, cooking sauces, baby food etc)
⦁ Meat (red and white meat and processed products)
⦁ Fish
⦁ Eggs
⦁ Gelatin and casings

From your initial enquiry, we can advise about the logistics of the export, including advice on and checking documents such as import permits, along with heat treatments, animal disease status and storage requirements.

We can help complete the application forms for APHA/DEFRA and visit your site, inspect the products and then sign and stamp the certificates.

We are proud of our record of proactively helping our customers export their goods into new markets.

CCIC London - www.cciclondon.com
Ariel Leng  market2@cciclondon.com
Tel: 020 8445 3209

CCIC London Company Limited has a professional team of food experts, who are committed to providing inspection, testing, certification, consultation as well as training services for UK and Irish food manufacturers and distributors, our services are listed as below:

  1. China organic certification
  2. Food labelling consultancy
  3. Food and drink product traceability
  4. Manufacturer registration with CNCA consultation
  5. Infant formula registration with CFDA consultation
  6. Food and drink factory audit (China HACCP certification)
  7. Food and drink Pre-shipment inspection (Chinese port convenient customs clearance)
FDEA Members qualify for discounts on these services. 

Credit Risk Solutions- www.creditrisksolutions.com
Mark Whiteley m.whiteley@creditrisksolutions.com
Tel: 01422 368866

Specialist Credit Insurance Broker. We negotiate and place cover for food and drink companies who have potential exposure to customer failure/non-payment.

CRS has developed a significant involvement in this sector. Exposures range from the major low risk food retailers to highly leveraged hotels, manufacturing and distribution companies, restaurant chains and foodservice companies.

The listening and learning process is essential. Understanding your business issues and asking better questions will enable us to deliver better answers from credit insurers.

We pride ourselves on making what we believe to be the best submissions in the market - giving underwriters all the information they need. This process is not undertaken at arms length - we meet with, discuss and persuade underwriters to offer the most favourable terms. The process is about creating market appetite - achieving long term solutions for our clients and our underwriters.

Once we have negotiated a credit insurance facility we'll regularly meet with you to discuss all your issues. We believe in partnership and total transparency with our clients and we also welcome feedback. Every year you will receive a questionnaire asking you to rate both CRS and your Underwriter on service levels.


Drac Logisitics - www.draclogistics.co.uk

Fran Schallhorn - Fran.Schallhorn@draclogistics.co.uk

With Headquarters in the UK at Stone, Staffordshire and our offices in Manchester, Birmingham, and Falkirk Scotland Drac provides freight forwarding and logistics services worldwide and has expanded its services to meet the ever changing demands of Global Logistics.

  • Our expertise provides our clients with a seamless transportation chain from factory to consumer, covering the whole spectrum of logistics services.
  • We provide port to port freight forwarding movements through to complex supply chain solutions.
  • We provide freight management services to a range of industries, including strategic partnerships to the world’s most successful companies.
  • We offer reduced lead times, meeting the specific requirements of our client base.
  • We deploy advanced I.T. solutions offering a Global Track and Trace service (Drack Tracks), with direct links with customer’s proprietary systems
  • Drac offers a supply chain management service to its clients, which would begin with a supply chain audit.
  • The audit itself would commence with a supply chain review, which is fundamental to gaining a full understanding of both your business and its logistics requirements.
  • Purchase order and distribution order data would be fed our supply chain modelling tools.
  • The outcome of the audit would be focused on:
  • Network designs to optimise your distribution channels
  • Process map to eliminate non value-added tasks
  • Information management integration to remove process duplication and bridge information gaps

Following on from the initial audit and implementation of identified improvements, further supply chain reviews would be arranged on an agreed schedule, to ensure changing requirements are efficiently and effectively met.

Evolve Pack - www.contractpacking.co.uk
 Ellis Eyley, Business Development Manager, ellis@evolvepack.co.uk
Joanne Gill, Commercial Manager, joanne@evolvepack.co.uk

Tel: 01530 444 241

With over 20 years industry experience Evolve Pack are a dependable and efficient Contract Packing, Storage and Distribution company facilitating complex, fast reacting packing programmes worked to the highest BRC and SEDEX standards.

We offer a catalogue of services including both manual and automated packing.

Our machinery includes Flow Wrappers, Carton machines, Shrink Wrappers and Heat Sealers and we have facility to in-line date code on these lines.

Our extensive workforce is highly skilled in Labelling, assemble FSDU’s and Aisle Displays, Gift Packing, Re-Work, Fault Checking and Order Picking. With our inhouse recruitment team, we do not rely on a third-party agency for our staff. This results in a very high level of capacity and with a 24/7 service over three shifts, gives Evolve Pack a huge amount of flexibility and reduces our turnaround times significantly.

In addition to manual and automated packing, we offer more traditional warehouse services including Container Decanting, Storage and Distribution.

From one off projects to ongoing requirements, large volume FMCG products to delicate low volume runs, here at Evolve Pack we work together to enable you to become the best in your field.

To find out more information about how we can help your company, please contact us on 01530 444 241, email enquiries@evolvepack.co.uk or visit our website www.contractpacking.co.uk


Food & Drink Exportese Ltd - www.foodanddrinkexportese.co.uk

Nicola Thomas - nicola@foodanddrinkexportese.co.uk
Tel: 07771 655884

Are you an experienced exporter, a reactive exporter or new to exporting?  
Here’s How Exportese Can Help you

Our support programme packages address the needs of all levels of exporters from our Springboard to Export and Export Bootcamp programmes through to Market Selection and Overseas Partner Finder.

  • We have vast experience of supporting food and drink companies to identify, enter and build sales in overseas markets.
  • We focus on giving you practical help to get results much quicker and more effectively than by yourself.
  • We have a unique global “ big black book” of commercial contacts: distributors, end customers and service providers.


GBH Exhibition Forwarding - www.gbhforwarding.com
Mark Saxton - mark@gbhforwarding.com
Tel:  0114 2690641

We provide companies of all sizes with a variety of services relating to the transportation and handling of cargo destined for exhibitions, trade shows and events. With dedicated staff and a network of like minded partners around the world, we aim to help you dedicate more time to the prime purpose of your investment - increasing your company profile and sales.

Our company offers a virtually unlimited list of capabilities because of our vast corporate networking. Within our alliance are companies of all sizes. When it comes to our business, we offer our customers a powerful resource and a recipe for success. Listed below is a comprehensive list of services we offer our clients. Please contact us if you would like more information.

  • Domestic haulage
  • Groupage road freight
  • Part-Load road freight  ;  Full-Load road freight
  • LCL Sea freight  ;  FCL Sea freight  ;  Air freight
  • Transit insurance
  • Customs clearance
  • Documentation
  • On-site unloading and loading operations
  • Removal, storage and return of empty packing materials
  • Storage of packaged goods
  • Packaging services

Gill Jennings & Every LLP - www.gje.com
Rowena Price Rowena.price@gje.com
Tel:   +44 (0)20 7655 8500 

GJE is a leading firm of intellectual property attorneys with a specialist food & drink sector team.

We help our food & drink clients capitalise on and de-risk the significant and growing opportunities afforded by the export market sector, by protecting their names, logos, packaging and inventions.

Our patent attorneys are very familiar with all the important manufacturing and processing technologies used in the food & drink sector and are highly experienced in protecting innovation, ranging from the development of new product formulations through to the use of smart technologies to prevent tampering and the detection of counterfeiting.

Our trade mark attorneys work with a wide range of food & drink clients, from major food manufacturers withlarge portfolios of leading brands, through to start-ups such as micro-brewers and niche confectionery manufacturers. Our trade mark services include brand protection around the world, clearance of new brands/markets, enforcement, infringement and passing off advice, oppositions, portfolio management and audits, domain name disputes and assistance with other online- issues. We help our clients develop tailored IP strategies for both Europe and overseas that support their export plans, maximising commercial opportunities while minimising the risk of litigation. For brand owners this includes working with Customs and other agencies on behalf of our clients to identify the sale of fake goods, whether online or through other channels.

We have developed a range of consultancy services to help capture innovation and protect our client’s inventions and brands. These include our Innovation Capture Sessions, where we ensure all details of the innovation are correctly recorded and mapped to the product and Brand Health Checks, both of which have proved to be extremely valuable strategic tools and which genuinely help budgets work harder and smarter.

We welcome enquiries and will be delighted to explain in more detail why you should consider GJE for your IP needs

Hampton Roads Economic Development Alliance - www.hreda.com
Charles Macdowell   cmacdowell@hreda.com
Tel: 07788 755300

If your company is growing its business in the USA, HREDA can help. It provides free consulting services in the Hampton Roads region of Virginia, providing:

1. Information on setting up US operations, including sales offices, logistics and warehousing, or processing facilities. Services include property searches, visit management, budgeting, research and project management.

2. Introductions to business services, including logistics and cold storage, production subcontractors, FDA registration, recruitment, banking, insurance and accountancy.

On the US East Coast, Hampton Roads is the port region encompassing the port of Norfolk, Virginia and its surrounding cities and counties. It has a vibrant food and drink sector, with an experienced workforce and low business costs.

Companies such as Smithfield Foods, the largest pork producer in the world, call the region home. Kraft Heinz, Lipton/Unilever, Massimo Zanetti Beverages and High Liner Foods are among several major firms to have chosen Hampton Roads as the location for substantial processing and production operations.

Free advice service to FDEA Members

For an initial discussion please call or email HREDA’s UK representative, Charles Macdowell, on 07788 755300 / cmacdowell@hreda.com, or take a look at http://www.hreda.com/navigate-the-region/key-industries/food-and-beverage-processing/


KLBD Kosher - www.klbdkosher.org
Sharon Feldman-Vazan   sharonfv@klbdkosher.org
Tel:07956 563778

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KLBD Kosher is one of the world leading kosher certification agencies operating around the globe and certifying many of the known food brands and raw material manufacturers. KLBD work with companies big and small and are committed to offering a professional and affordable kosher certification service.

Many of these companies we certify are already directly and successfully exporting to Europe, the USA and Israel with their KLBD kosher certification.

Our certification is respected and recognised worldwide. Indeed working with KLBD you will find that we have a professional approach to the process of kosher certification and have a pragmatic approach to problem solving. Some other agencies can present certain challenges.

Retail product certified companies include:

Mars, Twinings, Drambuie, Glenrothes, Weetabix, Dorset Cereals, McCains, Tate & Lyle and Unilever.

Ingredients certified companies include:

RC Treatt, Givaudan, Akzo Nobel, Arla, National Starch, Ineos, Glanbia, Kerry, Indena, and Tatura

We also work closely with the companies we certify to help them make the most of their kosher certification. This extra service is at no extra charge and is included in the price of the certification. Please contact us if you would like to hear more about this kosher certification.

15% discount for all FDEA members against their first year’s fee.


Pelican Communications - www.pelicancommunications.co.uk
Michael Bennett – Michael.bennett@pelicomms.co.uk

Tel: 01457 820 807

We help organisations succeed by delivering strategic marketing and PR campaigns that make a measurable commercial difference. We are expert communicators, committed to being specialists in our chosen markets: food, foodservice, packaging & food production. Our ethos is “Driving Brilliant Results” so our programmes are based on an in-depth understanding of your business and market. Our services include brand management, content creation, design, social and digital, event management, media relations, people development and corporate comms.

If you are looking for a consultancy with energy and fresh ideas, who will deliver on time and on budget, please give our food communications team a call.


Registrar Corp - www.registrarcorp.com
Coley Anderson – canderson@registrarcorp.com

Registrar Corp assists UK exporters to comply with U.S. Food and Drug Administration (FDA) regulations for exporting food and beverages to the United States. We register facilities with FDA and renew registrations biennially as required. We submit Prior Notice to FDA [required for every food and beverage shipment). We act as a facility's U.S, Agent. Registrar Corp reviews food labels and ingredients for FDA compliance as well as submit Process Filings to FDA for low acid and acidified foods. Our Food Safety team develops or reviews HACCP, Food Safety, and Food Defence Plans. The Food Safety team also conducts mock FDA inspections to help facilities prepare. Registrar Corp's FDA Compliance Monitor allows users to monitor their own facility and those of their suppliers for FDA compliance issues, such as Import Alerts, Warning Letters, Import Refusals, and Inspection Classifications. Registrar Corp assists with detentions and helps facilities petition for removal from an FDA Import Alert.

Unique Member Offer (include any terms & conditions) Free 1 Year Trial of the FDA Compliance Monitor (Self_Monitoring )

24-Hour Live Chat: www.registrarcorp.com/live help


Roythornes Solicitors - www.roythornes.co.uk


Roythornes is a top 200 law firm with a particular specialism in helping food and drink companies.

In particular we have a national reputation for dealing with Agency and Distribution Agreements, contracts and disputes. It is so important when expanding into new markets to get the paperwork right, and not ‘walk in’ to an agreement that will be detrimental and expensive in the future. Speaking to our team at outset can save you money in the long run and make sure you arrive at an agreement that helps your overseas business grow.drink companies meet the challenges and opportunities they face.

Other key areas where we can help your food business include:

  • Transport and logistics
  • Product recalls
  • Cross-border contract disputes
  • Product, design, and innovation protection
  • Employment law issues
  • CIF/FOB Insurance claims for goods in transit
  • Regulatory inspections and prosecutions
  • Debt recovery
  • Joint ventures
  • Mergers, acquisitions and disposals of businesses.

With a commercial approach to issues we act as a sounding board for clients not only for legal matters but also for wider business decisions. We have seen most situations and are very happy to provide the experience of working in the sector for over 80 years to the benefit of our clients.

FDEA members qualify for a free 20 minute telephone consultation with one of our specialist food and drink team.

In this time our lawyers will be able to assess your situation and provide initial advice on the way forward, together with an outline of the actions you need to take.

To take advantage of the offer please contact Mark Dodds at Roythornes Solicitors, markdodds@roythornes.co.uk , 01775 842500.

He will take full details of your situation and make sure that the most suitable member of the food and drink team contacts you to assist.

Santander- www.santandercb.co.uk
Andrew Williams - andrew.williams1@santander.co.uk

Tel:  07715 088169

We’re focused on bringing a fresh perspective to businesses with ambitions to grow beyond traditional markets.

Our extensive local networks and knowledge around the world means we’re ideally placed to support your international trade plans. Let us help you uncover the path to international success.

The Santander Trade Portal - A free online resource to help exporters both identify the best export opportunities and find the information and key contacts needed to achieve success.

The Santander Trade Club - The Santander Trade Club introduces Santander clients to a community of importers and exporters in 14 countries to help them conduct business overseas.

International Payments and Receipts - As a global bank, we are ideally placed to assist businesses with international trading.

Smylie - www.smylies.com
Chris Smylie   Chris@smylies.com

Smylie ltd is a family run business with 15 years’ experience in the food export industry. 

Our product adjustment facilities allow us to specialise in the alteration of product packaging, promotion application, label translation, dating, etc without brands having to commit to changing their packaging for other countries. We will translate and create professional labels, satisfying legal requirements without altering the appearance of the product.

10% discount to FDEA members please contact Chris Smylie as above.

WTA Food = www.wtagroup.com
Alan Hilton   alan.hilton@wtagroup.com

A Fresh approach to your Food Supply Chain Management

As the food export market continues to grow, WTA Food wants to make sure that you are also achieving growth in your food distribution and meeting the demands of your customers, but with significant growth comes potential issues that need to be addressed otherwise costs will escalate.

Exporting food from Europe to the rest of the world is a complex process. It is not just about offering a logistics service or freight rates from point A to point B, but your entire supply chain from rates, to customs, to warehousing, to landed costs. There are several areas of the supply chain that can be left very vulnerable if not analysed and supported, such as on-time deliveries and compliance. Looking at A-Z is where the value is created. Get the supply chain structure right and you will not only see efficiencies but overall Supply Chain costs significantly reduced to the tune of up to 35% on a year by year basis. 

Each Food and Drink Supply Chain is Unique

There is no one solution that fits all requirements.

Flexibility and tailor-made solutions allow for a supply chain to be developed to your own bespoke requirements and will certainly bring about real value added savings to your overall costs. In collaboration with you, we develop a comprehensive solution, working with an extensive base of "Best in Class" providers from start to finish.

To find out more about how we can deliver a supply chain solution that adds value and creates further efficiencies contact alan.hilton@wtagroup.com



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