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  • 07 Oct 2021 1:36 PM | Anonymous

    Congratulations are in order for FDEA member, Ramsden International after they scooped the award for the Exporter of the Year at The Grocer Gold Awards 2021.

    Read the full article in The Grocer here

  • 17 Sep 2021 10:00 AM | Anonymous

    We are delighted that with stiff competition from fellow FDEA members, Taylors of Harrogate have been announced as winners of the 2021 FDF Exporter of the Year award, sponsored by Ashbury.  Many of you will know Garry, Sarah, Alex and Stephen from our regular FDEA member roundtables and am sure will share in sending huge congrats to the team.

    In 2017, Taylors of Harrogate put exports at the heart of their future strategy, to build on the existing £6.3m export sales and transform a three-person team, contributing 4.3% of overall company sales, into an established international business for years to come.

    Their strategy includes growing the brands’ and company’s presence through distribution, availability and visibility, and step-change engagement in the international mission for the whole company keeping their goals simple.

    In 2021, Taylors of Harrogate expect export sales of £20m - achieving their sales objective 4 years early. They are able to do this, because in 2020, their strategic goals crystallized, and sales jumped from £10.4m in 2019 to £14.3m (+38% YOY)

    A note of congratulations too for the worthy shortlist, all FDEA members:  British Corner Shop, Nairn's Oatcakes, Princes, Ramsden International and Symington's.  All winners in our eyes!

  • 16 Sep 2021 11:50 AM | Anonymous

    Anne-Marie Trevelyan, the former international development minister, has become the new Secretary of State for International Trade, replacing Liz Truss.

    Trevelyan will lead the Department for International Trade (DIT) in its efforts to strike new free trade agreements and promote UK exports overseas.

    The UK also has a new exports minister after Mike Freer, Conservative MP for Finchley & Golders Green, was appointed to replace Graham Stuart MP, who has left the post after 5 years.

    Freer will report into Anne-Marie Trevelyan MP, who on Wednesday was appointed Secretary of State for International Trade and President of the Board of Trade.

  • 15 Sep 2021 4:30 PM | Anonymous

    Plans to help the UK’s farmers and food and drink businesses boost exports have been announced today by the Government .  Plans include:

    • appointing more dedicated ‘agri-food attaches’ to act as representatives on the ground to unlock key markets across the world. This will build on the excellent teams already working in our Embassies around the world;
    • establishing a Food and Drink Exports Council to work collaboratively to expand our food and drink exports strategy. We will engage closely with Devolved Administrations and others on the design and implementation of the Export Council;
    • strengthening our technical expertise as well as our farmers and producers’ understanding of export markets to ensure that food and drink exporters are able to benefit from market opportunities.

    The exports initiative will launch later in the year.

    FDEA has been working with AHDB FDF and others to push this agenda, as part of the Sector Council Export Working Group. The Group has presented papers to Government for additional support and are pleased to see this now has some movement.  Details are still to be worked out, but this is good news for the sector

  • 13 Sep 2021 4:25 PM | Anonymous

    The Government has set out a new timetable for introducing full import controls for sanitary and phytosanitary (SPS) goods being imported from the EU to the UK.

    The new timetable considers the challenges businesses have faced due to the global pandemic, as well as its impact on supply chains across the UK and Europe. The Government believes a more pragmatic timetable will help give businesses time to recover from the pandemic and adjust to the new processes.

    The controls will now be phased in across 2022:

    From 1 January 2022

    • The requirement for pre-notification of products of animal origin, animal by-products and high risk food not of animal origin which were due to be introduced on 1 October 2021, will now be introduced on 1 January 2022, along with pre-notification for lower risk plants and plant products.

    From 1 July 2022

    • The new requirements for GB Export Health Certificates from EU exporters, which were due to be introduced on 1 October 2021, will now be introduced on 1 July 2022.
    • Phytosanitary certificates for lower risk plant produce, due to be introduced on 1 January 2022, will now be introduced on 1 July 2022.
    • Physical checks on SPS goods at Border Control Posts will now begin on 1 July 2022.

    All current controls for live animals, POAO under safeguard measures and high priority plants and plant products remain unchanged.

    In addition, the following customs controls will be phased in:

    • Full customs declarations and controls will be introduced on 1 January 2022 as previously announced.
    • Safety and Security declarations on imports will be required as of 1 July 2022 as opposed to 1 January 2022.
    The new timeline allows importers, exporters and EU certifiers more time to prepare for the requirements and controls. The Government's aim is to ensure they reduce any anticipated disruption when these measures are introduced.

  • 07 Sep 2021 11:26 AM | Anonymous

    On the 18th August 2021, M&S launched an expansive range of M&S food products on worldwide export platform British Corner Shop, enabling customers in over [150] countries to buy their M&S favourites for the very first time.

    From the iconic Percy Pig to M&S’ Luxury Gold Teabags, the range is made up of over [800] different M&S ambient products to offer customers the best and broadest range of M&S food, with many firm family favourites in the UK now available for international customers to purchase.

    Through British Corner Shop’s export platform, customers from the United States to Australia will be able to purchase a tailored M&S food range for the first time and have it at their door in [1-3] days.

    With over 20 years’ of experience, British Corner Shop is the leading international exporter of British food products with a global customer base who shop the site’s range of over 6,000 household brands. With travel restrictions in place over the last 18 months, the platform has experienced a surge in demand for its products, and the launch of M&S is anticipated to drive this further. 

    With travel restrictions in place over the last 18 months, the platform has experienced a surge in demand for its products, and the launch of M&S is anticipated to drive this further.  

    The launch is part of M&S’ commitment to accelerating international growth through online channels and follows its recent expansion of flagship websites, which offer localised Clothing & Home ranges to customers in over 100 different markets.

    In May the retailer committed to more than doubling online retail sales by working with partners and expanding the reach of M&S to new online markets for the first time, as increasing numbers of customers globally turn to digital shopping channels.

    By partnering with British Corner Shop, which saw over 140% growth between March 2020 and 2021, M&S is able to rapidly roll out a wide range of its favourite food products without significant up-front investment.

    Paul Friston, International Director said:“Our mission is to deliver efficient and low-cost ways to sell the best of M&S to the world, and by partnering with British Corner Shop we’re able to instantly offer the best of M&S food to millions more customers. We’re always getting asked when our fantastic food range is going to be rolled out to new markets, so I’m delighted that from today we’re rolling out an expansive and delicious range of hero products customers love as well as the latest M&S innovations to over 150 new countries.”   

    Mark Callaghan, British Corner Shop Managing Director said: “British Corner Shop connects quality British brands to customers worldwide, which is why partnering with M&S, one of the most iconic British brands, is a perfect fit for both parties. Our customers are not just British expats but other nationals who appreciate the quality assurance they get from buying British made products. So, not only will our expat customers be overjoyed they can now reunite with their most missed M&S foods, but our non-expat customers will no doubt rejoice as well.”

  • 02 Sep 2021 10:30 AM | Anonymous

    Sales of UK food and drink to non-EU countries were up 13%, accounting for 46.6% (£4.3bn) of all UK food and drink exports in the first half of 2021, driven by a return to growth in China, Singapore, Australia, Japan and the Gulf region. This increase means non-EU exports are now almost back to pre-Covid levels.

    Download Summary report produced by the FDF in partnership with FDEA  - click here (pdf)

    In other non-EU markets, including in Central and South America, sales to some countries have doubled since H1 2020. The fastest growing major export markets in the region were Colombia (+142.6%), Mexico (+111.2%), Chile (+105.4%) and Brazil (+87.2%). This increase has been driven by a recovery in sales of whisky and vegetable oils, supported by increased demand for other UK products growing rapidly from a much lower baseline.

    Despite the return to growth in these countries, sales of UK food and drink are down £2bn compared to pre-Covid levels because of a sharp drop in sales to the EU. A combination of the ongoing impacts of the Covid-19 pandemic, and new barriers to trade resulting from the new trading arrangements, have led to a fall in exports to the EU of more than a quarter since H1 2019. Exports to nearly all EU member states fell significantly, including a loss of more than £0.5bn in sales to Ireland, while sales to Germany, Spain and Italy are each down around a half since H1 2019.

    UK imports of food and drink were down nearly 10% in the first half of 2021 compared to pre-Covid levels, however imports from non-EU markets increased during this period. Imports from the EU were particularly badly impacted by the pandemic and the new trading relationship, falling nearly 15% since 2019, a loss of £2.4bn.

    The loss of UK exports to the EU contributed to reduced demand for EU ingredients for use in UK manufacturing, while import substitution by UK manufacturers and retailers also had an impact. Imports from the EU are likely to deteriorate further in 2022 after the UK’s full border controls are in place. Products of animal original were heavily impacted, with a large fall in imports of pork (-19.6%), cheese (-17.6%) and chicken (-17.9%).

    John Whitehead, Food & Drink Exporters Association (FDEA), said:

    “So many factors continue to impact on the drop in value of UK food and drink exports with supply chain challenges and the inability to connect face to face with customers adding to the difficulties. FDEA’s bespoke support to its member community is a valuable resource to identify new opportunities and accelerate new market entry. It is therefore pleasing to see growth in sales to non-EU countries. However, this in no way replaces the loss of £2.2 billion sales to the EU since 2019.  There is growing evidence that the complexity of trading with the EU has led to businesses moving operations into Europe and of importers looking for alternative suppliers, contributing to the ongoing decline in both UK exports and UK jobs.”

    Dominic Goudie, Head of International Trade, the FDF, who compiled the statistics said:  “The return to growth in exports to non-EU markets is welcome news but it doesn’t make up for the disastrous loss of £2bn in sales to the EU. It clearly demonstrates the serious difficulties manufacturers in our industry continue to face and the urgent need for additional specialist support.

    “At the same time, we are seeing labour shortages across the UK's farm-to-fork food and drink supply chain resulting in empty spaces on UK shop shelves, disruptions to deliveries and decreased production. Unless steps are taken to address these issues, the ability of businesses to fulfil vital export orders will be impacted.”
  • 02 Sep 2021 9:24 AM | Anonymous

    FDEA In-Market Expert for India, The Core Group Pte Ltd has produced a useful checklist for global food and drink producers considering exporting their products to India. 
    The Core Group helps UK businesses interested in exporting to India.  For more information about the services they offer and how they can help your business in India, please Get In Touch

  • 02 Sep 2021 9:00 AM | Anonymous

    British farmers and food producers are set to benefit from access to a valuable new market, as Mexico has now officially opened its doors to British pork for the first time. British exporters can now tap into this brand-new market, which boasts high demand for high quality pork meat.

    Global UK pork exports were worth over £421 million to our economy in 2020, reaching 75 export markets worldwide. According to the Agriculture and Horticulture Development Board, access to the Mexican market alone is estimated to be worth £50 million to UK pork producers over the first five years of trade.

    This is another success for UK food and drink exports, following successes in gaining access for UK beef to the USA, UK poultry, beef and lamb to Japan, and pork to Taiwan.


  • 16 Aug 2021 1:11 PM | Anonymous

    At 400 million, India has the largest millennial population in the world. They account for a third of the population,  almost half of the workforce and are key drivers of the country’s fastest growing consumer market 

    This demographic segment earns, travels, and doesn’t shy from spending on experiences and the vastly increasing numbers of urban millennials give rise to dual income households with more disposable salaries and a huge global appetite. 

    From sampling international cuisines to healthier food alternatives, the demand for quality food products (imported gourmet and specialty foods) is insatiable and shoring up profits for major premium national retail chains such as FoodHall, Spencer’s Retail, Nature’s Basket and Le Marche. 

    Read the full article from FDEA's new In market member for India, The Core Group  - click here

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