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  • 19 Apr 2021 5:26 PM | Sandra Sullivan (Administrator)

    The private attestation for shelf-stable composite products requires the product – or the dairy and egg components within it - to have undergone specific heat treatment. As currently drafted, the EU model document restricts the treatment of the dairy element of the product to UHT or sterilisation.

    The European Commission has confirmed it is amending the animal health regulation to allow businesses to use a private attestation to export shelf-stable composite products containing dairy that has not undergone UHT or sterilisation, so long as the dairy product originates and is processed in a third country listed for the export of dairy to the EU, such as GB.  

    As the legislative amendments will not be in place by 21 April 2021 when the new Regulation applies the Commission has agreed an interim arrangement.

    Shelf stable composite products dispatched from GB to the EU, which contain no meat but do contain dairy products processed in the UK (or another similarly listed third country) or the EU, do not require any specific treatment to use the private attestation document.

    The importer, completing the private attestation, may delete Point 10 of Part II of the attestation (which relates to the dairy heat treatment requirement) if:

    • dairy products are listed as ingredients in point 4 of Part II of the attestation and;
    • the country code inserted in box 1.7 of Part I of the attestation, is that of a third country listed for the export of dairy products to the EU without risk mitigating treatment (such as GB).

    The establishment of origin of the dairy product, indicated in point 5 of the attestation, is in a third country listed for the export of dairy products to the EU without risk mitigating treatment (such as GB, or the EU, or Northern Ireland).

    Dairy Product from non UK or EU sources
    If the country of the establishment of origin of the dairy product is not listed for the export of dairy products to the EU at all, Point 10 of the attestation cannot be amended and UHT or sterilisation is required.

    If the country of establishment of origin of the dairy product is one listed only for the export to the EU of dairy products that are subject to risk mitigating treatment (e.g. Argentina) Point 10 of the attestation cannot be struck through. Instead, the reference in Point 10 to ‘Column B’ can be amended to read ‘Column A’. This broadens the range of heat treatments that the product can have been subject to and still utilise the private attestation document, although it does not remove the need for heat treatment altogether, as is the case for GB origin product.

    More details will be made available in the relevant guidance documentation on the Government's website at:  EHC Form Finder.

    To summarise, from April 21st 2021 the following rules will apply to composite products:

    • Non-shelf stable composite products and any composite products containing meat (aside from gelatine, collagen and highly refined products) will require a new EHC
    • Shelf-stable composite products not containing meat will require a new document – a private attestation – signed by the EU importer. Certain shelf stable composite products, such as confectionery and breads, are exempt from veterinary checks at a Border Control Post.

    If your composite product already requires an EHC, you will be able to carry on using the current EHC until August or choose to use the new documentation.

    If your product does not currently require an EHC, you must follow the new rules from April 21st.

    For live animals, germinal products and other products of animal origin you will be able to continue using existing EHCs until August 2021.

    Northern Ireland

    The Animal Health Regulations will apply in Northern Ireland (NI). Traders moving goods from Great Britain (GB) to Northern Ireland will need to ensure that they meet the new requirements too. 

    Businesses on the Authorised Trader list moving goods from GB to NI will not be required to complete new composites EHCs or private attestations until the relevant phase of compliance comes into effect from 1 Oct 2021. Instead, their STAMNI (Scheme for Temporary Agri-food Movements to Northern Ireland) declarations will meet these requirements in the meantime, in line with the movement criteria.

    All goods moved by Authorised Traders from GB to NI must comply with the regulatory requirements for composite products. 

    Links to some of the key summaries from are on the FDEA Brexit page - click here to view and download the private attestation and ECH templates

  • 15 Apr 2021 4:59 PM | Sandra Sullivan (Administrator)

    FDEA's in market expert for France, Sutralis, have shared news that Monoprix opened its first pick-up point in the 7th arrondissement of Paris under the Monoprix Click & Collect banner. This hybrid pedestrian drive-through allows customers to pick up their shopping ordered on the Monoprix Plus website and prepared by the Ocado warehouse in Fleury-Mérogis. It has an offer of 400 products.

    The retailer has set up the shop in the 7th arrondissement where Monoprix has little presence and hopes to win over new customers. This location also aims to give visibility to its Monoprix Plus service, which is dedicated to the home delivery of food products in the Île-de-France region. The groceries are prepared by the Ocado warehouse in Fleury-Mérogis (94), which was opened only a year ago.

    With this new concept, the Casino Group chain is strengthening its digital strategy. This strategy is already based on several channels, via online shopping prepared in Monoprix shops, partnerships with Amazon and the Uber and Delivroo platforms for fast deliveries.

    Want to build your sales in the French market - contact Nathalie Lopez at Sutralis
  • 15 Apr 2021 11:25 AM | Mel Harcourt (Administrator)

    Just Food published a story yesterday to say that recent ONS data showed an improvement in UK food and drink exports to the EU after post Brexit slump.  Read their article


  • 15 Apr 2021 11:08 AM | Mel Harcourt (Administrator)

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  • 13 Apr 2021 10:02 AM | Sandra Sullivan (Administrator)

    One Week to go! | Get Ready to Join CBBC at UK-China Consumer Week 2021

    Day 4 of the week will focus on opportunities and matchmaking for food and drink brands

    British brands (including many SMEs) made £367.5 million through Alibaba’s platforms in China’s largest online shopping festival, Singles Day in 2020. The UK was also one of the top 10 markets for brands participating in the festival – a true milestone given they were selling to the world’s largest e-commerce and retail market.

    Despite the pandemic and geopolitical climate affecting everything from supply chains to consumer perceptions, Chinese consumers continue to hold ‘Brand Britain’ in high regard for its quality, heritage and innovation. From luxury goods to health, beauty and nutrition, UK products are in demand by discerning Chinese shoppers on a quest for self-expression through more meaningful purchases.

    Discover how your brand can seize this opportunity and succeed in China with CBBC’s UK-China Consumer Week 2021.

    During this week-long programme you will hear how UK Consumer Brands have successfully identified their consumers in China and established a brand presence in the world’s second largest consumer market.

    Speakers will represent brands including Charlotte Tilbury, Hayman’s Gin, Taylors of Harrogate, Temple Spa and industry insiders from fashion mediaWWD, to Melchers China and KPMG, amongst others.

    The programme will also feature speakers from China’s E-commerce platforms, including ByteDance (the parent company of Douyin and TikTok), Kaola, Tmall Global,, Taobao and Little Red Book; alongside service providers such as TONG, Elanders Group, Samarkand Global, Ruder Finn and ADN Imports who will offer tips and practical advice for brands on how to strategize their post-pandemic China presence, no matter what stage they are at on their China journey.

    Day 4 of the week will focus on opportunities and matchmaking for food and drink brands. We will share tips and examples of how to create a successful market entry and growth strategy in China’s food and drink market. Industry experts and in-market UK brands will discuss their China experiences and answer questions on business considerations, from working with Chinese distributors to finding the right sales channel, IP, logistics and payment solutions.  

    For those looking to meet China food and drink buyers there will be a pre-booked one-to-one matchmaking session.

    An interactive digital tool session will guide UK brands on how to get the most out of China’s mobile centric ecommerce and social commerce platforms such as WeChat.

    Read more and register to join here:

  • 08 Apr 2021 9:58 AM | Sandra Sullivan (Administrator)

    Global food commodity prices rose in March, marking their tenth consecutive monthly increase, with quotations for vegetable oils and dairy products leading the rise, the Food and Agriculture Organization of the United Nations (FAO) reported today.

    The FAO Food Price Index, which tracks monthly changes in the international prices of commonly-traded food commodities, averaged 118.5 points in March, 2.1 percent higher than in February and reaching its highest level since June 2014.

    Trends varied by commodity types. The March increase was led by the FAO Vegetable Oil Price Index, which rose 8.0 percent from the previous month to hit a nearly 10-year high, with soy oil prices rising sharply due in part to the prospects of firm demand from the biodiesel sector.

    The FAO Dairy Price Index increased 3.9 percent from February, with butter prices buoyed by somewhat tight supplies in Europe associated with increased demand in anticipation of a food-service sector recovery. Milk powder prices also rose, supported by a surge in imports in Asia, particularly China, due to declining production in Oceania and scarce shipping container availability in Europe and North America.

    The FAO Meat Price Index also rose, by 2.3 percent from February, with imports by China and a surge in internal sales in Europe ahead of the Easter holiday celebration underpinning increasing poultry and pig meat quotations. Bovine meat prices remained steady, while ovine meat prices declined as dry weather in New Zealand led to farmers offloading animals.
    Source - Read more at Food & Agriculture Organization of the United Nations.
  • 02 Apr 2021 10:19 AM | Sandra Sullivan (Administrator)

    New EU Rules from 21 April 2021

    From 21 April 2021, if your composite product is shelf stable and contains no meat, a private attestation will need to be completed by the importer in the EU or Northern Ireland when your product is exported to the EU, or moved to Northern Ireland.

    Composite products that are not shelf-stable, or that contain meat, require an Export Health Certificate.

    Composite products subject to BCP/PoE checks and requiring a private attestation 

    ·        The private attestation does not have to be signed by an Official Vet (OV) or Food Competent Certifying Officer (FCCO) and must be prepared and signed by the importing food business operator in the EU/NI.  

    o   The EU/NI importer or agent should provide the original private attestation to the EU Border Control Post (BCP)/NI Point of Entry (PoE)

    o   The EU importer will require a declaration from the exporter of the composite products. This declaration will need to attest that the dairy products and egg products contained in the composite products have undergone the required heat treatment. There is no set model for providing this declaration and it does not have to be signed by an OV or an FCCO. 

    Composite products subject to risk-based destination checks and requiring a private attestation 

    ·        Shelf-stable composite products not containing processed meat and listed in legislation (including bread, pasta, olives, sweets) are exempt from BCP/PoE checks, provided the products meet all of the following requirements: 

    o   Any dairy and egg products in the product have been subjected to the required heat treatment (currently UHT or Sterilisation equivalent)

    o   They are identified/labelled as intended for human consumption 

    o   They are securely packaged or sealed 

    ·        The private attestation must be prepared and signed by the importing food business operator in the EU/NI and must be available with the product at the point it is placed on the EU market.  

    ·        The EU/NI importer will need the same exporter declaration regarding the heat treatment of the dairy and/or egg components of the product as they would if the product was subject to BCP checks.   

    Heat treatment of dairy  

    Shelf-stable composite products containing no meat require the private attestation under the EU rules introduced from April 2021. This attestation requires the dairy and egg content to meet specified heat treatment requirements. For the dairy elements of the product, this is limited to treatment at least equivalent to UHT or sterilisation.  

    The EU have recognised that this poses a challenge for the ongoing export of shelf stable composite products containing pasteurised dairy and no meat (e.g. certain chocolate). It is their intention to update their guidance ahead of 21 April. We understand this update will enable these products to be exported using the private attestation so long as the dairy element of the composite product originates from and has been produced in a third country listed for the export of dairy to the EU, such as GB.”
  • 30 Mar 2021 12:09 PM | Sandra Sullivan (Administrator)


    The focus of the latest in a series of ECRM programmes is on Healthy Snacks, sports nutrition, weight management and supplements

    Categories include: Protein & Meal Replacement Bars  |  Protein Powders  |  Vegan / Plant Based Snack  |  Meat Protein Snack  |  Diet Liquids & Powders  |  Energy Powders, Gels & Bars  |  Pre-Work Out Drinks  |  Bottles & Shakers  |  Supplements

    Present your products to retail buyers from Europe, including leading UK retailers and selected other countries, at ECRM's European Healthy Snack, Sports Nutrition & Weight Management Programme

    With travel restricted and large gatherings cancelled, buyers still need to source great products, and suppliers still want to get their offerings in front of the right people.  FDEA is pleased to promote this opportunity to join ECRM's latest online meet the buyer programme offering the chance of one to one online meeting with European retailers.

    FDEA Members are eligible for a discounted rate.

    Click here to register your interest.
  • 23 Mar 2021 1:28 PM | Sarah Briones (Administrator)

    PLMA has announced that the 2021 “World of Private Label” international trade show, which was originally scheduled for May this year, will now take place on 14-15 December at the RAI Exhibition Centre in Amsterdam.

    “We are very excited to return to holding an in-person trade show in 2021, even if it is later than originally planned”, said Peggy Davies, president of PLMA. “The PLMA team and its partners are fully motivated and eager to welcome the trade back to business in Amsterdam.”

    The show’s physical configuration and safety policies are being organised as consistent with all COVID-19 government regulations and protocols: Extra-wide aisles, hygiene toolkits on stands, safe catering and stand design setups, are some of the measures to be expected.

    “The show floor will be adapted to the new social distancing rules whilst maximising all available space to provide the best possible in-person experience”, explained Peggy Davies.

    UK companies wishing to take part should contact PS8’s Karen Beston to register interest.
  • 23 Mar 2021 12:10 PM | Sandra Sullivan (Administrator)

    According to statistics published by the Food & Drink Federation, Exports of UK food and drink fell significantly in January 2021, driven by a fall in sales to the EU of 75.5% compared to January 2020, a drop of nearly £0.75bn.

    Impacts of COVID and stockpiling by UK businesses in the EU ahead of the end of the transition period were contributing factors, but much of this is likely due to new non-tariff barriers faced by UK exporters and the collapse of groupage movements which has shut out many SME exporters.

    Click here to view summary of statistics (pdf)

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