• 05 Feb 2016 4:34 PM | Anonymous

    Has Niche become Mainstream? Converting global food and drink trends into export sales… Meet The Buyer/Practical Workshops
    15 June 2016 - Liverpool

    Plus a Networking Dinner on 14 June.

    As part of this year's International Festival for Business, FDEA is pleased to bring you this unique one day export development event incorporating a Meet the Buyer event plus an exclusive trade networking dinner.

    Our event will provide insight and one-to-one meetings with international buyers from a wide range of markets to help you convert your expertise in rapidly growing global trends e.g. organic, free-from, halal and kosher into export sales. Industry experts and successful exporters will share their experiences and throughout the day we will be running practical workshops to guide you through important aspects of the export process.

    Our special event is aimed at UK food and drink exporters of all sizes and levels of experience.

    Full details of the event and how to sign up will be announced soon.

  • 20 Nov 2015 11:16 AM | Anonymous

    The FDA has published three rules under the 2011 Food Safety Modernization Act (FSMA):  the Produce Safety rule, the Foreign Supplier Verification Programs rule, and the Accredited Third-Party Certification rule. 

    The Foreign Supplier Verification Programs rule requires food importers to verify that foreign suppliers are producing food in a manner that meets U.S. safety standards and that they are achieving the same level of food safety as domestic farms and food facilities. In 2013, USDA estimated that imported food accounted for about 19 percent of the U.S. food supply, including about 52 percent of the fresh fruits and 22 percent of the fresh vegetables consumed by Americans. The final rule ensures that importers conduct verification activities (such as audits of a supplier’s facility, sampling and testing of food, or a review of the supplier’s relevant food safety records) based on risks linked to the imported food and the performance of the foreign supplier.

    The Foreign Supplier Verification Programs (FSVP) rule sets new requirements for foreign suppliers exporting to the US.  See links below for more details 

  • 09 Sep 2015 3:26 PM | Anonymous

    FDEA Members led the way in winning the 2 export categories in the recent FDF awards:

    • Exporter of the Year - company. Winner : Delamere Dairy
    • Exporter of the Year - individual. Winner: - Sean Ramsden - Ramsden International.
    Great news and both very well deserved.  Our congratulations go to both Sean and to the Delamere export team.

  • 14 Aug 2015 9:33 AM | Anonymous

    The global savoury snacks market was valued at US $93bn in 2014.  What is trending and where is the market potential for future growth?

    Click here to read Datamonitor's 8 snacking trends

  • 06 Aug 2015 10:04 AM | Anonymous

    The European Union and Vietnam reached a free trade agreement on 4 August, the EU's second in Southeast Asia, paving the way for deep cuts in tariffs on almost all goods between their markets.

    The agreement in principle may take several years to be implemented. A legal text should be completed later this year, after which it must be ratified by the 28 EU member states and the European Parliament.

    Free trade with the EU would be a boon for Vietnam, a fast-growing, export-led economy set to receive preferential access to a bloc with a combined GDP of $18.46 trillion (£11.82 trillion). The two already share $31 billion in annual trade, and Vietnam's exports to the EU account for nearly four-fifths of their trade.

    It is expected to take effect in late 2017.

    Read more at Reuters UK

    Source - Reuters UK

  • 31 Jul 2015 3:00 PM | Anonymous

    Much of the commentary around the rise of gluten free has focused on the US, a market that alone accounted for a quarter of global sales in 2014. But what about the opportunities in Europe? The UK, home to its own well developed gluten-free category, also attracts column inches and, despite some concerns about the maturation of the market still offers opportunities. On the continent, a clutch of western European countries are home to categories at different stages of development. Click here to view's run-down of the region's major markets - and hint at the countries to watch


  • 24 Jun 2015 1:19 PM | Anonymous

    Ahold and Delhaize have announced their merger.

    Ahold the Dutch retailer and Delhaize from Belgium, operate in the US under the fascias of Stop and Shop and Food Lion chains.
    This merger makes them now the 5th largest retailer in the US and the 4th largest in Europe.

  • 10 Jun 2015 11:40 AM | Anonymous

    Watch the recording of a recent webinar to which FDEA contributed, explaining the opportunities brought by CETA to UK businesses - download here

    CETA, the Comprehensive Trade and Economic Agreement, between Canada and the EU gives UK companies virtually tariff free access to a Canadian market of 35 million people.

    If you’re considering exports to the US as well, Canada makes for a perfect test and entry market. While our historical ties to the UK are strong, we are also sharing many cultural markers with our Southern neighbours.

    Topics covered:

    • Introduction to the Canadian market.
    • Introduction to CETA and UKTI in Canada by Fern Horine, Deputy Consul General & Director Trade Canada.
    • Outlining the CETA opportunity and how best to capitalize on it.
    • Identify the best route to market.
    • Sales and profit opportunities.
    • Available resources to help you.

    Who presented?

    Jo-Ann McArthur -President of Nourish Food Marketing and founding member of The International Food Marketing Alliance North America

    Elsa Fairbanks – Director of FDEA

    Fern Horne – Deputy Consul General & Director Trade Canada | British Consulate General

    Download here 

  • 15 May 2015 11:04 AM | Anonymous

    Alibaba's B2C e-commerce site Tmall is cooperating with international retailers to bring imported goods to Chinese consumers, who are increasingly demanding a wider range of high quality and safe products. It enables the international retailers to tap into the booming Chinese market with limited investment.

    Tmall's International section was launched in October 2014, and by the end of the year, as many as 5,400 international brands from 25 countries and regions have opened their official stores at Tmall. Alibaba announced that the retailers who have  agreed  a partnership with Tmall include Costco from the US, Countdown from New Zealand, Lottemart from South Korea and RT-Mart from Taiwan. 

    Costco, which opened a flagship store on Tmall last year, plans to launch tailor-made products for Chinese consumers. Clearly, this is an attractive route to growth for retailers like Costco, giving instant access to new customers. We'd expect more retailers, and particularly those with iconic private labels, to look to use marketplaces in this way in the future, as for example, Swiss retailer Migros has done with Amazon in Germany. 

    The pricing of these products on Tmall is intended to be consistent with the global outlets of these retailers. To achieve that, Alibaba has been stepping up efforts on simplifying and speeding up customs clearance procedure and delivery process, through working with customs authorities in Shanghai, Guangzhou, Zhengzhou, Hangzhou and Ningbo. The retailer has also been promoting the imported products online and offline to attract more shoppers.

    Source - IGD Retail Analysis -

  • 07 May 2015 6:14 PM | Elsa Fairbanks (Administrator)

     5 June  - FDEA Roundtable with Soil Association, Bristol
    Exploring opportunities for organic foods in world markets

    10 September -  Selling to the international foodservice, travel and tourism sectors   
    One day event focusing on :

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