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  • 01 Oct 2020 5:33 PM | Sandra Sullivan (Administrator)

    The FDEA, Food and Drink Federation (FDF), and the Agriculture and Horticulture Development Board (AHDB) have come together to support the recovery of UK food and drink exports and update the Five Steps to Success guide to help businesses successfully navigate the export process and signpost a range of support that can help.  Key terms are explained, questions answered and support offered through five simple steps, concluding with an overview of useful contacts
    Download a copy here

  • 01 Oct 2020 1:01 PM | Sandra Sullivan (Administrator)

    The COVID-19 pandemic significantly impacted the exports of food and drink in the first half of 2020, with exports falling for the first time since  2015.  Exports fell by 13.8% to £9.7bn, as both exports to EU and non-EU markets declined.  Exports to the EU (-14.5%) decreased at a faster rate than those to non-EU markets (-12.6%).

    Read full details at
    Download the summary (pdf)

  • 30 Sep 2020 3:26 PM | Sandra Sullivan (Administrator)

    The first shipments of UK beef are to depart for the USA today (30th September), marking a historic moment for UK farmers and food producers.

    Following the USA’s longstanding ban on EU beef – introduced in the wake of the BSE outbreak in 1996 – market access for UK beef was granted in March 2020. UK beef producers now have access to the US market for the first time in over 20 years.

    Today’s news means the sector can now begin to reap the economic benefits of trade with the US – with industry estimating beef exports will be worth £66 million over the next five years.

  • 25 Sep 2020 12:38 PM | Sandra Sullivan (Administrator)

    The Government has launched a series of webinars on exporting products of animal origin from 1 January 2021, including health certificates, health ID marks and labelling. Places are limited on each one, so you are advised to book now online via

  • 13 Aug 2020 9:34 AM | Sandra Sullivan (Administrator)

    The US tariffs on $7.5bn worth of goods as part of the ongoing Airbus dispute have been reviewed with changes  effective from 1 September.

    Sweet biscuits will now be exempt following the latest review.  Britain’s gin industry was spared tariffs that the US had included on a list of potential targets.  New tariffs were imposed on jams from France and Germany.  Duties on Single Malt Scotch Whisky remain.
  • 28 Jul 2020 9:40 AM | Sandra Sullivan (Administrator)

    Flipkart Group, India’s homegrown e-commerce group, has announced the launch of Flipkart Wholesale, a new digital marketplace that will help transform India’s retail sector through the consumer e-commerce segment and technology for the country’s mom-and-pop “kirana” grocery stores and other small retailers.

    Kiranas and MSMEs are central to India’s retail sector, with around 12 million kirana stores serving neighborhoods throughout the country. Flipkart Wholesale will focus on meeting their needs by providing a wide product selection at significant value, powered by technology to make their lives easier. Businesses will have one-stop access to an extensive selection of products, supplemented with data-driven recommendations for stock selection, delivered through a fast and reliable network to drive greater efficiencies and better margins.

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  • 24 Jul 2020 11:16 AM | Sandra Sullivan (Administrator)

    July has seen Whole Foods open a new store in Washington, D.C. and it's 14th store in New York City at Manhattan West.

    For 40 years, Whole Foods Market has been the world’s leading natural and organic foods retailer. As the first national certified organic grocer, Whole Foods Market has more than 500 stores in the United States, Canada and the United Kingdom.

    All food at Whole Foods Market must meet the company’s rigorous quality standards, which prohibit hydrogenated fats, high-fructose corn syrup and artificial sweeteners, as well as over 100 colours, flavours and preservatives commonly found in food.

  • 23 Jul 2020 3:40 PM | Sandra Sullivan (Administrator)

    The UK Government seeks the views and expertise of stakeholders to help develop the 2025 UK Border Strategy and ensure that the government and industry are able to work in partnership together to deliver a world class border.

    This consultation closes at 11:55pm on 28 August 2020.

    The government’s ambition is to create the world’s most effective border by 2025, to ensure the UK becomes an even more attractive place to travel to and do business with. It will ensure the UK is better protected against crime, terrorism and environmental and biosecurity threats.

    The Government welcome responses from stakeholders with an interest in the border including:

    • the border industry and its representative bodies
    • logistics firms and those who support others to move goods through cross-border supply chains
    • UK or international businesses who trade across the UK border or who are considering doing so
    • organisations who depend upon the movement of goods or people across the UK border
    • groups representing commercial and leisure travellers
    • experts on border processes, procedures and technology

    Read more and submit your response to the consultation:  click here to view

  • 22 Jul 2020 9:28 AM | Sandra Sullivan (Administrator)

    Starbucks Coffee is introducing its own mobile order and payment system in the Mainland Chinese market as a feature on Alibaba platforms Taobao, Amap, Koubei and Alipay.

    The Starbucks Now (“Fei Kuai”) service can be used by Starbucks customers to pre-order and pay for their beverages and food online before in-person pick-up at local stores, providing a measure of convenience whether at home or travelling.

    The feature was previously only available in Starbucks China’s own mobile app. The extension of service into the Alibaba digital economy via its cross-functional Alibaba Business Operation System (ABOS) gives Starbucks a channel into the online giant’s user base of close to a billion customers.

    “The Covid-19 pandemic highlights the importance of digitalisation, which is the cornerstone for any successful brand in China,” said Alibaba Group VP Toby Xu. “Alibaba is committed to bolstering businesses’ digital firepower through ABOS.

  • 10 Jul 2020 9:19 AM | Sandra Sullivan (Administrator)

    The organic market continues to explode. The «Agence Bio » (French agency for the development & promotion of organizing products) has just published the impressive results for 2019: a turnover of 11.93 billion euros, up by 13.5%, or + €1.4 billion compared to 2018, with €11.3 billion from retail and direct purchases and € 640 million

    In foodservice,  organic products represent 6.1% of food purchases, a figure that has doubled in five years.

    This year, there was strong growth of processed organic products, with a sales growth of 31% for frozen foods, 24% for beers and 16% for grocery products.

    Fruit, grocery products, soft drinks and smoked-products are still largely imported from the European Union or third countries.,354278
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