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  • 16 Oct 2014 4:52 PM | Elsa Fairbanks (Administrator)

    Taste of Britain 2015

    The British Chamber of Commerce Thailand (BCCT) will be hosting a campaign to promote UK food and drink products throughout Thailand in Q1 of 2015.  They will be working with one of the largest food retailers in the country together with local distributors to bring  UK food and drink products to Thailand.

    To submit your company’s profile and product information to this campaign in Thailand, please contact Ching Li Archer, Project Manager, International UK Business Network, BCCT:

  • 02 Oct 2014 5:10 PM | Sandra Sullivan (Administrator)
    Companies with US interests to re-register their facilities with the FDA before year end.

    The U.S. Public Health Security and Bioterrorism Preparedness and Response Act of 2002 require that food facilities (other than private homes and individual farms) producing, storing or otherwise handling food products intended for sale in U.S. interstate commerce be registered with FDA. Registration of facilities can be performed on the internet, and is free of charge.

    For information and instructions on how to register a facility, please see FDA’s web page on the subject at the following link: To register on line, go to

    Facility Registration:

  • 15 Sep 2014 9:36 AM | Sandra Sullivan (Administrator)
    France's fifth- and sixth-largest retailers, Auchan and Système U, are to team up on buying - with the companies to work together when dealing with international brands.

    Auchan and Système U said the agreement would not cover fresh produce, some cheese products, bakery lines, meat and seafood.

    The deal will also exclude private label, which accounts for 25% of the two retailers' sales on average.

    The grocers sought to further emphasise their independence with the insistence that they would continue to operate independently on setting the product ranges available in their stores and on setting price and promotion policy.

    However, the fact Auchan and Système U are to work together on some buying is likely to cause some furrowed brows at manufacturers.

    And not just about the prospect of negotiating buying terms with - on paper - a stronger entity.

    By working together on buying, Auchan and Système U could divert the savings they make into pricing and promotions as they look to trade more effectively in some tough trading conditions in France.

    Announcing the deal, Auchan said the agreement came amid "a difficult economic context of value-destroying deflation, with no prospect that would change in the medium term".


  • 26 Aug 2014 10:52 AM | Sandra Sullivan (Administrator)
    In a decree issued on 20 August, Russian Prime Minister Dmitry Medvedev announced that salmon & trout fry, lactose-free milk & milk products, hybrid sugar maize, peas for planting, seed potatoes & seed onions are now excluded from the list of banned products. The Russian government also relaxed imports of selected food additives, vitamin-mineral complexes, flavour additives & protein concentrates (of animal & plant origin), as well as biologically active supplements.

  • 07 Aug 2014 4:03 PM | Sandra Sullivan (Administrator)

    View the list of agricultural products, raw materials and foodstuffs originating from the European Union that are banned for imports to the Russian Federation for a period of one year

    Keep up to date with the latest DEFRA announcements on the sanctions

    click here to access the DEFRA website

  • 23 Jun 2014 1:05 PM | Sandra Sullivan (Administrator)
    The FDA is proposing to update the Nutrition Facts label found on most food packages in the United States. The Nutrition Facts label, introduced 20 years ago, helps consumers make informed food choices and maintain healthy dietary practices. If adopted, the proposed changes would include the following.
    • Greater Understanding of Nutrition Science
    • Updated Serving Size Requirements and New Labeling Requirements for Certain Package Sizes
    • Refreshed Design
    The comment period has been extended to 1 August 2014. Click here to read more.

  • 20 Jun 2014 10:14 AM | Sandra Sullivan (Administrator)
    Aldi has emerged as the third-largest grocery retailer in Australia, behind Woolworths and Coles. According to a Roy Morgan Research survey of consumer shopping habits, Aldi has doubled its share of the Australian market since 2007 and now accounts for more than 10% of supermarket spending.
    Aldi’s customer base has also risen fourfold in eight years, from 1 million customers a month to 4.2 million a month. Aldi has expanded its range by about 30% in the last few years and now offers 1,500 SKUs, compared with 700 when Aldi opened its first store in Sydney in 2001.

    Source: Private Label Manufacturers Association

  • 20 Jun 2014 10:06 AM | Sandra Sullivan (Administrator)

    The latest market share data shows clearly that the popularity of private label continues to spread across Europe. Retailer brands now account for at least 30% of all products sold in 15 countries, the greatest number ever, according to Nielsen data compiled for PLMA’s 2014 International Private Label Yearbook.

    Three countriesundefinedSweden, Finland and Czech Republicundefinedcrossed the 30% market share line last year for the first time. The number of countries achieving 30% share has been rising steadily. Back in 2011, only 10 countries made it. In 2012, the number climbed to 12.

    Of the 20 countries tracked by Nielsen in 2013, 16 posted volume market share gains. The biggest percentage increases were made by Sweden (+5.1 points), Finland (+4.0 points), Poland (+3.1 points) and Slovakia (+2.7 points).

    Source PLMA International
  • 03 Apr 2014 1:44 PM | Elsa Fairbanks (Administrator)

    SPAIN: Dutch retailer Hema enters Spain with pilot store

    By Hannah Abdulla | 2 April 2014

    Hema makes its Spanish debut

    Hema makes its Spanish debut

    Dutch value retailer Hema is to open its first store in Spain today (2 April).

    A spokesperson told just-food today (1 April) the first store would be a pilot launch and its success would be evaluated over a six-month period.

    She disclosed was coy about the number of stores Hema could open in Spain.

    "We have an ambition to grow, and want to open more stores but it depends on the success of this launch".

    The Spanish store will have a food, fashion and hardware offering "from the total assortment of our stores in France," she added.

    At the end of last week Hema announced it would open its first two UK stores in London this summer.



  • 12 Dec 2013 9:45 AM | Sandra Sullivan (Administrator)

    12 December 2013

    The Food and Drink Federation (FDF) and the Food and Drink Exporters Association (FDEA) will today join forces to toast the UK's top exporters at FDEA's annual Network Forum. The event, at London's Plaisterers' Hall, will this year feature a keynote speech by the Rt Hon Owen Paterson MP, Secretary of State for Environment, Food & Rural Affairs.

    A vital driver of economic growth, food and drink is the UK's largest manufacturing sector and one where exports are high on the agenda for both Government and industry. In September, FDF, FDEA and UK Trade & Investment teamed up for the first ever Open to Export Food and Drink Focus Week. October saw the launch of Government's new International Action Plan for UK food and drink exports while last week saw the UK's largest ever official trade delegation to China.

    The Secretary of State will be joined by industry speakers including FDF's Economic and Commercial Services Director, Steve Barnes who will provide insight into how UK food and drink exporters have fared in 2013, with the latest FDF figures revealing growth of 3.4% for the year to date – and particularly strong growth outside the EU (+11%).

    Targeted effort will be required to further grow UK food and drink exports, in particular to European neighbours. Today's event is just one of many ways in which FDF, FDEA and Government are supporting UK food and drink businesses with their export journeys. Leading exporters, Tyrrells Crisps, Fever Tree, Fisherman's Friend, Suma Wholefoods and Mrs Crimbles will also give presentations, drawing upon their own export experiences.

    The Rt Hon Owen Paterson MP, Secretary of State for Environment, Food & Rural Affairs, and event keynote speaker said:

    “The food and drink industry is our largest manufacturing sector, contributing a staggering £96.1 billion to the economy last year and employing nearly 4 million people.

    “I want to build on this success and there's huge potential for UK producers to expand by exporting more of our excellent products to overseas markets. That's why I launched the 'International Exports Action Plan' and 'Food is GREAT' campaign which will help 1,000 UK food and drink companies grow their businesses and boost our economy.”

    FDF's Economic and Commercial Services Director, Steve Barnes, said:

    “I can't think of a better way to round off the year than getting together with our industry's top exporters to celebrate success in 2013 – and giving other businesses a chance to learn from this. We're delighted that the Secretary of State is coming to show his support for food and drink exports moving into 2014 and we look forward to working with Government on the Action Plan. ”

    FDEA's Director, Elsa Fairbanks, said:

    “Our annual event is a must-attend for exporters and potential exporters alike. The market insights and networking opportunities on offer help delegates review their export plans and have the confidence to seek out new markets.”

    “FDEA's on-going event programme includes organising UK pavilions at international trade fairs around the world, offering practical support and advice to exporters, and conducting research into new trends and opportunities in markets around the world, including regular contact with buyers. These are all key tools in building on the sector's strong export performance.”

    Notes for editors:

    1. The Food and Drink Federation (FDF) is the voice of the food and drink manufacturing industry – the UK's largest manufacturing sector. For more information about FDF and the industry we represent visit:
    2. The Food & Drink Exporters Association is the UK trade association dedicated to food and drink exporters. For more information about FDEA and the Annual Network Forum, visit:
    3. This year's Network Forum will highlight the opportunities available in new markets. IGD's Vicky Santini, an expert on Asian retail, will offer analysis of premium global retailers, with advice on which retailers and markets to watch. Integration Consulting's Janaina Roque, a market expert on Latin America, will assess the export potential of this largely untapped market for UK food and drink:
    4. Earlier this year, FDF and FDEA collaborated on a guide for SMEs, '10 Steps to Export Success', available as a free download
    5. FDF working with FDEA publishes half-year and full-year export reports, which are available to view or download. A copy of FDF's 9 month 2013 export report is available upon request by emailing

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