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  • 30 Apr 2021 2:22 PM | Sandra Sullivan (Administrator)

    Congratulations to FDEA members Bute Island Foods, Cofresh Snack Foods and Snowdonia Cheese for winning the Queens Award for International Trade 2021

    Over the last six years, Snowdonia has grown its overseas sales more than six-fold, selling to more than 25 countries including Canada, Australia, United States of America and across Europe.

    Eat Real started as a disruptive challenger brand and now, 50 countries later and over 600% growth over 6 years, are a mainstream player.

    Bute Island Foods, based on the Isle of Bute in Scotland, export a range of dairy free vegan cheeses. Overseas Sales have more than doubled in three years, with Australia, Sweden, Spain, Finland and Israel becoming key markets

    Well done to all involved and great working with you.
  • 26 Apr 2021 12:05 PM | Sandra Sullivan (Administrator)

    This week has seen the publication of the UK food and drink export statistics for 2020 by the Food & Drink Federation.

    Data shows UK food and drink exports in 2020 fell by 9.7% compared to 2019.   The Covid pandemic and the UK's exit from the EU have clearly had a major impact.

    Exports to both EU and non-EU markets fell by 8.0%, and 12.1% respectively. Most of the top 10 products exported by the UK also fell due to the pandemic. This includes a decline in volume of the UK’s top three products: whisky (-13.7%), chocolate (-2.3%) and cheese (-7.5%).

    Download the summary data: click here (dropbox pdf)
    Source - Food & Drink Federation.

    Is this your experience?  Complete our short survey to help FDEA build insights on the impact on your exports.  Click here to access (jotform)
  • 22 Apr 2021 9:48 AM | Sandra Sullivan (Administrator)

    According to PLMA, Carrefour is starting the integration of the 172 stores that it acquired from Supersol in Spain. The stores are mainly located in Andalusia and Madrid and they will be converted to Carrefour’s Express, Market and Supeco banners this year.

    Across the Atlantic, Carrefour has bought Grupo Big Brasil, the third largest food retailer in Brazil. The agreement comprises 387 stores and the retailer is valued at approximately 1.1 billion euros. The deal strengthens Carrefour’s leadership in Brazil.  The retailer plans to convert Grupo Big’s stores to its Atacadão, Sam’s Club and Carrefour hypermarket banners.

    The two groups have combined sales of around 153 million euros, operate 876 stores and employ around 137,000 people.

    Source:  PLMA
    Organisers of the PLMA Amsterdam trade show

  • 21 Apr 2021 4:12 PM | Sandra Sullivan (Administrator)

    Participating in the British Frozen Food Federation (BFFF) Business Conference on 20 April, Nicola Thomas from the FDEA team gave an overview of the opportunities that exist in the export market.

    Her first point was that in many regions of the World the Food Markets are changing in structure so that in many ways they resemble Grocery and Food Service Markets in Europe.

    The Pandemic has accelerated the requirement for food that is produced safely and to high standards – something the UK manufacturing base is well recognised for. Her phrase for this was the ‘Power of Made in Britain’.

    As markets develop there is also more interest in Own Label, which again plays to the strength of many BFFF members where we can leverage skill knowledge and expertise in supporting retailers seeking to develop an Own Label range or indeed in improving an existing range.

    Data gathered by FDEA suggested the Frozen Food Market globally will grow by 5% between 2020 and 2025. Key trends are very similar to the UK with Vegan, Free From and Better For You products. Health and Wellness is now a Global trend.

    However, to be successful you need to plan, create a clear strategy and do your research on which regions or countries are the best target for your products.

    With the Government providing support for exporters there is no better time than now to seek to expand your horizons.

  • 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.

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