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  • 11 Aug 2021 4:02 PM | Anonymous

    This publicly available documents sheds some interesting insights into the performance of Carrefour across the globe, particularly in the Appendices which show the sales stats by market and by store format from page 19 onwards. Click here to view presentation

  • 06 Aug 2021 4:33 PM | Anonymous

    The Institute of Export & International Trade has signed an agreement with TradeMark East Africa (TMEA) to implement a ‘digital trade corridor’ between the UK and Kenya.

    The initiative, called the ‘UK-Kenya Trade Logistics Information Pipeline’ (TLIP), aims to eliminate paperwork and introduce better visibility in the supply chains flowing between the UK and Kenya.

    TLIP's system uses blockchain technology to link all those in a supply chain to enable fast logistic clearance and easier trading.

    A Memorandum of Understanding was signed between the parties at the Kenya High Commission in London, providing the framework for collaboration on TLIP.

  • 05 Aug 2021 9:51 AM | Anonymous
    Turnover of plant products rose by 9.1% in the year-to-date period to 23 May, to €522 million, from information shared by FDEA's partner in France, Sutralis.

    Plant-based beverages remain the heavyweight of the category, with 191 million euros, and a growth of 6.3%, ahead of plant-based ultra-fresh (140 million, +12.6%). Plant-based catering closes the top three, with a turnover for all channels of 114 million euros, up 11.3%.

    Hard discount: - In Europe, the plant-based food sector has grown by a considerable 49% over the past two years, with hard discounters exceeding the growth rates of supermarkets in most countries in various categories.

    In France sales have grown by 21% in value and 18% in volume. Hard discount sales of these products have soared (+90% in value and +112% in volume). While plant-based dairy products continue to dominate the plant-based food market, the strongest growth is coming from meat alternatives. Almond milk remains by far the most popular product in France.

  • 02 Aug 2021 1:44 PM | Anonymous

    Notices for traders

    From 1 October 2021, there will be new requirements to continue importing animal products for both human consumption and non-human consumption from the European Union into Great Britain.

    Some of the requirements include: pre-notifying authorities that consignments will be entering Great Britain and uploading a certified Export Health Certificate using the Import of products, animals, food and feed system (IPAFFS).

    It is important that businesses take the necessary preparatory steps to ensure they can comply with the new requirements. To assist you with this, DEFRA will be holding webinars for traders with a panel of experts to give you more information and to answer your questions.

    For webinar details, including registration links, please refer to the GOV.UK page

    • Importing Products of Animal Origin (9 Aug and 13 Sept)
    • Importing Animal by-Products (10 Aug and 14 Sept)
    • Importing composite products (11 Aug and 15 Sept)
    • Importing groupage loads (12 Aug and 16 Sept)
    • How to register for the Import of products, animals, food and feed system (IPAFFS) - four dates in August
    • How to raise an importer notification using IPAFFS - 11 dates in August and September

  • 30 Jul 2021 9:16 AM | Anonymous

    In Italy,  it looks like being a summer of near-normality and an autumn of recovery. According to research by Quorum/Youtrend for Wonderful Italy, at least half of Italians will equip themselves with Green Passes and precautions to avoid giving up their summer holidays, with estimates that by the end of the year the Italian economy will have rebounded by more than 5%. 

    How does this data translate into Food & Beverage consumption trends? According to IRi's surveys on sales of packaged food in organised distribution in Italy, compiled for TUTTOFOOD, comes to our aid. FAfter such a difficult year and a half, Italians feel like treating themselves well: this is confirmed by the good performance of sweet treats, which grew by 6.8% in May and 6.1% over the year as a whole, but also of festive products, which have recorded a resounding +42.5% since the beginning of the year .

    Pastries and bakery products in particular performed well, while thanks to the reopening of away-from-home outlets, beverages boomed, selling 4 times more in April than in 2020.

    Further confirmation of this trend towards indulgence and eating well, comes from the numbers for bakery products - up 3% in May compared to the same month in 2020 - and fresh pasta, which also recorded increases of over 3% both in the month and since the beginning of the year.
    What about the trend towards healthy and natural? The organic sector appears to be stabilising, with marginal downward variations but with respectable absolute values of 136 million euro in the month and 720 million between January and May. Having left behind the double-digit increases of the past few years, when Italy was catching up with other countries, organic farming is now a stabilised but respectable reality.

    Read more on the Tuttofood website, organisers of the largest Italian trade show: click here   
    Contact PS8 to find out more about exhibiting at Tuttofood Milan 2021

  • 29 Jul 2021 11:23 AM | Anonymous

    Why Kosher certification creates confidence for the vegan consumer 

    Just this morning I came across an article in a national food magazine saying meat and dairy had been found in a vegan product sold under a supermarket brand. This quickly removes consumer confidence from the brand not just the products.

    Both meat and dairy as well as fish and grape are sensitive ingredients within kosher which means there are extra rules applied to them when certifying products as kosher.

    A vegan product, which comes under the kosher classification of “Parev”, (meat and dairy free although Parev can contain eggs), would not be able to be produced on the same machinery as meat or dairy without having a 24 hour stop and a full kosherisation of the line, a very deep clean at a very high temperature to avoid contamination.

    This removes the chances of cross contamination like the one found this week in a vegan product.

    Many people look for the KLBD kosher logo on products for this reason alone. In the USA many people believe Kosher products to be cleaner and healthier than a product without this certification and more than 50% of products that are able to certify kosher there will have a kosher logo on them. KLBD products are exported worldwide including the USA and Israel.

    If you are interested in hearing more about kosher for your products, have a look at our website but please contact me too for a chat 15% discount of your first year’s certification for all members.

  • 29 Jul 2021 9:52 AM | Anonymous

    Update from FDEA member, Amivet

    "Exporters of food containing products of animal origin, for human consumption, should be aware that there will be significant changes to some of the model export health certificates, with effect from 21/8/21. The EU’s ‘Animal Health Regulation’ means there are updated model EHCs for, inter alia, fresh meat, meat preparations, meat products, eggs, dairy and fish. In essence, they are more complicated and restrictive than the ones they are replacing.

    The EU have already confirmed that EU origin meat products, such as chorizo and parma ham, cannot be reexported from GB and at the time of writing.  There are also similar concerns regarding dairy, egg and fish products; Defra are working with the EU commission to try to resolve urgently, as this could also affect exports to N.Ireland under STAMNI, if these items go on the ‘P+R’ list. The new EHCs will be useable from 1/8/21 and will run in parallel with the old ones for 3 weeks, and the last date the old ones can be signed will be 20/8/21.

    Exporters are strongly advised to liaise with their certifying officer to ensure they understand the new requirements. There is no change to any private attestations requirements." 


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  • 20 Jul 2021 2:30 PM | Sarah Briones (Administrator)

    The Government has launched a Consultation on new trading rules that will help countries out of poverty – and help British businesses and consumers at the same time.

    The Developing Countries Trading Scheme (DCTS) is a major opportunity to grow free and fair trade with developing nations. The proposed scheme would apply to 70 qualifying countries currently and include improvements such as lower tariffs and simpler rules of origin requirements for countries exporting to the UK.

    The scheme will allowing countries to diversify their exports and grow their economies, while British households and businesses benefit from lower prices and more choice.

    The UK currently operates a similar scheme rolled over from the EU, but as an independent trading nation can now take a simpler, more generous, pro-growth approach to trading with developing countries.

    The proposed new UK scheme will mean more opportunity and less bureaucracy for developing countries, for example by simplifying rules of origin requirements for the least developed nations.

    • The scheme will allow countries to diversify their exports and grow their economies, while British households and businesses benefit from lower prices and more choice.
    • The proposed new UK scheme will mean more opportunity and less bureaucracy for developing countries, for example by simplifying rules of origin requirements for the least developed countries.
    • The scheme will also help lower costs for UK businesses, leading to lower prices for consumers across a range of everyday products, by reducing tariffs on imports from low income and lower middle-income countries. For example, this could mean lowering tariffs on products including rice from Pakistan.

    The scheme runs for eight weeks and seeks the view of all sectors of society, including businesses, the public, civil society groups,consumers, associations, partner governments and any other interested stakeholders.  Views will also be sought from businesses and stakeholders with an interest across the globe.

    "Now the UK is an independent trading nation we have huge opportunity to do things differently, taking a more liberal, pro-trade approach that leads to growth and opportunity" - Liz Truss, International Trade Secretary.

  • 19 Jul 2021 11:24 AM | Anonymous

    In North Sydney, Aldi has opened the first branch of a new, smaller retail format. In terms of both range and design, it is a real break from the past.

    The first 'Aldi Corner Store' opened its doors on the north coast of Sydney on Wednesday. Through the new concept, the discounter says it wants to target the "cosmopolitan shoppers" of Australia, reports

    Read more here


  • 07 Jul 2021 11:45 AM | Anonymous

    Department for International Trade have announced the end of the longstanding Tradeshow Access Programme (TAP) which offers grants for SMEs to attend their first 6 international trade shows. As DIT Trade Challenge Partners for the food and drink sector, PS8 and FDEA have worked with hundreds of companies that have benefited from the TAP scheme and built long term business from contacts made at international trade shows run by our team.

    At a time when business is being encouraged to explore new markets and there is a strong need to rebuild business lost through Brexit and Covid-19, this decision has been made at the worst possible time for British SME exporters.

    As government priorities and promotional campaigns have changed, the TAP scheme has been a simple to understand and motivational tool that has enabled hundreds of companies to exhibit at international trade fairs whilst benefiting from the additional benefits, service and added value we deliver as sector specialist group organisers.  

    We understand that new ways of supporting companies are being developed by Treasury. We feel strongly that grants to attend trade shows must be ring fenced and not lost into other schemes that would dilute the benefits to individual companies.  British exporters need consistency to support their export strategy, rather than tinkering with support mechanisms or being asked to take part in one off Government promotional initiatives.

    If you agree, tell your MP. 

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