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  • 02 Apr 2021 10:19 AM | Sandra Sullivan (Administrator)

    New EU Rules from 21 April 2021

    From 21 April 2021, if your composite product is shelf stable and contains no meat, a private attestation will need to be completed by the importer in the EU or Northern Ireland when your product is exported to the EU, or moved to Northern Ireland.

    Composite products that are not shelf-stable, or that contain meat, require an Export Health Certificate.

    Composite products subject to BCP/PoE checks and requiring a private attestation 

    ·        The private attestation does not have to be signed by an Official Vet (OV) or Food Competent Certifying Officer (FCCO) and must be prepared and signed by the importing food business operator in the EU/NI.  

    o   The EU/NI importer or agent should provide the original private attestation to the EU Border Control Post (BCP)/NI Point of Entry (PoE)

    o   The EU importer will require a declaration from the exporter of the composite products. This declaration will need to attest that the dairy products and egg products contained in the composite products have undergone the required heat treatment. There is no set model for providing this declaration and it does not have to be signed by an OV or an FCCO. 

    Composite products subject to risk-based destination checks and requiring a private attestation 

    ·        Shelf-stable composite products not containing processed meat and listed in legislation (including bread, pasta, olives, sweets) are exempt from BCP/PoE checks, provided the products meet all of the following requirements: 

    o   Any dairy and egg products in the product have been subjected to the required heat treatment (currently UHT or Sterilisation equivalent)

    o   They are identified/labelled as intended for human consumption 

    o   They are securely packaged or sealed 

    ·        The private attestation must be prepared and signed by the importing food business operator in the EU/NI and must be available with the product at the point it is placed on the EU market.  

    ·        The EU/NI importer will need the same exporter declaration regarding the heat treatment of the dairy and/or egg components of the product as they would if the product was subject to BCP checks.   

    Heat treatment of dairy  

    Shelf-stable composite products containing no meat require the private attestation under the EU rules introduced from April 2021. This attestation requires the dairy and egg content to meet specified heat treatment requirements. For the dairy elements of the product, this is limited to treatment at least equivalent to UHT or sterilisation.  

    The EU have recognised that this poses a challenge for the ongoing export of shelf stable composite products containing pasteurised dairy and no meat (e.g. certain chocolate). It is their intention to update their guidance ahead of 21 April. We understand this update will enable these products to be exported using the private attestation so long as the dairy element of the composite product originates from and has been produced in a third country listed for the export of dairy to the EU, such as GB.”


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  • 30 Mar 2021 12:09 PM | Sandra Sullivan (Administrator)

    ECRM- ONLINE MEET THE RETAIL BUYER PROGRAMME - 8-9 June 2021

    The focus of the latest in a series of ECRM programmes is on Healthy Snacks, sports nutrition, weight management and supplements

    Categories include: Protein & Meal Replacement Bars  |  Protein Powders  |  Vegan / Plant Based Snack  |  Meat Protein Snack  |  Diet Liquids & Powders  |  Energy Powders, Gels & Bars  |  Pre-Work Out Drinks  |  Bottles & Shakers  |  Supplements

    Present your products to retail buyers from Europe, including leading UK retailers and selected other countries, at ECRM's European Healthy Snack, Sports Nutrition & Weight Management Programme

    With travel restricted and large gatherings cancelled, buyers still need to source great products, and suppliers still want to get their offerings in front of the right people.  FDEA is pleased to promote this opportunity to join ECRM's latest online meet the buyer programme offering the chance of one to one online meeting with European retailers.

    FDEA Members are eligible for a discounted rate.

    Click here to register your interest.  


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  • 23 Mar 2021 1:28 PM | Sarah Briones (Administrator)

    PLMA has announced that the 2021 “World of Private Label” international trade show, which was originally scheduled for May this year, will now take place on 14-15 December at the RAI Exhibition Centre in Amsterdam.

    “We are very excited to return to holding an in-person trade show in 2021, even if it is later than originally planned”, said Peggy Davies, president of PLMA. “The PLMA team and its partners are fully motivated and eager to welcome the trade back to business in Amsterdam.”

    The show’s physical configuration and safety policies are being organised as consistent with all COVID-19 government regulations and protocols: Extra-wide aisles, hygiene toolkits on stands, safe catering and stand design setups, are some of the measures to be expected.

    “The show floor will be adapted to the new social distancing rules whilst maximising all available space to provide the best possible in-person experience”, explained Peggy Davies.

    UK companies wishing to take part should contact PS8’s Karen Beston to register interest.
  • 23 Mar 2021 12:10 PM | Sandra Sullivan (Administrator)

    According to statistics published by the Food & Drink Federation, Exports of UK food and drink fell significantly in January 2021, driven by a fall in sales to the EU of 75.5% compared to January 2020, a drop of nearly £0.75bn.

    Impacts of COVID and stockpiling by UK businesses in the EU ahead of the end of the transition period were contributing factors, but much of this is likely due to new non-tariff barriers faced by UK exporters and the collapse of groupage movements which has shut out many SME exporters.

    Click here to view summary of statistics (pdf)

  • 16 Mar 2021 10:54 AM | Mel Harcourt (Administrator)

    R.H.Amar - From small beginnings in 1945, RH Amar has grown to become the UK’s leading importer and distributor of premium grocery brands, offering brand owners the most effective route to market, and customers a one-stop shop for fine foods.

    William Santus Co Ltd- a privately owned traditional sweet company established in Wigan, England 1898. The ownership has been passed down through family generations.  They export Uncle Joe’s Mint Balls which are still manufactured using traditional methods. Uncle Joe’s Mint Balls contain no artificial additives or colours, they are GM free, gluten free and are suitable for the vegetarian / vegan market.

    Raw Living - Premier resource for the finest raw and superfood brands from around the world.

  • 15 Mar 2021 2:24 PM | Sarah Briones (Administrator)

    British food and drink has never been more popular and exports continue to be a key area for growth. This category is for companies that are entering new markets, creating targeted products or growing sales in established markets.

    It is open to manufacturers but also to intermediary companies. The judges will look at achievement and ambition relative to the size of the company, not just the largest sales figures! Read the 2020 winner’s case study >

    Please note that this category aims to celebrate the success of UK based companies exporting UK produced food and drink and therefore:

    • ·       For manufactures, 75% of your product must be produced in the UK
    • ·       Consolidators/intermediaries – you may only include British produced brands within your submission

    Enter the FDF Awards before the closing date of 26 March 2021 to make sure your company and colleagues get the national recognition they deserve! It’s completely free to enter, and you can enter in as many categories as you like and nominate multiple projects/colleagues.

    Who can enter?

    • ·       Food and drink manufacturers
    • ·       Retailers, producers, growers, hospitality
    • ·       Sectors working with the food and drink supply chain including researchers, distributors, health, local authorities, education providers

    How to enter?

    • ·       Visit the FDF website
    • ·       Download the entry form and submit your application for free online before 26 March 2021. You can enter as many categories as you like and nominate multiple projects/colleagues.
    • ·       Email the FDF events team if you have any questions.

    More information

    The FDF Awards recognise and reward excellence for innovation, competitiveness and talent in the food and drink industry.

    Each year, companies from across the food and drink supply chain enter the FDF Awards, and over 500 guests come together to celebrate the winners at the FDF Awards ceremony.

    Winners will be announced at the awards ceremony on 16 September 2021, taking place at the Royal Lancaster, London.

    View all award categories > Watch the FDF Awards 2020 virtual ceremony > Read all 2020 winner case studies > Read tips for a successful entry and FAQs >


  • 11 Mar 2021 9:21 AM | Mel Harcourt (Administrator)

    Rules of Origin: What are they? What questions should you be asking? What steps can you take to be prepared?

    To help you get your head around them, Ashbury experts have put together a helpful article that breaks down what they are and provides some steps and questions that you can use to help figure out how they apply to your products. Check it out here.

  • 04 Mar 2021 4:08 PM | Sandra Sullivan (Administrator)

    The UK and US have today agreed a new joint approach to the longstanding trade conflict over aerospace tariffs.

    The United States will temporarily suspend all retaliatory tariffs on direct exports from the UK to the US resulting from the Airbus dispute for four months, in an effort to reach a negotiated solution to the 16- year long dispute. This measure will come into force on Monday 8 March, backdated to today (4 March).

    In 2018, the year before the tariffs were imposed, the US imported around £550m of goods affected by these measures from the UK. The tariff suspension will help protect jobs on both sides of the Atlantic in industries who have been targeted by these unfair tariffs, including dairy and Scotch Whisky.

    Read more at www.gov.uk



  • 02 Mar 2021 2:52 PM | Sandra Sullivan (Administrator)

    The Movement Assistance Scheme will now cover the cost of Organic Certificate of Inspections for goods moving from GB to NI

    Traders moving organic products to Northern Ireland are now eligible for support following the expansion of a scheme designed to ease the flow of agri-food goods from Great Britain, Defra has announced today.

    The Movement Assistance Scheme means traders do not need to pay certain certification costs for moving agri-food goods, with the costs incurred by those certifying the products - now including organic control bodies - reimbursed by government up to a set amount.

    The scheme also includes a dedicated helpline for general enquiries and together these measures are making it easier to move agri-food goods from Great Britain to Northern Ireland. During January, over 100 organisations signed to up to the scheme, with the costs of over 4,000 export health certificates covered.

    Read full details:

    https://www.gov.uk/government/news/movement-assistance-scheme-expanded-to-support-organic-produce


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  • 02 Mar 2021 2:09 PM | Sandra Sullivan (Administrator)

    Food spending by the French in FMCGs rose by 8.8% between 28 December 2020 and 24 January 2021, marked in particular by the curfew which boosted the online by 2.2 points to 9%. A very favourable context in which groups of independents continue to gain ground, with Leclerc in the lead, closely followed by Intermarché.

    Against this context, high-performing internet brands are showing spectacular growth. Starting with the leader Leclerc whose drives alone represent 3.7% of the market share. These have attracted more than 500,000 additional customers. The number of orders is up +33%. Overall, Leclerc recorded a jump of +0.7 points to 22.3% over the period.

    Only the Mousquetaires group was able to compete. It gained +0.6pt to 15.7% market share thanks to its internet channel, but also by the performance of its Intermarché brand. To complete the trio, Système U recorded the third highest increase in market share: +0.4 pt to 11%.

    Accustomed to playing the leading roles, Lidl finds itself this time outdistanced with a gain of +0.1 point to 6.7%. And this with 400,000 additional customers. Its absence on the drive circuit and early closures due to the curfew have certainly slowed down the distributor's dynamics. However, Lidl's love rating gains 3 points, which places Lidl in second place behind E.Leclerc, while its image also strengthens on price (+1pt; rank 1) and on promotion (+4pts; 4th rank)

    Contact FDEA In market member for France Sutralis to explore how they can best work with you to build sales in the French Market

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