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  • 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
  • 30 Jun 2020 12:28 PM | Sandra Sullivan (Administrator)

    Update - The exemption period for Arabic labelling and production date stamping for food & drink products to the UAE ended on 30 June. Please ensure that all shipments departing the UK for the UAE now follow the labelling and date coding requirements

  • 22 Jun 2020 9:00 AM | Sandra Sullivan (Administrator)

    The Food & Drink Exporters Association (FDEA) welcomes the Government initiative launched by Minister Graham Stuart today to support many of the UK food and drink exporters that we work with.

    We particularly welcome the appointment of an Agri Food Counsellor serving the UAE and the Gulf to be based in Dubai. It is the role of Government to ensure that markets are open to business for UK companies.  Locally based experts who can develop relationships with both regulatory and commercial interests must deliver real benefits and create opportunities to build exports.

    Whilst developing sales in the Gulf is important, our members still regard reaching an agreement on future trade with the EU, which accounts for almost 60% of Food & Drink exports, as the highest priority for Government.  Industry and Government must continue to work together to maintain and build export markets.

    Full Text of Government announcement below:

    • Package of measures designed to boost trade and investment and help industry recover from impact of coronavirus
    • Ministers believe it will help trigger an ‘export bounce back’
    • Designed partly to help businesses capitalise on opportunities that will be opened up by new trade agreements with Japan, US, Australia and New Zealand

    A ‘bounce back’ plan of trade measures for the agriculture, food and drink industry has been announced today to help support businesses that have been impacted by coronavirus.

    The new strategic interventions jointly announced by the Department for International Trade (DIT) and Department for Environment, Food and Rural Affairs (Defra) will offer immediate support to help businesses in the industry grow their trade activity overseas.

    As the UK’s largest manufacturing industry, and a key part of the UK’s food supply chain, which contributed a staggering £121 billion to the UK economy in 2018 and supports around 4 million jobs, agriculture food and drink is a major contributor to the UK economy. In 2019, UK food, feed and drink exports were worth £23.7bn – up 4.9% from 2018.  

    The measures will support producers, manufacturers and agri-tech companies right through the food supply chain, from farm to fork, and has been developed with input from trade associations, businesses and DIT’s regional and international networks. 

    The UK agriculture food and drink industry has been significantly impacted by Coronavirus during these unprecedented times. Industry have done well to adapt but we understand there have been huge pressures and the Government is committed to support the industry through this period and beyond. To address this, the roadmap includes a new programme of physical and virtual events, an overseas virtual buyer trial, a ‘Smart Distance Selling Process’, and a package of ‘Ready to Trade’ Exporting Masterclass webinars and virtual events.  

    Leveraging DIT’s existing E-exporting Programme, the measures include the launch of a new SME E-commerce Accelerator Pilot to increase the level of international e-commerce backing for SME’s in the food and drink industry.  

    The plan will also see the introduction of Defra’s first ever Agri-food Counsellor serving the Gulf, supporting our food and drink industry and representing the interests of UK businesses already exporting to the region, as well as those looking to export there for the first time. 

    The measures are being announced as part of a programme of support for the agriculture, food and drink industry to ensure they benefit from new trade and investment opportunities including future free trade agreements (FTAs).  

    Over the last two months the Department for International Trade has launched the first round of talks for the US, Japan and Australia and New Zealand Free Trade Agreement negotiations, and announced the first UK Tariff in almost 50 years, the UK Global Tariff, that firmly backs British industry, including agri-food and drink. In 2019 the UK exported £2.4bn of food and drink to the US, £312m to Japan, £453m to Australia and £58m to New Zealand. 

    The full range of measures announced today include: 

    1. Launch of a GREAT DIT Food & Drink Exporting Masterclass, an extensive and bespoke programme of webinars to be produced in conjunction with trade associations, UK regions, including Devolved Administrations, and DIT’s international network, all supported by DIT’s Export Specialists.  

    2.  Launch of Food & Drink SME E-commerce Accelerator Pilot to leverage DIT’s E-exporting Programme to increase the level of international e-commerce support for food and drink SMEs, including agri-tech. This will include the offer of one-to-one e-commerce export clinics with the programme’s e-commerce specialists and regional advisers, a new series of industry webinars and podcasts focussed on highlighting the opportunities available to export through e-marketplaces internationally, as well as virtual workshops on internationalising their websites for those companies selling direct to consumers in various markets around the world.    

    3. Promote 50 Food and Drink Export Champions to stimulate aspiring exporters, while utilising ITA specialist networks focused on agri-food. 

    4. Announce the first Defra Agri-food Counsellor serving the UAE and wider Gulf Region, with the role focussing on supporting our food and drink sector and representing the interests of UK businesses already exporting to the area, as well as those looking to export for the first time. The new Defra-funded Regional Agri-Food Counsellor will be based in Dubai and will work alongside DIT’s existing sector leads in the UAE, providing specialist knowledge and engagement in Government to Government discussions on behalf of UK interests and sectors. She will also support food and drink promotion activity at the UK pavilion at World Expo in 2021, identifying opportunities for new markets and further developing existing export relationships.

    5. Launch of a programme of physical and virtual events, using innovative, interactive software to connect buyers, promote the UK and reach international markets. This will include: an overseas virtual buyer trial working directly with chosen US buyers through a virtual delivery programme; and developing a UK ‘Smart Distance Selling Process’, which includes the dispatch of food and drink samples to buyers. 

    6. LeveragingDefra’s Food is GREAT campaign, which will extend into the UAE and the EU later this year, to provide impactful and targeted activity in priority export markets, such as USA, China and Japan. This also will be complemented by new agri-food creative imagery within DIT’s GREAT Ready to Trade campaign when this resumes in the summer, under the Food is GREAT and Invest in GREAT pillars.  

    7. Two Virtual Investor Roundtables chaired by Lord Grimstone, Minister for Investment, with agri-food and drink, and agri-tech companies to inform the development of the UK’s investment strategy, the UK Agri-Tech International Strategy and the launch of Phase 2 of the High Potential Opportunity Programme. 

    8.  Uplift of UK Export Finance’s “Exporters’ Edge” campaign to further outreach and engagement to identify and respond to the needs of the industry and raise awareness of how UKEF and Trade Finance can help the businesses win and fulfil export contracts. UKEF is also accelerating the development of its products to allow a wider range of UK exporters to access its support. Its enhanced offer will provide easier access to working capital for UK exporters by offering financing that is not tied to specific export contracts but instead supports general business activities.
  • 12 Jun 2020 5:04 PM | Sandra Sullivan (Administrator)

    The UK has formally notified the EU that it will neither accept or seek any extension to the Transition Period.

    However, coronavirus has had an unprecedented impact on all aspects of life and because of this the UK Government is introducing border controls in stages for EU goods imported into GB to give businesses more time to prepare. The stages are:

    • From January 2021: Traders importing standard goods, covering everything from clothes to electronics, will need to prepare for basic customs requirements, such as keeping sufficient records of imported goods, and will have up to six months to complete customs declarations. While tariffs will need to be paid on all imports, payments can be deferred until the customs declaration has been made. There will be checks on controlled goods like alcohol and tobacco. Businesses will also need to consider how they account for VAT on imported goods. There will also be physical checks at the point of destination on all high risk live animals and a proportion of low-risk live animals.

    • From April 2021: All products of animal origin (POAO) – for example meat, pet food, honey, milk or egg products – and all regulated plants and plant products will also require pre-notification and the relevant health documentation.

    • From July 2021: Traders moving all goods will have to make declarations at the point of importation and pay relevant tariffs. Full Safety and Security declarations will be required, while for SPS commodities there will be an increase in physical checks and the taking of samples: checks for animals, plants and their products will now take place at GB Border Control Posts.

    To support businesses with the new processes taking effect next year, Government has developed a new £50m package to boost the capacity of customs intermediaries – including customs brokers, freight forwarders and express parcel operators – providing businesses with further support. This funding will support intermediaries with recruitment, training and supplying IT equipment to help handle customs declarations. Rules will also be changed to remove barriers for intermediaries taking on new clients.

    Additionally, the UK has committed to building new border facilities in Great Britain for carrying out required checks, such as customs compliance, transit, and Sanitary and Phytosanitary (SPS) checks, as well as providing targeted support to ports to build new infrastructure. It is consulting with ports across the UK to agree what infrastructure is required.


  • 27 May 2020 4:15 PM | Sandra Sullivan (Administrator)

    Q1 exports of food and drink fell by over £700m (-12.7%) to £5.1bn compared to the same period in 2019.

    • Sales to EU countries were the hardest hit, with the total value falling by 17.4% to £3.1bn, largely driven by the immediate impacts of COVID-19, and subsequently the closure of the hospitality sector.

    • Sales to the majority of the UK's top markets declined, and the share of exports to the EU fell in Q1 2020 - both for branded and for all food and drink.

    • Almost one third of branded UK food and drink exports now go to non-EU countries, a 4.5 percentage point (pp) increase on Q1 2019. The US, Australia and China all maintained demand for UK branded food and drink.


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