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  • 07 Jun 2021 4:22 PM | Anonymous

    Great to welcome our newest member - Freedom Confectionery  - The UK’s First & Original Gelatine Free Marshmallow; Free-From Gluten, Diary, Egg, Fat, Soy. 100% Vegan and 14 Allergen Free. Halal Certified, Vegan Society UK certified, BRC Accredited facilities and Kosher Suitable.  Now that's impressive!

    The team have secured some great clients in the foodservice sector  and are keen to build their retail brand internationally too.     

    The marshmallows apply themselves very well within the Baking, Ice Cream, Quick Service Restaurants and Hot Beverage sectors. Freedom can offer bespoke flavours and colours, various barrier coated, chocolate coated, Freeze Dried and many more. With their wealth of knowledge and experience and knowing just how to get the best out of our Marshmallows, we look forward to working with Elvin Willgrass and the team.

  • 04 Jun 2021 3:00 PM | Anonymous

    The United Kingdom has secured a new trade deal with Norway, Iceland and Liechtenstein that will boost critical British sectors like digital, slash tariffs on high-quality British food and farm products and supports jobs in every corner of our country.

    The deal agreed in principle today (4th June) is the first time these three European countries have included dedicated chapters on digital trade and small businesses in any trade deal, making it the most advanced they have done to date.

    Cutting-edge digital provisions mean when British firms export to Norway and Iceland, they will be able to benefit from commitments that limit unnecessary paperwork. Electronic documents, contracts and signatures will allow goods to move seamlessly across borders, saving businesses time and money.

    The agreement significantly cuts tariffs as high as 277% for exporters to Norway of West Country Farmhouse Cheddar, Orkney Scottish Island Cheddar, Traditional Welsh Caerphilly, and Yorkshire Wensleydale cheese. There are also tariff reductions and quotas on pork, poultry and other goods. UK wines and spirits including Scotch Whisky will also now be recognised in Norway and Iceland.

    Reduced import tariffs on shrimps, prawns and haddock will reduce costs for UK fish processing, helping support some 18,000 jobs in that industry in Scotland, East Yorkshire and Northern Lincolnshire.

    Read the full document - click here
  • 21 May 2021 3:58 PM | Anonymous

    The EU Commission recently confirmed that goods originating in GB exported to the EU tariff free under the UK-EU Trade and Cooperation Agreement (TCA) do not require Meursing Codes on import. 

    The UK Government has agreed that the same application can apply where goods are moved from GB to NI and the TCA is used to create a zero tariff outcome in respect of the application of the EU tariff under the Northern Ireland Protocol.

    You will not need to enter anything in the Meursing code data item on TSS/CDS where preference is claimed.

  • 19 May 2021 11:56 AM | Anonymous

    FDEA works in partnership with the PS8 team to run UK pavilions at international trade shows.  The effects of the pandemic have clearly had a huge impact on the ability to take part in these important contact building events and we know many of you are keen to get back to exhibiting. 

    The good news is that a number of shows are being planned for the autumn and the PS8 team are actively recruiting UK companies to take part, with the option of being represented at FHC Shanghai by FDEA member CBBC.

    ANUGA - Cologne - 9-13 October
    Speciality & Fine Food Asia - Singapore  28-30 September
    FHC Shanghai - 9-11 November
    PLMA (private label) Amsterdam - 15-16 December

    Contact Karen Beston at PS8 to register interest or find out more on these or other shows of interest.

  • 17 May 2021 9:57 AM | Anonymous

    Spain is a market highlighted by FDEA members as one where products are struggling to get through.  The Spanish authorities have specific requirements which are detailed below.

    The Spanish Ministry of Health has recently published guidance and a declaration form to help businesses in Great Britain exporting goods of animal origin and composite products to Spain.
    There are specific Spanish requirements that are needed along with EU Export Health Certification. These requirements are divided by product type along with the general health documentation to be submitted with all consignments.

    Information on this is provided in this guidance. These include listing the percentage of ingredients and additives used in the manufacturing of the food. This documents lists the requirements by type of product.  Point 2 (page 6) details the health documentation to be submitted with ALL consignments. 

    Completing this declaration form with the required information is optional however it should help improve the process of exporting food from GB to Spain.
  • 14 May 2021 5:00 PM | Anonymous

    The French authorities have confirmed all Border Control Posts (BCPs) in France will accept 4-hour pre-notification for all chilled consignments.

    Prior to import, the operator responsible for the consignment must notify entry of goods subject to SPS controls at a BCP at least 4 hours before arrival of the consignment in the EU territory. To guarantee a smooth border crossing, pre-notification must occur before goods are loaded onto the ferry/shuttle. The pre-notification must be submitted via TRACES-NT, the European Commission platform, by completing Part 1 of the common health entry document (CHED).

    Source. Cabinet Office Border and Protocol Delivery Group 

  • 11 May 2021 12:17 PM | Anonymous

    AA Foods & Nairn’s Oatcakes to expand in The Netherlands

    In March of this year, in cooperation with our In Market expert for the Netherlands, AA Foods, Nairn’s expanded their assortment Gluten Free biscuits and crackers at the main Dutch retailer Albert Heijn from 7 to 12 items on shelf. Alongside this, the availability of the existing products has been improved by getting a wider range of distribution in the stores. This will lead to a huge increase in sales value in 2021. The expansion is being supported by a PR and social media campaign, as well as an in store campaign at Albert Heijn.

    If you are looking for business and sales support in The Netherlands, please contact FDEA In-Market Expert for the Netherlands: André Adolfs, owner of AA Foods at or +31 6 8301 9495


  • 10 May 2021 5:26 PM | Anonymous

    On 13 April, 2021, the General Administration of Customs of the People's Republic of China (GACC) issued "Administrative Measures on Import and Export Food Safety" which will come into force since 1 January, 2022.

    FDEA Member CIRS Group has provided the following summary:

    • From the 1st of Jan 2022, all Overseas Food Manufacturers are required to register under GACC No.248 Order "Administrative Provisions on Registration of Overseas Manufacturers of Imported Foods". This is mandatory for all food products entering or selling in China Market.

    • From the 1st of Jan 2022, Chinese labels for imported health foods and special dietary foods must be printed on the smallest sales package.

    • Five functional ingredients including Coenzyme Q10, Melatonin, Fish oil, Broken Ganoderma lucidum spore powder and Spirulina can be used in health food filing products, and gelatin candy and powder have been the available dosage forms of health food filing

    For more information on this or any other Chinese label compliance, please check the CIRS website: or email its food regulatory consultant:

    CIRS Group is a global product compliance consulting firm with subsidiaries  in Ireland and the UK to provide professional and timely Chinese food regulation compliance services for oversea food companies entering China, including supporting of oversea manufacturer registration service.

  • 06 May 2021 9:18 AM | Anonymous

    The fast-moving foreign exchange market trades more than $6 trillion daily. Understanding why it moves is half the battle.

    FDEA Professional Associate Member AFEX have created a monthly currency outlook offering insight into market dynamics and currency pairs that may affect your business.

    Click here to read the AFEX currency report

    How do you manage your Global Payments?  AFEX have been partnering with FDEA for many years and are working with a number of our members to manage their global payment requirements.  They recognise every business is different and will have their own internal policies. Paul Szymanski from the AFEX team would be happy to discuss your business requirements and what works best for you.  Contact Paul Szymanski  Contact Paul Szymanski -

    Established in 1979, AFEX is one of the world’s largest privately-owned non-bank providers of international payment and risk management solutions. AFEX serves more than 35,000 active commercial and private clients from offices across the EMEA, Americas and APAC, executing over one million transactions annually in more than 100 currencies.

  • 30 Apr 2021 2:22 PM | Anonymous

    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.

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