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  • 27 May 2020 9:54 AM | Sandra Sullivan (Administrator)

    Private label keeps gaining market share across Europe. The latest Nielsen market share statistics compiled for PLMA’s 2020 International Private Label Yearbook reports that private label gained market share last year in 14 of the 19 countries surveyed.

    Market share for retailer brands was greater than 30% in all but one of the countries monitored by Nielsen. In Europe’s largest retail markets, private label share stayed above 40% in the United Kingdom and Germany, and now accounts for nearly one of every three products sold in France. In Italy, market share climbed by more than 2 points, its biggest gain ever.

    One of the biggest increases was posted in The Netherlands, where share was up more than 7 points to 37%. The unusually large gain came as sales from Aldi with its extensive private label program, were counted by Nielsen for the first time. In nearby Belgium, market share for retailer brands climbed to 44%.

    Spain and Portugal remained very strong markets for private label.  Half of all products sold in Spain were retailer brands, while market share in Portugal climbed nearly 3 points to over 43%.


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  • 23 May 2020 12:57 PM | Sandra Sullivan (Administrator)

    Exporters will need to plan around new measures at the UK border due to come into effect on 8 June 2020.  They include 14 days self-isolation for anyone entering the UK, bar a short list of exemptions  The full list is available on GOV.UK and include:

    • road haulage and freight workers, to ensure the supply of goods is not impacted;
    • Anyone moving from within the Common Travel Area, covering Ireland, the Channel Islands and the Isle of Man;
    • a worker with specialist technical skills, where those skills are required for essential or emergency works or services (including commissioning, maintenance, and repairs and safety checks) to ensure the continued production, supply, movement, manufacture, storage or preservation of goods
    • Seasonal Agricultural Workers who will self-isolate on the property where they are working

    The Home Office has been working closely with industry partners ahead of announcing these changes.  The changes will be subject to review every three weeks, to ensure they are in line with the latest scientific evidence and remain effective and necessary.

    The measures outlined by the Home Secretary include:

    • Contact locator form – All arriving passengers will be required to fill this in to provide contact and travel information so they can be contacted if they, or someone they may have been in contact with, develops the disease.
    • Self-isolation - Passengers arriving in the UK will be required to self-isolate for 14 days and could be contacted regularly throughout this period to ensure compliance.
    • Enforcement - Anyone failing to comply with the mandatory conditions may face enforcement action.  A breach of self-isolation would be punishable with a £1,000 fixed penalty notice in England or potential prosecution and unlimited fine.  The level of fine could increase if the risk of infection from abroad increases.  The Devolved Administrations will set out their own enforcement approaches.
    • Spot checks - Border Force will undertake checks at the border and may refuse entry to any non-British citizen who refuses to comply with these regulations and is not resident in the UK. Failure to complete the form is also punishable by a £100 fixed penalty notice.  Public health authorities will conduct random checks in England to ensure compliance with self-isolation requirements.  Removal from the country would be considered as a last resort for foreign nationals who refuse to comply with these public health measures.

      Source: Department for Business (BEIS)

  • 19 May 2020 12:53 PM | Sandra Sullivan (Administrator)

    From 1 January 2021, the UK will apply a UK-specific tariff to imported goods.  

    This UK Global Tariff (UKGT) will replace the EU’s Common External Tariff, which applies until 31 December 2020.  The UKGT will apply to all goods imported into the UK unless:

    It only shows the tariffs that will be applied to goods at the border when they’re imported into the UK.

    It does not cover:

    To check the Tariffs relevant to you or to download the full UKGT - click here

  • 14 May 2020 2:19 PM | Sandra Sullivan (Administrator)

    Food retail

    In the diagram below from Nielsen, we see a YTD growth of 7.8% in Dutch food retail.   In week 11 we see a peak in supermarket turnover because of panic buying from consumers. Turnover in week 16  was higher due to Easter purchases. Easter purchases in 2020 were 7.5% up on those of 2019.

    For 2020 the forecast for supermarkets is a growth of 5.7%. Large supermarkets are expected to grow fastest because of an increase in one stop shopping behaviour. This will probably also have a negative impact on the market share of hard discounters.

    Online purchases are growing fast in this crisis. Markets share of online will grow from 3.9% in January to 4,9% mid 2020.

    Product categories such as personal safety (personal and home cleaning), home baking, home cooking and indulgence products are expected to have continued growth.

    Contact FDEA's In Market Associate for the Netherlands to discuss how you could build your business in the market.

  • 13 May 2020 1:43 PM | Sandra Sullivan (Administrator)

    The UK  has  today published  its negotiating objectives for a free trade agreement with Japan, with talks beginning shortly.

    The aim is to agree an ambitious and comprehensive Free Trade Agreement (FTA) with Japan that builds on the EU-Japan Economic Partnership Agreement (EPA), and secures additional benefits for UK businesses.  

    Read more here
  • 13 May 2020 12:44 PM | Sandra Sullivan (Administrator)

    The Government will temporarily guarantee trade credit insurance to assist businesses having trouble maintaining cover following impacts from the current pandemic.

    Trade Credit Insurance provides cover for business to business transactions, particularly in non-service sectors, such as manufacturing and construction. It insures suppliers selling goods against the company they are selling to defaulting on payment, giving businesses the confidence to trade with one another. But due to Coronavirus and businesses struggling to pay bills, they risk having credit insurance withdrawn, or premiums increasing to unaffordable levels

    Full details will be announced in due course.

  • 06 May 2020 12:52 PM | Sandra Sullivan (Administrator)

    The NOLO - literally No and Low Alcohol -  trend is gaining ground in France. Born in the UK in 2013 at the same time as the « Dry January », this trend is becoming more and more popular in France, especially because it answers a growing demand: what to drink when we tend to drink less or no alcohol at all?

    In 2018, French people over 15 have consumed 11,55L. It was 13,9L in 2000…and 26L in 1960. Overall French people drink less. Less wine mainly, but also less spirits. Beer is the only segment doing well due to its low content of alcohol. Cocktails are also getting more trendy as they enable to adjust content of alcohol.

    French consumers habits are changing. More concerned about their health or simply by choice or religious beliefs, they want to reduce their consumption of alcohol

    Read more on this and other French market news on the website of FDEA's French In Market Associate Sutralis - click here

  • 05 May 2020 11:37 AM | Sandra Sullivan (Administrator)

    International Secretary of State Liz Truss and US Trade Representative Robert Lighthizer launched the first round of Free Trade Agreement negotiations today.  This first round of negotiations will last for approximately 2 weeks and will involve around 100 negotiators on each side.
    The UK’s negotiating objectives make clear that any future agreement must continue to uphold our high standards on food safety and animal welfare.

    The UK's approach to the talks is outlined in a publication - view online here

  • 16 Apr 2020 2:13 PM | Sandra Sullivan (Administrator)

    FDEA is representing its members on weekly calls with the Food and Drink Industry Roundtable on Coronavirus, along with other trade associations from across the UK food and drink supply chain.

    This global crisis highlights just how integral food and farming industries are to our country's critical national infrastructure .  Now more than ever, it is critical that we keep imports and exports of food and drink flowing. Essential movements of ingredients and raw materials must continue so that we can supply consumers across the UK.

    FDEA and the wider industry have come together to publish a letter, calling on all Governments to ensure the continuation of critical imports and exports of food and drink at this critical time. Read the full release on the Food & Drink Federation website - 

  • 15 Apr 2020 1:43 PM | Sandra Sullivan (Administrator)

    Food and drink exports to the US have declined following the introduction of a 25% import tax in October 2019.

    The US tax on imports of pork, single-malt Scotch whisky, biscuits and dairy products was introduced following a dispute over EU subsidies to Airbus.

    The US is the UK’s second largest export market for UK food and drink.  Sales have nearly doubled over the last 20 years, but exports fell 6.7% in Q4 2019 following the retaliatory tariffs.

    The Scotch Whisky Association has reported a 25% year-on-year drop in exports for October to December 2019 in, with exports of the single malt declining by 17%. This fall represents a loss of £100m in exports.

    Read more on 2019 export figures and download data at

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