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  • 04 Jan 2018 4:32 PM | Anonymous

    See below for an extract from Secretary of State Michael Gove setting out his vision on the future of our farming industry at the Oxford Farming Conference 2018:

    Food and Drink is the UK’s biggest manufacturing sector and one of its fastest growing with an increase of 8% in exports to the EU and 10% in exports outside the EU in the first three quarters of last year alone.

    That success has been built on a reputation for quality and provenance, on the knowledge that we have among the highest environmental and animal welfare standards of any nation on earth. So people know when they’re buying British they’re buying food which is guaranteed to be high quality and more sustainable.

    That’s why it would be foolish for us to lower animal welfare or environmental standards in trade deals, and in so doing undercut our own reputation for quality. We will succeed in the global market place because we are competing at the top of the value chain not trying to win a race to the bottom.

    And Government can help in that process by under-writing that reputation for quality.

    Which is why I want us, outside the EU, to develop new approaches to food labelling. Not just badging food properly as British, but also creating a new gold-standard metric for food and farming quality.

    There are already a number of ways in which farmers can secure recognition for high animal welfare or environmental standards from the Red Tractor scheme to the Leaf mark. But while they’re all impressive and outstanding there’s still no single, scaled, measure of how a farmer or food producer performs against a sensible basket of indicators, taking into account such things as soil health, control of pollution, contribution to water quality as well as animal welfare. We’ve been in discussion with a number of farmers and food producers about how we might advance such a scheme and I think that, outside the EU, we could establish a measure of farm and food quality which would be world-leading.

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  • 27 Nov 2017 8:43 PM | Anonymous

    The Food & Drink Exporters Association (FDEA) welcomes the news that transforming support for exports has been identified in the UK Government's announcement to establish a Food & Drink Sector Council as part of its Industrial Strategy.  

    The opportunities and challenges for food and drink exports raised by exiting the EU are significant.

    FDEA and the Food & Drink Federation (FDF) are committed to working together to support existing food and drink exporters in growing their sales overseas, while helping and encouraging more companies to begin their export journey.

    We look forward to working with stakeholders to drive forward the export remit of the new Council, which must be given the resource it needs to succeed.

    See the full paper - click here

  • 27 Nov 2017 9:35 AM | Anonymous

    China is cutting import tariffs on 187 consumer goods including a number of food items.  The Finance Ministry said tariffs will drop from an average 17.3% to 7.7% and will take effect from the beginning of December.

    Download list of food items - click here

    Read more - click here

  • 24 Nov 2017 7:08 PM | Anonymous

    The Food and Drink Federation (FDF) today published its quarterly Exports Snapshot, which highlights key UK food and drink export figures for the third quarter of 2017. Q3 saw further growth, building on the strength of the record-breaking first half results seen earlier this year (1). Exports grew to £5.9bn during this time period, up 14.7% on Q3 2016. This represents growth of 11% to £16.1bn from January to September 2017 (YTD) against the same period in 2016.

    Exports of all UK food and drink grew to £5.9bn in Q3 2017, up 14.7% on 2016. This represents growth of 11% to £16.1bn from January to September 2017 year to date (YTD) compared to 2016.

    Q3 export growth to non-EU markets (+18.2%) out-performed that to EU markets (+12.5%), raising the non-EU share of exports to 41.2%

    The UK's top three fastest growing export products are liquid milk and cream, butter and spreads, and vegetable oils for the period from January to September.

    The five fastest growing export markets by value (YTD 2017) were the Philippines (+289%), Latvia (+116%), Iceland (+73.2%), South Korea (+55%) and Romania (+48%) for the period January to September.

    Exports of branded goods saw growth of 12.7% to £4.3bn YTD 2017, demonstrating strong progress towards achieving FDF's branded export ambition ahead of schedule.

    Read more and download the summary at

  • 13 Nov 2017 2:13 PM | Anonymous

    Auchan Italia has launched an awareness campaign, La Vita In Blu, which aims to help consumers make better food choices. The retailer says that the programme is based on consumer feedback and has been developed in collaboration with the medical and scientific community in Italy. Auchan says it evaluated more than 100,000 products, selecting items in each category that offer the best nutritional balance among proteins, fibres, vitamins and minerals, and contain a controlled amount of sugars, saturated fats and salt. The product selection will be updated at least every six months.

    Auchan’s initiative has created some controversy in Italy, with Federalimentare, the group representing the Italian food industry, describing it as a “totally arbitrary food assessment system”. Meanwhile, the chairman of Italy’s Ministry of Health food safety committee, Giorgio Calabrese, said that “Auchan’s selection excludes many Mediterranean diet products”.

    Source: Private Label Manufacturer's Association.

  • 08 Nov 2017 11:54 AM | Anonymous

    Major markets like Russia and Romania are the engine that drive the European FMCG branch’s growth. Discounters and convenience stores continue to expand their reach, according to the international research organization IGD.

    Local retailers expand

    Over the next five years, food sales will grow three times as fast in Central and Eastern Europe as compared to Western Europe. The European food retail industry will grow 3.8 % annually in that same time frame, but the annual growth for Central and Eastern Europe will be 6.5 % compared to 2.4 % for Western Europe.

    "Many local retailers, including X5 Retail Group, Lenta and the discounters, have planned major expansion plans for markets like Russia and Romania, where there have only been limited market consolidation efforts. This will speed up the region’s growth”, IGD’s Milos Ryba said.

    Read more at Retail Detail - click here

  • 17 Oct 2017 1:59 PM | Anonymous

    International Trade Secretary Liam Fox has announced that small businesses can now access government-backed export finance directly from their banks, boosting UK trade.

    UK Export Finance (UKEF), the UK’s export credit agency, is on Monday 16 October launching a new partnership with 5 major high street banks allowing smaller businesses to access millions of pounds in government-backed trade finance directly from their bank in seconds.

    UKEF, as part of the Department for International Trade, provides financial support to help UK companies sell to international customers. This new partnership with Barclays, HSBC, Lloyds, RBS/NatWest and Santander, announced by Liam Fox in July, comes as the Board of Trade met for the first time on 12 October


  • 29 Sep 2017 10:13 AM | Anonymous
    Value Added Tax (VAT) is due to be introduced in the UAE and wider-GCC on January 1st 2018. VAT will be charged on:
    • Supplies of goods and services by a taxable person (a person who is registered or required to be registered for VAT) where the supplies are made within the same GCC member state in the course of carrying on a business.
    • The importation of goods from outside of the GCC.
    • The exportation of goods or services to outside of the GCC – although these supplies will be zero rated.
    • The receipt of good and services cross border within the GCC – by the application of the reverse charge mechanism.
    • The receipt of services from outside of the GCC by a VAT registered customer – by the application of the reverse charge mechanism.

    More details can be seen on the website of the UAE Ministry of Finance  - click here

  • 20 Sep 2017 10:16 AM | Anonymous

    From 21st September firms across the UK will be able to take advantage of a near-total removal of tariffs on exports to Canada, as the EU-Canada Comprehensive Economic and Trade Agreement (CETA) is provisionally applied.

    CETA is the most extensive free trade agreement to date. The agreement scraps 98% of import duties, giving UK companies easy access to a valuable market of more than 35 million people and opening the door for companies to strike up productive relationships for future trade with Canada.

    DIT is keen for companies across the UK to take advantage of the opportunities CETA

    A factsheet that summarises the changes CETA brings for the food and drink sectors can be downloaded here.

    The UK Government is committed to seeking continuity in its current trade and investment relationships, including those covered by EU FTAs and provide certainty for businesses. CETA will not only boost exports in the short term, generating jobs and growth, but is also an opportunity to lay solid foundations for the UK’s future trading relationship with Canada.

    The Prime Minister recently announced the establishment of a new joint working group to examine how DIT can transition the ambitious measures set out in CETA. This will be the 13th working group established across 18 countries since the EU referendum.

  • 18 Sep 2017 12:32 PM | Anonymous

    Sponsored for 2018 by Delamere Dairy

    The awards, founded and run by FreeFromFoodsMatter celebrate the innovation and imagination shown by the food industry in creating foods that are free of wheat, gluten, dairy, eggs, nuts, soya, sulphites and other allergens.

    UK freefrom companies are increasingly looking not just to Europe but to the Middle East, India, China, Australia and the US for their markets. This new category will seek out some of the products that UK companies are exporting – sponsored in it first year by Queen's Award for Export winners and FDEA Member Delamere Dairy.

    Entry for the 2018 awards opens Wednesday 13th September 2017 and closes at midnight on Sunday 3rd December 2017.

    Judging will be in early February 2018.

    The presentation of the awards will be on 17th April 2018.

    The Awards will be showcased at the Allergy & Freefrom Shows at Olympia, Liverpool and Glasgow in 2017/8.

    For more details and information on how to enter click here

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