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  • 31 Oct 2019 9:45 AM | Sandra Sullivan (Administrator)

    The rise and premiumisation of private label: Sales surpass $143bn, notes Nielsen

    Consumers are increasing their spending on private label products and have become "much more willing to splurge on store brands than they would for name brands," according to Nielsen.


  • 30 Oct 2019 9:16 AM | Sandra Sullivan (Administrator)

    Get information on how to prepare your business for Brexit.

    Call the helpline to find out about:

    • where to find information and guidance on what your business needs to do to prepare for Brexit
    • other government helplines that are available to support your business to prepare for Brexit

    Business Brexit helpline
    Telephone: 0300 2000 900
    Monday to Friday, 8am to 6pm

    Contact the Brexit imports and exports helpline for information about importing and exporting goods after Brexit.

    Contact the EU Settlement Resolution Centre helpline if you need help or information about the EU Settlement Scheme.
  • 22 Oct 2019 9:37 AM | Sandra Sullivan (Administrator)

    In Germany, the demand for good quality and organic food is increasing.  Many supermarkets now have a large selection of regional organic products, and increasingly there are unpacked shops and organic speciality stores. EDEKA now also runs its own organic markets. A second branch has now opened not far next to Hamburg in Dinkelsbühl in Middle Franconia.

    On October 10th. Two branches of “Naturkind” opened their doors – an offshoot of the supermarket giant EDEKA, which thus also enters the organic business. These are, according to Tagesspiegel, smaller than the usual EDEKA supermarkets and contain up to 7,000 products that are certified organic .

    Read more at International Supermarket News

  • 18 Oct 2019 10:43 AM | Sandra Sullivan (Administrator)

    In June, Chinese government officials signed a protocol agreement to ship beef from the UK for the first time in 20 years marking the end of a ban following the BSE outbreak.

    Today, approval has been granted for full access in a deal estimated to be worth around £230 million over the first five years.

    Four sites have been cleared to export beef in the first instance, with shipments expected to arrive by the end of the year.


  • 27 Sep 2019 11:00 AM | Sandra Sullivan (Administrator)

    The Food & Drink Federation has published 2019 Half year exports of food and drink:

    • H1 2019 exports of food and drink increased by 5.1% (y-o-y) to £11.3bn. This has largely been driven by growth in the value of exports to non-EU countries (+9.8%), with growth over four times that of exports to the EU.

    • The UK's food and drink trade balance has declined, indicating that relative dependence on imports has increased by 0.8% since H1 2018.

    • While year-on-year growth in the value of food and drink exports exceeded 11% in Q1, the second quarter of the year saw a decline on the same period in 2018 (-0.6%). Evidence from members suggests that the figures we reported in Q1 were significantly inflated by the impacts of stockpiling.

    • All of the UK's highest value exported products have grown in H1 2019, with whisky, salmon, wine, gin, and pork increasing by over 10% on the same period last year. Salmon, beef and gin have also all seen volume growth above 10%.


  • 09 Aug 2019 12:43 PM | Sandra Sullivan (Administrator)

    The UK Government website is where to find the full list of the trade and mutual agreements signed with non-EU countries.  This includes:

    Norway and Iceland  The agreement provides certainty that UK businesses who trade with Iceland and Norway can continue in a no deal scenario, without any additional tariffs.  Read more here

    Switzerland - The agreement simplifies trade and allows businesses to continue trading freely, without any additional tariffs. It continues the elimination of duties on the vast majority of goods traded between the UK and Switzerland.   Read more here

     A full list of trade agreements is being regularly updated online and can be viewed at -

  • 09 Aug 2019 9:29 AM | Sandra Sullivan (Administrator)

    A new website has been developed to assist businesses in planning and preparing for Brexit. It provides links to a wide range of official advice and to the expertise of the various UK Food and Agriculture partner organisations listed, including FDEA, who are pooling their resources to provide this support. It is based on a series of Frequently Asked Questions, which will be updated as additional information becomes available.

    Click here to access  -

    This information applies only to a “no deal” exit. If a Withdrawal Agreement is concluded before then, or if the Article 50 deadline is further extended, new advice will be issued.

    Companies will need to consider carefully the risks of making changes ahead of time. There are also a number of areas where government preparations are still in progress and definitive guidance is not yet available.

  • 09 Aug 2019 9:19 AM | Sandra Sullivan (Administrator)

    The Food and Drink Federation (FDF) has announced the shortlist for the Food and Drink Federation Awards 2019, which take place on Thursday 19 September at The Royal Lancaster, London. 

    Exporter of the Year (sponsored by Santander) - shorlist:

    • Ramsden International
    • Millennium Group
    • St Pierre Groupe Ltd
    • Belvoir Fruit Farms
    • Global Brands Ltd.
    • Mr Lee's Pure Foods Co.

    Good luck to all !


  • 28 Jun 2019 11:41 AM | Sandra Sullivan (Administrator)

    On June 22, 2019, the Government of Canada published proposed changes to labelling requirements in the Food and Drug Regulations (FDR) and the Safe Food for Canadians Regulations (SFCR). A public consultation on proposed amendments to the FDR and the SFCR under the Food Labelling Modernization (FLM) initiative is open until Sept 4. 

    The amendments would provide consistency around food labels. This would allow consumers to make more informed decisions on what foods they buy. The proposals include several changes to provide clearer information on food labels; including where imported food comes from, what the food contains, and how long the quality of the food will last.

    The consultation specifically wants to hear views on acceptable statements for origin labelling of imported products

    For full details please read the information online - click here

  • 27 Jun 2019 1:55 PM | Sandra Sullivan (Administrator)

    The Environment, Food and Rural Affairs Committee’s has this week launched its Brand Britain: Promoting and Marketing British food and drink report.  FDEA gave evidence at the enquiry with views shared on grants for companies exhibiting at trade shows, the GREAT campaign and support needed for UK companies.

    See the summary below.  The full report can be downloaded from the Parliament UK website - click here

    Food and drink manufacturing is the UK’s largest manufacturing sector, contributing £28.2 billion to the economy annually. In 2018, food and drink exports were worth £22.6 billion. Trade is therefore vital for the food and farming industries. This inquiry explored whether enough was being done to promote British food and drink, at home and abroad.

    While progress is being made in some areas, we are concerned that the Government is not being ambitious or strategic enough in its approach to marketing and export activities. The food and drink industry has recognised what needs to be done to increase export activities via its proposed Food and Drink Manufacturing Sector Deal. The Government should approve this Sector Deal immediately and confirm a timetable for its implementation. 

    Food labelling

    Research shows that while origin is important to some British consumers, purchasing behaviour is primarily driven by price. The origin of food can be found on the label, but less often for processed food. 

    The Government should introduce requirements for the origin of characterising ingredients in processed foods to be specified on labels – for example, the origin of the poultry in a chicken curry. This would enable those consumers who prefer to buy British to make informed choice. 

    Geographical Indications 

    Geographical Indications (GIs) provide legal protection against unlawful imitation of protected food and drink products. They also confer a price premium on products, making GIs both economically important as well as a recognised indicator of origin. 

    Given the potential for the UK to leave the EU without a deal in October, the Government should ensure that the domestic GI system meets the criteria required for EU approval and is ready prior to exit, to minimise disruption to British exporters. This Report recommends the Government make seeking a reciprocal agreement with the EU on GIs a priority, especially if agreeing an overarching withdrawal agreement is not possible.

    Tradeshow Access Programmes 

    The Government’s Tradeshow Access Programme (TAP) provides businesses with support they need to attend trade shows abroad. It is seen by the industry as an important way for companies, particularly small and medium-sized enterprises (SMEs), to promote their businesses and break into new markets. The Committee therefore welcome the increased focus on SME participation in TAP. 

    However, TAP spend on food and drink has declined by 10 per cent since 2017/18. This dip reflects an ongoing trend of decreased funding. In addition, the rules on accessing grants have become more restrictive. The Tradeshow Access Programme should be reviewed urgently, in consultation with industry and trade associations. Funding should be potentially increased as part of the upcoming Spending Review. 

    International awareness

    Awareness of British food and drink is low in international markets. More research is required to work out the best ways to promote British products overseas and increase exposure to British food. Recognising this gap, the Agriculture and Horticulture Development Board (AHDB) has made commendable efforts to provide international market intelligence. The AHDB currently conducts market research across both domestic and international markets. 

    It is not clear if this dual responsibility is the most effective arrangement. The current review of the AHDB should consider whether the balance of funding between domestic and international market intelligence and promotion is fit for the future. AHDB should also assess if more needs to be done to promote to the domestic market. 

    Neil Parish MP, the Chair of the Environment, Food and Rural Affairs Committee, said: 

    “Trade remains an integral part of the UK economy. Our food and farming industry generates hundreds of billions a year and employs one in eight people. Given the uncertainty of Brexit, it is absolutely essential that the Government takes steps to build Britain’s global brand for food and drink. 

    “What the current approach to marketing and export is really lacking is enough ambition or strategic thinking – the Government cannot afford to be complacent at a time of such grave importance to the sector. 

    “Those working in the sector have clearly recognised what needs to be done to increase export activities in the proposed Food and Drink Manufacturing Sector Deal. We must see the Government work closely with the industry to promote our food and drink excellence around the world.

    “As our Report states, market access and increasing exports do not happen overnight, and action must be taken urgently.”

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