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  • 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.”
  • 19 Jun 2019 5:41 PM | Sandra Sullivan (Administrator)

    A collective of more than 30 organisations from across the UK’s food and drink supply chain have today published A Recipe for Growth, Prosperity and Sustainability: the UK Food and Drink Industry’s Plan for Success, a call-to-action for governments to support and champion the UK’s largest industry.   FDEA is pleased to be a part of this plan to support the aim of looking to Government for co-investment to support proposals to drive export growth and innovation.

    Download a copy here

  • 17 Jun 2019 10:57 AM | Mel Harcourt (Administrator)

    There have been reports in the press regarding a study citing that 60% of meat will be grown in vats or made from plant based products which taste like meat by year 2040. 

    Read the full story from The Guardian here

  • 27 Mar 2019 2:08 PM | Mel Harcourt (Administrator)

    The Department for Internal Trade has created four informative videos that help answer industry queries on tariffs:

  • 25 Mar 2019 10:25 AM | Sandra Sullivan (Administrator)

    Food and drink exports increased by 2.5% to £22.6bn from January to December 2018, when compared to the same period in 2017. This growth rate is approximately a quarter of the growth rate seen in 2017, when food and drink exports rose 9.7% compared to 2016

    Exports of branded goods fell by 0.1% to £5.8bn

    This slower growth was seen in both exports to EU markets, up 4.3% in 2018 compared to up 10.3% in 2017, and non-EU markets, down 0.3% in 2018 compared to up 8.9% in 2017.

    Growth of exports of branded goods also fell, down 0.1% when compared to the previous year. The growth was up 5.0% to EU markets, but down 10.2% to non-EU markets.

    Seven of the top 20 markets for UK food and drink exports saw a fall in value, including the United States and France which fell by 2.2% and 3.4% respectively. Exports of salmon and beer fell by 11.6% and 7.0% by value, while the other products among the top 10 exports grew over the period.

    Click here to view full summary

    Source - Food & Drink Federation (FDF)

  • 27 Feb 2019 11:57 AM | Mel Harcourt (Administrator)
    Associate Member AFEX are holding a webinar about Brexit on 20 March at 10:00AM GMT. Manvir Basi of Russell Group and Trevor Charsley of AFEX will present The Road to Brexit: A horizon-scanning webinar. They will discuss the possible roads to Brexit, and their implications for the global economy, the geopolitical landscape, and the global currency markets..


    Register for the webinar here:


  • 18 Feb 2019 2:35 PM | Mel Harcourt (Administrator)

    U.S. FDA Cancelled Thousands of Food Facility Registrations

    In February 2019, the U.S. Food and Drug Administration removed all food facility registrations from its database that were not renewed during the 2018 renewal period. It's important to ensure your facility's registration is valid before continuing exports to the United States, as food manufactured by a facility with a cancelled registration is subject to detention at the U.S. port of entry. Registrar Corp can help you verify whether your FDA registration is valid for 2019 at no cost:

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