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Whether Britain should stay in the European Union is one of the most fiercely debated topics at the minute and food firms, both British and European, will be affected if voters choose to leave on the 23 June. But the question is, would it leave industry stronger or weaker?

UK accused of ‘suppressing’ Brexit food price report

The UK government has been accused of “suppressing” information on the impact that the UK’s exit from the European Union will have on food prices.

‘No deal’ Brexit could hike food prices by a third: BRC

The British Retail Consortium (BRC), an industry body representing UK retailers, has warned that British shoppers could pay as much as one-third more for “everyday food items” in the event...

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GMB: CETA trade deal sets bad precedent post-Brexit

A British trade union has attacked the CETA trade deal between Canada and Europe which comes into force later this week (21 September) adding it sets a bad precedent post-Brexit.

Love Taste Co. on ‘explosion’ in demand for veggie smoothies

Love Taste Co. started as a smoothie stall in London’s Borough Market. Today, it generates retail sales approaching £40m a year. Founder Richard Canterbury talks growth, flavour trends and the...

Commission urges UK to recognise geographical indications post-Brexit

The European Commission has called on the UK to guarantee the protected status of food products that have been registered with the EU’s geographical indications (GIs) after Brexit.

Brexit leak leaves food sector ‘alarmed’ on immigration policy

A leaked document revealing the UK government’s proposal to tighten immigration rules as early as 2019 has left the food sector “alarmed” over ongoing fears of a worker shortage.

Post-Brexit supply chain disruption will lead to ‘gaps on food shelves’, BRC warns

Flexibility and imagination may be in short supply during ongoing Brexit talks but the UK also faces the prospect of ‘gaps on food shelves’ if a deal is not agreed,...

Healthiest products should be tariff-free post Brexit, says Sugarwise

The market for low- and no-sugar brands could shrink if tariffs are slapped on products after Brexit, according to Sugarwise.

Brexit: Food sector warns on worker shortages

UK food makers have issued a warning on the “significant disruption” that will ensue if the sector is hit by a drop in the number of EU workers in the...

Brexit talks must reduce risk of goods in ‘legal limbo’ say BRC

The British Retail Consortium, who stress the need to remove the risk of goods left in “legal limbo”, has welcomed the UK government’s approach to exported foods to the EU...

UK targets open Irish border for food after Brexit

The UK government has said it wants to reach a deal that will see “no hard border in the movement of goods” between Northern Ireland and the Republic of Ireland...

Food industry gives cautious reception to UK-EU customs plan

The UK government’s approach for an interim Customs Union to protect business from a 'cliff edge' post-Brexit has been given a warm, if cautious, reception from food industry representatives.

Food safety ‘highest priority’ in post-Brexit trade deals

With concern mounting that post-Brexit free trade agreements could hit food safety standards in the UK, a government spokesperson insists food safety issues are of the “highest priority” to future...

Brexit an opportunity to stamp ‘British-made’ on food, NFU insist

Policy-makers must take Brexit as an opportunity to enhance the UK’s ability to produce British food, according to the president of the National Farmers Union (NFU). 

Scrap import tariffs and review food standards post-Brexit, says think-tank

The UK should use Brexit to “lower and ultimately eliminate” trade tariffs on food imports and review all scientific evidence on food safety, including genetically modified (GM) foods and chlorine-washed chicken....

Mooovin' away from 'bargain-bin' UK: Raising livestock standards post-Brexit

Campaign groups have hailed Brexit as a historic opportunity to reshape food and farming systems to raise food-farming standards and finally bury the tag of “bargain-bin Britain”.  

Chlorine chicken and unpredictable food prices: The true cost of Brexit?

Tariff and exchange rate uncertainties after Brexit could expose the UK to “considerable and unpredictable” changes in food prices as well as previously banned practices such as chlorine-washed chicken, a think tank...

ONS recognises “shrinkflation” as reason for smaller (but not cheaper) chocolates

Servings of confectionery, fruit juice and biscuits are getting smaller without getting any cheaper, the UK government confirm as findings appear to strengthen what many consumers have long suspected.

Fears for food safety as UK changes risk management assessment

The UK Food Standards Agency (FSA) is to introduce a new “risk management framework” that could result in some businesses facing fewer, or even no inspections.

Brexit could mean 'less safe and nutritious products,' report warns

Exiting the European Union presents serious risks to businesses and workers in the food sector, a briefing paper has stated as it warns of a future of “less safe and...

Trade, skills and innovation have ‘untapped export potential,’ says FDF report

Improving the UK's efforts in trade, skills development and innovation are key recommendations in a Food and Drink Federation (FDF) - commissioned report that outlines ways to boost the country’s 2.2% share of the global...

Irish mission to Mexico looks to mitigate possible Brexit issues

Ireland’s Minister for Agriculture Food & Marine, Michael Creed TD, has undertaken a series of engagements as part of the first Irish Ministerial agri-food trade mission to Mexico.

UK mulls 'British only' filter button to encourage online shoppers to buy home produce

Almost two thirds of UK consumers would like the option to view only British produce when they shop online, according to new research.

Appetite for buying British rises as brand values fall

The value of some Britain’s biggest brands have taken a “Brexit beating” that could leave them exposed to potential buyers.

UK food and drink exports post record Q1 growth

Britain’s food and drink exports remain robust thanks to the weaker pound with UK food and drink exports for Q1 2017 valued at £4.9 billion (€5.6 billion), according to the...

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