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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?

'Very little appetite' amongst consumers for post-Brexit food regulation changes

Politicians need to think very carefully about how they communicate what Brexit means for food safety and regulation, according to new research carried out in Scotland.

Unilever ranked at more than twice the value of KraftHeinz

Nestlé is the most valuable company in the world in terms of its corporate value and collective brand value while Unilever's total brand portfolio is over double that of KraftHeinz, according to a report....

UK food industry calls for early Brexit deal with Ireland

Heads of the British food and drink industry have called on the government to organise early Brexit trade deals with the Republic of Ireland.

Unilever wants stronger UK protection from foreign takeovers

Anglo-Dutch giant Unilever has called on the UK government to revisit the country's rules on takeovers and acquisitions to protect ‘national champions’ against foreign takeovers.

FDF sends urgent requests to UK government as confidence in the industry falls by almost half

British businesses are almost half as confident about the British business environment as they were last year, a survey has shown. The UK’s Food and Drink Federation has appealed the...

Fairtrade back in growth as foundation launches new marketing strategy

The Fairtrade Foundation has launched a new, hard hitting marketing strategy following research showing that 23% of UK consumers “never think about who produces their food and drink”.

US deal will flood UK market with food people don’t want, warns respected academic

A trade deal with the US will give “the majority of the UK public food they don’t want” as well as open “a very new can of worms” in terms of food fraud, according to...

Kraft Heinz drops Unilever bid but are other UK firms 'sitting ducks' for post-Brexit takeovers?

Unilever shares have plummeted as Kraft Heinz drops its multi-billion dollar merger bid -  but with the sterling weakened by Brexit, smaller firms are "sitting ducks" for foreign takeovers, UK politicians...

Guest article

The Brexit effect on food safety regulations

The implications of the Brexit referendum have left many in the food industry uncertain of how future food safety assurance will be influenced. Simon Weaver, red24’s Product Risks Commercial Manager,...

Brexit will be sweet for cane and beet, says British sugar industry

Brexit’s impact on the food industry remains speculation, but one British market feels the outcome of the UK’s impending departure will be sweet: the sugar industry.

A ‘sustainable food pact’ between industry and government is the only way to save UK farms: Green Alliance

Efforts to drive food prices down and increase production have resulted in major degradation of UK farmlands, and Brexit may be a golden opportunity to restore health to British agriculture...

Could Brexit trigger a race to the bottom for Britain's food safety & quality?

As the UK government's white paper on Brexit calls for "frictionless trade", the National Farmers' Union has spoken out in favour of a level playing field with new trade partners,...

Dairy industry responds to Brexit speech

This week, British Prime Minister Theresa May outlined some of the expectations of Brexit negotiations, expected to begin after the UK formally announces its intention to leave the EU this...

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May's vision for Brexit: Twelve-point plan or glorified wishlist?

UK prime minister Theresa May yesterday set out her 12-point plan for the country’s exit from the European Union. What did it tell us and how has the food industry...

Brexit-proof? Irish food and drink 2016 exports exceed €11 billion

Irish food and drink exports have exceeded 11 billion despite the fall in exports to the UK, according to figures from the country’s food board, Bord Bia, a total increase...

Roquette on pea protein: ‘In five years’ time the off-taste issue will be completely resolved.’

French player Roquette is a decade into protein – and its commitment is building having just announced a major pea-focused investment in North America. At Health Ingredients Europe (HiE) the...

Little chance of post-Brexit food fraud frenzy

Criminals operating in the UK’s food chain are “home grown” and unlikely to be involved in organised crime, according to the head of the country’s food crime unit (FCU)....

The nutra space: Eyes turn to 2017

Only the seemingly foolish would have predicted 2016 would see the UK vote to leave the EU and Donald Trump win the US presidential election. But in the post-truth era,...

Europe’s Plan B: The ‘Common Food Policy’

An independent think tank, IPES, has been set up to advise the EU and work towards creating a common food policy that would create a sustainable, healthy and profitable food...

Quiz of the year: How much do you remember about 2016's biggest food news?

Think you remember the major events to hit the European food industry in 2016? Let us put your knowledge to the test with our news quiz!

Guest article

Beyond Brexit: Five legal issues UK food firms need to protect against in 2017

The year ahead will present UK food companies with a range of major legal challenges over and above the fallout from Brexit, according to leading food industry lawyer Peter Cusick.

Record high stock levels mean low food prices in 2017: Rabobank

It's good news for consumers but not for world farmers as Rabobank predicts low food prices in 2017 due to high global stock levels– despite instability in Europe and America.

'Climate smart' pulses are key to global food security: FAO

'Climate smart' pulses are essential to global food security by delivering high-nutrition protein to people and critical nutrients to soil, said the UN's Food and Agriculture Organisation (FAO) on World Soil Day. ...

French companies climbing aboard before Brexit

The UK’s vote to withdraw from the European Union has prompted more requests from French companies to export to the UK, says the French Trade Commission.

Study finds UK packaged food sales have declined steadily throughout past decade

Has UK packaged food gone past its sell-by date?

Packaged food sales in the UK have reached their lowest growth rate in a decade due to an increase in discounter stores, innovation fatigue, and an increase in eating out...

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