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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?

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...

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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!

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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...

Premier Foods has competitive edge in facing Brexit, says CEO

Mr Kipling maker Premier Foods will be protected from the effects of Brexit, according to CEO Gavin Darby.

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Brexit bites, or the price of a low pound

What will the impact of rising food prices in post-Brexit Britain be on manufacturers, retailers and consumers? Food and drink solicitor at Gordons law firm Mark Jones takes a closer look. ...

More Brexit price rises for UK shoppers

Nomad and PepsiCo will raise the prices of some products in the UK citing Brexit-induced currency changes.

IOP welcomes more investment to underpin £28bn food industry

As the UK’s relationship with the EU evolves, the Institute of Physics (IOP) has called on the UK government to make the food industry a priority to remain economically competitive....

FPC urges UK Government to revise fruit & veg trading terms, post-Brexit

The Fresh Produce Consortium (FPC) has warned of an ‘unsustainable trading environment’ post-Brexit in which escalating supply chain expenses would ultimately mean higher food costs. 

Food industry urged not to lose sight of sustainability issue, post-Brexit

The UK's exit from the European Union is an opportunity to reshape its food and farming policies to ensure long-term sustainability of jobs, health and the environment.

Unilever & Tesco close 'Marmitegate'

Unilever and Tesco have resolved their dispute over price increases for brands such as Marmite, but both are remaining tight-lipped over details of the deal.

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