Boosting skills, lifting agricultural productivity, improving the UK’s diet and dealing with the fallout from Brexit were identified as priorities for the coming 12 months at the first UK Food and Drink Sector Council meeting.
Claims that the US is “sick and tired” of the UK moaning about chlorine-rinsed chicken evoked a strong response from the food and farming alliance Sustain, who insisted the UK is “not going to shut up about it”.
The UK food sector has welcomed news that Brexit negotiations will move to stage two – the future trading relationship – after the European Commission confirmed “sufficient progress” has been made on discussions over the divorce settlement.
Rising food prices, regulatory uncertainties and challenges from international trade deals post-Brexit will conspire to create a “perfect storm” that threatens to rain on the UK food industry’s parade.
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 of a “no deal Brexit”.
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 “explosion” in demand for vegetable-based smoothies.