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Janet McCollum: Brexit could 'limit export opportunities'

Moy Park backs Remain in Brexit vote

By Oscar Rousseau

Meat processor Moy Park has thrown its full weight behind the UK remaining in the EU eight days before the crucial referendum.

A Brexit vote would impact food and drink more than other sectors, warned Liz Truss

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Food sector 'better off in the EU': Liz Truss

By Rick Pendrous

Environment secretary Liz Truss has claimed the future success of the UK’s food and drink manufacturing sector hinged on it remaining a part of the EU, in a speech to industry leaders last month.

Food and drink sector is leading the UK manufacturing recovery

Food and drink manufacturers boost UK output

By Gwen Ridler

Rising output reported by food and drink manufacturers has boosted the UK manufacturing sector, despite lacklustre export demand, according to a new Confederation of British Industry (CBI) report.

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People on the move in food and drink

By Michelle Perrett

Marks & Spencer, the Scottish government and British Poultry Council lead our selection of the most recent appointments in the UK food and drink industry.

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ABP’s CEO Paul Finnerty retires

By Oscar Rousseau

Irish meat processor ABP has announced CEO Paul Finnerty will leave the company and retire on 30 September 2016.

Owen Paterson (left) and James Paice: opposite sides in Brexit debate

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Former Tory food ministers slug it out over Brexit

By Rick Pendrous

Britain’s ability to develop genetically modified (GM) foods was a central theme of a debate on next month’s EU referendum between two former Tory food ministers yesterday (May 12) in London.

Smaller food and drink operators are more in favour of a Brexit than big manufacturers

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Brexit backed by more smaller food firms

By Rick Pendrous

Support for a Brexit in next month’s EU referendum is stronger among smaller food and drink operators, with many not expecting it to make a very big difference to their businesses, according to a new survey conducted by the publisher of this website.

Europe still produces 12% more pork that it consumes, according to AHDB Pork

Pork consumption grows in the EU

By Oscar Rousseau

The consumption of pork across the EU, particularly in the south, has increased for two years on the trot, according to new data. 

Sir David Naish: reinvestment in Sweden delivered

Hilton Food Group buoyed by strong profits

By Aidan Fortune and Oscar Rousseau

Multinational meat packing business Hilton Food Group has reported strong profit growth for 2015, but analysts have questioned if the business can maintain results against the backdrop of Brexit.

From left: Diane Dodds MEP; Pim van Ballekom, vice president of the EIB;Tony O’Neill, Dunbia's deputy chief executive; Malcolm Keys pork producer

European Investment Bank visits growth-seeking Dunbia

By Oscar Rousseau

Officials from the European Investment Bank have visited Dunbia in Northern Ireland, with the meat producer keen to establish whether the EU bank can “support” the pork business in the future.

The polyurethane Flowfresh range has achieved international HACCP certification

Flowcrete takes food safety floor message to Europe

By Oscar Rousseau

UK manufacturer of resin flooring, Flowcrete UK, will embark on a tour of Europe’s food and drink trade shows to highlight why good flooring is important to maintaining food safety and preventing contamination.

Brexit could spark a 'food industry crisis', warns the new report


Brexit could spark a ‘food factory crisis’

By John Wood

Leaving the EU could spark a “food factory crisis”, according to new research on the consequences of a British exit, or Brexit, from the EU, from the Food Research Collaboration (FRC).

Picture: Istock/studioaraminta. BEIC welcomed the consultation on the report

FSA considering change in egg safety advice

By Joseph James Whitworth

An expert group set up to look at safety has found a reduction in the risk from Salmonella in UK shell eggs since its last report 15 years ago.

Welsh food products would be hit by Brexit, claims the FUW

Brexit and the food industry

Brexit: ‘dangerous step into unknown’, says union

By Michael Stones

Quitting the EU would be “a dangerous step into the unknown”, warned the Farmers Union of Wales (FUW), during a debate with Welsh first minister Carwyn Jones and the UK Independence Party leader Nigel Farage, organised by the Institute for Welsh Affairs.

The UK bought 837kg of colistin to use on farm animals in 2014

Antibiotic-resistant pigs found in the UK

By Oscar Rousseau

Pigs resistant to last-resort antibiotics, used on humans when all other medication fails, have been discovered in the UK, sparking fears of an ‘antibiotics apocalypse’. 

New novel foods regulation is expected to speed product launches

Novel foods changes will speed launches

By Noli Dinkovski

The EU’s decision to streamline the way it regulates novel foods and ingredients has received broad support from the food industry.

Alibaba has appointed its first UK md Amee Chande

Alibaba opens UK office for euro expansion

By Michael Stones

Global online retail giant the Alibaba Group has appointed a UK md to run its UK office, as part of plans to expand its business empire into Europe and facilitate sales to China.

The Britain Stronger in Europe group was launched today

Keep UK in EU, argues new campaign group

By Michael Stones

Britain will be better off within the EU, a new cross-party campaign group launched today, led by the chairman of online grocery business Ocado and former chief executive of Marks & Spencer Stuart Rose will argue.  

UK government calls for more local labelling

UK government calls for more local labelling

By Niamh Michail

The UK government is calling on manufacturers to use local county of origin labelling on its products – but unlike in Italy such measures would be voluntary.

Quality Meat Scotland will be present at this year's Anuga trade show

Scotch Beef and Lamb highlighted at Anuga

By Aidan Fortune

The Scottish red meat industry will be showcasing Scotch Beef PGI and Scotch Lamb PGI in Cologne, Germany at the world’s largest food trade fair at Anuga. 

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Could it be you? BakeryandSnacks seeks new editor

By Oliver Nieburg

BakeryandSnacks, the leading global trade publication for manufacturers in the bakery, snacks and cereal is seeking a new editor to take it to the next level.

Food and drink manufacturers 'want to remain in the EU', according to industry

Investment to stop until EU referendum – EEF

By Nicholas Robinson

Investment in manufacturing will cease if the prime minister does not hold a referendum on EU membership at the earliest opportunity, the manufacturers’ organisation EEF has said.

Should we stay or should we go? Food manufacturers want to be part of a strong EU, said the FDF

Food manufacturers ‘want to be part of strong EU’

By Michael Stones

Food and drink manufacturers “want to be part of a strong EU”, Ian Wright, Food and Drink Federation (FDF) director general has told this website, ahead of a key business leader’s speech tonight, which will urge bosses “to speak out early” in favour of...

It's vital the UK stays in the EU, bosses say

Weak euro threatens food’s export boom

By Nicholas Robinson

Food industry exports could be hit by challenging exchange rates, calling the sector’s recent growth into question, figures show as one of Britain’s biggest manufacturers urges the UK to leave the EU.


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