FDF’s latest data shows that the proportion of UK manufacturers who were pessimistic about business conditions declined in Q4 2019, with more reporting improved business confidence than in any other quarter of the year.
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Recommendations for the government’s future UK trade policy have been made by organisations from across the food and drink supply chain.
The report highlights issues for the industry including exports and developing markets, increasing automation, sustainable packaging and health and diet.
To ensure resilience in the UK food system, the FDF has said that the industry must remain competitive and improve productivity, and that resilience underpins the efforts of the industry, ensuring it can provide affordable food to consumers and shoppers.
The government has published an update to the UK’s temporary tariff regime for a no-deal Brexit, but the FDF's Policy Manager warns that it will be "catastrophic."
The UK food industry has requested from the government that it waive aspects of competition law after a no-deal Brexit.
Numerous food associations have put forward a letter to the Environment Secretary detailing how consultations should be set back for review.
The FDF has recently published a report detailing the steps taken by its members to help deliver a more sustainable food system.
"Businesses need time to be able to implement and test any proposed Brexit agreement," says Dairy UK chairman.
Food manufacturers and businesses are currently facing rising costs in relation for food stockpiling in case of a 'no-deal' Brexit.
The Food and Drink Federation (FDF) recently published the second of its new quarterly business confidence surveys, which reveals that more than three quarters of manufacturers expect input prices to rise in the remainder of 2018.
Food industry figures in the UK had praised the Government's whitepaper for prioritising friction-free trade before President Trump's interview in The Sun.