Part one of the National Food Strategy has been published by Henry Dimbleby, offering recommendations for the future of food policy and trade. Here, New Food highlights the views of some key industry players...
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Despite the fall in exports, the analysis also revealed that there was an increase in non-EU demand for UK branded goods, from countries such as the US and China.
The industry coalition, which includes the FDF, has launched the guidance to help policymakers better understand sector-specific issues by answering FAQs about using recycled content in packaging.
FDF’s Director of Membership and Commercial Engagement and incident lead on COVID-19 describes the impact coronavirus has had on food and beverage manufacturers and how FDF has been managing and offering support during the crisis.
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.
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.