Department for Environment Food and Rural Affairs (Defra) - Articles and news items

The Food and Drink Federation’s response to UK Government’s industrial strategy

Industry news  •  23 January 2017  •  New Food

As UK Prime Minister Theresa May prepares to unveil a new, more interventionist, industrial strategy on Monday 23 January, that is designed to boost the post-Brexit UK economy, we hear from FDF Director General Ian Wright CBE…

Great British Food Unit launched to turbo-charge UK food exports

Industry news  •  21 January 2016  •  Victoria White

The new Great British Food Unit will back industry targets to further boost exports and support even more British companies export overseas potentially generating an additional 5,000 jobs in food and drink manufacturing…

Food pioneers help launch the Great British Food campaign

Industry news  •  4 November 2015  •  Victoria White

The country’s brightest food pioneers will drive the campaign to champion British produce and shift perceptions through leading trade missions, food festivals and sharing knowledge and ideas…

UK food and drink exports generate £1 billion

Industry news  •  13 October 2015  •  Victoria White

UK food and drink exports have doubled in the last decade and have generated almost £1 billion in the past two years…

UK dairy farmers to receive one-off support payments

Industry news  •  25 September 2015  •  Victoria White

In England, dairy farmers will share £15.5 million in recognition of the prolonged period of low prices in this particular farming sector…

Restrictions lifted following avian flu case in Lancashire

Industry news  •  17 August 2015  •  Victoria White

DEFRA has announced that restrictions have been lifted following an incident of avian flu on a Lancashire farm last month…

Case of avian flu confirmed at Lancashire farm

Industry news  •  15 July 2015  •  

A case of avian flu has now been confirmed at a Lancashire farm. A 10km surveillance zone and 3km protection zone have been put in place around the farm…

Suspect case of bird flu at Lancashire farm

Industry news  •  13 July 2015  •  Victoria White

A temporary control zone has been imposed at a poultry farm in Lancashire in light of a suspect case of bird flu, says DEFRA…

Food Enterprise Zones to drive rural food revolution in the UK

Industry news  •  2 July 2015  •  Victoria White

More than 10,000 new jobs are set to be added to the UK’s growing food and farming industry as a network of Food Enterprise Zones takes shape across England…

Campden BRI to test olive oil as part of new contract with the RPA

Industry news  •  15 June 2015  •  Victoria White

Campden BRI has been awarded a contract by the RPA to provide analytical testing services, including testing olive oil to ensure grading is correct…

New food village to help grow ‘food capital’ Cornwall

Industry news  •  8 June 2015  •  

Cornwall’s first dedicated food village is set to become one of the UK’s first Food Enterprise Zones (FEZs), bringing jobs and investment to the area…

Defra appoints Rear Admiral Tom Karsten as new Chief Executive of Cefas

Industry news  •  18 May 2015  •  Victoria White

Defra has appointed Rear Admiral Tom Karsten as the Chief Executive of the Centre for Environment, Fisheries and Aquaculture Science (Cefas)…

Shellfish farmer convicted of 6 offences of illegally moving oysters out of a disease zone

Industry news  •  12 May 2015  •  Victoria White

Cefas FHI have successfully prosecuted a shellfish farmer for moving oysters out of an area that is a Confirmed Designation for oyster herpesvirus…

Six new Food Enterprise Zones announced in the UK

Industry news  •  13 April 2015  •  Victoria White

The UK government has approved the creation of six new Food Enterprise Zones to kickstart local food and drink economies…

UK exports of mackerel increased by 33% in 2014 compared to 2013

Industry news  •  13 April 2015  •  Victoria White

UK exports of mackerel rose by 44% between August and December last year. Total exports increased by £29 million from 2013 to £115m in 2014…

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