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24 September 2021
This video demonstrates how concerns around food safety and brand integrity are well managed within food surplus redistribution
23 September 2021
Your overview of political and economic news with a focus on the food and consumer goods industry, featuring the latest developments and guidance on COVID-19 and adapting to a new relationship with the EU. Labour shortages – industry letter to the Prime Minister The National Farmers Union and other industry bodies including the Food and Drink Federation have written to the Prime M...
23 September 2021
In this webinar recording, you will see how the right mindset and entrepreneurial practices can unleash your creativity and help you drive innovation. 97% felt better equipped to think innovatively after attending the live session. Innovation requires freedom and creativity to think outside of the box, to imagine what doesn’t exist yet, and repurpose existing resources to solve problem...
21 September 2021
Food retail is changing, and businesses need to prepare now. Restrictions on promoting foods high in fat, salt and sugar will come into force in October 2022, and are estimated to negatively impact sales by £1.1 Billion 1 . The restrictions will prevent many products being located in premium store space. Additionally, they restrict the use of volume price promotions, which currently cause shop...
17 September 2021
Your overview of political and economic news with a focus on the food and consumer goods industry, featuring the latest developments and guidance on COVID-19 and adapting to a new relationship with the EU. New government taskforce to protect supply chains The Prime Minister has created a new Cabinet Committee to drive action to alleviate problems with logistics and supply chains. Fo...
16 September 2021
According to new ONS research , 13% of UK businesses are experienced unusual difficulty in filling job vacancies over August-September 2021. This rises to 30% for hospitality businesses, meaning that hospitality is the sector most likely to be struggling with recruitment. 31% of these businesses blamed EU Exit for their problems, compared with 25% for all businesses. In transport and...
16 September 2021
A written ministerial statement , given on 14 September 2021, has confirmed that completion of certain elements of the UK’s post-EU border arrangements for agri-food goods will be delayed for a second time. Revised timings are as follows: Item Previous timing (1st revision, Mar 2021) New timing (2nd revision, Sep 2021) Phase 2 ...
15 September 2021
With economic recovery continuing, the labour market in the UK remains very strong, with 1,034,000 unfilled job vacancies in July 2021 - a record number. The unemployment rate is currently around 4.6%, so there are few potential recruits available. EU Exit has made it much harder for UK businesses to recruit from overseas and so wages are rising fast. There are about 8.7m people in th...
15 September 2021
Wages in the UK are rising at unusual pace and other input costs for businesses are also rising. Annual “all items” inflation in the UK stepped-up sharply from +2.1% in July 2021 to +3.0% in August, when measured by the CPIH method (under the slightly wider RPI measure, rates were +3.8% and +4.8% respectively). In “food and drink”, CPIH annual inflation was +0.3% in August, meaning th...
14 September 2021
The UK’s departure from the EU requires some change in the way that agri-food imports from the EU are managed. Phase 1 of these changes – impacting alcohol, tobacco, live animals and certain High Risk plants – was implemented in January 2021. Phases 2 and 3 of the new border controls on agri-food goods were due to occur on 01 October 2021 and 01 January 2022 respectively (timing was c...