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09 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 availability – changes to HGV drivers testing With an estimated shortfall of 100,000 HGV drivers , the UK Government is expected to announce a plan to shorten the testing ...
09 September 2021
The Northern Ireland Protocol describes the special market arrangements that apply to NI, following the UK’s departure from the EU. The Protocol provides for various easements and special measures, making it easier to move food and drink from GB to NI. These are time-limited and were initially expected to cease at the end of September 2021. However, moving agri-food goods has proven...
09 September 2021
The UK Prime Minister has announced new financial measures intended to help pay for NHS activities and social care. These were approved in the House of Commons on 8th September. The NHS has come under extreme pressure as a result of COVID-19 and many non-COVID treatments have been delayed, with large backlogs developing. Funding social care for an ageing population is a serious and ...
07 September 2021
Background The UK left the EU Single Market and Customs Union in January 2021 and the post-EU Transition Period ended in December 2021. Movement of goods between the UK and the EU is now regulated by the Trade and Co-operation Agreement ( TCA ), whilst the Northern Ireland Protocol governs movement between Great Britain and Northern Ireland. When the Transition Period ended, the EU i...
06 September 2021
Availability concerns slip back Click chart to enlarge Although absence rates relating to COVID-19 are thought to be falling, broader operational labour and HGV driver shortages are continuing to create challenges for supply chains. This is resulting in lower order fulfilment levels than normal, meaning there is an impact on availability of some food and groceries. In the lat...
31 August 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 availability report Organisations from across the food and farming sector including the National Farmers Union and Food and Drink Federation have produced a new report - E...
31 August 2021
Rising availability concerns Click chart to enlarge Although absence rates relating to COVID-19 are thought to be falling, broader operational labour and HGV driver shortages are continuing to create challenges for supply chains. This is resulting in lower order fulfilment levels than normal, meaning there is an impact on availability of some food and groceries. In the latest...
24 August 2021
From October 2022 the rules for selling products high in fat, sugar and salt (HFSS) in the United Kingdom will change. This deck summarises Governments proposed restrictions that will limit marketing of HFSS foods and drinks. Download .addAfter { position:relative; } a.addAfter:after { content: ""; position: absolute; right: 0px; bottom: 0px; border-right: 17px solid white; b...
23 August 2021
Stable availability concerns Click chart to enlarge Although absence rates relating to COVID-19 are thought to be falling, broader operational labour and HGV driver shortages are continuing to create challenges for supply chains. This is resulting in lower order fulfilment levels than normal, meaning there is some impact on availability of food and groceries. In the latest sh...
20 August 2021
In a guest blog featuring Alexandra Dalton from the University of Leeds Institute for Data Analytics (LIDA) , Alex explores how the pandemic has influenced dietary habits and shines a light on LIDA’s collaboration with IGD and leading retailers and manufacturers to test strategies to encourage healthy and sustainable diets. Naturally, we are all concerned about our own and our family’s heal...