Brexit

Welcome to our special page on the UK's pending exit from the European Union. We have pulled together our own articles on the impact of Brexit on inflation and food and commodity prices along with latest analysis from our expert writers and contributors, as well as respected external sources to give suppliers and retailers the complete picture and latest news as we prepare to leave Europe


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Fresh produce veteran Laurence Olins announces retirement Subscription

18 Sep 2017 | By Kevin White

Olins started out in the sector during the late 1960s and has been at the forefront of the debate over the fresh produce industry’s Brexit-influenced labour shortages

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Beef, cheese and veg 'to soar 30% without zero tariff deal' Subscription

15 Sep 2017 | By Ian Quinn

Brexit could see the cost of items in a typical UK shopping basket soar by as much as 30%, according to the BRC

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Waitrose profits hit by Brexit and store renovation costs Subscription

14 Sep 2017 | By Emma Weinbren

Waitrose sales rose 2.2% to £3.1bn, with like-for-like growth of 0.7%

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Post-Brexit trading arrangements to be probed in new inquiry

14 Sep 2017 | By Kevin White

Commons Efra Committee will invesigate ‘new opportunities and challenges for the UK’s agri-food sector’ from new trading relationship with EU

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FSA seeks expansion of powers and funds to aid smooth Brexit Subscription

08 Sep 2017 | By Kevin White

Repatriating EU food safety laws back to the UK would require greater resources across a host of different regulatory areas

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Rise in food and drink firms gunning for export growth in wake of Brexit Subscription

07 Sep 2017 | By Edward Devlin

Food and drink producers are more optimistic about their growth prospects than they were a year ago as they plough more investment into expanding their businesses overseas in the aftermath of the UK’s decision to leave the EU, according to an annual industry report.

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Leave voters back seasonal work permits for EU citizens Subscription

06 Sep 2017 | By Beth Gault

New research by British Summer Fruits reveals 61% of Brexiteers favour a visa scheme

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City snapshot: Food and drink industry 'alarmed' over leaked Home Office plans for EU migrants post-Brexit Subscription

06 Sep 2017 | By Edward Devlin

Leaked Home Office documents outlining a strict immigration policy to force all but the most highly skilled EU migrants to leave the UK after Brexit show a “deep lack of understanding” of the important contribution European workers make across the food chain, the industry has warned.

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Fruit & veg sector backs Coupe warnings of produce rotting at borders Subscription

04 Sep 2017 | By Kevin White

Mike Coupe warned fresh food could be left rotting at the UK border if strict customs checks are introduced after Brexit

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BRC warns of major post-Brexit fresh produce shortages

30 Aug 2017 | By Ian Quinn

Bare shelves and soaring prices witnessed during the lettuce and courgette shortages ‘could be repeated on a grand scale’

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The Brexit effect: 10 foods we're already paying more for

10 Jul 2017 | By Carina Perkins

Justin King has warned shoppers should prepare themselves for “higher prices, less choice, and poorer quality”

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Old El Paso and Green Giant prices rise as mults hike General Mills brands Subscription

17 May 2017 | By Carina Perkins

Supermarket prices for General Mills’ UK brands are surging, prompting speculation the supplier has become the latest to push through Brexit-related cost inflation

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Waitrose hikes banana price again in face of rising costs Subscription

29 Mar 2017 | By Kevin White

Price for 1kg of loose bananas rises to 75p as retailer cites increase in costs

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UK food prices return to inflation according to official statistics Subscription

21 Mar 2017 Updated: 21 Mar 2017 | By Alec Mattinson

The price of UK food and non-alcoholic drinks rose 0.3% in February after 31 consecutive months of decline, according to the Office of National Statistics.

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City snapshot: Finsbury Food Group warns it must recover rising costs Subscription

19 Jan 2017 | By Alec Mattinson

Finsbury Food Group has said “further cost recovery” will be required in the second half after flat first half sales

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Freddo bar set for 20% price increase as cocoa prices rise Subscription

13 Jan 2017 | By Daniel Selwood

Move is a “last resort” to manage costs, insists Mondelez

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Is Brexit for wimps, excuse-wise? Subscription

15 Sep 2017 | By Adam Leyland

Not at all. For all the opportunities, it’s tough out there, and the industry needs answers

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Freddo fury shows just how much Brits are in the dark about food price increases Subscription

14 Sep 2017 | By Carina Perkins

Most shoppers are still blissfully unaware of what is coming … now it’s up to the industry to set the record straight

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Brexit uncertainty threatens our exports success

12 Sep 2017 | By Steve Perez

Consumers across the continent still want British products, especially food and drink

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Even Brexiteers are alarmed by the government's inertia Subscription

08 Sep 2017 | By Kevin White

The government’s position on transitional Brexit arrangements was “very clear”, claimed David Davis on Thursday

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Your six-point Brexit battle plan

01 Sep 2017 | By Allan Wilkinson

Agrifoods is, perhaps, one of the industries that will be hit hardest by post-Brexit uncertainty

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