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


BRChas appointed Stephen Bethel as corporate affairs director

Ex-MoD spin doctor Stephen Bethel to head BRC corporate affairs

18 Jan 2018 | By Ian Quinn

Bethel will lead the BRC’s communications and political engagement team with its three priority campaigns…

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AHDB looks beyond EU with restructure of operations Subscription

17 Jan 2018 | By Rachel Graham

Restructure is desigend to save more than £750,000 over two years and will include a number of new positions

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Buoyant sales for Buckfast but Brexit hits profit margins Subscription

12 Jan 2018 | By Alec Mattinson

Annual accounts for owner J Chandler & Co for the year to 31 March 2017 show a 3.1% rise in sales

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Irish food and drink exports rise 13% to hit record high Subscription

11 Jan 2018 | By Helen Gilbert

The UK remained Ireland’s key export market, accounting for 35% of total exports

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Co-op's Steve Murrells urges post-Brexit EU partnership Subscription

10 Jan 2018 | By Ian Quinn

Murrells welcomed Michael Gove’s pledge that payments to farmers would be extended post-Brexit

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Stark warning on productivity issued by AHDB

05 Jan 2018 | By Kevin White

A “yawning productivity gap” that opened up between 2000 and 2013, worth over £4.3bn in lost GDP, needs to be addressed

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Farm subsidies to continue until 2024 pledges Michael Gove

04 Jan 2018 | By Kevin White

Speaking at the Oxford Farm Conference, the environment secretary promised a less bureaucratic subsidy system after that

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Princes profits hit by cost hikes and exchange rate pressure Subscription

02 Jan 2018 | By Carina Perkins

Pre-tax profits excluding impairment charges were £28.7m, down from £54.4m in 2016

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PM insists EU free-trade deal before Brexit is possible Subscription

21 Dec 2017 | By Carina Perkins

General election delay to negotiations will not affect ability to secure deal before 29 March 2019 insists May

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'No deal' with EU would hike UK food prices, admits Gove Subscription

20 Dec 2017 | By Carina Perkins

The UK would not opt out of WTO tariffs to lower costs for consumers, he warned

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UK inflation rises to highest level since 2012 Subscription

12 Dec 2017 | By Alec Mattinson

The UK Consumer Prices Index has risen to 3.1% in November – its highest level since March 2012.

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Müller shrinks Frijj milkshakes’ size, but not their price Subscription

16 Nov 2017 | By Daniel Selwood

The supplier said the move would help shoppers consume less sugar

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Shrinkflation now 'endemic' in food and drink Subscription

07 Nov 2017 | By Carina Perkins

Three-quarters (76%) of 200 manufacturers surveyed in August and September 2017 under pressure to cut prices

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City snapshot: BRC-Nielsen finds food price inflation remains at 2.2% as fresh prices rise Subscription

01 Nov 2017 | By Alec Mattinson

Food price inflation remained at 2.2% in October, according to the latest BRC-Nielsen shop price index, but fresh food inflation is increasing while ambient inflation eased last month. Plus, Glanbia reports third quarter figures, clothing retailers fall after Next update and all the rest of the latest news from the City.

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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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Resolving our food differences with the US could be nearly as tricky as Brexit Subscription

16 Jan 2018 | By Kevin White

As the chlorinated chicken row rumbles on, resolving differences with our friends across the pond could become as challenging as the Brexit negotiations

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It's crucial for food to increase its R&D spend

05 Jan 2018

As Brexit looms, the UK food industry must increase its spend on research and development

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Brexit phase 1: encouraging, slightly

05 Jan 2018 | By Richard Lim

The agreement reached on 8 December on phase 1 of the Brexit negotiations has been met with a huge sigh of relief in many …

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Gove promises change – but there’s no getting away from those Brexit fault lines Subscription

04 Jan 2018 | By Kevin White

While the environment secretary was again adamant that UK food and animal welfare standards would be a red line in negotiations, the fault lines are already clear to see

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Progress made on Brexit must continue at pace in 2018

18 Dec 2017 | By Ian Wright

I will remember 2017 as the year the government agreed to establish a food & drink sector council

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