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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Brexit deal vital for food & drink industry, BEIS warned Subscription

13 Dec 2017 | By Ian Quinn

FDF director general Ian Wright predicted there could be ’catastrophic’ price rises of 7% to 10% if there was no deal

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Defra move to recognise animal sentience welcomed

12 Dec 2017 | By Rachel Graham

Draft welfare Bill has been welcomed by welfare campaigners and explicitly recognises animals have feelings and emotions

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Urgent clarity needed over post-Brexit transition period, warns FDF

12 Dec 2017 | By Carina Perkins

Food and drink businesses could start scaling down UK operations next year unless the government confirms there will be a post-Brexit transition period, it suggested


Brexit could raise risk of salmonella in eggs, warns Sustain

08 Dec 2017 | By Matt Strudwick

A UK and US free trade deal would mean having to bow to American food standards, says food campaigner

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Food industry welcomes Brexit 'breakthrough' on Irish border Subscription

08 Dec 2017 | By Carina Perkins

PM Theresa May has confirmed there will be “no hard border” with Ireland after Brexit

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Non-EU trade deals could collapse due to Brexit warns BRC Subscription

07 Dec 2017 | By Ian Quinn

The BRC and FDF are urging ministers to address the future of bilateral deals…


Irish border solution 'essential' says Ulster Farmers' Union

05 Dec 2017 | By Kevin White

Comments follow collapse of talks between UK, Ireland and EU yesterday after DUP vetoed deal for ‘regulatory alignment’ between NI and ROI

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'Big concerns' over EU planning for hard Brexit border checks Subscription

29 Nov 2017 | By Kevin White

Readiness of European authorities, in addition to the UK, would be a key ‘determining factor’ in delivering smooth Brexit, MPs hear

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Crisis report warns of Brexit 'shockwave' to European meat Subscription

28 Nov 2017 | By Kevin White

Up to 32,000 jobs could be lost across Continent, suggests European Livestock and Meat Trades Union


Animal sentience: where does the UK really stand?

27 Nov 2017 | By Rachel Graham

The government has faced a backlash over its position on animal sentience after Brexit, so what exactly is going on?

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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.


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


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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Lord Price has a positive story to tell at FDF President’s Reception Subscription

07 Dec 2017 | By Ian Quinn

Former Waitrose boss insists there are still reasons to be cheerful about the UK’s future after Brexit

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Time to trim the EU food machine

20 Nov 2017 | By Chris Elliott

At a recent food summit in Prague, European Commission officials were curiously absent, says Professor Chris Elliott

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Try to listen, Dr Fox. It’s a no from the public (and your fellow ministers) to chlorinated chicken Subscription

02 Nov 2017 | By Carina Perkins

The trade secretary was back in the headlines after he told a House of Commons committee that he saw no reason why the British public shouldn’t eat chlorinated chicken from the US


Denial won't make the government's Brexit problems go away

13 Oct 2017 | By Carina Perkins

“When in doubt, pretend it’s not happening” appears to be the new approach the government is using to deal with Brexit

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Casual dining needs to become smart

12 Oct 2017 | By Keith Bordell

After years of growth, the casual dining sector is now under pressure…



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