Brexit news, opinion and analysis | The Grocer


Migrant labour crisis sees 15% fall in soft fruit production

20 Jun 2018 | By Rachel Graham

It follows a 63% drop in applications for seasonal positions last year, says British Summer Fruits

Tim Martin JDW

Wetherspoon’s ditching of champagne and other EU booze is canny Subscription

13 Jun 2018 | By Daniel Woolfson

Tim Martin’s move has all the subtlety of an axe to the face, but it could also be a very savvy decision for his business, says senior drinks reporter Daniel Woolfson

Tesco Aisle

Tesco inflation falls but it's still running ahead of rivals Subscription

08 Jun 2018 | By Alec Mattinson

Tesco has recorded its lowest level of inflation for almost a year as the UK’s biggest supermarket looks to step back into line with the other major players.

farming analysis

Efra warns of Brexit threat to smaller fruit & veg suppliers

06 Jun 2018 | By Rachel Graham

Smaller horticulture businesses could suffer if EU support mechanisms for farmers are not replicated, The Committee warns

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Food & drink sector is still desperate for answers on Brexit

01 Jun 2018 | By Julia Glotz

Food security doesn’t just ‘happen’. It requires concerted effort - and a political climate that allows businesses to invest with confidence

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Labour costs soar as Brexit staff challenges hit poultry processors Subscription

31 May 2018 | By Kevin White

Processors were experiencing a “flow of people” out of the industry, said BPC chief executive Richard Griffiths

Ian Wright

FDF poll reveals confidence slump in Q1 2018 Subscription

18 May 2018 | By Ian Quinn

The survey also found more than half of businesses had seen product margins fall in Q1

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Brexit labour shortages 'killing' fruit & veg sector Subscription

17 May 2018 | By Kevin White

A Defra spokeswoman told The Grocer the government was “giving consideration” to what replacement labour arrangements might be necessary after Brexit

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Great British Food Unit to face Efra probe Subscription

15 May 2018 | By Kevin White

The Unit and its Food is Great campaign will be the subject of Efra’s Brand Britain inquiry

Fish & Chips

Brits face post-Brexit surge in cost of cod, warns Rabobank Subscription

14 May 2018 | By Carina Perkins

Free-trade deal with EU vital to avoid price rise and disruption to British seafood industry, its latest report said

Minette Batters NFU president

Post-Brexit policy consultation attracts 44,000 responses Subscription

10 May 2018 | By Kevin White

The ‘Health and Harmony’ consultation saw responses from farmers, food producers and environmentalists

Food prices

Hard Brexit will cause soaring food prices, warn Lords

10 May 2018 | By Kevin White

New report warns contrast between government confidence and industry concern over Brexit is ‘striking’

Greencore factory

Modern slavery case referrals rising steeply, report shows Subscription

09 May 2018 | By Kevin White

Number of cases rose by 35% last year, with with agriculture, food processing and food packaging among worst sectors

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British food should be 'number one' after Brexit, says NFU Subscription

08 May 2018 | By Kevin White

New government policy should stipulate public bodies should source British food ‘wherever possible’


Defra and DIT unprepared for Brexit Subscription

04 May 2018 | By Rachel Graham

The warning came in a new report from the Public Accounts Committee

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Farmers protest as neonicotinoid ban is extended Subscription

30 Apr 2018 | By Rachel Graham

Warnings ban on pesticide could lead to lower productivity and increase in imported crops

European Union

Get real, government – leaving the customs union would be disastrous for food & drink Subscription

25 Apr 2018 | By Carina Perkins

The government’s decision to leave both the single market and the customs union is an idealistic vision of future trade growth in developing countries that might not even happen


Scottish food bodies calls for common post-Brexit labelling plan Subscription

24 Apr 2018 | By Ian Quinn

The Grocer revealed last year that FSS feared UK ministers would scrap their independent powers on labelling post-Brexit


Free trade deal ‘urgent for food & drink’ says BEIS Committee

22 Apr 2018 | By Rachel Graham

A report released by the Commons Committee demanded ‘clarity for UK producers reliant on the EU for both imports and exports’

Gist Holytown Lanarkshire - Arla

Brexit cost prompts Arla to launch €400m efficiency drive Subscription

20 Apr 2018 | By Henry Saker-Clark

The dairy co-op said it was losing between €100m and €150m a year from commodity price and currency volatility



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