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The UK is reliant on non-UK labour - deal or no deal

18 Jan 2019

Brexit uncertainty caused a shortfall that left fruit & veg unharvested last year

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Crops already suffering from scant labour, warns NFU Subscription

16 Jan 2019 | By Rachel Graham

Farmers and growers are now facing further uncertainty after the Commons voted down Theresa May’s Brexit deal last night

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Retailers face higher recruitment costs under immigration plans Subscription

19 Dec 2018 | By Marianne Calnan

Under plans published today, low-skilled workers from EU countries will no longer have the automatic right to work in the UK after Brexit 

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Watch The Grocer's Brexit webinar as May's deal is debated

07 Dec 2018 | By Ronan Hegarty

The webinar, in conjunction with headline sponsor PwC, entitled Brexit – A Moveable Feast is still available on demand

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Industry leaders urge clarity on Brexit EU workers checks Subscription

31 Oct 2018 | By Ian Quinn

Immigration minister Caroline Nokes told MPs the onus would be on companies to carry out checks

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Apprenticeships are the lifeblood of retail post-Brexit

16 Oct 2018 | By Nikki Flanders

The retail sector could be facing a very real skills challenge, says Nikki Flanders of Opus Energy. Time to take action now

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Leek growers warn of shortages after adverse weather Subscription

08 Oct 2018 | By Rachel Graham

Smaller and fewer leeks are expected on shelves due to reduced yields


Shortage in EU migrant workers sparks delivery driver crisis Subscription

19 Sep 2018 | By Ian Quinn

The FDF is to meet with the Freight Transport Association on Friday to discuss emergency contingency plans

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Seasonal Agricultural Workers Scheme pilot gets go-ahead

06 Sep 2018 | By Rachel Graham

The two-year trial will see 2,500 non-EU workers into the UK for up to six months

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Meat processors back call for post-Brexit immigration changes

13 Aug 2018 | By Rachel Graham

Britain’s meat industry was vulnerable to shortages of workers across all skill levels, the BMPA warned


BPC: 'No deal could hike poultry price by 25%'

27 Jul 2018 | By Rachel Graham

Member businesses anticipate EU labour dropping by half in the case of a no-deal departure

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British cherries set for bumper harvest of 'stronger' fruit Subscription

04 Jul 2018 | By Rachel Graham

Growers have set their sights on a 5,000-tonne harvest this year, up about 300 tonnes on the 2017 yield


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

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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

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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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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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UK farming union leaders call for fair post-Brexit policies Subscription

28 Mar 2018 | By Rachel Graham

They called on the government to ensure the outcome of Brexit allows UK farmers to deliver high quality and affordable food 

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Breakthrough on EU workers welcomed by food & drink industry Subscription

02 Mar 2018 | By Ian Quinn

Businesses have warned Brexit could have a disastrous impact on companies that rely on a high level of workers from Europe

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British Sandwich Association warns of fall in EU workforce Subscription

26 Feb 2018 Updated: 03 Mar 2018 | By Emily Bright

The BSA has urged the government to avoid introducing excessive restrictions or bureaucratic controls that could stifle the flow of EU workers



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