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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

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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

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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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Michael Gove fails to reassure NFU Conference delegates over Brexit Subscription

21 Feb 2018 | By Rachel Graham

Muted discontent among delegates, as farmers’ union elect first female president to oversee the Brexit transition

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Brexit-related labour crisis inquiry re-opened Subscription

06 Feb 2018 | By Kevin White

Efra Committee will assess whether labour shortages in food production has ‘improved or deteriorated’ during the past year

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Labour shortages threatening Scottish fishing industry Subscription

13 Dec 2017 | By Kevin White

MPs told some processing plants were struggling to source enough fish dur to crew shortages on boats

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Fruit & veg labour crisis is year-round problem, says BGA Subscription

23 Oct 2017 | By Rachel Graham

New research published by the BGA this week suggested the industry needed a year-round supply of labour, said CEO Jack Ward

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Grayling call for UK to grow more is 'tripe' Subscription

18 Oct 2017 | By Kevin White

Growers have warned suggestion UK could increase food production in event of a hard Brexit would face several challenges

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How food to go will tackle EU worker exodus Subscription

17 Oct 2017 | By Emily Bright

In lieu of clarity from the government, businesses are formulating a backup plan

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BRC warns over Brexit impact to retail employees Subscription

09 Oct 2017 | By Alec Mattinson

Consumers will “pay the price” unless the UK “provides certainty” for people from the EU working in retail in the UK and agrees an immigrations system “fit for future”, according to the British Retail Consortium.

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