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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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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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British Hospitality Association slams qualifications delay

06 Oct 2017 | By Emily Bright

In March a BHA report found the industry needs to recruit an extra 60,000 staff per year to drive growth


'Lack of understanding' over labour, warns Produce Investments Subscription

03 Oct 2017 | By Kevin White

Government has failed to grasp severity of labour crisis, says supplier

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Food and drink industry facing 'time bomb' on labour

25 Sep 2017 | By Alec Mattinson

The annual study of the largest 150 UK food & drink suppliers lays bare the labour challenge facing the industry

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The looming labour crisis: OC&C top 150 index 2017 Subscription

22 Sep 2017 | By Alec Mattinson

Growth of the Top 150 UK food producers, already at a 15-year low, has been in short supply

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