As 2024 looms, our editor highlights several key moments of 2023. Credit: Getty/smshoot

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7 big moments of 2023 for food and drink

By Bethan Grylls

As we usher in the new year, Bethan Grylls takes a look back over the course of 2023 and flags seven key moments for the food and drink industry.

Addy: 'The reality is that UK food has a great deal to commend it'

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The UK's approach to trade

By Rod Addy

Despite a rich cultural history, the UK remains reluctant to shout the praises of its strong food and drink industry. Provision Trade Federation (PTF) director general Rod Addy explores Britain’s attitude to food and how it has impacted trade, security...

UK cheese exporters to Canada likely to see losses, says PTF's Rod Addy

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UK cheese exports to Canada: Not looking so 'grate'

By Rod Addy

UK cheese producers exporting to Canada face losing millions of pounds and are already taking a hit during post-Brexit bilateral negotiations to establish a Free Trade Agreement (FTA) with the country.

Being in control of your export plan is the key to successful expansion. Credit: Getty/thitivong


Are you driving your exports or are they driving you?

By Nicola Thomas

Nicola Thomas, director of the Food and Drink Exporters Association (FDEA), explains why a successful export drive stems from a plan based on your internal goals and capabilities, rather than so-called external ‘opportunities’ which arise.

Our recent webinar sponsored by Infor looked at how you can expand your business for profitable growth - here are the takeaways...Credit: Getty/Ralf Hahn

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How to grow your business successfully

By Bethan Grylls

Profitable growth is every organisation’s dream – but it usually comes with a raft of challenges. So how do you navigate growth and expansion, with the best chances of profit at the end?

Rod Addy discusses the considerable barriers that still remain for food and drink exporters post Brexit

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Barriers to trade

By Gwen Ridler

In his latest column, Provision Trade Federation director general Rod Addy discusses the considerable barriers that still remain for food and drink exporters post Brexit and unanswered questions in the wake of the Target Operating Model.

The UK has been over reliant on EU-trained vets historically, but regulation post-Brexit has added a spanner in the works. Credit:Getty/andresr

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Solving the UK vet shortage

By Bethan Grylls

Following the UK’s departure from the EU, the UK’s veterinary sector was hit hard. Now, shortages threaten food safety risks and delays at borders – so what can we do to change this bleak narrative?

Capilano Honey produces Manuka honey where the bees have foraged on the flowers of Leptospermum tree

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Five Australian foods coming to the UK

By Will Downey

Will Downey, Senior Business Development Manager at The Australian Trade and Investment Commission (Austrade) in the UK discusses the nutritional benefits of new Australian products set to enter the UK market following the Free Trade Agreement.

What does the Windsor Framework mean for the food and beverage sector?

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The Windsor Framework: Part 2 - The dust settles

By Rod Addy

Earlier this month, Rod Addy of the Provision Trade Federation, looked at what the Windsor Framework could mean for the food and drink sector. Now, as things have settled, he delves a bit deeper into the implications and opportunities in part two of this...

It may feel like we're walking the plank as a planet, but we just have to keep moving. Credit: Getty / Richard Drury

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Cracking on in the permacrisis

By Rod Addy

In his first regular column for Food Manufacture, Rod Addy of the Provision Trade Federation, explores the fragile ground we find ourselves on and provides an honest outlook of the future of food production.

Boosting food and drink exports is the aim of our one-day conference on October 5

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Exports conference: still time for early-bird ticket

By Michael Stones

There is still time to buy early-bird tickets for the Food Manufacture Group’s exports conference – to take place at Ardencote Manor, Warwickshire on Thursday October 5 – ahead of the deadline (July 31).

Europe represents 70% of UK exports

‘Export to Europe first before taking on China’

By Laurence Gibbons

Small UK food and drink manufacturers looking to begin exporting should focus on markets closer to home before tackling countries such as China, the Food and Drink Exporters Association (FDEA) has warned.

UK food manufacturers face much sharper competition in export markets

Government set to break down barriers to exports

By Rick Pendrous

Food and drink manufacturers could look forward to more support from government to help them lift their exports, following the results of a new study commissioned by the Department for Environment, Food and Rural Affairs (DEFRA).

Irish food exports rely on government support for the domestic market

Irish government support for food exports 'vital'

By Mike Stones

The Irish government’s role in maintaining a healthy domestic market is vital to growing the country’s food and drink exports, according to Food and Drink Industry Ireland (FDIE).


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