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FDF sees fall in pre-Brexit business confidence

Business confidence among British food and drink manufacturers has plummeted ahead of Brexit, latest research from the Food and Drink Federation has revealed.

No-deal Brexit is ‘grisly prospect’, warns FDF

The Food & Drink Federation has said government advice for businesses on a no-deal Brexit will have frightened many small and medium food businesses.

10 steps to ‘best Brexit outcome’ for food industry

Food industry groups including the Federation of Bakers and the National Association of British and Irish Flour Millers have set out 10 Brexit negotiation priorities to protect the food and farming sector.

Tackling industry skills shortage ‘never more urgent’, warns FDF

More support is needed from government to tackle the skills shortage in the food and drink industry, a new report by the Food & Drink Federation has urged.

Hung parliament: the industry reacts

A hung parliament following the UK general election has led to more uncertainty for the baking industry.

Bread and cake exports up 10% as wheat and barley fall

Growth in overseas sales of bread and cakes have contributed to UK food and drink exports rising to record levels.

Sugar reduction targets: the industry reacts

Specific sugar reduction targets have been published by Public Health England today (30 March). But what does this mean for bakers?

FDF unveils membership scheme for small businesses

The Food and Drink Federation has launched a new membership option for small businesses.

UK food and drink exports exceeds £20bn

Exports of baked goods including bread rose 11.3% year on year to £117.6m in 2016, according to new figures from the Food & Drink Federation (FDF).

Industry responds to PM’s plans to leave single market

Following Theresa May’s announcement that the UK is set to leave the single market, the industry has reacted to the news that could affect their businesses.

Premier Foods CEO appointed FDF president

Gavin Darby, chief executive of Mr Kipling owner Premier Foods, has been appointed president-elect of the Food & Drink Federation (FDF) from next year, succeeding Dame Fiona Kendrick.

Bakery exports: Bread sales increase 10% year on year

Export sales of bread have grown 10% year on year – in line with the overall increase in overseas sales of UK food and drink.

Autumn Statement: FDF boss Ian Wright responds

FDF director general Ian Wright has said an effective partnership between the industry and government has “never been more important”.

FDF policy manager wins award for Brexit work

Food and Drink Federation (FDF) policy manager Dominic Goudie has been named Young Association Executive of the Year at the National Association Awards last week.

FDF seminar for SMEs announced

Small and medium-sized food and drink producers (SMEs) can receive guidance on sugar reduction, labelling and claims at an upcoming seminar run by the Food and Drink Federation (FDF) and Leatherhead Food Research (LFR).

FDF holds Exiting the EU event

The Food and Drink Federation (FDF) has held a landmark Exiting the EU event with former deputy prime minister Nick Clegg among a number of key speakers.

FDF sets out new ambitions for sustainability in food and drink

Food and drink manufacturers are set to renew their commitment to reducing their impact on the environment, protect natural capital and contribute to the delivery of a sustainable food system for the future.

FDF survey reveals concerns within the food and drink sector

Members of the Food and Drink Federation (FDF) have revealed in a survey that concerns are mounting within the food and drink sector and confidence is becoming more fragile.

Roberts Bakery bags FDF award

Northwich-based Roberts Bakery was awarded the Good Employer accolade at the Food and Drink Federation (FDF) awards last week.

Bread Factory scoops second FDF award

London-based bakery The Bread Factory has won the Regional Growth Business of the Year category for the second year in a row at the Food and Drink Federation (FDF) Awards.

FDF reveals rise in UK exports to non-EU countries

The Food and Drink Federation (FDF) has announced British food and drink exports are up by 6.2% in the first half of 2016 compared to the same period last year, following the fall of the pound since Brexit.

FDF publishes sugar reduction guidance

Bakers are being urged to understand the function of sugars in bakery items before moving to reduce the sugar content.

Bakeries among FDF awards shortlist

The Food and Drink Federation has announced its shortlist for its awards evening on the 22 September at The Brewery in London.

Bakery signs up for food and drink apprenticeship scheme

Nottingham-based bakery Butt Foods has joined a food and drink apprenticeship scheme that aims to regenerate the skills in the food and drink sector.

FDF appeals to May over Brexit

The Food and Drink Federation (FDF) has outlined the industry’s key priorities in the Brexit negotiations in an open letter to incoming prime minister Theresa May.

FDF warns against Action on Sugar

The Food and Drink Federation (FDF) has warned members not to engage with health charities on product reformulation.

Sugar smart app reaches 2m downloads

Public Health England’s (PHE’s) sugar reduction app has been downloaded nearly two million times since it was launched in January.

New export guidance from FDF and FDEA

The new guidance for food and drink manufacturers from the Food and Drink Federation (FDF) and the Food and Drink Exporters Association (FDEA) is designed to help exporters compete in the global marketplace. 

FDF calls for salt reduction measures

The Food and Drink Federation (FDF) has highlighted three key measures it says would drive down salt consumption in the UK.

Sugar tax: Action on Sugar says bakery could be next

Industry experts have said that the sugar tax on soft drinks is “a slippery slope”, and the bakery industry could be next.

MPs underline commitment to apprenticeships

MPs George Eustice and Nadhim Zahawi spoke at the Food and Drink Federation’s (FDF’s) stand at the Big Bang UK Scientist and Engineers Fair in Birmingham last week.

FDF opposes Brexit

The Food and Drink Federation (FDF) wants the UK to remain part of the European Union (EU), as 71% of its members “overwhelmingly endorse” staying in Europe.

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Budget 2016 – key points for the bakery sector

A rise in the number of businesses able to access Small Business Rate Relief, and a tax on sugary drinks, were among key commitments set out by the Chancellor, George Osborne.

United Biscuits to encourage a new generation

Leading food and drink manufacturers, including United Biscuits, will join forces this week to inspire more young people to consider careers in the UK’s largest manufacturing sector.

Teaspoons a poor measure of sugar, says FDF official

Calls to use teaspoons as a measure of sugar content are flawed, due to variation in the size of individual spoons, according to Tim Rycroft of the Food and Drink Federation (FDF).

Frustrated Scotland considers folic acid legislation

Scotland is considering introducing mandatory fortification of flour with folic acid in an effort to reduce the number of children born with birth defects.

GroceryAid to help apprentices with finances

GroceryAid has now opened up applications for apprentices in the grocery industry looking for extra financial support.

Cameron says sugar tax is still a possibility

Prime Minister David Cameron says he does not want to rule out introducing a sugar tax in order to tackle Britain's “obesity crisis”.

Fiona Kendrick, president of the Food and Drink Federation (FDF) and chief executive and chairman of Nestlé UK and Ireland
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FDF president pledges to treble apprenticeships

Fiona Kendrick has announced a pledge to treble apprenticeships in the food and drink industry and grow value-added exports a third by 2020.

MPs back sugar tax, but industry fights back

A group of MPs has thrown its weight behind a proposed tax on sugary drinks to battle child obesity – along with other measures.

FDF boss adds voice to argument against sugar tax

A tax on sugar is not the answer to tackling the obesity crisis, the director general of the Food and Drink Federation (FDF) has reiterated. 

The first publicly available advice on producing free-from products has been published
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First free-from food manufacturing advice published

The first publicly available guidance for food manufacturers aiming to produce free-from products has been published.

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Orchard Valley collect their FDF award
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Bakery firms scoop accolades at food and drink awards

A trio of bakery manufacturers were among those crowned winners at the 2015 Food and Drink Federation Awards. 

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FDF director advises industry to unite in war on sugar
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FDF urges industry to unite on sugar attack

The Food and Drink Federation (FDF) boss has warned the industry that no sector is safe from the attack on sugar. 

Scientific Advisory Committee prepares to discuss carbs

A government nutrition board will meet next week to discuss the SACN Carbohydrates and Health report.

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Ian Wright of the FDF has written tot he NHS over its obesity concerns
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FDF pens open letter after NHS's "demonisation" of sugar

The director general of the Food and Drink Federation (FDF) has published an open letter to the NHS complaining of its “demonisation” of sugar. 

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FDF: revealed figures on food and drink growth
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UK food and drink enjoy global demand

UK food and non-alcoholic drink exports have almost doubled in value over the past 10 years, growing 2.6% in 2014 to £12.8bn. 

Ian Wright, FDF's new director general
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Former Diageo man to head FDF

The Food and Drink Federation (FDF) has appointed former Diageo director Ian Wright as the new director-general of the trade association.

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Jim Moseley rejoins FDF
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Moseley returns to FDF

Jim Moseley, the former managing director of General Mills UK, is to return to the role of acting director general of the Food and Drink Federation (FDF) following the resignation of Melanie Leech. 

FDF calls for growth agenda in food industry

The Food & Drink Federation (FDF) has set out its plans for working with the government after the 2015 election, and promoting growth in the industry. 

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