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What does Brexit mean for the UK bread industry?

EU unzipped: How bread can cut it in post-Brexit Britain

By Vince Bamford

Industries on both sides of the English Channel are already feeling the impact of the uncertainty brought about by the Brexit referendum result. No-one will be immune, but Vince Bamford suggests the UK bread industry may be more insulated than some food...

Brexit poll: 52% of UK voted to leave the EU: Photo: iStock - vchal

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Brexit: The industry responds

By Vince Bamford

As snacks and bakery businesses across the globe come to terms with the ramifications of the UK’s impending exit from the European Union, we gather responses from businesses, trade bodies and stakeholders.

The protectionist law covers minimum shelf space for local food, country of origin labelling for meat and payment terms between retailers and producers. Photo: iStock

Romania to require supermarkets to sell 51% local food

By Niamh Michail

Romania is set to pass a law requiring supermarkets to sell a minimum of 51% local food, including dairy, bakery and meat products - but will the protectionist law get past the European Commission?

'All in all, the coming period will see plenty of uncertainty for stakeholders,' said Rabobank. ©iStock

EU sugar prices could rise as supply and demand tightens

By David Burrows

Global sugar prices have rocketed 30% since mid-April as the balance between supply and demand tightens. In Europe prices have remained steady but could soon increase, according to Rabobank’s latest sugar quarterly.

'There will be the usual suspects of food and feed firms and researchers, but then also input from technology players,' says Finnish researcher behind insect project. © iStock.com / Wittayayut

How to foster a buzzing edible insects industry

By Annie Harrison-Dunn

A Finnish project is to investigate the main hurdles and opportunities for the edible insect industry by linking up input from multidisciplinary players from relevant sectors. 

MEPs will vote next week on whether more action is required to protect Europe from unfair trading practices. © iStock

IFA: THE FARMER IS AT THE BOTTOM OF THE FOOD CHAIN'

End the power imbalance in Europe's food supply chain, say MEPs

By Niamh Michail

The Commission must end income and power imbalances in the food chain by taking action to tackle unfair trading practices and fostering fair and transparent relations between food producers, suppliers and distributors, say MEPs in a draft resolution.

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