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  • 03 Apr 2014 1:44 PM | Elsa Fairbanks (Administrator)

    SPAIN: Dutch retailer Hema enters Spain with pilot store

    By Hannah Abdulla | 2 April 2014

    Hema makes its Spanish debut

    Hema makes its Spanish debut

    Dutch value retailer Hema is to open its first store in Spain today (2 April).

    A spokesperson told just-food today (1 April) the first store would be a pilot launch and its success would be evaluated over a six-month period.

    She disclosed was coy about the number of stores Hema could open in Spain.

    "We have an ambition to grow, and want to open more stores but it depends on the success of this launch".

    The Spanish store will have a food, fashion and hardware offering "from the total assortment of our stores in France," she added.

    At the end of last week Hema announced it would open its first two UK stores in London this summer.

     

    Source:www/.just-ood.com

  • 12 Dec 2013 9:45 AM | Anonymous

    12 December 2013


    The Food and Drink Federation (FDF) and the Food and Drink Exporters Association (FDEA) will today join forces to toast the UK's top exporters at FDEA's annual Network Forum. The event, at London's Plaisterers' Hall, will this year feature a keynote speech by the Rt Hon Owen Paterson MP, Secretary of State for Environment, Food & Rural Affairs.

    A vital driver of economic growth, food and drink is the UK's largest manufacturing sector and one where exports are high on the agenda for both Government and industry. In September, FDF, FDEA and UK Trade & Investment teamed up for the first ever Open to Export Food and Drink Focus Week. October saw the launch of Government's new International Action Plan for UK food and drink exports while last week saw the UK's largest ever official trade delegation to China.

    The Secretary of State will be joined by industry speakers including FDF's Economic and Commercial Services Director, Steve Barnes who will provide insight into how UK food and drink exporters have fared in 2013, with the latest FDF figures revealing growth of 3.4% for the year to date – and particularly strong growth outside the EU (+11%).

    Targeted effort will be required to further grow UK food and drink exports, in particular to European neighbours. Today's event is just one of many ways in which FDF, FDEA and Government are supporting UK food and drink businesses with their export journeys. Leading exporters, Tyrrells Crisps, Fever Tree, Fisherman's Friend, Suma Wholefoods and Mrs Crimbles will also give presentations, drawing upon their own export experiences.

    The Rt Hon Owen Paterson MP, Secretary of State for Environment, Food & Rural Affairs, and event keynote speaker said:

    “The food and drink industry is our largest manufacturing sector, contributing a staggering £96.1 billion to the economy last year and employing nearly 4 million people.

    “I want to build on this success and there's huge potential for UK producers to expand by exporting more of our excellent products to overseas markets. That's why I launched the 'International Exports Action Plan' and 'Food is GREAT' campaign which will help 1,000 UK food and drink companies grow their businesses and boost our economy.”

    FDF's Economic and Commercial Services Director, Steve Barnes, said:

    “I can't think of a better way to round off the year than getting together with our industry's top exporters to celebrate success in 2013 – and giving other businesses a chance to learn from this. We're delighted that the Secretary of State is coming to show his support for food and drink exports moving into 2014 and we look forward to working with Government on the Action Plan. ”

    FDEA's Director, Elsa Fairbanks, said:

    “Our annual event is a must-attend for exporters and potential exporters alike. The market insights and networking opportunities on offer help delegates review their export plans and have the confidence to seek out new markets.”

    “FDEA's on-going event programme includes organising UK pavilions at international trade fairs around the world, offering practical support and advice to exporters, and conducting research into new trends and opportunities in markets around the world, including regular contact with buyers. These are all key tools in building on the sector's strong export performance.”

    Notes for editors:

    1. The Food and Drink Federation (FDF) is the voice of the food and drink manufacturing industry – the UK's largest manufacturing sector. For more information about FDF and the industry we represent visit: www.fdf.org.uk
    2. The Food & Drink Exporters Association is the UK trade association dedicated to food and drink exporters. For more information about FDEA and the Annual Network Forum, visit: www.ukfdea.com
    3. This year's Network Forum will highlight the opportunities available in new markets. IGD's Vicky Santini, an expert on Asian retail, will offer analysis of premium global retailers, with advice on which retailers and markets to watch. Integration Consulting's Janaina Roque, a market expert on Latin America, will assess the export potential of this largely untapped market for UK food and drink: www.integrationconsulting.com
    4. Earlier this year, FDF and FDEA collaborated on a guide for SMEs, '10 Steps to Export Success', available as a free download
    5. FDF working with FDEA publishes half-year and full-year export reports, which are available to view or download. A copy of FDF's 9 month 2013 export report is available upon request by emailing pressoffice@fdf.org.uk


  • 14 Nov 2013 11:37 AM | Anonymous

    A Customer Information Note has been published regarding the export of food products to China.  

    All exporters who send food products to China are advised to read the document to ensure their exports comply with the amended requirements and they are aware of the changes.

    It is in your interest to read and ensure you comply.  There is a limited Public Consultation Period, all replies must be received by 5pm on Tuesday 15 November 2013.

    Please note,DEFRA do not routinely notify exporters when Customer Information Notes are posted on our website.  You may wish to check the following link on a regular basis to ensure that you are always up to date with any changes regarding the exports of your commodities.

  • 24 Oct 2013 9:40 AM | Anonymous
    Food & Drink Exporters Association & FDF have worked together to publish ‘10 Steps to Export Success’. This free reference guide for food and drink SMEs will help them to access new markets by making available a wealth of existing information provided by UK and international organisations, and equipping them with the essential tools to create an export plan.

    Download a copy here
  • 24 Oct 2013 9:37 AM | Anonymous
    Launched at ANUGA, the government's Food and Drink International Action Plan – aims to grow exports for the UK agri-food and drink sector through improvements in promotion, trade development, unlocking markets and simplifying support and trade procedures for industry.

    The plan has been developed over the last year in consultation with companies and trade organisations. FDEA has been a key part of this.  This updated action plan reflects an increase in ambition and in our commitment to supporting the whole UK agri-food and drink sector. The wider industry ambition is to increase exports value by at least £1bn up until October 2015. This plan plays a key role in delivering that.

    Download a copy here
  • 10 Sep 2013 3:58 PM | Anonymous
    On July 9, 2013, The Food Safety and Standards Authority of India (FSSAI) published Food Safety and Standards (Packaging and Labeling) Regulations, 2013. The amendments relate to additional labeling requirements for pre-packaged food, edible oils and fats and have been incorporated by FSSAI on the basis of feedback received from various stakeholders on the draft regulations published on December 6, 2012 (IN2170). 

    The full text can be viewed at the Food Safety and Standards Authority of India website -  www.fssai.gov.in .
  • 06 Aug 2013 8:46 AM | Elsa Fairbanks (Administrator)

    The US Food and Drug Administration has issued rules governing the composition of products sold as gluten free.

    Foods will have to contain less than 20 parts per million of gluten to carry the claim. The FDA said the 20ppm limit was "the lowest level that can be consistently detected in foods using valid scientific analytical tools".

    It said: "Most people with coeliac disease can tolerate foods with very small amounts of gluten. This level is consistent with those set by other countries and international bodies that set food safety standards."

    The rules, announced Friday (2 August), are the first time the level of gluten in foods has been regulated.

    US firm Boulder Brands, which owns the Glutino and Udi's brands, said it was "thrilled" by the measure.

    "This is bigger than products or brands, this is a consumer safety issue. For Americans with celiac disease, eating gluten-free foods is the only treatment, as there are no medications available to them. Creating a uniform definition for what gluten-free means across all products will enable them to safely and easily navigate through the ever-expanding gluten-free product aisles," Boulder executive vice president TJ McIntyre said.

    The American Celiac Disease Alliance, which represents those with the condition, said the regulations will give more certainty to consumers.

    "With the labeling requirements announced today, consumers who read the words 'gluten-free' on a label will know they are tied to a strict standard. This will help to ensure that Americans with celiac disease have accurate information to determine if products are safe to consume," Andrea Levario, executive director of the American Celiac Disease Alliance, said.

    Consumer demand for gluten free products has jumped in recent years. Data on the size of the market varies; Euromonitor said sales were worth US$1.35bn in 2011, up 12.5% on the year before.

    The growth in the US market for gluten-free foods has been buoyed by the higher diagnosis of coeliac disease but also other factors ranging from diets that promote a lower carbohydrate intake to celebrities accrediting their weight loss to gluten-free products.

    The expansion of the market has attracted international manufacturers including the UK's Genius Foods, Italy-based Dr Schaer and Australia's Freedom Foods Group.

    The new regulation takes the US in line with other markets. The 20ppm limit is in place in the UK, the EU and in Canada. Australia's limit states a product must contain "no detectable gluten" but some of the country's food manufacturers and leading coeliac pressure group wants the threshold raised to 20ppm. The idea has prompted debate in Australia, with Freedom Foods Group opposing the move.

    Source - www.just-food.com By Dean Best | 5 August 2013
  • 09 Jul 2013 6:57 PM | Elsa Fairbanks (Administrator)
    Recent communications from DEFRA:

    1. New Regulations for Importing Dairy Products into China

    This is to provide you with a quick update on the information/ additional detail currently available to us regarding the new regulations for importing dairy and dairy products into PRC (China), by means of a CIN (Customer Information Note).

    Please follow the link below to view it:

    http://www.defra.gov.uk/animal-trade/2013/cin-2013049/.

    2. New regulations/requirements for importing infant milk formula products into China.

    This is to provide you with a quick update on some information that has just been made available to us (via a non-official source) regarding the new regulations/requirements for importing infant milk formula products into PRC (China).

    The information appears to have been culled from a newspaper article, the full, text of which you can read via the link below:

    http://english.peopledaily.com.cn/90778/8293506.html

    We are currently seeking official confirmation of these new regulations/policies and will issue a more formal CIN when such official corroboration and, possibly, additional detail, become available.

     

     



  • 10 Jun 2013 2:52 PM | Anonymous

    Exporters of dairy products to China are advised that more detail is now available on the new dairy regulations introduced on 1st May 2013.

    China’s General Administration of Quality Supervision, Inspection and Quarantine (AQSIQ) introduced new administrative measures on the inspection, quarantine and supervision of imports and exports of dairy products from 1st May 2013. A one month transitional period applied but has now expired. Some uncertainty remains around how the regulations will be implemented. As more information becomes available we will share with you but below is the information to date.

    3All dairy product importers or agents are required to provide a test report before goods will be cleared at ports of entry. The test reports required will depend on whether it is a first time or a repeated import

    Read more on the DEFRA website

  • 06 Jun 2013 4:51 PM | Anonymous

    Loblaw has unveiled a new supermarket banner, Le Marché, which will be rolled out to its Provigo chain in Quebec this summer.

    The Le Marché format will include an "enhanced assortment" of fresh products, a new "fast-paced" checkout service and a broader selection of regional products. The stores will also offer in-store aged beef, on-site baked bagels a juice bar and a speciality cheese wall, the company said.

    "Their sleek design and unique ambiance will also help create a totally new shopping experience for customers," Loblaw claimed.

    The roll out of the new banner will begin in Montreal, which the group's Kirkland and Sherbrooke stores being converted next month. A total of seven stores will be part of the initial launch phase.

    Loblaw is working on a plan to revitalise its Quebec operations, including a new promotional focus, the appointment of a locally based management team and a franchise programme.

    Source - Just-food.com

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