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  • 26 Aug 2014 10:52 AM | Sandra Sullivan (Administrator)
    In a decree issued on 20 August, Russian Prime Minister Dmitry Medvedev announced that salmon & trout fry, lactose-free milk & milk products, hybrid sugar maize, peas for planting, seed potatoes & seed onions are now excluded from the list of banned products. The Russian government also relaxed imports of selected food additives, vitamin-mineral complexes, flavour additives & protein concentrates (of animal & plant origin), as well as biologically active supplements.

  • 07 Aug 2014 4:03 PM | Sandra Sullivan (Administrator)

    View the list of agricultural products, raw materials and foodstuffs originating from the European Union that are banned for imports to the Russian Federation for a period of one year

    Keep up to date with the latest DEFRA announcements on the sanctions

    click here to access the DEFRA website

  • 23 Jun 2014 1:05 PM | Sandra Sullivan (Administrator)
    The FDA is proposing to update the Nutrition Facts label found on most food packages in the United States. The Nutrition Facts label, introduced 20 years ago, helps consumers make informed food choices and maintain healthy dietary practices. If adopted, the proposed changes would include the following.
    • Greater Understanding of Nutrition Science
    • Updated Serving Size Requirements and New Labeling Requirements for Certain Package Sizes
    • Refreshed Design
    The comment period has been extended to 1 August 2014. Click here to read more.

  • 20 Jun 2014 10:14 AM | Sandra Sullivan (Administrator)
    Aldi has emerged as the third-largest grocery retailer in Australia, behind Woolworths and Coles. According to a Roy Morgan Research survey of consumer shopping habits, Aldi has doubled its share of the Australian market since 2007 and now accounts for more than 10% of supermarket spending.
    Aldi’s customer base has also risen fourfold in eight years, from 1 million customers a month to 4.2 million a month. Aldi has expanded its range by about 30% in the last few years and now offers 1,500 SKUs, compared with 700 when Aldi opened its first store in Sydney in 2001.

    Source: Private Label Manufacturers Association

  • 20 Jun 2014 10:06 AM | Sandra Sullivan (Administrator)

    The latest market share data shows clearly that the popularity of private label continues to spread across Europe. Retailer brands now account for at least 30% of all products sold in 15 countries, the greatest number ever, according to Nielsen data compiled for PLMA’s 2014 International Private Label Yearbook.

    Three countriesundefinedSweden, Finland and Czech Republicundefinedcrossed the 30% market share line last year for the first time. The number of countries achieving 30% share has been rising steadily. Back in 2011, only 10 countries made it. In 2012, the number climbed to 12.

    Of the 20 countries tracked by Nielsen in 2013, 16 posted volume market share gains. The biggest percentage increases were made by Sweden (+5.1 points), Finland (+4.0 points), Poland (+3.1 points) and Slovakia (+2.7 points).

    Source PLMA International
  • 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.



  • 12 Dec 2013 9:45 AM | Sandra Sullivan (Administrator)

    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:
    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:
    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:
    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

  • 14 Nov 2013 11:37 AM | Sandra Sullivan (Administrator)

    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 | Sandra Sullivan (Administrator)
    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 | Sandra Sullivan (Administrator)
    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

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