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Essentially Catering Magazine - September 2017

        Industry News

            UK food and drink supply

            chain outlines Brexit priorities

            In a joint letter, signatories from 26 representative bodies from across the UK food and drink supply
            chain have agreed 10 key priorities for the negotiations with the EU to protect the UK’s food security and
            our world-leading food and farming sector. Our trading ties with the EU are deeply interwoven, as is the
            regulatory framework. Abrupt change would have enormous consequences for our industry, its employees
            and for the choice and availability of food in this country, say the signatories:

               “We write on behalf of the many thousands of
            businesses, large and small, responsible for producing,
            packaging, distributing, serving and selling food and
            drink. Food and drink is the UK’s largest manufacturing
            sector and the largest employer in the service sector.
               “Between us we employ four million people
            throughout the ‘farm to fork’ food chain and we do so in
            every constituency across the United Kingdom.
               “Feeding people well is a matter of national security
            and vital to the success of the UK economy. Since the
            vote to leave the European Union, we have worked with
            the UK Government to explain the policy outcomes we
            need in order to continue providing safe, affordable and
            nutritious food and drink to UK consumers.

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