Food & Drink Manufacturers News Roundup, August 14th.
August 14, 2017
Food & drink in the UK is more than just a necessity, it’s a passion for the countless manufacturers creating stunning food and drink options for customers across the UK and world. Whether it’s scotch whiskey, sweets, ready-meals, fresh fruit or organic meat produce, the UK are leading the world when it comes to quality.
Such a vibrant industry creates a huge amount of news ranging from mergers and acquisitions to product launches and new governmental guidelines and back again, so last month we decided to roundup the biggest stories from the past week and present them to you in one simple blog post. Needless to say, it’s proven popular.
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As Britain moves ever faster to embrace the light-bite lunch and quick meal out, the food-to-go sector is set to balloon in value over the next five years, according to grocery think-tank IGD.
The sector’s value will rise £6.1bn over the next five years, up from the £17.4bn that the industry reported this year. Specialist brands in the area, like Subway and Greggs will see the largest rise in value, after rapid range and innovation development, IGD believe.
Gavin Rothwell, Senior Insight Manager at IGD, said: “Across all our five market segments we’re seeing some highly innovative product and menu development, much of this inspired by shopper trends towards health and wellness and global flavours and tastes.
“Food-to-go specialists are really setting the pace on product innovation and range development, as well as expanding quite rapidly outside London, which is why we’re forecasting them to become the biggest part of the food-to-go market by the end of 2022.”
The Department for Environment, Food and Rural affairs have announced that food manufacturers will benefit from a new export deal with China, worth around £200m, which will support around 1,500 jobs in the pork industry.
Market access has been ensured for seven businesses in the UK to export pork products to China, including three producers who will ship pig trotters, in a UK first. Food Minister George Eustice commented: “China is a hugely important market for our world-class food industry and by opening up access even further, more UK businesses can take advantage of the growing appetite for our food and drink.
“British food is produced to the very best standards of welfare, quality and safety and this growth in exports to China is creating more jobs and opportunities for our premium pork producers who can guarantee quality from farm to fork.”
Typhoo, the UK’s second largest team manufacturer, has pledged to improve the sustainability of their tea production and the lives of the workers throughout their supply chain by lending their support to the Ethical Tea Partnership, a not-for-profit organisation that’s aiming to change the tea industry for the better.
“ETP works across the supply chain with external partners to improve the lives of tea workers, farmers and communities, we’re looking forward to a broader partnership with it to ensure standards of living, nutrition and gender equality are improved”, said Typhoo chief executive Somnath Saha.