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The rise of the on-demand economy – challenges and opportunities for the food and drink sector

25 Jan, 2019
According to some estimates, over the last ten years, the takeaway delivery market has grown from £2.4 billion to an estimated £4.2 billion as measured early last year, a 73%...
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Ocado Group and B&M Homestores are added to the CMA’s shopping basket of retailers subject to the Groceries Code

14 Jan, 2019
  British retailers Ocado Group and B&M Homestores have become the latest grocery traders to become subject to the Groceries Code. The code was created following an...
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Copyright Law Gets Cheesy; EU court rules taste cannot be protected

18 Dec, 2018
We usually associate copyright with music, literary or cinematic productions, but more recently the EU’s highest court, the European Court of Justice has had to consider whether...
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Allergens, contaminants and supply chains

3 Dec, 2018
“Free From” EU regulations already require allergen labelling on food. Recent tragic cases have focused more attention on policy and practice in this area, and blame has been...
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Planning for the future of your food or drink business by making a Will

23 Nov, 2018
Whether you are in business on your own or with one or more partners, a key part of your business decision making will be centred around planning for the future.  These plans will...
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The Brexit Stockpile

19 Oct, 2018
Continuing with the Brexit theme after our blog past last month on the government’s advice for the food sector, this month, we are looking at the impact on food storage in the...
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“No Deal” Brexit – government advice for the food sector

24 Sep, 2018
As announced earlier this year, the government published its first series of technical notices dealing with a ‘no-deal’ Brexit scenario. Of particular note to the food and...
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Key Issues for Food Suppliers – Take Home Messages from GCA 2018

25 Jun, 2018
Understanding The Groceries Code and the approach taken by the adjudicator, can help food suppliers level the playing field when dealing with large supermarkets.  At her annual...
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Cost increases on the horizon in April for the pub and restaurant industry

21 Mar, 2018
March and April bring the end of the financial year and tax year for many companies, but this April will also bring more costs increases for the pub and restaurant industry. The...
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Fresh produce left rotting as migrant workers vote to leave the UK

16 Feb, 2018
by: Cripps
The uncertainty over Brexit, and in particular the UK’s stance over immigration, is impacting on the supply of seasonal migrant labour to fresh produce farms, resulting in...
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The Groceries Code

6 Feb, 2018
Do you supply products to supermarkets?  If so, it’s important you understand your rights under The Groceries (Supply Chain Practices) Market Investigation Order 2009 (Groceries...
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What does Brexit mean for UK farming?

23 Jan, 2018
by: Cripps
Contributing almost £30 billion a year to the economy, food and drink is the UK’s largest manufacturing sector.  Farming, more specifically, is crucial to the food industry. ...
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What should you do if food safety concerns arise about your products?

11 Jan, 2018
The EU’s General Food Law Regulation (GFL) prohibits unsafe food being placed on the market.  In addition to public health concerns and potential liability to end consumers...
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The collapse of Palmer & Harvey – a salient warning to us all…

14 Dec, 2017
The collapse of Palmer & Harvey, the UK’s No. 1 wholesale delivery business last month sent shock waves through the industry. Despite the fact that its cash flow problems...
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Pubs decline whilst craft beer booms

12 Dec, 2017
Whilst the popularity of craft beer is increasing in both pubs and supermarkets, there’s been a rapid decline in the number of pubs in Britain. So where will independent...
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What can a chocolate bar teach us about contract law?

22 Nov, 2017
Did you know that whenever you buy a chocolate bar you are entering into a contract?  You probably haven’t given it much thought, but this everyday scenario can teach us quite a...
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“Meal Deals” – not so sweet anymore?

7 Nov, 2017
by: Cripps
The government has over the years introduced measures to reduce sugar-related health diseases including: a sugar tax on soft drinks; a “traffic light” system (grading the...
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The rise of ‘clean supreme’ in the food and drink industry

27 Oct, 2017
With increased demand for clean and simply labelled foods it seems that ‘green’ is becoming ‘the new black’.  So what is the ‘clean supreme’ trend all about? It’s...
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“Food Matters Live” event comes to Cripps

12 Oct, 2017
by: Cripps
We recently hosted the Food Matters Live industry briefing in conjunction with HSBC and Produced in Kent. Attended by a range of professionals working in the food and drink sector...
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Brand Protection – It Matters

28 Sep, 2017
Regardless of your place in the food and drink industry, brand matters. Whether a business mainly deals with other businesses or if its main income is from enticing consumers, a...
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