The STS Food Safety Panel: Brexit And The Supply Chain Streamlined and economical supply chains are crucial for success in most businesses – and the food industry is no exception. In the final post of our Brexit series, we consider why it’s more important than ever for companies to review their supply bases, especially in a post-Brexit world. A new white paper has revealed that companies can’t afford to overlook value as the March 2019 deadline fast approaches. Released by the STS Food Safety Panel, Brexit: A Challenge or Opportunity for the UK Food Industry, suggests more dynamic supply chains could be the key to success. CUTTING DOWN FOOD MILES
The concept of food miles hasn’t been far from the headlines in recent years. Consumers are increasingly interested in exactly where their food has come from, and experts from the STS Food Safety Panel believe this will continue to be under the spotlight after Brexit happens.
Members of the panel include the Chartered Institute of Environmental Health, food travel experts SSP Ltd and international retailers Pret A Manger and Wagamama. They have highlighted it is not yet clear how the UK’s withdrawal from the EU will affect trade relations with other countries.
However, they believe that if it becomes more difficult to import goods from Europe, the food industry may be forced to look further afield for economical agreements.
The Office for National Statistics reveals that in 2015, 53% of UK imports came from the EU. Not only this, the UK exports more food to countries inside the EU than outside, which is a big gap to fill if a Brexit deal doesn’t facilitate these trade relations.
Looking further afield will increase food miles; consumers are already demanding that food reaches their plate in a sustainable manner, which could become less likely in the coming years.
SO, WHAT’S THE ANSWER?
The STS Food Safety Panel recommends a “considered and practical” review of supply chains in the lead-up to Brexit. While this is something the food industry may feel it does already, this will become even more vital should the EU no longer be a primary trading partner.
Technology has the potential to make a real difference, as suppliers go in search of new ways to bring fresh, innovative products to their customers. This can turn supply chains on their head for companies that are willing to embrace change – although they may have little choice once Brexit comes into force.
The STS Food Safety Panel takes a closer look at the role technology will play in a post-Brexit food industry and offers practical advice on how to review supply lines. It also identifies other opportunities facing the sector, including recruiting new talent, enhanced regulation and product development.
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