The impact of Brexit on Foodservice Suppliers?
Many of us are asking how this will effect the catering industry, food prices, manufacturing and the broad food industry.
5 months ago yesterday – the UK took to the polls and voted out of the European Union with a little bit of uncertainty. Without taking political side effects into consideration, what does it really mean for food service operators and food service manufacturers? Many campaigned for a recall and that the British didn’t know exactly what it was that they were voting for [Checkout this Youtube Video]
Going back to our questions above – what was once the worry of food service operators and manufacturers seems to be changing for the British as optimism and spending has seen a sharp increase according to this report by Evening Standard.
Some of the worries and challenges were: Sourcing Labor, Ingredient imports, and trade barriers which seem to have been just a bad dream which never even occurred. Today the culinary scene however seems to be flourishing all across the UK as lunch and dinner seats remain full. But what about exports from the UK? We asked Tim Taylor of Eco-Catering UK
We have seen an increase in export enquiries, it has been noticeable. Particularly from the middle east and other European countries. This is to be expected when the pound is so weak. It’s great news for export but the flip side is the costs of the equipment are increasing. Costs that we have not been able to swallow and have had to pass on to our customers. That’s never great, people never like cost increases.
While the thought of manufacturing exports may keep some British happy (as 1 Euro equaled 85 pence) Ireland wasn’t so happy about Brexit from the start. The currency put Ireland in a Scare as many businesses began to review their supply chains. The UK is Ireland’s biggest client for food and drink products. While the sterling weakened against the euro this meant that there would be a loss in sales of over 700 million euro which could turn into a further loss of over 7,500 jobs according to the FDII [Click Here for more]
Phillip Hammond – British conservatives politician mentioned the need for an “urgent” need to tackle long term weakness as UK’s budget watchdog slashed forecasts for next year’s growth from 2.2% to 8% due to uncertainty of the Brexit fallout.
Our 2 pence – keep innovating and re-investing in your own business. For food service operators and manufacturers/service providers, everyone has to eat – the question is what are you doing to accommodate the new changes?