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The UK food and drink industry in a post-Brexit world

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April 18, 2017

Food and drink producers are already facing tough trading conditions, with many companies seeing ingredient prices increase largely as a result of the weak pound. This trend is unfortunately expected to continue over the next 12 months.

Brexit has added to mounting concerns over a chronic labour shortage forecast to hit the UK food and drink industry over the coming years. The industry is heavily reliant on migrant workers from the EU and without free movement of labour as many as 25% of the workforce could be lost.

Ian Wright, Director General of the Food & Drink Federation, has estimated that there is already a 100,000 person skills gap between now and 2022 and Brexit is predicted to exacerbate this even further.

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