EU Exit Perspectives - blog

AHDB experts take a fresh look at the changes and challenges of exiting the EU in this weekly blog series. They will be exploring and analysing the impacts on different agricultural and horticultural sectors, and their supply chains. They'll also be sharing their thoughts on how farmers and growers can manage the changes from 2021.

March 2021

Unlocking a world of opportunity for UK agrifood

Friday, 19 March 2021

AHDB’s Market Intelligence Director Phil Bicknell shares his take on a discussion with leading exporters about the short term impacts and long term opportunities for UK agri-food.

Unlocking a world of opportunity for UK agrifood

Phil Bicknell

Market Intelligence Director

The Sustainable Farming Incentive – what’s in it for me?

Friday, 12 March 2021

This week, our senior strategic insight manager Sarah Baker takes a look at Defra’s recent announcement of a pilot scheme for its Sustainable Farming Incentive, one of three new schemes to encourage environmental land management as we transition from direct payments.

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Sarah Baker

Strategic Insight Manager

Ambitious plans to satisfy global appetite for UK food exports

Friday, 5 March 2021

This week saw the launch of the Trade and Agriculture Commission (TAC) report to the Government on how best to advance the interests of UK farmers, food producers and consumers in future trade agreements. In this week’s blog International Market Development Director Dr Phil Hadley reflects on the report and the potential implications for our agri-food exports.

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Phil Hadley

International Market Development Director

February 2021

Global opportunities for agri-food sector gives food for thought

Friday, 26 February 2021

International Market Development Director Dr Phil Hadley reflects on the launch of the Government’s ‘Open Doors’ food and drink exports campaign, what it will mean for the UK agri-food sector and how a collaborative approach will pay dividends for our producers and processors on the global stage.

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Phil Hadley

International Market Development Director

Joining CPTPP – What could it mean for UK agriculture?

Friday, 19 February 2021

With the post EU Exit ability to negotiate and shape its own trade relationships, the UK has formally applied to be part of the Comprehensive and Progressive Agreement for Trans-Pacific Partnership (CPTPPP). Amandeep Kaur Purewal looks into what this could mean for UK agriculture.

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Amandeep Kaur Purewal

Senior Analyst - Policy

The return to Oz? Thoughts on a deal from Down Under

Friday, 12 February 2021

Strategic insight analysts Tom Forshaw and Amandeep Kaur Purewal set out some facts and figures to put into context the potential future trading relationship between the UK and Australia.

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Amandeep Kaur Purewal

Senior Analyst - Policy

Seed potatoes at EU crossroads

Friday, 5 February 2021

In a previous blog, our head of export trade development for potatoes, Patrick Hughes, spoke of the importance of the EU market to seed potato growers and how he was hoping for a rapid resolution to the prohibition on UK exports to the Continent. In this blog, he updates us on the latest developments for the sector.

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Patrick Hughes

Head of Export Trade Development - Potatoes

January 2021

Rules of origin – what’s the big deal?

Friday, 29 January 2021

One of the myriad issues that have arisen since we left the EU single market are Rules of Origin, a complex set of requirements which have seen many food businesses caught off guard. This week, our senior policy analyst Tom Forshaw unpicks what the rules mean and why they matter.

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Tom Forshaw

Senior Analyst - Policy

Labour challenges in spotlight once more

Friday, 22 January 2021

With free movement of labour ending on 31 December 2020, food and farming sectors, particularly horticulture, could be facing a huge challenge to source labour in the coming months. Our head of strategic insight, David Swales, explores the potential pitfalls and what actions businesses can take.

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David Swales

Head of Strategic Insight

Seed potato sector needs rapid resolution

Friday, 15 January 2021

In this week's blog, AHDB's head of export trade development for potatoes Patrick Hughes examines the issues around gaining third country listed status for seed potatoes and what the industry might do if a resolution is not reached.

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Patrick Hughes

Head of Export Trade Development - Potatoes

New deal, new rules, new era for UK food and farming

Friday, 8 January 2021

In the first blog of the New Year and with a deal with EU finally agreed, our senior strategic insight manager Sarah Baker highlights some of the implications for our farming and food sectors.

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Sarah Baker

Strategic Insight Manager

December 2020

Five ways farming will change in 2021

Thursday, 31 December 2020

The UK’s exit from the European Union is now imminent and new rules on trade, business and travel will be coming into effect on 1 January 2021. AHDB’s chief strategy officer, Will Jackson, urges farmers and growers to consider five key areas and take action now to prepare for the changes ahead.

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Will Jackson

Interim Chief Strategy Officer

2020 – A memorable year for all the wrong reasons?

Tuesday, 22 December 2020

Our market intelligence director, Phil Bicknell, takes a look at the range of challenges we have had to deal with in 2020 and how the industry has weathered the storm in the eyes of our consumers.

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Phil Bicknell

Market Intelligence Director

How might tariffs affect retail food prices?

Friday, 18 December 2020

Our strategic insight team, Tom Forshaw and Sarah Baker, cut through the media hype around the impact of tariffs on food prices, exploring the relationship between commodity prices and what shoppers actually end up paying at the tills.

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Tom Forshaw

Senior Analyst - Policy

Diversification or distraction?

In this week’s blog, our senior strategic insight manager, Sarah Baker, shares her thoughts on when or whether diversification is the right approach for farmers looking to mitigate the loss of direct payments.

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Sarah Baker

Strategic Insight Manager

November 2020

Beginning of the end for direct payments

As direct payments in England start to be phased out, David Swales, Head of Strategic Insight, shares his thoughts regarding the impact on the industry and highlights a useful AHDB tool which can help farmers to prepare.

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David Swales

Head of Strategic Insight

A view from Europe

With so much focus on the implications for UK industry, it is easy to forget that leaving the EU has sent shockwaves across Europe. In this week’s blog, our policy manager Tania Gesto-Casás reports on what two of our key red meat suppliers, Denmark and Ireland, are concerned about and the steps they are taking to prepare.

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Tania Gesto-Casas

EU Policy Manager

What will leaving the EU mean for livestock markets?

Our lead analyst for livestock, Duncan Wyatt, looks at the potential implications of leaving the EU for our beef, lamb and pork sectors and what producers can do to prepare.

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Duncan Wyatt

Lead Analyst - Red Meat

What will leaving the EU mean for crops markets?

Vikki Campbell, our senior market specialists manager for arable, highlights the key implications of EU exit for UK cereals markets.

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Vikki Campbell

Arable Market Specialist Manager

Change is coming

Market intelligence director and Warwickshire farmer, Phil Bicknell, shares his thoughts on the inevitable changes on the horizon and how he is equipping his own business to weather the challenges.

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Phil Bicknell

Market Intelligence Director

October 2020

Meanwhile in Brussels

In the first of our blog series, our policy manager Tania Gesto-Casás, based in Brussels, gives us an insight into the latest state of play in the UK/EU negotiations and a flavour of sentiment on the ground.

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Tania Gesto-Casas

EU Policy Manager
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