If you’re a food manufacturing business owner, it’s likely that you’ve got a lot on your plate right now. From new year strategies to IR35, there’s plenty of areas that need your attention. Not to mention the fact that Brexit is just around the corner. 

While it may be one of the last things on your mind, it’s important to get ready for the January deadline. Once the transition period comes to an end, the rules for both food and drink manufacturers will immediately change. But don’t panic. We reveal what you need to know here… 


Food labelling

As a food and drink manufacturer, you’ll already be aware that to sell specific products, the labels must be clear, easy to understand, permanent and not misleading. But the rules for what should and shouldn’t be on a food label are changing. 

These changes will affect everything from the country of origin labelling to the use of the EU emblem. And, there will even be changes to organic food labelling. More information can be found here


Importing and exporting

If you wish to continue to import and export products between the UK and the EU after January 2021, you must obtain what is known as a GB Economic Operator Registration and Identification (EORI) number. 

Once you have this, you’ll need to decide whether or not you want to hire an import-export agent, or make declarations yourself. Then, you’ll need to contact the organisation that transports your products to determine whether they must make the declarations for you. Plants, plant products and animals will also be subject to new import and export processes. 


Marketing standards

From the 1st January 2021, marketing standards inspections will continue as normal, but there are some products that may be subject to changes. These include fruits and vegetables, hatching eggs and chicken, beef and veal, wine, poultry meat and hops. 

If your business exports any of these to the EU after Brexit, you’ll need to meet the specific marketing standards requirements as set out in the EC marketing standards regulations. This may change in the near future, so it’s recommended to keep your eye on the official government website for further information.


What can I do now? 

One way you can prepare your business for Brexit is to hire people who truly understand the new rules and regulations. Not only that, but people who can take your business to the next level – compliantly. 

Whoever it is you’re looking for, Silven are always here to support your recruitment – before, during and after Brexit. Our knowledgeable team has years of experience and is able to source the right talent for your business. To find out more about how we can help, don’t hesitate to contact our advisors today by calling 0161 832 7463 or emailing info@silven.co.uk.