Cold Storage Conference 14 March, National Conference Centre, Birmingham The definitive conference on market trends, technological advances and regulatory compliance for businesses that operate, use or provide services to businesses that operate temperature-controlled storage and distribution. Strategy.  Where is our industry heading?   Technology. Ideas shaping the future of our industry.  Regulation. What you need to know. Post-Brexit Forum 2 May, Port of Tilbury Key industry speakers take a look at what the future holds for the temperature-controlled food supply chain […]

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FSDF member Kiwa Agri Food is delighted to retain the contract to deliver TASCC (Trade Assurance Scheme for Combinable Crops) certification for the Agricultural Industries Confederation. The scheme is designed to protect the food industry from contamination between the farm gate and feed/food processors. Lorraine Chambers, Business Strategy Manager commented “The team has worked hard on ensuring TASCC is delivered robustly and we are proud to have won the tender for this service. Our office based team and experienced auditors […]

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Thank you to both Chiltern Distribution & Backhouse Jones who will be joining us as sponsors at the FSDF Annual Lunch taking place on Thursday 23rd May at The Oval Cricket Ground in London. For further information on sponsorship Email: info@fsdf.org.uk and/or to book CLICK HERE  

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The Christmas period can pose a number of HR challenges for business owners. Are you prepared for the typical situations the festive season brings? Croner, our HR partner, reveal the most common employer queries and what to do about them. For any further proactive or reactive advice, call 0844 561 8133 and quote membership number 38043 to access your free HR helpline as part of your Food Storage & Distribution Federation Opticians membership. What’s the Fairest Way to Manage Holiday […]

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Shane Brennan, Chief Executive of the Food Storage and Distribution Federation, took part in a roundtable meeting chaired by the Secretary of State for Transport on the withdrawal agreement and Brexit No Deal Planning. In advance of the meeting he said: “This meeting is part of our ongoing commitment to play a constructive role in supporting the government in its planning for all outcomes of the ongoing Brexit negotiations. Food storage and distribution businesses are focused on working with their […]

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We are working to help our customers prepare for all Brexit eventualities – that was our message on BBC News at 10 on Monday 3rd December – thanks to Robert Hardy and Oakland International Limited for your contribution. The Food Storage & Distribution Federation (FSDF) will continue to lead the liaison with government on all No Deal preparations – any members or others that need help get in touch.     

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Community Licences and ECMT Permits Currently, UK lorry drivers carrying out international journeys must have a standard international operator’s licence along with a community licence for journeys to, from or through the EU and EEA. Vehicles under 3.5 tonnes (including vans) and drivers operating on own account (carrying their own goods) do not need an international operator’s licence or Driver CPC. From 29 March 2019, if there is no EU exit deal, EU and EEA countries may not recognise UK […]

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Health and identification marks are the oval stamps that must be applied to certain food products of animal origin (POAO) and confirm that such products have been produced in a UK approved establishment. The mark also indicates that the product has been inspected and is fit for human consumption. Between the 27th July and the 8th October the Food Standards Agency (FSA) consulted in England, Wales and Northern Ireland on proposed changes to the UK’s health and identification marks as […]

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With just FOUR months left to go, Croner is watching the clock and providing you with the most important updates and developments regarding Brexit over the past month, this month Croner has learned that a deal has been agreed between the EU and the UK, but that deal now has to get through parliament before it can be finalised. A few updates for this month include: EU Settlement Scheme: Employer Toolkit The Home Office has updated their employer toolkit on […]

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The way that some drivers are employed in the haulage industry continues to cause problems for operators. Take this example. A business recently advertised for a new driver and received 31 applications. 29 of these were from limited companies, which had been set up by drivers. HMRC believe that some employers are wrongly treating workers as self-employed or hiring them through their own companies. These practices don’t comply with tax laws and lead to unfair competition between operators. HMRC has […]

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