Interesting article from Speciality Food on the views of industry leading figures around a possible 'Brexit'.
The short term concerns lie around pricing and a fall in currency, as Christmas and Q4 plans are put in to place, with a possible effect on margins.
Long term concerns lie around the availability of a lower paid workforce, as well as concerns for the UK farming.
Whether Britain stays within the UK or not will affect many things, but what difference will either decision make to the fine food sector? Ours is a market full of imports, exports, international relationships and workers, so it's understandable that concerns are rife – from the grass roots of the farming community where the current red tape would be far from missed, to the counters of farm shops and deli's where international foods (perhaps to become more complicated to stock) are often as popular as locally-sourced produce. Here, we've gathered the opinions of three spokespeople for our industry: the president of the NFU, the chief executive of fine food distributor Cotswold Fayre and the MD of importer and distributor RH Amar to comment on the possible results of a British exit from the EU.