Food and energy prices are fuelling inflation in the UK. Expert speaker panels will discuss the impact of food sourcing and food safety on the perishable supply chain including logistics at the Brexit Seminar in London on March 29 at the Cavendish Hotel.
LONDON, 07.03.2017 – As the point of no return over Brexit is fast approaching there is growing consensus from producers to foodservice providers that food and logistics could be acting as a two-stage cost spiral or possibly even as ‘two sides of the same coin’.
Because of the sensitivity of food prices to inflation and rising logistics costs resulting from energy prices picking up, Cool Logistics has decided to run a Brexit seminar that will look at various possible scenarios and gauge what will happen to food production, imports and exports in the UK. “One thing is becoming increasingly clear – someone will have to pay for change. There will be winners and losers of Brexit,” said Alex von Stempel, managing director, Cool Logistics Resources.
David Read, Chairman of Prestige Purchasing will analyse the impact of a new trading regime on food prices with an emphasis on the food service market and the UK farming sector. Another important aspect is the utilisation of fixed assets such as cold stores on both sides of the Channel and the likely ripple effect this may cause for future investments in perishable logistics infrastructure.
Chris Sturman, Chief Executive, of the UK Food Storage & Distribution Federation (FSDF), Alan Robertson, Director, Webster Robertson Ltd, Clive Lawrance, General Manager, World Food Logistics and Spalding-based fresh produce importer Amit Shah, Director Logistics at TSA International will debate the pros and cons of change.
The situation is by no means black and white. Amit Shah from TSA International is one of a number of importers concerned about Brexit. By contrast Clive Lawrance, General Manager at World Food Logistics will argue that the process will accelerate the trends towards direct sourcing. “We are witnessing that carriers are now touching the UK whereas before imports were being rerouted via Antwerp or Rotterdam. Rather than fresh produce being off-loaded in Antwerp or Rotterdam and being trucked to the UK, ships are calling at Tilbury port first.”
There are indications that Brussels and Schipol may also be affected and that perishable road freight serving the UK may suddenly see its market literally fall off a cliff.
Given the shortage of affordable perishable storage space due to land costs in the South East, some observers are warning of a bottleneck in the making. Peter Wareing, Food Safety and Manufacturing Consultant at Leatherhead Food Research, will highlight food safety as another aspect that may be affected if regulations become a bone of contention between the forces advocating greater or possibly a more lenient approach to food safety. Will food safety become part of the price to pay for free trade? Or will there be an opportunity to develop far more rigorous rules once the UK has left the EU?
Finally Cameron Bowie, managing director, Hapag-Lloyd UK/Ireland will join the multimodal transport panel at the end of the forthcoming Brexit Seminar. Hapag Lloyd is one of the big five container carriers and a significant reefer box operator.
The carrier will be joined by Barbara Buczek, Director of Corporate Development at the Port of Dover, perishable airfreight specialist Frank van Gelder at Adelantex and Johan Leunen, Cargo Marketing Manager at Brussels Airport to provide greater clarity about the way forward.
Sponsors and supporters include Fruit Logistica, The Loadstar and WorldCargo News.
Brexit – the impact on perishable logistics
29 March 2017
The Cavendish Hotel
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