Food and beverage companies have faced major challenges this year. The UK’s exit from the EU and the COVID-19 pandemic have caused significant changes for businesses sourcing goods from overseas, or those with products subject to international regulations. These and other factors have contributed to the tripling cost of shipping, rising commodity prices, and the highest increase in global food prices we’ve seen in seven years.
Meanwhile, consumer behaviour has shifted, with around 30% of consumers in the UK confirming they will primarily shop online for food and beverages once the COVID-19 pandemic has subsided. Despite lockdown restrictions easing and stores re-opening, over 40% confirmed they would continue shopping for food online despite having other retail options available to them.
In addition to a changing landscape and challenging economic environment, the food and beverage industry is facing regulatory changes from the UK government on several fronts, with new regulations impacting businesses across the consumer product supply chain; from growers, producers, retailers, importers and exporters.
This is a challenging time for the food and drink sector, but it is also an exciting one, with opportunities arising from the UK’s new trading arrangements, and the industry’s drive to become more sustainable. We have the expertise, insights, and experience to help you navigate your advocacy and communications challenges and to capitalise on the opportunities on the horizon.
> Clotilde advises on corporate profile raising, reputation management and crisis communications, specialising in the consumer and retail sectors.
Sabine leads on FMCG clients within Advocacy, advising on political engagement and campaigns.
Associate Director, Publicasity
Jo has extensive food and drink B2B PR experience and works with major FMCG manufacturers clients.