Seafood alliance to meet Brexit challenges

A NEW UK Seafood Industry Alliance has been created to help meet the challenges of Brexit.
The Food and Drink Federation (FDF) and the Provision Trade Federation (PTF), with the strong support of their seafood members, have joined forces to establish the organisation.
UK seafood processors and traders say they have agreed to unite to represent the industry’s interests and campaign for the best possible future arrangements with Europe and other trading partners, following the vote to leave the EU in June.
‘The aim is to provide a broadly based, clear and compelling new voice at national, EU and international level to meet the full range of challenges in providing consumers with secure, affordable, nutritious and sustainable fishery products at a time of unprecedented uncertainty and change,’ they said.
‘In particular, we need to secure long term growth through improved access to the raw materials we need and to ensure that we attract the necessary investment and skills to boost productivity in supplying food that plays a key role in the health of the nation.’
The alliance will have a membership structure that allows seafood members of either FDF or PTF to join, and other seafood companies will be able to sign up by becoming members of either organisation.
The secretariat will be based at PTF in Clerkenwell, London, the alliance chair will be elected from the group’s membership, and PTF director general Andrew Kuyk will lead policy formation, drawing on his extensive EU negotiating experience as a former civil servant.
Kuyk said: ‘Whatever the UK’s new relationship with the EU, maintaining the sustainability, integrity and viability of our seafood industry will be a paramount challenge.
‘We will only succeed by working together in the common interest. Our new alliance sends a powerful signal of intent. I am grateful for the support and trust of those who have promoted this initiative.’
FDF director Ian Wright said: ‘In the post Brexit environment I believe this kind of close collaboration between trade associations will become a new normal if we are to represent members effectively.’