The UK is a net importer of beef and pork, though we are technically 75% and 60% self-sufficient respectively. For lamb we could be 100% per cent self-sufficient, but import and export the same amount due to seasonal availability, the majority coming from New Zealand.
With the ink still not dry on the trade deal between the EU and the UK it looks increasingly likely that the worst case scenarios have been avoided, and much of the uncertainty of recent years will be laid to rest.
Though the potentially ruinous tariffs seem to have been avoided, the UK will now be trading with the EU as a “third country”, meaning there will be issues with increased paperwork on import and export. Walk into any British supermarket and you will be surrounded by European products. Around 30% of all food consumed in the UK is imported from the EU, similarly it is our largest export market.
Due to the recent issues surrounding Brexit, it is regrettable that there will be some impact to pricing and availability of certain products from 11th January 2021.
Below are the product lines currently affected with alternative product options; whilst these products are still available, the alternatives highligted are more cost effective and will ensure chef’s menus are managed accordingly.
idc will continue to work closely with our supply partners to source locally grown seasonal produce throughout the year and ensure that we are able to provide the most competitive pricing and best quality products within the category.