Food sector bosses have been urged to unite and adopt a more joined-up approach in setting out their key Brexit priorities to ensure business confidence.
Independent law firm Burges Salmon said the food sector seemed to be ’fragmented’ on certain issues, adding many lobby groups were ’following their own agendas’.
Sian Edmunds, partner, said: "The more the ’siloed’ groups come together with one voice on what needs to happen, the easier it will be for the Government to take the message on board."
It came as the Food and Drink Association (FDF) called on Prime Minister Theresa May to support the sector in delivering a healthy and secure food and drink industry in the UK.
FDF director general Ian Wright said: "Our partnership with UK Government has never been more important to keeping food prices stable, protecting UK competitiveness and securing a skilled workforce for the future."
Around 27 per cent of the UK’s food and manufacturing workers were non-UK EU nationals, said Mr Wright.
He also called for tariff-free markets, highlighting 94 per cent of exports and 97 per cent of imports of food and non-alcoholic
drink deals were with the EU.
Clarity on the exit process and urgent action to address economic and currency volatility, including a firm commitment to avoid introducing burdens on business, would also help stabilise the sector, Mr Wright added.