The Q&A below is about Food Business Operator addresses on pre-packed foods exported into the EU. It is aimed at FBOs in Great Britain and covers the position if, at the end of the transition period:

(a) the UK is no longer part of the single market (e.g. as a member of the European Free Trade Association); and 

(b) there are no provisions in any UK/EU trade deal which relax the rules on pre-packed food labelling which would normally apply to a third country importing into the EU. 

The withdrawal deal envisages a transition period lasting until 31 December 2020; this can be extended by up to two years by agreement, with a decision having to be taken by 1 July 2020. During the transition period, and any extension, the UK will continue to operate as if it were a member state for trading purposes.

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Food Matters Live announces a rich, connected virtual experience in 2020

As new challenges arise, so do opportunities to adapt and progress and find new ways of working, and here at Food Matters we are embracing these. With ongoing uncertainty surrounding international travel and formal guidance on social distancing measures, Food Matters is pleased to announce an exciting new virtual experience for the 2020 edition of the annual Food Matters Live event.

Taking place on 13 and 14 October, the Food Matters Live virtual experience will provide an engaging and inclusive opportunity to imagine, learn, connect and to explore what’s possible.

Food Matters Live 2020 will continue to provide the following opportunities to our global community:

  • Access to the unrivalled education programme, offering five streams of topical evidence – based presentations, trend insights and thought-provoking panel discussions delivered via live webcasts and Q&A sessions
  • Connect with exhibitors, access product demonstrations and information via virtual meeting spaces and presentations, and explore the latest innovative ingredient and nutraceutical solutions
  • Access to the curated hosted buyer programme offering 1-2-1 meetings, enabled by modern video technology and operating across different time zones, supported by the Food Matters Partnership team
  • Meet the Food Matters Live Awards Winners who will be announced by the judges during Food Matters Live – presenting a chance to connect with the innovators of 2020
  • Explore the digital Nutraceutical Showcase featuring some of the most innovative nutraceutical brands meeting consumer demand

Looking ahead to 2021

During this period of transition, Food Matters has been working closely with 02 Intercontinental Convention Centre to agree a pathway for Food Matters Live 2021.

We are pleased to announce new summer dates for the 2021 edition which will see Food Matters Live take place on 29 and 30 June 2021. It will present a hybrid event combining a physical exhibition offering tastings and customer innovation experiences, The Food Matters Live conference and seminars, the hosted buyer programme and 1-2-1 and group meetings, the Future Brands competition, the Awards ceremony and the Food Matters Live Summer Social programme offering networking in a 5 star environment  – all of which will integrate with a hybrid virtual experience.

Working closely with the venue team, and following the high standards that the Intercontinental Group are deploying across their global prestigious 5 star venues, Food Matters Live 2021 can assure that it will operate at the highest standards to ensure the health and wellbeing of all participants attending in person.

Briony Mansell-Lewis, Director at Food Matters said: Advancing innovation in food and nutrition together with enabling sustainable food production are going to be fundamental as we move beyond these unprecedented times.

We are pleased to be able to offer a virtual experience to enable the business of food and nutrition innovation to continue in 2020 and to support our global community in making connections, sharing information and inspire new thinking.

We are looking forward to working closely with all our stakeholders – exhibitors, attendees, sponsors and speakers to make Food Matters Live 2020 a rich, engaging and accessible event via a virtual experience and to taking the combined modern approach of a hybrid event to new heights in June 2021.”

Help is at hand newsletter 29th of April


We hope you are all well this week. We would like to share some useful information and opportunities with you this week.

It is great to hear so many of you opening up in new ways this week. Please don’t forget to update us so we can give you a shout out on social media.

Wishing you the best of health, take care.

Team Grub Club 



Thanks to those of you who joined us for last weeks webinar, for those of you who missed it, don’t worry you can catch it here.



During these times it is vital that we come together and support each other as we are so much stronger together. We need to share advice, learnings and tips to come through this chapter. So check out the Delishops foodie community, it’s a great foodie tribe of businesses who are keen to grow and support each other.

To get involved register here




We have teamed up with the fab team at Montgomery to offer a weekly competition series on our Instagram feed. Please share and get involved there are some great prizes.

Let’s get winning 




British Cheese Weekender, Early May Bank Holiday, 8-10 May

This is a great message to share with your customers and a wonderful foodie wave to be part of.

So get involved.  They have a star-studded foodie line up of events for the weekend. Have you got the perfect cheese accompaniment, or can you offer a delicious British cheese collection to sell to you customers?

The three-day event will encourage the public to enjoy the country’s best cheeses with a series of free, online tastings by the country’s top cheese experts. Please visit here to find out more and use the #BritishCheeseWeekender



If you are looking for support as how to trade online then check out Speciality Food’s ultimate guide to online retail. It is free to download here

Help is at hand! 22nd of April

We want to help


We hope you are all well this week. We just wanted to share some useful information and opportunities for you this week.

Wishing you the best of health, take care.

Team Grub Club 


‘Business as usual’, it certainly is not! Join Vhari as she shares insights into new routes to market during these extraordinary times. From online listings to delivery boxes, let’s delve into who you can sell to now and how you can plan for the future. This webinar is great for producers, retailers and brands looking to grow sales.

To get involved register here




If you missed last nights cheese class with Charlie Turnbull, catch up on Youtube and be sure to tune in next week.

Cheese TV 



British Cheese Weekender, Early May Bank Holiday, 8-10 May

To celebrate the amazing range of cheeses made by small producers in the UK and to highlight the crisis they face The British Cheese Weekender will be taking place over the Early May Bank Holiday weekend (8-10 May). The three-day event will encourage the public to enjoy the country’s best cheeses with a series of free, online tastings by the country’s top cheese experts. Please visit here to find out more


An online Food & Drink Festival has been created so you can discover and buy epicurean delights for direct delivery to your own home.
They are also looking for more brands to get involved, so check it out.

Supply Now 






The Food Marketing Experts Social Media Calendar is brimming with #SocialMediaDays, key foodie events and helpful tips to keep you relevant and your brand on track throughout the year.
Simply sign up below and download your copy now.

Great finance advice from leading accountancy firm


Those Grub Club friends who are in the Retail, Hospitality and Leisure industry should hopefully be aware of the RHL Grant.  This is being administered by your local authority. I urge you to look at the details on the government website and if you have not heard yet from your local authority, give them a call.  Grants are starting to be paid, so the money has been received from central government.


Retail, Hospitality and Leisure Grant Fund

  • Under the Retail, Hospitality and Leisure Grant (RHLG), businesses in England that would have been in receipt of the Expanded Retail Discount (which covers retail, hospitality and leisure) on 11 March with a rateable value of less than £51,000 will be eligible for the following cash grants per property
  • Eligible businesses in these sectors with a property that has a rateable value of up to and including £15,000 will receive a grant of £10,000, in line with the eligibility criteria as set out in paragraphs 24-31
  • Eligible businesses in these sectors with a property that has a rateable value of over £15,000 and less than £51,000 will receive a grant of £25,000, in line with the eligibility criteria as set out in paragraphs 24-31

Thanks to Marissa Lebeau

Accounts Director at Macintyre Hudson

This Weeks Help is at Hand Newsletter


We hope you are all well this week. We have been sharing lots of your stories and enjoying seeing what wonderful work you are all doing. Thanks so much to you all for keeping us fed and watered.

We are working on the Velvet magazine Fathers Day feature, so please get in touch if you have any products you would like featured.

We have a number of new opportunities coming up so please stay in touch, we will share more news next week.

Wishing you the best of health, take care.

Team Grub Club 

Why not take the opportunity to get your products some additional attention!

The Great British Food Awards are open now until the 22nd of June.

Enter today


Fresh Montgomery is bringing a series of weekly webinars to you to share insight, guidance and support from the industry to the industry.

To register for these webinars visit here


We are delighted to see so many businesses being so agile during this chapter.

So if you are looking to enjoy a home dining experience check out this round-up of who is doing what near Cambridge.

Thanks to Velvet Magazine




At this time we are all looking for sites and information to learn from. This is a great resource for the whole family. Eat farm have created a wealth of content for us to share and enjoy.

Eat Farm Now 


During the current situation, cash is king. Hopefully, by now, all business owners have a cashflow forecast set out over the next 6 months, taking us up to September, when we hope business will be back to normal (a new normal).

Over the last week, all of you who employ people should have received notification of the information needed to claim back the cost of furloughing staff from the Government.  The time is now to collect this information together, on a spreadsheet, and get ready for Monday 20th April.  This date is important.  It is the date that the government hub becomes available for you to put your claim in for repayment of furloughed individuals.  It will be busy. Be persistent.  The sooner you put in your claim, the quicker the money will be in your bank account.  Remember – cash is king!

To find out more click here 


This weeks help is at hand!






Good afternoon

We hope you are all well. As promised in the last weeks we will email you weekly with information we believe will be of use to you in these extraordinary times. We want you to know you are not on your own, we are here championing you all.

Thank you so much to all of you who have been in touch. We love hearing your news, and telling the world how they can shop with you.

The May basket for Velvet magazine has been filled, so we are now working on Fathers Day and the month of June, so please get in touch.

We are busy chatting to our network to learn about new opportunities for you and will update you on these over the coming weeks.

Wishing you the best of health, take care.

Team Grub Club 


Hider Foods and Delishops have joined forces to create a retailer online shopping solution for consumers, enabling independent retailers to continue serving their customers and most importantly earn revenue even if they are closed.

The bonus is you don’t have to do the orders! The team at Hider will despatch everything for you, while you earn 15% on every order. The range on offer will be extensive. They will all be lines Hider has on offer. They are looking for a wide range of new products to grow their offering.

So if you are looking to drive sales to your fabulous customer base with minimal hassle, please check out the new site here



The newly launched #HelpHub for foodservice businesses is up and running packed with advice and support.





A new £1.8m Accelerator and Venture Fund which will back ambitious food and drink challenger brands ready to help tackle childhood obesity.

Our Aim: To deliver market-led solutions to one of the biggest challenges facing the nation’s health.

Applications Open: 30th March 2020
To find out more click here 



It is so important to be on a variety of platforms all helping to promote your business and products.

So why not sign up to be part of our
Big Barn page.  The site traffic has gone mad in recent weeks and is now receiving over 20,000 hits a day! The site is proving so popular that many producers are receiving record numbers of orders.

We want to help

Good afternoon

We hope you are all well, as promised last week we will email you weekly with information we believe will be of use to you in these extraordinary times.

Thank you so much for all the emails we received asking for mentions and shout out on social media. Keep them coming as we are so keen to support you all.

We are working on the next two issues of  Velvet Magazine shopping baskets, so please get in touch if you would like to be included.

Wishing you the best of health, take care.

Team Grub Club 



It is so important to be on a variety of platforms all helping to promote your business and products.

So why not sign up to be part of our
Big Barn page.







Every month we search out three delicious products you can’t be without. We would love to hear from you if you have a product that would like to be seen by thousands of consumers.

Please drop us an email with your product details, RRP, where it is available from and then we can chat about a sample and what else we need.






If you have moved to online sales, please check out what WBC has on offer here they have a wide variety of protective packaging, perfect for shipping out your goodies.









You may wish to use some or all of these posters if appropriate for your business.

To access all the posters click here






A petition has been created to extend COVID-19 support to independent mobile catering businesses & the self-employed. To sign click here 





Thanks to Howes Percival for all their COVID 19 advice


A Summer Evening at the Pinkster Distillery


We partied with amazing results……

Last weeks was a wonderful celebration of food, drink and sunshine. We enjoyed a warm summer evening sharing food news, stories and advice over a delicious Pinkster gin and tonic!

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Brampton Mill’s Stylish Refurbishment

We were lucky enough to get a sneak preview of the stunning new refurbished at Brampton Mill. Not only that, we also got to sample the new seasonal menu. It’s a tough job, but someone has to do it!

The refurbishment includes an extensive makeover of both the interior and exterior areas. The charm of the 500-year old pub has been retained with many of its original features, and of course, that eye-catching fully functioning mill wheel still takes pride of place. The new look is modern, stylish and contemporary, and has kept the same welcoming warmth, whether you’re visiting for a winter evening meal or a summer drink with friends.

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