Initially During March 2017, PFMA Published A Brexit Manifesto Setting Out Our Two-Stage Requirements For The Process Of Managing The UK’s Exit From The EU, Including Our Specific Priorities.
The Pet Food Manufacturers’ Association (PFMA) is the leading trade body for the UK pet food industry. Our 76 members account for over 90% of the UK market with an industry value of £3bn, serving over 12m households with pets. We are members of FEDIAF, the EU representative of the pet food industry, which has a market value of €15bn across Europe.
As well as feeding our nation’s pets, the sector adds value across the supply chain, in particular using by-products from the human food industry that would otherwise go to waste and, by doing so, provides value for UK farmers. We rely heavily on the agricultural supply chain, hence any changes in the UK agricultural system or access to agricultural raw materials from outside the UK are of key interest. The decision taken by the UK electorate in June 2016 to leave the EU has profound implications for our Association’s members.
Since the UK’s accession to what was then the European Economic Community some forty years ago, businesses have operated under the rules, regulations and trading patterns agreed in that forum. Few have experience outside that system.