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Dear Reader,

Food Manufacture is running its annual survey of readers to gauge their views about the current state of the food and drink manufacturing industry and identify the issues that are causing most concern.

I would be grateful if you would take a few moments to complete the questionnaire. As a small incentive for answering our three minute survey, all named entries will automatically be entered in a prize draw to win £100 of Amazon vouchers.

We will communicate the name of the lucky winner in the July issue of Food Manufacture as well as on www.foodmanufacture.co.uk. However, I would like to reassure you of the anonymity of your response. No mention will be made of either you or your company in the published results. We are solely looking for general trends that are of interest to our readership.

Thank you for your assistance

Rick Pendrous

Survey prize draw terms and conditions

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* 1. Market Conditions

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I am more positive about the future of my company now than a year ago.
I expect my company’s profit margins to improve over the next year.
Lack of access to finance has had a detrimental effect on my business this year.
I see a long-term future for the UK food manufacturing industry.
I expect consumer spending to go up over the coming year.

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* 2. Trading Relationships

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Retail range reduction has negatively affected my business
Pricing pressure from retailers is threatening – To cut into resources devoted to new product development and innovation
Pricing pressure from retailers is threatening – To commoditise branded products through excessive promotional activity
My export business has grown in the past year
My customers are taking longer to pay bills this year than last year
I would be happy to share information with the FSA's Food Crime Unit about incidences of food fraud
The powers of the Groceries Code Adjudicator Christine Tacon should be extended to cover food and drink manufacturers as well as retailers
Raw material prices will cause increasing headaches for us in the coming year.
I expect my company to do more business with caterers this year.
Supermarket price wars are preventing me from passing on cost increases to my customers.