Ann Hallet runs Hallets Real Cider from Blaengawney farm near Caerphilly. Established in 2006 they produce cider according to a blend of traditional and modern methods.

Hallets trades with The Netherlands and Lithuania, and also imports goods from a number of EU countries. They also rely on supplies from other companies in the UK that import from the EU.

On preparing for Brexit, Ann explains:

“We have discussed with some suppliers who we know import from the EU asking what they are doing to maintain supplies. We’re aware that if our costs increase significantly because of tariffs then our sales would drop as customers won’t pay much higher prices for our products. We think there is a significant risk to the viability of our cider business if the UK leaves the EU without a deal.

Ann adds that she has applied to Her Majesty’s Revenue and Customs (HMRC) to access simplified import procedures. Register for transitional simplified procedures to import goods in a no-deal Brexit on GOV.UK

She also receives updates from the Food & Drink Foundation.

Food and drink industry: preparing for Brexit

Advice on business preparation for Brexit and a self-assessment tool is available on businesswales.gov.wales.

Food and drink businesses can access tailor-made self-assessment and advice. To request a diagnostic by the Cywain project, email: cywain@menterabusnes.co.uk

An advisor will then arrange a visit to complete the diagnostic. This will aid your business resilience and ensure that all your business areas are considered before Brexit.