Last week's historic decision for the United Kingdom to part ways with the European Union has sent ripples through the economy of Britain and the rest of the world. One of the industries most effected by this decision will be British food producers and distributors, who depend on the rest of the E.U. as their primary export market.
Prior to the country's vote to make a "Brexit"—or British exit—71 percent of members of the U.K.'s Food and Drink Federation opposed a decision to leave the Union. Now, while responses have been mixed, many food industry insiders fear what the separation could mean for their markets. A United Kingdom-based publication, Food Manufacture, rounded up some of the deluge of reponses that began pouring out following the decision.
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Patrick Coveney, the CEO of Greencore, an Irish "international convenience foods producer," tweeted that the decision was "Incredibly disappointing but that's democracy," adding that the country needs "calm heads now to steer Britain and EU through very tricky waters."