Food and Drink Expo 2024

Rerum Consultancy UK Ltd & Rerum Ingredients Ltd are excited to announce our attendance at the upcoming Food & Drink Expo Birmingham, scheduled for Tuesday, April 30th, 2024. This is the day we will be attending! To schedule a meeting, please contact me. Don’t miss the chance to connect with us at the premier event for food, drink, and ingredients.

Natural & Organic Products Expo

Rerum Ingredients Ltd will attend the Natural & Organic Products Expo on stand Q70 – MCB Nutritionals on 15th April. We will showcase some great products like Vegan D3, Vegan Collagen and more.

IFE 2024

IFE starts this Monday, and I’ll be there on Tuesday. I’m looking forward to seeing old and new contacts.

Shipping Challenges in the Red Sea/Suez Canal

Shipping Challenges in the Red Sea/Suez Canal


As I’m sure you’re all aware, tensions in the Middle East are escalating, and there is a growing risk of a conflict between the US and Iran. The Houthi militia group’s continuous attacks on the Red Sea route, a major route for global container traffic, have forced shipping companies like Maersk, Mediterranean Shipping Company, Flexport, and Hapag-Lloyd to find alternate routes through Africa’s Cape of Good Hope.

The escalation can be traced back to the attack on Gaza on October 7th, 2023. Following this attack, the US chose not to engage in direct confrontation and instead launched Operation Prosperity Guardian to protect sea lanes. Maersk and other companies were able to resume using the Red Sea and Suez Canal temporarily.

However, on December 31st, 2023, the Houthi militia group attacked a Maersk commercial shipping vessel on the Red Sea route. This prompted defensive retaliation from the US, resulting in the destruction of three Houthi ships and the death of 10 militants. As a result, Maersk has halted its ships from passing through the Red Sea until at least January 9th, 2024. The company will then decide whether to continue re-routing ships through the Cape of Good Hope.

The impact on the supply chain has been significant. Around 350 ships have been forced to re-route through the Cape of Good Hope, resulting in an additional 10 to 14 days of shipment time and £1.6 million in extra costs for those scheduled to port in Asia and Europe. Flexport has reported a surcharge of approximately £3,927 per 40ft container for those avoiding the Red Sea route. The Shanghai Containerised Freight Index has also shown a significant increase in container costs.

Insurance premiums have skyrocketed, with a £50 million shipment now incurring an additional £250,000 in premiums if cargo chooses to go through the Red Sea and Suez Canal.

These rising costs and disruptions to the supply chain have not been seen since the Ever Given blocked the Suez Canal for six days in 2021. The backlog of commodities, including food, household goods, and more, combined with the rise in costs, will have a significant impact on businesses affected by increased oil prices and container prices.

At Rerum Ingredients, we prioritise providing our customers with timely and relevant information. We understand the importance of agility during times of crisis. Due to the Red Sea attack and the increased shipping container costs resulting from the diversion through the Cape of Good Hope, we must take action.

We have spoken to our suppliers, and we now know that the situation remains highly volatile. Transit times will be extended by 10 to 20 days, with additional delays when refuelling at African ports, leading to congestion. There is also a container imbalance, resulting in a lack of equipment ahead of the Lunar New Year peak season.

While we have protected our customers from price increases since the start of the attacks, it has become increasingly challenging to manage. Starting from the week commencing January 2nd, 2024, prices for our raw materials and food ingredients will increase to support our business costs when shipping commodities from the US and Asia into Europe.

However, we are actively exploring alternative ways to support our customers. This includes bringing in larger volumes under a single shipment and holding stock locally. We encourage our customers to reach out to us with any questions or concerns, and our customer service team will be happy to assist.

FIE 2023

In November, Rerum Ingredients participated in FI Europe which was – as ever – an incredible experience. If we didn’t get to see you this year then hopefully we’ll get to see you in 2024.

Rerum Ingredients are now BRCGS Agents & Brokers and are Sedex Members

At Rerum Ingredients Ltd we are committed to creating a sustainable business and as such we are very excited to announce that we are now Sedex Members. Sedex’s mission is to supply data-driven insights, tools, and services to help companies continuously improve environmental, social, and governance (ESG) outcomes; a ethos that is very much in line with our own.

We are also incredibly pleased and proud to announce that we have been awarded A grade status on our latest BRCGS audit and as such, are now Certified BRCGS Agents & Brokers. As a well-known industry standard, the grade ratings from the BRCGS are vitally important and now that Rerum Ingredients Ltd  have confirmed their A grade status we’re looking forward to what comes next as we develop the business.

A huge thank you to everyone involved in this process.

Vitafoods 2023

Rerum Ingredients Ltd are thrilled to announce our participation at Vitafoods 2023, we will be at the show on the 9th & 10th May 2023. This is the days we will be attending we also be on the Divis Nutraceuticals stand J49. To arrange a meeting, please contact us via email at [email protected] or via mobile at +44 (0) 7738 467389. This is a fantastic opportunity to connect with us at the leading nutraceuticals event.

International Food & Drink Event

Rerum Consultancy UK Ltd & Rerum Ingredients Ltd will be at the IFE London on Wednesday, March 22nd, 2023. This is the day we will be attending! To arrange a meeting, please contact us via email at [email protected] or via mobile at +44 (0) 7738 467389. This is a fantastic opportunity to connect with us at the premier event for food, drink, and ingredients. Follow the hashtags #IFE2023 #food #drink #ingredients for more updates!