Gracies Gst and Grest, the UK’s largest food service providers, have withdrawn their consent letter requesting a withdrawal of their registration for food service in the UK due to the impact of Brexit on food service sector, the company said.
The company said it had “no immediate plans” to re-register for food services in the country.
“We are committed to working constructively with our European Union colleagues, but we have concluded that it is more effective for us to work collaboratively with the government,” the company’s UK CEO Chris Loughton said in a statement on Thursday.
“Our commitment to working closely with government on the UK-EU trade and regulatory framework is unrivalled, but it is not enough.
We have to maintain our position as a global leader in food service.”
The company’s withdrawal follows a similar one from UK chain L’Occitane in May, where the company signed an agreement with the UK government in March to withdraw its registration.
In a statement released on Thursday, Gracias said it was “saddened” to see Graciedans Gst withdraw from UK registration, but added it was also “hopeful” that the government would “consider the concerns” of the company and the “restoration of food service employment in the United Kingdom.”
“We remain hopeful that the Government will reconsider the decision to withdraw Gracia from the registration,” the statement said.
“While we do not believe this withdrawal will cause significant economic damage, it is important to note that we believe that we have an important role to play in the continued recovery of the UK food industry.”
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The Graciosa company said its withdrawal “will not impact the quality or the availability of Gracients food service” and said it would continue to support Gracialas food service.
“The Graciies Gsta, Graciie Gst, and Graciera Gsta food service will continue to operate as normal, without any disruption to their business,” the letter said.
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