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Skills Gap

Skills Gap

British food and drink manufacturing faces a yawning skills gap, with 170,000 vacancies needing to be filled between 2010 and 2020. We report on the progress being made towards plugging the deficit.

Training courses for kids, urged by engineering firm

Teaching children of all ages practical engineering skills through ‘pre-apprenticeship’ schemes will help plug the skills gap in the manufacturing industry, according to engineering firm Adi Group.

Meat firm Cranswick in new recruitment drive

Meat processor Cranswick is recruiting 33 new workers, including 20 roles across a number of departments, and 13 apprentices.

Bakkavor hires 47 youngsters in ‘grow your own plan’

Fresh prepared foods manufacturer Bakkavor has recuited 47 new young starters this month, as part of its ‘grow your own’ people strategy.

Food industry slams leaked ‘plans’ to curb migrants

A leaked government document, said to reveal plans to cut the number of low-skilled EU migrant workers in the UK after Brexit, has been slammed by food and drink manufacturers.

Scotland invests £390k in careers advice

The Scottish government has invested £390,000 in educating school pupils about careers in the food and drink industry.

US food show offers answers for UK students

Two British students gained valuable insights into the global industry after visiting one of the world’s biggest food shows – the Institute of Food Technologists’ (IFT’s) Annual Meeting & Food Expo – in Las Vegas in June.

Finsbury plans Grain D’Or closure: 250 jobs at risk

Speciality cake and bread manufacturer Finsbury Food Group plans to close its Grain D’Or business in London, putting about 250 jobs at risk.

Apprenticeship Levy: firms slow to act

Companies are being slow to take advantage of the new Apprenticeship Levy that came into effect in April, claims Bis Henderson Academy, which offers training programmes for supply chain and logistics professionals.

‘Protect labour market’, as jobless rate falls: CBI

The UK’s flexible labour market must be protected by the government, urges the Confederation of British Industry (CBI), after the latest labour market statistics revealed a 125,000 rise in employment and 57,000 fall in unemployment.

Mushroom producer’s new site to create 100 jobs

Mushroom producer Hughes Mushrooms will create up to 100 jobs after opening a new production facility in the East Riding of Yorkshire.

Automation in food is ‘no threat to jobs’

A drive towards automation in the food industry should not be seen as a threat to workers’ jobs, as it is likely to lead to the creation of a variety of skilled roles, a consultant in the field has claimed.

Careers advice on apprenticeships ‘is failing’

Apprenticeships in engineering and manufacturing could be in jeopardy, according to a new report from the Industry Apprentice Council (IAC) supported by Semta, the engineering skills body.

Genius Foods confirms factory closure: 68 jobs lost

Gluten-free bakery company Genius Foods has confirmed its Hull production factory will close, with 68 job losses.

Premier Foods appoints easyJet boss

Premier Foods has appointed the senior easyJet executive Keith Hamill as its new non-executive chairman.

Back to basics for Food education and training

Food and drink manufacturing in the UK is in crisis. Young people are being put off seeking careers in the sector because of a combination of lack of knowledge about what’s on offer and the poor press it receives.

GroceryAid raises funds through training course

Training provider Bridgethorne is to raise funds for grocery charity GroceryAid through two special one-day training courses for fast moving consumer goods suppliers.

Meat firm enters administration: majority of jobs lost

A north-east meat processor has appointed administrators, and the majority of its 68 workers have been made redundant.

2 Sisters red meat boss resigns after 22 years

2 Sisters’ red meat procurement director will leave the business after 22 years in charge, the company has revealed.

Quorn’s £150M investment to create 300+ jobs

Quorn Foods has invested £150M in its Billingham factory, creating more than 300 jobs over the next five years, the meat alternative manufacturer revealed on July 24.

Strike planned at Chivas after pay offer rejected

Workers at a Chivas whisky bottling plant will strike on August 7, after rejecting a new pay offer from the distiller.

Tulip plans 118 job cuts in King’s Lynn

Meat processor Tulip plans 118 job cuts at its King’s Lynn food production plant, as part of a restructuring strategy.

2 Sisters expands cutting line to create 150 jobs

2 Sisters Food Group will create 150 new jobs at its chicken processing site in Coupar Angus, Perthshire, after expanding its cutting operation.

Müller plans £40M factory extension to create 52 jobs

Müller UK and Ireland Group has applied for planning permission to extend its Telford factory in a £40M investment – a move which would double its capacity and create 52 jobs.

Adelie Foods to close sites putting ‘180’ jobs at risk

Food-to-go manufacturer Adelie Foods plans to close its Middlesbrough food factory and its Leicester distribution facility, putting a reported 180 jobs at risk.

Fish firm in ‘ground-breaking’ virtual reality training

Fish processor Icelandic Seachill will take part in a “ground-breaking project” to train food and drink manufacturing workers by using virtual reality, after education provider the Grimsby Institute Group won a £90,000 investment from grant funding charitable trust Ufi.

FDF wants ‘new sector deal’ to boost productivity

The Food and Drink Federation (FDF) has called on the government to create “a new sector deal” for UK food and drink manufacturers, to exploit export growth opportunities that are expected after Brexit.

Nestlé ‘could save almost 300 jobs with £1M boost’

Nestlé could prevent about 300 job cuts – and keep Blue Riband chocolate bar production in the UK – with a £1M investment, claims the GMB union, which urged the government to take action.

Ice cream firm to grow workforce after six-figure investment

Ice cream manufacturer Northern Bl°c has secured a six-figure investment from Santander Business Banking, it was confirmed today (July 5), to grow its workforce and develop new products.

Real Good Food makes £15.5M investment

Baking ingredients supplier Real Good Food (RGF) is investing £15.5M to expand two of its subsidiaries in Liverpool and Wiltshire, after securing funds from a private investor.

British Bacon Supplies confirms factory closure

Damika-owned meat processor British Bacon Supplies has confirmed it will close its Huddersfield factory this Friday (June 30), as it was “unable to operate at sustainable efficiency levels”.

One-third of foreign workers plan to leave UK

One-third of foreign workers are considering leaving the UK, with highly-skilled EU workers the most likely to leave, revealed a survey from financial consultancy Deloitte.

M&S haulier faces strikes over pay dispute

Marks & Spencer’s (M&S’s) London and south-east food haulier, GIST, will face strike action after a dispute over equal pay.

2 Sisters appoints new head of livestock

2 Sisters’ St Merryn Foods has re-appointed Prys Morgan as head of livestock procurement in Wales.

New food entrepreneurs’ centre opens

Businesses, including food and drink manufacturers, across Cheshire and Warrington can now take advantage of specialist support, through the University of Chester’s involvement in a new European funded programme.

Food makers to benefit from new robot factory

A new factory dedicated to building robots for food manufacturing roles, promises to boost firms’ productivity, claims its owner.

Staff shortages as EU workers leave ‘in droves’

Demand for staff has risen to its highest level in 21 months, according to the Recruitment & Employment Confederation (REC), as EU workers are “leaving in their droves”.

Number of manufacturing jobs falls 600k in 10 years

Britain urgently needs a manufacturing strategy from the next government, after more than 600,000 manufacturing jobs – including food and drink manufacturing roles – were lost over the past 10 years, claims the GMB union.

Food and drink manufacturers face ‘sluggish growth’

Food and drink manufacturers face “sluggish growth” over the next two years, according to a survey by manufacturers’ organisation EEF.

2 Sisters’ Smethwick site to close with 250 job losses

2 Sisters Food Group has confirmed its Smethwick poultry processing factory will close at the end of June, with 250 workers at risk of losing their jobs.

Village Bakery to add 50 jobs and 12 apprenticeships

North Wales bread and pastry maker Village Bakery will create 50 new jobs, including 12 apprenticeships, to help it supply its growing demand, the baker revealed today (May 31).

IFST highlights its three food policy priorities

The Institute of Food Science & Technology (IFST) has called on the new government to focus on food science, develop policies for a sustainable food system and the challenges of Brexit, in its list of key priorities.

Moy Park boss wins HR award

Moy Park’s executive director Mike Mullan has been named HR director of the year in the Chartered Institute of Personnel and Development (CIPD) Northern Ireland Awards 2017. 

Greencore plans factory closure: 400 jobs at risk

Greencore has revealed plans to close its chilled desserts factory in Evercreech, Somerset, putting about 400 jobs at risk.

Ageing workforce puts skills ‘at risk of disappearing’

Skilled workers in the manufacturing sector could become even more difficult to find, as the average age of staff continues to rise, reflecting challenges in recruiting younger workers, a report revealed.

300-job sugar beet plans welcomed by NFU

Proposals for a sugar beet processing facility that would create up to 300 jobs in North Yorkshire have been welcomed by the National Farmers Union (NFU).

Manufacturing pay rises to 18-month high

Three-month average pay settlements in the manufacturing sector have risen above 2% for the first time since November 2015, according to a survey by EEF, the manufacturers’ organisation, following a surge in inflation.

Nestlé ceo Dame Fiona Kendrick steps down

Dame Fiona Kendrick will stand down as ceo of Nestlé UK & Ireland, and will be replaced by current president and ceo of Nestlé Waters Italy Stefano Agostini, the manufacturer revealed yesterday (May 16).

Walkers ‘will close’ Peterlee factory: 355 jobs at risk

PepsiCo UK has confirmed it will close its Walkers crisp factory in County Durham, putting 355 jobs at risk.

New government ‘must deal with labour shortages’

The next UK government has been urged to address the “impending labour shortages” faced by the food industry pre- and post-Brexit, after the immigration minister claimed the problem had been overstated.

MPs ‘want to probe Nestlé job cuts’ in parliament

Nestlé’s plan to cut almost 300 jobs, and move Blue Riband production to Poland, should be debated in parliament, according to 31 MPs.

Diageo’s ‘105 job cuts a gross betrayal’ of staff

Diageo’s plans to cut 105 jobs at its bottling plants in Glasgow and Fife have been slammed by unions as a “gross betrayal” of its workers.

Robots will create rather than destroy food jobs

Robotics and automation will create more skilled jobs in the future, despite a report claiming 46% of manufacturing workers were at “high risk” from automation’s introduction by the early 2030s, said the Food and Drink Federation (FDF).

Automation needed to avert a labour crisis

UK food and drink manufacturers should turn to automation as there will be a labour supply crisis regardless of the outcome of Brexit negotiations, a leading economist warns.

Weetabix jobs reassurance sought by union

The Unite union has called for urgent reassurances over the security of its members’ jobs at Weetabix, after the cereal manufacturer confirmed yesterday (April 18) it would be sold to US consumer giant Post Holdings for £1.4bn.

2 Sisters’ planned 630 job cuts sparks union ‘plan’

The Unite union has pledged to mitigate the impact of 2 Sisters’ 630 planned job cuts at its West Midlands chicken plant, by devising a plan to save as many jobs as possible.

Unilever’s Spreads sale puts ‘200 jobs at risk’

Unilever’s decision to sell off its Spreads business puts “200 jobs in Essex at risk”, claimed the Unite union.

Tayto Group in 60 staff recruitment drive

Snack manufacturer Tayto Group is to create 60 jobs at its Golden Wonder site in Scunthorpe.

Charlie Bigham’s will create 300 jobs at new site

Premium ready meals manufacturer Charlie Bigham’s will create 300 jobs in Somerset, after work began on a new food preparation site.

Caribbean food firm Grace Foods starts scholarship

Caribbean food manufacturer Grace Foods has launched a scholarship programme with Brunel University, London, in a bid to boost the number of male British students with a Caribbean background studying at UK universities.

2 Sisters plans 630 job cuts at ‘ageing’ chicken site

2 Sisters Food Group has revealed plans to close its “ageing” chicken processing site in Smethwick, West Midlands, putting 630 jobs at risk.

Gluten-free baker Genius to cut 115 jobs

Gluten-free bakery company Genius Foods has announced it will cut 115 jobs across its business, including a reported 78 jobs at its Hull factory, as it plans to end production of its non-Genius branded products.

Bernard Matthews’ staff ‘let down’ over 128 job cuts

Bernard Matthews’ workers said they felt “betrayed and let down”, after the turkey producer confirmed 128 job cuts in chicken production and management at its Great Witchingham, Norfolk site.

Food industry employability skills – photogallery

Eight essential employability skills for students looking to start their careers in the food and drink industry have been identified by grocery think-tank IGD, featured in this photogallery.

Potato firm appoints administrators as 90 jobs lost

Potato processing firm M&F Ltd has appointed administrators to sell the company’s assets, with the loss of 90 jobs.

Labour turnover falls again – as workers sit tight

Labour turnover in the British workforce fell to 14% last year – down from 16% in the previous year, according to the latest Annual Labour Turnover data from EEF, the manufacturers’ organisation.

Tunnock’s workers ‘given 8.7% pay rise’

Confectionery firm Tunnock’s workers will receive an 8.7% pay rise over two years, the Unite union has revealed.

Frank Dale Foods bought to secure ‘most’ of 57 jobs

Party food manufacturer Frank Dale Foods has been bought by Finedale Foods after entering liquidation, securing “most” of the firm’s 57 jobs.

Spring Budget to boost manufacturers’ productivity

Food and drink manufacturers will welcome plans set out in the Spring Budget to boost productivity, research and development and close the skills gap, according to the Food and Drink Federation (FDF). But the FDF remained opposed to the sugar levy.

The Apprentice winner Alana hires brand ambassadors

Premium cake maker Ridiculously Rich by Alana, owned by The Apprentice 2017 winner Alana Spencer, is recruiting “an army of ambassadors” to sell its products at events across the country.

Kellogg seeks new manufacturing apprentices

Kellogg is the latest food manufacturer to launch an apprenticeship recruitment drive during this year’s National Apprenticeship Week (NAW).

Petition to keep Walkers site open nears 2,000

A petition to stop Walkers’ Peterlee site from closing has received almost 2,000 signatories.

Union wants urgent Bakkavor talks over 300 job cuts

The Unite union has requested an urgent meeting with Bakkavor management after the manufacturer revealed plans to axe 300 jobs at Welcome Foods last week.

2 Sisters slams union protest for ‘untrue’ claims

2 Sisters Food Group Ltd has slammed a Unite union protest over its workers’ rights, claiming the union’s allegations were “untrue” and “misleading”.

Bakkavor to recruit 40 new apprentices

Bakkavor has kicked off National Apprenticeship Week (NAW) by revealing it will take on 40 new apprentices this year in manufacturing, engineering, development and HR roles.

Bakkavor to cut 300 jobs at Welcome Foods

Bakkavor plans to close its Welcome Foods ingredients plant in Nottinghamshire, putting about 300 jobs at risk.

Walkers to cut 380 jobs as it closes Peterlee factory

PepsiCo UK plans to close its Walkers crisp factory in Country Durham, putting 380 jobs at risk.

Riverside Bakery to axe 44 jobs ‘for long-term future’

Addo Food Group’s Riverside Bakery plans to cut 44 jobs to ensure the company’s long-term future, it claimed.

Low-paid staff urged to check pay ahead of wage changes

Britain’s lowest paid workers are the target of a new government advertising campaign, designed to make them aware of their rights, ahead of the rise in National Minimum and National Living Wage rates next month.

Unilever staff need job assurances after Kraft bid

Unilever must reassure workers about their job security, urges the GMB union, after the manufacturer revealed it was reviewing its operations following the failed £115bn Kraft Heinz bid.

Tesco job cuts may continue after 1,700 roles axed

Tesco staff could face a second wave of job cuts this year, warned an analyst, after Britain’s biggest retailer axed 1,700 deputy manager roles.

Stars of the meat industry are awarded

The ‘best of the best’ in the meat and poultry industry were recognised last week (February 21) at The Institute of Meat (IoM) and Worshipful Company of Butchers (WCB) Annual Prize-Giving.

Dawn Farms to create 150 jobs after £21M investment

Cooked meat ingredients maker Dawn Farms will recruit 150 new workers over the next five years, after a €25M (£21.3M) investment.

Greencore Grocery and 13 other food firms underpay staff by total of £36k

Greencore Grocery and 13 other food and drink firms failed to pay 64 employees their full wages, totalling more than £36,000, according to the Department for Business, Energy and Industrial Strategy (BEIS).

‘Bad bosses should face jail’ over unpaid staff wages

Employers “should face jail” for failing to pay staff the minimum wage, the Unite union has claimed, after the Department for Business, Energy and Industrial Strategy (BEIS) named and shamed 360 companies who owed workers nearly £1M in unpaid wages.

Food firms face higher labour costs after Brexit

Food and drink manufacturers may face higher labour costs after Brexit, because they’ll have to compete for fewer non-UK EU workers, warns law firm DWF.

Apprenticeship Levy must be well handled

The impending Apprenticeship Levy provided a clear opportunity for businesses to review the skills requirements of their workforces and centralise their approach to training, Justine Fosh, chief executive at the National Skills Academy for Food and Drink (NSAFD) has claimed.

Waitrose plans 678 job cuts as five stores face closure

Waitrose plans to cut almost 700 jobs, after revealing plans to close five of its stores and restructure its management.

Union slams Bernard Matthews’ planned 150 job cuts

Bernard Matthews’ plan to cut 150 jobs at its Great Witchingham production site and head office has been slammed by the Unite union as “deeply disappointing”.

Food sector’s UK workers need Brexit assurances

The GMB union has urged the government for assurances that the food sector’s UK workers won’t be caught in the crossfire of Brexit, while food manufacturers and farmers compete harder for a reduced number of non-UK EU nationals.

Bernard Matthews plans up to 150 job cuts in Norfolk

Bernard Matthews plans to cut up to 150 jobs at its headquarters and production factory in Norfolk, the turkey producer revealed yesterday (February 7).

2 Sisters reveals two senior appointments

2 Sisters Food Group has made two senior appointments to its UK poultry team – an operations director and a commercial director – as it “continues on its UK transformation plan”.

Sharing positive manufacturing experiences will lift recruitment

Showcasing the positive experiences of those working in farming and the food and drink manufacturing sector is the best way of attracting new talent, says National Farmers Union director general Terry Jones.

McCain Foods plans to cut 74 jobs

McCain Foods plans to cut 74 jobs at its Scarborough site, after it proposed to close a loss-making facility.

Greencore appoints new non-executive director

Greencore has appointed former Peacock Foods ceo Thomas Sampson as a non-executive director.

Apprenticeship Levy ‘is poor value for money’

The Apprenticeship Levy represents “poor value for money”, warns a new report from the Institute for Fiscal Studies (IFS).

Starbucks boss to hire 10,000 refugees

American coffee giant Starbucks has pledged to hire 10,000 refugees worldwide, after US president Trump introduced tough new rules restricting migration from seven countries.

Training scheme to tackle logistics skills gap

Food and drink manufacturers are to benefit from fully-funded training and apprenticeships from the Freight Transport Association (FTA), to tackle shortages of skilled heavy goods vehicle (HGV) drivers.

Moy Park created 70 jobs from £4M investment

Poultry processor Moy Park has confirmed 70 jobs were created from the completed £4M investment at its Ashbourne factory, which can now process more than 1M chickens every week.

Greggs to cut 100 more jobs claims union

Greggs could cut 100 jobs in Scotland, the Union of Shop, Distributive and Allied Workers (Usdaw) has claimed, after the high street baker confirmed a nationwide restructuring plan earlier this week, which unions claimed could threaten up to 120 jobs in Wales.

Apprenticeship Levy under fire at the Business Leaders’ Forum

The Apprenticeship Levy came under fire from Paul Wilkinson, chairman of the National Skills Academy for Food and Drink, at the Business Leaders’ Forum yesterday (January 24).

Food and drink industry prepares for the Apprenticeship Levy

While the Apprenticeship Levy – which comes into force in April – has benefits, some fear its challenges may require the help of magic to overcome.

Addo Food Group plans to cut nearly 50 jobs

Almost 50 jobs could be lost at Addo Food Group’s Spalding Bakery, after the pastry manufacturer proposed to restructure its shift system.

Migrant worker availability is top industry concern

The government has been urged by the chairman of a leading training provider to engage more with food and drink manufacturing business leaders to resolve the huge challenge of access to labour – both migrants from the EU and domestic workers – if the nation is to take advantage of the huge opportunities offered by Brexit.

IGD skills programme reaches 17,000 young people

Grocery think-tank IGD has helped 17,000 young people this year to learn the skills needed to find a job in the food and drink industry, claimed the organisation.

Food manufacturing jobs competition to rise next year

Competition to fill food and drink manufacturing vacancies is set to rise next year, after a report revealed a strong UK labour market will see continuing jobs growth increase.

Food manufacturers face huge labour crisis

The food and drink industry is facing its worst labour shortage in over a decade, and some firms risk failing to fill vacancies in the peak demand period before Christmas, the head of a labour providers’ association has warned.

Avana Bakeries plans to close doors and cut 150 jobs

Avana Bakeries plans to close at the end of January, with the potential loss of about 150 jobs, the bakery has revealed.

Graduate engineers’ pay rose 4% since last year

Engineering graduates could expect “good salaries”, claimed engineering consultancy firm adi Group, after latest figures revealed entry-level graduates’ salaries have increased 4% since last year.

Food firms get boost from business growth scheme

The launch of a new business growth programme hopes to boost turnover and create new jobs for small food and drink companies in Scotland.

Samworth defends sacking after union backlash

Samworth Brothers Ltd has defended its decision to sack an employee, after the Bakers’ Food and Allied Workers Union (BFAWU) slammed the dismissal as “shameful”, claiming the employee was sacked for “naming and shaming” Samworth Brothers over contractual changes.

Food firms could boost loyalty in the digital age

Food and drink manufacturers could use the Fourth Industrial Revolution, known as 4IR, to boost customer loyalty and therefore sales, EEF, the manufacturers’ organisation, has claimed.

Food manufacturers face ‘four key challenges’

Food manufacturers face four key challenges – with the need to boost productivity topping the list – according to Tim Render, director of food and farming, at the Department for Environment, Food and Rural Affairs (DEFRA).

Bakkavor to recruit 310 staff after ‘increased demand’

Ready meals specialist Bakkavor is recruiting 310 people for factory production and management roles in Lincolnshire, after “increased demand from its customers”, the manufacturer revealed today (November 28).

Ginsters wins training scheme award

Ginsters was one of the 34 organisations – including food and drink manufacturers – commended for their commitment to training in The Princess Royal Training Award.

Diageo workers to strike over pension row

Diageo workers have voted in favour of industrial action in a row over pension changes.

Bradgate Bakery youngster wins Young Talent award

Bradgate Bakery’s Wojciech Kalinowski has landed the prestigious Young Talent of the Year award in the food and drink manufacturing industry’s Oscars – the Food Manufacture Excellence Awards (FMEAs).

Bradgate Bakery young talent highlights social media importance

Social media should be used more effectively to recruit youngsters, according to the winner of the Young Talent of the Year award at the Food Manufacture Excellence Awards 2016, Wojciech Kalinowski.

Moy Park wins top marks for training in manufacturing Oscars

Moy Park has won top marks in the Training programme of the year category of this year’s food and drink manufacturing Oscars – the Food Manufacture Excellence Awards (FMEAs).

Nestlé pledges 3,000 job opportunities for youngsters

Nestlé has pledged to offer at least 3,000 new employment opportunities for young people in the UK and Ireland by 2020.

Food industry ‘needs to recruit more women’

The food and drink manufacturing sector needs to recruit more women, says the Food and Drink Federation (FDF), after a government-backed review recommended the appointment of more women bosses in British businesses.

Food industry skills gap tackled by degree apprenticeship scheme

New degree apprenticeships will help to plug the skills gap in food and drink manufacturing, thanks to a funding award from the government, according to the University of Lincoln’s National Centre for Food Manufacturing (NCFM).

2 Sisters boss: Trailblazers to make a ‘huge difference’

The Trailblazers apprenticeship programme will make a key contribution to attracting young talent into food and drink manufacturing, says 2 Sisters boss Janette Graham in this exclusive video interview, filmed after she won the Food Manufacture Personality of the year award.

Workers begin strike at sweet factory after pay row

Workers at sweet manufacturer Tangerine’s York factory began their four-day strike yesterday (November 8), after final pay negotiations between employer and employees broke down on Monday afternoon (November 7).

2 Sisters Food boss wins Food Manufacture Personality Oscar

2 Sisters Food Group technical learning and development manager Janette Graham has won the coveted Personality of the year award – part of the Food Manufacture Excellence Awards (FMEAs) – during a Venice-themed awards celebration at The Hilton Park Lane, in London.

Müller plans London factory closure and 389 job cuts

Müller Milk & Ingredients wants to cut 389 jobs at its Chadwell Heath, north-east London, factory, after the dairy firm announced plans to close the facility because it’s “no longer economically viable”, while investing £100M elsewhere.

Sweet factory workers to strike over pay and work conditions

Workers at confectionery maker Tangerine have planned a four-day strike, beginning on November 8, over a pay rise dispute and what are claimed to be poor working conditions, according to the GMB union.

2 Sisters proposes 350 job cuts in south Wales

2 Sisters Food Group’s plan to cut 350 jobs at its St Merryn meat plant in south Wales was described as “devastating news” by the Union of Shop, Distribution and Allied Workers (Usdaw).

Bord Bia new ceo to build closer stakeholder bond

The Irish Food Board, Bord Bia, has appointed new chief executive Tara McCarthy with the mission of building stronger relationships with stakeholders.

Warburtons staff learn how bread was baked in 1700

Graduates working for Warburtons have gone back in time to learn how bread was baked before modern ovens were introduced.

Apprenticeship levy plan is a ‘step forward’: EEF

The government’s final funding proposals for the apprenticeship levy have been welcomed by EEF, the manufacturers’ organisation, which said it was “a significant step forward”.

Developing leaders key to benefit from digital tech

Food and drink manufacturers need to nurture future leaders to benefit from the increased use of digital technology, says EEF, the manufacturers’ organisation.

2 Sisters gives 350 young people learning chances

2 Sisters Food Group has given 350 learning opportunities to young, unemployed people across the country, as part of its Skills for Work Month.

Crisp maker Tyrrells to recruit for hundreds of jobs

Hundreds of new jobs will be created by premium crisp maker Tyrrells as the company plans to roll out its brand to the US, the firm’s md said.

Food sector needs more engineers urgently

Growing engineering skills shortages in UK food and drink manufacturing are threatening the ability of the sector to adapt to the ‘brave new world’ post the Brexit vote, industry experts have warned.

Bakkavor masterclass trains bakers of the future

Bakkavor has hosted a baking masterclass to teach young people from the Prince’s Trust how to bake the perfect cake last week (September 29).

National Minimum Wage to impact food firms: FDF

Food and drink manufacturers are preparing to manage the impact of the National Minimum Wage boost, which came into force on Saturday (October 1), said the Food and Drink Federation (FDF).

Amazon creates 20,000 Christmas jobs

Amazon plans to hire more than 20,000 temporary staff, including 3,000 at its distribution centre in Swansea, to cope with the Christmas rush.

Greencore offers 300 seasonal roles at desserts plant

Greencore is recruiting 300 staff to fill seasonal vacancies over the Christmas period at its Evercreech desserts plant near Shepton Mallet, Somerset.

AG Barr announces 90 job losses

Soft drinks company AG Barr plans to cut 10% of its workforce as part of its restructuring strategy.

Premier Foods stands out at Food and Drink Federation awards

Premier Foods was the star of the show at the Food and Drink Federation (FDF) awards last week (September 22), when it walked away with several prizes recognising its achievements in science, healthy reformulation and a campaign to help older people in the community.

Food manufacturers invited to attend online learning webinar

Food and drink manufacturers are being invited to a free, one-hour webinar on how to reap the benefits of online learning at 3pm this Wednesday, September 21.

Food Manufacture Excellence Awards: the shortlist

Congratulations to the 60-plus food and drink manufacturers and individuals shortlisted in this year’s Food Manufacture Excellence Awards (FMEAs).

Food and grocery sector gets five-step skills plan

Grocery think tank the IGD has unveiled a five-step plan to ensure the food sector has the right skills to meet future challenges.

Food and drink sector to create 75,000 jobs by 2021

Food and drink manufacturers plan to create an extra 75,000 jobs in England and Wales over the next five years.

Scottish food and drink sector to create 14,000 jobs

Scotland’s food and drink manufacturers expect to boost turnover by an average of 24% over the next five years, and to create 14,000 new jobs, according to a survey by the Bank of Scotland.

Food manufacturing graduates ‘in demand’: FDF

Food and drink manufacturing graduates remain in high demand, says the Food and Drink Federation (FDF), despite news that the UK’s top firms are offering fewer graduate opportunities this year.

Bakkavor advertises for 40 soups and sauces staff

Ready meal specialist Bakkavor is recruiting for 40 new full-time roles at its soups and sauces factory in Spalding, Lincolnshire.

Apprentices key for rural food firms: Tyrrells boss

Food and drink businesses in rural areas could benefit significantly by setting up apprenticeship programmes, claims the boss of Tyrrells, the crisp producer recently sold to US popcorn maker Amplify Snack Brands for £300M.

More young women consider truck driving as career

There has been a rise in the numbers of young women wanting to take up truck driving, the Freight Transport Association (FTA) has claimed.

Baxters to roll out training scheme after graduation success

Baxters Food Group in Fochabers, Scotland, has been celebrating the graduation of 11 candidates on its award winning training and development programme ‘Talent for the Future’.

Manufacturers will struggle to replace EU staff post-Brexit

Food manufacturers face a “particularly challenging” time following the Brexit vote, as nearly 40% of the industry’s workforce are migrants and the overall damage to the economy is likely to reduce staff wages.

Apprenticeship Levy is ‘poorly designed’

The Apprenticeship Levy is at risk of “turning back the clock” on progress and is “poorly designed” according to business leaders, as the government launched a consultation on the funding of the levy.

Personality candidates battle for manufacturing Oscar

Six food and drink industry leaders are battling it out for the coveted title Food Manufacture Personality of the Year. So, who will you vote for?

2 Sisters boss welcomes new apprentice plan

The new Industry Approved Apprenticeship Programmes (IAAP) for the food and drink industry “puts employers in the driving seat with regards to standards”, says 2 Sisters Food Group’s people and change director Nigel Perry.

FDF signs letter calling for delayed apprenticeship levy

The government’s controversial Apprenticeship Levy should be put on hold, according to a letter signed by the leaders of the Food and Drink Federation and 11 other business groups.

Brexit will drive review of hygiene regulations

A skills shortage and the impact of Brexit are the two main challenges facing the food industry, the newly appointed chairman of the Society of Food Hygiene & Technology (SOFHT) has claimed.

Manufacturing Oscar winners explain business boost

Winning a Food Manufacture Excellence Award (FMEA) won widespread industry recognition and boosted team morale, according to five of last year’s leading Oscar winners. There’s still time match their achievements by submitting your free online entry today.

Act now to make most of the apprenticeship levy

Food and drink manufacturers have been advised to start putting strategies in place now to make the most of the government’s apprenticeship levy, which comes into force in April 2017 and essentially transfers the cost of apprenticeships from the taxpayer to employers.

Fruit and veg to rot without migrant labour warning

Fruit and vegetable crops could be left to rot in the field and production in food processing sites, poultry sheds and veg packhouses threatened if restrictive migration controls deny farmers and manufacturers the supplies of migrant labour on which they have come to rely.

Brexit to highlight food industry skills: DEFRA boss

Brexit will make skills development in the food and drink manufacturing sector even more important, said new environment secretary Andrea Leadsom, at the launch of a new apprenticeship programme.

Staff cuts planned to pay for Apprenticeship Levy

Almost one-in-five businesses are likely to cut employee numbers to meet the costs of the Apprenticeship Levy, finds an industry-wide survey by the Confederation of British Industry (CBI) and Pearson UK.

Manufacturers welcome technical education plan

Manufacturers’ group EEF has welcomed Lord Sainsbury’s recommendations to improve technical education and plug the skills gap.

Gene sequencing helps poisoning detection

New analytical whole gene sequencing (WGS) techniques are speeding up the detection and accuracy of isolating the sources of food poisoning outbreaks, according to Public Health England (PHE).

Attracting food industry talent ‘never more urgent’

Food and drink manufacturers have never faced “a more urgent challenge” to attract talent, according to the Food and Drink Federation (FDF), as it launched a new report designed to help plug the industry skills gap.

Premier Foods in bid to help STEM skills take-off

Premier Foods showcased food manufacturing to Lincolnshire school children at an event designed to promote Science, Technology, Engineering and Maths (STEM) subjects this week.

Bakkavor to recruit 470 to meet desserts demand

Bakkavor, the fresh prepared food manufacturer, plans to create 470 new jobs roles across its deli and desserts businesses.

New sausage factory to create more skilled workers

Finnebrogue Artisan’s new factory will create more skilled workers and spark greater staff engagement, claimed the Northern Ireland (NI)-based sausage manufacturer.

Supply chain SMEs could gain from the Apprenticeship Levy

Plans to allow the Apprenticeship Levy paid by large food and drink manufacturers to fund training of staff working for their small and medium-enterprise (SME) suppliers are under consideration, according to the Skills and Funding Agency (SFA).

People on the move in food and drink

Marks & Spencer, the Scottish government and British Poultry Council lead our selection of the most recent appointments in the UK food and drink industry.

2 Sisters Food Group in recruitment drive

2 Sisters Food Group is staging a series of recruitment events in the East Midlands in a bid to fill dozens of vacancies of manufacturing and other roles.

Apprentices will help to fill skills gap: Foodex debate

Apprenticeships alone will not resolve the current food and drink industry skills crisis – but they can go a long way to help reduce the estimated shortfall in numbers.

E-learning now a ‘mainstream’ training approach

E-learning courses have now gone “mainstream” as they offer a low-cost and flexible alternative to traditional training methods, a leading provider has claimed.

Food firms should ‘do more to back apprentices’

Food and drink manufacturers should do more to help apprentices find work in the sector, according to Jon Poole, chief executive of the Institute of Food Science & Technology (IFST).

Apprenticeship Levy a ‘looming car crash’: EEF

The Apprenticeship Levy is “a looming car crash” and government should delay the scheme, urged EEF, the manufacturers’ organisation.

2 Sisters boss: ‘apprentices play a key role’

2 Sisters Food Group relies on apprentices to help plug the skills gap, according to its group technical learning and development manager, who helped frame the government’s new Trailblazer programme of apprenticeships.

UK businesses ‘stable’ but skills shortage fears growing

Business conditions for UK small and medium sized enterprises (SMEs) stabilised over the past quarter but the looming skills shortage is still cause for concern, warned the latest Confederation of British Industry (CBI) quarterly trends survey.

Living Wage leads thousands of firms to struggle

Thousands of businesses are struggling to absorb the impact of the new National Living Wage (NLW), insolvency firm Begbies Traynor has warned.  

Food fraud, campylobacter and apprentices in Big Video Debates

Food crime, campylobacter and apprentices are the subject of three Big Video Debates at the Foodex trade event, which takes place at the National Exhibition Centre, Birmingham between Monday April 18 and Wednesday April 20.

Samworth Brothers in National Living Wage row

Samworth Brothers remains at the centre of a row about alleged cuts to pay and conditions, made in a bid to offset the impact of the National Living Wage, after Channel Four News claimed it had seen company documents confirming the cuts.

Weetabix launches new apprenticeship programme

Weetabix Food Company, the cereals and snacks maker with operations at Burton Latimer and Corby in Northamptonshire, has announced a new engineering and manufacturing apprenticeship programme at Tresham College of further and higher education in Kettering.

Manufacturers go local in talent search

Manufacturers usually recruit most talent from their local area (98%), a new survey from Standard Life has revealed.

Business bosses slam government’s ‘skills charge’

Business bosses have slammed government plans to charge an annual fee of £1,000 for every skilled worker hired to work in the UK from non-EU countries.

Labour shortage threatens fruit and veg supply

A lack of seasonal labour is threatening the harvest of UK fruit and vegetables, after one in three growers admitted to struggling to source workers, according to the National Farmers Union (NFU).

‘Smelly’ criminal links cost gangmasters’ licence

A Lincolnshire couple have been stripped of their licence issued by the Gangmasters Licensing Authority (GLA) by an appeal judge, who ruled their financial dealings with a known criminal gangmaster were “smelly”.

Food manufacturers back EU membership ‘overwhelmingly’

Leading UK food and drink manufacturers have given “an overwhelming endorsement” to the campaign for the UK to remain in the EU.

Bakkavor to recruit 45 apprentices

Bakkavor, the fresh prepared foods manufacturer, is to recruit 45 apprentices across the UK during 2016.

Manufacturing workforce ‘to slump by 600,000’

The British manufacturing sector could lose 600,000 from its workforce by 2025, despite the wider economy generating an extra 3M jobs.

Nestlé’s coffee plant opened by business secretary

Nestlé UK’s upgraded coffee factory at Tutbury in Staffordshire has been officially opened by business secretary Sajid Javid, who praised the £325M investment and additional 425 jobs created.

Premier Foods apprentice offers tips to new starters

Premier Foods apprentice Jordan Biggs has delivered six top tips to youngsters planning their first steps on the road to a food and drink industry apprenticeship.

2 Sisters teams up with Eurest for staff catering

2 Sisters Food Group has commissioned Eurest to provide catering services to the firm’s 15,000 staff, employed at 21 sites across throughout the UK. 

Lewis Pie & Pasty Co prioritises staff engagement

Engaging staff is a key means of delivering productivity improvements at the Lewis Pie & Pasty Company.

Tulip boosts apprenticeship programme

Pork processor Tulip is extending its apprenticeship programme for 2016, offering 30 butchery, nine engineering and nine technical apprenticeships.

Skills boss sets out scale of food industry challenge

The boss of the National Skills Academy for Food & Drink (NSAFD) set out the scale of the challenge facing the food and drink manufacturing industry at the organisation’s Food & Drink Skills Conference this week.

Street Eats £4M sarnie factory to create 300 jobs

On the go food manufacturer Street Eats has invested in a new £4M sandwich factory near Heathrow, London, creating 300 jobs.

Nestlé: People not equipment key to productivity

People are the key to boosting productivity in the food and drink manufacturing sector, not investing in new equipment and automation, according to Nestlé.

New food Trailblazer apprenticeship to be launched

A new food and drink industry engineering apprenticeship will be launched tomorrow by the National Skills Academy for Food & Drink (NSAFD), as part of the government’s ‘Trailblazer’ programme.

Food leaders attack the Apprenticeship Levy

Government plans to impose an employers' Apprenticeship Levy and scrap a key A-Level qualification have come under fire from food and drink industry leaders.

Great British Food Unit to drive progress: BIS

The Great British Food Unit – a new partnership between food and drink manufacturers and two government departments, to be launched this year – will help to boost sales at home and abroad, the secretary of state for Business, Innovation & Skills (BIS) Sajid Javid has claimed.

New Year’s Honours list: who won what

Pesto pioneer Clare Blampied, md of Sacla UK, was awarded the honour Officer of the Most Excellent Order of the British Empire (OBE) for services to the food industry in the New Year’s Honours List, which also featured farmers, engineers and transport and skills specialists.

Apprentice Levy gets mixed food and drink industry reaction

The Apprentice Levy, announced in chancellor George Osborne’s Autumn Statement, has received a mixed reaction from industry groups – ranging from cautious praise to fears about its impact on apprenticeship recruitment.

People on the move in food and drink

Young’s Seafood, Müller Wiseman Dairies and Wyke Farms all feature in our latest roundup of people on the move in the food and drink industry.

Food firms told: ‘Plan now for national living wage’

The food and drink industry should prepare now for next April’s introduction of the national living wage, which may force some businesses to locate outside the UK, warns a recruitment agency.

Low wages to blame for food and drink skills gap

Low wages are hurting the food and drink industry by deterring new recruits and creating the skills gap, warns new research from the University of Warwick.

2 Sisters, Morrisons and apprentices make week’s headlines

2 Sisters Food Group’s decision to snap up S&A Foods’s former site in Derby and reports of Morrisons’ potential exit from the FTSE 100 leads our selection of the top headlines in food and drink manufacturing.

FDF commits to apprentices and exports

The food and drink industry will treble apprentice numbers and grow value-added food and drink exports by a third by 2020, according to a new pledge from the boss of the Food and Drink Federation (FDF).

WRBM in training tie-up with online provider Virtual College

Food industry training has received a boost after William Reed Business Media (WRBM), publisher of FoodManufacture.co.uk, announced the launch of a new training body in partnership with online provider Virtual College.

Food industry people on the move

Samworth Brothers, Iglo Food Group and Dawn Foods all made top line appointments as part of their preparations for expansion in 2016.

FDF’s top three ambitions for 2016

Tackling the UK’s obesity epidemic, resolving the debate surrounding Britain’s membership of the EU and boosting productivity will be the Food and Drink Federation’s (FDF’s) top three ambitions for 2016, FoodManufacture.co.uk can exclusively reveal.

Spending Review: what manufacturers want to see

British manufacturers – including food and drink producers – will be looking for answers to seven key questions in the chancellor George Osborne’s Spending Review and Autumn Statement this afternoon, according to manufacturing organisation EEF.

Essential Cuisine wins food manufacturing training Oscar

Cheshire-based stocks and jus firm Essential Cuisine has really delivered the gravy to win the coveted Training programme of the year trophy in the industry’s Oscars – the Food Manufacture Excellence Awards (FMEAs).

Coca-Cola Enterprises unscrews drinks Oscar

Beverage giant Coca-Cola Enterprises (CCE) has won the Beverage manufacturing company of the year in the industry’s Oscars – the Food Manufacture Excellence Awards (FMEAs).

Government to clarify apprentice plan in spending review

The government will clarify exactly how it plans to reach its target of 3M more apprentices during the lifetime of this parliament in Chancellor George Osborne’s autumn spending review on Wednesday (November 25), according to business secretary Sajid Javid.

CCE opens factory to inspire young people into industry

Coca-Cola Enterprises (CCE) has thrown open the doors of its Morpeth site in Northumberland to students in a bid to show them the many job opportunities in the food and drink manufacturing sector.

2 Sisters’ new partnership to boost talent and brand

Poultry processor 2 Sisters Food Group has partnered with recruitment firm Hudson in a bid to strengthen its brand and provide its business with a ready pool of new talent.

Don’t overlook our industry: Young Talent winner

Young people shouldn’t overlook the food industry as it can offer many job roles and quick progression, according to the winner of the Food Manufacturing Excellence Award (FMEA) for Young Talent of the Year.

Appetite Learning launched to help plug skills gap

Appetite Learning is the name of new business partnership launched to help plug the skills gap by the Food Manufacture Group’s publisher William Reed Business Media (WRBM) and Virtual College, a leading provider of e-learning and online training.

Food manufacturing Oscars: tonight’s the big night

Tonight is Oscar night. After months of planning, the Food Manufacture Excellence Awards (FMEAs) take place tonight at the Lancaster hotel, Lancaster Terrace, London.

Food business starters should be hungry for knowledge

Young people starting their food business careers should hungry for knowledge about the roles they’ve taken on and slip a “finger in lots of pies”, according to the Agriculture and Horticulture Development Board (AHDB) boss Jane King. 

Cyber sexism adds to shortage of female engineers: study

Cyber sexism is putting girls off careers in engineering and contributing to a “worrying” shortage of food and drink engineers, according to industry body EngineeringUK. 

Migrant workers ‘abused’ at apple packing plant

Migrant workers, mainly from Romania, endure high-pressure work conditions and stay in “appalling” accommodation at an apple packing plant in Kent, Channel 4 News has claimed.

Bakkavor management scheme accepts 22 recruits

Fresh prepared foods manufacturer Bakkavor has welcomed 22 new recruits onto its Accelerated Management Scheme (AMS) this autumn.

Food and drink apprenticeship model is 'collapsing'

Prime minster David Cameron’s plans to raise the number of apprenticeships, including those in the food and drink sector, by 3M by 2020 could be torpedoed by a failure to properly finance the training provision required, according to the boss of food qualifications awarding body FDQ.

Conservative conference: FDF urges A-level rethink

The Food and Drink Federation (FDF) has urged environment secretary Liz Truss to rethink government plans to ditch the food technology A-level.

Minimum wage: ‘an indirect impact’ on food manufacturers

Workers on the minimum wage were in line for a pay rise from yesterday, amid concerns about the impact on the food and drink manufacturing industry.

Spotlight on apprenticeships at manufacturing seminar

Nestlé, Allied Bakeries and McCain Foods were among the food manufacturers taking part in a seminar today designed to persuade more food firms to hire apprentices.

Freight industry welcomes driver skills probe

The freight industry has welcomed plans to probe the lack of professional drivers in the haulage sector, unveiled by Parliament’s Transport Select Committee.

Nestlé unwraps search for confectionery degree students

Nestlé is seeking to secure the next generation of chocolate makers with the launch of a new confectionery degree.

73,000 new food and drink jobs in England and Wales

More than 73,000 jobs will be created by food and drink businesses in England and Wales by 2020, as a result of innovative new products and increased export opportunities.

UK jobs ‘unlikely’ to be hit by DSM restructure

Global ingredients manufacturer Royal DSM’s plans to slash up to 1,100 jobs across its business are ‘unlikely to affect’ British workers, a source close to the firm has said.

Firms focus on innovation but fear competition

UK manufacturing businesses – including food and drink manufacturers – are targeting innovation to boost productivity and exports but fear losing out to competitors, reveals a new survey by the manufacturers’ organisation EEF.

Food firms welcome PM’s apprentice plans

Food and drink manufacturers have welcomed the prime minister’s plans to boost the number of top quality apprentices, as part of the government’s pledge to create 3M apprenticeships by 2020.

‘Disappointing’ drop in food tech GCSE students

A drop in the number of students taking food technology at GCSE has been described as a “disappointing and worrying trend” for the food sector.

Dip in students taking food technology as government plans to scrap A level

The number of young people studying food technology at A level has fallen amid controversy over government plans to ditch the qualification.

Food bosses backlash over DfE’s A level ditch

Food and drink industry leaders have slammed government proposals to ditch food technology at A level, claiming it could seriously damage the sector, while Twitter erupted in a storm of support to keep the qualification.

Food A levels could be slung by DfE

The problems of attracting more young people into food and drink manufacturing will be made much worse by government proposals to remove A level food technology from the curriculum, industry leaders have warned.

Manufacturers: ‘National Living Wage unaffordable’

Food and drink manufacturers in the UK won't be able to afford the £7.20 an hour National Living Wage (NLW) when it comes into force next year, according to a recent survey.

Food and drink ‘havoc’ after minimum wage rise

Implementing the National Living Wage could wreak havoc across the UK’s food and drink industry, the credit rating agency Moody’s warned before several major UK manufacturers raised their concerns.

Morrisons to recruit 220 staff at fish plant

Morrisons must recruit 220 staff before it can reach full capacity at its new Grimsby-based fish processing facility.

Food industry apprenticeships vital for growth

Apprentices are vital to plug the food industry skills gap, says the Food and Drink Federation, while the Confederation of British Industry has slammed the government's latest apprenticeship plans.

Food and drink manufacturing Oscars: still time to win

There’s still time to win a shiny, new food and drink manufacturing Oscar look for your boardroom. Here’s your opportunity to join firms such as Premier Foods, Coca­Cola Enterprises and Finsbury Food Group by winning a Food Manufacture Excellence Award (FMEA).

The Budget: what it means for your business

Food and drink manufacturers will find points to praise and areas of disappointment in the chancellor George Osborne’s summer Budget – which he lauded as “a new contract with the nation”, according to the Food and Drink Federation (FDF).

Win a Food Manufacture Oscar for your boardroom

How would a shiny food and drink manufacturing Oscar look in your boardroom? Here’s the opportunity to find out by entering the Food Manufacture Excellence Awards (FMEAs).

2 Sisters goes speed dating for recruits

2 Sisters Food Group has joined other food firms at a speed networking event to help launch this year’s grocery think tank IGD’s Feeding Britain’s Future ‘Skills for work’ month.

Food firms to Osborne: ‘give us dedicated strategy’

Food and drink manufacturers have called on Chancellor of the Exchequer to set a “dedicated competitiveness strategy” for food and drink to help them tackle challenges around innovation, health and skills in today’s Budget.

Food promises ‘won election for Conservatives’

Food industry promises were decisive factors that helped the Conservative Party win the May general election, says a senior government minister.

Food industry to gain 10,000 new jobs

More than 10,000 new food industry jobs and millions of pounds of new investment will be created by the government-backed Food Enterprise Zones (FEZs), claims environment secretary Elizabeth Truss.

Food Manufacture Awards: could you win one?

The Food Manufacture Excellence Awards (FMEAs) are open for entries: could your food or drink manufacturing business win an Oscar?

Training boost for food manufacture

Food and drink manufacturers short on skilled workers will receive a boost in support after the dairy industry announced its successful Eden Project training scheme would be accessible to all sectors.

Bakery profits on rise after skills training

A Yorkshire bakery has boosted profits by lifting output, cutting waste and improving communication between teams, after implementing a skills training programme.

Women offer food manufacturing different perspective

Women working in food manufacturing offer a different perspective to their male counterparts and could help the sector to thrive, according to a number of women working in the field.

How you can win a food and drink manufacturing Oscar

There’s still plenty of time to submit your winning entry in the Food and Drink Manufacturing Excellence Awards (FMEAs), ahead of the July 17 deadline. So, here’s how to impress the judges and bring home a much-coveted food and drink manufacturing Oscar.

Teens invited to invent Kellogg’s cereal

Teenagers will invent a new cereal for Kellogg as part of a campaign aimed at attracting new talent into food manufacturing by promoting the sector as an exciting and rewarding career option for young people.

Skills group urges firms to forge industry standards

The food industry should help set job performance standards and bring qualification learning up-to-date to battle the skills gap it faces, according to the National Skills Academy for Food & Drink (NSAFD).

Britvic’s £7M investment creates 40 jobs

Soft drink manufacturer Britvic has invested £7M in its Bramley factory and warehouse, near Leeds, creating 40 new jobs.

Food sector needs more apprentices

Greater co-ordination is needed between government and the food and drink industry to bring together various training schemes and initiatives on offer and raise the numbers of apprentices in the sector, a leading automation specialist has claimed.

Nestlé ‘helps 50,000 young people into work’

A Nestlé initiative has created training and jobs for 50,000 young people across Europe in the past year, completing half of its three-year-target to provide 100,000 opportunities, says the firm.

Bread, Greencore and retailers make week’s top news

A potential growth fall for Aldi and Lidl and the impact supermarket price wars have had on bakers lead our selection of the week’s top news.

PepsiCo team wins green food innovation award

A team of PepsiCo placement students has landed a £2,000 cash prize after winning a prestigious green food innovation award.

Aldi to add 150 jobs and boost skills in Liverpool

Aldi aims to create 150 jobs and offer training for 100 staff and apprentices a year in a new store and training centre development in Liverpool.

Salmon boosts seafood industry jobs

Salmon firms have boosted employee numbers by more than a quarter over two years, leading to a net increase in jobs across the seafood industry, according to trade body Seafish.

Queen’s Speech heralds support for small suppliers

Small to medium-sized food firms will gain greater support from the Enterprise Bill introduced in the Queen’s Speech today (May 27), according to organisations welcoming the move.

£3M food innovation centre for Northern Ireland

A £3M food innovation centre has been opened in Northern Ireland, designed to help especially smaller businesses and artisans develop new products for consumers.

Women put off fishing and brewing by safety and macho behaviour

Macho behaviour and safety fears are putting women off working in the brewing and fisheries industries, according to research.

Food manufacturers ‘want to be part of strong EU’

Food and drink manufacturers “want to be part of a strong EU”, Ian Wright, Food and Drink Federation (FDF) director general has told this website, ahead of a key business leader’s speech tonight, which will urge bosses “to speak out early” in favour of remaining in a reformed EU.

Tulip broadens apprenticeship programme

Tulip is widening its apprenticeship programme to include butchers, engineers and technical specialists, totalling another 44 people.

Quitting EU is manufacturers’ ‘biggest threat’

Quitting the EU is “the biggest threat” facing manufacturers, warned the manufacturing organisation EEF, as business leaders and analysts highlighted the key importance of EU membership.

Preventive maintenance vital for cash-strapped firms

Food firms are targeting asset care as a way to ease pressure on profits, but lack of properly trained staff is proving a hindrance, according to Peter Gagg, md of MCP management consultants.

Food firms asked to share views on industry's future

As the food and drink manufacturing sector considers the impact of the Conservatives’ election victory, the Food Manufacture Group invites you to share your views about the industry's future.

New food manufacturing council leads FDF wishlist

A dedicated food and drink manufacturing council – tasked with improving communication and co-operation between the government and industry – tops the wishlist of the Food and Drink Federation (FDF) from the next government, ahead of next week’s general election.

New Anglo-American partnership leads Good Week/Bad Week

A new partnership between the Institute of Food Science and Technology (IFST) and its American counterpart – the Institute of Food Technologists – leads the selection of good and bad news from the past seven days in a special edition of Good Week/ Bad Week filmed at the IFST’s spring conference.

Top three barriers to women in manufacturing

A lack of knowledge about food industry careers, misconceptions about manufacturing and a dip in apprenticeships are the three barriers blocking women from starting careers in the food and drink manufacturing sector.

Chilled Food boss on recruitment mission

There are many threats to the food and drink sector, but CFA director Kaarin Goodburn tells Nicholas Robinson the skills gap is the biggest

Labour plans draw mixed reaction from business

Business leaders have given a mixed response to Labour’s manifesto published on Monday (April 13), with praise for its commitment to EU membership but criticism of its curb on zero-hours contracts.

Conservative manifesto commits to start-up loans and apprentices

The Conservative party has pledged to double start-up loans for businesses and more than double the number of apprentices in its 2015 General Election manifesto.

Manufacturers to politicians: stop bickering and talk about growth

Political parties should stop narrow-minded bickering and blame-driven politics and instead focus on boosting manufacturing skills and jobs, manufacturers have claimed.

Graham’s Family Dairy plan to offer 450 jobs

Graham’s Family Dairy plans to create 450 jobs in Scotland with the construction of a £20M research and training facility in Stirling.

FoodStart work experience scheme passes milestone

The food industy work experience scheme FoodStart – backed by celebrity chef Jamie Oliver – has passed a major milestone in registering its 400th student.

Manufacturing bosses in schools skills plan

Top food and drink manufacturing bosses Gavin Darby, Premier Foods, Leendert den Hollander, Coca-Cola Enterprises and Ranjit Singh Boparan, 2 Sisters Food Group, will be joining other food industry bosses in a back-to-schools plan to sharpen students’ employment prospects.

Food industry responds to 2015 Budget

The 2015 Budget has provoked a mixed reaction from the food industry, with beer, cider and whisky producers celebrating duty cuts, while others are calling for more specific food industry support.