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.
Potato processing firm M&F Ltd has appointed administrators to sell the company’s assets, with the loss of 90 jobs.
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.
Confectionery firm Tunnock’s workers will receive an 8.7% pay rise over two years, the Unite union has revealed.
Party food manufacturer Frank Dale Foods has been bought by Finedale Foods after entering liquidation, securing “most” of the firm’s 57 jobs.
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.
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 is the latest food manufacturer to launch an apprenticeship recruitment drive during this year’s National Apprenticeship Week (NAW).
A petition to stop Walkers’ Peterlee site from closing has received almost 2,000 signatories.
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 Food Group Ltd has slammed a Unite union protest over its workers’ rights, claiming the union’s allegations were “untrue” and “misleading”.
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 plans to close its Welcome Foods ingredients plant in Nottinghamshire, putting about 300 jobs at risk.
PepsiCo UK plans to close its Walkers crisp factory in Country Durham, putting 380 jobs at risk.
Addo Food Group’s Riverside Bakery plans to cut 44 jobs to ensure the company’s long-term future, it claimed.
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 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 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.
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.
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 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).
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 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.
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 to cut almost 700 jobs, after revealing plans to close five of its stores and restructure its management.
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”.
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 to cut up to 150 jobs at its headquarters and production factory in Norfolk, the turkey producer revealed yesterday (February 7).
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”.
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 at its Scarborough site, after it proposed to close a loss-making facility.
Greencore has appointed former Peacock Foods ceo Thomas Sampson as a non-executive director.
The Apprenticeship Levy represents “poor value for money”, warns a new report from the Institute for Fiscal Studies (IFS).
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.
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.
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 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.
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).
While the Apprenticeship Levy – which comes into force in April – has benefits, some fear its challenges may require the help of magic to overcome.
Almost 50 jobs could be lost at Addo Food Group’s Spalding Bakery, after the pastry manufacturer proposed to restructure its shift system.
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.
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.
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.
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 at the end of January, with the potential loss of about 150 jobs, the bakery has revealed.
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.
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 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 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 – 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).
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 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 have voted in favour of industrial action in a row over pension changes.
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).
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 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 has pledged to offer at least 3,000 new employment opportunities for young people in the UK and Ireland by 2020.
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.
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).
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 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 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 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.
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 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).
The Irish Food Board, Bord Bia, has appointed new chief executive Tara McCarthy with the mission of building stronger relationships with stakeholders.
Graduates working for Warburtons have gone back in time to learn how bread was baked before modern ovens were introduced.
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”.
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 Food Group has given 350 learning opportunities to young, unemployed people across the country, as part of its Skills for Work Month.
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.
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 has hosted a baking masterclass to teach young people from the Prince’s Trust how to bake the perfect cake last week (September 29).
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 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 is recruiting 300 staff to fill seasonal vacancies over the Christmas period at its Evercreech desserts plant near Shepton Mallet, Somerset.
Soft drinks company AG Barr plans to cut 10% of its workforce as part of its restructuring strategy.
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 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.
Congratulations to the 60-plus food and drink manufacturers and individuals shortlisted in this year’s Food Manufacture Excellence Awards (FMEAs).
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 manufacturers plan to create an extra 75,000 jobs in England and Wales over the next five years.
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 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.
Ready meal specialist Bakkavor is recruiting for 40 new full-time roles at its soups and sauces factory in Spalding, Lincolnshire.
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.
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 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’.
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.
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.
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?
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.
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.
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.
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.
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 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 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.
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’ group EEF has welcomed Lord Sainsbury’s recommendations to improve technical education and plug the skills gap.
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).
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 showcased food manufacturing to Lincolnshire school children at an event designed to promote Science, Technology, Engineering and Maths (STEM) subjects this week.
Bakkavor, the fresh prepared food manufacturer, plans to create 470 new jobs roles across its deli and desserts businesses.
Finnebrogue Artisan’s new factory will create more skilled workers and spark greater staff engagement, claimed the Northern Ireland (NI)-based sausage manufacturer.
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).
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 is staging a series of recruitment events in the East Midlands in a bid to fill dozens of vacancies of manufacturing and other roles.
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 courses have now gone “mainstream” as they offer a low-cost and flexible alternative to traditional training methods, a leading provider has claimed.
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).
The Apprenticeship Levy is “a looming car crash” and government should delay the scheme, urged EEF, the manufacturers’ organisation.
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.
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.
Thousands of businesses are struggling to absorb the impact of the new National Living Wage (NLW), insolvency firm Begbies Traynor has warned.
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 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 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 usually recruit most talent from their local area (98%), a new survey from Standard Life has revealed.
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.
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).
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”.
Leading UK food and drink manufacturers have given “an overwhelming endorsement” to the campaign for the UK to remain in the EU.
Bakkavor, the fresh prepared foods manufacturer, is to recruit 45 apprentices across the UK during 2016.
The British manufacturing sector could lose 600,000 from its workforce by 2025, despite the wider economy generating an extra 3M jobs.
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 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 Food Group has commissioned Eurest to provide catering services to the firm’s 15,000 staff, employed at 21 sites across throughout the UK.
Engaging staff is a key means of delivering productivity improvements at the Lewis Pie & Pasty Company.
Pork processor Tulip is extending its apprenticeship programme for 2016, offering 30 butchery, nine engineering and nine technical apprenticeships.
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.
On the go food manufacturer Street Eats has invested in a new £4M sandwich factory near Heathrow, London, creating 300 jobs.
People are the key to boosting productivity in the food and drink manufacturing sector, not investing in new equipment and automation, according to Nestlé.
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.
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.
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.
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.
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.
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.
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 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 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.
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).
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.
Samworth Brothers, Iglo Food Group and Dawn Foods all made top line appointments as part of their preparations for expansion in 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.
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.
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).
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).
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.
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.
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.
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 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.
Tonight is Oscar night. After months of planning, the Food Manufacture Excellence Awards (FMEAs) take place tonight at the Lancaster hotel, Lancaster Terrace, London.
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 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, 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.
Fresh prepared foods manufacturer Bakkavor has welcomed 22 new recruits onto its Accelerated Management Scheme (AMS) this autumn.
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.
The Food and Drink Federation (FDF) has urged environment secretary Liz Truss to rethink government plans to ditch the food technology A-level.
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.
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.
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 is seeking to secure the next generation of chocolate makers with the launch of a new confectionery degree.
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.
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.
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 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.
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.
The number of young people studying food technology at A level has fallen amid controversy over government plans to ditch the qualification.
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.
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.
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.
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 must recruit 220 staff before it can reach full capacity at its new Grimsby-based fish processing facility.
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.
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).
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).
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 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 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 industry promises were decisive factors that helped the Conservative Party win the May general election, says a senior government minister.
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.
The Food Manufacture Excellence Awards (FMEAs) are open for entries: could your food or drink manufacturing business win an Oscar?
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.
A Yorkshire bakery has boosted profits by lifting output, cutting waste and improving communication between teams, after implementing a skills training programme.
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.
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.
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.
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).
Soft drink manufacturer Britvic has invested £7M in its Bramley factory and warehouse, near Leeds, creating 40 new jobs.
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.
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.
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.
A team of PepsiCo placement students has landed a £2,000 cash prize after winning a prestigious green food innovation award.
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 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.
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.
A £3M food innovation centre has been opened in Northern Ireland, designed to help especially smaller businesses and artisans develop new products for consumers.
Macho behaviour and safety fears are putting women off working in the brewing and fisheries industries, according to research.
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 is widening its apprenticeship programme to include butchers, engineers and technical specialists, totalling another 44 people.
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.
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.
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.
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.
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.
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.
There are many threats to the food and drink sector, but CFA director Kaarin Goodburn tells Nicholas Robinson the skills gap is the biggest
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.
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.
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 plans to create 450 jobs in Scotland with the construction of a £20M research and training facility in Stirling.
The food industy work experience scheme FoodStart – backed by celebrity chef Jamie Oliver – has passed a major milestone in registering its 400th student.
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.
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.