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Amazon to create 1,200 permanent jobs

Online retail giant Amazon is to create 1,200 permanent jobs at a new fulfilment centre in Warrington, as it continues its drive to recruit 5,000 workers in the UK.

Nestlé to cut 298 jobs as Blue Riband moves to Poland

Nestlé UK plans to axe nearly 300 jobs and move production of its iconic Blue Riband brand to Poland, the manufacturer revealed yesterday (April 25).

Bakkavor to hire 86 staff in recruitment drive

Prepared foods producer Bakkavor is to hire 86 new staff at its Cucina Sano site in Lincolnshire, as it continues its nationwide recruitment drive that saw 250 vacancies posted last week.

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.

Bakkavor to recruit 150 staff at salad facility

Bakkavor is to recruit more than 150 new employees at its salad production business in Dover, as it continues a nationwide recruitment drive.

Bernard Matthews seller denies pension claims

The former owner of Bernard Matthews, Rutland Partners, has denied claims made by a select committee, that it was more concerned with “lining its pockets” than safeguarding workers’ rights....

The Big Interview

Typhoo Tea boss thinks outside the bag on Brexit

Typhoo Tea is facing a tough time, but boss Somnath Saha is far from gloomy.

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...

Me and My Factory

How would you spend £14M at a drinks plant?

Coca-Cola Morpeth’s operations director Jane Buckley reveals how she is overseeing an investment of £14M at the plant.

Food industry appointments – in pictures

New hires by 2 Sisters Food Group and Amplify Snack Brands – owner of crisp maker Tyrrells – lead this month’s photogallery of people on the move to new jobs...

Bakkavor to recruit 100 staff at Bourne factory

Bakkavor is to hire 100 new staff at its factory in Bourne, Lincolnshire, as part of its nationwide recruitment programme.

Food Standards Agency hires new chief executive

The Food Standards Agency (FSA) has appointed Jason Feeney as its new chief executive.

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...

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...

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.

Brexit

Typhoo boss: Brexit is a grocery-wide export opportunity

Brexit provides an export opportunity for the whole food and drink sector thanks to the strong reputation of British products, the boss of the UK’s second largest tea manufacturer has...

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...

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.

ME AND MY FACTORY

Coca-Cola boss on overcoming first impressions

The boss at Coca-Cola European Partners’ (CCEP) Morpeth site has claimed her management style has been helped by a greater understanding of how others perceive her – boosting staff engagement...

2 Sisters and Bakkavor make senior appointments

2 Sisters Food Group’s UK Poultry division has promoted Gill Pendergrast to the position of retail director working with Sainsbury.

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.

FMEAS

‘Our manufacturing Oscars boosted productivity and sales’

Winning a food and drink manufacturing Oscar boosted Mash Direct’s productivity and sales, says its director Jack Hamilton.