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M&S haulier faces strikes over pay dispute

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

May says food & drink’s 117,000 EU workers can stay

The Food and Drink Federation (FDF) has welcomed Prime Minister Theresa May’s proposal to safeguard the rights of non-UK EU citizens living in the UK.

Seasonal workers at critically low level, warns NFU

Harvests could fail and food prices would increase if the industry loses access to EU seasonal workers, warned the National Farmers Union (NFU) and trade body British Summer Fruits, after...

2 Sisters appoints new head of livestock

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

2 Sisters ‘a great example’ of working with activists

2 Sisters Food Group is the best example of how a food manufacturer can work with activists, according to animal pressure group Devon Animal Save, after the food giant’s Willand...

New £17M distillery to create 30 jobs

A new £17M Scottish distillery and visitor centre could create up to 30 jobs, following investment from the EU.

Prejudice against women ‘prevalent in seafood industry’

Prejudice against women remains a common problem in the UK seafood sector, revealed a new survey by industry body Seafish, as the organisation urged more women to join the sector.

Ecotrophelia UK winner on attracting young talent

Food manufacturers could do much more to attract younger people to the industry, according to the winner of this year’s Ecotrophelia UK gold award.

Manufacturing pay hits two-and-a-half-year high

Manufacturing pay – including for food sector workers – recorded its highest level in two-and-a-half years, reports a survey by EEF, the manufacturers’ organisation.

The big interview

Meat firm Tulip targets the number-one spot in UK

The new bosses of Tulip and its parent company Danish Crown explain how they plan to return the business to the number-one spot.

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.

Me and My Factory

Clipper Teas boss on new factory plans

Ops director Mark Bagwell reveals the potential of Clipper Teas’s new factory.

Gove appointment a ‘great win’ for food and drink

Michael Gove’s appointment as environment secretary is “a great win for the agri-supply chain”, says the National Skills Academy for Food and Drink (NSAFD) chairman Paul Wilkinson.

Hung parliament

Brexit features in general election Twitter reaction

The future of Brexit featured strongly on Twitter, after Theresa May’s bid to gain a stronger mandate in EU exit talks spectacularly backfired. Here, we capture a selection of the...

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...

Unilever urged to ‘give assurances over 200 Spreads jobs’

The Unite union has again urged Unilever to give urgent assurances over the future of its 200 spreads and margarines staff, following its April decision to sell the business.

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.

Freshasia given ‘confidence boost’ after FMEA nomination

Winning a place on the Food Manufacture Excellence Awards (FMEAs) shortlist provided a big boost to staff at Chinese food maker Freshasia Foods.

Organic tea maker sets out 10-year vision

Organic tea maker Clipper will be able to meet predicted growth for the next 10 years when its new “best-in class” facility opens in the autumn, according to the man...

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).

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. 

Convenience food producer makes senior hires

Convenience food manufacturer Symington’s made two senior appointments yesterday (May 30).

Organic tea maker Clipper – in pictures

Organic and Fairtrade tea specialist Clipper Teas is on track to produce 1.2bn teabags this year from its production facility in Beaminster, Dorset.

FMEAs

How to win a food manufacturing Oscar

Food Manufacture Excellence Awards (FMEAs) judges have urged companies entering the awards to include the entire story behind their success in their applications, for the best chance to win a...

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