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Asda boss to lead IGD in New Year

Asda boss Andy Clarke will become president of grocery think-tank IGD on January 1 2015.

Food manufacturing should be on TV: DEFRA

TV programme makers should feature food and drink manufacturing – Britain’s largest manufacturing sector – in their broadcasts, according to a senior government minister.

Beware ‘unsavoury incidents’ at Christmas parties

Law firm Eversheds has published a seven-point guide to help businesses avoid what it terms “unsavoury incidents” at Christmas parties.

2 Sisters appoints Adams Foods boss

2 Sisters Food Group (2SFG) has appointed food industry veteran Ian Toal to the newly created role of divisional md.

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SWA appoints Pernod Ricard boss

The Scotch Whisky Association (SWA) has appointed Pernod Ricard boss Pierre Pringuet as its new chairman.

Young stars explain how to attract others

Schools must play a bigger role in attracting young people to the food and drink manufacturing sector, according to the UK’s top young industry talent.

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Aldi hands sole leadership to Barnes

Matthew Barnes will take sole responsibility for Aldi’s UK and Ireland business next spring, when he is appointed as ceo.

Food and drink industry people on the move

The Food and Drink Federation’s (FDF) appointment of a new president and an acting director general lead this month’s selection of the latest appointments in the food and drink industry....

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Brits say stuff it to turkey dinner this Christmas

More than a third of Brits (35.1%) will shun the traditional turkey dinner this Christmas in favour of other meats, according to research by e-commerce business service Webloyalty.

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Thorntons’ youngster wins young talent Oscar

Thornton’s production line manager Jodie Adcock has won the inaugural Young Talent of the Year award in the industry’s Oscars – the Food Manufacturing Excellence Awards (FMEAs).

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Greencore boss wins personality award in FMEA Oscars

Greencore chief executive Patrick Coveney has won the coveted Personality of the year award in the industry’s Oscars – the Food Manufacturing Excellence Awards (FMEAs), at the London Park Lane...

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FDF appoints acting director general

The former md of food manufacturer General Mills UK, Eire & Nordic has become acting director general of the Food and Drink Federation (FDF), following Melanie Leech’s resignation.

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Three-year-old joins Primula’s cheese board

A three-year-old girl has been appointed to Primula’s ‘Cheese Board of Directors’ after entering a winning recipe into the firm’s competition.

Nestlé boss invites teachers to spend day in a factory

Spending at least one day a year in a factory would help teachers better advise their students about the merits of a career in manufacturing, according to Nestlé.

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Nestlé boss appointed as FDF president

Nestlé UK and Ireland boss Fiona Kendrick has been appointed as president of the Food and Drink Federation (FDF).

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Meet Bombay Sapphire’s first master distiller

Nik Fordham is Bombay Sapphire’s first master distiller, he tells Nicholas Robinson

Search is on for top 100 creative young minds

A competition to reward creative young minds has been designed to “significantly increase” the number of students studying maths and physics at A Level over the next three years.

Government ups support for food industry skills strategy

The government has increased support for a skills strategy proposed by the National Skills Academy for Food & Drink (NSAFD) that will initially see food science become a priority area...

Nestlé backs maths/science plan to lure engineers

Nestlé is backing a new three-year plan, called Your Life, designed to encourage school children to study science, technology, engineering and maths (STEM subjects) in preparation for a career in...

Study science and maths for ‘fast track’ career

Young people who study science and maths at A’ Level can expect a fast-track career in business, said the chair of a new campaign to promote the subjects among school...

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Morrisons employee charged with fraud

Morrisons employee Andrew Skelton has been charged with fraud following an investigation into data theft at the retailer earlier this year.

Use of slave labour must be stamped out

Unscrupulous gangmasters that traffic slaves into the food and drink sector must be eliminated, the minister of modern slavery and organised crime Karen Bradley has urged.

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Wrights Food Group appoints new finance director

Cheshire food manufacturer Wrights Food Group has appointed Lisa Smith as its new financial director.

Top food and drink firms for graduates

Discount retailer Aldi has been recognised as the top food and drink business for graduates by the The Times newspaper.

Students unaware of jobs in science and engineering

Half of all UK teachers, and students aged 14–16, are unaware of the science and engineering careers available, despite four out of five young people saying they would consider such...

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