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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...

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Lean and green tops the agenda for Kinnerton

Leaner manufacturing and improved staff engagement are the twin targets of Kinnerton Confectionery’s site in Sherburn-in-Elmet, North Yorkshire.

Migrant exploitation gang jailed for 23 years

Four people have been jailed for a combined total of 23 years for offences relating to the exploitation of migrant workers ­– some employed in the vegetable sector – after...

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.

Food sector ‘must be driven by science’: new FDF boss

Growth in the food and drink sector must be driven by science, according to the Food and Drink Federation’s (FDF’s) new chief scientific officer Helen Munday.


Food and drink manufacturing Oscars now open

The 2016 Food Manufacture Excellence Awards (FMEAs) are now open for entries. So, if your company wants to be recognised for its achievements and join the celebrations at this year's...

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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).


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.

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Glanbia gears up production to meet rising demand

Glanbia Performance Nutrition’s Alex Baker tells Noli Dinkovski how his sports nutrition production site is meeting growing demand.

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.

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Inside manufacturing: Glanbia Performance Nutrition

For someone who confesses to have fallen into the food industry, Alex Baker hasn’t wasted any time in building a successful career.

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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...

Fish firm denies ‘dodgy wage tactics’ in union row

Chilled fish supplier Icelandic Seachill has denied accusations that its handling of the National Living Wage (NLW) will leave workers worse off, after unions escalated their concerns to the European...

Addo Food Group resolves dispute with union Unite

Addo Food Group – the Poole-based food manufacturer formerly known as Pork Farms – has agreed to recognise Unite following a positive meeting with union representatives earlier today (Friday, April 29).

News in brief

Hilton Food Group boss steps down for ‘personal reasons’

Theo Bergman, the chief operating officer for continental Europe for Hilton Food Group, has stepped down from the board with immediate effect.

People on the move in food and drink

Hilton Food Group, Hovis and Finsbury Food Group lead our selection of the most recent appointments in the UK food and drink industry. 

The Big Interview

Ornua dairy boss explains his £100M challenge

Having been tasked with integrating two dairy businesses, Aidan Wilson, head of Ornua Ingredients UK, sets out his plans for growth.

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Délifrance UK in focus: meet the operations manager at Southall

Délifrance UK's Frank Bird tells Noli Dinkovski how a varied career has led to his current strategic role.

Co-op boss demands 60% pay cut – for himself!

The head of The Co-operative Group has insisted on a 60% reduction in his overall remuneration package, after claiming the business was “on the right track”.

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...

Morrisons boss puts money where his mouth is

Morrisons ceo David Potts has demonstrated his confidence in turning around the fortunes of the retailer by investing a further £360,000 in shares.

People on the move in food and drink

2 Sisters, Premier Foods and United Biscuits lead our selection of the most recent appointments in the UK food and drink industry.

2 Sisters hires former Morrisons’ boss to lead protein

2 Sisters Food Group has appointed Martyn Fletcher to the newly-created role of chief operating officer, protein, with responsibility for running the firm’s UK manufacturing sites.

2 Sisters appoints new group procurement director

2 Sisters Food Group has promoted Jonathan Russell to director of group procurement, responsible for the manufacturer’s £1.5bn a year purchasing budget and for managing its supply chain.

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