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Record 1M people forced to use foodbanks

A record 1M people received at least three days’ emergency food aid from Trussell Trust foodbanks in the past 12 months, according to data released by the charity.

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More than 2M to take part in Healthy Eating week

More than 2M children and teenagers will learn about new foods, provenance and cooking when they take part in Healthy Eating Week (June 1-5).

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When political food fails – in pictures

What do a bacon sandwich, a sausage roll and a hot dog have in common? You’d be forgiven for thinking the answer is that they are all tasty snacks consisting...

Mars aims to score with millions of football fans

Chocolate manufacturer Mars has launched its “biggest ever” football giveaway in a bid to score big with millions of football fans and boost sales of its chocolate bar.

Top three barriers to women in manufacturing

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...

Nestlé boss rejects 'glass ceiling' theory

Nestlé’s boss Fiona Kendrick has rejected accusations that a glass ceiling is preventing women from becoming leaders of big UK food and drink firms.


Nestlé boss Fiona Kendrick sets out path for growth

Nestlé’s UK and Ireland chief executive and chairman has a tough reputation, but Nicholas Robinson finds out there’s more to her than that.

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Morrisons group trading director steps down

Casper Meijer is to step down as group trading director at Morrisons with immediate effect.

Hovis’s first convenience director starts work

Former Lindt & Sprüngli and Innocent Drinks man Tim Stoller officially took over as the first ever convenience director at Hovis last week, according to media reports.

Potts’s first month in Morrisons – in pictures

Morrisons’ new boss David Potts has had a memorable month at the helm of Britain’s fourth largest retailer.

General Mills appoints new boss

General Mills UK, Ireland & Nordic has appointed Markus Muehleisen as its vice president md.

Use emotions to connect with millions on Instagram

Food and drink manufacturers should use emotions to connect their brands with a growing community of consumers on social media site Instagram, according to the site’s boss.

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Stress is an opportunity for food firms

Financially-stressed consumers in the UK are turning to ‘feel-good’ products for comfort, which presents grocery manufacturers with a unique opportunity, according to research firm Canadean.

FoodStart work experience scheme passes milestone

The food industy work experience scheme FoodStart – backed by celebrity chef Jamie Oliver – has passed a major milestone in registering its 400th student.

Jeremy Clarkson ‘too busy counting money’ for Aldi

Sacked Top Gear star Jeremy Clarkson will be “too busy counting his money” to accept Aldi’s recent job offer.

Manufacturing bosses in schools skills plan

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...

Food and drink industry people on the move

Morrisons’s express check out of five board members leads our selection of the latest people on the move in the food and drink industry.

Sacked Top Gear star offered job at Aldi

Sacked BBC Top Gear star Jeremy Clarkson has been offered a job on the shop floor at the discount store Aldi.

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Food Crime Unit head is Andy Morling

The Food Standards Agency (FSA) has appointed Andy Morling as the head of its Food Crime Unit (FCU).

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AG Barr appoints David Ritchie to its board

AG Barr has announced David Ritchie will join its board as a non-executive director from April 1.

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First Milk appoints former Mars boss as ceo

First Milk has appointed Mike Gallacher as its new chief executive, following Kate Allum’s decision to quit the co-operative after five years in the role.

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Student’s anaerobic digestion painting wins prize

 A primary school student’s artwork depicting the role anaerobic digestion can play in turning food waste into renewable energy has won a competition and will now tour Yorkshire on the...

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Premier Foods the next firm to commit to doubling apprentices

Premier Foods has committed to extending its 2014/15 pledge to double the intake of apprentices for a further two years.

Food firms must take on more apprentices

Manufacturers need to be part of the solution to bridging the food and drink sector’s skills gap, the director of the government’s Skills Funding Agency (SFA) has said.

Nestlé opens doors to teachers in bid to fill skills gap

Nestlé has thrown open its factory doors to teachers to give them a taste of modern apprenticeships in a bid to help them communicate the career opportunities in the sector...