Sector calls crisis talks on food scientist shortages

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Improve is calling an emergency summit to tackle the shortage of scientific and technical staff in the food and drink industry.The sector skills...

Improve is calling an emergency summit to tackle the shortage of scientific and technical staff in the food and drink industry.

The sector skills council is uniting with the Department for Environment, Food and Rural Affairs (DEFRA) and technical, qualifying body the Institute of Food Science and Technology to organise the meeting.

The event is set to take place at the DEFRA Innovation Centre in Reading on September 10.

"It's vital that as an industry we take a more unified approach to finding a solution to this problem," said Jack Matthews, chief executive of Improve. "There are pockets of activity with some companies doing excellent work in finding innovative solutions to attract and retain scientists and technologists, but this proactive approach must become more widespread."

Improve claims one in four food science and technologist roles in the industry remains unfilled, representing a shortage of more than 2,000 qualified professionals.

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