Other firms supporting the Food and Drink Federation’s (FDF’s) ‘Taste Success’ campaign were Coca-Cola Enterprises, Mars UK, Nestlé UK & Ireland and PepsiCo UK.
The businesses teamed together to help engage with young people, parents, teachers and careers advisors to highlight the wide range of job opportunities in food engineering.
Over 170,300 new recruits are needed to replace those set to retire by 2020, the FDF claimed.
‘Great career opportunities’
Terry Jones, director of communication at FDF, said: “At this year’s Big Bang Fair six of the UK’s biggest food and drink brands have come together to tell young people about the great career opportunities on offer in our sector.
“Skills in engineering are in particular demand in the food and drink industry. By having experienced engineers as well as apprentices and recent graduates on hand to meet would-be recruits to our industry, we hope to attract the next generation of food engineers.”
Meanwhile, environment secretary Owen Paterson visited Mondelēz’s Bournville factory, near Birmingham, to meet food apprentices and raise awareness of jobs in the sector.
Food and drink is the UK’s largest manufacturing sector, currently employing around 40,000 people in a variety of roles.
To view the latest jobs in food and drink manufacturing, visit FoodManJobs.