All news articles for November 2019

The union told Food Manufacture that greater protection was required for workers when it came to understanding the pitfalls of takeover activity

Unite urges Government clarity on food M&As

By Dan Colombini

Unite the Union has called for greater public awareness around food business M&A activity after the release of its new report urging the Government to support the UK manufacturing sector.

Smith: ‘Telling people the impact, the ‘I’ of SBI, helps them to understand the why’


Engaging in the art of regular feedback

By Darren Smith

Making Business Matter chief meaning officer and founder Darren Smith looks at the power of regular positive feedback in raising worker morale.

Zak Bradford (left) and Andrew Brown (right) discuss the highlights of Vimto Out of Home's apprenticeship programme

Meet the apprentice: Vimto Out of Home

By James Ridler

Vimto Out of Home’s Swindon Centre of Technical Excellence in Wiltshire trains its apprentices to ensure high-quality drinks dispense. Here, senior technical manager Andrew Brown and apprentice Zak Bradford explain the benefits of the scheme.

MDS' rotating system of work placements allow graduates to experience the length and breadth of the food and drink industry

Learning provider

Secondment chances: finding a place in the industry

By James Ridler

Management Development Services’ novel secondment programme means there are no shortage of graduates willing to sign up – but the difficulty of finding placements can throw a spanner in the works, as chair Christine Tacon (pictured) explains.

It is estimated that around one in five people in the UK have low levels of vitamin D

BNF urges greater vitamin D awareness

By Dan Colombini

The British Nutrition Foundation (BNF) has called for greater awareness of vitamin D deficiency across young people within the UK.

Tim Foster: 'Rather than factories making one specific product, they will have to adapt to making many'

Development hub

Solving NPD challenges through collaboration

By Noli Dinkovski

Professor Tim Foster explains how collaboration between industry and academia can solve some of food manufacturing’s trickier challenges.

Hynes: 'ripe opportunity for R&D'

Plant-based company names product development head

By Rod Addy

British plant-based firm The Meatless Farm Company has appointed Dr Peter Hynes as its new head of research and development (R&D) to build on the company’s innovation in vegan mince, burgers and sausages.

NI beef has everything to gain from the Chinese market, claims LMC

African swine fever creates beef opportunity in China

By James Ridler

The spread of African swine fever (ASF) and a growing number of wealthier consumers have unveiled the “huge potential” of the Chinese market for beef producers in Northern Ireland, according to the Livestock & Meat Commission (LMC).

 Griffiths reinforced the work being done within the Welsh assembly to support the industry

Griffiths urges swift sign-up to Welsh BPS support scheme

By Dan Colombini

Welsh Minister for Environment, Energy and Rural Affairs Leslie Griffiths has urged beef producers to move quickly to submit applications for its Basic Payment Support (BPS) Scheme to mitigate the “catastrophic” impacts of Brexit.

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