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Food and drink factory managers have faced a growing skills shortage for years, with an ageing workforce and tight supply of younger skilled workers. Now the situation is at crisis levels. Over-reliance on migrant workers has been hit by immigration policy limiting the pool of EU recruits who can get UK visas. Staff have had to stay at home and self-isolate during the pandemic, including some essential to continued plant operations. Political action might offer long-term relief. Increased use of robotics is one answer, but many processors have already installed obvious equipment or struggle with budgets to invest. Complex robotic solutions also demand further skills and take time to integrate, test and bed in. Operations managers must still meet increasing customer demand daily, so what can they do immediately to practically address the challenge and deliver targets? Our experts will offer advice.

How to boost food manufacturing productivity in a skills crisis

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Food and drink factory managers have faced a growing skills shortage for years, with an ageing workforce and tight supply of younger skilled workers. Now the situation is at crisis levels. Over-reliance on migrant workers has been hit by immigration policy...

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Fighting Fit for a Future in Flux

Fighting Fit for a Future in Flux

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Food and drink processors face the perfect storm as the end of Brexit transition period looms, Christmas approaches and the UK continues to battle coronavirus restrictions. Rarely has the industry confronted such an uncertain time, so it’s never been...

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Product Recalls: Prevention and Cost Management

Product Recalls: Prevention and Cost Management

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Food and drink firms fear major recalls, because of the resulting cost to their finances and reputations. Both forms of damage can destroy a business. Companies can also face needless expense by mishandling recalls – and even by recalling products unnecessarily,...

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Seizing on Healthy Snacks: What’s Driving Consumer Choice?

Seizing on Healthy Snacks: What’s Driving Consumer Choice?

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With the global healthy snacks market expected to top £25 billion by 2025, this Food Manufacture webinar, in association with the Almond Board of California, will unpick the forces behind its growth and unravel the core values consumers are looking for...

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Sustainable snacking trends for 2017

Sustainable snacking trends for 2017

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Key insights into the multi-billion pound global snacks industry will be on offer in this Food Manufacture Group webinar, staged in partnership with the Almond Board of California. We turn the spotlight onto ethically- and sustainably-produced snacks,...

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