People & Skills

Ivan Siqueira has been appopinted president on Pilgrim's UK

New president to lead Pilgrim’s UK

By Gwen Ridler

Ivan Siqueira, former head of Brazilian meat group Seara Foods, has been appointed president of pork processor Pilgrim’s UK.

Currie: 'We have created a plan for strong growth'

Greggs appoints successor to Roger Whiteside as CEO

By Rod Addy

Greggs, the bakery retailer and manufacturer, has appointed Roisin Currie, currently Greggs retail and property director, as chief executive, replacing Roger Whiteside, who has already announced his intention to step down from the board.

The Seasonal Workers visa scheme has been updated to run until the end of 2024

Seasonal Workers scheme extended to 2024

By Gwen Ridler

The Government has extended the Seasonal Workers visa scheme to the end of 2024 to allow foreign workers to pick edible and ornamental crops, but employers were warned this isn’t a long-term solution.

Foster (pictured) defended the skilled worker visa and questioned producers' need for labour

Home Office deflects blame for UK labour crisis

By Gwen Ridler

Home Office minister for safe and legal migration Kevin Foster has been criticised for deflecting the blame for the UK labour crisis and not listening to the struggles with recruitment across the pork and poultry sectors.

Ortiz has worked on community socio-economic development and wellbeing in Africa and India

Typhoo Tea enlists experts to focus on ethics

By Rod Addy

Typhoo Tea has appointed Rocio Ortiz as responsible sourcing manager and enlisted the services of Lesley Western as corporate social responsibility consultant as it builds on its ethical agenda.

Coveney: 'Delighted to be appointed as SSP’s next group CEO'

What job will Patrick Coveney do next?

By Rod Addy

Patrick Coveney has tendered his resignation as Greencore's director and chief executive officer and plans to become CEO of foodservice group SSP from 31 March 2022.

Steve Morgan (left) has stepped down as chief executive of Synergy Europe, to be replaced by Sebastiano Pagano (right)

Synergy Europe chief executive steps down

By Gwen Ridler

Synergy Flavours European chief executive Steve Morgan is to step down from the role at the end of this year, ending 14 years with the company.

Boparan: 'Silly to plug any gaps by using imports'

2 Sisters to add 900 workers in visa boost

By Rod Addy

2 Sisters Food Group president Ranjit Singh Boparan has praised the Government's temporary visa scheme for seasonal poultry workers, claiming it has helped source up to 900 EU workers in the run-up to Christmas.

Weetabix conmtinued to dismiss claims of fire and rehire plans at its Kettering and Corby plants

Weetabix hits out at ‘fire and rehire’ claims

By Gwen Ridler

Weetabix has continued to dismiss claims it is using ‘fire and rehire’ tactics in its ongoing pay dispute with workers union Unite and has levelled criticism on the union using the situation to support its unrelated national campaign against similar employment...

Jamie Mithcell has been named Urban Legend chairman

Urban Legend appoints Jamie Mitchell as chairman

By Gwen Ridler

Healthier doughnut brand Urban Legend has appointed industry veteran Jamie Mitchell as its new chairman, helping to lead the expansion of the business across the UK and internationally.

Mayer: 'Committed to offering health through food'

Danone UK & Ireland appoints James Mayer as president

By Rod Addy

Danone UK & Ireland has appointed James Mayer as president of a restructured company, which combines its specialised nutrition, plant-based, dairy and waters businesses under one leadership team.

Seafish and the Scottish Seafood Association have launched a new recruitment campaign

Scottish seafood industry launches recruitment campaign

By Gwen Ridler

The Scottish seafood industry has launched a new recruitment campaign to help fill vacancies across the processing sector, particularly in the run up to Christmas, as demand greatly outstrips the ability to produce.

The Government has announced plans to offer 800 visas for overseas abattoir workers

Temporary abattoir visas fail to address wider issues

By Gwen Ridler

Government plans to allow 800 foreign abattoir workers into the UK on temporary visas will address immediate issues, but larger labour issues still need to addressed, warned members of the industry.

Shoratges of qualified vets has hit Wales the hardest, according to Eville & Jones

Wales hit hardest by UK vet shortage

By Gwen Ridler

The shortage of qualified veterinarians in the UK continued to threaten exports to EU countries, with Wales hit the hardest by the shortfall, according to provider Eville & Jones.

The HGV driver crisis has put an even greater strain on the already battered food supply chain

Supply chain feature

Perfect storm hits the food and drink supply chain

By Gwen Ridler

The food and drink supply chain has taken a beating over the past 18 months, with each new crisis piling on a new concern for business to worry about. But above all else, the main concern is how to get the supply chain moving again in spite of the recent...

The Chilled Food Associationm celebrated the 10th anniversary of Chilled Education

Chilled food education project celebrates 10th anniversary

By Gwen Ridler

The Chilled Food Association (CFA) celebrates the 10th anniversary of its project to nurture the next generation go chilled food scientists, Chilled Education (CEd), as it continues to address the skills gaps affecting the food and drink sector.

Jenkins: 'It might sound obvious, but everything about how we consume food will become more integrated - even more than it already is.'

Opinion

The future of the lunch break: Huckletree

By Hugo Jenkins

Hugo Jenkins, vice president of commercial at Huckletree, discusses the future of lunch breaks as the nation emerges from lockdown.

Dalehead Foods are to create 25 new roles across its Corsham operations

Dalehead Foods to create 25 new jobs

By Gwen Ridler

Pork and lamb processor Dalehead Foods has announced it is recruiting for 25 skilled and unskilled roles at its Corsham site.

BArcode Festival returned in 2021 after a year's hiatus due to the COVID-19 pandemic

Grocery Aid boss on supporting the industry through the pandemic

By Gwen Ridler

Speaking at this year’s Barcode Festival – an event set up by Grocery Aid to allow members of the grocery industry to come together, relax and celebrate – chief executive Steve Barnes commented on the impact of COVID-19 on the members of the food and...

Barnfather will be one of four speakers on the day

Food Manufacture webinar

Skills crisis webinar: one day to go

By Rod Addy

Food Manufacture's webinar 'How to boost manufacturing productivity in a skills crisis', which is sponsored by Aptean will air in just 24 hours, featuring insights from experts from the food industry.