People & Skills

Martin Kennedy (pictured): 'The impact can no longer be absorbed by farmers and the food and drink industry'

NFU Scotland pressures Government on labour crisis

By Gwen Ridler

The National Farmers Union (NFU) Scotland has joined with businesses and organisations across the industry calling for immediate action from the Government to address the labour crisis affecting the food and drink sector.

Steve Corby (pictured) and Antony Greenwood have taken leadership roles at Orchard House Foods

Orchard House Foods announces leadership hires

By Gwen Ridler

Prepared fruit and fresh fruit drinks supplier Orchard House Foods has strengthened its leadership team with the appointment of Steve Corby as its new chief executive and Antony Greenwood as commercial director.

Heck founder Andrew Keeble urged the Government to take action against nationwide staff shortages

Heck boss warns of Christmas food shortages

By Gwen Ridler

The UK will be hit with a raft of food shortages over the Christmas holiday period if the Government doesn’t step up and address the continued staff shortages across the food and drink supply chain, according to Heck founder and managing director Andrew...

Brodie: 'The current issues require immediate short term solutions'

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'Worst skills crisis in our lifetime' - Avara Foods's Brodie

By Rod Addy

The food industry faces 'the worst skills crisis in our lifetime', according to Andrew Brodie, Avara Foods people and communications director, one of the participants in Food Manufacture's 9 September webinar tackling the issue.

The past month has seen a number of senior appointments by food and drink firms

People on the move in food and drink round-up

By Gwen Ridler

From baking to whisky distilling, we cover appointments from across the industry over the past month in this round-up of people on the move in food and drink.

Unite members across GXO Logistics Drinks have called off strike action

GXO draymen call off nationwide strikes

By Gwen Ridler

Threats of a nationwide ‘beer drought’ have been quashed, after Unite members working across GXO Logistics Drinks called off strikes in lieu of an improved pay offer.

Processors are maintaining production levels in the face of tough challenges

Food Manufacture webinar

New webinar: managing productivity in a skills crisis

By Rod Addy

The food industry is faced with tough production decisions in the midst of skills and labour shortages, so Food Manufacture is holding a webinar sponsored by Aptean to support those on the front lines.

The Tollcross factory has been hit by successive job cuts in the past few years

Pladis: Tollcross factory closure planned for 2022

By Rod Addy

Pladis, the biscuit and snacks manufacturer behind brands such as Jacob's, Go ahead and Carr's has confirmed its intention to close its Tollcross factory in Glasgow, hitting 468 jobs.

Unite members have a deal with JDE to end its 'fire and rehire' dispute with the coffee maker

JDE Banbury dispute: Union votes in favour of new deal

By Gwen Ridler

Unite members at Jacobs Douwe Egberts’ Banbury, Oxfordshire plant have voted overwhelmingly in favour of a new a pay and employment conditions package that removes the management’s proposal to ‘fire and rehire’ staff.

Millard is joining the judging panel this year

Food Manufacture Excellence Awards

Food Manufacture Excellence Awards: new judges on board

By Rod Addy

Marnie Millard, former chief executive of soft drinks firm Nichols and president of the British Soft Drinks Association, is among the line-up for the 2022 Food Manufacture Excellence Awards judging panel.

Kemp: 'We're starting to see that people are recognising that everybody should feel proud to work where they are'

Curbing staff shortages with better places to work

By Gwen Ridler

Providing a more desirable place to work is the first step towards improving staff retention and handling labour shortages within the food and drink industry, according to Pentadel managing director James Kemp.

Unite members at XPO Logistics Drinks are to be balloted for strike action

Unite threatens ‘beer drought’ after pay dispute

By Gwen Ridler

Workers union Unite has threated a ‘beer drought’ across the UK, after announcing plans to ballot its members employed by XPO Logistics Drinks for industrial action over a ‘paltry’ pay offer.

Usdaw members have voted in favour of strike action at Weetabix Kettering

Strike action threatened at Weetabix Kettering

By Gwen Ridler

Members of the Union of Shop, Distributive and Allied Workers (Usdaw) have unanimously voted in favour of industrial action at Weetabix’s Kettering plant, after a dispute over shift payments.

Paramount is to offer the Living Wage to its employees

Paramount boosts wages at Devon plant

By Gwen Ridler

Devon-based frozen food firm Paramount 21 has increased wages for workers at its Newton Abbot site by introducing the Living Wage, as it embarks on a £650,000 investment into its production capabilities.

Topalian: 'Facing into the changing world around us'

Mars Food UK appoints Armen Topalian at the helm

By Rod Addy

Mars Food UK has promoted Armen Topalian as general manager, with the title market director, replacing Craig Sargeant who is leaving his role because he has also been promoted.

Roebuck: 'The flow of labour into the country is not there at the moment'

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FoodMan Talks: Dunbia's Isla Roebuck on meat sector hurdles

By Rod Addy

Having relinquished the British Meat Processors Association (BMPA) presidency after an intense four-years, Dunbia's business public relations director (UK) Isla Roebuck tackles Brexit, the skills shortage and Dunbia's joint venture with Dawn...

The pay dispute at British Sugar has sparked a ballot for strike action by Unite members

Unite threatens strike action at British Sugar

By Gwen Ridler

Industrial action has been threatened across British Sugar’s factories in the east of England, after members of worker union Unite rejected a ‘not so sweet’ pay offer from the manufacturer.

Former Dairy Crest chief executive Mark Allen will take the role of AG Barr chairman

AG Barr appoints former Dairy Crest CEO as chair

By Gwen Ridler

Former Dairy Crest chief executive Mark Allen is to join drinks manufacturer AG Barr as an independent non-executive director and chairman designate, with effect from 1 July 2021.

Strikes at Weetabix have been suspended after talks between Unite and the manufacturer

Strikes suspended at Weetabix factories

By Gwen Ridler

Planned strike action across Weetabix’s Northamptonshire sites has been suspended following ‘constructive talks’ between workers union Unite and the manufacturer.