People & Skills

Kirsty Henshaw was named Business Leader of the Year at the Food Manufacture Excellence Awards

Business Leader of the Year Kirsty Henshaw plans NPD blitz

By Gwen Ridler

Kirsty’s founder Kirsty Henshaw discusses NPD plans, COVID-19, Brexit and her reaction to winning Business Leader of the Year at the 2021 Food Manufacture Excellence Awards in the latest FoodMan Talks videocast.

Heineken is cutting 8,000 jobs worldwide

Heineken cuts hit UK jobs

By Gwen Ridler

Heineken is to slash jobs across its UK operations, as part of a larger worldwide job cuts in the wake of COVID-19 disruption.

Watch the Food Manufacture Excellence Awards live!

Food Manufacture Excellence Awards 2021

Watch the Food Manufacture Excellence Awards live!

By Rod Addy

Watch this space for the virtual screening of the Food Manufacture Excellence Awards, the winners announcement for which will kick off this afternoon at 5pm.

Freaks of Nature md Tim Wild talks free-from, COVID and being a finalist in this year's FMEAs

Plant-based awards finalist targets free-from growth

By Gwen Ridler

The growth of free-from in the plant-based category and the challenge of adapting to a global pandemic are hot topics for Food Manufacture Excellence Awards finalist Freaks of Nature.

Cauldron has appointed former Mars director Tom Lindley in a senior role

Cauldron appoints former Mars director

By Gwen Ridler

Vegan meat alternatives brand Cauldron has appointed former Mars director Tom Lindley to the newly created role of business unit head.

Gabrielle Freeman is one of five finalists in the running for Apprentice of the Year

Being a better apprentice: FMEA finalist interview

By Gwen Ridler

Trying new experiences and seizing new opportunities are key to a successful apprenticeship in the food and drink industry, according to Food Manufacture Excellence Awards finalist Gabrielle Freeman.

Cockran: 'It has been a challenge – a good challenge at the same time'

Coca-Cola apprentice Amelia Cockran on COVID-19 challenge

By Gwen Ridler

Rapid change in a COVID-19 world and new learning opportunities have been essential parts of the lives of apprentices in 2020, one finalist in the Food Manufacture Excellence Awards (FMEAs) reveals in this exclusive podcast.

A workers at Muller's Bridgwater site has died from COVID-19

Müller worker dies after contracting COVID-19

By Gwen Ridler

One person has died from COVID-19 and 47 have tested positive for the disease at Müller Milk & Ingredients’ site in Bridgwater, Somerset, leading to scaled down production.

Henry Greer is a finalist in this year's Food Manufacture Excellence Awards

Apprentice of the Year finalist Henry Greer

By Gwen Ridler

Finnebrogue Artisan apprentice automation engineer Henry Greer offers thoughts on food industry apprenticeships in 2020 and being shortlisted for Apprentice of the Year at the 2021 Food Manufacture Excellence Awards.

Seafood and plant-based firm Paramount 21 appoints directors

Paramount 21 appoints two directors

By Jerome Smail

Devon-based seafood and plant-based product manufacturer Paramount 21 has announced two appointments to its board of directors.

BFAWU members have voted to reject a proposed pay rise from  Greencore

Bakers union in Greencore Northampton pay dispute

By Gwen Ridler

Members of the Bakers, Food and Allied Workers Union (BFAWU) at Greencore’s Northampton factory have rejected a ‘divisive’ pay rise, claiming staff there have not been recognised as key workers during the coronavirus pandemic.

GMB Union has called for measures to stem the spread of COVID-19 at Bakakvor Tilmanstone Salads

COVID-19 death at Bakkavor Kent factory

By Gwen Ridler

Trade union GMB has called on Bakkavor to offer staff greater support during the coronavirus pandemic, following the death of a worker from its Tilmanstone Salads factory from COVID-19.

Heineken makes cider brands Bulmers and Strongbow at the Hereford site

Heineken faces strike threat at cider plant

By Rod Addy

Heineken faces a threatened strike at its Bulmers and Strongbow cider plant in Hereford over changes to workers pay and employment terms in what trade union Unite describes as a 'sack and sign' campaign.

Chapman: 'I’ll also be working on driving out waste in all its forms throughout our business'

Weetabix names manufacturing director

By Rod Addy

Weetabix Food Company has appointed Neil Chapman, who was previously Kerry Foods' human resources director for operations and has held senior operations roles at Cadbury and Kraft Foods, as its manufacturing director.

Hahlin Ahlinder: 'I look forward to working with the team on the next phase of growth'

Kerry Group makes senior European appointment

By Rod Addy

Ireland-based Kerry Group has announced the appointment of Thomas Hahlin Ahlinder to the role of president and chief executive officer, Taste & Nutrition, Europe.

Karro is a leading supplier of bacon, gammon, fresh pork, frozen sausage, ham and cooked meats

Karro Food Malton hires 278 workers

By Rod Addy

Pork processor Karro Food Group has hired 278 workers at its Malton site since the start of the lockdown in March and its recruitment drive continues.

Bakkavor is to create 127 new jobs in Highbridge

Bakkavor to create 127 new jobs

By Gwen Ridler

Desserts manufacturer Bakkavor is to create 127 new jobs at its Highbridge site as it gears up for the busy Christmas period.

Tom Fiennes is Britvic's new commercial sustainability director

Britvic appoints new commercial sustainability head

By Gwen Ridler

Drinks manufacturer Britvic has named Tom Fiennes as its new commercial sustainability director for its operations in Great Britain, succeeding Trystan Farnworth, who has been appointed commercial director for Britvic in Ireland.

Raynor Foods was the overall 2020 winner of the awards. Who will claim the prize in 2021?

Food Manufacture Excellence Awards: finalists revealed

By Rod Addy

It’s just over eight months since hundreds of leaders in food and drink processing gathered at London’s Marriott Hotel Grosvenor Square to celebrate the 2020 Food Manufacture Excellence Awards, but it feels a lot longer.

Proposed plans (pictured) for the Rowan Foods site in Wrexham

Rowan Foods in factory expansion

By Gwen Ridler

Local councillors have shown support for the planned expansion of Rowan Foods' production facility in Wrexham, north Wales.

Oscar Mayer's Chard operations makes supermarket own-label ready meals

Oscar Mayer Chard: 860 potential redundancies

By Rod Addy

Oscar Mayer is proposing to transfer production of supermarket own-label ready meals away from Chard in Somerset, putting 860 workers under threat of redundancy after managers ran out of options.