People & Skills

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.

Brexit could lead to disruption along the Irish border, according to a consortium of UK unions

Trade unions unite to oppose no-deal Brexit

By Gwen Ridler

Trade unions have united to urge the Government to do ‘whatever it takes’ to secure a trade deal with the EU to save jobs and prevent a schism along the Irish border.

Left to right: Kepak apprentice Aaron Buckler, HR manager Karan Dyer, Cambrian Training's Jones, apprentice Rebecca Sage and site director Hughes

Meat processor Kepak launches apprenticeship drive

By Rod Addy

Wales's largest meat processor Kepak has signed up to the Welsh government’s Apprenticeship Programme to boost workforce skills, aiming to bring 100 existing staff on board the scheme within a year.

Ryan: 'Industry needs to act, and act now.'

How to tackle lack of women in meat industry

By Rod Addy

Ways to tackle the lack of female workers in the meat industry have been outlined by a new report that reveals just 36% of the workforce in the sector are women.

Six of William Reed's show return next year under one roof to mark UK Food & Drink week

William Reed shows unite for 2021 grand reopening

By Gwen Ridler

William Reed face-to-face events are set to return in a big way in spring 2021, with six of the biggest food shows uniting for a week of celebration of the UK food and drink industry.

The Anaphylaxis Campaign has warned vending machine manufacturers and operators have to understand their legal responsibilities

Vending machine drinks pose allergen risk

By Rod Addy

'Serious failings' in allergen information relating to hot drinks vending machines and cross-contamination of non-milk products dispensed by them with milk has been flagged by a trading standards report just published.

The BBPA is demanding a tailored financial support package for brewers and pubs

Coronavirus: brewers and pubs face 290k job cuts

By Rod Addy

A total of £7.4bn and more than 290,000 jobs could be wiped out unless the Government regularly reviews the 10pm pub curfew rule and creates tailored financial support for pubs and brewers.

2 Sisters is to create 100 jobs at its Thetford site

2 Sisters recruitment drive to create 100 jobs

By Gwen Ridler

2 Sisters Food Group is to create 100 new jobs at its processing plant in Thetford, Norfolk in response to an ‘unprecedented jobs crisis’ caused by the coronavirus crisis.

Mark Mitchell has taken the role of general manager at Genesis' Magherafelt bakery

Genesis Bakery appoints new general manager

By Gwen Ridler

Northern-Ireland based Genesis Bakery has appointed a new general manager as part of an ongoing recruitment campaign to strengthen its business with the Republic of Ireland.

A number of food and drink firms have announced recruitment plans in the past week

Food and drink recruitment round-up

By Gwen Ridler

New jobs at a bakery rebuilt after a blaze, 400 roles at a food logistics specialist and vacancies at fresh produce supplier AMK Fresh feature in this food and drink recruitment roundup.

Stokes: 'Boxed services, delivery services have seen tremendous demand'

FOOD MAN TALKS

British Game Alliance boss on COVID-19’s market impact

By Rod Addy

As game season approaches, Liam Stokes, chief executive of the British Game Alliance, says the market is likely to deliver 70% of usual volumes due to game farmers’ cautious approach to supply.

EIT Food outlines food industry M&A, projects and product trends

EIT Food boss exclusive interview part 2

EIT Food outlines M&A prospects and food trends

By Gwen Ridler

Short-term prospects for food industry mergers and acquisitions, the sector’s resilience during the pandemic and emerging product trends feature in the second part of this exclusive interview with EIT Food boss Andy Zynga.

EIT Food CEO on funding the fight against COVID-19

EIT Food boss exclusive interview: part 1

Coronavirus funding fostering food firm innovation

By Gwen Ridler

In this exclusive interview, Andy Zynga, boss of European Institute of Innovation & Technology (EIT) Food, addresses likely access to funding after the Brexit transition period and three funding recipients that caught his eye.

David Nairn has stepped down as MD of Burts Snacks

Former SHS Group drinks head to become Burts Snacks boss

By Gwen Ridler

Burts Snacks managing director (MD) David Nairn has stepped down from his role after 14 years leading the business and is being replaced by the former MD of SHS Group’s drinks division David McNulty.

The BFAWU has raised grievances overs the apparent overlooking of their members for agency staff at Greencore Northampton

Greencore in trade union row over agency workers

By Gwen Ridler

Prepared foods manufacturer Greencore is in dispute with the Bakers, Food and Allied Workers Union (BFAWU) for hiring agency staff to meet demand while lower paid employees remain on furlough.

Princes brands include Napolina; Crisp 'n Dry, Flora and Mazola cooking oils and Branston baked beans

Princes Group backs lifeline for modern slavery victims

By Rod Addy

Ambient food and drink processor Princes has teamed up with Bright Future, an employment programme that provides victims of modern slavery with a pathway to paid employment and reintegration into society.

The past month has seen a number of appointments in the food and drink industry

People on the move in the food and drink industry

By Gwen Ridler

Appointments are food logistics firm Walker Logistics, Magners Cider owner C&C Group and Kerry Foods are all featured in this round-up of people on the move in the food and drink industry.