Richard Frazier: ‘We’re very focused on ensuring our graduates’ employability in the food sector’

Building careers at the University of Reading

By James Ridler

University of Reading courses are planned with the aim of launching food science and technology students directly into employment, as Richard Frazier explains.

Noman Khawaja (right): ‘Often, halal is treated as something to be ashamed of [but] we take the opposite view’


Haloodies reaps rewards for millennial Muslims

By Aidan Fortune

In 2014, a dentist and a scientist joined forces to disrupt the world of halal meat and create new concepts for the ‘millennial Muslim’ – and, so far, it seems their initiative is reaping strong rewards.

Mike Wijnberg was been appointed Tulip Fresh managing director

New boss appointed to Tulip Fresh

By James Ridler

Meat firm Tulip has appointed Mike Wijnberg as managing director of its Fresh Division, responsible for Tulip’s abattoirs and butchery operations across the UK.

Shane Brennan has been appointed chief executive of the FSDF

News in brief

Distribution body gains new boss

By James Ridler

The Food Storage and Distribution Federation (FSDF) has appointed Shane Brennan as its new chief executive.

Justine Fosh asks, is the Apprenticeship Levy working a year since its launch?


Is the Apprenticeship Levy working a year on?

By Justine Fosh

Justine Fosh, chief executive of the National Skills Academy for Food and Drink, asks whether the Apprenticeship Levy is providing the industry with what it needs a year after its inception.

Tulip is to cut 150 jobs at its Bodmin site

Tulip to axe 150 jobs at Cornwall site

By James Ridler

The loss of 150 jobs at pork processor Tulip’s Bodmin, Cornwall meat processing site has been deemed a ‘body blow’ to the local community by trade union Unite.

Apprenticeships in focus

Bakkavor's focus on apprenticeships

By James Ridler

Fresh prepared foods supplier Bakkavor is committed to its apprenticeships, and this includes feedback from both sides. In our new series focusing on both sides of the apprenticeship story, Cian Short, group apprenticeship manager and development chef...

Bill Jermey explains the importance of apprenticeships


Time to tackle the skills gap

By Bill Jermey

The skills and training world is changing rapidly, with the introduction of the Apprenticeship Levy and new apprenticeship standards. Bill Jermey of the Food and Drink Training and Education Council discusses the opportunity apprenticeships provide.

Eville & Jones has launched a new training initiative for the meat industry

Eville & Jones launches training scheme

By Aidan Fortune

A meat inspection firm, which has warned of an imminent shortage of suitably skilled vets, sparked by the Brexit process driving overseas talent back to their native countries, is launching a training initiative to help remedy the problem.

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