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Jo Discombe has been named BDCI Festival Dinner chair

BDCI appoints new festival chair

By James Ridler

Jo Discombe, business development director at Finnebrogue Artisan, has been named the new Festival Dinner chair of the Butchers’ and Drovers’ Charitable Institution (BDCI).

The Government's immigration strategy threatens to cut access to labour, warned the FDF

New immigration rules threaten food labour

By James Ridler

New immigration controls proposed by the Government to encourage the flow of skilled workers into the country threaten to hike up hiring prices and cut access to labour, according to members of the food and drink industry.

The BSC is backing a campaign for fair legal representation for injured workers

BSC backs injury drive

By James Ridler

A union campaign for fair access to legal representation for injured workers has won backing from the British Safety Council (BSC).

Natures Way has lowered accident rates by engaging employees in health and safety policy

People before paperwork at Natures Way

By Rod Addy

Natures Way Foods has put engaging all its workers at the heart of its health and safety policy, leading to an accident rate 80% lower than the food industry average, chief operating officer Richard Parr told Food Manufacture.

BDCI festival chairman Chris Aldersley (left) with former England rugby captain Matt Dawson

Meat industry celebrated at BDCI dinner

By James Ridler

The meat industry descended on London in full force at this year’s Butchers’ and Drovers’ Charitable Institution (BDCI) annual dinner.

The deal has secured a 9.3% pay increase for production staff at the two plants, Unite has claimed

2 Sisters to boost poultry processing jobs, pay

By Rod Addy

2 Sisters Food Group aims to recruit 250 additional staff and increase pay by 9.3% by April next year at its West Bromwich site D and Wolverhampton site E poultry factories, trade union Unite claims.

Lowe: ‘It can be really challenging to take a company from just being an idea and growing it quickly’

Me and My team

Brewing up a storm at Fourpure

By Dan Lowe

Dan Lowe (right) founded Fourpure with brother Tom just five years ago. Backed by a new owner, their sights are now set on taking the business to the next level

Food packaging firm’s graduate scheme grows opportunities

Tetra Pak graduate scheme grows opportunities

By James Ridler

Growing new talent can create opportunities for both staff and the company, according to a member of processing and packaging giant Tetra Pak’s graduate programme.

Wagstaff: ‘We all need to invest in developing knowledge and skills to deliver the innovation that companies will need to demonstrate in the current business environment’

Opinion

How to equip yourself to tackle the ‘B’ word

By Carol Wagstaff

Director of the AgriFood Training Partnership at the University of Reading Carol Wagstaff argues the importance of training in helping food and drink firms ride the waves of Brexit.

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