COVID-19

Heavy goods vehicle driver shortage: what's the answer?

Heavy goods vehicle driver shortage: what's the answer?

By Michelle Perrett & Rod Addy

The heavy goods vehicle (HGV) driver shortage will only marginally improve by sourcing more EU workers; attracting UK drivers with better wages and working hours is preferable, a report has suggested.

Lolay: 'Disruptions to supply chains and shortages of labour'

Food and drink output plunges

By Rod Addy

Food and drink sector output fell at the fastest pace in eight months as staff shortages, driven partly by large numbers of workers self-isolating, restricted production capacity, according to Lloyds Bank UK Recovery Tracker.

Simtom Foods's factory is based at Merry Lees Industrial Estate in Leicestershire

World foods supplier Simtom Food Products in administration

By Rod Addy

Simtom Food Products Limited, the family-owned ethnic condiments manufacturer, has entered administration citing the impact of the pandemic and labour shortages, after making most of its 60-strong permanent workforce redundant.

Milton: 'We have seen an increase in the use of robotics'

Food Manufacture Excellence Awards: Menzies on industry trends

Food Manufacture Excellence Awards: Menzies on industry trends

By James Ridler & Rod Addy

The food industry faces three immediate trends offering pitfalls and opportunities, according to Caroline Milton, head of manufacturing at Menzies, headline sponsor of the Food Manufacture Excellence Awards in this videocast.

Driver shortages continue to plague the dairy industry

Dairy UK pressures Government on driver shortages

By James Ridler

Members of the dairy industry continue to pressure the Government to prevent further damage to the industry caused by the shortage of heavy good vehicle (HGV) drivers, as the driver crisis threatens Arla’s milk supply.

Bakkavor's salad sales were still behind 2019 levels, but a recovery in food-to-go still drove a strong sales performance

Bakkavor trading 'ahead of 2019' except for salads

By Rod Addy

Bakkavor, the fresh prepared food manufacturer, has reported second quarter trading ahead of 2019, although sales of salads had been hit by COVID-19 restrictions and mixed weather.