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The Talent Poole

Why leaders need to embrace situational leadership

By Jon Poole

Jon Poole sits down with Clare Menezes, McCormick’s senior director of global food integrity and risk management, to find out more about her leadership style and the importance of being adaptable.

In the first edition of The Talent Poole, Jon Poole looks at what's driving the labour gap in food and drink and ways we can look to encourage the younger generation to find their way and voice in the sector. Credit: Getty images/We Are

Column: The Talent Poole

Leadership in food: Stepping up to the plate

By Jon Poole

It’s no secret that the food and drink sector are struggling to recruit, but what’s driving a lack newcomers to the sector and how can we inspire them to become our next generation of leaders? Jon Poole explores in this first column dedicated to leadership....

It may feel like we're walking the plank as a planet, but we just have to keep moving. Credit: Getty / Richard Drury

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Cracking on in the permacrisis

By Rod Addy

In his first regular column for Food Manufacture, Rod Addy of the Provision Trade Federation, explores the fragile ground we find ourselves on and provides an honest outlook of the future of food production.

Starkey: 'Big bus coming towards us of increased fuel prices

Business Leaders Forum interview Adam Starkey

By Gwen Ridler

The spectre of increased fuel prices is looming over the food industry and is set to disrupt consumer purchasing habits, according to Adam Starkey, managing director of public sector meals supplier Green Gourmet.

Drawing on traditional brewing techniques, Hofmeister has been reborn to tease customers to 'follow the bear' once more

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Hofmeister: Built up from the bear bones

By Rod Addy

Two longstanding friends are drawing on a Bavarian brewer’s process and recipe to successfully reinvent a well-known lager that was shelved 25 years ago.

Darby: ‘Every quarter is different, but we feel confident about revenue growth in the future’


Premier comeback?

By Aidan Fortune

Premier Foods may have seen its best results in five years but all is not rosy ahead of its agm. In an interview conducted before the shareholder revolt, Premier Foods chief executive Gavin Darby discusses the turnaround, future plans and how flamingoes...

Watkins said the food industry was positive for a good year ahead

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Food business leaders more outward-looking this year

By Laurence Gibbons

Food and drink business leaders were more outward-looking at this year’s Business Leaders’ Forum (BLF) ahead of a “positive” year in the food industry, despite various challenges it faces.

The Business Leaders' Forum offered valuable food and drink manufacturing insights, agreed the sponsors

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Business Leaders: ‘premier event in food calendar’

By Michael Stones

The Business Leaders’ Forum (BLF) – organised by the Food Manufacture Group – has grown to become “probably the premier event in the food calendar”,  according to host sponsor DWF.

Uncertainty in the run up to the election is dampening food business investment, warned a top economist

Election 2015

Election ‘puts food capital investments on hold’

By Nicholas Robinson

Uncertainty in the lead up to the general election is causing food firms to put on hold plans for capital investment and freeze their employees pay, even though the economy has picked up, a leading economist has claimed.

Paul Wilkinson: braced for a tough year ahead

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Tough year in prospect: Business Leaders’ Forum

By Michael Stones

This year will be prove challenging for food and drink manufacturers, predicted Paul Wilkinson, chair of the Food Manufacture Group’s Business Leaders’ Forum.

The merits of a merger or acquisition should be judged on whether it adds value to the business, said Ben Mercer

Business Leaders' Forum

How to spot a good food industry merger or acquisition

By Michael Stones

“The key driver should be the future integration of the business to add value to the whole,” Ben Mercer, partner corporate with the law firm, told the Food Manufacture Group’s Business Leaders’ Forum in London last week.

Business leaders discussed a wide range of topics at the forum

Business Leaders' Forum

Business Leaders Forum – in pictures and quotes

By Laurence Gibbons

Mergers and acquisitions, rebuilding consumer trust after the horsemeat scandal broke and recruiting people into the food and drink manufacturing sector were key points discussed at Food Manufacture’s Business Leaders’ Forum.

Rebuilding trust in the integrity of the food supply chain after the horsemeat crisis will be a hot topic at Food Manufacture’s Business Leaders’ Forum

Business Leaders’ Forum to set out the challenges

By Michael Stones

Top food manufacturing executives will set out the challenges, and some of the solutions, for the year ahead at Food Manufacture’s Business Leaders’ Forum next month, according to its chairman Paul Wilkinson.

Andrew McLean, Co-head of consumer practice, Stephenson Harwood

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Mergers a key theme of food manufacturing bosses’ forum

By Michael Stones

Mergers and acquisitions in the food and drink manufacturing sector emerged as a key theme of the Business Leaders’ Forum staged earlier this month in central London by our sister title Food Manufacture.

Lise Madsen (centre), md, Honeyrose Bakery

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UK government is ‘anti-organic’: bakery boss

By Gary Scattergood

The UK government is anti-organic and is therefore failing “to promote its benefits” to the public, the boss of an organic and free-from bakery has claimed.

Former Uniq boss Geoff Eaton is now chief opperating officer with Premier Foods

Bosses to assess prospects for 2013

By Rick Pendrous

Manufacturers in the food and drink sector could be in for a bumpy year ahead, as uncertainty rises about the economy and how consumers will respond.


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