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Farm and food factory businesses are struggling to find enough workers

Report flags up industry labour shortage

By Michelle Perrett

The majority (70%) of food and beverage manufacturing companies are struggling or in crisis with regard to the supply of low and unskilled workers, a survey by the Association of Labour Providers (ALP) has revealed.

Food manufacturers identified the challenges they faced in providing effective food safety training

Manufacturers reveal food safety training challenges

By Gwen Ridler

Up to three-quarters (74%) of food and drink firms are planning to improve food safety in their businesses, as they reveal the challenges of providing effective training for their staff, according to a survey by Campden BRI.

Cost-cutting has led to a rise in food and drink recalls, claimed Lockton

Cost-cutting sparks rise in food and drink recalls

By Gwen Ridler

Cost-cutting by food and drink manufacturers has sparked a rise in product recalls over the past six years, as the number of foods recalled for being contaminated with foreign bodies has more than tripled, claimed insurance broker Lockton.

The Food Manufacture Group wishes you a Happy Christmas and a peaceful and prosperous New Year

Festive best wishes from the Food Manufacture team

By Mike Stones

Festive best wishes from everyone at the Food Manufacture Group. The team will return on Tuesday January 2 to bring you more news, views, insight and analysis from Britain’s biggest and best manufacturing sector: food and drink.

The top food and drink recruitment stories feature in this photogallery

Top food and drink recruitment stories of 2017

By Gwen Ridler

Food and drink manufacturing recruiters have had another busy year, with leading companies such as 2 Sisters Food Group and Bakkavor creating hundreds of new roles, as featured in this photogallery.

The food manufacturing year in news stories: click through the timeline to revisit some of the most memorable moments of 2017

Food manufacturing milestones: key events that shaped 2017

By Amy Langley

As another busy food and drink manufacturing year draws to a close, we look back at some of the key events that have shaped the fortunes of Britain’s biggest businesses, as reported over the past 12 months on this website.

2 Sisters is to create 100 new jobs at its Flixton factory

2 Sisters to create 100 new jobs

By Gwen Ridler

2 Sisters Food Group is to create 100 new jobs at its East Anglian chicken processing facility, following an upgrade of the factory ahead of the busy Christmas period.

Norsleand ceo Nigel Meadows collected the award from Food Manufacture’s publisher Sonia Young and awards host Matt Dawson

FMEAs 2017

Norseland wins dairy manufacturing Oscar

By Mike Stones

Global speciality cheese business Norseland has won the coveted Dairy Manufacturing Company of the Year trophy in the industry’s Oscars – the Food Manufacture Excellence Awards (FMEAs) – at The Hilton on Park Lane in London at the beginning of this month...

The bakery manufacturing Oscar was presented by Debbie Day (right), partner with category sponsor Lockton, and collected by Sonia Young on behalf of The Bread Factory

FMEAs 2017

Artisan bakery wins food manufacturing Oscar

By Mike Stones

Craft baker The Bread Factory has won the coveted Bakery Manufacturing Company of the Year trophy in the industry’s Oscars – the Food Manufacture Excellence Awards – at The Hilton on Park Lane in London, earlier this month.

An Oscar in the bag: Clipper Teas' Anthony Buckton collected the award from Dan Dixon of category sponsor Foodex and awards host Matt Dawson

FMEAS 2017

Clipper Teas bags top food and drink manufacturing Oscar

By Mike Stones

Clipper Teas bagged a top trophy in the food and drink manufacturing industry’s Oscars – the Food Manufacture Excellence Awards (FMEAs) – earlier this month at The Hilton on Park Lane in London.

Davison Canners’ joint mds Alan Davison and Graham Davison (centre left and right), with HSBC’s Chris McQuay and Lauren Hughes

Davison Canners creates 50 jobs after £3.1M investment

By Mike Stones

Northern Ireland food manufacturing business Davison Canners has boosted its food lines – including adding a new dessert range – and created 50 new jobs, after securing a £3.1M financial package from HSBC.

Veg firms wins Food Manufacture Excellence Award

FMEA 2017

Willowbrook Foods wins fresh produce food manufacturing Oscar

By Mike Stones

Northern Ireland root vegetable and salad processing company Willowbrook Foods has won the prized Fresh Produce Manufacturing Company of the Year trophy in the industry’s Oscars – the Food Manufacture Excellence Awards – at The Hilton on Park Lane in...

Dalehead wins an Oscar: the firm’s Mike Bett (centre) and colleague received the trophy from Food Manufacture’s Noli Dinkovski (right) and awards host Matt Dawson (left)

FMEAs 2017

Dalehead Foods carves up meaty food manufacturing Oscar

By Mike Stones

Dalehead Foods has won the coveted Meat, Poultry and Seafood Manufacturing Company of the Year trophy in the industry’s Oscars – the Food Manufacture Excellence Awards – at The Hilton on Park Lane in London last week (Wednesday, November 1).

Kodi Gledhill, from Coca-Cola European Partners, recieved the Young Talent award from FoodManJob’s Alix Hunter and awards host Matt Dawson

FMEAS 2017

Coca-Cola youngster adds fizz with manufacturing Oscar win

By Mike Stones

Kodi Gledhill, a youngster from Coca-Cola European Partners, has won the prestigious Young Talent of the Year Award in the food and drink manufacturing industry’s Oscars – the Food Manufacture Excellence Awards – at The Hilton on Park Lane in London last...

Biscotti triumph: Great British Biscotti Company ceo Paul Rostand (centre) collected the award from Mike Gallagher, sales director of manufacturing ERP solutions with category sponsor Sanderson. They were joined on stage by awards host Matt Dawson

FMEAs 2017

British biscotti firm shows Italians how cookie crumbles with Oscar win

By Mike Stones

The Great British Biscotti Company is showing its Italian competitors how the cookie crumbles after winning the coveted SME Innovation of the Year trophy in the industry’s Oscars – the Food Manufacture Excellence Awards – at The Hilton on Park Lane in...

Double Oscar honours: Jeremy Faulkner, md SK Chilled Foods (centre right) and NPD manager Emma Bell, receive the first of two trophies from category sponsor Kevin Haynes (right) and awards host Matt Dawson

FMEAS 2017

SK Chilled Foods triumphs in manufacturing Oscars

By Mike Stones

Ethnic snacks manufacturer SK Chilled Foods has snapped up the coveted Food Manufacture Company of the Year trophy in the industry’s Oscars – the Food Manufacture Excellence Awards – at The Hilton on Park Lane in London on Wednesday, November 1.

Food manufacturing Oscars: meet the 2017 winners

FMEAs 2017

Food Manufacture Excellence Awards 2017: meet the winners

By Mike Stones

The Food Manufacture Excellence Awards (FMEAs) 2017 culminated on Wednesday (November 1) with the award of the overall Food Manufacture Company of the Year award to ethnic snacks manufacturer SK Chilled Foods, after the firm first won the Chilled Food...

Top trainer: Mike Lambert, Bakkavor head of operations, collected the award from Matt Betty (right), business development manager with category sponsor Appetite Learning. They were joined on stage by awards host Matt Dawson

FMEAs 2017

Bakkavor on top form after winning training Oscar

By Mike Stones

Fresh prepared foods manufacturer Bakkavor Hitchen Foods came top of the form, after winning the prized Training Programme of the Year trophy in the industry’s Oscars – the Food Manufacture Excellence Awards – at The Hilton on Park Lane in London on Wednesday...

The Internet of Things could be crucial to driving predictive engineering

Manufacturers fail to use predictive engineering well

By Rick Pendrous

More than half (54%) of managers in the manufacturing sector believe firms are not using predictive engineering effectively, despite the technology being billed as a leading industry trend, a new study conducted by enterprise business systems provider...

The food and drink manufacturing Oscars 2017 yielded a vintage crop of entries, says Waitrose technical manager Jonathan Bayne

Food Manufacture Excellence Awards: ‘a vintage year’

By Mike Stones

The Food Manufacture Excellence Awards (FMEAs) 2017 has yielded a vintage crop of entries, with a particularly strong selection of Young talent of the year entries, says Waitrose technical manager and FMEA judge Jonathan Bayne.

Food Manufacture’s new look website

Food Manufacture’s new website

By Michael Stones

Watch out for the Food Manufacture Group’s new, refreshed website, coming to your smartphone, tablet or desktop on Tuesday (October 3).

Training courses should be offered to children of all ages to help plug the manufacturing industry’s growing skills gap

Training courses for kids, urged by engineering firm

By Gwen Ridler

Teaching children of all ages practical engineering skills through ‘pre-apprenticeship’ schemes will help plug the skills gap in the manufacturing industry, according to engineering firm Adi Group.

Be among the first to learn who won what award by booking your place at the London Hilton on Wednesday November 1

FMEAs 2017

Food Manufacture Excellence Awards 2017 shortlist

By Michael Stones

Welcome to the Food Manufacture Excellence Awards 2017 shortlist, showcasing the achievements of the 60-plus food and drink manufacturers and individuals, some of whom will win one or more manufacturing Oscars at our gala awards evening at the London...

More needs to be done to promote food and drink careers advice in schools, claims Food Manufacture’s Rick Pendrous

Back to basics for Food education and training

By Rick Pendrous

Food and drink manufacturing in the UK is in crisis. Young people are being put off seeking careers in the sector because of a combination of lack of knowledge about what’s on offer and the poor press it receives.

Manufacturers could be missing out on millions of pounds from research and development tax credits

Manufacturers missing out on tax credits millions

By Gwen Ridler

Manufacturers are missing out on millions of pounds by not taking advantage of research and development (R&D) tax credits to help support growth, according to a new report by business consultancy RSM.

A large number of EU nationals work in the UK agri-food sector

Lobbying is needed to avert Brexit labour crisis

By Noli Dinkovski

All sectors of the food industry should be more vocal in lobbying government to address the “urgent” shortage of non-UK EU nationals arising from Brexit, the deputy president of the National Farmers Union has argued.

The FDF urged government to invest in innovation and apprenticeships

FDF wants ‘new sector deal’ to boost productivity

By Matt Atherton

The Food and Drink Federation (FDF) has called on the government to create “a new sector deal” for UK food and drink manufacturers, to exploit export growth opportunities that are expected after Brexit.

Bakery chain Lagkagehuset has been acquired by Nordic Capital

Bakery firm acquired by Nordic Capital

By Gwen Ridler

Artisan bakery and foodservice chain Lagkagehuset has been acquired by holding company Nordic Capital from its majority shareholder FSN Capital for an undisclosed sum.

Robotics and digital technologies will be transformational for the sector

Food and drink sectors face a ‘perfect technological storm’

By Rick Pendrous

The “perfect storm of societal and technological development” facing the food and beverage industry was under discussion last month in Houston, Texas, at a show organised for the customers of automation and robotics specialist ABB.

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