Skills shortages and rising cost plague food firms, but is a shift to digitital tech and automation the solution?

Food firms face double whammy of staff shortages and rising costs

By Gwen Ridler

The food and drink industry has been hit with a double whammy of staff shortages and rising costs that have impeded investment and threatens its ability to put affordable food on the UK’s table, according to the National Skills Academy for Food and Drink...

Marketing the industry and AI adoption: BLF interview

Business Leaders' Forum 2022

Marketing the industry and AI adoption: BLF interview

By Gwen Ridler

Challenges with the marketing of careers in the food industry, and the potential of artificial intelligence in food businesses were key takeaways for Columbus project strategy director Kevin Bull from the Business Leaders’ Forum 2022.

Tom Fiennes is Britvic's new commercial sustainability director

Britvic appoints new commercial sustainability head

By Gwen Ridler

Drinks manufacturer Britvic has named Tom Fiennes as its new commercial sustainability director for its operations in Great Britain, succeeding Trystan Farnworth, who has been appointed commercial director for Britvic in Ireland.

Kerry Foods supplies own-label products to a range of retailers, including all the top supermarkets

Brewer offers help as hundreds of Kerry jobs go

By Rod Addy

Molson Coors has offered a lifeline to the 900 workers set to lose their jobs at Kerry Foods’ Burton-Upon-Trent ready meals factory as it prepares to close at the end of August.

Up to 140 of a potential 300 employees have been recruited for Charlie Bigham’s new factory

Charlie Bigham’s continues recruitment drive

By Gwen Ridler

Premium ready meals manufacturer Charlie Bigham’s is set to open its new flagship factory in Somerset next month, with plans underway to recruit 300 staff. 

Nestlé UK and Ireland boss Fiona Kendrick DS Smith ceo Miles Roberts at the Alliance for YOUth launch

Nestlé ‘helps 50,000 young people into work’

By Laurence Gibbons

A Nestlé initiative has created training and jobs for 50,000 young people across Europe in the past year, completing half of its three-year-target to provide 100,000 opportunities, says the firm.

Greencore makes a range of chilled food-to-go products, including sandwiches

Greencore sandwich plant taps Hungary for workers

By Rod Addy

Greencore has defended itself against claims it is drawing mainly on workers from Hungary as part of an expansion of its Northampton sandwich factory entailing at least 250 new jobs.

Colin Monk: a positive working environment is more important than money, judging by this employment survey

Manufacturing salaries are rising, but conditions key

By Mike Stones

The vast majority of food and drink manufacturers expect to lift staff wages this year, but a growing proportion of their employees rate a positive working environment above money, according to a survey by recruitment consultant Michael Page.

In the money: £125,000 separated the lowest paid managers from their highest paid colleagues

Food manufacturing salaries: how does yours compare?

By Mike Stones

Salaries paid to managers working in manufacturing and industrial roles range from about £25,000 to £150,000, according to the latest income survey from recruitment consultancy firm Michael Page.

Most managers can expect salary and bonuses increases this year, according to a recent survey. How does your salary compare with industry colleagues? Visit on Friday March 9 to find out

Pay rises for managers promise food manufacturers

By Mike Stones

Most managers who work in food and drink manufacturing can expect a boost to their salary and bonus this year, according to a survey by recruitment consultant Michael Page.

Premier Foods: Our suppliers are happy to pay 10k

Premier Foods: Our suppliers are happy to pay 10k

By Elaine Watson

More than three-quarters of recruitment suppliers that signed up to Premier Foods’ preferred supplier scheme last year have “already confirmed their interest in taking part again in 2011”, the company has claimed.

Dawning of a new age

Dawning of a new age

Finding the right person for the job has never been easy, but new age discrimination laws coming into force this autumn could bring a whole new set of difficulties to the recruitment process, says Rebecca Green

Grabbing the grads

Grabbing the grads

Recruiting graduates into the food and drink manufacturing industry is a bit like leading a horse to water and trying to make it drink, Rebecca Green finds out what can be done to ease the burden on employers


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