People & Skills

The theme for this year's International Women's Day is #embraceequity

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How can we embrace gender equity in the workplace?

By Bethan Grylls

For International Women's Day, Bethan Grylls speaks with a range of female voices in the food, drink and coaching sector to find out more about this year's theme of equity and how we can best support women in the workplace.

OCI highlights four things you should practice before partnering with a new organisation

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Red flags in the supply chain

By Oliver Chapman

The supply chain is complex and ever-changing, which means dangers lurk within. Oliver Chapman, CEO of supply chain specialists OCI, outlines ways to spot red flags in the supply chain.

UK Flour Millers, Aryzta and Prosur all announced senior appointments this week


Senior appointments in UK food and drink

By Gwen Ridler

UK Flour Millers, Aryzta and Prosur have all announced senior appointments, covered here in our latest round-up of people on the move in food and drink.

Jackson (pictured) talks winning at this year's FMEAs and what's next for his career


An interview with the future talent of food

By Bethan Grylls

Bethan Grylls sits down with Raynor Food’s Patrick Jackson, winner of this year’s Future Talent Award at Food Manufacture Excellence 2023.

Student descended on the manufacturer’s Glenbervie factory to learn the ins and outs of the food and drink industry


Macphie hosts food science career day

By Gwen Ridler

Scottish ingredients manufacturer Macphie played host to the next generation of food and drink scientists at the Institute of Food, Science and Technology’s (IFST’s) annual LaunchPad event.

Diageo engineers in Leven will go on strike tonight


Diageo workers to resume strike action

By Gwen Ridler

Engineers at Diageo’s plant in Leven are to resume strike action tonight (24 February) and over the weekend as Unite explores legal action against the drinks giant in a dispute over contracts and pay.

Left to right: Jane Stewart and Norman Soutar at Macphie's Tannochside factory


Macphie appoints ‘industry titans’ to senior team

By Gwen Ridler

Food ingredients firm Macphie has appointed two ‘industry titans’, former William Jackson Food Group chief executive Norman Soutar and industry veteran Jane Stewart, to help lead the next stage of its growth plans.

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....

Ronald Kers appointed Valeo CEO as Aryzta appoints a new head of NPD


Senior appointments at Valeo Foods and Aryzta

By Gwen Ridler

Valeo Foods and Aryzta have announced senior appointments this week, featured here in this round-up of people on the move in the food and drink industry.

Lukas Vanterpool (pictured): 'Job seekers need to make sure they stand out from the crowd, now more than ever'


Job seekers warned of challenging times ahead

By Gwen Ridler

Jobseekers in the food and drink industry need to prepare for a challenging time thanks to an increasingly competitive market, warned a food sector recruitment group.

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

Column: We need to talk about...

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.

How well guarded is your data from an attack? Credit: Getty / Just_Super

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Top tips from Business Leaders Forum #1: Invest in cybersecurity

By Bethan Grylls

Last week at our annual Business Leaders Forum, experts came together to discuss the most pressing topics, including the very real threat of cyberattacks. Here we hear how it can impact a business and some top tips for securing your operations.

Kepak is offering 200 free training courses, in partnership with the National Skills Academy for Food and Drink


Kepak offers 200 funded training courses

By Gwen Ridler

Meat processor Kepak is to offer free training places in partnership with the National Skills Academy for Food & Drink (NSAFD), with 200 places available to individuals interested in a career in the sector.

People on the move in the food and drink industry in 2023


Food and drink industry appointment round-up

By Gwen Ridler

Silvery Tweed Cereals, Q Catering and Fabcon Food Systems all made senior appointments this past month, featured in this round-up of people on the move in the food and drink industry.

Read our long awaited 2023 report on key food and drink trends


Key trends for 2023’s food and drink industries

By Michelle Perrett

With the last several years including a series of unprecedented events and challenges, Food Manufacture seeks the expertise of several food and drink leaders to find out what’s on the cards for 2023.

Senior appointments in the food sector

Food and drink industry senior appointments

By Michelle Perrett

St Pierre Groupe, Foodservice Equipment Association, Vegware, and Reed Boardall have all announced senior food and drink industry appointments.

GMB members at Pilgrim's Food Masters have rejected a pay deal

Pilgrim’s Food Masters workers reject pay offer

By Gwen Ridler

GMB Union members at Pilgrim’s Food Masters’ Spurway, Greenford site have rejected a ‘paltry’ pay offer from the employer in the face of the cost of living crisis.

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...

Bill Thurston is the new MD at Frank Roberts & Sons

Senior appointment at baker Frank Roberts & Sons

By Gwen Ridler

Baked goods manufacturer Frank Roberts & Sons has announced the appointment of former Dawn Foods boss and CSM Ingredients senior vice president Bill Thurston as its new managing director.

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