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  • 60 Second Interview: with Sydoni Dixon of Compass Point Recruitment
    60 Second Interview with Sydoni Dixon, Senior Recruitment Manager for the Food and Agricultural division at Compass Point Recruitment. Compass Point Recruitment are a 25 year old Recruitment business based in Suffolk
  • Princes has opened a new plant in Lincolnshire which will be dedicated to the production of their pea lines. This I s the first stage of an investment programme at their Long Sutton site which will eventually total £80 million.

  • After acquiring Eat, the high street food and drink chain, Pret A Manger have said that they are looking to find additional suppliers. Now that the agreement to make the purchase has been made, they will be looking to bring more firepower to their national network.

  • Cold storage company NewCold has announced that it is looking for a second deep-freeze facility to purchase in the UK. The news comes only a year after they extended their existing facility, which is the largest of its kind in the country – and it is already nearly full.

  • Le Cordon Bleu London has announced their new annual Julia Child Scholarship, which will be worth £40,000 to one rising star of the culinary scene. This is a once-in-a-lifetime opportunity for someone who is passionate about the food and hospitality industry and hopes to start a career with a big boost.

  • Carnbrooke Meats, a meat processor based in Northern Ireland, has been given approval for expansion plans from Lisburn & Castlereagh City Council. The approval means that the company can now convert a former car showroom into a new processing facility, along with a butchers shop and café to directly serve consumers.

  • Tulip have announced that they are making a £2.3 million investment in their snack factory, which is dedicated to creating smaller snacking items from their main product lines. The pork processor will be using the investment to provide upgrades and improvements to their specialist site in Ruskington, Lincolnshire.

  • Marks & Spencer has brought back a famous campaign which we all recognise: with the tagline ‘this is not just food’. The reboot includes a new take on the original format, which is bound to get customers nodding with recognition.

  • Dairy Crest is set to be purchased in a deal worth £975 million, according to a recent announcement from the company. Canadian business Saputo will be taking over the company, which manufactures Cathedral City cheese and Country Life butter.

  • EHL Ingredients have invested £1 million in a new facility in Stockport. This is the third site for the Greater Manchester-based herbs and spices specialist, which they are opening due to growing customer demand.

  • KP Snacks have announced their decision to close their Largo Foods UK popcorn factory in Barnsley and relocate the production from that facility to Pontefract in West Yorkshire. Up to 90 jobs are set to be lost for the local community.

  • The loss of a Marks and Spencer contract for Tulip could result in the loss of more than 460 jobs, according to reports from the company. Their Boston site could be in trouble after the major supply contract was granted to another firm.

  • 60 Second Interview with Jason Kilbride, Recruitment Director at Henderson Brown. Henderson Brown offer a specialised and professional recruitment service spanning across the Food, Fresh Produce, Horticulture and FMCG sectors.
  • Danish Crown have announced that they are looking to cut 300-400 jobs from their overall workforce, across the companies that they manage. The group includes Tulip, a UK-based pork processor, which already faced closures and severe job losses in 2018.

  • Finnebrogue Artisan, a bacon and sausage processor based in Northern Ireland, have announced that they are going to open a new meat-free factory. Capitalising on the growing demand for vegan and vegetarian alternative products, they will be opening the £3 million facility at their existing site in County Down.

  • Kensey Foods, a desserts manufacturer in Cornwall’s Launceston, is set to close in July. This will force the loss of more than 600 jobs, as the loss-making company finds it unsustainable to continue.

  • PepsiCo have announced the creation of a new global graduate programme, which is intended to find the big food trends of the future as well as the entrepreneurs who will be pushing them. The ‘Dare To Do More’ campaign is taking applications from around the world.

  • Salads and fillings company Chiltern Foods has just announced that their £1 million investment has allowed them to move into a new facility in Aylesbury. This is part of a plan to tackle the growing demand for healthier choices on menus, which is catered for within the Chiltern product lines.

  • Natures Way Foods have revealed the secrets that allow them to have an accident rate which is 80% lower than the average for the food industry. This extremely impressive statistic can be attributed to a number of initiatives, according to Chief Operating Officer Richard Parr – but largely to the fact that the company puts people first, instead of paperwork.

  • Concerns have once again been raised that the proposed new immigration laws could threaten the workforce available for food production in the UK. The controls are designed to encourage flow of skilled workers into the country, but they could result in a hike for hiring prices and cut access to labour for those members of the workforce who are need for unskilled labour.