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  • 60 Second Interview: with Jason Kilbride of Henderson Brown
    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.
  • 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.

  • 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.

  • Trade union Unite is facing a stand-off with Sainsbury’s, after threatening legal action over a long-running contract row which affects 123,000 members of staff at the supermarket chain. The contracts were offered on a ‘sign or be sacked’ basis, which the union complains is unfair to the employees who are unhappy with the new terms on offer.

  • British Bakels, a bakery ingredients supplier, has just announcement a new £10 million investment into a distribution centre. The new site is to be located less than a mile from their Bicester manufacturing site, and will allow the firm to open up more job opportunities at the same time.

  • The Edinburgh Salmon Company has ceased trading, with production scheduled to finish at the end of the year. This is a huge blow for the workforce of 163 permanent staff, who will all be made redundant.

  • Heather Mills is to launch a third processing site for her vegan food brand, VBites. Financial backing from HSBC has ensured that the former model and sportswoman can create 300 new jobs at a Newcastle address.

  • Heck Foods have invested £4 million into their headquarters in North Yorkshire, in a move that is set to create 60 new jobs. The sausage manufacturer is going to increase capacity at their Kirklington site by 25% as a result of the new changes being implemented.