Third Irish Lidl RDC

Lidl is opening a third distribution centre in Ireland as it continues its expansion in the Republic. The German discount chain has been given planning permission by Westmeath County Council to build a 42,000 sq m RDC in Mullingar.

More time on the job

Improve, the food and drink sector skills council, has revamped its apprenticeships in a bid to boost take-up. Advanced apprentices in manufacturing will now spend more time learning on the job.

Get your NPD money

Food businesses in the West Midlands can apply for a new grant to fund NPD. Up to £5,000 is available in the match-funding scheme run by regional food agency the West Midlands Food Partnership.