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Breakthrough on EU workers welcomed by food & drink industry Subscription

02 Mar 2018 | By Ian Quinn

Businesses have warned Brexit could have a disastrous impact on companies that rely on a high level of workers from Europe

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British Sandwich Association warns of fall in EU workforce Subscription

26 Feb 2018 Updated: 03 Mar 2018 | By Emily Bright

The BSA has urged the government to avoid introducing excessive restrictions or bureaucratic controls that could stifle the flow of EU workers

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Michael Gove fails to reassure NFU Conference delegates over Brexit Subscription

21 Feb 2018 | By Rachel Graham

Muted discontent among delegates, as farmers’ union elect first female president to oversee the Brexit transition

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Brexit-related labour crisis inquiry re-opened Subscription

06 Feb 2018 | By Kevin White

Efra Committee will assess whether labour shortages in food production has ‘improved or deteriorated’ during the past year

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Labour shortages threatening Scottish fishing industry Subscription

13 Dec 2017 | By Kevin White

MPs told some processing plants were struggling to source enough fish dur to crew shortages on boats

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Fruit & veg labour crisis is year-round problem, says BGA Subscription

23 Oct 2017 | By Rachel Graham

New research published by the BGA this week suggested the industry needed a year-round supply of labour, said CEO Jack Ward

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Grayling call for UK to grow more is 'tripe' Subscription

18 Oct 2017 | By Kevin White

Growers have warned suggestion UK could increase food production in event of a hard Brexit would face several challenges

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How food to go will tackle EU worker exodus Subscription

17 Oct 2017 | By Emily Bright

In lieu of clarity from the government, businesses are formulating a backup plan

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BRC warns over Brexit impact to retail employees Subscription

09 Oct 2017 | By Alec Mattinson

Consumers will “pay the price” unless the UK “provides certainty” for people from the EU working in retail in the UK and agrees an immigrations system “fit for future”, according to the British Retail Consortium.

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British Hospitality Association slams qualifications delay

06 Oct 2017 | By Emily Bright

In March a BHA report found the industry needs to recruit an extra 60,000 staff per year to drive growth


'Lack of understanding' over labour, warns Produce Investments Subscription

03 Oct 2017 | By Kevin White

Government has failed to grasp severity of labour crisis, says supplier

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Food and drink industry facing 'time bomb' on labour

25 Sep 2017 | By Alec Mattinson

The annual study of the largest 150 UK food & drink suppliers lays bare the labour challenge facing the industry

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The looming labour crisis: OC&C top 150 index 2017 Subscription

22 Sep 2017 | By Alec Mattinson

Growth of the Top 150 UK food producers, already at a 15-year low, has been in short supply

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Apple sector faced with big labour shortages

13 Sep 2017 | By Kevin White

Average labour levels are down 20% year on year as the sector enters its crucial harvesting season


Leave voters back seasonal work permits for EU citizens Subscription

06 Sep 2017 | By Beth Gault

New research by British Summer Fruits reveals 61% of Brexiteers favour a visa scheme

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Soft fruit industry demands seasonal worker scheme

25 Aug 2017 | By Beth Gault

Fruit growers report that in some areas up to 20% of seasonal workers have left farms and gone home

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Growers warn time running out in seasonal migrant workers crisis Subscription

12 Jul 2017 | By Kevin White

Growers are ’deeply concerned’ about the lack of action, said NFU horticulture board chairman Ali Capper

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Brexit has shone a light on food jobs

07 Jul 2017 | By Julia Glotz

Just why is it so hard to find British workers for jobs in food and agriculture? asks managing editor Julia Glotz

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MPs urge introduction of Seasonal Agricultural Workers Scheme

07 Jul 2017 | By Beth Gault

Commons debate hears failure could lead to labour shortages and increased food prices

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Why are so few Brits prepared to pick fruit?

30 Jun 2017 | By Kevin White

The UK fruit & veg sector is at risk because Brexit has made it harder to hire seasonal workers from Europe - and Brits don’t want to do the job. We explain why it’s so hard to hire British workers for seasonal jobs, and what to do about it.



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