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Can robots solve the labour shortage in UK warehousing?

There’s an evolving stream of technology ready to revolutionise warehousing – and replace humans


Businesses 'may go bust' in no-deal Brexit, says survey

Nearly 12% agreed with the statement that no-deal would be a “calamity” for their business

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Even healthy businesses have been put in a Brexit planning stranglehold

We at Birds Eye are directing time and money towards Brexit planning instead of improving our business, says Wayne Hudson, managing director at Birds Eye

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Growers look to northern ports to mitigate no-deal Brexit gridlock

There are fears of tailbacks at Dover, which handles 17% of imports and exports

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Food and drink bosses welcome PM's u-turn on settled status charge

The government has promised anyone who had already paid the fee will be reimbursed

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The UK is reliant on non-UK labour - deal or no deal

Sir, In this whole Brexit debacle, there is a ‘known known’. Deal or no deal, Scotland and the UK are getting thrown into a meltdown as far as labour is concerned. We require approximately 10,000 non-UK workers per year for the fruit, veg and horticultural sectors in Scotland alone. These ...

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Crops already suffering from scant labour, warns NFU

Farmers and growers are now facing further uncertainty after the Commons voted down Theresa May’s Brexit deal last night

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Retailers face higher recruitment costs under immigration plans

Under plans published today, low-skilled workers from EU countries will no longer have the automatic right to work in the UK after Brexit 

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Watch The Grocer's Brexit webinar as May's deal is debated

The webinar, in conjunction with headline sponsor PwC, entitled Brexit – A Moveable Feast is still available on demand

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Industry leaders urge clarity on Brexit EU workers checks

Immigration minister Caroline Nokes told MPs the onus would be on companies to carry out checks

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Apprenticeships are the lifeblood of retail post-Brexit

The retail sector could be facing a very real skills challenge, says Nikki Flanders of Opus Energy. Time to take action now

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Leek growers warn of shortages after adverse weather

Smaller and fewer leeks are expected on shelves due to reduced yields


Shortage in EU migrant workers sparks delivery driver crisis

The FDF is to meet with the Freight Transport Association on Friday to discuss emergency contingency plans

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Seasonal Agricultural Workers Scheme pilot gets go-ahead

The two-year trial will see 2,500 non-EU workers into the UK for up to six months

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Meat processors back call for post-Brexit immigration changes

Britain’s meat industry was vulnerable to shortages of workers across all skill levels, the BMPA warned


BPC: 'No deal could hike poultry price by 25%'

Member businesses anticipate EU labour dropping by half in the case of a no-deal departure

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British cherries set for bumper harvest of 'stronger' fruit

Growers have set their sights on a 5,000-tonne harvest this year, up about 300 tonnes on the 2017 yield


Migrant labour crisis sees 15% fall in soft fruit production

It follows a 63% drop in applications for seasonal positions last year, says British Summer Fruits

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Food & drink sector is still desperate for answers on Brexit

Food security doesn’t just ‘happen’. It requires concerted effort - and a political climate that allows businesses to invest with confidence

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Labour costs soar as Brexit staff challenges hit poultry processors

Processors were experiencing a “flow of people” out of the industry, said BPC chief executive Richard Griffiths