A new course has been developed at the University of Lincoln to help food companies identify and develop talent.

The Executive MBA for Food and Related Industries is aimed at early and mid-career managers who have been identified as having strong potential. Those on the course, which starts in January, will study via a combination of block release from employers and e-learning.

"The MBA programme builds on our experience in delivering postgraduate programmes to senior managers in a wide range of sectors," said Martin Hingley, professor of strategic marketing at Lincoln Business School. "We will be utilising our expertise in this sector and working closely with the National Centre for Food Manufacturing to ensure we fully meet the needs of the industry."

Phil Considine, senior lecturer for Lincoln Business School, added: "Part of our role as a university is to provide thought leadership and to facilitate knowledge exchange.
"The MBA is a great example of this - developing new leaders in the sector capable of delivering sustained competitive advantage built on the values of responsible futures."

The course was launched at the inaugural meeting of the Food Sector Knowledge Forum - a new group that aims to give senior industry figures a safe environment to debate challenges facing their businesses. 

Delegates included senior staff from companies including Bakkav