Feeding Britain’s Future, the IGD initiative offering young people training in the food and drink industry, will return in September - and this year, it will last for the full month rather than just a week.

Some 75 companies are expected to offer more than 10,000 young people work experience.

The 2012 feedback was positive, IGD CEO Joanne Denney-Finch said, with 99% of those that took part agreeing it was “a good use of their time”, and 98% “more confident about applying for a job”.

“The UK food and grocery industry employs 3.7 million people,” Denney-Finch added. “We have a vital role to play in tackling youth unemployment by sharing our advice and experience.”