Separate drives are under way to attract more women into the grocery industry.

Food manufacturing skills council Improve has been awarded £500,000 to create more women managers as part of a bid to address a shortfall of staff.

And Skills for Logistics, the skills council for the freight logistics industry, has embarked on a multi-million pound campaign to attract more females.

Improve said its funding would subsidise training designed to help 500 women get a management qualification in the next two years. Skills for Logistics aims to train more than 400 new women HGV drivers and develop the roles of 500 women working in warehousing. Both initiatives fall under the government's Women and Work Programme,.

Just 23% of manufacturing managers were women, said Improve. Skills for Logistics said women only accounted for 22% of the logistics workforce in England compared with 46% in the national workforce.