Tags: Food

Almost half of us say we eat unhealthy snacks at work due to boredom

Our workplaces are to blame for our diet failures, new research reveals today (25th February). In a study conducted by Fruyo, results reveal that over a quarter of diets fail because of unhealthy snacking in the workplace (27%). Unhealthy snacks reign supreme in the office, with the top three items being cookies (37%), chocolate (32%) and…

Food and grocery industry opens its doors to 15,000 unemployed young people

More than 15,000 young people are to be given the opportunity to develop their skills and gain an insight into the food and grocery industry, currently the UK’s biggest employer, thanks to ‘Feeding Britain’s Future’, a nationwide campaign launched today by the Institute of Grocery Distribution (IGD) in partnership with Jobcentre Plus. The initiative follows a successful pilot…

New report recognises the importance of the food and drinks industry

A new report has recognised how the food and drink manufacturing sector is now a major contributor to the UK economy and will need investment in creating much needed high quality jobs for the future. The UK Food Supply Chain report, authored by food and drink skills sector skills council Improve, in partnership with FDF…

A leading food company has been fined after a worker lost two fingers. United Biscuits, manufacturer of McVities, was prosecuted by the Health and Safety Executive (HSE) and ordered to pay over £10,000. Inspector Rachel Brittain said the incident was “absolutely unacceptable” and warned that employers had a duty of care to ensure their staff’s…

Nuffield Health, the largest not-for-profit independent healthcare provider in the UK, has announced the launch of a new nutritional service for corporate clients following its acquisition of Mythbreaker Nutrition. The service provides a scalable and affordable product that allows employees to gain a comprehensive view of their diet that can help them improve their health.…

An international frozen food supplier has been been shown the thumbs down in court with a £10,000 fine following an employee loosing a finger when his hand was crushed at work. The incident occurred at Pinguin Food Ltd’s site in Boston on 10 February 2009 when the worker tried to straighten some boxes on an…

Two years ago, McDonald’s began its fight back against the dictionary definition of the so-called ‘McJob’, launching an aggressive campaign to redefine preconceptions about working life at the burger-flipping conglomerate. At the time, a McJob was defined as an “unstimulating, low-paid job with few prospects”, but head honchos at the firm argued that this was…

The law firm Thomas Eggar LLP has announced that Matthew Kelly is to join the employment team as partner today (1 July 2010). Matthew joins at a very exciting time for the firm following a flurry of new business wins, including instruction by premium food retailer Pret a Manger. Formerly with Eversheds, Matthew will be…

The UK’s biggest trade union has said it will ballot its 2,000 members working for Coca-Cola Enterprises (CCE) about possible strike action, after the beverages firm kept its workforce out of ongoing discussions over pay and pensions. According to Unite, the response came after the company announced "damaging changes" to its pension scheme, which could…

With the FIFA World Cup nearing, many employers may be worried about the potential loss of money with people taking time off work to watch the football. Research from cereal maker Kellogg’s revealed that only one in 20 UK workers is planning to book time off work during the tournament, which runs from June 11th…

New figures published 11 March reveal that since April the Employment Agency Standards inspectorate (EAS) has won back nearly £200,000 in unpaid wages for agency workers. This is treble the amount clawed back in the previous year. The latest figures came as EAS published new targets to ensure that vulnerable agency workers get even better…

An international company that supplies food to all major UK supermarkets has been fined after a worker’s hand was crushed in machinery. Bakkavör Foods Ltd, which operates three subsidiaries in the UK, was fined £3000 and ordered to pay full costs of £2000 at Grantham Magistrates’ Court after pleading guilty to breaching regulation 11(3) of…

According to the results of a study by workplace psychologists OPP, 71% of all line managers would change the people decisions they’ve made if given a second chance. It’s an indictment on the “gut instinct” culture that costs UK businesses millions of pounds in performance issues each year. Worryingly, nearly four in ten (39%) line…