Food Manufacturing, Fresh Produce and Horticulture have been at the heart of our business since we opened the doors in 2009. Our specialist team of recruitment consultants know the sectors inside out, which is reassuring to both our candidates and our clients. We deliver dedicated and talented individuals. Always.
The food and drink industry is the biggest manufacturing sector in the UK, larger than automotive and aerospace combined. The food supply chain employs over 4 million people and sales are worth a staggering £179.2bn.
Henderson Brown understands that specialist recruitment is vital within this hugely important sector, as food and drink businesses adapt their workforce requirements to meet growing export opportunities, automation and the challenges surrounding a nationwide skills shortage.
The UK’s homegrown fresh produce industry was worth £3.2 billion to the economy in 2016 and imports of fruit and vegetables totalled 5.6 million tonnes in the same year – one-fifth of which was the nation’s favourite fruit – bananas. UK production of vegetables contributed an impressive 54% of the total supply in 2016 and home-grown fruit provided 17% of all fruit bought and consumed domestically. Government Initiatives to improve our plates and encourage increased consumption continue to support the produce industry.
Henderson Brown understands the challenges facing the fresh produce industry post-Brexit. We understand short lead times demanded by customers and external factors which affect manpower levels and how all of these variants need to be managed effectively to bring fresh produce to retail and foodservice markets.
Flowers and plants are becoming are becoming a part of a supermarket weekly purchase and a larger sector than ever. The industry supplying the retailers with flowers and plants is therefore diverse and dynamic, ever changing with the seasons and interior design. The suppliers are growing and importing flowers from around the world on a daily basis, using a rapidly moving chilled supply chain. This ensures the flowers arrive in perfect condition, week on week.
Ornamental plants and flowers, now worth £1.2 billion to the UK economy showed an impressive 11% rise in 2016 on the previous year, with cut flowers and bulb imports also rising considerably year on year.
Henderson Brown knows that productivity and competitiveness are key drivers. We understand how this complex sector works, and have recruited extensively within it.