Facebook's Top Brass Say They Knew Nothing About Definers. Don't Believe Them.

Sweet, wide-eyed Mark Zuckerberg swears he didn’t know anything. The Facebook CEO was shocked and appalled at the conduct of his company, he told reporters on a conference call Thursday, responding to a bombshell New York Times report that Facebook hired a D.C. opposition research firm called Definers Public Affairs which proceeded to undertake all manner of ethically fraught actions on its behalf. “I learned about this yesterday,” Zuckerberg said. Pressed to explain who, then, ...read more

Here’s How Much Your Thanksgiving Dinner Will Probably Cost This Year

This Thanksgiving, families can feel free to tighten their pursestrings and loosen their belts when they sit down to feast. That’s because the American Farm Bureau Federation’s (AFBF) 33rd annual survey of Thanksgiving dinner food prices found that the cost of this year’s typical feast will be the lowest in eight years. To gather the information for its annual survey, the AFBF enlists volunteer shoppers across the country to chec ...read more

New forum focuses on the talent pipeline

The IFST is this month launching the first of its annual education and careers forums. In light of concerns about the food sector’s unmet workforce requirements, technological, political and social pressures (including Brexit), skills shortages, and changes to education and training context, the IFST is bringing together representatives from across the sector – education providers, employers and sector bodies – to identify what practical steps the sector can take to strengthen ...read more

Princes to redevelop Long Sutton after council backing

Local councillors agreed to approve development of the site on Bridge Road at a meeting on Wednesday (14 November). Full approval was expected to be signed within the next few days. Existing buildings at the site will be demolished as part of the redevelopment of the site to be replaced with a new raw materials warehouse and ingredients processing centre. Gross external area of the proposed building would be 18,965m2​, while the gross internal area would be 18,410m2​. The new buildin ...read more

Meet the apprentice: PepsiCo

The apprentice: Nathan Brown​ As a general operator apprentice, I have been operating and maintaining machines at the PepsiCo-owned Walkers manufacturing site in Leicester for almost 12 months now. I’ve been taught a lot of new things, starting with a 12-week training programme that was a mixture of training in the classroom and on the factory floor with PepsiCo. For every four days on the factory floor, I spend roughly one-and-a-half hours in the classroom. I like the set-up; you&rs ...read more

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