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LABOUR SHORTAGE HITS MEAT PROCESSORS

The British Meat Processors Association said there was a difficulty in attracting UK nationals to work in meat plants, because they tended to be in rural areas where there was low unemployment. It says 60% of the labour force in UK meat plants comes from other countries and the industry especially is not attracting enough seasonal EU workers. According to the association working conditions in meat plants, including the low temperatures need to preserve the meat, made it hard to attract workers, while demand for seasonal labour was naturally higher in other sectors too, especially delivering Christmas cards and parcels. At the same time, the British Poultry Council warned that “finding sufficient labour is becoming a massive challenge for the poultry meat sector as the uncertainty around Brexit is prompting many of our workers to seek jobs in other countries”. It said that if the shortage of workers continued post-Brexit, it would “pose a risk to the affordability of British food”. The British Meat Processors Association represents the majority of companies working in the British meat industry, handling beef, lamb and pork products. Its members are responsible for supplying fresh meat and meat products to retailers, restaurants and food service companies throughout the UK. The industry employs about 75,000 people and is worth more than £7bn a year to the British economy. Meanwhile, the UK poultry industry employs more than 37,000 people and contributes more than £3bn a year to the economy. British Poultry Council said the industry had grown “beyond the UK labour availability in the areas we operate”. This meant that it needed to find 7,200 non-UK workers every year to fill its vacancies. The council added: “If these vacancies cannot be filled post-Brexit, we will not have access to the labour needed to feed this nation, which will have a significant impact on the production of, and therefore cost of food. “This in turn would pose a risk to the affordability of British food.”

NATASHA’S LEGACY BECOMES LAW

A new law will require food businesses to include full ingredients labelling on pre-packaged foods, Food Minister Zac Goldsmith announced on 5 November in a drive to protect the country’s two million food allergy sufferers. Following the tragic death of Natasha Ednan-Laperouse, the teenager who died after suffering an allergic reaction to a Pret a Manger baguette, the government confirmed stronger laws would be implemented to protect those with allergies and give them greater confidence in the food they buy. Currently, food prepared on the premises in which it is sold is not required to display allergen information on the label, meaning allergy sufferers sometimes lack confidence buying food to eat whilst they are out. The new legislation, known as ‘Natasha’s Law’, will tighten the rules by requiring foods that are pre-packed directly for sale to carry a full list of ingredients – giving allergy sufferers greater trust in the food they buy. ‘Natasha’s Law’ will come into force in October 2021, giving businesses a transition period to prepare for the new rules. The Food Standards Agency will publish information for industry on October 1 to help ensure that businesses of all sizes can prepare and adapt to these changes.

A TIME-SAVING, CONVENIENT PAYMENT SOLUTION; IKA’S NEW A920 CARD TERMINAL

The PAX A920 Android Mobile Terminal may be the answer for an intelligent payment solution for retail businesses. The hand-held terminal helps payments to be made more quickly and efficiently, offering both businesses and customers a secure payment option. The PAX A920 is perfect for restaurants and takeaways because it allows wait staff to accept payments right at the table, saving staff and customer’s time. The terminal can even be used without a Wi-Fi signal as it automatically transitions to a sim connection when out of the Wi-Fi range. This ensures seamless payments can be made effortlessly anywhere. The device has also the perfect size to slip in apron pocket. Even though this portable payment terminal, businesses still get a printer that’s conveniently tucked away at the bottom of the device. This thermal printer is fast so can be process the maximum amount of customer transactions. The smaller size doesn’t minimize the flexibility of the Pay Anywhere PAX A920. Customers can swipe cards on the magnetic card reader. The device is compatible with MasterCard contactless as well as Visa payWave. Your customers can complete their transactions with electronic signatures. One of the best things of PAX A920 is highly secure and is PCI PTS 4x certified. Shop owners won’t ever have to worry about your customers’ confidential information being compromised. The terminal includes large memory to store all your transactions. It can be also add a Micro SD Card with up to thirty-two gigabytes of additional memory. PAX A920 provides a variety of connectivity options with the: Bluetooth, WiFi, and 4G network. With the Pay Anywhere software, the Wi-Fi connection even been lose, transactions can be save until its restored. Then they will immediately process. Pay Anywhere helps businesses keep track of employee breaks, monitor stocking, start and save customer tabs, and more!

DONER KEBAB ROBOT FOR RESTAURANTS

In the face of staff shortages, Doner businesses, especially in small towns and villages are finding difficult to recruit staff and looking for more creative ways to run the business. Staff at the takeaways would use a knife to manually slice the lamb meat in the traditional way to make doner kebabs.This requirement led to an industrial innovation by launching the doner robot machines in the market. The entrepreneur company, Dekor Robot, which promote the doner robot machines for the industry is encouraging the doner businesses to keep their workforce motivated and happy by benefiting from this innovation. Dekor Robot presents this doner robot machines in the market with variety of product features such as 24-hour hand free, adjustable speed and compact design. Available in four different models, the robot saves 30 percent energy and provides 25 percent more rotating service than manual cutting. The robot is guided by sensors and glides up and down the rotating tower of meat in order to shave off perfect slices for the snack. The meat is then stuffed into pitta bread and salad can be added to make the traditional doner kebab. Some highlights of the robot are: • Non-stop working in 7-days / 24-hours. • Ability to cut in front of the high-temperature without getting bored. • Fast and continuously slicing and making standardized slices. • Eliminates the negative human factors (sneezing, cough, perspiration, breath, touch, etc.) and guarantees the hygiene.

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