The global fresh food innovator is supporting the industry’s search for top talent in order to safeguard future ambitions.
The Fresh Produce Consortium (FPC) – the UK’s fresh produce trade association – is thrilled to announce that AM Fresh is the official headline sponsor of FPC Careers 2023; the unparalleled recruitment event for the fresh produce and flower industries, where leading employers connect with the best and brightest jobseekers.
FPC’s specialised careers fair returns on 16 March 2023 at the East of England Arena and Events Centre in Peterborough, the UK. It takes place alongside FPC Future 2023 to provide exhibitors with a unique opportunity to secure the next generation of talent.
FPC's CEO, Nigel Jenney, remarks: “It is fundamental that we attract the very best candidates to drive forward the ambitious plans for the future across both the produce and floral industries. Securing a major global fresh food company like AM Fresh as the headline sponsor of FPC Careers 2023 further enhances the importance of this event. AM Fresh is well known for its leading approach to genetics, agri-tech and farming, and we are proud to have their support.”
AM Fresh’s sponsorship of FPC Careers 2023 forms part of the company’s broader branding strategy for the east of England area. The group’s UK headquarters are located in Alconbury, which is close to the event's venue in Peterborough.
Jemma Mastrocristino, Head of Talent Acquisition at AM Fresh, explains: “Attraction of top talent in our industry is a key business priority for us over the next two years. As we continue to grow and expand, it is vital that we have the right people to support our plans. To attract the best talent in the market, it’s essential that we find the right opportunities to showcase the fast-paced and dynamic environment that our business and the wider industry has to offer to the younger generation.”
As part of its expansion strategy during the last three years, AM Fresh has opened a brand new facility in Peterborough to support its partnership with retailer Tesco, while undergoing a significant recruitment drive in the area.
Mastrocristino adds: “Once we heard that FPC Careers 2023 was being held so close to one of our sites, it made sense to sponsor. We found last year’s event to be a great platform from which to showcase our business and the opportunities available to people from our industry, or, indeed, for anyone who has a passion for all things food!”
In addition to exhibiting at FPC Careers 2023, members of the AM Fresh team will speak as part of the conference programme.
AM Fresh is also supporting the event’s Mentor Me area. The team will offer support and guidance to job-seekers looking to make the right long-term career choice.
Attracting the brightest candidates
FPC is working in collaboration with colleges and universities from across the UK to invite undergraduates and postgraduates from all academic disciplines to meet with exhibitors and specialised recruitment agencies at FPC Careers 2023.
Candidates include those aged 18-30 years old who are seeking a career in fresh produce and its many related industries, including: retail, foodservice, logistics, packaging, technology and wholesale, as well as the general food and drink sector.
The inaugural co-located FPC Future and FPC Careers attracted over 850 visitors in one day. The event was well received by the industry, with almost 90 per cent of attendees planning to attend again in 2023.
The two-in-one event has the support of numerous sponsors in 2023, including Innovation Partner, Innovate UK; and Research Partner, LIAT. Sponsors of FPC Careers include: AM Fresh (headline sponsor), MDS (Mentor Me area), Fresh Hub Holdings (LinkedIn Photographer), Affinitus (WiFi), Morgan Cargo (lanyards); Fresh Produce Consortium, MorePeople and Barfoots (coaches) and Worldwide Fruit (healthy snack).