Featured vacancies:

Demand Planner, FMCG, 12 months FTC
, UK Wide - Home based
, £35000
 - £40000
per annum
Quality Manager
, Lancashire
, £40000
 - £50000
per annum
Interim SHE Manager, Food
, Lincolnshire
, £450
 - £550
per annum
Competitive salary
Head of UK Sourcing
, Bedfordshire
H&SE Officer
, Hampshire
, £40000
 - £50000
per annum
Interim Category Buyer, Food, Outside IR35
, London - Hybrid
, £350
 - £390
per annum
Christmas Panic at Sainsbury’s

Christmas Panic at Sainsbury’s

Customers at Sainsbury’s have been left in a panic after text messages told them that their Christmas shopping was ready to pick up at incorrect stores.

The messages, which have been described as a technical glitch, had shoppers thinking they might have to travel miles to pick it up.

Shopper Email Confusion

As the texts began to go out, shoppers were looking at the messages in dismay.

Mountain of mince pies in silver foil cases

One woman was told that her order would be ready to pick up in a shop near Edinburgh. The problem she faced was that she lives 280 miles away!

The customer from Grimsby in North Lincolnshire was shocked to read the store name. “This is my entire food order for Christmas dinner for six people – it’s turkey, vegetables and all the trimmings,” she said. “What am I supposed to do now? Christmas is ruined!”

Sainsbury’s are calling the situation a technical glitch, as the stores named were different from the ones that the customers had actually selected.

An hour after the messages went out, customers received another message from Sainsbury’s. This requested that they ignore the previous message – their orders had in fact been put together at the correct stores, and it was only an error that made the store name appear incorrectly.

The customer from Grimsby voiced fears after the event that there may have been some kind of data breach – and she was not alone. Plenty of customers headed onto Twitter and Facebook to ask why their orders were in the wrong stores.

A spokesperson for Sainsbury’s said, “We’d like to reassure customers their orders can be collected as normal. We’re sorry for any inconvenience caused by this technical glitch.”

They also gave assurances that there was no data breach involved.

 

Christmas Shopping Chaos

The time leading up to Christmas is key for temporary food recruitment, as shops know that they will be facing larger crowds than normal in the run-up to the big day. In fact, shoppers in the UK will make it the busiest day of the year in the week before the 25th – normally the weekend directly proceeding, as the rush is on to get last-minute presents and stock up on food.

76% of UK families serve up a turkey for Christmas, and last year more than 10 million of them made it to the table. We send around £22 billion yearly on the festive season, with the average household spending a whopping £796. £159 of this goes on food – a much lower number than you might expect, although still much higher than the £41 spent on decorations. The rest goes on gifts.

If you are looking for interim food jobs, there are always plenty of vacancies at this time of year – but permanent positions are more likely to come up once the rush has calmed down in January.

 

Waste Issues

Given the current buzz topic of food waste, it’s no wonder that people are highlighting this festive season as a time to cut down on food waste.

Sustainable creative Danling Xiao, who goes by the name of @mundane_matters on Instagram, shared a statistic on her feed for her followers about Christmas waste. In 2014, she says, 4.2 million Christmas dinners went to waste across the UK.

The statistics are fairly damning. The figure gives us the equivalent of 263,00 turkeys, 7.5 million mince pies, 740,000 slices of Christmas pudding, 17.2 million Brussels sprouts, 11.9 million carrots, and 11.3 million roast potatoes.

It’s a lot of food to go to waste – and food charities as well as homeless shelters and other organisations are calling out for donations across the Christmas period.

About this article

Read time

Share

Latest news

Supply Chain jobs
Supply chain jobs come in all shapes and sizes. We recruit for roles within the Supply Chain function from junior management roles to board level positions. Are you an experienced supply chain specialist looking for an exciting and rewarding career in the food industry? The food industry is a sector with many exciting opportunities for...
sales and marketing jobs light bulbs
The food industry is a fast-paced, constantly evolving sector, which means that working in sales and marketing jobs in this field are incredibly rewarding. The challenging environment allows you to thrive and learn something new every day and the knowledge gained in this sector can be invaluable for your future career. If you’re looking for...
Food inflation below 10% - lady shopping
It’s an exciting time for food industry professionals in the UK The latest news from the British food sector is that there has been an increase in the number of food manufacturing jobs available in the last year. 2023 has been an especially big year for growth and innovation that will shape the future of...
Food finance jobs
Looking at food finance jobs are an excellent choice of career for anyone looking for a job that holds potential to grow and evolve. From major manufacturers to small-scale food producers, there’s a lot of exciting opportunities to explore. The food industry is booming, with sales in the UK reaching record highs in recent years....
chocolate
Hotel Chocolat founders have agreed a takeover with Mars. Mars will take over the business and have agreed to keep production in the UK. The founders are set to make £280m after an agreed take over of £534m. After the deal was announce shares increased by 160%. Mars currently employs over 140,000 people around the...
Engineering jobs - workers working in a factory
Engineering jobs in the FMCG world are certainly a great option for those that like to fix broken things or think strategically on how they can improve on a process within a manufacturing environment. As an Engineer, within either the FMCG or food industry, you have a unique opportunity to make an impact on the...
Chef jobs are exciting Chef placing food on a plate
Chef jobs in food manufacturing are exciting opportunities! Are you currently looking for Chef Jobs and what opportunities are out there? Joining the food manufacturing industry could be the opportunity you have been waiting for! There is a vast array of Chef jobs you could be interested in. A great industry to move into the...
Food inflation below 10% - lady shopping
Food inflation has finally dropped under the 10% mark for the first time in over a year! This is good news for all Food Businesses and Consumers. This significant dip is a major milestone in the journey towards sustainable economic growth and food security for the UK. Every retailer included in the Kantar report saw...
interviewing for NPD and development jobs
Are you currently interviewing for NPD jobs or Food Development Jobs? Are you on the lookout for a job that challenges, excites and motivates you? There are so many reasons to consider being part of an NPD team. But the main recurring theme with anyone we speak to is that it isn’t just a job;...

Get in touch