Fresh Careers Fair

Fresh Careers Fair Date

Connecting new talent with leading food and drink employers

The recruitment event for the fresh food and drink industry

Welcome to The Fresh Careers Fair!

From the organisers of the award winning London Produce Show and Conference

The Fresh Careers Fair is the recruitment event for the fresh produce, foodservice, hospitality, retail, and wholesale sectors and related service suppliers. The event provides everything you need to launch your career – and it is totally FREE to attend.

What is it? The exclusive recruitment platform for the fresh produce, retail, foodservice and hospitality sectors

What happens? Skilled newcomers interested in a fresh food & drink career meet face-to-face with industry-leading employers looking to recruit new talent

How does it work? FREE to attend, the event is open to college students, university undergraduates, graduates, jobseekers & career changers of all disciplines

Who exhibits? Major fresh produce companies, importers & distributors, supermarket retailers, leading contract caterers, hotel groups, restaurant & pub chains, food and drink suppliers and related service partners. Plus national & specialist recruitment agencies

What’s on offer? Graduate schemes, internships & apprenticeships. Part-time, full-time, temporary & permanent positions. Work experience & placements. National and international roles, some with travel

Is there guidance? Hand-picked industry experts provide attendees with FREE mentoring and introductions, plus the chance to pitch their goals for inspirational feedback

Other activities? The National Careers Service offers advice, such as tips for CVs and interviews. Our official photographer takes FREE attendee head-shots”

The Fresh Careers Fair takes place on Wednesday March 13, 2019, 9:30am – 3:00pm at the Business Design Centre in Islington, London.

Why Attend?

By 2024, the food and drink industry needs 130,000 new employees! Jobs vary extensively, experience isn’t necessary for many roles, the benefits are enviable and careers can be for life.
Are you looking for a job in food and drink? Are you unsure where your career path lies? Or, are you working in another industry and fancy a change?
This is THE event for YOU!
  • Speak directly with top brand employers
  • Meet a mentor for guidance & introductions
  • Apply for jobs, placements, internships or apprenticeships
  • Discover national & international roles
  • Access invaluable careers advice
  • Sign up to recruitment agencies
  • Get a professional photo




College Students




Career changers


Fresh Produce




Food & Drink Suppliers




Exhibit or Sponsor


Are you an employer looking to fill roles? Are you keen to promote your brand to the next generation? Or, do you want to raise awareness of careers in the fresh food and drink industry?


Take an exhibition stand and/or put your name to one of our bespoke sponsorship packages.


✓ Meet high-calibre jobseekers with relevant skills

✓ Brand your table-top stand to raise your profile

✓ Forge connections with key educational institutions

✓ Network with leading recruitment & training agencies

✓ Receive a complimentary listing in our Event Directory

Stand prices start at £1,000 + VAT.


✓ Participate, get noticed & find talent

✓ Reach out to employees of the future

✓ Add your logo to The Fresh Careers Fair website

✓ Display your logo on our show signage

✓ Put your name to the attendee bag, event directory, wi-fi, or photo booth



Linda Bloomfield – Sales Director
Tel: +44 (0)7711 509709

Event Information


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Careers Advice

Our experts from the National Careers Service will be available to give best practice advice and provide direction on best CVs, interview techniques, how to use social media to find a job and much, much more.

Meet a Mentor
Book a mentoring session with one of our leading industry experts, who will be offering FREE, face-to-face business consultation sessions.

Meet Our Mentors 

During The Fresh Careers Fair, students and job seekers will have a unique opportunity to pitch themselves to widely experienced fresh produce, retail and foodservice industry figures – our very own Produce / Foodservice Dragons. The highly-respected Dragons will listen to an ‘elevator pitch’* from each person, before offering their honest and constructive feedback, to help improve their interview technique and give them focus in their search for a career in these wonderful industries. The best pitch on the day will also win an iPad Mini.

*It should be possible to deliver an ‘elevator pitch’ in the time span of an elevator ride, or in our case 2-3 minutes!

Produce Dragons

Nigel Jenney

Nigel joined the Fresh Produce Consortium as Chief Executive in May 2004.

With a wealth of experience in the fresh produce sector, starting life in a family owned glasshouse business, Nigel was educated at Writtle College and began his career with the Department of Agriculture & Fisheries for Scotland, experiencing the diversity of the Glasgow Wholesale Market before moving to Aberdeen.

In 1988 Nigel moved to a senior management role within the commercial world of Heinz where he enjoyed the pace and variety of an international leader in the manufacture of a range of convenience food products.

Moving on in 1996 Nigel progressed his career in the role of Managing Director of a potato packing business which he converted into a limited company and expanded the customer base to include major multiples and manufacturers. Subsequently Managing Director of a leading vegetable co-operative focusing on the production of fresh and prepared products produced at multi-site locations supporting sales to major retailers, food service and manufacturing sectors, Nigel gained first-hand experience of temporary labour issues.

Currently Nigel heads up the FPC and is also a director of the EU equivalent organisation located in Brussels where he attends regular EU Fresh Produce Advisory Meetings.

Leading a small, highly dedicated team, Nigel is committed to the promotion of fresh produce in the UK and is actively involved in the development of the industry. His increased profile and in-depth knowledge of food security, sustainability and ethical trading matters have led to consistent lobbying and communication at an international level, debating at many forums on these and a variety of related issues. Nigel also holds a number of non-executive roles including New Covent Garden Market Authority and previously the Gangmaster Licensing Authority.

Tony Ganio

Tony’s work experience in the fresh produce industry spans decades. He is currently Managing Director at Back to Roots. In December 2013 he formed his own company consulting in fruit and sport’ and looks after various clients and activities. He is passionate about fitness and is a qualified coach. From 1996-2013, Tony was Commercial Director at Total Produce. He spent the first few years managing retail grape and stone fruit as well as other non-retail desks. He spent the latter years managing the four non retails divisions in the UK, as well as offices in Holland and Spain, generating sales in excess of £40 million, with a team of 12 sales/procurement staff reporting directly to him. Tony started his career as part owner of Reingold Ltd, specialising in importing produce from Spain and France. He sold the company to Albert Fisher Group in 1987.

Tony’s career has involved extensive traveling and meeting suppliers abroad. He specialises in managing costs and establishing strategic, mutually beneficial partnerships and relationships with suppliers and clients. He has a full understanding of all sectors in fresh produce in the UK market place and is also skilled in talent recruitment and consignment management.

Amy Lance

Amy Lance has worked in the UK retail sector for nearly 10 years, previously working in commercial and technical roles at Tesco and Waitrose. Last year, Amy worked with fresh produce businesses in Senegal, South Africa and the USA. Amy has now taken on a new challenge at a box delivery service HelloFresh, recently named as the fastest-growing company in Europe, where she is now working as head of technical.

Rupert Carter

Rupert has worked in the UK fresh fruit and vegetable business for over 20 years, and has a background in quality, technical, operational and general management.

For over a decade, he worked at one of the UK’s leading berry companies, Total Berry, before leaving his final role as Technical & CSR Director in November 2017 to work in a consultancy capacity with a number of companies in the UK and the Netherlands through his new business Veritech Services. Rupert began his career in produce quality systems after attending the former agricultural Wye College in Kent (University of London) and gaining a Quality Lead Assessor accreditation in ISO 9001/9002 (BS5750).

FoodService Dragons

Sharon Linney

Having studied a degree in hotel and catering management, Sharon began her career as a graduate trainee, working for the Inner London Education Authority in the Education Catering Department. Working in a variety of roles throughout her six years, Sharon enjoyed working in Unit Management, Food Development and Training. Latterly Sharon managed the foodservice provision to school children in two London Boroughs.Moving on into the commercial world of contract catering, Sharon joined Aramark where she worked for 20 years, working mainly in Business and Industry with a short period in healthcare as an Operations Manager. After Aramark, Sharon did a variety of roles, including working for a national training company, as well as working for the multi-award winning social enterprise company — The Create Foundation. Sharon went on to work as the Operations Director for bartlett mitchell, then a small B&I caterer, and later the Brookwood Partnership Company, a specialist contract caterer providing foodservice within the education sector.In August 2016 Sharon joined the CH&Co Group as Operations Director for Lusso, a boutique contract caterer in London. Sharon now heads up a team of Operations Managers to look after client business and her role includes recruitment, development and training, succession planning, supporting business development and company growth strategies.

Graham Eveleigh

Graham Eveleigh is Head of Skills Development for BaxterStorey, the UK’s largest independent foodservice provider. Graham works across the UK, Ireland and Europe overseeing a large team of trainers who run extensive in-house training and development programmes through a series of highly-valued and award-winning academies.

Graham trained as a chef later in life at Leith’s School of Food and Wine. He went on to head up the kitchen at a large law firm in London, before becoming Executive Chef for Leith’s contract division, and later heading up food services at Holroyd Howe.

When Holroyd Howe was acquired by WSH in 2006, Graham moved across to BaxterStorey. He has been instrumental in developing training programmes that span learning and development needs at all levels, and received the Foodservice Catey award for Training in 2014.

Matt Wood

Matt forms part of the executive team at Restaurant Associates, which offers fine dining, employee dining and inspiring events solutions, among other services. He recently moved into a strategic partnership role from the operations side of the business, having been Head of Operations for Restaurant Associates since 2015.

During his tenure in operations, Matt successfully mobilised, managed and developed catering services for industry leading corporate clients, and, as such, he was recognised with a 2015 Foodservice Catey award for Regional Manager of the Year.

Restaurant Associates is part of Compass Group, the world’s leading foodservice organisation, which Matt joined in 2009 as an Operations Manager with responsibility for a number of industry leading national accounts.

Food and service is part of Matt’s DNA. Since studying Hotel Management at the University of New Hampshire in the USA some 20 years ago, he has held a number of high-profile operational roles at 5-star hotels and restaurants, including the Grosvenor House on London’s Park Lane and the Harbour Club in Chelsea. Matt’s passion is people development and he thrives on having had the opportunity to engage with people in this respect throughout his career. He actively embraces apprenticeship programmes as a mentor, and has worked with a number of charitable organisations, such as City Academy Hackney, Second Chance and Action on Disability.

Whilst Matt is conscious that these initiatives promote positive corporate responsibility messaging, his personal rationale for engagement is simply to do the right thing for the community. Through his engagement with Action on Disability Matt was thrilled to be able to offer full-time employment to a young man with learning difficulties, and he is truly inspired by watching him develop.

For more information and to sign up to face the Dragons, email:


“Congratulations on a successful jobs fair – what a great day. I thought it was absolutely fantastic – well done. One of my experienced advisers said it was the best she had ever been to!”
Trudy Nieto Delivery Team Leader North London, National Careers Service London
“I am delighted to hear that I won the FCF Produce Dragons’ Competition! I would like to thank Dale Thompson, Sharon Linney and Carol Borhani for interviewing me. The event was very creative and uplifting!”
Erayna Spencer Student
“I didn’t expect to be picked as one of the winners of the FCF Produce Dragons’ Competition! Thank you for the opportunity, I thought it was a great chance to be able to obtain feedback from some experienced professionals. I greatly enjoyed the fair and learnt a lot about the industry that I definitely didn’t know beforehand, I am glad that I attended.”
Bethany Hall Student
“I have to say I thought The Fresh Careers Fair was a great success. I think the number and calibre of students was amazing. They were all so engaging and passionate about their careers ahead. I have already offered a placement to one student who was lovely. The Dragons concept was great way to communicate with some of the students on a more personal level.”
Dale Thompson Chartered MCIPD, Director, Human Resources, Vacherin
“I found the FCF profitable; I met potential students who want to attend some of our postgraduate programmes. Our students found it interesting in terms of job progression. I will certainly come along next year, so please keep me on your mailing list!”
Linda Nicolaides University of Greenwich
“It was very smooth throughout the day – a well-orchestrated flow of candidates meant that we didn’t have peaks and troughs – so well organised.”
Martin Brown Director, Henderson Brown
“The Fresh Careers Fair is a really well run event with a good cross section of graduates to interact with. It’s a great opportunity to introduce our sector to some ambitious and driven people.”
Morten Andresen MorePeople
“We really enjoyed attending the fair and felt that we talked to a good handful of people that would look to consider either our Retail Management Scheme or Sales Assistant roles, which is excellent. In the market there are so few retail/hospitality specific fairs and your fair does come up as one of the few on the search fields.”
Hannah Caswell Majestic Wine
“I would like to thank you again for inviting us to this event- Seth and I both thoroughly enjoyed the day and the opportunity to network with so many engaging and highly respected employers from across the UK.”
Hannah Sanders Student, Anglia Ruskin University
“The FCF was extremely helpful, and I would highly recommend it to fellow students. Additionally, the chance to have a professional headshot was a bonus. This is something many students don’t consider as necessary for their profiles.”
Isla Mae Bonthrone Student, Hadlow College
“The event was a rewarding experience for Mont Rose College students who attended. One of our students secured a two week placement through the event.”
Preya Oukabay Admission & Career Adviser, Mont Rose College
“I’d like to thank you on behalf of everyone from Newcastle University – I know the event was valued by everyone who attended. It’s allowed us to gain some good contacts in an industry we’re all passionate about. I have been personally offered a placement at Richard Hochfeld as a direct result of the FCF and know others are speaking to companies who exhibited at the Fair about placements.”
Tim Whincup Student, Newcastle University
“As an International Business Masters student, from the University of Leeds, I jumped at the opportunity to participate in the first edition of the Fresh Careers Fair (FCF). It gave me the chance to come face-to-face and network with companies and employers in the UK and international retail, wholesale, foodservice, catering, among many others sectors, related to fresh produce. In fact, the fair was the bridge that connected me to my current employer, Total Produce. I met some recruiters there on the day and gave them my CV. After interviewing I landed the job I wanted with Total Produce, as a Graduate Trader in International Procurement/Sales. Don’t wait for companies to come to you! Go out and impress them! The FCF is a great opportunity to do that.”
Michelangelo Dalbosco Student
“Richard Hochfeld Ltd are proud to support this initiative to introduce young people to the benefits of the Produce Industry and its related services and trades. For far too long it has been an industry that many people have just “stumbled” into. By reaching out to school leavers and graduates we can positively attract real talent by raising the awareness of the benefits of a career in this fast paced and exciting business.”
Alan Guindi Exhibitor

For further information please contact:

Jim Prevor

Jim Prevor

Linda Bloomfield

Linda Bloomfield

Emma Grant

Emma Grant

Hannah Gorvin

Hannah Gorvin

2nd Floor – Berkeley Square House, Berkeley Square, London, W1J 6BD, United Kingdom

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