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M&S Linden Foods Funding for Agriculture Students

06 December 2013

UK - Agriculture students at CAFRE will be getting closer to the supply chain thanks to new funding from Marks & Spencer (M&S) and Linden Foods.

The UK supermarket chain M&S and meat processxor Linden Foods have announced that they are funding a new approach to student learning in collaboration with CAFRE Greenmount Campus.

Queen’s University/CAFRE students reading the BSc. Agricultural Technology will visit Dungannon-based fresh meat processor, Linden Foods, and an M&S store as part of their studies.

Following these supply chain visits they will present what they have learnt, in teams, to a panel of staff from M&S, Linden Foods and the College, with the winning team being invited to spend a day at M&S HQ in London to learn more about how retail supply chains work.

Steve McLean, Head of Agriculture & Fisheries at M&S said: “We know that there is a shortage of talented young people entering the agricultural industry, so we have invested in a substantial education programme to help to address this issue.

“Supporting young people and promoting career opportunities in the food industry is a key part of this. We are really pleased to be able to work with Linden Foods and CAFRE on this initiative, which will help students get a real understanding of how the red meat supply chain works, as well as broadening their understanding of consumer demands.”

Supply Chain Manager at Linden Foods, Frank Foster said: “We’re delighted to be working with M&S on this. It’s really important for students to learn about the wider food industry and this funding will allow them to see firsthand what happens to their animals beyond the farm gate.”

George Moffett from CAFRE Greenmount Campus said: “The visit and presentations will form part of the students’ module on Supply Chain Management and Marketing. It is a great way to give the students an insight into the industry that they are part of, and I am sure they will gain a lot from this experience. We are really grateful to M&S and Linden Foods for providing the funding to allow this to happen and look forward to working with them.”

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