Possible phone line disruption

April 11, 2018

Please note that we are doing some work on our phone lines today (11 April 2018) so you may not be able to reach us on our usual number. If you can’t get through, please try 01733 259 600 or our mobile numbers. The work should be complete by 2pm today so there should be no issue after this time.

Meet the Trainees

December 7, 2017
Our ever popular bi-annual event is back! All of the current MDS trainees and many MDS members will gather on 22 January 2018 in Grantham in preparation for Spring 2018 permanent jobs and secondments.
11.00 – 13.00: Member Networking
14.00 – 17.30: Meet the Trainees (presentations, speed dating & networking)
Please contact for more information.

MDS Open Day 16 November 2017

November 6, 2017

If you or your business would like to find out more about how MDS works, what it does for the industry and what it has been doing for it for the last 30 years then please come along to our open day on 16 November in Peterborough (10am – 2pm). Speakers will include MDS members and trainees past and present.



Alumni Portal

July 28, 2017

If you’re an MDS alumni you have exclusive access to our Alumni Portal which includes information about upcoming events and a vacancies page to help you plan the next steps of your career in the food & fresh produce industry. Vacancies are posted by current MDS members looking to target MDS alumni.

If you’re already signed up to the portal, log in directly on our website. Otherwise email to gain access today!


July 14, 2017

We want to bring MDS to life for potential members and trainees so we are about to launch an exciting new campaign: #MDSFutures. We will be sharing a variety of exciting new material over the coming months on social media and our website. Here’s a glimpse of what is to come:

Free Masterclass by IGD

May 5, 2017

The theme: Evolution: Retail in the future, near and far

19 June 2017 6pm, Ramada Resort Grantham, Marston

This Masterclass training session, delivered by speakers from IGD will include a talk and opportunities to interact and network. The session is designed so that everyone has something to take away; it could be a great opportunity to refresh a subject that you are familiar with, but is also accessible to those new to a topic. It is open to everyone working in the food and consumer goods industry – from graduates to senior managers. Colleagues with no involvement with MDS are also welcome.

For more information and to book go to:

We hope to see you there!

Worshipful Company of Fruiterers Conference

March 14, 2017

The Worshipful Company of Fruiterers are holding  a conference in London this Thursday 16 March:

Navigating turbulence in the produce supply chain and beyond

Featuring some very relevant topics and speakers, this promises to be a thought provoking and enlightening day for both MDS trainees and anyone else involved in the industry. For more information or to book:

Ladies in Agriculture Networking Event

February 16, 2017

Ladies in Agriculture is a group of professional women in food, agriculture and the land based industries at all stages of their careers, who get together to discuss business issues, support each other via mentorship and advice and help generate networks of contacts that might be useful to themselves and their businesses.

The group is open to anyone who feels the network would be of benefit to them – to meet, network, offer moral support, seek out mentors, ask questions and share experiences.  A key aim is to promote the sectors they represent and actively encourage others into the industry, be it those of the younger generation or those changing their career path.

Christine Tacon, MDS Chair, heads up the group and has encouraged MDS trainees, alumni and contacts to attend the next networking event which will take place in March, details below. This time the Secretary for Environment, Food and Rural Affairs, Andrea Leadsom will also be attending so it promises to be an interesting evening.


Date:                     8th March 2017

Time:                    6.30pm- 9.30pm

Location:             Savills, London, W1G 0JD

Price:                    £30 for members or £18 for guests (includes a light buffet and refreshments)



It would be good to see lots of you there.