Foodex 2014

Food manufacturing topics centre stage at Foodex

By Michael Stones

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Michael Portillo will be debating key industry challenges at 14:00 on the Centre Stage on Tuesday March 25
Michael Portillo will be debating key industry challenges at 14:00 on the Centre Stage on Tuesday March 25
Broadcaster and former politician Michael Portillo will join a stellar cast of industry experts for more than 20 live events on the Centre Stage at the Foodex show next week.

Portillo will debate key industry challenges and developments with business leaders at 14:00 on Tuesday March 25, at the event, located at the National Exhibition Centre, near Birmingham.

Lean manufacturing

Other live events include four Big Video Debates – on social media in food manufacturing, lessons of the horsemeat crisis, plugging the skills gap and lean manufacturing – organised by the Food Manufacturing Group.

In other seminars and workshops, also taking to the Centre Stage will be master butcher John Mettrick from JW Mettrick & Son, who will deliver a butchery master class, TV’s the Fabulous Baker Brothers, on how they built their business and Steve Spice, head of regulatory affairs at the research and advisory organisation Campden BRI on the Food Information to Consumers Regulation. See the full programme below.

The Foodex Show takes place between Monday March 24 and Wednesday March 26.


Monday March 24

10:15 Butchery master class​: Learn how to add value to cheaper cuts and make expensive cuts go further with John Mettrick from JW Mettrick & Son Ltd and Ed Bedington, editor of Meats Trade Journal.

10:45 Sizing up social media​: Are social networks an opportunity or threat for food brands? Mike Stones, group editor of Food Manufacture joins Richard Clothier from Wyke Farms and Jack Hamilton, marketing director at Mash Direct and Paul Brandley, senior social media adviser with the National Farmers Union, to find out. Organised by the Food Manufacture Group.

11:45 Supplying success​: Get the lowdown on strengthening supply chains with Keith Newton from CILT and SCALA Consulting, plus a panel featuring Anna Rozhko, from Kimberly-Clark, Chris Andrews, KCP supply planner, Ben Bout, co-pack team leader and Michael Jarvis, OTC team leader. The panel also includes fast moving consumer goods supply specialists Fowler Welch.

12:15 Rise to the top​: TV’s Fabulous Baker Brothers Tom and Henry Herbert share their passion for good food.

13:00 Are you ready for FIC?​ The EU’s Food Information to Consumers (FIC) regulation is set to transform the way food is labelled in 2014. Learn what this means for you with insight from Steve Spice, head of regulatory affairs, Campden BRI.

13:30 From Zero to Hero:​ What the war on sugar means for low and no calorie drinks with Gavin Partington, BSDA director general, nutritionist Dr Janice Harland, David Berryman from juice supplier David Berryman and Natalia Douek, regulatory affairs director for PepsiCo.

14:15 Horsegate: one year on​: Join this exclusive debate hosted by Food Manufacture on whether the horsemeat scandal has changed industry practices. Panellists include Nick Allen, English Beef and Lamb Executive sector director, Lord Rooker, former FSA chair and Elizabeth Andoh-Kesson, British Retail Consortium policy advisor. Organised by the Food Manufacture Group.

15:15 Waste works:​ In three informative sessions Matt Hindle from the Anaerobic Digestion (AD) and Biogas Association, Andrew Bernard from Biocollectors and Steve Price from H2 Energy explain: how AD works, sending organic waste to AD through specialised collections and how to integrate an AD plant onto your existing site.


Tuesday March 25


10:30 Vegan Cakes 101:​ Mellissa Morgan (aka Ms Cupcake) demonstrates just how versatile and beneficial vegan-friendly ingredients can be in baking.

11:15 Join the renewable revolution:​ Learn how to reduce your carbon footprint and convert food ‘waste’ into renewable energy with Richard Gueterbock,marketing director at Clearfleau, John Scott MA, md at Scott PDO Ltd and Adam Baisley from Olleco.

11:45 Plugging the skills gap:​ Are we doing enough to attract fresh talent to our sector? Jon Poole, ceo at the Institute of Food Science & Technology and an expert from the National Skills Academy for Food and Drink discuss this hot topic. Organised by the Food Manufacture Group.

12:30 Food fraud:​ With provenance at a premium how can we protect the public from unscrupulous labelling practices? Steve Garrett from Campden BRI outlines this latest challenge for the food industry.

13:00 A mixologist’s journey to the promised land:​ Maria Cabrera, head of innovation at Juicevibe, demonstrates how fruit can enhance cocktails and finds out if these dynamic drinks translate to a packaged product experience.

13:30 Sustainable packaging unwrapped:​ Join this lively debate on the priorities for sustainable packaging design: recyclable, biodegradable, or energy from waste at the end-of-life – which is best? Hosted by Chris Sturman FCILT FRSA, chief executive, FSDF and chairman, CILT Food Logistics Forum.

14:00 A view from above with Michael Portillo:​ The journalist, broadcaster and former politician debates industry challenges and developments with food industry business leaders.

14:30 Keeping lean and green:​ Does lean thinking and eco-efficiency pay off in the long-term? Food Manufacture presents an exclusive debate hosted by’s online editor Rod Addy and featuring Peter Hines from SA Partners. Organised by the Food Manufacture Group.

15:30 Collaborate to innovate:​ Through collaboration companies can meet consumer demand while boosting the environment and their bottom line. Peter Surtees, former director of European supply chain at Kimberley-Clark, illustrates some real-life examples of collaboration in action.


Wednesday March 26

10:45 Ask Anthony:​ Anthony Kindred, master baker and president of the Craft Bakers Association, hosts a master class led by a poll run through British Baker. See the results live!

11:30 What’s new?​ Discover future food and drink trends and find out the technical challenges they pose to the industry. Featuring Sarah Kuczora, nutrition specialist at Campden BRI.

12:00 Perfect your supply chain strategy:​ Keith Newton, former customer logistics director at Cadbury, shows how to put service at the heart of every supply chain process. He’ll challenge you to shape this strategy at a tactical level to transform your business.

12:30 Cakey Wakey!​ Set your alarm for this session sharing the key global mega trends in the bakery sector. Claire Murphy, director of innovation at Aromco Ltd, reveals the inside track on convincing post-recession consumers to invest in your brand.

13:00 Dairy today:​ Chief executive of Dairy UK Dr Judith Bryans takes a 360 degree look at the UK sector detailing innovation, marketing and best practice.

13:30 Meeting microbiological risks:​ Tiny microbiological organisms can be a big problem for food manufacturers. This timely session looks at how the industry can fight back against contamination led by Roy Betts, head of food microbiology at Campden BRI.

14:15 The Great British Bounce Back 2014​: Following its success in 2012 the Great British Bounce Back returns to showcase best practice from across the food and drink industry and to recognise businesses going the extra mile and investing in the future of the UK’s manufacturing industries.

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Sounds educational and entertaining.

Posted by Jane,

Sounds like there will be some really good educational and entertaining food stuff going on during this event.

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