A team from London Metropolitan University secured the silver prize at this year’s UK finals of food innovation competition Ecotrophelia, run by Campden BRI and the Institute of Food Science and Technology.
Ecotrophelia, the student food innovation competition, is helping to develop the skilled workers that the food and drink sector is in desperate need of, according to Campden BRI director general Steven Walker.
The use of blockchain could help coordinate the different parts of the food and drink supply chain, according to James Flynn, founder and chief technical officer at food safety software provider Primority.
Increased automation should not threaten factory jobs and staff could work “hand in hand” with robots to deliver efficiencies while retaining a handmade approach, according to experts at last month’s Foodex trade show.
The UK food industry’s desire to keep old machines running for as long as possible has hampered its progress on automation compared to European neighbours, an expert panel at last month’s Foodex claimed.