Industry 4.0

Avara Foods committed an initial £4.7m to getting its Wednesbury facility operational

Digital feature: long read

Me & My Team: Avara Foods Wednesbury

By Phil Davidson

Avara Foods's Wednesbury factory illustrates the company’s parallel priorities of investing in people and transformative technology, both of which are essential in the middle of the skills crisis, operations director Phil Davidson explains.

Danish Crown has just launched a solution to make materials handling safer for staff

Digital feature: long read

Efficient handling & storage trends

By Rod Addy

Materials handling and storage has faced pressures ranging from lack of labour and climate impact to soaring costs and supply chain volatility in the past year, but as always the food industry has proved inventive.

Experts from the dairy and meat categories will offer insights to support your digital journey

Cheese and meat firms share digital insights

By Rod Addy

Digital technology can benefit businesses of all sizes and does not have to cost the earth, delegates will hear at the next free Food Manufacture webinar, which is sponsored by Siemens.

Carvalho: 'We can give the consumer full sight of their products’ journey from orchard to plate'

Why UK almond supplier is implementing blockchain tech

By Rod Addy

Veracruz Almonds is boosting traceability by implementing blockchain technology at its estates in Idanha-a-Nova and Fundão, Portugal in preparation for expanding its exports to distributors and suppliers in the UK and Europe.

Two Yorkshire universities have helped digitalise Rakusen's with the help of a £618k grant

Rakusen’s digitalises business with £618k grant

By Gwen Ridler

Sheffield Hallam’s National Centre of Excellence for Food Engineering (NCEFE) and the University of Bradford’s Faculty of Engineering have secured a £618k grant to support biscuit and wafer manufacturer Rakusen’s growth and sustainability plans.

Sunak: 'We should be prepared for the economy and public finances to worsen potentially significantly'

Rishi Sunak's spring budget: fuel duty cut announced

By Rod Addy

Chancellor of the Exchequer Rishi Sunak has announced a 5p per litre fuel duty cut, 0% VAT on domestic renewable energy installations and a doubling of the Household Support Fund to help tackle soaring bills.

Marketing the industry and AI adoption: BLF interview

Business Leaders' Forum 2022

Marketing the industry and AI adoption: BLF interview

By Gwen Ridler

Challenges with the marketing of careers in the food industry, and the potential of artificial intelligence in food businesses were key takeaways for Columbus project strategy director Kevin Bull from the Business Leaders’ Forum 2022.

Newton: Manufacturers need to focus on technology's value as well as its features and functionality

Opinion

How to increase profit margins in food processing

By Andrew Newton

Profit margin is one metric to keep a close eye on and strive to continuously improve. Here Andrew Newton considers ways to boost margins in food manufacturing businesses.

Coffin: 'The application of AI comes to the fore, helping to identify the focus of risk mitigation efforts and intervention'

Opinion

Digital technologies empowering food manufacturers

By Kimberly Carey Coffin

Kimberly Carey Coffin, global technical director at Lloyd’s Register, explores how digital systems can benefit food and drink firms across a number of applications.

Made Smarter helps small to medium-sized firms understand where industry 4.0 could fit into their strategies

Made Smarter

How Made Smarter is helping firms grow through digital tech

By Rod Addy

Food manufacturers classed as small to medium-sized enterprises (SMEs) are proving keen to implement industry 4.0 via Made Smarter and it's paying off, says Donna Edwards, director for Made Smarter's North West adoption programme.

The systems' Human Machine Interfaces are able to withstand the harshest washdown treatment

Mettler Toledo launches detection and weighing combos

By Rod Addy

Mettler-Toledo Product Inspection has launched a series of smart-design, washdown-resistant product inspection systems, integrating sophisticated checkweighing and metal detection technologies for manufacturers of packaged food, including dairy and meat...

A worker at Len Wright Salads

Food manufacturers adopt industry 4.0 via Made Smarter

By Rod Addy

Potato producer Fylde Fresh and Fabulous, chocolate manufacturer Ye Olde Friars and cake and pudding maker Classic Desserts are among the latest businesses to sign up to the north west Made Smarter Adoption programme.

The site will require the existing workforce to acquire new skills

Treatt and Siemens detail new digital factory

By Rod Addy

Global ingredients supplier Treatt shares more details about its new digital factory in Suffolk, construction of which has involved a close partnership with Siemens, in this podcast.

Manufacturers need to be aware of cyber security threats, warned Nozomi

Cybersecurity warning issued to manufacturers

By Gwen Ridler

Threats to industrial and critical infrastructure reach new heights as business are warned to beef up their cybersecurity in light of recent attacks by hackers in the US.

Siemens offered its thoughts on automation in the face of Brexit-related supply issues

Opinion

Automation a solution to 'cliff-edge' Brexit delays

By Gwen Ridler

Siemens Digital Logistics development consultant Phil Lavin and Digital Industries head of food and beverage Keith Thornhill discuss how automation technologies can be used to compensate for the delays caused by our ‘cliff-edge’ Brexit.

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Food industry trends

Food industry trends for 2021

By Jerome Smail

Key industry figures predict where the challenges and opportunities will be found in 2021.

Empiricai's new system can detect violations to social distancing rules and if employees aren't wearing PPE

AI system tracks COVID-19 in food factories

By Gwen Ridler

Identifying COVID-19 symptoms and the use of artificial intelligence (AI) and machine learning were key topics in our exclusive interview with Salman Chaudhary, chief executive of AI systems developer Empiricai.

Mewies: 'As AI gets more advanced, it may begin to create new ideas. Who would own the intellectual property rights in new inventions created solely by AI?'

Opinion

Reaping the benefits of artificial intelligence

By Sally Mewies

New opportunities are emerging at an unprecedented rate to leverage artificial intelligence (AI) and machine learning in order to optimise processes in food production and while the benefits are often very clear, there are legal bear traps for the unwary....

The new hub has £2m backing from the Welsh Government

Sustainable food packaging hub launches in Wales

By Michelle perrett

A sustainable food packaging hub is being established at the Advanced Manufacturing Research Centre Cymru (AMRC Cymru) in Broughton, Wales with a £2m financial investment from the Welsh Government.

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