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Discover the latest processing, packaging and logistics innovation at Foodex 2014

As the largest manufacturing sector in the UK, with a turnover of £92 million, its prime time for food and beverage manufacturing professionals to discover the latest innovations for processing, packaging and logistics at Foodex 2014. The exhibition is a one-stop shop for manufacturing professionals across the full industry spectrum including bakery, beverage, dairy, fresh, ingredients, logistics, meat and seafood.

Run over three days (24-26 March 2014) at the NEC, Birmingham, the show will demonstrate just how processing and packaging professionals can improve traceability and consumer trust, improve productivity and discover the latest new ingredients and super foods to make an impression on the industry.

Speaking about the 2014 exhibition, Dan Dixon, Event Director, said: "There is no denying that manufacturers have had a tough year, but this has made the sector stronger. We’ve seen our industry adapt and change, and as manufacturers we’re in the ideal position to welcome new best practice ideas to improve performance and levels of productivity across the industry.

"We can’t wait to welcome exhibitors to Foodex 2014 to share the latest ideas and thinking, and encourage collaboration to further grow the industry and showcase the great work of the UK’s manufacturing industries."

Setting the agenda for 2014 and beyond
New to 2014, an advisory committee has been set up to work with the Foodex team to help set the agenda for the next 12 months and create a bigger, better and more rewarding exhibition for the industry.

Mark Bishop, Joint Managing Director for Interfood Technologies and one of the founding members of the committee, said: "There’s no question that Foodex is the established showcase for our industry and an effective bridge to the buyers that suppliers want to meet. As we face the challenges of an evolving industry, it is important for us all to work together to ensure that it remains so. We are grateful to the organisers to give us the opportunity to collaborate and influence Foodex’s continued success."

As a result of the new committee, Foodex will this year, offer an assortment of solutions with exhibitors representing the full industry spectrum with the latest in weighing and labelling technology to primary processing equipment and everything in between.

For example, on stand P341 Inspiron will launch its new Wide Edge Leading Labeller (INS-WEL90), capable of applying self-adhesive labels top, c-form or full wrap with either fixed information or variable data for catch weight applications. While Sharp Systems on stand N381B, will reveal its "industry first" joint venture to produce food processing equipment with built-in cleaning capabilities.

Also being demonstrated live at the show on stand H350, first time exhibitor DEMO Protezioni Antiurto Srl will exhibit STOMMPY® – a revolutionary proven patented shockproof bumper system designed to protect doors, walls, machinery and storage equipment in the workplace and more importantly, safeguards the health and safety of workers.

Finally, visitors are also invited by Stephan UK Ltd to visit stand J349 and join Mr Joannes Hor, Confectionary Technologist from the businesses HQ in Germany as he demonstrates the production of flavoured chocolate fillings using the universal batch machine – the UMC5. Demonstrations are set to take place across the three days with flavours such as plum and cinnamon, pina colada and mint chocolate available for sampling.

The Sustainability Challenge
With plenty of products, processing and packaging equipment available for demonstration, the show will also acknowledge the leading trends and shifts within the UK’s largest manufacturing sector, as well as providing insight on how to reduce waste and improve energy efficiency, expected to be one of the top industry trends for 2014.

As part of Foodex’s ongoing commitment to the sector, the 2014 event will host a new ‘Sustainability Zone’ for the latest innovations to improve waste, energy efficiency, environmental management and steps on how to reduce your carbon footprint.

The Sustainability Zone will offer advice for the whole industry, with involvement from trade associations like the Anaerobic Digestion and Biogas Trade Association (ADBA) and sessions from key industry experts like Richard Gueterbock, managing Director for Clearfleau who will speak on ‘How to change waste into energy’.

Also offering his expertise and advice, Chris Sturman, Chief Executive of the Food Storage and Distribution Federation (FSDF) will take the stage to host a seminar on the challenges of refrigeration, F Gas regulations and the R22 phase out and the financial challenges of failing to address these important challenges. The FSDF will also support the CILT UK Food Chain Logistics and Sustainability seminar programme and food logistics debate focusing on supply chain sustainability and environmental challenges facing manufacturers today.

Further free-to-attend seminars will be available throughout the 3-day event including lively debates, plenary sessions and interactive master classes featuring the latest news and trends from around the industry, as well as offering visitors practical advice.

The Great British Bounce Back 2014
Returning to the NEC following its success at the 2012 event, the Great British Bounce Back returns to showcase the best practice examples from across the food and drink industry to recognise those businesses going the extra mile and investing in the future.

So if your company has significantly reduced energy consumption, invested in next generation workforce through introducing apprenticeships or developed the supply chain to ensure traceability, this award is for you. To enter, visit www.foodex.co.uk/GBBB and tell us why your organisation should be crowned the 2014 Great British Bounce Back champion.

Entries will be uploaded to the website for the public to vote for their favourite to win. Shortlisted entries will be displayed at Foodex 2014, where visitors and industry experts will get the chance to vote for the entry, which represents the greatest contribution to the future of the UK’s biggest manufacturing sector.

Engage with your peers at Foodex 2014
New to the 2014 Foodex exhibition, visitors can make the most of their time at the show by connecting with Foodex Engage. The online platform enables visitors to plan each day of the show with search capabilities organised by product and companies. Using the service, visitors can search and connect with exhibitors, pre-arrange onsite meetings and search for seminars, adding your favourites straight into your diary. For those visitors booking more than five meetings at the show, Foodex Engage also offers a VIP service to help including fast track registration and access to a Foodex Engage Lounge.

Foodex will also see the official launch of Foodex Executive, a new event to take place in September. It will offer senior buyers and business leaders a platform to exchange ideas, share the latest innovations and will be launched during an exclusive VIP lunch on Tuesday 25th March hosted by former Cabinet Minister, Michael Portillo.

Introducing comedy night at Foodex 2014
Visitors and exhibitors will also be invited to attend the first Foodex comedy night on Monday 24th March to be held in Gallery Restaurant at the NEC. The "Live at the NEC, A night out with Foodex" event will be hosted by comedian John Moloney and feature performances from comedians Bob Mills, Geoff Norcott and Phil Butler.

With so much variety on offer, if you want to hear about the latest news and trends in processing, packaging and logistics for the food and drink manufacturing industries, Foodex 2014 holds the key. For more information and to register today, visit www.foodex.co.uk.

Foodex is co-located with Food & Drink Expo, incorporating Farm Shop & Deli Show and the National Convenience Show. Foodex 2014 will also feature competitions such as the National Meat Product Competition and Young Butchers competition (both bought to you by the NFMFT). The exhibition is free to attend – visitors can register via the website. Visitor badges are valid across all three days of the show and will allow entry into co-located shows. As this is a trade show, strictly no under 16s will be admitted.

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