With the industry’s leading players embracing the Fourth Industrial Revolution, setting a path to realise the ‘smart factory’ of the future, manufacturing professionals will once again converge on the NEC, Birmingham to explore the latest technologies already beginning to make an impact on the sector at Foodex 2018.

Foodex 2018 will welcome more than 400 suppliers including Busch UK, Bizerba (UK) Ltd, Addmaster UK, ULMA Packaging, Multivac, Handtmann, Reiser, Stephan UK as well as a raft of new exhibitors lined up to showcase their latest innovations.

Demonstrating how to streamline processes, minimise waste and boost profits in the bakery sector, Cybake – Britain’s number one bakery management software specialist – will introduce its new, cloud-based version of its bakery management system. Giving operators full control over all bakery operations, Cybake provides improved insight into the bottomline, with modernised orders, invoicing, recipe management, stock control traceability and compliance.

Offering a complete handling solution from production through to merchandising, K. Hartwall’s Modular Beverage Solution combines logistics with merchandising to reduce the need for manual handling, maximising supply chain efficiency and in-store display value.

Further demonstrating how to reduce costs and maximise efficiency, JBC Industrial Services Limited will showcase its HALO real time remote monitoring system. The boilerhouse monitoring system uses analogue, digital and mod bus outputs to provide a critical overview into asset performance.

Minimising the damage of costly downtime, Idhammar Systems Ltd’s World Class Manufacturing (WCM) System is designed to help manufacturing and maintenance teams re-start production as quickly as possible, accurately analysing the cause of breakdowns and supporting engineers by preventing unnecessary downtime in the future. Leading industry figures debate future strategy for manufacturing excellence As well as providing the opportunity for buyers to discover the latest technologies and connect with potential suppliers, Foodex will also play host to an extensive programme of interactive events, discussions and debates.

In the seminar theatre, visitors are invited to join the likes of the Campden BRI Group, Food Storage & Distribution Federation (FSDF), Fresh Produce Consortium and the British Standards Institution (BSI) who will take to the stage to discuss the latest sector-specific trends and topics impacting the bakery, beverage, dairy, fresh, ingredients, logistics, meat and seafood sectors. Among the speakers will be Richard Werran, EMEA Director for Food, British Standards Institution who will explore the evolving risk of cyberattacks and the smart ways to neutralise them.

Danny Bayliss, New Technology Specialist, Campden BRI will also feature on this year’s programme. He will discuss how new technology is empowering the industry to perfect processes and create innovative products like never before.

The Foodex seminar theatre will feature more than eight sessions each day, covering business growth, technology trends and the Internet of Things, hygienic processing and supply chain security.

Driving sustainability in the manufacturing sector

With a growing importance on industry collaboration to achieve a tangible circular economy that is both profitable and sustainable, visitors can meet and learn from suppliers offering the latest ‘green’ solutions for the UK’s food and drink manufacturing industries.

Speaking about the importance of sustainability, Richard Gueterbock, MD, Clearfleau, said: “”Foodex offers a good opportunity to present renewables technology to a technical audience from the food industry and we regard it as one of the more useful shows we attend.”

Awarding excellence As Foodex opens its doors to manufacturing professionals from across the globe, the search for the next Premier Young Butcher will begin. Staged on the show floor on Monday 16th April, the four-hour, six-category competition will invite 18-23-year-old butcher apprentices to demonstrate their craft skills and prove their innovative, good working practices, precision and ability to prepare a variety of products.

Foodex will also once again play host to the National Meat Products competition. The National Federation of Meat & Food Traders (NFMTF) will present the one-day National Meat Products Competition on Tuesday 17th April.

Foodex is co-located with Food & Drink Expo, National Convenience Show, Farm Shop & Deli Show, as well as William Reed’s brand-new event The Ingredients Show. Registration for any one of the events will ensure access to the other shows, which cover the whole spectrum of the £96 billion UK food supply chain – from farm to fork. Throughout the three days, organisers expect to welcome over 30,000 visitors, 1,500 exhibitors and 250 industry speakers across a series of live events.



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