One of the most demanding sectors in terms of supply chain, the UK food and grocery industry is recognised for its leading edge performance across the world.

The success or failure of a business depends to a large extent on the efficacy of its logistics operations – particularly in the food & drink industry where the long and complex supply chain stretches all the way from field to fork.

Which is why the Food & Drink Logistics Show is the annual event not to be missed by everyone involved in the supply chain environment – whether manufacturer, processor, wholesaler or food service provider. It is an ideal platform for networking and checking out new products and services.

Designed to cater for everyone’s business interest, the show incorporates established favourites alongside exciting new features. In addition to The Showroom where the latest innovations will be on display, leading personalities in the supply chain world will be speaking on The Centre Stage including Tate & Lyle’s Mark Rowlatt, Keith Newton from Cadbury and Trevor Ashworth from the Co-Op – discussing current industry issues including sustainability and the benefits of collaboration.

GS1 briefings promise to provide insight on cutting costs by implementing solutions that improve product data, maximise your assets and increase overall supply chain efficiency.

New at FDLS 2011

A first for 2011 is the Free Advice Centre. Throughout the show visitors will be able to book 20 minute slots or just drop in to talk with specialists from independent consultancy OPS Logistics.

Another new feature is the Automation Pavilion supported by AMHSA, the leading trade organisation representing the UK logistics automation and handling industry. The Food Storage & Distribution Federation is launching its Driver CPC Training Scheme and UKWA is again representing the warehouse sector with specialists on hand to give share their expertise.

By registering for FDLS, visitors will also get free access to the brand new National Convenience Show where top brands including Booker, Imperial Tobacco, Costcutter, Heineken, Allied Bakeries, Arla, Molson Coors, Robert Wiseman Dairies and Unilever will be showcasing their latest products. As well as the hundreds of companies and brands to see, visitors will be inspired by a packed programme of tastings, debates and interviews in ‘Live @ the Counter’  featuring MasterChef’s Gregg Wallace  and Jimmi Harkashin, Coronation Street’s Dev Alahan. Free advice is also on offer at the show via pre-bookable one-to-one advice sessions in Ask The Experts.

For more information, visit www.nationalconvenienceshow.co.uk.

For all those looking for innovative solutions that will help cut costs and streamline operational efficiency as well as the latest products to increase store footfall and basket spend – the NEC, Birmingham is the place to be 27 February-1 March 2011.

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