Food and Drink Business: Preview Feb 2023

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Food and Drink Business: Preview Feb 2023

Food and Drink Business: Preview Feb 2023
March 07
16:17 2023
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“After a five-year hiatus, Foodex Manufacturing Solutions returns to the NEC,
Birmingham this April (24 th – 26 th ), as part of the UK Food & Drink Shows. Bringing
together the very best of the hospitality, manufacturing and grocery, speciality &
convenience retail sectors, the shows are set to showcase the very latest products,
big thinking, key insights and address key trends through the lens of the developing
cost-of-living crisis.” – Andrew Reed, Managing Director – Wine & Exhibitions, William Reed

“The must-attend event unites Foodex Manufacturing Solutions (incorporating Ingredients),
National Convenience Show, Farm Shop & Deli Show and Food & Drink Expo under one
roof, giving food and drink professionals 2023’s most comprehensive snapshot of the latest
developments across multiple industries. Register for a free pass here.

“The three-day event is well known for its ability to bring together the great and the good
from the industry’s diverse sectors with innovative exhibitors, hot-topic seminars and
business-changing awards central to the shows’ unparalleled line-up.”

“Visitors to Foodex Manufacturing Solutions, the UK’s premier trade event for food and drink
manufacturing, processing, packaging and logistics, will leave with heightened awareness of
the sector’s technology, automation and sustainability capabilities. A jam-packed show floor
will be showcasing the latest products and services to improve operational efficiency, with
exhibitors such as ProPack – specialists in a wide range of films for the packaging of fresh
foods (Stand H38); experts in quality, cost-effective coding equipment, Rotech Machines
(Stand P141); and Inspiron Systems – leading suppliers of Weighing Labelling and
Inspection systems (Stand D161), showcasing their wares.”

“Also exhibiting are CleanAcess (Stand H140), experts in food hygiene; Fam Stumabo
(Stand J90) providers of industrial food cutting solutions; and Tomahawk Manufacturing
(Stand G90) suppliers of spare parts, tools and equipment.”

“For the full list of exhibitors and products on show, visit the website here.

“Meanwhile, on a central stage, expert panels will be discussing some of the biggest issues
facing the sector. Industry heavyweights such as Kate Nicholls from UKHospitality, Katie
Prowse from Lumina Intelligence and Cliona Howie from Foundation Earth, are just some of
the names that have been lined up to tackle hot-topic issues such as sustainability and

Key highlights of the programme’s schedule include:

Creating harmonious eco labels? As consumers demand further transparency in food and
drink, eco labels have come to the fore. However, with so many methods available, will it
ever be possible to truly trust the label? How can we create a harmonious approach? (Food
Manufacture Live, Monday 24 th April, 1.15pm)

Listening to consumers: key food and drink trends A new year brings a flurry of
predictions for what trends to look out for. Here we seek expert consultation to help you see
the wood for the trees. (Food Manufacture Live, Monday 24 th April, 2pm)

Food allergies: a threat or an opportunity? Do consumers trust food businesses when it
comes to product labelling? Businesses that proactively embrace allergy labelling have an
opportunity to go above and beyond to demonstrate their commitment to consumers and
build trust and satisfaction. (Food Manufacture Live, Tuesday 25 th April, 10.30am)

Does sustainability come at a cost? Net-Zero, Carbon Neutral – these are all claims or
industry buzzwords used to highlight to consumers positive actions in the fight against
climate change. In reality, what do they symbolise? In this session, Paul Hargreaves, CEO at
Cotswold Fayre is joined by a panel of experts to analyse the importance of sustainability to
consumers and the role of the supply chain to drive change. Does sustainable action drive
sales or is it just the right thing to do? Or is it both? (Education Hub, Tuesday 25 th April,

The next generation of manufacturing Fresh from announcing the winners of the Food
Manufacture Excellence Awards in February, Bethan Grylls sits down with some of the award winners to discuss the next generation of leaders and the businesses supporting
them. (Food Manufacture Live, Tuesday 25 th April, 2.15pm)

“At the end of each session, there will be an opportunity for a Q&A with the panellists,
allowing visitors to tap in to the speakers’ specialist knowledge and troubleshoot specific
problems. What’s more, with face-to-face business back in full swing, buyers will once more
have the opportunity to connect with potential suppliers and consult with packaging
specialists across the show floor, to uncover solutions.”

“The knock-on effect of the pandemic has meant that the manufacturing sector has not been
able to come together in person in five years. When it returns to the NEC in April some of the
incredible developments that have been made in this specialist sector will be plain to see.
Whether you’re looking for a simple solution to an existing problem or a product at the
vanguard of innovation, there’ll be an answer for you at Foodex.”

“The UK Food & Drink Shows are historically an event in which industry professionals can
regroup, dissect problems, and share ideas. Our industry’s spirit was laid bare throughout
the Coronavirus pandemic, as we face yet further challenges, I have no doubt that we will
unite once again in April to prove our resilience. Register for your pass today for free here.
“Encompassing the entire industry, the UK Food & Drink Shows are unrivalled in their ability
to bring people together, build and foster better relationships, discover business building
insight and celebrate innovation, all with the support of the multi-award-winning William
Reed brand.”

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