There’s just under a month to go until Foodex Manufacturing Solutions returns to the NEC, Birmingham (24th – 26th April). Opening its doors for the first time in five years as part of the UK Food & Drink Shows, the flagship event for the processing, packaging and logistics industries will offer visitors an unrivalled opportunity to see the latest trends, products and challenges set to shape the industry in 2023 and beyond.
With the show fast approaching, we’ve rounded up our top 10 reasons to visit and register ahead of the show’s opening on 24th April.
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1) A Showcase of Innovation
A fourth industrial revolution, centred on technology, automation and sustainability has been on the manufacturing agenda for several years and a range of the products set to be on show at Foodex Manufacturing Solutions are testament to this. Consider Tenero-F Gel by Devro, a 100% plant-based coextrusion gel for fresh sausages, which is being introduced to the market for the first time at the show. Find them on Stand N151. Meanwhile, Air Products (Stand E79) will be showcasing their Freshline® Smart Technology which is set to revolutionise current cryogenic freezing processes. Over 70 products on show at Foodex have been stamped with the ‘Innovation’ seal of approval. Find out more here.
2) Big Name Exhibitors
With nearly 300 exhibitors expected on the show floor, there’s going to be a real wealth of products on display. Bosch Industrial Boilers (Stand E91), Chiorino UK Ltd (Stand C91), Detectamet Detectable Products (Stand L151), FPS Food Process Solutions Corp (Stand G78), Metcalfe Catering Equipment (Stand K61), Konica Minolta (Stand H29) and Pedrollo Distribution (Stand K21) are just a handful of the brands preparing to showcase their wares at the show in April. See the full list of exhibitors here.
3) Unrivalled Expertise
A speaker line-up including industry heavyweights such as Julianne Ponan, MBE, CEO & Founder of Creative Nature; Dan Crossley, Executive Director of the Food Ethics Council; Keith Thornhill, Head of Food & Beverage Automation UK & Ireland at Siemens; and Rod Addy, Director General at Provision Trade Federation, will be taking to the Food Manufacture Live Stage to discuss and engage with many of the complex issues facing the industry today. Q&A sessions at the end of each panel discussion will also allow visitors the opportunity to tap into our speakers’ specialist knowledge with their own burning questions. See the full line up of speakers and seminars here.
4) Dedicated Ingredients Zone
Foodex Manufacturing Solutions will also feature the Ingredients Zone in 2023, a highly-specialist sector dedicated to giving those brands a platform to showcase the most ground-breaking new ingredients on the market. Mibelle Biochemistry which offers unique botanical actives for nutraceutical supplements and functional food will be on Stand D201 whilst Foodology by Univar Solutions, a team dedicated to the unique distribution and technical innovation needs of the food and nutrition ingredient industries helping shape the ‘future of food’, will be on stand Stand F191. Find out more about the 15 specialist exhibitors in the Ingredients Zone here.
5) Food Manufacture Live Programme: Artificial Intelligence – Science Fiction or Fact?
Ever wondered how machine learning in food and beverage could help you do more with less? Our Artificial Intelligence seminar, headed up by Andrew Dalziel, VP, Industry Solution & Strategy at Infor, considers the importance of machine learning as well as giving examples of where and how it is already delivering significant business value to companies. 12:15pm – 1:00pm, Monday 24th April.
6) Food Manufacture Live Programme: The Race to Net-Zero
The Food & Drink Federation has set its members the ambition of being net-zero by 2040. Is this achievable and what is being done across the industry? This seminar discusses what priorities food and drink businesses should have and the impact rising inflation and the cost-of-living crisis could have on this target. 12:30pm – 1:15pm, Tuesday 25th April.
7) Food Manufacture Live Programme: Does meat have a future?
For a vocal minority, it’s a major cause of climate change – while consumers worried about mixed health messages are getting an appetite for plant proteins. The debate as to whether this climate represents a threat or opportunity will be on during this seminar, as well as discussing how companies can promote products without seeming defensive and where the category will be five years from now. 2:00pm – 2:45pm, Wednesday 26th April.
8) Cutting-Edge Event Technology
For the first time, Foodex Manufacturing Solutions will be offering visitors a unique way to experience the show thanks to its partnership with Sitka which will be supplying advanced technology including indoor show navigation, digital show guides and more. All accessible via smartphone, the technology will revolutionise at-show navigation allowing visitors to make the most of their time on the show floor as well as improving networking opportunities.
9) Co-Located Shows
Foodex Manufacturing Solutions will run alongside Farm Shop & Deli Show, National Convenience Show and Food & Drink Expo as part of the UK Food & Drink Shows. The 3-day event is a fantastic opportunity to see what is happening in the industry at-large, with visitors able to take just one day out of the office, kitchen, warehouse or retail site to experience a huge amount of innovation and insight across food development, grocery, manufacturing, specialist retail, wholesale and foodservice at the NEC Birmingham from 24th – 26thApril 2023.
10) Don’t take our word for it!
“Foodex is the UK trade event for food and drink manufacturing. It’s a great opportunity to learn more about what’s happening in the sector, meet innovators and witness new exciting products!”
Bethan Grylls, Editor, Food Manufacture (Speaker)
“Foodex is big, informative and fun. With having everything under one roof, we get a chance to have a stroll around other areas where we might not even think about looking, but then something might pop up and we see that we actually are interested.”
Damon Buckingham, Managing Director, Buckinghams Artisan Butchery (Visitor)