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Leading food and drink companies unite to promote STEM careers

15 March 2016

Leading food and drink manufacturers will join forces this week to inspire more young people to consider careers in the UK’s largest manufacturing sector.

The Big Bang UK Scientists and Engineers Fair will play host to the food and drink industry for a fifth year in a row from 16-19 March 2016 as part of the Food and Drink Federation’s (FDF) ‘Taste Success – A Future in Food’ careers campaign. 

With a range of captivating displays and activities on offer, including a DJ robot and bespoke giant chocolate sculpture, young professionals from the sector will aim to highlight the deliciously exciting careers opportunities on offer to students.

This year, FDF members PepsiCo UK, Mars UK, United Biscuits, Mondelez International and McCain Foods will be offering a range of interactive activities to promote science, technology, engineering and mathematics (STEM) careers, alongside industry automation FDF professional affiliates and stakeholders Festo, Omron and Siemens.

Visitors to the Taste Success stand at the event will have the opportunity to experience a wide range of gripping activities, including:

-A giant chocolate sculpture handcrafted by a specialist team of chocolatiers at Cadbury World

-United Biscuit teams showcase biscuit dunking science experiments – which biscuit do you think will last the longest?

-The ultimate robotic maze challenge, created by McCain Foods apprentices. See if you can beat the near-impossible record time

-Solving the Monster Munch and Wotsit challenge – just how do they get them into those shapes in under 10 seconds? 

-What’s maths got to do with Mars? More than you’d think!

-Live demonstrations of chocolate being made tempered into some of your favourite Cadbury products

-Robots! Dance along to the DJ robots’ best tunes or be mesmerized by the lightening-speed movements of the Pick ‘n Place machine

-Measure your efficiency with the Siemens conveyor belt

-Meet and greet opportunities with apprentices and graduates starting their careers in food and drink. Hear first-hand why there’s something for everyone

-Beat the highest score on MunchBot – you need to be pretty fast grabbing products on the conveyor belt

We are also delighted to welcome TV presenter and foodie extraordinaire Stefan Gates who will be combining science and food to bring visitors a spectacular display of gastronomy. 

Tim Rycroft, Corporate Affairs Director at the Food and Drink Federation, said:

“We look forward to being a part of the Big Bang UK Scientists and Engineers Fair for a fifth successive year along with some of the UK’s top food and drink manufacturers.

“Our stand is intended to stimulate interest in the fantastic range of career opportunities available in food and drink manufacturing and inspire the engineers of the future. Visitors will be able to learn first-hand from apprentices and graduates about what it is like to work in the industry while learning about the various routes available, such as the industry-supported Food Engineering degrees at Sheffield Hallam University.”

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