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Appetite back for fifth time in June

02 December 2011

It's official: Appetite for Engineering will return for a fifth time on 12 June 2012 at the Hinckley Island Hotel in Leicestershire.

The decision was taken at an earlier Appetite for Engineering Steering Group meeting at ABB headquarters in Milton Keynes last year, while further arrangements were made at Festo headquarters in Northampton.

This year's event will feature several major brands such as Marks & Spencer, Warburtons, Burtons Foods, Percy's Vodka and Macphie of Glenbervie, among others. The evening will feature the annual Food Processing Awards, now in its 28th year.

The first Appetite for Engineering event took place in November 2007 at the Chesford Grange near Leamington Spa. The second took place in February 2009 at the Hinckley Island Hotel in Leicestershire. This venue was also used for the third Appetite in April 2010, and the fourth one in June 2011.

Past attendees have included luminaries such as Bakkavör (technical innovations manager), Northern Foods (chief engineer), Premier Foods (chief engineer), Vitacress Salads (project engineer), Nestle (control systems manager), Unilever (engineering technician), British Sugar (engineering manager), and Cadbury (engineering manager), among others.

Past speakers include Asda, Lloyds Bank, Westaway Sausages, Ginsters, Coca-Cola Enterprises, the Food & Drink Federation, Ardo, Heinz, Unilever, the Chilled Food Association, Improve, the National Skills Academy, VION Food Group and Honeytop Speciality Foods.

Appetite is now recognised as an important networking conference that has included representatives from every part of the food and beverage sector. The typical event encompasses but is not limited to food producers, retailers and machinery suppliers.

The CEO of the PPMA, Chris Buxton, chairs the event; in fact, the PPMA plays an important part in Appetite's success. This is reflected by the fact packaging is crucial to the food and beverage industry.

Skills and training development is another important subject that is well covered by Appetite. Last year saw the event's real focus on skills in the form of a presentation by Hazel Elderkin, engineering project manager of Unilever. She explained how Unilever has invested in a range of off-the-shelf training and development opportunities for many years.

The event is also taking a renewed look at SMEs. Last year, the focus was on Miranda and Roland Ballard, joint MDs of Muddy Boots. This company set out to produce environmentally friendly burgers, which are now sold through Waitrose. Their journey was a fascinating story through the pitfalls and highlights of making a successful product.


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