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Appetite boasts full speaking programme

10 January 2012

Warburtons, General Mills, the Food & Drink Federation, Marks & Spencer, Greencore and Arla are just some of the speakers who are lined up to wow delegates at Appetite for Engineering at the Hinckley Island Hotel in Leicestershire on 12 June

The programme will start with an opening address from Jim Moseley, MD of General Mills and President of the Food & Drink Federation. Jim started his career with FMC Meat, then joined Ovaltine manufacturer Wander Foods, where he was responsible for the UK launch of the sports drink Isostar.

He was hired by Tulip International as sales and marketing director, and spent 12 years with the group before moving to General Mills UK (formerly Pillsbury) in 1999 as MD.

In January 2011 Jim took over from Ross Warburton as president of the Food & Drink Federation. He has made his mark with an approachable and highly knowledgeable demeanour.

Jim has previously said he places 'enormous value' on the vision, culture and values of General Mills, and that with an environment of openness, fairness and transparency, trust and commitment have been built among the staff.

Jim will be followed by John Quinn, who works in the Meal Solutions category as part of the buying team for traditional, gastro pub and bistro in Marks & Spencer. He carries out the role of a food technologist, and his principal responsibilities are to maintain the quality and safety of the products produced in the supply base for M&S.

''Having the highest quality products is something of which we're hugely proud,'' says John. ''A fair percentage of the week is involved with monitoring and improving quality of finished products and raw materials used in the manufacture of the product(s).''

After John's presentation, delegates will hear from Warburtons' Claire Wilson and Darren Hunt, who are based at Severn Beach near Bristol. They will be followed by Llewellyn Rees of RM Group, John Morten of Burton's Foods, Christopher Edwards of Arla Foods, Graham Thomas of Greencore Cakes & Desserts, and Mike Wilson of the British Association of Robotics & Automation.

After lunch, Siobhan Jordan of Interface and Ashley Baker of Macphie of Glenbervie will talk about automation funding; they'll be followed by Claire Hall, the founder of Percy's Vodka. She will in turn be followed by Tristan Holloway of Ryvita and Neal Briscall of Festo talking about Skills Development, Gary Davies, MD of Oliver James Foods, and finally by Alan Yates, MD of Endoline Machinery and president of the PPMA.

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