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Top notch speakers for Appetite for Engineering

15 February 2012

This conference networking event, to be held at the Hinckley Island Hotel in Leicestershire on 12 June 2012 will help food and beverage processors learn more about how the UK's top food brands such as Warburtons, Burton's Foods, Marks & Spencer and General Mills remain successful and innovative

As retailers make their margins ever tighter, food manufacturers are looking for ways to save money and streamline their processes. This event will show them how to take action as it offers a truly unique networking platform.

Manufacturers should attend this event if they're serious about their businesses making a profit. There will also be crucial advice from the best food and beverage manufacturers the country has to offer.

What will delegates learn at this conference? They will be able to transform productivity levels, deliver exceptionally high performance, achieve outstanding quality levels and actively become involved in driving the UK manufacturing industry forward. To this end, speakers will include the best engineers the industry has to offer.

So who are the stars of the manufacturing world who will be taking centre stage to share the secrets of their success?

Driving the industry forward
Headline speaker Jim Moseley, MD of General Mills and President of the Food & Drink Federation (FDF) will talk about the importance of driving the food and beverage sector forward in an increasingly fragile economic climate. He has had extensive experience in the industry, and has worked for FMC Meat, then joined Ovaltine manufacturer Wander Foods, where he was responsible for the UK launch of the sports drink Isostar.

Quality and safety
Food technologist John Quinn, head of the Meal Solutions category in Marks & Spencer, will talk about his principal responsibilities which include maintaining the quality and safety of the products produced in the supply base for John says overall manufacturing standards have improved since he began work 15 years ago.
''You only have to look at the various products across the retailers to see genuine innovation,'' says John. ''However reading various industry journals and listening to suppliers there is a reticence to invest in new technologies owing to what they perceive as a lack of long-term commitment from the retail end.''

Automation technology
Warburtons' operations manager Claire Wilson and engineering manager Darren Hunt will discuss the advantages and disadvantages of automation technology in manufacturing, as well as the daily concerns and issues they face with respects to aspects of automation. They will also talk about their 'excellence customer service support' with their machinery suppliers.

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.

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