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10 April 2012

John Quinn, a food technologist for traditional meals, gastropub and bistro, will address Appetite for Engineering about what food automation would look like if it had Apple innovation applied to it

''The chilled foods industry is now in its fifth decade and M&S was an initial founder of this type of product - chicken kiev, cottage pie and cottage pie meal-for-one being early examples,'' says John.

''However the method of manufacture hasn't changed much over the years and is still very labour intensive. At present the opportunities exist to introduce a lot more automation but it seems both ready meal supplier and food automation industry are not on the same wavelength. Also the current economic climate makes investement difficult.

''It makes me wonder what food automation would look like if it had Apple innovation applied to it -flexible automation is required!''

John is a graudate from Queens University of Belfast with degree in Food Technology, returned to M&S as graduate and worked mainly in red meat and poultry sector, after three year out in consultancy role.

He returned to M&S and is now in meals solution category responsible for Tradtional Meals and Gastropub. His main area of responsibility is the consistent production of high quality meals for the category on a daily basis.

Other key areas are innovation (process) and raw material management.

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