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16 May 2012

As delegates continue to pour in for Appetite, the event is garnering more attention than ever. Here is all the information you need, including details about our headline speaker, Jim Moseley (pictured), the MD of General Mills

The food and drink manufacturing industry is the single largest manufacturing sector in the UK, with a turnover of £72.3bn and a gross value added of £20bn. It accounts for a staggering 15% of the total manufacturing sector. Appetite for Engineering, being held at the Hinckley Island Hotel in Leicestershire this June will, concentrate its programme on how this sector can continue to drive the manufacturing sector forward, and profit at the same time.

Appetite for Engineering 2012 is bigger than ever and features a full-day international conference programme. It is co-located with an extended exhibition supporting the food manufacturing marketplace.

Manufacturers will attend this event to learn how to improve their process, hear why automation needs to change, gain insight into increasing productivity and debate key issues with opinion formers.

The Food Processing Awards celebrates excellence in the food processing environment, and will run for the 28th year. The conference and exhibition will take place on 12 June with the Awards Gala Dinner. After-dinner entertainment will include top comedian and former Sky News sports presenter, Paul Boardman.

Magician Richard Bellars, who recently ‘fooled’ Penn & Teller at a show in Las Vegas and received four nods from the Britain’s Got Talent judges, will provide both pre- and post-dinner entertainment.

The conference programme offers several topics for discussion, all of which are pertinent for delegates, and which are designed to satisfy areas of interest in the food and beverage sector. Speakers will talk about subjects such as retailer requirements for suppliers, automation technology, government funding of SMEs, health and safety, skills and training, and the challenges machinery suppliers face in supplying to food producers.

The keynote speaker will set the scene for the day. Jim Moseley, Managing Director of General Mills and President of the Food & Drink Federation, will present a paper on the way forward for the food and beverage industry. John Quinn, who is a food technologist at Marks & Spencer, will talk about how manufacturing methods in the chilled food industry have remained static over the years and is still labour intensive. John will ponder what food automation would look like if it had APPLE innovation applied to it.

Each session will be concluded by a panel debate featuring the speakers in each session. This will give delegates an opportunity to question the speakers and expand on topics of interest such as automation funding, skills development, production efficiency and robotics innovation.

The event will feature a large group of exhibits in the neighbouring hall. Access to these exhibits will be free to delegates. The exhibitions, the FP Awards dinner and the presentations make Appetite for Engineering 2012 a must attend for all those in the food and beverage sector.

For more information on Appetite for Engineering 2012 and to book your delegate place, contact:

Liz Lambert, Event Manager
+44 1732 359990

David Strydom, Conference Content Manager
+44 1732 359990

Adam Garside, Sales Manager, IML Group plc
+44 1732 359990

Alternatively, you can book on the Food Processing website:
and follow the links to The Event

Editor’s note:
Speakers and subjects for the conference are detailed below. Please note that the organisers reserve the right to amend the programme without notice.

Conference Chairman
Chris Buxton, CEO, Processing & Packaging Machinery Association (PPMA)
Chris is CEO of the PPMA, in association with UKIVA, BARA and PPMDA. He has held this position for more than five years. He joined the organisation from BAE Systems, where he was responsible for its sales and marketing operations.

Key note papers
What would Apple automation look like?
John Quinn – Marks & Spencer

Engineering the Perfect Line
John Morten – Burtons Biscuit Company

Answers for Automation
Graham Thomas – Greencore Cakes & Desserts

Case studies
The Complete Packaging Solution
Llewellyn Rees - RM Group UK

Concepts of Automation
Darren Hunt - Warburtons
Claire Wilson – Warburtons

Funding Your Success
Ashley Baker - Macphie of Glenbervie
Dr Siobhan Jordan – Interface

Skills development
Keeping Your Dairy Lean by Skills Investment
Chris Edwards – Arla Foods

Trends in Skills
Gary Davies - Oliver James Foods Ltd/Proper Pies

Starting Out
Claire Hall - drink it Ltd / Percy's
Mike Dudbridge – University of Lincoln

Machinery supplier’s challenges
Alan Yates - Endoline Machinery

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