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A4E conference details available for download

16 September 2013

IML Group has unveiled the full conference programme for the 2013 Appetite for Engineering event, which took place on 25 September at Chesford Grange Hotel, Kenilworth.

The full programme can be downloaded here

The conference is broken up into three streams: Integrity; Efficiency; and Responsibility, with the first section starting at 9.10am. Delegates will be given an opportunity to learn from the Groceries Code Adjudicator, Christine Tacon, how her role will have a positive impact on the whole food supply chain. A recent survey revealed that many in the food industry believe the appointment will have little impact on the way the Groceries Supply Code of Practice is adhered to. However, Christine will provide new information that shows how her role has already had a major effect on supermarkets. Delegates will be able to air their concerns at a panel debate, which will also include David Lowe, Legal F&B Specialist at Wragge & Co LLP.

The Efficiency stream starts at 10.30am and is split into two sections. The first focuses on groundbreaking technology and how it is set to transform food engineering in the coming years. Among the speakers are Cambridge Consultants’ Edward Brunner; Branston’s Vee Gururajan; Aimia Foods’ Patrick Mroczak; and Greencore’s Graham Thomas. Once again, a panel debate will enable delegates to ask and questions they have on the latest technology.

The second part of the Efficiency stream commences at 1.10pm with the focus on energy conservation, legislation and sustainability throughout the engineering process. With an amazing array of speakers from Heineken, Nestlé, South Caernarfon Creameries and Coca-Cola Enterprises, this section offers the chance for delegates to learn from some of the best known brands in the world. The panel debate will also be enhanced by the inclusion of speakers from Schneider Electric and GEA Refrigeration.

The day ends with the Responsibility stream, starting at 3.30pm and examines the way the industry is pulling together to address the engineering skills gap. As well as Justine Fosh, CEO of the National Skills Academy, Melanie Leech, Director General of the Food & Drink Federation and Val Braybrooks, Dean at the University of Lincoln, end users will be discussing how they believe industry can effectively work together with education programmes. Andy Parker, Group Maintenance Manager at Dairy Crest and Sam Richards, Engineering Apprentice at Britvic will be on hand to share their experiences and encourage the F&B sector to respond positively.

The final panel debate of the day will be chaired by Festo’s Managing Director, Gary Wyles and will bring to a close a unique day that aims to bring the F&B industry closer together. 
Chris Shaw, Editor of Food Processing magazine, said: “Rarely do delegates get the opportunity to share a room with so many elite players in the UK food industry. Appetite for Engineering not only gives them the chance to network but, by the dissemination of knowledge, to focus on the best way to move forward in this exciting industry.”

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