Birmingham’s NEC played host to Foodex in 2016, the premier event for the food and drink processing, logistics and packaging industries, from 18-20 April 2016. This biennial event showcased some of the most exciting products from the food manufacturing sectors, encompassing the bakery, dairy, seafood and meat sectors. They all line up there stock in little stalls, shops and on Boltless Shelving which can be sourced from sites including www.rackzone.ie/shelving/
The Big Players
With a range of big-name businesses in attendance, the event aimed to connect manufacturers with new suppliers and products, some of which are exclusive to Foodex before hitting the market. Names such as Reiser UK, Multivac UK, Handtmann and ULMA Packaging rubbed shoulders with independent buyers and consumers, displaying some of their most exciting new products in free-to-attend demonstrations.
There are more than 100 sessions and 250 speakers delivering a range of talks for attendees. Co-located shows include the Food & Drink Expo, Farm Shop & Deli Show and the National Convenience Show, providing an unbeatable program of exceptional content.
Foodex highlights one of the biggest issues facing the industry today: the ongoing skills gap. As The Guardian reports, the service industry is struggling to find the right candidates. The Foodex Future Skills Summit aimed to bring together a number of leading consultants to address this key area and show how businesses can best encourage new talent to join their ranks. Key speakers came from the Institute of Food Science and Technology (IFST) and National Skills Academy.
In addition to three days of wide-ranging activities, host to the Foodex Great New Idea competition. Attendees had the opportunity to submit an idea for a new product or concept that has been recently launched to compete for the Best New Idea Award, acknowledging exceptional innovation in the food and drinks industry.
Butcher’s apprentices once again had a chance to compete for the prestigious Premier Young Butcher competition in association with the National Federation for Meat & Food Traders (NFMTF) to identify the industry’s brightest young talent in a range of skills-based stages.
Foodex was an unmissable event, bringing together the premier players in the food and drinks manufacturing, logistics, processing and packaging industries. Best of all, entry will be free. All you need to do is register to gain access to Foodex and its co-located shows.