Foodex 2016, the UK's premier trade event for the food and drink processing, packaging, ingredients and logistics industries, returns to the NEC in Birmingham from 18-20 April 2016. The biennial exhibition is set to showcase the latest trends across the food manufacturing sectors from traceability to new ingredients spanning the bakery, beverage, dairy, fresh, ingredients, logistics, meat and seafood sectors.

The exhibition is the ideal place for the manufacturing industry to connect with new suppliers, meet new customers and discover the latest new product ranges. Visitors also benefit from face to face interactions with exhibitors and the chance to view new innovations as – or even before – they hit the market.

A raft of big brands will return to the NEC to make the most of the opportunity to meet with buyers both from the UK and abroad. Equipment and packaging companies will be there with Multivac UK, ULMA Packaging, Reiser UK and Handtmann joining the event to showcase their latest innovations.

Returning to the 2016 event will be John Lord Specialist Flooring, which will showcase its exclusive British manufactured resin flooring product range. Speaking about its success at the 2014 Foodex event, James Sairey, Technical Sales Manager, John Lord Specialist Flooring, said: “The diversity of exhibitors and the scale of the show is fantastic, it’s the biggest trade show for us. Not only is it important for us but it’s important for the UK in terms of speaking to multi nationals and selling to companies based abroad.”

Over 100 sessions and 250 speakers deliver rich content for attendees

A rich programme of content will be available to visitors both at the Foodex event as well as co-located shows Food & Drink Expo, Farm Shop & Deli Show and the National Convenience Show. With over 100 sessions and 250 speakers confirmed, visitors can hear from the industry’s leading experts on a wide range of topics including food and drink fraud, protecting supply chains and opportunities and threats in exporting.

Highlighting one of the biggest, ongoing issues facing the industry, the skills gap will be addressed at the Foodex Future Skills Summit. A number of leading experts will gather to address the challenges facing the industry and what can be done to encourage fresh talent to climb the ranks. Key spokespersons will join the panel from the Institute of Food Science and Technology (IFST) and National Skills Academy with further keynote speakers set to be announced soon.

Great New Idea

In addition to a wide range of free-to-attend demonstrations, interactive debates and seminars across the exhibition’s three days, the show will play host to the Great New Idea competition. Exhibitors will be asked to submit a new product/idea that has been launched within the sector for the opportunity to win the Best New Idea Award, which will presented in the show theatre.

Foodex will also once again play host to the Premier Young Butcher competition in conjunction with the National Federation for Meat & Food Traders (NFMTF). It will welcome butchery apprentices from across the UK to compete producing and displaying innovative Ready to Eat, Stuffed Roast, Seam Butchery, Barbecue and Kitchen Ready products. In addition, NFMTF’s National Meat Product Competition 2016 will also return for the sixth consecutive event.

Speaking about Foodex 2016, Event Director, Dan Dixon, said: “Face to face events are important for most industries to demonstrate what they do. They present an opportunity for exhibiting companies to meet with potential and current buyers and demonstrate new products. The biennial timeline is to allow that innovation to grow. Face to face is obviously a key part of how people want to do business. This is a significant date in the food calendar for people to come along and see what is going on in the industry.”

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