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5 Reasons to Visit… Foodex

5 Reasons to Visit… Foodex

Registration is now open for the UK’s premier trade event for food and drink manufacturing, processing, packaging and logistics, Foodex. 

The show returns this March (30th-1st April, NEC Birmingham) with a remit of providing 2020’s most comprehensive deep dive into the trends, products, challenges and opportunities that will set the agenda for the coming year; visitors can go to: today to register for their completely free badge.  

Ahead of the show, we’re providing a tantalising glimpse at just some of the forthcoming highlights. 

#1. Innovation! 

A new precision, robotic food handling system (Colin Mear Engineering Ltd – stand M161); a revolutionary high density EPP series of containers for hot or cold food items (Catering Equipment Ltd – stand T219); a user friendly Technifoamer (QJS – stand G258) and plug and play nitrogen generation system (MSS Nitrogen Limited – stand K171) are just some of the innovative new products to be featured at the show. To see more of what’s on offer ahead of Foodex 2020 and plan ahead, visitors can go to:, and select the ‘Innovation@’ product category, which aggregates every new launch at the show.  

#2. Industry 4.0 

It’s no exaggeration to say that manufacturing is on the cusp of a fourth industrial revolution, centred on technology, automation and sustainability. Foodex will be the place to learn more about ‘industry 4.0’ and meet the innovators – speakers and exhibitors – helping make sense of it all. 

On the centre stage, a fascinating look at upgrading the workforce through technology; debating if humans could be largely surplus to requirements within the next decade will take place, while a panel of experts will be asking if artificial intelligence could be the Holy Grail for forecasting. 

#3. Sustainable Soul Searching 

Amid the countless sustainable drives and initiatives brought about by the food and drink manufacturing, processing and packaging and logistics industry, this debate will question if it is all really enough to meet Government targets and ultimately help curb global warming. The not-to-be-missed debate will feature prominent strategists and experts in sustainable practice, offering visitors actionable, real world solutions to take back to their places of business. 

#4. Witness a Mayo Masterclass in VR 

One of the world’s leading companies in the processing, laboratory and analytical industry, IKA is partnering with sister brand realworld one, to whisk visitors off to a virtual production plant for an interactive virtual reality lesson in mayonnaise making. 

The informal and fun session will present practical ways to harness virtual and augmented reality in production, which could revolutionise the way training is delivered in the manufacturing space. 

#5. Rethinking Waste and the Problem with the ‘P’-Word

While there’s a growing awareness of the environmental impact some plastics can have when discarded irresponsibly – most notably single use variants – reducing or removing them completely can mean businesses face significant technical challenges. This keynote panel debate will explore alternative materials with practical case studies and consumer insights on attitudes to managing waste. 

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