Foodex 2016 to bring UK food and drink manufacturing sectors together

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The NEC, Birmingham, 18 - 20 April 2016

Foodex 2016, the UK trade event for the food and drink processing, packaging, ingredients and logistics industries, will return to the NEC Birmingham in April 2016. The show provides a business platform for professionals across full industry spectrum including bakery, beverage, dairy, fresh, ingredients, logistics, meat and seafood.

Run over three days (18–20 April 2016), the show will focus upon the buoyancy of the British food and drink manufacturing sector, discussing the trends that are shaping the industry, whilst showcasing the technologies allowing manufacturers to work more efficiently and productively.

Visitors can discover the latest new ingredients and super foods to make an impression on the industry as well as discovering how to improve traceability, consumer trust and transform productivity.

With more than 300 exhibitors expected at the 2016 show, the latest technologies and product launches from across the UK's manufacturing industries will be on display. Returning for the 2016 show, exhibitors including Multivac UK, ULMA Packaging, Reiser UK and Handtmann will join a raft of new exhibitors to showcase the latest innovations.

Darren Turrell, Managing Director, EFAFLEX UK Limited, commented on his decision to exhibit at the show: "Foodex 2016 is a first for EFAFLEX. We feel that the show will provide EFAFLEX with an excellent opportunity for us to demonstrate the quality and operational benefits of our products, while directly engaging with the individual needs of users within this key market. We're excited to be a part of this exhibition and look forward to April 2016."

Features at this year's show include The National Meat Products and The Premier Young Butcher competitions. The National Meat Products Competition, hosted by the National Federation of Meat & Food Traders (NFMFT), will be returning to the event for the sixth consecutive occasion.

The competition, the biggest and best yet, will comprise of 20 categories and will see for the first time the inclusion of charcuterie in addition to the standard favourites of sausages, bacon, burgers, ready meals and pies.

In addition, the Premier Young Butcher event will see talented 18 to 23-year-old apprentice butchers compete to produce and display the most innovative Ready to Eat, Stuffed Roast, Seam Butchery, Barbecue and Kitchen Ready products.

Meanwhile, the centre stage will host a comprehensive programme of demonstrations, interactive debates and seminars across all three days. Speakers at last year's event included presentations from the likes of The Fabulous Baker Brothers, representatives from Campden BRI, Lord Rooker, former chairman of the Food Standards Agency, and representatives from the National Skills Academy for Food and Drink and the Institute of Food Science and Technology.

Aside from exploring the show floor and frequenting the lively debates, plenary sessions and interactive master classes, visitors can head to the Engage @ Foodex zone. This is an interactive visitor destination, highlighting all sectors of the industry and offering visitors and exhibitors the chance to meet, interact and relax whilst sourcing industry information.

Dan Dixon, Event Director, said: "Foodex 2016 represents an ideal environment for decision makers from across a wide range of industries to network with key figures in the food industry, all set against a backdrop of innovation and industry expertise."

Foodex is co-located with Food & Drink Expo, National Convenience Show and Farm Shop & Deli Show.

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