Foodex, the UK show for food and drink processing, packaging and logistics will take place at Birmingham’s NEC from
march 25th to March 27TH 2012.

The only event in the UK covering the entire food and drink supply chain, Foodex offers visitors a time-efficient way to speak to market leaders and view the latest technology, innovations and new products under one roof.

What’s new for 2012?

With Bakery and Logistics incorporated into this year’s show for the first time, Foodex also covers Beverage, Dairy, Fresh, Ingredients, Meat and Seafood, with more than 350 exhibitors – making it the must-attend event of the year for the industry. The show not only attracts established suppliers but also smaller scale businesses looking for one of the most well-attended events to introduce their products into the industry.

Key exhibitors:

Key exhibitors include California Raisins (stand P348), international bakery supplier, Dawn Foods (stand N340), as well as well as Unifine (stand N340) who will be displaying their wide range of food and bake ingredients.
Norbert Dentressangle (stand H319) will be on hand to talk about their latest robust, responsive and highly cost-effective solutions. With a comprehensive network of multi-temperature facilities, they can offer dedicated and shared-user solutions for large and small manufacturers, wholesalers, retailers and food-service companies.
Regular Foodex exhibitors including Benier (stand M320/M321), Cleanbake (stand O329), Tom Chandley (stand P351), Stevens (stand L321/M306) and Tromp (stand N330), Reiser (stand H261), Handtman (stand N290) and Multivac (stand T310) will be at the show again this year.

Visitors will be able to sample a whole host of new products including bespoke environmentally friendly bakery packaging from Sharpak (stand N311) and a direct thermal label applicator for case and pallet identification from Ravenwod Packaging (stand G270), which eradicates the need to dispose of endless, wasteful, non-recyclable backing paper.

Anaerobic Digestion @ Foodex:

The show is also addressing major challenges to the food and drink industry such as the disposal and treatment of organic waste with its introduction of the anaerobic digestion (AD) and biogas zone. The strong interest from exhibitors has surpassed original expectations and led to show organisers, William Reed Business Media, opening up additional floor space to accommodate the burgeoning demand for stand from AD providers.

The AD Zone at Foodex will highlight the latest waste management innovations and showcase some great examples of businesses already successfully using AD. Clearfleau (stand E300), for example designs and builds high rate naerobic digestion facilities which allow for the on-site treatment of liquid effluents from the dairy, food and drinks sectors. ENER-G Natural Power Ltd (stand E286) in turn designs, installs and operates biogas combined heat and power (CHP) systems for a variety of digestion plants.

Foodex Live:

Foodex Live has been developed specifically to meet the needs of food and drink producers, manufacturers and retailers; the theatre hosts leading speakers from across all sectors of the industry, including representatives from Campden BRI, The National Association of Master Bakers, The National Federation of Meat and Food Traders, British Soft Drinks Association and The Anaerobic Digestion & Biogas Association.

Daren Rose-Neale, Event Director of Foodex says, “We know food industry professionals are more challenged than ever when it comes to taking time away from the office, so Foodex Live has been developed to be as interactive, relevant and valuable to visitors as possible; there is something for everyone. With the inclusion of Bakery and Logistics within the show for the first time, we’ve ensured that a number of our live events are dedicated to these sectors, giving businesses from those industries even more reason to visit.”

Product competitions will be held including the National Meat Product Competition brought to you by The NFMT and the Ready Steady Cut competition from the Q Guild of Butchers.

Master classes will include a Butchery Master Class focusing on how to get extra profit from pork and poultry as well as a bakery master class advising on how to launch a new bakery business from scratch SCALA’s Fresh Connection will be holding exciting interactive sessions where organisations can get involved in the successful industry training programme which builds awareness of supply chain strategy and company profitability. The Logistics Theatre is set to be its busiest yet, and definitely not one to miss at Foodex.

The OPS Advice Surgery, which is being run by OPS Logistics Consultancy, will be offering free one-to-one advice on a variety of issues ranging from increasing revenue, reducing costs and optimising performance.
Inspiring debates including a Food Logistics Forum from CILT UK.

For further information on any of the Foodex exhibitors, visit the website or follow Foodex on Twitter