The show was held from Monday 24th March through to Wednesday 26th March and covered all aspects of the industry, from new food and drink products to legislation, packaging logistics and the supply chain.
650 exhibitors saw a steady stream of visitors pass through the NEC doors not only to browse the stands but to participate in the many seminars and talks that threw new light onto relevant issues within the food and drink industry.
The seminars were wide ranging and hosted by an eminent panel of experts on some of the industry’s most pressing topics. Keith Newton from CILT and SCALA Consulting addressed the importance of collaboration across the supply chain. Lord Rooker re-examined the issue of the horsemeat scandal and labelling in the EU was explained by Campden BRI representative, Steve Spice.
Sustainability, food traceability, renewable energy, and addressing the skills gap were all targeted in other seminars, expressing the determination of everyone involved in the food and drink industry to ameliorate these issues.
The Great British Bounce Back returned to showcase best practice examples from across the food and drink industry to recognise those businesses going the extra mile and investing in the future of the UK’s manufacturing industries. The winner this year was the British Bakels with the judges particularly impressed by the manufacturer’s commitment to investment in cutting edge technology and sustainable production. The company invested in processing and packaging equipment with advanced NIR (near infra-red) technology, coupled with its commitment to cut primary energy use by 40%.
Speaking about the success of Foodex 2014, WRBM Event Director, Dan Dixon, said: “There was a great buzz on the show floor at this year’s Foodex and we’ve been delighted with the feedback and support shown from leading brands within the industry, covering the 8 food and drink sectors. The uptake for 2016 has been phenomenal with over 100 customers re-booking onsite and 44 percent of sqm already confirmed for the 2016 floor plan. With such enthusiasm from the industry, we’re delighted that Foodex is helping exhibitors share their own innovations and get the opportunity to learn from best practices examples too.”
Rational Ovens took a stand at the show. The company was delighted with the visitor numbers and interest in the company’s SelfCookingCenter whitefficiency appliances. Shows like Foodex demonstrate that keeping abreast and ahead of relevant industry topics and concerns are important to those focused on new product innovation like Rational and to those in food service. AC Services, as a top Rational service provider, fully supports Rational’s participation at industry events such as Foodex to enable this.