Appetite for Engineering 2019 – Conference Programme

Preliminary programme 2019

8:30 am

Registration, Coffee & Networking

Take the opportunity to visit the booths, network with your peers and talk through your own issues with food industry experts.

9:00 am

Chairperson’s welcome

Chris Buxton, director and CEO, British Fluid Power Associaton (BFPA)

Chris will open the discussion and talke us through the order of the day.


9.15: Keynote presentation:

Ian Wright, chairman at the Food & Drink Federation will discuss the need for closer partnerships throughout the food production supply chain to help ensure greater productivity along with better and safer products.

Presentation 1: Ed Keenan of Integrated Food Projects  will take a look at some of the most interesting new and developing engineering technologies and will comment on how they might impact food production.

Presentation 2: Information to follow.

10.30 Coffee Break

11.00 Automation panel debate – chaired by Festo

In the first of our panel debates for the day we will discuss the challenges and opportunities that the use of automation technologies can offer the food production sector.

Our panellists include:

Martin Miller, director of engineering & operations development at Allied Bakeries.
John Griffith, engineering director at Princes.
Mark Foster, central engineering manager at Weetabix Food Company.
Nigel Stevens, feasibility design project manager at TSL.
Paul Old, director of group capital and process innovation engineering at Samworth Brothers.


12.30  Lunch and Networking:



Presentation 3: Chris Edwards, OBE, head of quality at Müller UK & Ireland will discuss the important role played by quality engineering in helping to avoid the plague of the food industry – the dreaded product recall! 

Presentation 4: Alexandra Agg, process engineer at Mondelez International will focus on a recent project to improve energy consumption and carbon footprint in the chocolate cooling process.

Presentation 5: Information to follow

3.00 – Coffee and networking


Engineering skills panel debate – chaired by (to be advised)

Our second panel debate of the day will focus on the issues surrounding engineering skills – how to encourage young people into the food industry and keep them there.

Our panellists include:

Sophie Paveling, multi-skilled engineer at Coca-Cola European Partners
Nik Watson, learning and staff development specialist at SMC UK.
Martin Howarth, Professor of Food Engineering at Sheffield Hallam and Nottingham Trent University.
Sharon Blyfield, HR Business Partner at Coca-Cola European Partners


4:45 pm

Chairpersons Summary & Close

4.45: Chris will summarise the day’s events and thank everyone for their input.

Programme correct at time of print. Content is, however, subject to change at the organisers discretion.


CLICK HERE to view the 2017 programme

Following the Appetite for Engineering event you could continue the debate by joining us in the evening for the annual Food Processing Awards, which take place at the DoubleTree By Hilton Hotel, Coventry. Book your table or seat now. Contact Trevor Southerden on 01732 359990 

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