Meeting looks to future of food engineering

Representatives from the food industry and academia joined forces to discuss how to develop food engineering research.

The meeting was the first of the Food Engineering Industrial Advisory Board (FEIAB) for the National Centre for Excellence of Food Engineering (NCEFE), which discussed the future of food engineering in the UK.

NCEFE, part of Sheffield Hallam University, is at the forefront of food engineering research. It has previously provided solutions for meat manufacturers Doncaster-based Anglo-Beef Processors (ABP), to help them reduce crate size and increase daily production.

Chaired by Gavin Darby, chief executive of Premier Foods, FEIAB advised Sheffield Hallam University on its strategy to develop and deliver food engineering research and education: “The availability of top-class engineering talent is vital to support the innovation upon which the industry’s future competitiveness depends. Having a National Centre of Excellence for Food Engineering is a significant step forwards.”

Melanie Leech, director general at the Food and Drink Federation (FDF) said: “This meeting marks a significant contribution to improving the future of food engineering. With the industry’s key leaders behind this board, the National Centre of Excellence will not only help provide industry with the skilled workers we need to thrive, but also will create a collaborative hub of industry excellence from which the whole of the UK will benefit.”

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