March 2016

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Robotics to boost productivity in food manufacturing

Investing an additional £1.2bn into manufacturing processes to increase robotics and automation over the next decade could add as much as £60.5bn to the UK economy over the next decade, according to recent research by Barclays [1].

Hospitality and food service cut waste

According to an interim note from WRAP in December 2015 [1], signatories to the Hospitality and Food Service Agreement (HaFSA) achieved a reduction in CO2 emissions of 3.6% in 2014 relative to the baseline year, putting them well on track to achieve the waste prevention target (reducing the amount of food and associated packaging waste by 5% by the end of 2015 as measured by CO2 emissions). An estimated 30,000 tonnes less CO2 and 15,000 tonnes less waste were reported than in the baseline year.

Campden BRI’s 2016 research programme

Campden BRI has announced nine new food and drink research projects for 2016 [1].

The new projects will run for between one and three years and span four categories:

Courtauld Commitment 3 supply chain targets on track

The second interim report of Courtauld Commitment 3, a voluntary agreement which aims to further reduce the weight and carbon impact of household food waste, grocery product and packaging waste, both in the home and the UK grocery sector, shows that manufacturing and retail waste has significantly reduced against the baseline 2012 figure. 

New apprenticeships

The National Skills Academy for Food & Drink (NSAFD) has announced its new engineering apprenticeship for the Food and Drink Industry as part of the Government’s ‘Trailblazer’ programme (find out more).

Advanced cooking and cooling

A new collaborative project involving the industrial and medical gas supplier BOC, the University of Lincoln’s National Centre for Food Manufacturing (NCFM), food engineering and automation specialist OAL (Olympus Automation Ltd) and UK frozen ready meal manufacturer, Iceland Manufacturing Ltd, aims to revolutionise ready meals.

IFST Spring Conference 2016 Food Sustainability: Waste Not, Want Not

‘Food sustainability: Waste Not, Want Not’ is the theme for this year’s Spring Conference. The conference will take place on 20th April at The National Motorcycle Museum in the West Midlands, with a special themed Conference Dinner planned for the evening before. Aimed at those with an interest in the scientific and technical aspects of food sustainability, the conference will discuss the critical issues around food and drink sustainability and its huge ethical, environmental and economic implications.

Farmers launch UK’s first universal food traceability scheme

Gloucestershire beef farmers, Matthew Rymer and Clifford Freeman, have devised a new scheme, known as Happerley Passports [1], which empowers farmers to control provenance at the point of production and consumers to instantly unlock the whole provenance story of their food with a unique traceability code. Every UK primary food producer will be invited to create a free Producer Passport and profile and invite all intermediaries and retailers with whom they trade into a visible supply chain to create a single network.

Global, Ethical and Safe: Challenges and Solutions for Modern Sensory and Consumer Science

Monday 16th June 2016 at the Society of Chemical Industry, London

A one-day interactive conference organised by the IFST’s Sensory Science Group (SSG)

The Sensory Science Group is very pleased to announce that its annual one-day interactive conference will be held at the Society of Chemical Industry in London. This successful event aims to bring together sensory and consumer research professionals from academia and industry working in a wide range of sectors, where they can network and keep up to date with the ever evolving world of sensory science.


IFST’s Annual General Meeting will take place this year on 16th March at 12.15 at Friends’ Meeting House, 6 Mount Street, Manchester, M2 5NS. Formal notices for the AGM have already been sent to members separately.

This year we are again hosting a special Members’ Assembly event on the same day so that, as well as participating in the AGM, members can join us to hear more about IFST’s plans for the future and participate in a very interactive day where our members are encouraged to contribute to our future plans.

Addressing education challenges for the UK food industry

In autumn last year, IFST hosted a very successful Education Forum, followed by a well-attended and lively follow-up workshop at Food Matters Live. Delegates discussed three main themes:

• education policy: the importance of educating food for life,

• help for teachers and raising awareness of the food industry,

• inspiring school students.

Both events generated many useful ideas on how these challenges might be addressed. Out of these and other discussions, IFST has identified three significant areas for further development:

Global Leadership Program Lead 360 is launched

IFST is now pleased to receive applications from members who would like to represent the institution in the Global Leadership Program for the year 2016. Lead 360 is a global leadership forum organised by the Institute of Food Technologists (IFT), designed to bring together a group of Food Science and Technology leaders from around the world, who will champion food science and technology in the 21st century.

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