Food and Drink Manufacturing at The Big Bang Fair

Since 2012, FDF Taste Success - A Future in Food has been showcasing our industry at the Big Bang Fair - the UK's largest celebration of science, technology, engineering and maths for young people.

Join FDF Taste Success at the Big Bang Fair 2016

FDF Taste Success again attended the Big Bang Fair – the UK's largest celebration of science, technology, engineering and math's for young people - which takes place 16th to 19th March 2016 in Birmingham NEC.

FDF was this year be joined by Festo, Mars, McCain's, Mondelez International, Omron, PepsiCo UK, Siemens and United Biscuits.

View some of the highlight photos from the FDF Taste Success stand 2016.

2016 highlights

Alongside other industries, such as automotive and aerospace, FDF engage directly with young people at the Big Bang Fair to raise awareness of the many engineering and science-related opportunities available in UK food and drink manufacturing.

Our stand had fun, educational and hands-on activities to get young people thinking about the ways engineering is used to produce our food and drink.

There was also be the opportunity to speak to industry apprentices and graduates about their experiences working in food and drink manufacturing. Here's what some young people within the industry; careers case studies.

Our Chilli Baby also returned to our stand, see the 'Mad about Food' videos

What supporting companies say about taking part


Andrew Macpherson, Food & Beverage Industry Manager at Festo:

“Festo are pleased to support the Food & Drink Federation by bringing our dancing DJ Robots to their stand at the Big Bang Fair. The FDF stand will be a fantastic way to engage with young people, discuss some of the many exciting things we do in engineering and hopefully inspire more young people to consider a future career in the food and drink industry."

Mars UK

“The Big Bang event is a great opportunity for Mars UK to engage with budding scientists, engineers, maths and tech enthusiasts and share our enthusiasm about how we put those skills into action every day at Mars."

"It's wonderful to see students getting inspiration for a future career in the food industry and having the opportunity to talk to them about the range of opportunities at Mars, from apprenticeships to graduate programmes, and how roles here offer not only real responsibilities from Day One, but also the chance to learn new skills and be challenged to develop throughout your career."

"We are excited to be part of this year's four day event to show students how their passion for what they learn at school could be put to great practical use in the near future!”

McCain Foods

John Timmins, Chair of McCain's Apprenticeship Scheme Steering Group

“Through our own engineering apprenticeship scheme, McCain supports the FDF in showing young people a range of exciting engineering opportunities in the food and drink industry.”

Mondelez International

Phil Greenhalgh, Managing Director UK, Mondelez International:

“Food manufacturing is evolving quickly, and we need young talent to help us create innovative and exciting products like Cadbury Dairy Milk Marvellous Smashables. Science, technology, engineering and maths skills are the backbone of our manufacturing and research & development functions. Mondelez International is delighted to be supporting the FDF's Taste Success stand at the Big Bang Fair to help open the doors to the future talent pipeline to our business.”

For more information on opportunities at the Mondelez International visit Mondelez International careers website

United Biscuits

Jason Billingham, Head of Discover United Biscuits:

"The Big Bang Fair is a great way to inspire the future generation of scientists, engineers, innovators. We want to discover the next great biscuit innovators and industry expert and open their minds to the fantastic career available to them within our industry."


More Information

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Last reviewed: 04 Apr 2016