FDF Event

Unlocking Innovation in the UK Food and Drink Manufacturing Industry


This free networking event features keynote speakers Chief Scientific Advisor to HM Government Sir Mark Walport and Cargill Plc Board Director and Agri-Tech Leadership Council Member Martin Douglas OBE.

Dr Stephen Axford, Head of Agri-tech Strategy at the Department for Business, Innovation and Skills, and Chris Warkup, Director of the Biosciences Knowledge Transfer Network (KTN) will discuss the opportunities to secure public funding including part of the £160 million government investment under the UK Agri-Tech Strategy and other Technology Strategy Board sources of funding.

Participants will also hear from representatives of the two existing Centres of Excellence in Food Engineering and Innovative Manufacturing in Food.

The event will bring together interested groups of food and drink manufacturers, funders and researchers to explore collaborative opportunities to take forward the 10 priority areas for research identified by FDF and the Biosciences KTN by participating in one of the following workshop groups:

  1. Future of Manufacturing – new/developing technologies
  2. Resource Efficiency – energy, water & waste
  3. Smarter Packaging
  4. New and Smarter Ingredients

More information

Organiser: Caroline Keohane, 0207 420 7107,