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26 March 2009

FDF hosts 56th Biscuit, Cake, Chocolate & Confectionery technology conference

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PRESS RELEASE

Today marks the start of the 56th Biscuit, Cake, Chocolate and Confectionery (BCCC) Technology Conference, hosted by the Food and Drink Federation's (FDF) BCCC Sector Group. The conference, entitled 'Drivers for Success', continues to provide an opportunity for discussion and networking for the BCCC sector.

Speakers include: Bayer CropScience; the British Retail Consortium; the Food Standards Agency; The Futures Company; Kerry UK; Leatherhead Food International; Premier Foods; Sheffield Hallam University; the Soil Association; Sweet Charity; the University of Birmingham; and the University of Leeds.

They will cover topics including: GM foods; labelling; positioning of industry challenges and developments in social science and consumer research; implementing innovation; development in flavours; new and emerging legislation; addressing the challenge of Acrylamide; the future of organic ingredients; and process integration in food manufacture.

In his opening speech to the conference, United Biscuits' Simon Roulston, FDF's BCCC Conference Chairman, said:

“This year's conference will focus on the drivers for success in the food industry. By gaining understanding of these drivers, we will be better able to respond to the challenges the industry faces during the current economic downturn. With any recession, there are immediate pressures on survival, but there are also opportunities."

“During the conference we will look to set the context within which we all operate, gaining insights into what motivates consumers. Pressures on consumer health and nutrition remain strong; people's interest in the content of products, their labels and their ethical origins has increased. Proposed legislative changes will also impact on the industry, as will non-regulatory pressures such as saturated fat reductions. With such requirements for change, it's essential that the products we make are innovative, yet remain attractive propositions to the consumer. Texture and flavour are key elements to this and we'll seek to address them over the next couple of days.”

More Information

  1. The BCCC 'Drivers for Success' conference will take place from 26-27 March at Ettington Chase Conference Centre near Stratford-upon-Avon - view the full conference agenda (pdf).
  2. To download full presentations from the event.
  3. The Food and Drink Federation (FDF) is the voice of the food and drink manufacturing industry – the UK's largest manufacturing sector. For more information about FDF and the industry we represent see this website.

For more information please contact:

FDF Press team
Keren McCarron on keren.mccarron@fdf.org.uk or 020 7420 7132
Yvette Murphy on yvette.murphy@fdf.org.uk or 020 7420 7131
Rebecca Wilhelm rebecca.wilhelm@fdf.org.uk or 020 7420 7140

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