FDF Event  14% discount for FDF Members

Automation and Digitalisation in the Food and Drink Industry

FDF Member £150.00 (Saving £25)

Non Member £175.00

All prices exclude VAT.


The pace of change is increasing and companies face tough challenges in making sure they are investing in the right technical innovations, making the business case, and recruiting and retaining the people that they need to do the job.

Join us for a special one-day conference looking at the role of Automation and Digitalisation in the Food and Drink Industry.

Our manufacturing members are at the cutting edge of the latest technologies and this event will showcase their first hand expertise in developing the latest technologies.


  • Digitalisation in food & drink production
  • How Government is working with industry to adopt digital technology
  • How Digitalisation can improve operational performance and the bottom line
  • Managing Supply Chain Resilience
  • Increasing Food and Drink Manufacturing’s Productivity, Efficiency and Agility
  • Skills and Learning
  • Developing Innovation clusters in the Northern England

Confirmed speakers:

  • Steve Brambley, Chief Executive, Gambica
  • Neil Walburton, Principal Manufacturing Consultant, Royal Haskoning
  • Paul Hastings, Account Manager, Ideagen
  • Keith Thornhill, Head of Food & Beverage, Siemens  
  • Steve Arnold, Business Manager Food, Pharma & Packaging Automation, SMC
  • Prof. Martin Howarth, Director of the NCEFE, Sheffield Hallam University 
  • Rob Brooks, European Industry Marketing Manager, Omron   
  • Matt Rayment, Chief Engineer – Food and Drink Sector, The Manufacturing Technology Centre 

The event will also feature a panel discussion on robotics and automation:

  • KUKA – Expertise in robotics and automation. The case for robots, implementation, what is possible
  • Cranfield – Research, clusters approach/collaboration, projects
  • Santander – Financial and non-financial help with banking, investment, exporting, growth & competitiveness etc.

Speaker profiles:

Paul Hastings
Account Manager, Ideagen

Paul is an account manager with over 20 years of experience in multiple industries. Paul previously worked as Quality Manager for a major food production company in Scotland dealing with food safety incidents, customer complaints, quality checks and trend analysis.

As an account manager specialising in Food & Drink and Manufacturing at Ideagen, an important element of Paul's role is to understand the developing food and drink industries' requirements and to help our customers manage these through implementation and use of our solutions.

Organiser: Craig Hannington, 02074207126, craig.hannington@fdf.org.uk