Join us at The Big Bang Young Scientists and Engineers Fair in Birmingham

09/03/2015 11:43:07

The UK’s food and drink manufacturing industry is innovative, exciting and offers great long-term career prospects. Food and drink manufacturers will for the fourth year be going to the Big Bang Fair (11-14 March, NEC Birmingham) – the UK’s largest celebration of science and engineering for young people.

This year we are delighted that we will be joined on our Taste Success career stand by FDF members Coca-Cola Enterprises, Mars UK, Mondelēz International, McCain, Premier Foods and PepsiCo UK.

You will be able to take part in a range of fun, educational and hands-on activities to get you thinking about the ways engineering is used to produce our food and drink. Try out:

  • See an exciting Cadbury chocolate sculpture handcrafted by the team from Cadbury World.
  • DJ Robot in action
  • Get the highest score on the Golf ball game
  • Find out how Coca- Cola bottles are being produced and quality controlled.
  • See how quick you are at grabbing food on the FDF Taste Success MunchBot app
  • Try out interactives that have been built by industry apprentices
  • Maths production process game
  • See live demos of the science of chocolate and more
  • Find out how maize is turned into Monster Munch feet in under 10 seconds.

There will also be the opportunity to speak to apprentices and graduates about their experiences working in food and drink manufacturing. Here’s what some young people within the industry are saying:

Gordon W Gillies, Maintenance Engineer at Coca-Cola Enterprises:
“By completing the modern apprenticeship programme I have not only gained relevant hands on skills to be part of the food and drink industry, I have also secured vocational and academic qualifications whilst learning on the job.”

Louise Eaton is a Product Development Technologist at Premier Foods Worksop R&D centre:
“My job is so diverse - part of my time is spent managing the new product development process, and part being creative with the development of new products. I work cross functionally with different teams including marketing, operations, regulatory and the sensory team, to take products from concept to launch. Seeing products I've helped to develop on supermarket shelves really gives me a sense of achievement.”

Conor McGurk,Process Engineer at Bournville the home of Cadbury:
"I am proud to be an engineer in the food and drink industry because you are able to see the results of your work in shops all over the country (and the world!). So many people can relate to and enjoy the products you work on.”

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