Great Taste Deli opens at Speciality & Fine Food Fair

Last year the Great Taste Deli was a honeypot for buyers so this year it has been extended and there will be more tastings over the course of the three days at Speciality & Fine Food Fair at London Olympia on 7th to 9th September.

The most important show in the calendar for buyers of speciality food and the producers who make it, Speciality & Fine Food Fair is a hive of activity over three days with the world’s finest food and drink on offer. One of the most respected logos at the show is round, black and gold with stars emblazoned on it – the Great Taste logo.

John Farrand, MD of the Guild of Fine Food, organisers of Great Taste, says, “We had such a great response from buyers and producers last year that the Great Taste Deli has gone big this year! With many more producer tastings taking place and much more space to display Great Taste award-winning products. We are most grateful to for supporting us again and for allowing us to showcase its latest range of BRIX modular display system."

Buyers, producers, chefs and everyone working in the speciality food trade is welcome to drop by the Great Taste Deli to taste some of the 3-star Great Taste winners and on Tuesday 9th September. Plans are afoot to have the Great Taste Supreme Champion product on the Great Taste Deli, offering visitors to the show an opportunity to taste the very top product of Great Taste 2014.

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Packaging Innovations, running alongside Empack and Label&Print, returns to Birmingham’s NEC on 25th and 26th February with more show content than ever before. Six new features, a seminar lineup that reads like a Who's Who of industry professional and interactive debates, making the show a must attend.

The ever popular BIG Print Debate will be addressing ‘As personalisation increasingly becomes the norm will its greatest impact be on the shelf or in the home?’ This interactive debate takes place at 11.30 on Thursday 26th February, in the Label&Print Theatre. This year’s debate boasts an all female panel, which includes Antoinette Devine, Global Packaging & Materials Consultant at SABMiller, Karen Graley, Packaging & Reprographics Manager at Waitrose, Lynn Harris, Account Director Digital at JKR and Nancy Janes, WW Graphics Solutions Business Program Director at HP.

Chairing the debate will be Alison Church, Event Director for Easyfairs’ UK Packaging Events who says, “We’ve all seen the powerful impact that personalisation can have in-store. Who hasn’t, for example, scoured the shelf hoping to find their name on the label of a Coke bottle? It’s great when it happens, but it looks like a lucky random chance compared to how precisely targeted personalisation might be when applied to a home delivery. Will one win over the other, or will different levels of personalisation become the norm – community-oriented in store, and messaging that’s more personal online? All in all it should prove to be a fascinating debate, and one that will be made all the more stimulating and rewarding through direct audience participation and panel interaction.”

Running alongside the BIG Print Debate will be the show’s first ever Drinks Symposium, which will see expert speakers from The Lakes Distillery, Diageo and Glenfiddich demonstrating the power of packaging. Each brand’s story will demonstrate how original thinking and imaginative packaging design can create a strong brand identity, when either bringing to market a new product, a brand extension, or maintaining an established brand’s unique market position.

Also new to the show is The Pharmaceutical Symposium hosted by idiPac, providing organisations with the opportunity to gain inspiration and a greater understanding of how to tackle the key issues within packaging, labelling, coding and marketing for pharmaceutical products. It will also launch its first ever Retail Symposium hosted by The PackHub, offering exhibitors and visitors from all spheres of the packaging and print world a unique programme of valuable and insightful content. Iain Ferguson, Environment Manager, at The Co-Op will be discussing the increasingly important ‘Extending Shelf Life’ on day two of the show.

For all those looking to stay ahead of the game, the show will be boasting its inaugural Ask the Experts feature, providing an opportunity to listen to industry professionals and ask them questions. BPIF will debut its Carton’s Chatroom, a private meeting room designed to facilitate discussions between key suppliers in the carton industry and brand owners, in order to help unleash the full power of cartons and labels.

Easyfairs has teamed up with Xeikon to provide the first edition of Pack Personalisation. The show feature will demonstrate to brand owners and printers the power of personalised packaging and how it can trigger consumer emotion.

This year’s show will also host live 3D print demos, enabling designers, engineers and educators to test and perfect work with 3D modeling. Show favourite Lions’ Lair will once again be returning with four brave exhibitors presenting their new technologies, innovations and concepts to a panel of experts, in front of a live audience, in a bid to be voted best of show.

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Dixon Vale & Coupling exhibiting valves at PPMA 2015

Dixon Valve & Coupling, a world leading manufacturer of hose fittings and related accessories, will be exhibiting their full range of valves at this year’s PPMA show in Birmingham.

Over the last 30 years Dixon Vale & Coupling has significantly extended its range of valves, fittings and couplings for the hygienic / purity markets through product development and acquisition.

As a global company with extensive local inventories, Dixon offers local stocking for a full range of stainless steel hygienic fittings, BPE Biopharm fittings and valves for use in the food, dairy, beverage and brewery industries, among others.

In the UK, the company offer specialised support and bespoke engineered solutions from concept to design, right through to installation. Dixon’s onsite manufacturing and engineering department means that new designs, animations and 3D modelling can rapidly be produced to support customer’s requirements.

Of particular note is Dixon’s range of high quality ball and butterfly valves which can be actuated to customer specifications and fitted with a range of stocked accessories that includes limit switches, solenoids and positioners. Dixon has established several local actuation facilities to support short lead times and fast responses. All actuators are type-tested to 1,000,000 cycles.

On display at the PPMA show will be our full range of valves including world’s most hygienic diaphragm valve, range of seat and mix-proof valves that have low cost of ownership, capabilities of our UK valve and actuation shop as well as our mobile pumping cart for small to large capacity pumping. We will also have tank cleaning heads on a working display.

Bite-sized courses at TriestEspresso

A programme of events at TriestEspresso will help make businesses more competitive, provide concrete tools to develop sales and optimise the costs of logistics.

This is part of the seventh TriestEspresso, the most important professional fair dedicated to expresso coffee worldwide, held from 23rd to 25th October for the first time in Trieste's Porto Vecchio.

Vocational training remains a cornerstone of TriestEspresso’s agenda, but this year, along with the usual workshops and courses organised by the Speciality Coffee Association Europe, which aim to increase knowledge related to the coffee bean, just as much attention will be paid to the vocational training of managers who operate throughout the production chain. An innovative form of training that aims to provide concrete tools to be put immediately into practice and to be taken advantage of with bite-sized free mini courses of about sixty minutes for visitors and exhibitors.

The logical thread of these mini business courses will be identifying innovative strategies with which to develop a business. Lean roasting, for example, allows for the reduction of production costs, thus increasing margins. A new perspective will also be presented on how to develop new products and businesses, reflecting on value enhancing aspects in the coffee production chain.

The full programme of events is available at

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Global Food Contact – Events – May 2019
Future food tech – Events – mar 2019
SZW group – Events – Jan 2019
Beviale Moscow – Events – Feb 2019
IFE – Events – march 2019
World Food – Events – Mar 2019

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