Food processing trade show Foodex: key highlights


Running from 5–7 July at the NEC Birmingham, Foodex will be the first UK in-person trade show for members of the food and drink industry post COVID-19 lockdown. It is part of William Reed’s UK Food & Drink Shows, including the Food and Drink Expo, The Ingredients Show, the National Convenience Show and The Forecourt Show.

Exhibitors this year represent the gamut of food and drink industry innovation and technical expertise – from suppliers of the latest processing equipment and packaging machinery, to the latest experts in robotics and quality control.

Air Products​ will be exhibiting a range of innovations. It will showcase new cryogenic freezing technology incorporated into its new Freshline High performance batch freezer.

Its Freshline Aroma Modified Atmosphere Packaging (MAP) system, which vaporises natural aromas – such as essential oils – into packaging with the MAP gas, involving no additional production steps will also be on show.

New developments

Complementing these developments is a new online calculator from the industrial gas company. The tool enables manufacturers to assess which packaging provides the best solution to minimising food waste and reducing a product’s carbon footprint.

Fortress Technology​ will be on hand at the show to talk about its new High Performance Raptor Combi System, its first modular, high performance, affordable combination metal detector and checkweighing system.

The system features a single swipe touch screen HMI, plus paperless audit software with what Fortress described as ‘unlimited’ pre-programmed Codes of Practice. It claimed the software could capture all the data required to ‘guarantee absolute traceability’.