Food and Drink Manufacturing at The Big Bang Fair

Since 2012, FDF Taste Success – A Future in Food has been showcasing our industry at the Big Bang Fair – the UK’s largest celebration of science, technology, engineering and maths for young people.

Alongside other industries, such as automotive and aerospace, FDF has used the
opportunity to engage directly with young people to raise their awareness of
many engineering and science-related opportunities available in UK food and
drink manufacturing.

It is vital that we spark interest and awareness with young people and get them
to consider the exciting opportunities and great career prospects that our
highly innovative industry can offer.

FDF Taste Success at the Big Bang Fair 2014

On 13th-16th March the Taste Success was joined by FDF members Coca-Cola
Mars Chocolate, Mondelez International, Nestlé UK, Premier Foods and PepsiCo UK
on our
stand at the Big Bang Fair (Birmingham, NEC). Have a look at our stand in photos on our Flickr page.

In line with all of our work to support the recruitment of engineers into our
industry, the theme for our stand will once again be engineering. We will be
offering a wide range of fun, educational and hands-on activities to get young
thinking about the ways engineering is used to produce our food.

Some of the many activities and attractions included:

  • Demonstrations of a Festo Bionic Handling Assistant
  • A production line ordering task from Coca-Cola Enterprises
  • Nestlé’s Kit Kat game
  • Rig system engineering challenge from Mondelez International
  • Giant Chocolate egg created by Cadbury World (Mondelez International)
  • PepsiCo’s i-Crop
  • ‘From bean to bar story’ from Mars Chocolate

As a first, our stand had a mini-stage where we had
demonstrations throughout the event such as how they make Monster Munch Feet by
PepsiCo and hygiene testing of bottles by Coca-Cola Enterprises.

Have a look at the FDF Taste Success stand at the Big Bang Fair 2014 on our
Flickr page

Enter our engineering Quiz and win a prize – Could you be an engineer?

What supporting companies say

Coca-Cola Enterprises

“Coca-Cola Enterprises is proud to be supporting the FDF Taste Success stand at
this year’s Big Bang Fair and working alongside other representatives from the
food and drink industry to demystify manufacturing for young people and
excitement and interest in engineering in particular.” Julian Hunt, CCE VP
Public Affairs and Communications.

Mondelez International

Do you need science to create delicious moments of joy?

“Yes! Our Food Scientists were part of the talented team behind the
of our famous Cadbury Dairy Milk Marvellous Creations and our engineers turned
this into reality creating the exciting processes behind the product you see in
shops today.

Mondelez International is delighted to be supporting the FDF’s Taste Success
stand at the Big Bang Fair to help open the doors to the future talent pipeline
to our business.”

For more information on opportunities at the Mondelez International visit the Early Careers website

Twitter Takeover

Anyone curious about becoming a food engineer was invited to tune into the @FDFTasteSuccess Twitter takeover on Thursday 6 March 2014 as part of the National Careers Week
ahead of the Big Bang Fair 2014.

Nestle UK Graduate Engineers; James
Cheema and Hannah Whall answered engineering related questioned about working
for this exciting
innovative industry using hastag #askGrads on the @FDFTasteSuccess Twitter account.

Top Food Engineer Hosts Twitter Takeover!


Our stand at the Big Bang Fair 2013

In 2013, Taste Success teamed up with Nestlé UK on an engineering-themed
stand linked to the launch of the industry’s new engineering degree – MEng Food Engineering at Sheffield Hallam University. See our stand in pictures on our Flickr page.

Nestlé worked with their supplier Bosch to showcase a 4-Axes Delta Robot – a
real example of high-tech robotic solutions used on the factory floor.
programmed, the robot played a game of ‘Beat the Robot’ against young visitors
challenging them to pick a Kit Kat off a conveyor belt. The activity was hugely
popular with the more than 65,000 visitors to the Fair.

The Kit Kat challenge returned for the second year, with some lucky group
winners getting a Giant Kit Kat.

Taste Success also used the event to launch two new campaign interactives
MunchBot is a specially designed app simulating a robotic food production line
been designed for the event. Downloadable via iTunes, players have to quickly
food as it comes off the production line.

Secondly, the campaign launched the fourth instalment of its ‘Mad about Food’
videos with Lily, the fire-blowing Chilli Baby with clever engineering skills
her sleeve.

Big Bang Fair 2013 picture from Flickr

Taste Success at the Big Bang Fair 2012

In 2012, Big Bang launched its Farm to Fork zone at the Fair and we agreed to
attend teaming up with FDF member Nestlé UK to showcase food and drink
manufacturing. This was the first time the sector had been represented at the
event and we were delighted that Prince Andrew visited our stand whilst touring
the event.

Attended by over 45,000 visitors, it was the perfect opportunity for Taste
Success to launch the digital part of its campaign by previewing its’ ‘Mad
Food’ videos
, created in partnership with the Institute for Food Science and
Technology and Improve.

Nestlé chocolatiers ran demonstrations on making Kit Kat on the main event
stage and Nestle engineering graduates created a factory automation simulation
game based on the Kit Kat production line and a 4 metre tall ‘Smarties’

Big Bang Fair 2012 picture from Flickr.

More Information

Get involved with Taste Success

If you’d like further information about how to get involved with Taste Success – A Future in Food, then do please get in touch:

Email: [email protected]

Tel: 020 7420 7140

Taste Success on Twitter: @FDFTasteSuccess.

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Last reviewed: 28 Oct 2014