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Chris Eveson speaks to delegates at the Lincoln University's National Centre for Food Manufacturing in Holbeach which hosted the SUSTAIN Lincolnshire event.

Chris Eveson speaks to delegates at the Lincoln University's National Centre for Food Manufacturing in Holbeach which hosted the SUSTAIN Lincolnshire event.

Food and drink producers from across Lincolnshire headed to Holbeach where they found out how to be more efficient and ways to fund it.

SUSTAIN Lincolnshire at Lincoln University’s National Centre for Food Manufacturing in Holbeach last Wednesday was open to firms with a turnover from £50,000 to £50 million.

With a theme of Funding for New Products and Cutting Waste in the Food Industry, delegates were given useful information on food labelling, improving workplace skills and grants available from several bodies, including South Holland District Council.

Richard Turner, a partner of SUSTAIN Lincolnshire, said: “What we were trying to do is help food manufacturing companies to become resource-efficient and we concentrated on two things.

“Firstly, to guide them towards areas where they could access funding to held them along the way and secondly, to bring them up to speed on a lot of new rules and regulations on food packaging.

“The event was well-attended by mostly local companies, although we did have one from as far away as Brigg, North Lincolnshire, and the information given out was very well-received.”

At the end of the event, delegates had the chance to the centre with its two purpose-built food factories that include a vacuum packing system, blast chilling and freezing cabinet, multihead weigher and nutritional information calculator.”

Professor Val Braybrooks MBE, Dean of the National Centre for Food Manufacturing, said: “We were delighted to be able to host those involved in Lincolnshire’s growing food and beverage production sector and inform them about all the tools we can provide as part of SUSTAIN Lincolnshire.”

 

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