Graduates have a taste of future food manufacturing at Holbeach

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Rising stars of the food industry have had a taste of the future at Holbeach.

Graduates who are currently part of schemes at Marks & Spencer and Bakkavor visited the University of Lincoln’s National Centre for Food Manufacturing (NCFM) in Holbeach as part of their graduate development programmes.

They were experiencing the technologies that will shape the future of food production.

As a national centre of excellence for food manufacturing, the facility in Holbeach is home to a range of pioneering robotics and automation systems that are set to play a key role in driving productivity and innovation in the sector.

Sharon Green, deputy head of NCFM, said: “We are dedicated to supporting the next generation of food manufacturing talent.

“In the coming years, the projects and technologies we are developing here will transform the sector. By demonstrating the robotics system and a new steam infusion cooking method at NCFM, we are able to provide a valuable insight into how the future of the industry will look.”

Graduates were introduced to APRIL (Automated Processing Robotic Ingredient Loading), a ‘robotic chef’ that combines cutting-edge food processing technologies with proven robotic systems to produce high-quality food.