Master Classes

NCFM Master Classes are designed to disseminate information, best practice and support on a wide range of topics to food and drink companies both nationally and internationally.

17th February, 2017

Industrial Master Class Meeting 8.30am – 10.30am

“Applications for Soft Robotics in Food Processing and Harvesting” with Dan Harburg, Director of Business Development for Soft Robotics Inc. and “Factories of the Future” with Alan Spreckley, ABB Global Industry Segment Manager responsible for Food and Beverage and Consumer Packed Goods.

This Master Class is aimed at those working within the bakery, fresh produce, and meat/fish industries but will also involve a sharing of information regarding the work that is being done around harvesting applications and the technology being developed. Alan ‘s presentation will focus on collaboration, connectivity and digitalisation showcasing the latest technology designed to provide manufacturers with the flexibility and agility they need.

Book your place with Emma, here:

1st December, 2016

Degree Apprenticeship Consultation event for employers AN INVITATION TO TECHNICAL, QUALITY AND NDP MANAGERS/DIRECTORS 

1pm to 4pm in the Conference Room at NCFM

NCFM is consulting on its part-time provision for those working in quality/technical and NPD management roles in readiness for the launch of the new Food Industry Technical Professional Degree Apprenticeships in 2017. We are revising our current qualification offer and content in response to the introduction of the levy and the new standards and welcome the input of industry professionals as employers into this process. Please find attached information and agenda.

To confirm attendance please phone 01406 493000 or email Jean Ward (

If you are unable to attend but would appreciate an update or a separate conversation on educational reforms/the levy, we are happy to help.

Please contact Sharon Green or call 01406 493000

Thursday October 13th, 2016

The Robotic Chef April, will cook your lunch for you!

National Centre for Food Manufacturing, Park Road , Holbeach, PE12 7PT

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Thursday September 15th, 2016

Digital Technology event

09.30 Networking and Refreshments

10.00 Welcome – Martin Collison - 'Why Digital Data is Important to the Food Chain'

10.10 Simon Pearson - 'Development of Automation Enabled by Digital Technology'

10.30 Mark Swainson & Dr Duncan Rowland - 'Digital Potential for Food Traceability'                                          

11.05 Prof Andrew Fearne - 'Understanding Markets through Digital Data'

11.25 Q&A panel

12.25 Next steps

Presentation available on request from Sharon Green

Tuesday and Wednesday September 13th and 14th, 2016

Picknpack automation event

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To view past presentations, please visit our archive.

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National Centre for Food Manufacturing, Holbeach Campus, Park Road, Holbeach, Spalding, PE12 7PT
tel: + 44 (0)1406 493000
fax: + 44 (0)1406 493030