Food Processing Awards 2020: nominations are open!

17 February 2020

Nominations are now open for entry into the annual Food Processing Awards, which acknowledge and engineering excellence and innovation in the food and beverage processing sector. This year the award ceremony will be held at the DoubleTree by Hilton Hotel in Coventry on the evening of the annual Appetite for Engineering event on 15th October. 

The Food Processing Awards 2020 categories are: 

• Robotics & Automation 
• Lean / Continuous Improvement 
• Young Engineer of the Year 
• Lifetime Achievement 
• Hygiene & Food Safety 
• Process & Packaging 
• Skills & Development 
• Smart / Digital Technology 
• Environmental / Sustainability 

Nominating a company or person is easy. You can nominate your own company; you can nominate an innovative product that was developed to solve a food processing issue; or you could nominate a food industry engineering project that incorporates automation technology and has helped solve a problem. 

Nominations need to include the following information: 
• Contact name, address, phone number and email of nominee and category. 
• Details about the nominated product/application/technology/person. (and high-resolution image where possible).
• Brief statement about the potential impact of the nomination for the food and beverage processing sector
• Brief evidence or customer recommendations about the benefits – if applicable. 

Nominations should be sent to the editor of Food Processing – – before 22nd June. After this date the final nominations will be presented to the readers of Food Processing for consideration.

Last year’s winners included Bakkavör’s apprenticeship programmes, which have been designed to develop the skills of young engineering talent who want to embark on a new career in food manufacturing while working towards a nationally recognised qualification. 

Winner of the Process & Packaging Award was the Hygienic eXtended Transport System (XTS) from Beckhoff Automation is a linear motion technology that offers a high degree of design freedom and reduces maintenance requirements, while igus UK scooped the Robotics & Automation Award with its robolink DCi, a cost-effective robotic arm solution for the food industry which offers the benefits of flexibility for picking and packing applications. The robotic arm is suited to use in lifting applications. It can handle items weighing up to 1kg with an accuracy of ±0.5mm and it can be installed and commissioned without the need for any prior robotics experience. 

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