From the University of Leicester Newsblog:
‘Some of the UK’s well-known firms will be represented at a trade show at the end of August which aims to boost exports in the food and drink sector. The Indo-British Trade Council’s UK-India Food and Drink Conference will take place at the University of Leicester between 30 August and 1 September 2011. The conference is as a result of the recent pact formed with the Leicestershire Asian Business Association (LABA) in July. Led by Professor Kevin Schürer, Pro-Vice-Chancellor for Research and Enterprise, the pact marks a major step forward in our strategy to work more closely with business, industry and the professions.
‘The event is being supported by large firms such as Tesco, Asda, Walkers Crisps, Samworth Brothers of Melton, Cofresh of Leicester, Loughborough University, Birmingham Airport and UK Trade and Investment. An estimated 150 businesses will attend, approximately 40 of which will be from India, with the intention to attract buyers for Indian and British products from each of those countries and in general increase exports.
‘The aim of the three-day event is to bring together industry professionals, buyers, regulators and leading experts to disseminate some of the latest perspectives and opportunities in the food and drink industries. It will provide firms with advice about innovation, sourcing ingredients, cost, the delivery of goods, distribution channels, meeting quality standards and dealing with legislation. It will also give small and medium-sized enterprises an opportunity to forge alliances with buyers and companies from the UK-India trade partnerships. Presentations by leading experts, workshops and networking opportunities are scheduled for the three days, including a workshop on Food and Drink Packaging led by Professor Paul Monks from our Department of Chemistry’.
A research project that looked at various aspects of food in the East Midlands, linking them with museum displays and objects in the region, and making the results available to as many people as possible in different formats.