Food Safety Innovation Conference 2023
Debut Draws Enthusiastic Acclaim
Taking place at the University of Lincoln on September 5th, the Food Safety Innovation Conference 2023 brought together more than 150 industry experts, all sharing a common commitment to advancing food safety and hygiene, challenging conventional norms, and spotlighting genuine innovation.
This event, the result of meticulous planning spanning months, was a collaborative endeavor by FoodClean and Klipspringer. Both companies were determined in their mission to positively impact the food industry and its dedicated professionals.
Commencement and Welcoming Remarks
The conference commenced with a morning filled with hot beverages and an assortment of pastries, followed by a warm welcome by event chair Alec Kyriakides, Alex Carlyon (Director at Klipspringer), and Dan Turner (Director at FoodClean). Drawing from his extensive experience as the former Head of Technical Operations at Sainsbury’s, Alec delivered an inspiring presentation titled “Food Safety: Past, Present, and Future.” His talk spanned from historical events shaping food safety regulations to the potential challenges and opportunities that lie ahead.
Subsequently, attendees were treated to a series of captivating presentations from five prominent figures in the food industry:
- Nikos Manouselis, Co-Founder and CEO of Agroknow, explored “Innovation in Food Safety Management,” offering intriguing insights into the role of AI technology.
- Katie Satterthwaite, Factory Standards Manager for Marks and Spencer, made a compelling case for “Innovation in Hygienic Design,” shedding light on GFSI scopes JI and JII.
- Dave Duncalf, Head of Chemical Technology at FoodClean, delivered a remarkable presentation on “Innovation in Cleaning Automation and Robotics,” with a focus on the ‘Sinner’s Circle.’
- John Michael Piggot, EU Head of Food Safety at Amazon, discussed “Innovation in Analytical Assurance,” weighing the pros and cons of various analytical techniques for food quality control and safety.
- Denis Treacy, Former Chief Officer for Safety & Quality at Pladis Global, passionately presented “Innovation in Professional Development,” empowering attendees to elevate their strategic influence
Following a morning break filled with canapés and a live performance by the Klipspringer band, attendees immersed themselves in two out of four available workshops:
- Workshop One, led by Katie Satterthwaite and Phil May (Group Hygiene Manager for Greencore), delved into “Equipment Design and Cleaning,” offering insights and practical demonstrations.
- Workshop Two, hosted by Nikos Manouselis, expanded on his earlier talk about “Innovation in Food Safety Management,” providing an in-depth exploration of Predictive Analytics.
- After a brief intermission, Workshops Three and Four took place. The former provided a thorough examination of “Analytical Assurance,” specifically the testing process for allergens and microorganisms, led by Marissa Schwoch, Microbiologist, and Auditor at Food Microbiology Solutions Ltd. Workshop Four revolved around “Food Safety Management Systems,” with Richa Bedi-Navik (Senior Global Standards Manager for BRCGS) and Helen Taylor (Technical Director at the ZERO2FIVE Food Industry Centre) elucidating BRCGS Version 9 intricacies.
The Salted Orange Catering buffet lunch served as an excellent networking opportunity, allowing conference attendees to establish new connections and discuss key takeaways from the morning sessions. It also facilitated the submission of questions via the FSI app for the afternoon panel session. The panel featured Katie Satterthwaite, Denis Treacy, John Michael Piggot, Phil May (Workshop host), and Kelsey McEvoy (Global Quality Systems Manager for the Kerry Group), offering valuable insights and addressing pressing questions from the audience.
As the panel session concluded, Alec Kyriakides closed the conference by expressing gratitude to Klipspringer and FoodClean for orchestrating the event, the speakers and workshop hosts for their invaluable contributions, and the enthusiastic attendees.
The day concluded with an exciting promise of more to come, as anticipation builds for the Food Safety Conference 2024!
Feedback from the 2023 Event
Here are some thoughts shared by participants of the 2023 conference:
“I loved connecting with so many people and took away some great nuggets to think about. Thanks to all the speakers and looking forward to the Food Safety Innovation Conference 2024.” – Katie Satterthwaite, Factory Standards Manager at Marks and Spencer.
“The FSI Conference had such informative and thought-provoking content delivered by a fabulous lineup of presenters via a great mix of formats that made it all so easy to engage with. There was a real buzz throughout the day.” – Alec Kyriakides, former Head of Technical Operations at Sainsbury’s.
“Not only was this the first FSI conference, but it was also the first event of this kind I’ve personally had the opportunity to attend. The industry experts invited to present during the day were excellent.” – Jade Mayhew, Retail Distribution Compliance Lead at Gist.
“Absolutely incredible day! Brilliant people, fascinating insights from all over the industry, and even an uber-talented Klipspringer band!” – Phil May, Group Hygiene Manager, Greencore.
“Thank you to all the brilliant presenters, along with the teams at FoodClean and Klipspringer. I found the day very informative, and it was great to catch up and talk hygiene and technical with peers and ex-colleagues. I must also add that the hospitality was fabulous.” – Hemant Chhiber, Experienced Interim Hygiene Manager.
“The FSI Conference is the new benchmark in food safety innovation networking. A collaborative, workshop-based, disruption forum led by genuine industry experts who have hundreds of years of collective experience working directly in the global food supply chain. If you can only get to one forum in 2024, then choose well, or you will probably have your food safety agenda set by your auditors as usual. Gain a competitive advantage in food safety, don’t dither, get to the FSI.” – Denis Treacy, Former Chief Officer for Safety and Quality at Pladis Global.
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