A number of trainee graduates within the food industry were
given the opportunity to see into the future as they visited the University of
Lincoln’s National Centre for Food Manufacturing (NCFM) as part of their
graduate development programmes.
The graduates, who are all on a scheme at either Bakkavor or
Marks and Spencer, visited NCFM during their training days to experience and
interact with the technology that will shape the future of food production.
NCFM is a national centre of excellence for food
manufacturing, and as a result, houses a number of pioneering robotics and
automation systems that are set to play a significant role in the future of the
Sharon Green, Deputy Head of NCFM, said: “We are dedicated
to supporting the next generation of food manufacturing talent so it is a
pleasure to welcome the MandS and Bakkavor graduates to our campus.”
Graduates were shown the APRIL robotics system and a new
steam infusion cooking method that is set to transform the production and
supply aspect of the sector.
Future of the sector
APRIL (Automated Processing Robotic Ingredient Loading) is a
‘robotic chef’ that combines cutting-edge food processing technologies with
proven robotic systems to produce high-quality food on an industrial scale.
The centre is dedicated to helping employees within the food
industry advance their careers, and now graduates are able to gain a real
insight into what the future will look like.
MandS deals with more than 32 million customers in-store and
online every year, which is why the company runs a number of different graduate
schemes for roles in food and manufacturing, retail management and in their head
Employees on the companies Graduate Food Technology Scheme were
given the chance to visit the centre to learn how technological advancements
could enhance their industry.
For graduate training schemes across a range of locations,
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