The consequences of the horsemeat crisis, filling the yawning skills gap, lean and green manufacturing and social media were just some of the topics tackled by the Food Manufacture Group at Foodex 2014, at the National Exhibition Centre in Birmingham last week.
Watch this video to get see what solutions key industry experts identified and to get a flavour of the event from exclusive footage from the exhibition floor and centre stage.
The Food Manufacture Group held four Big Video Debates to address the dangers, opportunities, challenges facing the food and drink sector and the solutions on offer.
This video features the views of the former Food Standards Agency (FSA) board chairman, British Retail Consortium (BRC), Forum for the Future, The National Skills Academy for Food and Drink, Institute of Food Science & Technology, British Automation and Robot Association, SA Partners, Wyke Farms, Mash Direct and National Farmers Union (NFU).
Former chairman of the FSA board Lord Rooker, BRC food policy adviser Elizabeth Andoh-Kesson and Forum for the Future head of food Mark Driscoll gave their views on how the horsemeat crisis changed industry practices.
Click here to see extended highlights from the debate.
Threat or opportunity
Wyke Farms md Richard Clothier, Mash Direct marketing manager Jack Hamilton and NFU senior social media advisor Paul Bradley discussed whether or not social media was a threat or opportunity.
See our extended highlights of that debate to hear when speakers claimed was the best time to tweet.
To find out what experts had to say on plugging the skills gap and how lean and green manufacturing could pay off in the long-run watch this video.
Meanwhile, broadcaster and former cabinet minister Michael Portillo explained why he felt a war on sugar was imminent.
To see the full version of our exclusive video with Portillo click here.