Food Industry makes the biggest bang ever at The Big Bang Fair

10/02/2014 14:59:38

FDF's Taste Success careers campaign stand made the biggest bang ever at this year's Big Bang Fair (13–16 March) which attracted vast amounts of visitors including a plethora of students, teachers, careers advisors and parents who descended upon the NEC, Birmingham to learn more about STEM careers.

The Big Bang Fair is the UK's largest celebration of science, technology, engineering and maths for young people and is a great place for us to show some of the many exciting things we do in food and drink manufacturing.

FDF Taste Success at the Big Bang Fair 2014

In 2014 we were be joined on our stand by Coca-Cola Enterprises, Mars, Mondelēz International, Nestlé UK, Premier Foods and PepsiCo UK.

On our stand we'll had lots of fun, educational and hands-on activities to get you thinking about the many exciting ways engineering is used to produce our food.

Some of the exciting things included:

  • The Festo Bionic Handling Assistant Robot showcasing the next generation of high-tech robotics.
  • Coca-Cola Enterprises demonstrated how bottles are processed and the Steinfurth machine was used to show how hygiene tests are done and checks for carbon content of drinks.
  • Mondelez International's Giant chocolate egg was a marvel. The giant egg, compromising of a mini chocolate sculpture of the Bournville and Cadbury World factories was a symbol of what science goes into to making chocolate and a mini-factory inside – and young people tried out the popular rig system engineering challenge.
  • Nestlé's Kit Kat game returned for the 3rd year running and was again a great a success.
  • PepsiCo's showed visitors what i-Crop is all about. The PepsiCo engineers also drew crowds of visitors to the demonstration stage when they spoke about how Monster Munch Feet are made.
  • Mars UK told the very educational story of the processes involved when making chocolate from 'Bean to Bar'.

Our stand also saw the return of the Chilli Baby and students could to compete riends on the MunchBot App.

See the photos from our stand on Flickr.

The Big Bang Fair 2013

In 2013, we teamed up with Nestlé UK again on an engineering-themed stand.

Nestlé worked with Bosch to bring a 4-Axes Delta Robot - a real example of high-tech robotic solutions used on the factory floor. Specially programmed, the robot played a game of ‘Beat the Robot’ against visitors to the Fair challenging them to pick Kit Kat off a conveyor belt.

We also launched our specially designed food engineering app – Munchbot and the latest video instalment of Lily, the fire-blowing Chilli Baby with clever engineering skills up her sleeve.

Download Munchbot now via iTunes

Watch Chilli Baby 2 on YouTube

Big Bang Fair 2013 picture from Flickr

The Big Bang Fair 2012

In our first year we teamed up with Nestlé UK to create the Big Bang Fair’s first ever food and drink manufacturing stand.

Nestlé chocolatiers took to the main stage to show visitors how to make Kit Kats and Nestlé engineering graduates created a factory game based on the Kit Kat production line and a 4 metre tall 'Smarties' fountain.

We also launched our new fun 'Mad about Food' videos showing some of the many exciting ways that science and engineering are used to make food.

Check out our Taste Success YouTube channel to see all our 'Mad about Food' videos

Big Bang Fair 2012 picture from Flickr

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