On the 4th of November, the 4th annual Sustainable Food and Beverage Conference was held on November 7th 2017 in the Ricoh Arena, Coventry. This event was organized by the industry leading ‘Food and Drink Business Europe’, who frequently organizes food manufacturing events. This specific event was organized to bring together food and beverage manufacturers, agriculture industries, engineers etc. to share their knowledge and vision regarding sustainable food and beverage production.
The experienced speakers were representing international food and beverage companies, and put the focus on sustainability. The wider audience consisted of technical as well as non-technical people. In total, 3500 people attended this conference.
In this context, Thomas Brewer, representative of the BEVERAGE project, gave a presentation about the technology and its environmental impact and sustainable characteristic.
A boiling innovation enabling radical energy savings in the brewing industry (Beverage LIFE15 CCM/BE/000090)
Wort boiling has been an important part of the brewing process since the dawn of civilisation, and is the largest energy consumer in the process. The process is crucial to the final beer flavour, quality and product safety. In an effort to reduce energy and improve beer quality a number of recent innovations in the beer industry has led to an idea involving a subtle tweak to the brewing process that reduces the energy consumption in Wort boiling by more than half. This process is currently being tested for quality and flavour matching in 2 breweries in Europe, thanks to the support of the LIFE program
3500 attendees to the conference, who were able to mill between talks and industrial stands I repeated the talk twice to an audience of <50. The talks are meant to be shared online but I cant find them. Here is a link to the expo to prove I was there: http://www.sustainablefoodexpo.com/speakers/
The talk was chaired by Martin Chilcott – Founder and CEO, 2degrees’s presentations
Most of the audience was non-technical, but there was a huge amount of interest in transferring skills between industries, most of the questions were related to this: Which other industries could benefit from this. No-one in the audience admitted to working from the brewing industry, although I found one guy from a brewing supplier there afterwards.
Everyone was amused by my demonstration, and the face of the organiser was precious when I started splashing water around!
Kind regards and thanks,
Thomas Brewer-Engineering Innovation and Transformation, ABIn-Bev
Thomas Brewer-Engineering Innovation and Transformation, ABIn-Bev’s presentations
As a Chemical Engineer I have worked for 20 years in the Food and drink industry in over 30 different countries. My favourite experiences include commissioning the UK’s first bioethanol plant, a 3 year energy efficiency optimisation at a sugar factory China, and designing and commissioning a milling innovation in a Tanzanian Brewery.
I will be talking on: http://www.sustainablefoodexpo.com/speakers/
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