Insights

Our latest thoughts, experience and insights on the topical issues, trends and events happening in the food manufacturing industry.

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5 things to consider when designing a food manufacturing building

5 things to consider when designing a food manufacturing building, our expert consultants review the top 5 here.

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Using a manufacturing process consultant

A manufacturing process consulting firm is a third-party business that gives outside experience supporting, but perfectly aligned with your manufacturing strategy.

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Industrial agricultural engineering

Agricultural consulting services could be right for you if you want to improve your bottom line or learn more about how to manage land without spending a lot of money.

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Industrial food mixing

Industrial food mixers are sophisticated, detailed, and precise food processing equipment used to mix and blend the highest quality substances for use in industry.

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The rise and rise of plant-based food manufacturing

As we enter the new year, Veganuary once again highlights the rise in popularity of plant-based diets and food manufacturing.

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2021

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2021: Year in Review

After another landmark year, here's our review of 2021 including some of our highlights, industry developments and plans for 2022

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Climate change and the food industry

The issue of climate change is leading to big changes across the food industry, in packaging, supply, waste, processes, and product ranges.

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Detection and Inspection in food manufacturing

Detection and Inspection in food manufacturing is a key area of concern for all when it comes to upholding food safety standards.

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Employees in food manufacturing

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Filling the recruitment gap in food manufacturing

There is a need for a shift change to fill the recruitment gap and create a sustainable future for the food manufacturing industry.   

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The benefits of conveyor systems in manufacturing

Adding a conveyor system to your manufacturing production line can revolutionize your processes as our conveyor solutions team have discovered.

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Food supply chain issues – the cause and consequence

We have all seen images and news of empty supermarket shelves due to pressure on the UK supply chain, but why now?

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2nd anniversary marks company success

Our second year anniversary marks our most successful year to date providing the food industry with engineering services.

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Why machinery maintenance is a priority for the food industry

Machinery maintenance plays a key role in the food industry and for manufacturers that saves time, money and a lot of unnecessary stress.

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Robotics in food manufacturing

The role of robotics in food manufacturing has become increasingly prevalent but how can it be effectively integrated into your processes?

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Turnkey solution for food manufacturers

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Turnkey solutions for food manufacturers

We're proud to offer a turnkey solution for food manufacturers that brings together the skill and expertise our clients need to grow and develop their business.

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Remote Working in the Food Industry

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Remote working in the food manufacturing industry

Remote or flexible working isn’t something you might automatically associate with the food manufacturing industry but this last year has meant big changes.

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Apprenticeship

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Why Apprenticeships are vital for a thriving manufacturing sector

Having worked in engineering and manufacturing my whole career, I am passionate about encouraging young people to consider manufacturing as a viable, rewarding career.

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The rise of the conscious consumer and what it means for food manufacturing

The plant-based trend is part of a wider movement towards more mindful and conscious consumption, with the environment and ethics a key consideration to British consumers.

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What does IT all mean for food manufacturing?

Much like electricity and water, we expect our IT provision to just ‘work’ and be there when we need it. Only when there's a problem, do we realise the vulnerabilities in the IT chain and how much we rely on this fundamental service.

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2020 in review and the opportunities ahead

As an engineering support company to the food industry, we've seen first hand the challenges of 2020, but also the opportunities ahead.

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Partnerships and Support in the Food Industry: Food and Drink Forum

The food & drink sector can survive and thrive through effective collaborations and partnerships. FESS is a member of the Food and Drink Forum providing support to growing food and drink manufacturers.

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What really matters when it comes to packaging design?

From eye catching creatives, to the reduction of materials and increase in required nutritional information, there have been significant considerations for manufacturers and designers when it comes to creating packaging that appeals to consumers and stockists.

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How to look after your machinery: Maintenance, Repair and Hire

As the backbone of any manufacturing business, the machinery used is fundamental to the successful running of the company. When it comes to the food industry, equipment maintenance is a critical factor in safe food product production.

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Mechanical and Electrical Engineering Services

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What to consider when choosing your M&E contractor

When you are looking to appoint an M&E supplier it’s important to acknowledge not all contractors are the same.

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Steri-Fess Hand Sanitiser Unit for Businesses

The automatic sensor activated, touch free Steri-Fess sanitiser reduces the risk of cross-contamination and can either be wall or pedestal mounted and connected to door entry systems or turnstiles.

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New RAMS Contractor Support Service launched

Select the RAMS Contractor Support package to suit your contractor needs. From policy and permit review & creation, to onsite guidance and training.

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FESS Group sponsor charity wheelchair rugby tournament

Fess Group Ltd is proudly sponsoring this year's annual charity wheelchair rugby tournament, The Peacock Cup.

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Mental Health Awareness in Food Manufacturing

This week is Mental Health Awareness Week, which is particularly pertinent timing given the ongoing Covid-19 pandemic. The food industry and its workers have been heavily impacted by this crisis, mentally, emotionally, and financially.

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Cost Benefit Analysis in food manufacturing

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The value of an effective cost-benefit analysis

Clear parameters for evaluation are non-negotiable when it comes to running a profitable and effective factory setting. A Cost-Benefit Analysis provides a mechanism for measurement that reduces risk and increases the chances of success.

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Covid-19 opportunities and challenges for the food industry

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What are the opportunities for the food industry in the Covid-19 era?

We are living in an industry defining moment. It is vital all those who work in the food sector use the lessons, opportunities, relationships and revenues generated throughout this experience to continue to develop a world-leading sector.

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Are you at risk of a food safety breach?

With the Food Standards Agency issuing a product recall more often than any of us would like, it does suggest there is more that we can do as an industry to prevent breaches in food safety.

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How to approach conflict in a factory setting

Working in a time pressured, intense environment will inevitably lead to occasions when the heat rises between colleagues, but the key is how your respond and use these occasions to develop the team, and not distract.

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Opportunities in 2020 for the food industry

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Opportunities & Challenges for Food Manufacturers in 2020

As we enter a new year, it’s the perfect time to really look at what the next 12 months could have in store for the food industry and your business. I’ve picked out my top three opportunities and challenges for 2020.

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Food manufacturing sustainability

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How to develop a food manufacturing sustainability strategy

The conversation surrounding sustainability is a concern for all industries; especially the food sector. From production to packaging...

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manufacturing careers

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Manufacturing the dream job…

Dreaming of a job in manufacturing isn’t going to be at the top of most young people’s wish list. And that’s fine. I wanted to be a rock star for the majority of my youth.

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Retailer audit

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How to Prepare for… the Retailer Audit Inspection

If you are a food manufacturer and supply products to the retail market, you will have the pleasure of experiencing the equivalent of an Ofsted inspection to your premises by the retailer you supply.

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