Date of release: Friday, July 31, 2015

Food manufacturing and production business leaders joined experts from the university at Medway this week to share the challenges and opportunities they face in meeting the needs of the 21st century food supply chain.

Linda Nicolaides, a Food Safety and Quality Management Microbiologist at the Natural Resources Institute, spoke at the launch of the Kent Food Forum. She says: "We have tremendous expertise and facilities on campus to support all aspects of the food industry and we want to share these more widely to benefit the food producers and manufacturers of Kent.

"We already work with producers and businesses across the world to assist with such things as sustainable farming programmes, supply chains, food processing techniques, safety and extending the shelf life of produce.

"We are bringing those skills and resources together and making them available to our local producers and manufacturers."

University speakers also included Dr Debbie Rees, Dr Nazanin Zand, Professor Mike Bradley and Dr Satya Shah.

The launch event, Solutions for the Food Sector, was organised by the university in partnership with Kent Invicta Chamber of Commerce and promoted by the Enterprise Europe Network. A second meeting of the forum is planned for November.