The food and beverage industry is a volatile place. Whether reacting to market trends or regulatory boundaries the role of the food developer is never an quiet one. But as fast as the market place changes the technology that can enable change is moving equally quickly. To be successful food and beverage companies need to embrace such developments and employ dynamic technology scouting as well as market trends analysis to ensure that the next generation of food and drink products can be successfully delivered.
In this presentation Steve will explore the challenges of introducing new technologies, how to manage to complex networks that need to be employed and explores what might be coming next that will present opportunity to the food and drink industry, in particular drawing on the concept of Food Manufacturing 4.0.
Steve Osborn BSc (Hons), M.Phil, CSci, FIFST
Principal Consultant - Food and Beverage
The Aurora Ceres Partnership ltd
Having graduated as an Analytical Chemist, Steve completed a Research Masters on Maillard Reaction Flavours, with the University of Reading. He then spent many years in Confectionery Manufacturing with Nestlé and Northern Foods, working as scientific and technical support to key brands, and later, Technical Manager at Ashbury Confectionery, a leading manufacturer of retailer and contract branded products. 2006 saw Steve join Leatherhead Food Research and with his wealth of industry knowledge and understanding undertook a wide range of activities for the Food Innovation group including; delivery of technical training courses and conference engagements on a wide variety of food innovation topics and running innovation workshops, including ‘Food Innovation INTENT’, an Open Innovation community.
In 2015 Steve established The Aurora Ceres Partnership Ltd, with Naomi Diaz-Osborn providing innovation management, product development, change management and business support for the Food and Beverage industry, and continues to provide open innovation and technology scouting through ‘ACTION’, the Aurora Ceres Technology Innovation Open Network. He is widely recognised as a food industry expert and delivers presentations at international conferences and events as well as judging food industry innovation awards. Steve is a Chartered Scientist, Fellow of the IFST and chairs the Consultancy Special Interest Group.