Food and Drink Engineering Committee

The Food and Drink Engineering Committee (FDEC) covers the entire food and drink supply chain from producer to consumer, with particular concern for the engineering related aspects, but also the economic, social, environmental and political contexts within which the sector functions.

Our remit is to produce outputs which will interest and benefit engineers, raise public awareness of the role of engineers in the sector, engage with a wide range of stakeholders and influence government decision making both nationally and internationally.

What we do

  • Hold committee meetings at least three times a year for networking, programme planning and output review, policy formulation and continued professional development
  • Organise talks, lectures, seminars and conferences on a range of technical and societal topics relating to the food and drink sector
  • Assist the Public Affairs Team in formulating and developing Institution policy positions on national and international issues relevant to the food and drink sector
  • Author food and drink sector thought leadership reports on behalf of the Institution and participate in both public and industry focussed debates, discussions and conferences organised by other bodies
  • Provide input to national government and international body (such as the UN) consultations and inquiries into food and drink sector related topics and represent the Institution on relevant advisory groups, boards and committees as appropriate
  • Provide Institution input into the development of industry standards, codes, protocols and best practice guidance documents
  • Undertake special projects both nationally and internationally that raise public and industry awareness of the role of engineers in the food and drink sector and have impact in helping meet the major 21st Century societal challenges of population growth, urbanisation, demographic change, resource depletion and environmental risks, such as climate change and ecological degradation
  • Work closely with our colleagues on the equivalent relevant committees and groups in other engineering and non-engineering institutions

Our objectives

  1. Provide the Institution’s focal point for the food and drink sector
  2. Promote and support Institution members in their professional food and drink sector related activities
  3. Raise public, industry and government awareness of the benefits of professional engineering and the societal contribution of engineers working in the food and drink sector
  4. Encourage adequately informed consideration of the food and drink engineering aspects in matters of public, industrial and legislative interest
  5. Liaise with other food and drink engineering organisations and related technical and scientific organisations on professional matters and topics of public and sector concern
  6. Support the development of relevant curricula at all levels of education and training, including continuing professional development, in food and drink engineering
  7. Promote, encourage and support excellence in food and drink engineering
Find out more about the other Process Industries Division committees.

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