Christmas festivities

Posted on 14 December 2015

Last week I attended two trips in London: the ceremony of Christmas cheeses and the Anaerobic Digestion & Bioresources Digestion (ADBA) National Conference 2015.

The ceremony of Christmas cheeses was held at The Royal Hospital Chelsea. The day involved a ceremonial cheese cutting, a performance from popular TV show Britain’s Got Talent opera star Charlotte Jaconelli and a cheese filled luncheon.

It was a great privilege to speak to the Chelsea Pensioners throughout the day, many of whom were overwhelmed with the response from guests. Read about the day in more detail here.

The ADBA conference provided an insight into the lastest developments in anaerobic digestion for the dairy industry and the possible issues it faces in the future. Please be sure to take a look at the January issue of Dairy Industries International for a full report.

A huge welcome to our new CanTech International editor, Alex Fordham who has finished his second week here at Bell and is settling in just great. Find out a little more about him here.

Megan Humphrey, web editor

Looking to the future

Posted on 23 November 2015

This week I attended Food Matters Live at The Excel Centre in London with Carly, the editor of Food and Drink Technology.

I spent a busy day talking to budding entrepreneurs about their new products and attending some very interesting seminars hosted by a panel of experts.

What I enjoyed most about the day was introducing myself to some of the companies that I regularly liaise with back in the office – it was great to meet people face to face and strengthen our working relationships.

One particular seminar I attended, ‘New markets, new diets: what’s the future for the global health and well being market?’ was fascinating and I will be reporting on the findings in the next issue of Food and Drink Technology.

This month we said goodbye to Richard Piper, our CanTech International editor who is moving on to pursue new challenges. We wish him well for the future. You can take a look at the November issue of CanTech International here, which includes all the Asia CanTech award winners, as well as a review of this year’s successful conference and exhibition.

Also, this week we were excited to announce that Kuala Lumpur is the location for Asia CanTech 2016, read more about it here. As well as this, we announced some brand new features for next year’s Euro CanTech 2016 being held in Berlin in April, which can be seen here.

Megan Humphrey, web editor

Bangkok success

Posted on 2 November 2015

Asia CanTech 2015 is officially over for another year, and we are happy to say it ran without a hitch.

It was great to hear that so many new and familiar faces were seen over the course of the event, so a big thank you from us to all those who attended. The event kicked off with afternoon registration, followed by a networking buffet dinner held on the riverside terrace at the hotel.

Day two of the conference welcomed the first keynote speaker of the event, John Bigley, managing director of Jamestrong Packaging – Australia and New Zealand. During his talk Jamestrong announced that it will be installing an eight-colour decorating line at its Milperra (NSW, Australia) – for the full story please click here. The highly anticipated Asia CanTech awards filled the rest of the evening; and all of the winners can be seen here.

Commenting on the success of the event, Megan Freeman, our events manager, says, “We have just returned from yet another successful Asia CanTech conference in Bangkok, Thailand. With 300+ attendees, the conference, exhibition room and tabletop stands looked fantastic across the board.

“It was great to see new and familiar faces gathering together from around the industry. Thank you once again for your support at Asia CanTech 2015, the feedback has been overwhelmingly positive and we are pleased that all of you found it so valuable. The conference presentations will be available to download on our website this week.

“I look forward to seeing you all again next year at Euro CanTech 2016 and Asia CanTech 2016 and as always we will be asking for your input on location.”

Back here in the office, the November issue of Dairy Industries is hot off the press. This month’s issue contains a feature focus on China, investigating the new advertising law that will challenge the country’s dairy sector.

The next couple of months also see a number of important trade shows, including Brau Beviale, Food Matters Live and Food Ingredients Europe. For all the latest news from these events be sure to keep an eye out across the websites.

Lastly, it’s worth noting that all of the 2016 media packs were uploaded across all of the sites at the start of the week, and can be downloaded here.

Megan Humphrey, web editor

Asia CanTech countdown

Posted on 21 October 2015

With just days left until the eagerly awaited Asia CanTech 2015 our event team are finishing off the final preparations here in the office before travelling to Thailand.

If you have any queries about the upcoming conference in Bangkok, please don’t hesitate to ask our events manager Megan Freeman, at

Last week, we unveiled the exhibitors’ floor plan for the tabletop exhibition on our website which you can access here, you may have also seen it appear on the CanTech newsletter last week. If you don’t already receive our newsletters please subscribe here.

In other news, Suzanne spent some of her week in Edinburgh attending the European Dairy Association Annual Congress 2015. On the agenda were the positive changes in attitude towards dairy nutritional value, click here to find out more.

Carly and Susannah were the envy of us all when they attended the Chocolate Show at Olympia on Friday. It’s the UK’s biggest chocolate celebration, and to find out all about it read Carly’s blog here.

Also, don’t forget to check out the October issue of Food and Drink Technology, It includes a feature on tna, after Carly jetted to the Netherlands to visit their manufacturing facility.

Megan Humphrey, web editor

Euro CanTech site goes live!

Posted on 7 October 2015

We are very excited to announce that we have gone live with our brand new Euro CanTech website, bringing you all the latest news about our annual Euro CanTech conference and exhibition taking place in Berlin, Germany 4-6 April 2016.

Since my last blog, a lot of the Bell team have attended PPMA in Birmingham. Three of our editors from Food & Drink Technology, Confectionery Production and Dairy Industries attended the show across the three day event, accompanied by our sales team. The exhibition celebrated its 27th year and was highly focused on machinery allowing access to the most senior decision makers. Our stand featuring the three-wheeler Morgan was very popular and became a talking-point of the show!

Be sure to take a look at our editors’ blogs in the coming weeks to hear all about it, but in the main time Suzanne discusses the hot topics of debate from the World Dairy Summit in Lithuania and Carly talks us through the latest updates on the horsemeat scandal from ABC’s Fighting Food Fraud event in their latest blog entries.

Don’t forget that our October issue of Confectionery Production is hot off the press, which includes a show preview of Anuga, 10-14 October, and a fascinating article on Nestlé’s quest to protect the shape of KitKat. Please have a read here.

Megan Humphrey, web editor


Trade show introductions

Posted on 22 September 2015

So, I was lucky enough to attend my first trade show last week, Packaging Innovations at Olympia in London. Almost instantly after stepping through the entrance I was greeted with an array of exhibitors all showcasing their new products and innovations.

Luckily I was accompanied by our editors Richard and Carly, trade show veterans who showed me the ropes. I spent time visiting a number of booths talking to people and introducing myself, and it was interesting to find out more about the businesses that I write about on a daily basis.

One of those in particular was Crown, who informed us of their most recent innovations in package design, from adding LED lighting to packaging, to interactive GiftTag technology. Find out more about it here.

The trip was worthwhile and acted as a great introduction in terms of really getting to grips with my role as web editor. And one thing I certainly took away from the day is the importance of networking. Meeting the people I liaise with regularly should enable me to strengthen my business relationships and ultimately my skills as a journalist.

Megan Humphrey, web editor

Busy week for our editors…

Posted on 15 September 2015

This month is a particularly busy one for all of our editors here at Bell Publishing, with the office feeling a lot emptier than usual as they attend some of this year’s most important events.

Carly, editor of Food and Drink Technology, has a very busy schedule this week with four different events to attend. She has been in Munich for the past two days at iba, the world’s leading trade fair for bakery, confectionery and snacks. She also has RWM, Packaging Innovations and Fighting Food Fraud all penned into her diary for the rest of the week travelling all over the country. Be sure to check our Twitter handle @foodanddrinktec for updates from the shows.

Jetting off in a completely different direction is Suzanne, editor of Dairy Industries International who flew to Chicago on Sunday for the International Dairy Show. Here she will have exclusive access to new products, technology and machines. If you’re not in the US Suzanne’s blog next week and the show review will be sure to tell you all about it – so stay tuned!

Although he’s in the office, Richard, our CanTech editor is currently breathing a sigh of relief after his whopping 114 page Supplier Profile issue has finally been published. We had a delivery of this month’s issue into the office yesterday and it’s definitely one not to be missed, so suscribe here. Also bear in mind that it isn’t long till our annual conference Asia CanTech and the award entries are still open until 25 September. To enter, please fill out the registration form, which can be found here and send it to our events manager, Megan Freeman at

Confectionery Production will be going to press next week for this month’s issue which will feature the Supplier Profile. To make sure you don’t miss it, subscribe here.

Just a little introduction from myself, I’m Megan Humphrey the new Web Editor for Bell Publishing. The past couple of weeks have been quite a whirlwind getting to grips with everything here, but one that I’m really enjoying. I’m off to my first trade show, Packaging Innovations tomorrow with Richard and Carly so I’ll be sure to let you know what I got up to.

Until then however, please sign up to our weekly newsletters here to ensure you can keep updated with all the latest news.

Megan Humphrey, web editor

Asia CanTech Awards 2014

Posted on 28 October 2014

The results of the Asia CanTech Awards 2014 were announced last night at the Gala Dinner during Asia CanTech in Bangkok. As always the level of entries was exceptionally high and likewise the quality of the containers. For more news on the conference, exhibition and award winners, make sure you read the next issue of CanTech International.

Supreme Award Winner
Swan Industries – Zola Coco Espresso can

Category winners:

Two-piece Beverage
STI-Can – Delster Can

Benjamit Packaging – Moccona Trio Box

Swan Industries – Glade Can

Three-piece Food
Sinar Djaja Can – Royal Gdansk cookie tin

Three-piece Beverage
Swan Industries – Zola Coco Espresso can

General Line
Tinpak Ltd – Vintage Teas Christmas Cheer can

Crown Asia Pacific Holdings Ltd – Laminate Pail

Ends, caps & Closures
Sinar Djaja Can – Almithali easy-open end

Our thanks go to all who entered and our congratulations to the winners.

Euro CanTech 2015 early bird discount

Posted on 27 October 2014

With the team currently in Bangkok at the busy Asia CanTech show, a reminder that the early bird discounts for Euro CanTech are only available until 31 October. Book now to take advantage of the discount.

In Bangkok there’s been a growing interest in the Barcelona event, with can makers and suppliers from all over the world expressing their interest in attending next March. The all-inclusive format, giving so many opportunities for networking between the can makers and suppliers, is very well suited to the Hotel Arts’ excellent facilities. We feel sure it’s going to be a successful show.

A week in the life of an editor…

Posted on 23 September 2014

Food and Drink Technology editor Carly Wood has had a busy week out and about in the food industry, as well as attending the prestigious Food & Drink Federation Awards dinner in London. You can read her account of a Week in the Life of an Editor here.

And all this having just gone to press with a hefty 68 page issue – click here to subscribe.



Asia CanTech exhibitors area now full

Posted on 14 September 2014

Asia CanTech is proving more popular than ever this year, with can makers, suppliers and fillers signing up to register as the event gets ever nearer. There are now nearly 70 exhibitors in the tabletop exhibit area, which is now full.

To keep you all abreast of just who will be present in Bangkok in October, we have put together a list of attendees.

Click here to view the list

To book your delegate package or for any queries please contact Assistant Events Manager Megan Freeman on

More information on the event can be found at




Bell Publishing at the PPMA show

Posted on 1 September 2014

We are gearing up to exhibit at the PPMA Show, ‘The Complete Production Line Event’, which is taking place at the NEC Birmingham, 30 September to 2 October.

The UK’s largest Processing and Packaging Machinery Exhibition, with over 300 exhibitors and more than 8,000 visitors, the event showcases the latest technology from machinery, industrial robot and automation technology to the machine vision solutions.

We will be there on stand B45 and if you’re planning a visit we look forward to meeting you. Look out for reports on the show in future issues of the magazines.



World famous Hotel Arts chosen for Euro CanTech

Posted on 1 August 2014

Euro CanTech will take place at the beautiful, world famous Hotel Arts Barcelona, Spain.

Hotel Arts Barcelona is one of the most striking waterfront hotels in the vibrant Catalan capital and a luxurious oasis near the beach, on the shores of the Mediterranean Sea. Overlooking miles of pristine beaches and the grand vista of Port Olimpic, this Barcelona beach hotel embraces the city’s cultural and culinary passions, ensuring that every guest is touched by an art-inspired sensory experience.

Renowned for its 24-hour personalized service, stunning 43rd-floor spa and innovative dining with five onsite restaurants, this waterfront hotel is a unique location.

For more information visit the Euro CanTech website, or contact Megan Freeman,


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