Going the extra mile

In April our Client Solution Manager, Matthew Carr, completed the Paris Marathon raising £1900 for a local community centre project. He was very relieved to finish the 26.2 mile course in 3hours 53 minutes!

  • Posted: 21 June 2013

International success hits the headlines

IFP's most recent international success has been reported on as part of the UK Trade & Investments Export Week:

Tasty project for Ashby company

A Leicestershire firm have been awarded the contract to manage a £60m project in the Middle East, with help from Government export body UK Trade & Investment (UKTI).

Integrated Food Projects (IFP) of Ashby-de-la-Zouch, who specialise in capital investment projects in the food and drink industry, will now lead the team, made up of three other companies, on the project.

Matthew Carr, Client Solutions Manager, said:

"This is another major international order we have been awarded so it's great news for IFP’s growth.

"We are hopeful that the successful delivery of this high profile project will provide a platform to securing further business in the Middle-East."

Last year food and drink exports from the UK to the Middle East were up by 35.2 per cent. For example, Saudi Arabia moved up five places to become the 16th largest export market for food and drink. The increase was driven largely by dairy, sugar, confectionery and soft drinks.

Christine Johnson, Trade Adviser for UKTI East Midlands, said:

"There is a huge British presence across the Middle East. An increase in the price of oil has led to a boom in infrastructure and a boom in food and drink outlets" 

“Food and Drink represents the largest manufacturing sector in the UK. Employing more than 500,000 people, it makes a huge contribution to the economy. Even in this economic downturn, food and drink exports are continuing to grow, month on month, year on year.  Developing markets such as the Gulf States and Asia are opening up some excellent opportunities for exporters.”

Matthew added:

“The Middle-East is big focus for us as it offers exciting growth opportunities – Food and Drink in the UAE alone is set to double from £3.6bn to £7.2bn by 2020.

“The British food industry is held in really high regard internationally – The UK is seen as the world leader in terms of food manufacturing standards and food safety"

  • Posted: 21 June 2013

IFP partner with Handmade Meal Entrepreneur, Charlie Bigham, to deliver growth

Integrated Food Projects, recognised for their long history of delivering project solutions for the ready meal/recipe dish sector, have been chosen by Charlie Bigham’s to provide support to deliver their capital investment programme aimed at enabling their growth strategy. As part of the first phase of their expansion programme, IFP have recently completed a cook-chill project which provided new technology to enable Charlie Bigham’s to double its production volumes. The project included extensive remodelling of their existing production facilities to accommodate the installation of new cook-chill technology, all of which was designed, procured and implemented within a very short programme, whilst maintaining the integrity of the business throughout. The project was delivered on-time and under budget, and IFP are now providing assistance to Charlie Bigham’s as they consider the next phases of their capital investment programme.
But don’t just take our word for it…….

The success of the project led to Tom Allchurch, Charlie Bighams CEO, to say to Philip Chatfield, IFP Managing Director:

“Thanks to you and to your team. On time, on budget, and as good as hoped! We really appreciate the quality of professionalism and the drive to deliver that you have brought to Charlie Bigham’s. We feel that we have taken another important step up in our capabilities in an area that will be critical to us achieving our strategic goals."

“Thanks again for a great job on this Stage; it is working very well, and the whole project was a dream!”

  • Posted: 21 June 2013

End to end solutions for the food and drink industry

The ability to build capacity, develop new products, launch on time within budget and operate efficiently is crucial for food businesses.

Food Innovation Solutions – a UK leading provider of business building strategies and consumer insight services to food manufacturers and retailers andIntegrated Food Projects – one of the UK’s leading process design and capital project solution providers have recognised a need for an end to end approach to food projects and have now joined forces to offer a team of highly skilled experts to ensure a seamless transition in business building, from concept design, process improvement, facility development, marketing and training of your R&D team.

For more than a decade, Integrated Food Projects have provided our clients with the necessary knowledge and expertise to successfully deliver their capital and process projects.

IFP are passionate about providing professional, innovative solutions that are value for money and enable our clients to achieve their strategic goals.

IFP’s service offering includes:

  • Feasibility/Viability/Design studies
  • Capacity modelling
  • Design – process and facilities
  • Process mapping, concept design and technology selection
  • Budget and programme advice
  • Project management of the whole project delivery process from feasibility to handover

Food Innovation Solutions specialise in the training and development of innovation within technical and marketing teams amongst key food manufacturers and retailers. FIS help management teams tackle their most complex and critical innovation challenges, working from strategy to delivery: setting direction, mobilising resources through training and development and managing programmes of innovation and NPD change.

Core competencies for FIS include:

  • New product development and business building strategies
  • Consumer insight, trends and research
  • Innovation models - development and training.

Please call Matthew now to discuss how we can help with your food projects: +44 (0)1530 412 191 or +44(0)7803 624 618

  • Posted: 8 February 2013

Ed and Matthew get stuck in

Away from work Ed and Matthew are ‘doing their bit’ for two great charities.

Ed will be joining 800 drummers as they attempt to beat the world record for the number of people drumming simultaneously. The event will take place on Sunday July 15th 2012 at the EventCity in Manchester and is in aid of the MS Society (Multiple Sclerosis).

Matthew completed the gruelling 170 mile coast to coast bike ride from Whitehaven to Whitely Bay last weekend. He braved the rain and managed to raise £2200 for the NSPCC.

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Cracking idea for egg shell recycling

Integrated Food Projects is playing a key role in research to turn egg shells into plastics that could be used to manufacture anything from food packaging to construction materials.

The Food and Drink iNet is funding a research project led by Professor Andy Abbott at the University of Leicester, which aims to find useful ways of recycling egg shells. Currently they are regarded as waste by food producers, who are paying significant money to dispose of them to landfill.

One of the key aims of the research is to identify ways of using egg shells as fillers that could be used to ‘bulk up’ different grades of plastics, with a wide range of applications from ready meal food trays to shop fittings.

One of the initiatives currently being explored is the creation of packaging to protect egg products – giving a second lease of life to the egg shell in the very role it was created for …. a true case of recycling!

Egg shells could then become a source of income for egg producers, rather than a financial drain on their business.

Integrated Food Projects is acting as the industry conduit in the project – identifying uses for the egg shell-laden plastics across the food sector. The Scientists who IFP are working with are also hoping to extract material from other food waste that may prove valuable in the development of many other waste materials.

Since news about the research was released at Easter, coverage has appeared all over the world, as far afield as Australia, Russia, Japan and America, and from media organisations including the BBC, CNN and Yahoo.

“This is a really exciting project, which has created a great deal of interest among clients, the industry and the media,” said Philip Chatfield, managing director of Integrated Food Projects. Adding, “As a business at the heart of the food industry, we are passionate about supporting these leading edge developments in waste management solutions.”

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IFP Celebrates its 10th Birthday

Integrated Food Projects celebrates its 10th Birthday this month. To recognise and celebrate this achievement the Food and Drink News recently published an article about IFP in its magazine.

Philip Chatfield, IFP’S Managing Director, said:

"To reach our 10th anniversary is a marvellous achievement for the entire team here at IFP. We recognise that we could not have achieved this without the support of our Clients, Partners and Associates whom we have worked with over the last 10 years. We would like to take this opportunity to say a huge thank you to you all and we look forward to continuing to work with you in the future."

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Integrated Food Projects engages a new Client Solutions Manager

Integrated Food Projects is pleased to announce that Matthew Carr has joined the business as Client Solutions Manager. This is an exciting new position for IFP and will focus on further developing relationships with new food manufacturing clients across the UK and internationally.

Matthew has spent the last four years successfully providing project recruitment solutions for food and beverage manufacturers both in the UK and Internationally. Prior to this he held Operational and Project Management roles with a number of retailers including Aldi, B&Q and Jewsons.

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A great start to 2012!

The year has started well for Integrated Food Projects both in the UK and Internationally. We have started work on a number of new projects including:

  • A 5 year Partnering agreement to manage expansion for a progressive Ready Meals Company.
  • An expansion project for an existing Convenience Food manufacturer.
  • A new cooking innovation project for a leading food service supplier.
  • A Master Planning project across 4 sites for a major Meat processor.
  • A process improvement and optimisation project for an ethnic food ingredients business.
  • Implementation of BRC systems leading to accreditation for a nutritional supplements business.

In addition to the continued success in the UK, Integrated Food Projects are currently supporting three exciting international projects focused on convenience and snack foods.

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Integrated Food Projects takes on new Graduate

Integrated Food Projects has engaged new graduate Tamara Longwe on its graduate trainee programme. Tamara will be assuming the role of Assistant Project Manager providing support to Project Managers whilst gaining the essential skills required to manage the complexities of a food facility project.

Tamara recently graduated from Loughborough University with a 2.1 degree in Architectural Engineering and Design Management. She has developed theoretical knowledge of the construction industry in areas such as building services, health and safety and project management. Additionally, Tamara spent the period of 2009-2010 completing industrial placement studies in Malawi, Africa working in an architectural practice further developing her skills in the use of Auto-CAD and gaining practical experience of project delivery in the construction industry.

  • Posted: 29 September 2011
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