Integrated Food Projects’ (IFP) own Head of Process, Ed Keenan, will be taking his predictions for the future of food factories to the Manufacturing and Supply Chain Conference & Exhibition 2019, in Milton Keynes on June 25.

The exclusive talk promises to be engaging and eye opening and will look at what the future holds for food production, as near as 2025 to as far away as 2120!

With the speed and development of technology moving at such a pace, and with the introductions of robotics and AI fast becoming the norm around the world, the factory of the future, even 50 years from now, will have evolved beyond recognition.

Ed has a great interest in emerging technologies, and as Head of Process at IFP it is part of his role to have a grip on the technological development of food process design. He believes it is important to explore what ‘could be’ in 100 years – far beyond our own lifespan – as to better prepare for what is on the horizon.

Speaking ahead of the event, Ed said:

“I am really looking forward to taking my own predictions to the Manufacturing and Supply Chain Conference and Exhibition. Everyone has their own predictions for what they think the future will look like, so it is brilliant to be given this stage to air mine. I’m looking forward to hearing the responses from my thoughts and also finding out what others in the industry think is likely to happen as well.

“I believe there will be some truly ground-breaking advances, especially as General Artificial Intelligence (GAI) is achieved and starts to integrate into these facilities.”

The event will take place at the Arena MK in Milton Keynes on Tuesday 25 June and Ed’s talk will be on the Future Factory Live stage at 2:15pm and you can register to attend here.

Read more about Ed’s predictions in his previous blog post here, which looks at what the next century holds in food production.


Integrated Food Projects have partnered with Kettleby Foods on a number of high-profile multi-million pound capital projects since 2003/4, helping the business to develop and grow. Throughout that time they have provided cost-effective and efficient solutions on development projects both at our existing ready meals production facility and also in creating a new satellite facility. The projects at our existing facility were managed without impact on our ability to service our own clients, and all projects have been delivered within budget, in a timely fashion and to the requisite standards of safety and quality. Their team work ethos and professional approach ensure successful projects and I would utilise Integrated Food Projects in the future without hesitation.

- Jarrod Thorndyke, Production Director

I have worked with Integrated Food Projects on many capital expenditure projects since 2004, the latest being the development of the new plot of land adjacent to our main site. They successfully employed a project delivery process to ensure the integration of a leased modular building solution with the development of the site infrastructure to improve logistics and Health and Safety. Their staff are always positive and enthusiastic and have fostered a team-work approach ensuring another successful project delivered. I look forward to working with them again in the near future.

- Engineering Manager, Major UK Ready Meals Manufacturer