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Food & Drink Made Smarter

Food and drink is the UK’s largest manufacturing sector and it’s highly-competitive with relatively small operating margins. Now, with modern, cutting-edge technology tools you can make an everyday difference to your business.

Our research has shown that Food & Drink businesses are perfectly placed to make the most of emerging, cutting-edge digital technologies with almost a third of those surveyed selecting this sector as one to benefit. In an increasingly competitive world, these new tools are designed to enable you to make the right decision at the right time to ensure you meet your customer demands in the most cost-effective and timely way.

There are a variety of tools that you can integrate from software that can connect and analyse data, smart sensors that can monitor your production, to robots that can assist you with the mundane, repetitive tasks that limit your time to contemplate growth opportunities.

We understand that in the Food and Beverage industry it’s crucial to reduce waste to maximise profit and that’s where new technology can enable you to fulfil your ambitions and the demands of your customers.

What can Made Smarter offer you?

  • Specialist advice & line-walk to assess your current production.

  • Up to 50% match-funding to introduce new technology & tools.

  • Access to a subsidised Leadership Development programme accredited by Lancaster University Management School.

  • Access to technical student placements to enable you to integrate the technology effectively and seamlessly.


Get inspired by real-life stories of businesses transformed by digital tools with Made Smarter.

Bells of Lazonby demonstrates an appetite for growth

From humble beginnings in 1946, Bells of Lazonby has flourished from a small bakery into an iconic household name, producing four brands of artisan breads and baked goods from its bakeries in Cumbria.

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Blends Holdings in the mix for manufacturing growth

Over the last 21 years, Liverpool-based Blends Holdings has established itself as one of the UK’s leading manufacturers of specialist food ingredients.

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The Nursery Kitchen embarks on an Industry 4.0 Journey

When Katy Elliott took the leap from cottage industry caterer, making frozen home-cooked meals for nurseries from her home, to food manufacturer on an industrial estate in Birkenhead, her aim was to grow the business.

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