Baker Perkins names confectionery specialist Tom Phillips as keynote speaker

Baker Perkins names confectionery specialist Tom Phillips as keynote speaker

UK-based Baker Perkins has unveiled its speaker for this year’s World Confectionery Conference, with its sector specialist Tom Phillips set to reveal how the business has evolved its machinery, including developing its industry sustainability policies.

The company, which is a leading manufacturer and supplier of systems for food processing and performance materials industries, and member of the Schenck Process Group, was among award-winners at our event last year, and will be returning for our live show on 5 October at the Harrogate Convention Centre.

This is our final week for our early bird attendance rates (offering a £30 discount of entrance prices), so to take advantage of this special offer, contact our sales manager Chris Meer at [email protected] by 5 August in order to gain the preferential rate, and for your chance to see presentations from the likes of Ferrero, Nestle, Caobisco, Cargill, GNT, Farmforce, Ghana Cocoa Board, as well as the likes of Cama Packaging, Plamil Foods, Luker Chocolate for our special Q&A session.

Tom, (pictured left of main image with colleague Tony Prange at ProSweets in April, who presented at last year’s show) is a former electrical apprentice for the business, returned to the company to specialise in Baker Perkins technologies in confectionery, cereal and food extrusion across the company’s Asia-Pacific region, while also supporting the Schenck Process Group’s head office for the APAC countries, which is based in Thailand.

Living in the UK, he served his apprenticeship at Baker Perkins and spent twelve years at the firm, latterly in the commissioning team where he supported customers from installation through to production. Following a further five years running an engineering team at a food manufacturer, he has returned to Baker Perkins to put his skills and experience to further use in a new role.

As Sales Account Manager, Tom is responsible for advising manufacturers on the most suitable systems and services for their end-product As well as working with customers to trial new recipes and replicate their existing or proposed processes for optimisation – both of which from the group’s Test & Innovation Centre in Thailand.

Editor Neill Barston commented: “We warmly welcome Tom on board for our conference this October, which is shaping up to be a very memorable show indeed, so it is great to have the equipment expertise of Baker Perkins as part of our show once again, as the business has placed a strong value on developing machinery for the confectionery sector that is both durable and created with genuine sustainability principles as a core area of focus for the business.”

  • For more details of our event, which also includes an optional chocolate making experience on Friday 6 October, courtesy of York Cocoa House, which is also speaking at the conference, visit