Business support organisation The Food and Drink Forum has launched a new service dedicated to packaging advice and support for small and medium-sized food and drink companies after appointing Kasia Chapman as assistant to food technical manager Richard Wigley.

Kasia will be offering specialist advice to smaller companies on suitable packaging solutions that provide the best shelf-life options.

Her appointment will also allow The Forum to support additional food and drink companies across the East Midlands and beyond with a range of consultancy services, including advice on technical accreditations, quality assurance, and food hygiene and safety.

Kasia has worked in the food and drink sector for more than 27 years and has extensive experience in packaging, food technology, quality assurance and new product development for major retailers in the food sector.

She will be operating across Nottinghamshire, Derbyshire, Leicestershire, Lincolnshire, Northamptonshire and Rutland.

“Kasia’s appointment is the result of increased demand from food and drink companies in the East Midlands for advice and support on key industry issues, such as packaging and technical accreditations,” said Fiona Anderson, managing director of The Food and Drink Forum, which is based at The Business Centre, Southglade Food Park, Gala Way in Nottingham.

“Gaining accreditations can help open doors to new markets, which is important in a challenging economic environment. The Forum has a long and successful history of helping food and drink companies with training, advice and support, and I am pleased that we have strengthened our team with the arrival of Kasia, and also been able to launch a service dedicated to packaging solutions.”

The Food and Drink Forum was launched in 1998 as a not-for-profit membership-led organisation to stimulate and support the sustainable growth and development of the food and drink industry in the East Midlands.

It aims to:

• Champion the food and drink sector in the East Midlands.

• Develop strategic influencing partnerships within and outside the East Midlands.

• Act as a centre for information and knowledge on all subjects relating to the food and drink sector in the region.

• Stimulate and facilitate sustainable change within companies of all sizes across the food chain.

• Generate income and secure resources to meet the needs of a high-quality service.

• Promote the food and drink sector to future employees through education and the raising of skills.

For more information about the services offered by The Food and Drink Forum visit

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