Here at Klipspringer, we have enjoyed a fantastic 2023, with a whole host of exciting developments. We launched The Food Safety Innovation Conference, expanded our collection of webinars, published three hard-copy bulletins, attended a wide range of industry events, and even arranged a team expedition to Turkey (well, sort of!)

Below, we have listed just a few of our favourite moments, none of which would have been possible without your ongoing business and unwavering support. As the year draws to a close, we wanted to say a huge thank you and to express our excitement for the unlimited possibilities of 2024.

We cycled to the Turkish border!

In January, the Klipspringer team raised £1,125 by cycling a combined total of 1,380 miles – the distance from our head office in Ipswich, Suffolk, to the Turkish border. It took us three relentless weeks of cycling, but we made it!

All proceeds from this fundraiser were donated via the Rapid Relief Team (RRT) United Kingdom, an organisation that provides essential supplies to earthquake victims, including lorry-loads of food boxes and vital care kits. We would like to say another huge thank you to everyone who donated.

We enjoyed lots of full team events

At the start of the year, we enjoyed a full team kick-off event. This celebration brought together our office workers and remote staff, along with a number of new team members. It was a fantastic opportunity for us to evaluate the previous year and to get motivated for the months ahead.

Determined to keep the connection strong, we also got together for a mid-year team building event in June. Featuring lunch, refreshments, team games, and even an ice cream van, the day was our opportunity to welcome even more workers to the Klipspringer team and to make sure we were still on track for our 2023 goals.

Towards the end of 2023, we met again for an end-of-year round up. At this event, we shared our biggest takeaways from the year. We also shared exciting updates, namely our plans to move to a new head office location in 2024.

We continued our partnership with BRCGS

As a BRCGS partner organisation, Klipspringer was a proud sponsor of the Food Safety Europe Conference in the February of 2023. With keynote speeches from Amazon, Nestlé, and Just Eat, plus invaluable insights relating to Version 9 of the BRCGS Global Food Safety Standard, this event was a brilliant way to start the year.

Following on from the event, BRCGS announced that the Food Safety Conference will henceforth be known as BRCGS Connect – a series of industry events launched with the intention of bringing together thought leaders in key locations across the globe.

BRCGS Connect has already made its way to Toronto and Texas, with the next conference taking place in Coventry, UK, on 7-8th February 2024. Once again, Klipspringer will be sponsoring, and our friendly team is excited to see you at our exhibition booth.

In the meantime, Klipspringer director Alex Carlyon, recently hosted a webinar alongside Foram Mehta, Global Standards Technical Manager at BRCGS. The webinar explored the root causes behind the most common non-conformities issued against Issue 9 of the Global Food Safety Standard so far.

We exhibited at the Foodex Manufacturing Solutions Exhibition

April saw the return of the Foodex Manufacturing Solutions Exibition, and the Klipspringer team was thrilled to be in attendance. A popular trade event for the food processing, packaging, and logistics industries, FMS23 drew over 25,000 visitors and 1,500 exhibitors to Birmingham’s National Exhibition Centre.

In addition to connecting with a wide range of industry professionals, we also enjoyed a series of topical sessions delivered by thought leaders including:

  • Keith Thornhill, Head of Food and Beverage Automation at Siemens
  • Dan Crossley, Executive Director of the Food Ethics Council
  • Robin May, Chief Scientific Adviser at the Food Standards Agency
  • Andrew Dalziel, VP of Industry Solutions and Strategy at Infor
  • Lilijia Polo-Richards, Director and Founder of Allergy Companions Ltd

We expanded our collection of webinars

One of our key goals for 2023 was to develop the Klipspringer knowledge hub – providing even more resources for professionals working within the world of food and beverage production.

With this in mind, we hosted a number of informative webinars this year, covering everything from A3 Technology and Zero Defect Food Safety to the most common non-conformities raised against Issue 9 of the BRCGS Global Food Safety Standard. Our webinars wouldn’t be the same without the industry experts involved. Throughout 2023, they were elevated by the following voices:

  • Denis Treacy, former Chief Officer for Safety and Quality at Pladis Global
  • John Carter, former GFSI Board Member
  • Foram Mehta, Global Standards Technical Manager at BRCGS
  • Nigel Church, Hygiene Manager for McCain Foods
  • Stephan Speidel, Cleaning Verification Specialist,

Klipspringer and FoodClean launched The Food Safety Innovation Conference 2023

In addition to attending a whole host of industry events, we also launched one of our own. In collaboration with FoodClean, we hosted the first ever Food Safety Innovation Conference at the University of Lincoln on Tuesday 5th September.

The product of months of careful planning, the FSI Conference 2023, featured presentations on Hygienic Design, Cleaning Automation and Robotics, Food Safety Management, Analytical Assurance, and Professional Development.

There were also four interactive workshops:

  1. Equipment Design and Cleaning – hosted by Katie Satterthwaite, Factory Standards Manager for Marks and Spencer, and Phil May, Group Hygiene Manager for Greencore and podcast host of The Hygiene Hustle
  2. Predictive Analytics – hosted by Nikos Manouselis, Co-Founder and CEO of Agroknow
  3. Analytical Assurance – hosted by Marissa Schwoch, Microbiologist and Auditor at Food Microbiology Solutions Ltd and former Group Food Safety Manager for Arla Foods
  4. Food Safety Management Systems – hosted by Richa Bedi-Navik, Senior Global Standards Manager for BRCGS, and Helen Taylor, Technical Director at the ZERO2FIVE Food Industry Centre

The day closed with our panel of experts answering questions from the event’s attendees, covering everything from biofilms and genomics to allergen cleans and the management of agency staff.

Other highlights included the ongoing refreshments, networking breaks, and even a musical performance from the Klipspringer band!

We are delighted to announce that the FSI Conference will be returning in June 2024. You can register your interest in the conference and secure an early-bird discount by clicking the button below.

In addition to this, we recently hosted the first of many FSI webinars – building on key takeaways from the conference. This free resource provides valuable insights from Denis Treacy and John Carter, former GFSI Board Member.

We celebrated the launch of the Klipspringer InFocus Bulletin

Another milestone moment of 2023 was the launch of our hard copy bulletin: In Focus. So far, we have released three issues, with each issue directed towards different roles within the food production industry. Intended for Hygiene Managers, Hygiene In Focus offered top tips for anyone working in the role, a guide to the retention and engagement of employees, advice on sustainable cleaning practice, and an innovative approach to maximising the hygiene window. Technical In Focus discussed A3 monitoring and wireless temperature monitoring. It also provided top tips for Technical Managers and introduced our free, online Equipment and Calibrations Portal.

Finally, Production In Focus, was sent out to operatives with an interest in managing production during a busy period, finding the right food handling and storage containers, and keeping production running during washdowns. It also introduced Klipspringer’s brand new Shadow Board Configurator – an AI tool that allows you to design storage solutions for your site.

Our In Focus bulletins will continue throughout 2024, keeping you up to date with all the latest in innovative products and solutions.

We prepared for the launch of a new Product Guide

Determined to make it even easier for you to work with Klipspringer and explore our wide range of equipment, we have been preparing for the launch of our new product catalogue at the start of 2024. Featuring new releases and updated imagery, this catalogue should be a useful resource when it comes to finding the right equipment for your site. The Klipspringer team has had great fun this year taking shots for the catalogue and filming video demonstrations for our website.

We hosted a series of Industry Forums

Our Industry Forums were another highlight – bringing together professionals from technical, hygiene, and food safety teams. Hosted at the FoodClean Experience Centre in Lincoln, these sessions included round table discussions and networking opportunities, plus demos and product trials in a Dedicated Innovation Food Factory.

In addition to a delicious breakfast and lunch, attendees also received actionable insights and invaluable feedback from both their peers and a selection of industry experts.  

We learnt a lot from Hospitality Events

In addition to working with food and beverage production sites, Klipspringer also supports commercial kitchens – providing solutions for equipment storage, food oil management, temperature monitoring and more.  

With this in mind, we attended this year’s Hotel, Restaurant and Catering Show and heard from a whole host of industry experts, including MasterChef judge Monica Galletti.  

Later in the year, Klipspringer exhibited at the Commercial Kitchen Show – answering customer queries and showcasing our range of innovative solutions. 

So that brings us to the end of our 2023 round up. We would like to thank you once again for your business and loyal support over the past 12 months. We would also like to wish you, your family, and your colleagues an enjoyable festive period. On that subject, if you would like to note down our opening times, you can click here for the relevant dates.

As for 2024, we look forward to bringing you even more exciting developments – providing innovative products and solutions, not to mention, informative resources and ongoing customer support.