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Food Trade press moves again.

Food Trade Press Moves Again

As in 1976 when we moved out of London to our warehouse premises, by the late 1980s we found our business was changing shape once again. No longer was there any need for warehouse space, at least not in the same volume and there is no sense in this day and age of tying up stock. Having examined the situation carefully, we sold our building at Green Street Green and purchased an older more gracious building at Westerham. It seems to have everything to commend it -it is light, airy and comfortable.

Having made another move we got further involved in the field of electronic publishing, a subject we had been studying. We had tried out various forms of computerised typesetting since 1968 but the real breakthrough didn't really come till almost exactly twenty years later when two strands came together. We found an enthusiast selling computers and Adrian's elder son Marc had developed a great interest in this whole area. With a bit of experimentation we found it was possible to do all our typesetting in-house. This was quite a step and resulted in most useful cost-savings and meant different variables could be controlled.

Originally we converted Food Trade Review to using this technique but it soon became obvious that a journal was only where you start. The biggest savings were to be seen in book publishing where, once you have captured the copy, it is not such a big jump to creating the whole book in page form ready for platemaking and printing. In fact, the very first book for which we adopted this technique was entitled Thought for Food, the story of the growth of the food department at Marks and Spencer Plc. This book was used as the learning process but successive books have proved even more interesting. By installing more software, we are now able to produce artwork, formulae and chemical equations-all this is a long way from |hot metal' type!

The business itself has proceeded with the continuous recording of what goes on in the food manufacturing and processing industry. We seem to have seen ever more factories and been to see yet more engineering developments that apply to the industry.

There seems to be no end in sight, although when one reads back through some of our old issues it is surprising how little really changes, Fads come and go, the emphasis changes but all the time we need to feed our population and indeed look overseas to others less fortunate than ourselves, whereas we have almost every product to hand if we can pay for it. Presumably we shall all be ordering our groceries via a television screen to save the problems of standing in queues at the check-out next. And one can certainly see moves to ensure purchasers being able to check the temperature history of a product, although manufacturers and retailers may find that difficult. Into the melting pot one must throw the opening of European frontiers and the effects that will have on trade. If the long-winded harmonisation of food laws and regulations is anything to go by there is much to be thrashed out yet.

In the meantime we look forward with the aid of computer technology to continuing to follow the fortunes of what we regard as |our industry', at the same time taking full account of all the new developments in our own field of publishing. So the story runs on.....
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Title Annotation:60 Years of Food Trade Review: 1931-1991; Food Trade Review
Publication:Food Trade Review
Date:Dec 1, 1991
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