28 October 2016

British food companies set to push culinary boundaries

Thousands of businesses will have expert help to revolutionise food production From prolonging shelf life to developing new sources of protein, more than 6,000 British food and drink companies can now take advantage of new technologies and expert advice at the touch of a button, helping revolutionise the production of their food.

The new Food Innovation Network (FIN), launched by Environment Secretary Andrea Leadsom today, will give ambitious British entrepreneurs unparalleled access to first-class facilities, such as test kitchens and laboratories to help them launch new products onto the market.

Through an online portal, businesses will be able to tap into expert advice on complex issues such as intellectual property and developing new technology. A network coordinator will also be appointed to act as a ‘matchmaker’, joining up businesses with the expertise they need for any aspect of their business – from new packaging to waste management.

Launching the network at Sand Hutton in York today, Environment Secretary Andrea Leadsom said:

“Our thriving food and drink sector has already helped make Britain more globally competitive through its incredible innovation. The UK’s food and farming sector generates over £100 billion a year and employs one in eight people, with the food manufacturing sector bigger than cars and aerospace combined. From extending the shelf life of our food to increasing the amount of Vitamin D in our eggs, the Food Innovation Network will help make the sector as forward-looking as possible and push the boundaries of British food production.”