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National Centre of Excellence for Food Engineering (NCEFE)

National Centre of Excellence for Food Engineering (NCEFE)

The Centre's vision is to be internationally recognised for excellence in sustainable innovations for the global food system. 

The Centre has a mission to drive vitality, sustainability and growth in the global food system working with our partners through research and innovation, aiming to deliver world-class capability, innovative sustainable food system, technology-led solutions and sector competitiveness.

Delivering across four distinct research themes - Digital connectivity / Food system sustainability / Healthier lives / Feeding a growing population - we are at the centre of an expanding network of business, industry groups, academics and engineers, working together to solve specific business challenges within the food and drink sector. We are working with businesses across the sector to deliver creative solutions to industry challenges through our leading expertise and cutting edge facilities and equipment.

Based in Attercliffe, Sheffield, the research-led centre includes pilot-scale production facilities, laboratories, workshops and teaching spaces. Partners and students can also access the plant room — the beating heart of the facility — to control and study the building's bespoke environment.

 

Featured projects

Working on Dext Heat technology: Dr Gareth Evans and Dr Pete Weston

Dext Heat Recovery

Turning the food industry's waste heat into energy

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Rice on a wooden spoon

Koolmill

Enhanced rice milling and maximised valorisation of rice milling byproducts

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A ripe soft rind cheese

Greencore

Reducing salt and fat content of baked cheese products

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Food processing tool

Degree apprenticeships

Our food and drink degree apprenticeships give your staff specialist industry skills while they work for your business.

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Funding partners


Staff

Martin Howarth smiling

Martin Howarth

Director of the NCEFE

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Amanda Johnston with Koolmill equipment

Amanda Johnston

Innovation Manager

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Dr Helen Crudgington

Research & Innovation Senior Administrator

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Part of the Industry and Innovation Research Institute

Drawing on talents, expertise and facilities from across the university, the vision is to be the leading provider of applied research excellence delivering materials, computing, science and engineering innovations meeting the development needs of industry. 

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