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National Centre of Excellence for Food Engineering (NCEFE)

National Centre of Excellence for Food Engineering (NCEFE)

The National Centre of Excellence for Food Engineering is a catalyst for innovation, forward thinking and problem solving.

Our facilities and expertise focus on tackling food industry challenges such as productivity, health, minimising waste and reducing energy use. It also supports the food and drink industry by developing new and enhanced facilities, processes and equipment, and creating a skilled, knowledgeable workforce.

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.

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.

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


Enhanced rice milling and maximised valorisation of rice milling byproducts

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A ripe soft rind cheese


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


Martin Howarth

Martin Howarth

Director of the NCEFE

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Amanda Johnston

Amanda Johnston

Business Development Manager

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Dr Helen Crudgington

Business Development 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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