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The National Centre of Excellence for Food Engineering

Our new centre has been created in partnership with industry to address many of the current and future challenges facing the food sector. Although our physical base won’t be completed until 2017, the National Centre of Excellence for Food Engineering is up and running now.

Already responsible for 18% of the country's total output by value, the industry has been tasked by government and the Food and Drink Federation with achieving 20% growth in productivity by 2020. We understand how this has increased pressure on businesses to develop.

As well as an award-winning packaging design team, our new centre has specialists in energy management, materials, and engineering and can call on related expertise from across the University in the areas of food science, psychology, nutrition (including sports nutrition), bioscience and sensory testing. Find out how it can benefit your business too.

By working together on industry-led collaborative projects, we’ll provide innovative engineering solutions to problems such as energy and process modelling. The Food and Drink Federation have identified ten areas that are key to the development of the sector – including manufacturing of the future, smarter packaging and energy and water – which we’ll research together to help the industry realise its growth potential.

Over 40 companies – including Mars, Nestle UK and Warburtons – have already pledged their support and offered work placements, facilities, factory visits, guest lectures and advice.

This, along with the £6.9m investment from the Higher Education Funding Council for England and other significant contributions from the industry, will create a food engineering facility that’s unparalleled across Europe, helping to ensure the UK’s largest manufacturing sector remains competitive and successful.

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