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The Food and Drink Manufacturing sector is the largest manufacturing sector in the UK. In terms of economic contribution, it accounts for 17% of all UK manufacturing GVA (£28.2 billion).

The Food and Drink Manufacturing sector is the largest manufacturing sector in the UK. In terms of economic contribution, it accounts for 17% of all UK manufacturing GVA (£28.2 billion). It comprises just over 6,800 businesses and employs nearly 400,000 people. Innovation is key to the Food & Drink Manufacturing sector. Key areas are nutrition, shelf life, packaging, healthy eating, minimal processing, food safety and waste minimisation.

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Serena Broadway

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Funding Opportunities

Expression of interest: transforming UK food systems for health and environment

Apply for funding to support interdisciplinary research into interventions that will transform the UK food system. Businesses, civil society and government (local, devolved or national) are all strongly encouraged to collaborate and co-design proposals.

Opens: 02/02/2021 Closes: 22/04/2021

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Innovate UK Smart Grants January 2021

Opportunity for UK registered organisations to apply for a share of up to £25 million from Innovate UK to deliver game-changing and commercially viable R&D innovation that can significantly impact the UK economy.

Opens: 21/01/2021 Closes: 26/05/2021

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3rd March

Food Industry Innovation 2021 – Food, Nutrition & Health

This event is for people involved in innovation in the food and drink community, including start-ups, SMEs, academics, researchers and established businesses of all sizes.

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News

22.02.2021

Farming Innovation Pathways - All you need to know about this new £12m funding competition for farm-focused innovations

The new £12m Farming Innovation Pathways funding competition is for collaborative feasibility studies and industrial research projects around improving food productivity and increasing resilience and sustainability in line with net zero ambitions.

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11.01.2021

A taste of the future – Trends in food and drink

The KTN AgriFood team supports researchers and businesses to drive innovation that meets evolving food and drink challenges. With this in mind, let’s take a look at some of the trends emerging in food and drink. 

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