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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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Funding Opportunities

Horticultural Quality and Food Loss Network: May 2021 opportunities

The Horticultural Quality and Food Loss Network is providing £90k for pump-priming funds for feasibility studies and preliminary data collection, ring-fenced funds for Early Career Researchers, £5k for Business Interaction Vouchers, and £5k for Networking Visit Funding, open to all UK based researchers at UKRI eligible institutions.

Opens: 04/05/2021 Closes: 06/08/2021

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Innovate UK SMART grants May 2021

UK registered organisations can apply for a share of up to £25m for game-changing and commercially viable R&D innovation that can significantly impact the UK economy, with up to £500k for short projects or up to £2m for longer projects. This funding is from Innovate UK.

Opens: 28/05/2021 Closes: 25/08/2021

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Recorded: 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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13.07.2021

How the KTN AgriFood team gets insight into the sector to shape its work

Our team of AgriFood expert keeps in touch with three groups for key agrifood areas: plant, food and animal. Hearing directly from people working in the sector helps us understand current opportunities, challenges and priorities so that we can adapt our work.

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05.07.2021

Insect Protein: Opportunities for innovation and collaboration in the UK and Africa

Nearly 300 people joined us for our recent event on insect protein in the UK and Africa in June 2021. The aim of the event was to discuss how we can make the most of innovation and collaboration opportunities around insect protein. The event featured insightful presentations, followed by several interesting panel discussions as well as an interactive survey for delegates to share their thoughts.

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