Each year our members decide how we should invest over £2m of their membership fees in research to help their companies, and
the food industry in general, to develop and prosper. This year they have selected the following projects to complement
another 40 or so current ones. They are organised across five themes based on industry needs:
Quality and safety of cereal-based products and ingredients for the food and brewing industry
This project will develop and maintain industry-agreed methods to measure and therefore control the quality and safety of cereal-based ingredients.
It will also investigate new instrumentation and testing methods to assess the physical characteristics of grains and cereals including the
cereals’ functionality. Finally, the project will develop and/or evaluate methods to assess end-product quality.
Consumer acceptance of new and emerging ingredients
A better understanding of both the industry’s and consumers’ perceptions of ‘novel’ ingredients will be derived, with a focus on consumer
acceptance when these ingredients are included in products. Sustainability, resilience and food security
Reuse of packaging
The effect that the reuse of food and drink containers has on both the safety and longevity of the packaging will be investigated, including the
impact on the quality of the stored products.