FDBusiness.com

New Agri-Food Competence Centre For Northern Ireland

 Breaking News
  • Year of Considerable Progress For Dairy Crest Dairy Crest, the UK dairy group, increased revenue by 10% to £456.8 million and adjusted profit before tax increased by 2.8% to £62.3 million for the year ended 31 March 2018, compared with the previous year. Dairy Crest’s Cheese & Functional Ingredients business increased revenue by 8.8% to £277.2 million while revenue at the Butters, [...]...
  • Edrington Unveils the New Home of The Macallan Edrington, the international premium spirits company, has revealed the new distillery and visitor experience for The Macallan brand. The new distillery and visitor experience is located on the stunning Easter Elchies estate in Scotland, which has been home to the leading luxury single malt since 1824. From humble beginnings, the brand has risen to become [...]...
  • Nestlé Strengthens its Research Capabilities in Switzerland Nestlé has announced changes that further strengthen its research and development operations, the largest of any food company worldwide. Nestlé will bring together its two scientific discovery units, the Nestlé Research Center and the Nestlé Institute of Health Sciences, to build one impactful organization, Nestlé Research. The combination of two world-renowned research facilities with highly [...]...
  • Algaia Receives €4 Million Boost Algaia, will accelerate development and install a new specialty seaweed extract production unit at its Lannilis (Brittany-France) manufacturing facility dedicated to specialty algae extracts. The company’s main shareholder, Maabarot Products, has injected an additional €4 million in equity to support further expansion of the production facility and innovation center located in Saint-Lo (Normandy-France). Algaia works with local [...]...
  • Smarter Factories – Safer Working In food produce environments and packhouses, the benefits of automation when it comes to workforce health and safety are uncontended. From eliminating arduous and repetitive tasks to working uninterrupted within inhospitable chilled settings, robots are most certainly the future. Case loading specialist Brillopak and industrial automation pioneer Omron explore how smart robots, hardware and software can [...]...

New Agri-Food Competence Centre For Northern Ireland

New Agri-Food Competence Centre For Northern Ireland
May 19
09:45 2015

Northern Ireland Enterprise, Trade and Investment Minister Jonathan Bell has announced the establishment of a £6.7 million Agri-Food Quest Competence Centre (AFQCC). Hosted at Queen’s University, Belfast, the new Competence Centre will draw upon the research capabilities of Ulster University (UU), Queen’s University, Belfast and the Agri-food and Biosciences Institute (AFBI). The centre’s primary focus will be on improving the international competitive position of the Northern Ireland Agri-food sector through innovation and co-operative research.

Financing for the centre is made up of £5 million of research and development assistance from Invest NI and a £1.7 million investment from industry partners.

Jonathan Bell says: “The Northern Ireland Agri-Food Quest Competence Centre is the fourth in an initial series of Competence Centres being funded by Invest NI and industry partners, which are designed to rapidly transform great research into commercial success. The Agri-food Sector ‘Going for Growth’ strategy sets out a vision for the agri-food industry and recognises that investment in research and development is a crucial component in the development of innovative products and in targeting export markets. This Competence Centre is vital to the success of that strategy.”

The new centre will provide a platform for companies which want to pursue research projects in areas such as packaging, shelf-life, waste minimisation and food security.

He adds: “I would encourage companies operating in the Agri-food sector to explore how this centre could benefit their business.”

“This development will improve the competitiveness of Northern Ireland’s biggest Industry,” says Prof Elliott of QUB. “The establishment of this industry-academia research partnership is essential to help local companies keep up with the fierce competition they face on the world’s global markets. The Institute for Global Food Security at Queen’s University is very proud to host this centre and will work alongside our industry partners to drive innovation across the Agri-food sectors.’

CAPTION:

Enterprise, Trade and Investment Minister Jonathan Bell pictured with Prof Chris Elliot, Queen’s University Belfast; Michael Bell, NIFDA; and Alastair Hamilton, CEO of Invest NI.

About Author

mike

mike

Related Articles



Food & Drink Business Conference & Exhibition 2016

Upcoming Events

  • June 1, 2018Gluten Free Expo Slovakia
  • June 3, 2018Vinoble
  • June 4, 20188th WSO World Congress on Stevia Tasteful 2018
  • June 17, 2018The Excellence of Italian Food and Wine (Bellavita Expo)
AEC v1.0.4

find food jobs

The Magazine

F&D Business Preferred Suppliers

New Subscriber





Subscribe Here



Advertisements