Research Themes

The Centre will focus its Research agenda into 5 key Themes...

Hygiene and Shelf-life

Innovative Processing and Packaging

Innovative Products and Concepts

Safety and Traceability

Bi-products and sustainability

Hygiene and Shelf-life

To improve overall hygiene in produce, process, environments and products and adopt new materials and packaging technologies to extend shelf-life.


Impact:

  • Improved Quality
  • More time on shelf and at home
  • Sales growth through waste reduction
  • Export opportunities
  • Increase productivity

Innovative Processing and Packaging

To integrate modern technologies into traditional practices and enhance competitiveness through innovative production and process efficiencies.


Impact:

  • Technology Adoption
  • Process efficiencies
  • Reduced waste
  • Enhanced margin
  • Productivity improvement
  • Quality and safety increase export

Innovative Products and Concepts

To develop new differentiated products with added value, attractive to the UK market & other export markets.


Impact:

  • New products
  • Sales growth
  • Export opportunities
  • Productivity increase

Safety and Traceability

Northern Ireland's geographic position presents a significant business opportunity that can be harnessed to accelerate the growth of the local Agri-Food industry. Our island position offers natural protection for food production here that can be deployed to set us apart from competitors. As well as its geographic position, Northern Ireland's other strengths include a reputation as a supplier of wholesome food with the provenance that comes from the values of the local farming industry, in areas such as animal husbandry and effective land management and the focus of producers on the highest hygiene and safety standards.


Impact:

  • Enhanced quality and safety
  • Brand protection
  • Product protection
  • Sustainability

Bi-products and Sustainability

To grow the industry in a sustainable way by minimising waste, making use of waste products as a raw material source and adding value to waste.


Impact:

  • Optimisation bi-products usage
  • Added value stream from waste and bi-products / co-products
  • Reduction in environmental impact

Hygiene and Shelf-life


To improve overall hygiene in produce, process, environments and products and adopt new materials and packaging technologies to extend shelf-life.


Impact:

  • Improved Quality
  • More time on shelf and at home
  • Sales growth through waste reduction
  • Export opportunities
  • Increase productivity

Innovative Processing and Packaging


To integrate modern technologies into traditional practices and enhance competitiveness through innovative production and process efficiencies.


Impact:

  • Technology Adoption
  • Process efficiencies
  • Reduced waste
  • Enhanced margin
  • Productivity improvement
  • Quality and safety increase export

Innovative Products and Concepts


To develop new differentiated products with added value, attractive to the UK market & other export markets.


Impact:

  • New products
  • Sales growth
  • Export opportunities
  • Productivity increase

Safety and Traceability


Northern Ireland's geographic position presents a significant business opportunity that can be harnessed to accelerate the growth of the local Agri-Food industry. Our island position offers natural protection for food production here that can be deployed to set us apart from competitors. As well as its geographic position, Northern Ireland's other strengths include a reputation as a supplier of wholesome food with the provenance that comes from the values of the local farming industry, in areas such as animal husbandry and effective land management and the focus of producers on the highest hygiene and safety standards.


Impact:

  • Enhanced quality and safety
  • Brand protection
  • Product protection
  • Sustainability

Bi-products and Sustainability


To grow the industry in a sustainable way by minimising waste, making use of waste products as a raw material source and adding value to waste.


Impact:

  • Optimisation bi-products usage
  • Added value stream from waste and bi-products / co-products
  • Reduction in environmental impact