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19 June 2014

FDF welcomes agri-food supply chain funding from Technology Strategy Board

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The Food and Drink Federation (FDF) has welcomed today's announcement from the Technology Strategy Board to invest up to £2.3 million to establish Knowledge Transfer Partnerships (KTPs) to improve the competitiveness, resilience and responsiveness of the agri-food supply chain.

With the ongoing challenges the industry faces to produce more from less with less resource, the aim of this initiative is to give food and drink businesses access to the UK knowledge base so they can develop innovative solutions to create a more sustainable and competitive food supply chain. These solutions will include: innovation for consumer health, wellbeing and choice; improving productivity, resource efficiency and resilience in the supply chain and assuring safety and security across the supply chain.

The agri-food KTP is open for applications on 19 June 2014 and is open on a rolling basis for applications until 11 February 2015.

Angela Coleshill, Director of Competitiveness at the Food and Drink Federation, said:

“The availability of £2.3 million to fund Knowledge Transfer Partnerships presents an exciting opportunity for food and drink businesses. Building on efforts to grow food engineering capability in the UK through the MEng food engineering degree and the development of a Centre of Excellence in Food Engineering, this investment presents yet another opportunity to drive innovation in our sector.”

“To help food and drink businesses understand how to access this funding, Sheffield Hallam University will host a breakfast briefing on 8 July with the Technology Strategy Board's regional KTP Advisor. I encourage all ambitious food and drink companies to come forward and propose new, innovative ways of working.”

Notes for editors:

  1. The Food and Drink Federation (FDF) is the voice of the food and drink manufacturing industry – the UK's largest manufacturing sector. For more information about FDF and the industry we represent visit:
  2. The Technology Strategy Board works to accelerate economic growth by stimulating and supporting business-led innovation. For more information on the agri-food supply chain funding, please visit the TSB website here
  3. The MEng Food Engineering degree at Sheffield Hallam University has been developed by Graduate Excellence, a partnership between the Food and Drink Federation, the National Skills Academy for Food & Drink and Sheffield Hallam University.
  4. Sheffield Hallam University is one of the UK's largest universities with more than 36,000 students, 27,000 of which are undergraduates. The University has the fourth highest number of postgraduate taught students in the UK and runs approximately 580 different courses. The University is England's largest provider of courses that involve work placements (such as a year in industry) and 91 per cent of the University's graduates are in work or further study six months after graduation.
  5. The National Skills Academy for Food & Drink is the food and drink manufacturing industry's skills body. The Academy was created in 2007 to facilitate sector specific training provision to drive up sector productivity and competitiveness in line with employer needs. Training organisations that become part of the Academy undergo rigorous quality checks and include both publicly and privately funded learning centres. Each delivers some aspect of skills development for the food and drink manufacturing industry as a whole, and/or specialist skills for one of its various sub-sectors.
  6. Sheffield Hallam University's breakfast briefing on 8 July will take place between 8.30am – 11.00am to book a place please visit the SHU website

More information

For further information please contact Anna Taylor on 020 7420 7118 or Avni Raval on 020 7420 7131

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