The food and beverage sector is the single largest manufacturing sector in the UK with a sector investment of over £350M in R&D (source: BERD 2013). As a sector, it is driven by consumer trends, environmental responsibility including sustainability and traceability of ingredients; and recently reformulation for healthier eating. Key areas for R&D opportunities lie in the development of a new product which includes new combinations of ingredients not previously trialled; development of ‘me-too’ products; and appreciable improvements in shelf life, nutritional values or throughput. R&D can be eligible through product development; scale-up to commercialisation; and associated engineering and packaging.
Examples of eligible R&D activities:
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