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Food Development & Innovation Centre Launches at QMU

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Food Development & Innovation Centre Launches at QMU

Food Development & Innovation Centre Launches at QMU
December 10
12:06 2014

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The Scottish Centre for Food Development & Innovation was launched yesterday at Queen Margaret University (QMU), near Edinburgh.

Aimed at ‘enhancing Scotland’s position as a leader in food and drink innovation in Europe’, the new initiative is also tasked with supporting access to the global market for healthy food.

Over 100 invited guests from Scotland’s £14bn food-and-drink industry were given a behind-the-scenes tour of the new facilities and heard from a range of food experts about the work taking place both in the university and across the industry.

Commenting on the launch of QMU’s new Centre, Cabinet Secretary for Rural Affairs, Food and the Environment, Richard Lochhead, said: ‘Scotland’s food and drink sectors are internationally recognised for their quality, and many of the most famous products have a long history and unique sense of identity.

‘The work of the centre is helping those companies evolve to meet new demand, develop new products and diversify into new markets, particularly lucrative export opportunities.

Academic Lead for Food & Drink at QMU, Dr Jane McKenzie (pictured, 3rd from left), said: ‘We’re really excited to have reached this significant milestone in the development of QMU’s Scottish Centre for Food Development & Innovation.

‘Facilities like this are currently unavailable elsewhere in Scotland, so research work was often sent to England or Northern Ireland instead.

‘The new facilities combined with QMU’s academic knowledge and expertise in food, nutrition and biological sciences are already offering companies in Scotland’s food-and-drink sector the opportunity to innovate and develop new products which are underpinned by QMU’s scientific research.’

James Withers, CEO of Scotland Food & Drink (pictured, 2nd from left), added: ‘Our £14bn industry rests on a growing reputation for producing quality products and a flair for innovation.

‘However, we know there is always more to be done to ensure Scotland’s producers adapt to a fast-changing world, and the Scotland Food & Drink partnership is working towards the launch of a new innovation action plan in 2015.

You can view a video about the new Scottish Centre for Food Development & Innovation by clicking here or on the QMU logo above.

www.qmu.ac.uk

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