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Scotland has hundreds of academic experts and facilities useful to the Food & Drink Industry, from new product development and consumer research through to sustainability, waste management and engineering.

In March 2017, the Scotland Food & Drink Partnership launched a new industry-led strategy, Ambition 2030, which outlines the Partnership's vision, mission and strategy. In pursuit of accelerated growth, Ambition 2030 aims to double the value of the industry to £30bn by 2030 through growing our markets (Scotland, Rest of UK and International), developing our capabilities (People & Skills, Supply Chain and Innovation) and focusing on our behaviours (Responsible, Streamlined and Collaborative)

Innovation will be essential to ensure this growth and is also key in meeting the demands of an increasingly knowledgeable consumer while improving efficiencies along the supply chain. Innovation in the food and drink industry involves a lot more than developing new products and flavours and recent projects have seen companies looking to academia for expertise, technologies and facilities including:

  • Adding value to waste
  • Resource Efficiency
  • Food Safety
  • Authenticity and Traceability
  • Consumer and Sensory Analysis
  • Health
  • Smarter Packaging
  • Sensors
  • Smarter Ingredients
  • Reformulation for health
  • Imaging
  • Engineering
  • Brewing and Distilling Challenge
  • Supply Chain & Logistics
  • Mathematical Modelling


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Let Interface take some of the time and effort out of developing your ideas by identifying potential academic partners. contact us for more information.


Multiparty Collaboration

Interface is involved in multiparty groups to help showcase academic expertise and are actively seeking further opportunities where a number of companies and stakeholders come together and collaborate for mutual benefit. Through sharing of best practise groups can overcome specific challenges for the sector or build knowledge on themes such as resource efficiency or reformulation for health. We have been involved with 16 groups, ranging from primary production including soft fruit, rapeseed oil, potatoes, venison and seaweed, to further processing for chocolatiers, cheese makers, distillers, bakers, butchers and juice makers.


Make Innovation Happen

Make Innovation Happen is a new and ambitious service to support food and drink businesses to innovate. 

Innovation in farming, fishing, food and drink is vital to empower Scotland’s food and drink businesses to respond to today’s consumer and market needs and to adapt to future challenges and opportunities. Research shows that when a company innovates, they are twice as likely to grow and three times more likely to export successfully. Many companies are already making good use of the world-class research base on their doorstep, but there is room to do more.

The new Make Innovation Happen service will provide food and drink businesses in Scotland looking for information and support with a single, streamlined access route to help them innovate. This service includes support for both incremental and disruptive innovation and is open to all businesses across the supply chain from farm to fork.

The Make Innovation Connectors include Interface, Scottish Enterprise and Highlands & Islands Enterprise and are the people who know about the range of support available and can help you tap into the right support for your business. 

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