Project HELIX provides funded technical and commercial support for Welsh food and drink companies.

If your company is based in Wales then you may be eligible for Project HELIX funded support.

Project HELIX is a pan-Wales strategic initiative delivered by Food Innovation Wales. The project is supported through the European Agricultural Fund for Rural Development.

Eligible food and drink companies have access to a range of short, medium and longer term support that aim to increase production and reduce waste in the supply chain.

Project HELIX offers a range of support that is tailored to your company’s needs, including:


  • New product development
  • Technical information
  • New business start-up
  • Food legislation
  • Product reformulation
  • Added value

The first key area in which Project HELIX can provide support is with innovation. New product development and product reformulation are essential to the future success of the Welsh food and drink industry, ensuring economic growth and new job creation.

Project HELIX delivers practical knowledge transfer activity, supporting Welsh companies to develop and reformulate products from concept, design, development and manufacture through to the consumer’s shopping basket.




  • Systems development
  • Process controls
  • Product efficiency
  • Site design
  • Packaging
  • Validation of systems

By being more efficient, the food and drink sector in Wales can reduce costs, increase profitability and meet public policy targets.

Cutting down waste reduces the environmental impact of food production whilst greater efficiency though ingredient analysis has a critical role in responding to the needs of health-conscious consumers.

Project HELIX works with Welsh food and drink companies to forensically analyse each step of the manufacturing journey from the factory floor to the supermarket, identifying ways of introducing efficiencies across process controls, site design, packaging and systems development.


  • 3rd party accreditation
  • Industry intelligence
  • Mentoring & skills
  • Food business development
  • Public engagement
  • Innovation framework

Project HELIX’s strategic approach will enable food producers in Wales to benefit from best practice and industry intelligence from across the world. For example, Project HELIX can support companies to achieve third party accreditation such as BRC & SALSA, and thus open up new markets for their products.

To find out more visit the food centres’ individual pages for their contact details.