The Food Industry Centre at Cardiff Metropolitan University is located within the School of Health Sciences which has created a unique collaboration of industry-experienced technical and operations managers and world renowned scientists. For example, the Centre’s collaboration with the Biomedical Science Department’s Centre for Lifelong Health provides an understanding of the impact of diet and lifestyle on consumer health and helps inform the Centre’s work with industry.
The Centre engages with food companies and organisations of all sizes and stages of growth and support is provided in the following disciplines: factory design, start–up advice, new product development, third party accreditation and global food standards compliance support (including the latest BRC issue and SALSA), food safety and security, food and labelling legislation, nutrition, market analysis and marketing. In addition, the Centre provides strategic technical direction for inward investment and export initiatives.
The Centre’s state-of-the-art facilities are available for use by food companies and include:
- food processing and development units for low and high risk foods, bakery and confectionery
- development kitchens
- Wales’s largest sensory evaluation suite
The Centre has developed international partnerships with manufacturers, legislative bodies and research organisations, providing the food manufacturing sector with a ‘best in class’ application of expertise, science and knowledge.