The Food and Drink innovation Network (iNet) has invested £420,000 into research projects for the food manufacturing industry in the East Midlands.
The iNet is an “initiative co-ordinating specialist support [unit] for businesses, universities and individuals working in the food and drink sector” and is orchestrated by the regional science and industry council, East Midlands Innovation.
It has awarded the cash through the Higher Education Collaboration Fund and has organised for the universities of Nottingham, Nottingham Trent, Leicester, De Montfort and Lincoln to team up and research nine separate projects.
All involved remain stiff lipped about what exactly these projects involve as they have been deemed commercially sensitive, though Richard Adlington, acting director of the Food and Drink iNet, said: “The region’s universities have been at the forefront of research that has been highly beneficial to the food and drink sector in the past.”
He said another £75,000 is still available to other academic institutions in the region who want to research the reduction of saturated fats. Any interested organisation is urged to call the iNet on 0845 521 2066.