Food Innovation Centre
A state of the art Food Innovation Centre (FIC) opened in May 2015 to assist the agri-food sector to create and develop new concepts to meet the needs of a dynamic market place and to improve the educational experience for students. The FIC promotes innovation by providing facilities that focus on idea generation right through to commercialisation.
The facility comprises of:
- Ideas Hub- an area dedicated to idea generation with access to relevant market intelligence and market research.
- Innovation kitchens- one dedicated for education and one for commercial use to facilitate the conversion of ideas into market ready products.
- Sensory Analysis Suite- containing ten individual booths enabling sensory evaluations to take place in a controlled environment. The area includes a dedicated preparation kitchen and a focus group room with an observation facility.
- Packaging laboratory- prototype packaging facility with computerised packaging design, print and card cutting technologies.