Food Business Incubation Centre

Setting up your own food business or developing an existing enterprise is expensive and complex. One of the biggest challenges is finding premises suitable for food manufacture and fitting these out to meet the exacting legislative requirements of today’s marketplace. At the Food Business Incubation Centre (FBIC) you can transform your product concepts and ideas into a successful thriving business. The centre was opened in 1998 providing the food supply chain with eight purpose-built food processing factory units finished to the highest standards in two sizes, 175m2 and 225m2.

The Food Business Incubation Centre is designed to facilitate:

  • entrepreneurs wishing to establish new innovative food businesses and;
  • established food businesses wishing to develop, test and commercialise new concepts without impacting on current factory operations

Each of the eight factory units are ‘stand alone’ and contain:

  • a segregated arrival bay, ambient store and chill
  • a temperature controlled production area
  • a dispatch bay and chill
  • a low pressure cleaning system, air handling system, compressed air supply, 180Kw electricity supply (3 phase and single phase), water
  • office, changing rooms and toilet facilities

The centre also offers access to:

  • packaging, chill and freezer storage facilities
  • blast freezer
  • canteen services
  • board room and meeting rooms
  • technical assistance when required
  • environmental management systems

The Food Business Incubation Centre is an integral part of CAFRE and DAERA and has established links with:

We are therefore able to act as host to facilitate client meetings with these organisations.

Want to find out more about the FBIC?

If you are interested in viewing the Food Business Incubation Centre please contact Fiona Ferguson at or 028 867 8148 to arrange this.

Application for a licence to operate in the centre is through completion of an application form and submission of a business plan outlining the proposed project. Plans are assessed against established criteria by the Centre’s Advisory Board.

Food Enterprise Development Programme

Not all entrepreneurs are ready to go into full scale production or have the necessary knowledge skills to successfully manufacture and market their product. Loughry Campus has developed a programme to provide these necessary skills and allow limited production runs to test-market demand for a new product using the unique food technology facilities and resources at the campus.

Programme participants can avail of the Food Technology Centre approved premises to enable them to carry out product development or pilot production runs for a limited period of time.

For further information on the Food Enterprise Development Programme, please contact Caroline Hammond on 028 8675 7500 or email

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