Loughry Campus has excellent laboratory and teaching facilities to support its food education programmes. These include chemistry and microbiology teaching laboratories and a specialist food technology centre featuring the latest equipment and materials for producing food to EU standards.
The centre incorporates four mini-food processing areas, bakery; dairy; meat; and fruit and vegetables, which are designed to demonstrate best practice in food manufacture. This unique facility is equipped with an extensive range of modern pilot and industrial scale food processing and product development facilities to ensure that Loughry students acquire the competencies and skills needed by the food industry. Small-scale processing equipment allows the demonstration of computerised control systems used in food manufacturing.
Innovation, product development and creativity are essential for success in the food and drinks industry. The food innovation centre comprises product development labs, sensory suites, ideas hub and a package prototyping lab to assist in the creation of new food concepts to meet the needs of a dynamic market place and to offer an excellent learning experience for students.
The Food Packaging Centre is a unique and well equipped facility used to evaluate packaging materials and complete packs. As food companies strive to meet consumer expectations through innovative packaging, Loughry Campus graduates are in a prime position to make a significant impact on the industry having worked in the centre.
Loughry’s laboratories are equipped with advanced scientific equipment which enables students to carry out microbiological, chemical and physical analysis of food ingredients and products. The latest technologies in food analysis are continuously being reviewed, thus enabling students to gain valuable knowledge and experience relevant to careers in the industry.