A new centre of excellence for pioneering food research -- the Food Chain Centre of Industrial Collaboration (CIC) -- was officially opened by Lord Haskins in York last month.
The centre combines the scientific expertise of the Central Science Laboratory (CSL) and the universities of Leeds and York to provide an all-inclusive research and development service for food and drink companies.
The enterprise has been established by the Regional Development Agency Yorkshire Forward, and its key aims are to enable businesses to maximise food quality and find technical solutions to enhance the manufacturing process.
Dr Graham Clayton, has been appointed to head the development of commercially-funded work at the Food Chain CIC, starting this month.
Dr Clayton says: "The industry requires products with additional value and assured authenticity and security. The combined technology and process innovation of the three partners can facilitate this and provide the consumer with safer, more nutritious food."
CSL brings to the collaboration its analytical capabilities and a commercial standing in the food safety sector, specifically across food authenticity, residue and contaminant testing.
The combined strengths of the consortium offer the food industry access to an "unparalleled scientific resource", says CSL.
The Food Chain CIC will also encourage investment by UK and international companies in the Yorkshire and Humber Region, promoting it as a market leader for food research and innovation.
Contact: Food Chain CIC, Tel: 0113 343 7593/4