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Leatherhead Food Research unveils 360° of Innovation

21 April 2016

Food & drink industry technical solutions and consulting business, Leatherhead Food Research, has announced the launch of a comprehensive set of services they hope will create a step change in the way the food & beverage sector innovates. 

Launched under the banner 360° of Innovation, in conjunction with its sister companies, Oakland Innovation and Sagentia, it was showcased at Innovation Fusion 2016, held recently in Barcelona.

Chris Wells, managing director for Leatherhead Food Research, comments: “While food & beverage industry players are experienced innovators, the industry is facing consumer, food safety and regulatory challenges that mean a step change in innovation is needed for them to prosper. It has never been more important to get the most out of your innovation process and create the right conditions for innovation to work. In conjunction with our sister companies Sagentia and Oakland Innovation, we have responded to these needs with an offering which redefines the way the food and beverage industry innovates, something we’re calling 360° of innovation.”

360° of Innovation aims to deliver strategic thinking together with practical know-how to help food & beverage companies de-risk their innovation process. It supports the full innovation lifecycle, from market landscaping and opportunity identification; through product concept development and supply chain concerns; regulatory and food safety aspects; and finally production and post launch support.

Michael Zeitlyn, managing director for Oakland Innovation, adds: “The food & beverage industry really is facing some fundamental challenges which could change the industry beyond recognition. We are seeing a focus on ingredients and a growing trend towards healthy foods that promote physical and mental health and challenges to existing supply chains and business models. This is all happening against a backdrop of food safety, quality, regulatory and cost pressures. There is now great opportunity for companies in the sector to respond to these changes and they can look for inspiration both in-sector and from outside of the industry where similar technology-led changes are taking place.”

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