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Campden BRI: Service will support Scottish food, drink firms

13 June 2011

The Food & Health Innovation Service has been announced by Campden BRI, and will directly support Scottish food and drink companies seeking to exploit the burgeoning market for healthy food and drink products, estimated at £20bn in the UK and more than £300bn globally.

This unique project is a five-year project worth £4.4 million funded by Scottish Enterprise which companies can access to progress their current and future ambitions to capture food and and health market opportunities - companies can then integrate this support into their strategic business and investment for new product and process opportunities in this lucrative market.

Through participation in the service, companies can access both technical and market support to facilitate and exploit the demand for food and health related product innovation. A range of practical support mechanisms are available to stimulate and realise the creation of new and exciting added-value products.

The service facilitates access to support for innovative NPD, particularly in the areas of reformulation of products to remove / reduce fat, sugar, salt; development of naturally healthy food and drink products; and developing functional food and drink products.

Participation in this service can give access to bespoke marketing and legislative assistance; input from a specialised expert; multidisciplinary expertise to assist with exploiting naturally healthy ingredients, reformulation of existing products or development of functional food concepts; and scoped up, bespoke research projects.

The process entails a1:1 visit to identify and understand your market opportunities; a fully scoped out project proposal is prepared that outlines possible approaches to help realise your ideas; and routes to funding the R&D activity are identified to enable you to take ideas forward.

To find out how your business can benefit from this support service, contact 0845 607 8787, e-mail or visit

* At the recent Campden BRI Open Day, held at the company's Chipping Campden branch, Miles Templeman, Institute of Directors' director-general, gave a barnstorming speech in which he emphasised the importance of the supply chain, chastised the banks for not doing more to help SMEs and the Government for its beer excise duty being too high. He also said Government needs to address the skills shortage at the lowest level.

This was the third annual Campden lecture, which was attended by 400 delegates.

Alongside his IoD role, Miles is Non-Executive Chairman of Shepherd Neame, the Kentish family brewer; a Board Member of Young Enterprise; Enterprise Insight; and The European Confederation of Directors' Associations (ecoDa); and Senior Non-Executive Director of Melrose PLC, the buy-out specialist.

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