Food Centre Wales is a dedicated food technology centre offering advice, technical services and training to business start-ups, SME’s and existing food manufacturers.
Whether you have a great new idea for a product and don’t know where to start, or you are an established manufacturer who needs help troubleshooting or gaining accreditation, our expert Food Technologists can help guide and support you through the whole process.
The centre boasts a dedicated Research and Development building with unrivalled facilities for food manufacturers to develop new and existing products. The technical facility is designed to enable food producers to manufacture products on small industrial scale. Expert Food Technologists are on hand to assist the use of all our processing areas and equipment, as well as offer advice and guidance throughout. They will help you scale up your recipes, train you in the use of the equipment, set processing conditions - all necessary for your manufacture.
Whether you run a food company in Wales, work for a multinational food manufacturer, or are taking your first tentative steps to set up a food micro business – Food Innovation Wales is the go-to resource for support, advice and creative ideas to help get you started, expand, and find solutions to technical operational conundrums.
The food industry has become an increasingly complex arena in which to operate: with global competition, a greater focus on price, complicated procurement, and increasing ethical and environmental scrutiny, developing a food business is a real challenge. Little wonder, then, that many companies fail due to lack of expertise or resource in specific areas.
That’s where Food Innovation Wales comes in: our experienced team of experts, based at Food Centres across Wales, are on hand to support the food industry by providing advice and encouragement, technical support, innovative ideas, and guidance on regulatory and legislative complexities.
Food Innovation Wales’s team of internationally recognised food industry experts are available to assist clients navigate their way through a complex range of food disciplines, from nutrition and dietetics, environmental health, new product development, factory and workplace design, quality assurance, hygiene, food safety, marketing and efficiency.
With decades’ worth of experience, Food Innovation Wales is dedicated to helping food businesses grow, innovate, compete and reach new markets. Join the countless food businesses that have already benefited from the help and advice of our team, and contact us now to explore ways that you can find greater success in the food industry.
The HELIX project is a Welsh Government Initiative designed to help develop the food and drink industry in Wales.
At a time where Brexit is generating uncertainty in the economy, the Welsh Food Industry can take advantage of the much needed funding available to help their businesses grow in the marketplace.
New and existing SME food and drink manufacturers are able to access bespoke assistance from Food Technologists that is specific and tailored to the individual business.
Innovation –fast-tracking new innovative products and food company start-ups
Efficiency – assisting businesses to reduce waste during food processing thereby securing costs savings and waste reduction
Strategy – seeking to ensure a world-class industry through advanced skills in key areas, such as food technology
Food Centre Wales is a key partner in the new £21m Welsh Government initiative, in what is a major boost to the Welsh food industry and economy. Funded through the Rural Development Programme it is expected to create 370 new jobs across the different centres, while safeguarding a further 2,000 and contributing over £100m to the Welsh economy.The HELIX project was developed by Food Innovation Wales (FIW), which is a partnership of the 3 food centres in Wales:-
This project has received funding through the Welsh Government Rural Communities - Rural Development Programme 2014-2020, which is funded by the European Agricultural Fund for Rural Development and the Welsh Government.
Welsh Food Industry
Food Centre Wales plays a strategic role in the technical support of the Welsh Food Industry and was set up in 1996 by Ceredigion County Council as part of its Economic Development strategy. In 2001 funding from the National Assembly for Wales’ Welsh Capital Challenge Scheme enabled the addition of the £1.7 million Research and Development building. This building has fully equipped process areas and manufacturing facilities available for commercial hire. The centre is also used as a ‘launch pad’ for new and innovative ideas in the Welsh Agri-Food Industry, working closely with the Welsh Government Food Directorate.