This map gives details on the organisations involved in the UK Food and Drink Landscape. This document is monitored and updated, if you find any omissions, broken links or have any questions about the information please contact Serena Broadway (firstname.lastname@example.org).
The Food Standards Agency is an independent government department responsible for food safety and hygiene across the UK. We work with businesses to help them produce safe food, and with local authorities to enforce food safety regulations. The five outcomes the FSA aims to deliver are: Food produced or sold in the UK is safe to eat. Imported food is safe to eat. Food producers and caterers give priority to consumer interests in relation to food. Consumers have the information and understanding they need to make informed choices about where and what they eat. Business compliance is effectively supported because it delivers consumer protection. This will include a focus on effective, risk-based and proportionate regulation and enforcement.
These are the independent committees, working groups and forums that advise the Food Standards Agency and help ensure that the Agency's advice to consumers is always based on the best and most recent evidence.
Enforcement committees, UK-wide Food Hygiene Ratings Steering Group, Enforcement Liaison Group, Animal Feed Law Enforcement Liaison Group, Scottish Food Enforcement Liaison Committee (SFELC), Audit Advisory Committee Scotland, LAEMS Joint Working Group
Industry committees, Advisory Committee on Animal Feedingstuffs (ACAF), Better Regulation Advisory Group, Stakeholder meeting on animal feed issues, Advisory Body for the Delivery of Official Controls, Food Incidents Task Force, Stakeholder Group on Current and Future Meat Controls
Nutrition committees, Advisory Committee on Consumer Engagement, Consumer advisory panel, Food and Drink Advertising and Promotion Forum, Nutrition Strategy Steering Group, Scientific Advisory Committee on Nutrition (SACN)
Safety committees, Advisory Committee on Dangerous Pathogens (ACDP), Veterinary Residues Committee (VRC), Consultative Group on Campylobacter and Salmonella in Chickens (CGCSC), Committee on Mutagenicity (COM), Committee on Carcinogenicity (COC), Committee on Toxicity (COT), Chemical Hazard Identification and Risk Surveillance Group (CHaIRS), Advisory Committee on the Microbiological Safety of Food (ACMSF), Advisory Committee on Pesticides (ACP), Veterinary Products Committee (VPC), Defra Expert Committee on Pesticide Residues in Food (PRiF)
Scientific committees, Advisory Committee on Novel Foods and Processes (ACNFP), General Advisory Committee on Science (GACS), Social Science Research Committee (SSRC)
The Agency commissions scientific research to ensure that our advice is based on the best and most up-to-date science.
FSA in Wales
FSA in Northern Ireland
Who we are The Food and Drink Federation is the voice of the UK food and drink industry, the largest manufacturing sector in the country. Our sector directly employs up to 400,000 people, and as many as 1.2 million in ancillary services; it accounts for 16% of the UK's total manufacturing sector by value; and it is an invaluable partner to British agriculture, buying two thirds of what farmers produce. Our membership comprises manufacturers of all sizes as well as trade associations dealing with specific sectors of the industry. We help our members operate in an appropriately regulated marketplace to maximise their competitiveness. We communicate our industry's values and concerns to Government, regulators, consumers and the media. We also work in partnership with key players in the food chain to ensure our food is safe and that consumers can have trust in it. Source: http://www.fdf.org.uk/home.aspx (12Dec13)
The British Retail Consortium is the lead and the only trade association which covers the whole of the retail industry. This diverse and exciting industry covers large multiples to independents, high streets to out of town and online to bricks, and sells goods across all sectors: clothing, footwear, food, homewares, electricals, health & beauty, jewellery and everything in between, to ever more demanding consumers. The BRC’s mission is to make a positive difference by advancing vibrant and consumer focused retail. We aim to achieve this by standing for what is important to the industry and working in partnership with our members to shape debates and influence outcomes. Source: http://www.brc.org.uk/brc_home.asp (12Dec13)
BBSRC fund world-class bioscience research that helps to tackle major challenges such as the impact of climate change, a healthier old age, and sustainable food production, land use and energy production. Strategic priorities Food security Bioenergy and industrial biotechnology Basic bioscience underpinning health
Diet and Health Research Industry Club
Institute of Food Research
Advanced Training Partnership, Intensive Livestock Health and Production, Food, AgriFood, Sustainable and Efficient Food Production
Networks in Industrial Biotechnology and Bioenergy, FoodWasteNet: Food Processing Waste and By-Products Utilisation Network
EPSRC is the main UK government agency for funding research and training in engineering and the physical sciences.
EPSRC Centre for Innovative Manufacturing in Food
The UK's largest organisation for funding research on economic and social issues. Three strategic priorities: Economic Performance and Sustainable Growth Influencing Behaviour and Informing Interventions A Vibrant and Fair Society
The Medical Research Council is a publicly-funded organisation dedicated to improving human health. MRC support research across the entire spectrum of medical sciences, in universities and hospitals, in our own units, centres and institutes in the UK, and in their units in Africa.
Human Nutrition Research Centre
NERC is the UK's main agency for funding and managing research, training and knowledge exchange in the environmental sciences.
Centre for Ecology & Hydrology
SCI is a unique international forum where science meets business on independent, impartial ground. SCI provides the opportunity for sharing information between sectors as diverse as food and agriculture, pharmaceuticals, biotechnology, environmental science and safety. Source: http://www.soci.org/ (12Dec13)
The Royal Society of Medicine is an independent, apolitical organisation, founded over 200 years ago. We are one of the largest providers of continuing medical education in the UK. We provide accredited courses for continuing professional development, which is so vital in allowing doctors, dentists, veterinary surgeons and other healthcare professionals their continuing freedom to practise. Our aims are: to provide a broad range of educational activities and opportunities for doctors, dentists and veterinary surgeons, including students of these disciplines, and for allied healthcare professionals. to promote an exchange of information and ideas on the science, practice and organisation of medicine, both within the health professions and with responsible and informed public opinion. Food & Health Forum Aims Food & Health's main function is to explore and develop in conference form the relationships between diet and dietary ingredients, and health. Diet is a major factor affecting the risk of developing most of the degenerative diseases; one of our particular interests is in the pharmacological activity of food derivates on specific patho-aetiological mechanisms. Members include Nutritionists, scientists, and academics with an interest in the activities of the Section. Source: http://www.rsm.ac.uk/ (12Dec13)
The RSC is the largest organisation in Europe for advancing the chemical sciences. Supported by a worldwide network of members and an international publishing business, our activities span education, conferences, science policy and the promotion of chemistry to the public. Food Group The Food Group is one of the RSC's many Interest Groups. The Interest Groups are member driven groups which exist to benefit RSC members, and the wider chemical science community, in line with the RSC's strategy and charter. Aims To foster an awareness of the importance of chemistry in the food chain. To encourage interactions between scientists and technologists engaged in food R&D. To help transfer such scientific research from ideas to applications. Source: http://www.rsc.org/ (12Dec13)
About IChemE The Institution of Chemical Engineers (IChemE) is the global professional membership organisation for people with relevant experience or an interest in chemical engineering. We are the only organisation to award Chartered Chemical Engineer status. Food & Drink Special Interest Group Modern food and drink manufacturing processes are highly sophisticated, involving heat and mass transfer, mixing, reaction, separation and transport of liquids and solid materials. The design and operation of safe and cost-effective process lines, whilst ensuring product quality and microbiological safety, requires a multidisciplinary approach to all aspects of process hygiene. The Food & Drink Special Interest Group provides a networking community for anyone with an interest in this complex and diverse sector, whatever their background. Objectives Promote the importance of food process engineering in the manufacture of food and drink Advance technical policy, and progress the implementation of the Food and Nutrition theme of Chemical Engineering matters Support the professional development, education and training of process engineers in the industry Form and maintain links worldwide with other organisations in the field Source: http://www.icheme.org/ (12Dec13)
About IFST IFST is the leading independent qualifying body for food professionals in Europe and the only professional body in the UK concerned with all aspects of food science and technology. What we do Competence, integrity, and serving the public benefit lie at the heart of our philosophy. At all times we aim to: Benefit the public supply of safe, wholesome, nutritious, tasty and attractive food through the application of sound science and technology; Improve public knowledge and awareness of important issues relating to the supply, production, safety and quality of food; Develop and communicate the knowledge underlying food science and technology, and further the education of food scientists and technologists; Safeguard the public by defining, promoting and upholding professional standards of competence, integrity and ethical behaviour; and Maintain these standards by encouraging members to continue their professional education and development throughout their careers. Source: http://www.ifst.org/default.aspx (12Dec13)
The Nutrition Society was established in 1941 ‘to advance the scientific study of nutrition and its application to the maintenance of human and animal health'. Highly regarded by the scientific community, the Society is the largest learned society for nutrition in Europe. Membership is worldwide but most members live in Europe. Membership is open to those with a genuine interest in the science of human or animal nutrition. What The Nutrition Society does: Publications Conferences Membership Training & Education Public Engagement International Affairs Gazette Source: http://www.nutritionsociety.org/ (12Dec13)
The British Dietetic Association, established in 1936, is the professional association and trade union for dietitians. Its aims are to: advance the science and practice of dietetics and associated subjects; promote training and education in the science and practice of dietetics and associated subjects; regulate the relations between dietitians and their employer through the BDA Trade Union. Source: http://www.bda.uk.com/ (12Dec13)
Our core purpose is to make nutrition science accessible to all. The Foundation’s work is conducted and communicated through a unique blend of nutrition science, education and media activities. BNF’s strong governance is broad-based but weighted towards the academic community, and we are honoured to have Her Royal Highness, The Princess Royal as our Patron. BNF is a registered charity with a broad funding base. It receives donations from food producers and manufacturers, retailers and food service companies, and grant providing bodies, trusts and other charities. Project income is secured from national government departments and agencies and the European Commission, as well as commercial and non-commercial sources. BNF has put in place procedures to ensure transparency and openness. The objectives of the British Nutrition Foundation are: To work in partnership with academia, educators, government and industry to deliver BNF’s aims, vision and charitable activities. Deliver and widely communicate high quality, profile-raising information, resources and activities for the ultimate benefit of public health. Ensure a sound infrastructure (staff, facilities, governance and funding) to facilitate and support BNF’s activities.
The European Food Safety Authority (EFSA) is an independent European agency funded by the EU budget that operates separately from the European Commission, European Parliament and EU Member States. EFSA’s role is to assess and communicate on all risks associated with the food chain. Since EFSA’s advice serves to inform the policies and decisions of risk managers, a large part of EFSA’s work is undertaken in response to specific requests for scientific advice. Requests for scientific assessments are received from the European Commission, the European Parliament and EU Member States. EFSA also undertakes scientific work on its own initiative, so-called self-tasking. Accordingly, EFSA’s advice frequently supports the risk management and policy-making processes. These may involve the process of adopting or revising European legislation on food or feed safety, deciding whether to approve regulated substances such as pesticides and food additives, or, developing new regulatory frameworks and policies for instance in the field of nutrition. EFSA is not involved in these management processes, but its independent advice gives them a solid scientific foundation. Source: http://www.efsa.europa.eu/ (13Dec13)
EFSA Scientific Panels, Additives and products or substances used in animal feed (FEEDAP), Animal health and welfare (AHAW), Biological hazards (BIOHAZ), Contaminants in the food chain (CONTAM), Dietetic products, nutrition and allergies (NDA), Food additives and nutrient sources added to food (ANS), Food contact materials, enzymes, flavourings and processing aids (CEF), Genetically modified organisms (GMO), Plant health (PLH), Plant protection products and their residues (PPR), Scientific Committee & Emerging Risks (SCER)
About ETPs ETPs will bring together stakeholders in key economic sectors so as to: Develop a long term vision of the sector, Create a strategy for delivery, and Establish a management structure to ensure maximum impact. What will the ETP Food for Life deliver? The main deliverables will include: a platform for quicker and more effective, consumer-oriented food innovation and critical mass a forum for ensuring an effective multidisciplinary/integrating approach improved managing or direction of the knowledge infrastructure a base for competitive activities durable career opportunities within the European agro-food sector an effective means of generating and leveraging funding sustainable business models (including IPR) an enabling environment for pre-competitive research and competitive consortium establishment education and training of persons in various disciplines identification and exchange of best practices. Next Steps Food for Life looks forward to an effective dialogue with policymakers at European and national level to ensure that the interests of consumers and other stakeholders are fully addressed in the future The discussion on futures activities focused on: ETP involvement in the Lead Market Initiative (LMI) for the food sector. The ETP has responded to the LMI by identifying the healthy foods sector as the sector where the greatest market growth opportunities lie and which reflects the increasing consumer desire for a healthy and varied diet. The establishment of two ERA Nets in the food sector, regarding the following thematic areas: Food for Health and Sustainable Food Production Development of closer cooperation with other ETPs, and national technology platforms. Enhancement of a closed dialogue with national governments, aimed in a consistent alignment of research programmes and those funded through the EU’s Framework Programmes that could encourage public–private partnerships, essential to stimulate innovation. (via the ETP Mirror Group and the Public private partnership/ Joint programming task force) Assuring that ETP Food for Life research priorities will be constantly reflected in the calls for proposals under the Food, Agriculture and Fisheries, and Biotechnology theme of the Cooperation pillar of the 7th Framework Programme (FP7) of the EU Optimising knowledge transfer to industry and maintaining together the widest cross-section of European researchers and other stakeholders to recognise the most important challenges that the sector faces in the next decade or so. Source: http://etp.fooddrinkeurope.eu/asp/index.asp (13Dec13)
The Enterprise Europe Network helps small business to make the most of the European marketplace. Working through local business organisations, we can help you: Develop your business in new markets Source or license new technologies Access EU finance and EU funding Source: http://een.ec.europa.eu/ (13Dec13)
Horizon 2020 is the biggest EU Research and Innovation programme ever with nearly €80 billion of funding available over 7 years (2014 to 2020) – in addition to the private investment that this money will attract. It promises more breakthroughs, discoveries and world-firsts by taking great ideas from the lab to the market.Horizon 2020 is the financial instrument implementing the Innovation Union, a Europe 2020 flagship initiative aimed at securing Europe's global competitiveness. Seen as a means to drive economic growth and create jobs, Horizon 2020 has the political backing of Europe’s leaders and the Members of the European Parliament. They agreed that research is an investment in our future and so put it at the heart of the EU’s blueprint for smart, sustainable and inclusive growth and jobs. By coupling research and innovation, Horizon 2020 is helping to achieve this with its emphasis on excellent science, industrial leadership and tackling societal challenges. The goal is to ensure Europe produces world-class science, removes barriers to innovation and makes it easier for the public and private sectors to work together in delivering innovation. Horizon 2020 is open to everyone, with a simple structure that reduces red tape and time so participants can focus on what is really important. Source: http://ec.europa.eu/programmes/horizon2020/en/what-horizon-2020 (09Jan14)
About the programme The UK’s main public funders of food-related research and training are working together through the Global Food Security programme to meet the challenge of providing the world’s growing population with a sustainable, secure supply of safe, nutritious, and affordable high-quality food using less land, with lower inputs, and in the context of global climate change, other environmental changes and declining resources. Our vision To integrate, coordinate and disseminate research that will be influential in informing policy and practice and will support food security goals To raise the profile of the food security challenge, providing leadership and coordinating our efforts To be dynamic in identifying and responding to current and future challenges, leveraging existing funding, and co-designing new multidisciplinary research programmes To encourage innovation To help to translate existing knowledge in to practice To provide a focus for UK contributions to wider international efforts The programme coordinates multidisciplinary research through three themes: Resilience Sustainable production and supply Nutrition, health & wellbeing The added value of working together The Global Food Security programme provides added value through: Improved coordination between funders, end users and researchers Increased innovation through novel inter-disciplinary approaches to addressing the challenges Greater leadership by acting as a focal point for the diverse research communities, industry, politicians, policy-makers and consumer groups Horizon scanning and foresight by providing a platform for partners to identify and respond to emerging priorities Greater impact through better coordinated dialogue and increased collaboration with wider stakeholders and users
What is the National Technology Platform for Food? The Platform is a network, linking UK stakeholders in the post "farm gate" food chain. Its primary aim is to identify gaps in the UK food research, innovation and training landscape, informing and promoting existing networks, and addressing fragmentation. It does not duplicate, build a bureaucracy or hold funding for innovation, research or training initiatives. It is part of a wider network of NTPs and links with those within other countries of the European Union and beyond. The initial members of the UK NTP are: Biosciences KTN (Food Sector) Campden BRI Food and Drink Federation (FDF) Institute of Food Research (IFR) Institute of Food Science Technology (IFST) Leatherhead Food Research Source: https://connect.innovateuk.org/web/uk-ntp-for-food (12Dec13)
Highlands and Islands Enterprise
Scottish Development International
Scotland Food and Drink
Food Standards Scotland
Welsh Assembly Government
Invest Northern Ireland
The National Diet and Nutrition survey data assesses the diet, nutrient intake and nutritional status of the general population in the UK.
The Agriculture and Horticulture Development Board (AHDB) is a statutory levy board, funded by farmers, growers and others in the supply chain and managed as an independent organisation (independent of both commercial industry and of Government). Our purpose is to make our agriculture and horticulture industries more competitive and sustainable through factual, evidence-based advice, information and activity. What we do We deliver extensive research and development programmes which are delivering scientifically-robust and commercially useful outcomes for our levy payers; We undertake efficient farm-level knowledge transfer programmes based on evidence both from third party science and our own R&D aimed at improving efficiency, productivity and sustainability; We provide unbiased, high quality market information that helps business decision making and improves supply chain transparency; We do export market development work and also domestic marketing activity to inspire and inform consumers in order to assist the economic viability of sectors which require this; We raise awareness of food and where it comes from among school children; and help ensure the agriculture and horticulture industries are able to develop and attract workers with the skills needed to operate effectively. We also ensure that proper account is taken of Government priorities for agriculture and the agri-food industry, where appropriate. Who we work for Levy payers are at the heart of what we do. Our delivery of support services to them is focused through six branded operating divisions covering about 75% of total agricultural output in the United Kingdom (UK): Pig meat in England - through our BPEX division Beef and lamb in England - through our EBLEX division Commercial horticulture in Great Britain - through our HDC division Milk in Great Britain - through our DairyCo division Potatoes in Great Britain - through our Potato Council division Cereals and oilseeds in the UK. - through our HGCA division AHDB also ensures that proper account is taken of Government priorities for agriculture and the agri-food industry, where appropriate. Our Purpose: To make our industries more competitive and sustainable Our Corporate Objectives: Deliver value for money for levy payers in everything we do Improve efficiency and productivity in the industry to help levy payers have thriving businesses Improve marketing in the industry to help profitability and customer awareness Improve services that the industry provides to the community Improve ways in which the industry contributes to sustainable development.
Who we are Seafish is a Non-Departmental Public Body (NDPB) set up by the Fisheries Act 1981 to improve efficiency and raise standards across the seafood industry. We are funded by a levy on the first sale of seafood products in the UK, including imported seafood. At Seafish, our purpose is to secure a sustainable and profitable future for the UK seafood industry. Our remit includes everything - and everyone - from fishermen and processers through to importers, retailers and food service providers. As an organisation, we also take a great interest in the consumer: the people who buy and eat seafood. Maintaining a well-regulated seafood industry which delivers high-quality, safe, sustainable seafood to UK consumers is one of our highest priorities. We therefore listen to, and cooperate with, a broad range of voices in the industry. By balancing our priorities and maintaining a high degree of transparency in our operations, we endeavour to meet the needs of everyone that we represent. What we do Balancing the needs of everybody involved in the UK seafood industry is a complex task, and one that involves taking on a range of responsibilities. In order to clarify our mission at Seafish, we have broken down our priorities into three high-level objectives, with seven underlying workstreams, each of which will entail a more focused set of activities. Our objectives: Protect Promote Inform Our workstreams: 1. Reputation and integrity Reinforce positive messages about the UK seafood industry and refute, where applicable, any negative messages about the UK seafood industry. 2. Promoting consumption Encourage the consumption of seafood using clear and targeted messages to educate the consumer and build a better understanding of the benefits of eating seafood. 3. Regulation Monitor planned EU and UK regulations, issue guidance and ensure timely coordinated industry responses as required. Provide a forum to enable industry, government and administrators to fully understand each party's perspectives. 4. Fishing safety Improve safety, knowledge and skills amongst fishermen, through the adoption of safer working practices and implementation of improved safety standards. 5. Responsible sourcing Provide an information source for the whole supply chain regarding the responsible sourcing of seafood and the risks associated with this. 6. International trade Provide assistance in raising the profile of UK sourced seafood in export markets and provide UK exporting companies with up-to-date market information. Work with importing companies, regulators and administrators to ensure that seafood consumed in the UK is legally caught and sourced from sustainable stocks. 7. Information Provide economic evidence, expertise and advice to UK government, the European Commission and industry. Provide retail and foodservice market data to UK industry and ensure the efficient dissemination of information from Seafish to industry.
The Department for Business, Innovation & Skills (BIS) is the department for economic growth. The department invests in skills and education to promote trade, boost innovation and help people to start and grow a business. BIS covers these areas: Business and enterprise Consumer rights and issues UK economy Employment Europe Financial services Further education and skills Higher education Regulation reform Science and innovation Trade and investment
Innovate UK, Knowledge Transfer Network, Catapults
UK Trade and Investment
Defra is the UK government department responsible for policy and regulations on environmental, food and rural issues. Our priorities are to grow the rural economy, improve the environment and safeguard animal and plant health. Defra are responsible for policy and regulations on: the natural environment, biodiversity, plants and animals sustainable development and the green economy food, farming and fisheries animal health and welfare environmental protection and pollution control rural communities and issues Although Defra only works directly in England, it works closely with the devolved administrations in Wales, Scotland and Northern Ireland, and generally leads on negotiations in the EU and internationally.
Centre for Environment, Fisheries and Aquaculture Science
Jointly funds the National Diet and Nutrition Survey with the Food Standards Agency. The National Diet and Nutrition Survey (NDNS) is a programme of surveys designed to assess the diet, nutrient intake and nutritional status of the general population aged 1.5 years and over living in private households in the UK.
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The British Frozen Food Federation (BFFF) are the Trade Association for the UK frozen food industry with over 300 members comprising Producers, Wholesalers, Importers, Exporters, Brokers, Retailers and related Associate businesses. Membership provides an excellent opportunity for frozen food companies and associates to gain awareness at both commercial and legislative levels and also to understand how BFFF is promoting the industry. The UK frozen food market is worth £7.85 billion. BFFF formed in 1973 out of NAWDOFF who originate from 1948. Their key strategic pillars are to: Promote and Protect the interests of the frozen food industryProvide membership services Address industry key issues Organise networking opportunities for members 4Feb15
Chilled Foods Assocation (CFA) was formed in 1989 to establish, continuously improve and promote best hygienic practice standards in the production of retailed chilled prepared food. CFA represents many of the leading names in UK chilled prepared food production, predominantly supplying the retail trade. Develop and promote common standards of safety and quality in the production and distribution of chilled prepared foods Represent the key interests of manufacturers of chilled prepared foods in their formal dealings on major issues with regulatory bodies and with other relevant groups Safeguard the industry as a whole by providing a common view and voice Co-ordinate with organisations and other groups having related interests Promote a favourable environment for the marketing of chilled prepared foods in the long term 5Feb15
FPC is the UK's fresh produce trade association. Widely recognised as the voice of the UK industry, the FPC plays a unique and crucial role in creating opportunities, defending livelihoods and supporting the growth of its members' businesses from picking and packing to retailer and restaurant. Our organisation is owned by its vast membership and we work exclusively for them. Our current membership stands at around 700 businesses which continues to grow year on year. Members include retailers, distributors, importers, wholesalers, processors, packers, food service and a large number of associated members including freight handling, ports, embassies, laboratories, business solutions, lawyers, packaging, recruitment and trade media. Source: (http://www.freshproduce.org.uk/) 5Feb15
Campden BRI provide the food and drink industry with the practical scientific, technical and advisory services needed to ensure product safety and quality, process efficiency and product and process innovation. Campden BRI’s services can loosely be categorised under four pillars: Analysis and testing - microbiological, chemical, physical and sensory analytical services - helping to ensure safety and optimise product quality Operational support - helping companies 'do the day job'. Troubleshooting manufacturing problems - ingredients, processing, packaging, advising on hygienic design and maintenance, supporting implementation of systems such as HACCP and risk management, and helping with product development Research and Innovation - industrially relevant research chosen and funded by members, as well as work for government departments and agencies Knowledge Management - industrial best practice guideline publications, a wide range of training courses, seminars and conferences, and expert technical and legislation information and advice (19Feb15)
Our role is about understanding problems and enabling sustainable solutions through innovative thinking and the gathering and analysis of robust scientific evidence. This gives us the right platform to be able to support our customers in both the strategic and day-to-day decisions they face. By listening to what our customers tell us, it is clear that our ability to understand a problem and find solutions is what differentiates Fera. In some cases this involves working as multidisciplinary teams within the Agency, and in others we are tapping into the extensive worldwide network of partnerships we have created with other research organisations and academia. Fera at a glance We have over 7,500 government and commercial customers We run over 600 research projects per year We provide services to customers in over 100 countries We analyse over 50,000 plant and food samples a year We work with more than 1,000 collaboration partners We employ over 550 scientists We are the National Reference Laboratory for chemicals in food, pesticides, veterinary drugs, dioxins and PCBs in feed In a typical year our work leads to the publication of over 150 papers in peer-reviewed journals listed in the Science Citation Index (27May15)
Leatherhead Food Research’s Members and clients represent a who's who of the global food and beverage market - ranging from large multi-nationals to SMEs, and including ingredient suppliers, manufacturers, retailers and foodservice businesses. Leatherhead Food Research has a unique Membership that includes over 1500 food and drinks companies worldwide. Leatherhead Food Research offers services including market intelligence, food research and analysis, food legislation, business and technical information and training. Additionally, Leatherhead Food Research can deliver bespoke consulting and research services to both Members and non-Member organisations. Leatherhead Food Research offerings are structured according to five main service platforms: Regulatory Services: Leatherhead Food Research provides a regulatory advisory service offering global support spanning over 100 countries. Food Innovation: Focusing on food ingredients and product formulation, Leatherhead Food Research Food Innovation service embraces the whole food innovation cycle - from concept, to development, to scale-up, through to scientific sensory and consumer assessment of final products. Sensory & Consumer: Leatherhead Food Research Sensory & Consumer team offers sensory evaluation and consumer insight research to the food and drink industry. Nutrition: The Nutrition service offers research on nutrition and human health. Food Safety: Leatherhead Food Research has a dedicated Food Safety team conducting ongoing research into food safety. In addition to the core service platforms, Leatherhead Food Research's team of food consultants regularly delivers large-scale public and private funded research and analytical projects, including work for the FSA, EU and Department of Health. Leatherhead Food Research also offer a wide range of services that help Leatherhead Food Research clients build their skills and access vital knowledge quickly and easily. Leatherhead Food Research Knowledge Transfer service delivers training and conferences, e-info, market intelligence, library and publication services. (19Feb15)