The KTN's Food Sector
One of the main roles of the KTN's Food Sector is to put companies and innovators in contact with the knowledge and funding that they need to bring new products and processes to market, promoting profitable growth through innovation.
There are two priority themes that underpin our work.
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UK Food and Drink Industry
There are many essential steps in the chain that links the primary producer of foodstuffs to the consumer. Some consumers are served their food directly by caterers.
Most derive their food from a retailer, who provides the essential service to the consumer, their customer, by making available their needs and wants in a convenient and affordable manner.
The Perfect Storm: Our Future Challenge
The UK food industry operates in a global context, and it is now widely agreed that the world is facing a food crisis. At the launch of the Biosciences Knowledge Transfer Network (KTN) in 2009, Professor Sir John Beddington, the Government Chief Scientific Adviser, defined the challenge of what he called "the perfect storm".
Functional Foods and Nutraceuticals (personalised health planning)
Bioactives are an area where proprietary products, such as those blocking cholesterol, have had a major impact on the market. Research into functional foods is required to identify how bioactives moderate metabolic pathways and benefit the health of the individual.
Food Sector Newsletters
The Food Sector team publishes a regular newsletter, which highlights activities and news relevant to this sector.
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