Globally we face significant food security challenges due to population growth, the requirement to live within environmental limits and changing geo-political factors. The need for innovation in the food and drink sector has never been greater, and SEFARI research focuses on innovation through science by reducing food waste, using waste differently, and considering what goes into our food products in the first place – as well as considering the efficiency of the systems which underpin the sector. All of this feeds into the Ambition 2030 growth targets for Scotland’s food and drink. SEFARI collaborates with businesses across the food chain, from farmers and growers, to processors, food companies and supermarkets to help drive the innovation agenda.
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Food and Drink Innovation
20 Mar 2019
Mycotoxins are unavoidable, natural food contaminants which are produced by fungi growing on agricultural crops. Growth can occur in the field or in storage.
28 Jan 2019
Beef production is very important for Scotland's economy (economic output of £851 million in 2017) and for providing the high quality and iconic, ‘Scotch Beef’ brand.
25 May 2018
This article we will explain some some of the ways we are incorporating healthy ingredients from a variety of sources into recipes to develop novel formulations of foods.
17 May 2018
Blueberries have gained in popularity amongst UK consumers. Currently UK blueberries supply only 5% of demand and there is a huge opportunity to increase home grown supply.
4 Apr 2018
'Protein for Life' is designed to identify and develop guidelines for protein products for healthy ageing (living a better, longer life) that are cost effective, sustainable and enjoyable.
28 Feb 2018
SEFARI is an important partner in ‘Make Innovation Happen’, which is an initiative coordinated by the Scotland Food and Drink Partnership.
26 Nov 2018 - 13:57
21 Sep 2018 - 16:29
Do you ‘eat to live’ or ‘live to eat’? Our individual relationship with food is complex, often changed by influences such as cost, availability or peer pressure.
20 Jun 2018 - 11:31
Scotland’s thriving food and drink industry is a major contributor to the economy, worth £14 billion each year. Ambition 2030, the new industry-led strategy, aims to increase the value of the sector in Scotland to £30 billion by 2030.