Officially opened by Princess Anne, the university’s chancellor, on Monday, the Dairy Crest Innovation Centre was set-up as part of a knowledge sharing partnership between the processor and Harper Adams.
The partnership means a number of students will spend time working within Dairy Crest on 12-month placements and one-off projects. It also gives Dairy Crest access to research, staff and students at the university.
Mark Allen, Dairy Crest chief executive, said: “Building brands and adding value is fundamental to everything we do at Dairy Crest. Innovation is at the heart of our strategy.”
Located at the university’s Newport campus, Shropshire, the centre is home to Dairy Crest’s research and development and technical teams.
Dr David Llewellyn, vice-chancellor of Harper Adams University, said: “The Princess Royal takes a keen interest in developments at the university and we were pleased to be able to show her the unique and positive collaboration we have developed with Dairy Crest.”
Looking to broaden the appeal of dairy products, some of the students showcased their research which included efforts to position cheese as a high protein breakfast meal; exploring whether more spreadable ‘whipped butters’ could take off in the UK; and innovative uses for butter/spreads in the face of continuing decline in the consumption of traditional breakfast staples, such as toast.
The hunt is back on for world-class innovators who wish to claim investment funding for their business. And this year, the amount on offer has been more than doubled to £250,000.
Agri-Innovation Den was launched last year by Briefing Media , in conjunction with The Co-operative Food, to give entrepreneurs with an interest in farming an opportunity to develop their ideas and innovations.
In return for a share of the investment pot, Briefing Media will retain a stake in your company and provide expert business advice and mentoring.
So whether you are an entrepreneur, farmer or a student with a great product or concept which you believe could help farmers, we want to hear from you.
Visit the Agri-Innovation Den website to watch our 2015 highlights video, see who got through to the final stages and get some inspiration if you are considering applying.
With the search now on for this year’s investment opportunity there’s no better time to get your application together. Applications close July 1, 2016.
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