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TT 39 Sustainability and competitiveness in the food industry - FT0350

The Institute for Manufacturing (IfM), located within the Department of Engineering at the University of Cambridge, conducts research, education and practice in topics of value to manufacturing industry.

This proposal sets out to build on a successful track record in the delivery of educational courses to the food manufacturing sector. To date, three courses have been run successfully for food manufacturers in the Fens area of North Cambridgeshire and West Norfolk. These courses have been based on general industry courses developed by the IfM which have been tailored for the food industry.

The IfM proposes to conduct research and education designed to help food manufacturers to increase their competitiveness while adopting environmentally sustainable techniques.

The IfM will work with a carefully selected network of partner organisations to secure appropriate representation from industry in the research work and ensure effective communication with the food chain, including the dissemination of the research and education outcomes.
The aims of this project are to:

1. Develop a set of tools that will help food manufacturers to (a) increase the competitiveness of their businesses and (b) adopt environmentally sustainable techniques;

2. Educate people working in the food manufacturing industry about best practice in both competitive manufacturing and environmental sustainability.

The project will be conducted with food manufacturers throughout the UK. If the project is successful, the materials generated will be valid for food manufacturers throughout the UK and appropriate mechanisms will be sought in order to develop wider communication of the training materials. Additionally, some of the ideas developed for the food manufacturing sector will be relevant to other sectors, and appropriate channels to expand this approach will be sought
Project Documents
• Final Report : Sustainability and Competitiveness in the Food Industry   (838k)
Time-Scale and Cost
From: 2006

To: 2008

Cost: £248,730
Contractor / Funded Organisations
University - Cambridge
Environmental Impact              
Environmental Performance              
Food and Drink              
Food Chain              
Food Industry Sustainability Strategy              
Food manufacturing industry              
Manufacturing Efficiency              
Sustainable Farming and Food              
Sustainable Production              
Fields of Study
Resource Efficient and Resilient Food Chain