Innovative food and drink production
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The food and drink industry is the largest in the world, yet it faces challenges and opportunities of equally significant proportion; a rapidly expanding global population, increased wealth precipitating "Western" appetites in emerging economies, diminishing natural resources, as well as widespread obesity and famine. To address these issues the industry must become more efficient and deliver new solutions for production growth, whilst delivering increased nutrition from reduced foodstocks.
How can these challenges be addressed? Cross sector technological innovation provides the best opportunity to bridge the gap between current challenges and longer term opportunities. CPI can work collaboratively with food and drink sector companies to help them develop and commercialise innovative technologies. We work across a range of technology platforms which have the potential to impact upon ingredient formulation, how foods are made, global distribution, and the repurposing of waste streams into a more efficient manufacturing supply chain.
From smart packaging solutions to the development of biofuels from food waste, CPI provides organisations across all levels of the supply chain with world class open access facilities for the carrying out of proof of concept scale up activities, so that they can prove their new ideas are commercially viable before taking on financial risk.
Sensors for assessing performance and quality on production lines
Functional coatings and composite materials for food manufacturing
Agile manufacturing improves batch processes
Food packaging that communicates freshness and ripeness
Sustainable bio-plastic based packaging derived from food waste streams
Increase transparency with supply chain tracking using big data
Increase quality assurance and traceability with printed sensors
Sustainable biofuels can reduce carbon footprint
Re-use consumer waste streams in manufacturing process