Connecting businesses to accelerate innovation

What is it?

The Food Innovation Network (FIN) is a virtual community of organisations, big and small, all of whom are looking for opportunities, partners, processes and ideas to help them make their food innovation ideas a reality, fuel the growth of their business and form new partnerships. FIN’s aim is to help improve the competitiveness of food and drink businesses right across the supply chain. FIN seeks to do this by:

  • Helping increase collaboration and partnership between businesses and research organisations
  • Providing support to help innovation happen, particularly for SMEs
  • Joining up R&D and innovation across the whole food system.

Who is involved?

Businesses both large and small, research organisations, innovation enablers, providers and demonstrators. It is Government sponsored by DEFRA and BBSRC.

How does it work?

At the heart of FIN is this web portal which connects members and helps them search for information on potential partners who can help them develop their ideas. This website also lists new funding opportunities and supplies a toolkit of resources, including model IP agreements, an overview of the UK R&D funding landscape and a series of user-generated hot topics. There is also a FIN coordinator, Simon Baty, who is here to work with individual businesses to provide help and advice. Log-in to get started.

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Read and contribute to discussions on a range of food innovation topics

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@ask FIN | 16 Jan
BBC News - Edible insects: Do insects actually taste any good?
@ask FIN | 10 Jan
BBC News - Marks & Spencer to stop selling 'cauliflower steak'
@ask FIN | 09 Jan
BBC News - Is coconut oil a superfood?
@ask FIN | 05 Jan
Anyone got a solution to the problem? - 'Latte levy' of 25p urged by MPs in bid to cut cup waste
@ask FIN | 02 Jan
First nitrite-free bacon set for UK launch
@ask FIN | 21 Dec
@ask FIN | 21 Dec
BBC News - Apple's iPhones slowed to tackle ageing batteries
@ask FIN | 18 Dec
Christmas cancelled for a third of SME food firm owners
@ask FIN | 15 Dec
Come give it a go!
@ask FIN | 14 Dec
No surprises here; BBC News - Is size important when it comes to wine glasses?