£21m food innovation project for Wales

The Welsh government is providing £21m to support research into global food production, trends and waste to help small and medium sized food manufacturers in Wales increase production and reduce waste.

The research will consider new challenges and opportunities facing the industry as a result of the UK’s decision to leave the EU. The project is expected to create 370 new jobs, and safeguard a further 2,000 over the next five years.

Project Helix will support food manufacturers over the next five years in:

  • Innovation – fast-tracking new innovative products and food company start-ups
  • Efficiency – helping businesses reduce waste during food processing and save costs
  • Strategy – seeking to ensure a world-class industry through advanced skills in key areas, such as food technology.

Project Helix was developed by Food Innovation Wales and is funded by the Rural Development Programme.

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