Research at the National Centre for Food Manufacturing (NCFM)

At the NCFM, partnership with industry is at the heart of our research agenda. With strong food and related technology sector links and close academic partnership, our multidisciplinary research for the food industry has expanded quickly to support the sector's growth and challenges. 

Our core research areas of Robotics and Automation, Food Safety and MicrobiologyAdvanced Food Processing Technologies, and Food Supply Chain Development, reflect the priorities of the food manufacturing sector.

Robotics and Automation

Robots have the potential to significantly change how food is manufactured. The NCFM is progressing in robotics and process automation related research and development, which will serve to increase sector productivity and greatly enhance process control.



Food Safety, Microbiology and Nutrition / Health

Food Microbiology is a key focal point of food safety and also a major factor in delivering commercially viable product shelf lives. Food Safety work at the NCFM covers both the managerial and the scientific aspects of control. Food Chemistry at NCFM focuses on product formulation to advance the nutritional quality of our food. Related research initiatives include salt and sugar reduction and the increase of dietary fibre, underpinned by food analysis and sensory evaluation.


Advanced Food Processing Technologies

At NCFM, we work alongside the food sector to develop the next generation of food processing systems, from concept development through to full commercial research and development trials in our dedicated food manufacturing halls and process laboratories.



Food Supply Chain Development

From farm to fork, NCFM is active in progressing research and development to advance the control of product, quality, safety and legality, and also to enhance productivity, efficiency, and secure the reduction of waste in all of its forms.

National Centre for Food Manufacturing, Holbeach Campus, Park Road, Holbeach, Spalding, PE12 7PT

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