Food Innovation Wales

Innovation Zone Sponsor

Food Innovation Wales:

Food Innovation Wales provides support, advice and creative ideas to help food and drink companies grow, innovate, compete and reach new markets. From new start-ups to established companies and multinational food and drink manufacturers, Food Innovation Wales is on hand to provide technical and operational support.

Backed by Welsh Government, Food Innovation Wales brings together three food centres across Wales:  

  • Food Technology Centre, based at Grŵp Llandrillo Menai, North Wales.  
  • Food Centre Wales, based in Ceredigion, Mid-West Wales.
  • ZERO2FIVE Food Industry Centre, based at Cardiff Metropolitan University, South Wales.

Food Innovation Wales delivers Project HELIX, a pan-Wales strategic initiative which provides eligible food and drink companies with a range of short-, medium- and longer-term technical and commercial support. The initiative delivers practical knowledge transfer activity, supporting Welsh companies to develop and reformulate innovative products from concept, design, development and manufacture through to the consumer’s shopping basket. 

Project HELIX works with Welsh companies to forensically analyse each step of the manufacturing process, identifying ways of introducing efficiencies across process controls, site design and systems development. Project HELIX’s strategic approach enables food producers in Wales to benefit from best practice and industry intelligence from across the world: for example, companies can receive help to achieve third-party certification such as BRCGS and SALSA, opening up new markets for their products.

Project HELIX is supported through the Welsh Government Rural Communities – Rural Development Programme 2014-2020.