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Introduction to Food Innovation & New Product Development

Virtual Workshop for the Food and Beverage sector

Next Course: 12th and 19th May 2021.

This course is now closed. View the full Food Industry Development training schedule here.

Whether you are new to food innovation/new product development or want to improve your pipeline of innovative food products, this workshop delivered over two half day sessions will introduce you to a wide range of best practice methods and real life case studies.

Who is this virtual workshop designed for?

Entrepreneurs and small food producers, wishing to build their knowledge in relation to food innovation and new product development.
Food technologists, brand managers and development chefs working in the food & beverage processing sectors who have responsibility for, or involvement in, innovation and/or new product development activities.

What will I learn if I attend?

  • Understand the Food Innovation/New Product Development (NPD) process and the different stages involved and apply it within your business/workplace.
  • Be aware of the stages involved from idea generation to scale up to running production trials.
  • Understand what affects the shelf-life of food products, how to potentially extend shelf-life and how to instigate trials.
  • Be aware of the range of packaging solutions available.
  • Obtain an overview of your regulatory and labelling responsibilities
  • Gain an understanding of the nutritional and health claims you may be in a position to use for your products.
  • Learn about Teagasc expertise and the analytical and scale up facilities available for use by food businesses.
  • The experiences of a successful Food Entrepreneur in starting a new food business, developing innovative products and scaling their business and product offerings.

Format of the event

This interactive virtual training workshop will be delivered using a mix of presentations, breakout and Q & A sessions. It will be facilitated by Teagasc NPD and Sensory experts, with further input from Teagasc Food Industry Development staff and the Food Safety Authority of Ireland. A successful food entrepreneur will also bring us through their business and product development journey.

Course Venue

This course will be delivered virtually using an on-line platform, over two morning sessions.

The training course will NOT be recorded.

Course Tutors


The fee for this event is €220 per participant (€55 for those eligible for funding from the Rural Food Skillnet).

Skillnet Ireland Eligibility Criteria

Participating businesses must be from private enterprise based in the Republic of Ireland. Sole traders are eligible as Member Companies. Skillnet Ireland funding is NOT available to public sector bodies or organisations that are publicly funded such as community-based not-for-profit companies or charities.

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