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Project title: Consumer acceptability of 3D printed dairy snacks

Overview: Laura is looking at the level of consumer acceptability of 3D printed dairy snack products. The overall project aims to create 3D dairy products that have been fortified to create a nutritionally superior product. As with any other newness to the food sector, especially with technology, there could be a level of aprehension due to lack of information or other social factors. 3D printing has been recommended as a technology for the future across many industries and therefore exploration of 3D printed food products could bring benefits that otherwise couldn’t be made through traditional routes. Everyone has specific needs when it comes to their health that maybe cannot be met due to a busy lifestyle or traditional products simply not catering to their needs, this is where personalised nutrition plays an important role.

Through 3D printing the consumer can obtain a unique consumable product to meet their own health needs and desires. Laura is expierienced in new product development in the food industry with over 2 years expiereince working as an NPD Technologist whilst simultaneously completing her degree where she achieved a First. Laura has worked innovating new products for retailers such as Marks & Spencer, Dunnes Stores and Asda.

Main research topics include:

  • 3D Printing
  • Dairy
  • Consumer

Programmae area: Walsh Scholar – MSc programme (Research Masters)

Supervisors: Dr Sinead McCarthy, Dr Eimear Gallagher, Dr Craig Murphy

Location: Teagasc, Ashtown, Dublin

Funding source: Teagasc (Walsh Scholar)