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National Prepared Consumer Food Centre

The National Prepared Consumer Food Centre (NPCFC) has been established by the Department of Agriculture, Food and the Marine in consultation with Teagasc, Food Drink Ireland’s Prepared Consumer Food company members, Enterprise Ireland and Bord Bia, to support research, development and innovation in the Prepared Consumer Food sector.


National Prepared Consumer Food Centre


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Innovation is a key driver of economic growth and Teagasc continues to be committed to supporting science-based innovation and the delivery of related services to the Irish Prepared Consumer Food (PCF) sector. Teagasc recognises the diversity and complexity of the sector and offers specialist know-how, facilities and services from its Ashtown Food Research Centre in the broad areas of:

  • Meat products
  • Cereal, breads, biscuits and bakery technology
  • Fruit and vegetable-based products
  • Savoury snacks
  • Other food preparations including ready meals, sauces, confectionary
  • Non-alcoholic beverages

The vision for the NPCFC is to support companies in piloting industry-led collaborative research and innovation capability, to maximise value creation opportunities and address the challenges across the industry. It will enable the adaption of technology to enhance consumer demands, increase competitiveness and ensure sustainability.

The Centre contains state-of-art pilot scale processing equipment which PCF companies can use for research and development in collaboration with Teagasc and other innovation support organisations. It also encompasses access to modern analytical and sensory laboratories to characterise foods in terms of nutritional, compositional, microbial and sensory profiles allowing complete product and process development.

National Prepared Consumer Food Centre

National Prepared Consumer Food Centre