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Teagasc Gateways to Foods for Health

A showcase of research and opportunities for Irish food producers took place in the Teagasc Food Research Centre, Moorepark, Fermoy, Cork, today, Thursday, 10 December. The Teagasc Gateways event provided an exciting opportunity for food and ingredient producers to receive updates on the major national and international consumer health concerns and the current trends in Food for Health research.

Opening the event, Teagasc Director, Professor Gerry Boyle said that the Teagasc Gateways events provide an opportunity to develop the on-going relationship between the research community and the food industry. It encourages networking and interfacing between companies and researchers in Teagasc and UCC, from which future innovations in the food sector will emerge.

Evolving markets for food products in the health and wellness market were discussed and the technology offerings emanating from the Teagasc/UCC Food Innovation Alliance were showcased.

Speakers at the event included Johan van Hylckama Vlieg from Chr-Hansen, Christian Darimont from Nestlé, Roisin Hogan from new food start-up company, HIRO, Mary Flynn from the Food Safety Authority of Ireland, Alan Mackie, Institute of Food Research in the UK and Brendan Egan, UCD.

Representatives from the Department of Agriculture, Food and the Marine, Science Foundation Ireland, Bord Bia and Enterprise Ireland were also present for one-to-one discussions.

A Special Edition of the Teagasc Technology Portfolio has been produced, focusing on the Teagasc capability and expertise in Food for Health research and innovation. This Special Edition concisely describes current technologies, capabilities, services and expertise relating to Food for Health in one volume. The combined technology transfer strategy takes into account the many different forms of technology and knowledge support “gateways” by which prepared consumer foods companies can engage with Teagasc. These include collaborations or contract research agreements, commercial service arrangements, industry training programmes, student placements and consultancy projects.