Research & product development

Intelligent collaboration is the key to our R&D approach. We listen, analyse and innovate our food and beverage research to enhance your product development journey.


We create award winning food products - are you ready to take your innovation to the next level?


You may want to tap into our insights and expertise to unlock a technical challenge. Or use our kitchen-to-launch development service to keep your new concept on track. Or use our analytical expertise and food research to fast track your product understanding.  Our culinary expertise in food and beverage research offers support creating or adapting each course of a menu to fit the needs of the client. Whatever food research and development need you have, you can count on us to be by your side every step of the way. And because we never do off-the-shelf, you can be confident that our support is fast, responsive and tailored to your specific needs. Explore our food research and development services below.

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Meet our team behind food innovation

Mark Auty

Internationally recognised food microstructure expert across multiple product categories. Published over 100 scientific papers. Winner of Food and Drink Federation (FDF) Scientist of the Year 2021. Fellow of the Institute for Food Science and Technology and the Royal Microscopical Society.

Carole Bingley

Extensive experience of product development and ingredient evaluation across numerous food categories including plant proteins, vegan meat and dairy alternatives, sweeteners and bulking agents. Fellow of the Institute for Food Science & Technology.

Fred Gates

Extensive experience in food research with particular focus on physical properties and the impact of food processing on product characteristics.

Robert Griffiths

Extensive experience in the analysis, uses and properties of Oils, Fats & Lipids in a variety of food and non-food applications. Current Chairman of the British Standards Institution (BSI) Oilseeds, Fats & Oils Committee. Member of the Society of Chemical Industry Lipids Committee

Barbara Hirst

An allergen management specialist, with broad analytical and technical expertise gained over 20 years in the food industry. Actively involved with industry, clinical and regulatory bodies, as well as patient support groups.

Daniele Leonarduzzi

Material Scientist with many years’ experience in a broad range of industries, linking physical attributes to key process and quality parameters in order to facilitate scale-up and speed up product launches

Ellen Norman

Wide range of chemical analysis experience, with a specialist interest in linking analysis to the process and product. Fellow of the Royal Society of Chemistry and Chair of the Food and Drink Federation residues and contaminants committee.

Paul O'Nion

Experienced chromatographer specialising in flavour and taints analysis using multi-dimensional chromatography, mass spectrometry and troubleshooting. Member of the Industry Advisory Board for CAMS.

David Wright

Experienced materials scientist and microscopist specialising in packaging materials testing and material structure. A Fellow of the Institute of Materials, Minerals and Mining and Institute of Food Science and Technology.

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