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Food and drink innovation

Looking to innovate your food and drink business? Whether this involves product development, your processes or employees, the Make Innovation Happen service will help you explore your ideas and develop them to market.

Why innovate your food and drink business?

When businesses innovate, they're twice as likely to grow and three times as likely to export. Innovation will also help keep you up to date with consumer trends in the industry.

Innovation will help ensure that your business is moving forward with new ideas, products and services. If you’re not innovating, you can be sure that your competitors are.

Innovation is essential for Scotland’s food and drink sector because it’s such a key industry in our economy. Food and drink is the largest manufacturing sector in Scotland and it’s a huge sector in terms of employment and exports.

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The Make Innovation Happen service

We've teamed up with Scotland Food and Drink and Highlands and Islands Enterprise to bring together voices from across industry, academia and the public sector to deliver the Make Innovation Happen service. 

All businesses across the food and drink supply chain can benefit from the service. If you're working on something new or different that will add value to your business we can help you: 

  • Access expert support (with our innovation 'connectors') to develop your ideas to market
  • Develop new products or reformulate your products
  • Invest in new equipment to improve your manufacturing processes
  • Get up-to-date insights on what's happening in the industry, including stats and consumer trends
  • Improve or reduce your packaging
  • Respond to changing customer trends or regulations

Food and drink innovation connectors

Meet our innovation 'connectors'. They're experts who’ll help you access the full range of innovation support available and will guide you through your innovation journey. 

Caroline MacLellan - Working as part of Highland & Island Enterprise’s innovation team, Caroline helps food and drink businesses achieve their growth and innovation ambitions.

Paul Copland - Paul has extensive knowledge of government innovation and R&D grant funding mechanisms. He focuses on innovation product development, helping business to identify and explore new opportunities.

Rachel Mirfattahi - Rachel is a Sector Engagement Executive at Interface and a member of the Institute of Food Science and Technology. She helps to upskill small to medium sized enterprises (SMEs) in Scotland’s food and drink sector.

Watch videos about our innovation connectors from Food and Drink Scotland

Get in touch with our innovation connectors

L-R Caroline MacLellan, Paul Copland, Rachel Mirfattahi, Food & Drink Innovation Connectors

Food and drink insights and trends

To keep your business at the forefront of consumer trends, you can find out about the latest reports, articles, insights and case studies on food and drink innovation.

Read innovation insights articles from Scotland Food & Drink

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Collaborative Innovation Fund

As part of Make Innovation Happen, Highlands and Islands Enterprise and Scottish Enterprise have invested £650,000 into a Food and Drink Collaborative Innovation Fund. 

The fund has a focus on innovations in products, processes or business models that lead to new growth in the sector.

The fund is for groups of businesses within Scotland's food and drink supply chain - with a focus on SMEs. Larger companies may be part of a collaboration but there should be at least one SME in the project.

There must be a collaborative relationship between a group of companies, organisations, Scottish Higher Education Institutes or research facilities. Companies must be registered in Scotland or be able to show that its main business operation is based here.

Apply for the Collaborative Innovation Fund

Contact our team to find out more

Looking to innovate your food and drink business? Ask about our support to help you succeed.