Food: Meet Jim Corbett, Director of The Food Institute at UCC

New appointment: Introducing Jim Corbett, Director of The Food Institute, UCC

CV in brief: 

  • 1980: BSc Food and Dairy, UCC
  • 1980-2000: Various production and commercial roles in the dairy sector in Ireland and the USA
  • 2000-2017: Managing Director, Bewleys Coffee Ltd.
  • Jan 2018: Director, The Food Institute, UCC

Corkman Jim Corbett recently returned to his alma mater to lead the newly-established Food Institute at UCC.

Building on UCC’s world-class APC Institute and the UCC-Teagasc strategic alliance, the Institute represents all activities associated with sustainable nutrition, food systems and food business. Its mandate is to provide UCC’s many stakeholders with a single point of access to world experts and the most current research.

Speaking to Independent Thinking, he said: “UCC has the broadest and deepest food research programmes on the island of Ireland. The external environment is constantly evolving. At a national level, the government’s Food Harvest 2020 and Food Wise 2025 strategies will significantly increase the volume and value of Irish food exports, and highlights the role of research in delivering these goals. I am determined that The Food Institute will play its role in delivering these ambitious targets.”

"The time is right for UCC to play its part in the national and international agenda.”

“The strength of food in UCC has always been with the researchers,” he continued. “The Food Institute’s role is to enhance and coordinate research outputs from UCC in the most effective manner. Food research and teaching is a key strength of UCC’s brand. The Food Institute will be a new significant enabler to deliver on that brand promise.”

“UCC has a long history of partnerships with other international universities on food research. We plan to deepen and enhance these relationships. Issues concerning food, health and sustainability are international topics. Therefore, the solutions need to be international in scope.”

“The EU and the Irish government have recognised for a number of years the importance of investment in basic science and research. Recent geopolitical changes around the world have reinforced the need for Ireland to continue to build on its food credentials as a clean, safe, sustainable environment in which to produce food. The time is right for UCC to play its part in the national and international agenda.”

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