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Appetite for innovation: Ireland's Food University launches new Institute

18 Jan 2019
Minister for Agriculture, Food and the Marine, Michael Creed TD (pictured, centre): The Food Institute UCC will see a new unifying identity for UCC Food.

The Food Institute UCC was officially launched today, representing a significant development in the area of food-related research and education in Ireland.

The Institute, which will provide a unifying brand for all UCC Food stakeholders and serve as a focal point for industry engagement, further strengthens the University’s commitment to the Irish agri and agri-food sectors. 

Jim Corbett, Director of the Food Institute UCC, described it as "an exciting development which will make a strategic contribution to regional and national food industry development, innovation and success, and which builds upon the strong UCC Food legacy. I am delighted to see such a strong and positive attendance at our launch event and look forward to progressing our aims in close co-operation between my UCC colleagues, government agencies and our indigenous and international food industry partners.”

UCC recently celebrated its 90th anniversary of food education and the Food Institute will bring top tier researchers, educators and industry representatives together in a cross-disciplinary research environment, with a strong industry focus on delivering innovative science and technologies. 

Minister for Agriculture, Food and the Marine, Michael Creed TD said that given the challenges posed by Brexit uncertainty, UCC's collaboration with other European and International institutes in areas of research and education, including a joint degree programme in Food Science with the Beijing Technology and Business University (BTBU), will enhance the competitiveness of Ireland’s agri-food industry. 

"The establishment of the Food Institute UCC will see a new unifying identity for UCC Food, and will enable all stakeholders to engage seamlessly with food research and education in Ireland.”

The launch event at UCC welcomed industry leaders including Jim Woulfe, CEO of Dairygold; Dr Gerry Murphy, Chairman, Tate & Lyle; and Dr Wayne Anderson, Director of the Food Science and Standards Division at the Food Safety Authority of Ireland.

UCC, Ireland’s most prolific university for producing research publications in both Food Science and Nutrition, has been producing graduates for the global food industry for more than 90 years. The University has won food-related income of €142 million since 2012 continues to shape the future of food both in Ireland and internationally. 


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