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QMU strikes deal to join food trade group

Innovation at heart of QMU’s activities

Queen Margaret University has become the first higher education partner to join industry trade body Food and Drink Federation Scotland (FDFS). 

The campus is home to the Scottish Centre for Food Development and Innovation and food science.

The move underlines QMU’s role in supporting the ambitions of the Food and Drink Industry Strategy Ambition 2030, which aims to grow the turnover of the industry to £30 billion. 

Professor Tom Mercer, director of the Scottish Centre for Food Development and Innovation at QMU, said: “Our membership of Food and Drink Federation Scotland sends a clear signal to our industry partners that higher education has a pivotal role to play in driving innovation and growth in food manufacturing and new product development. 

“Our research and education programmes along with our existing lab facilities and plans for an innovation park adjacent to the campus will form a national hub for sector developments in manufacturing, new product development and sustainability.

“We have a prime location that provides businesses access to national and international networks and expertise provided through QMU and the wider university network.”

FDFS chief executive David Thomson said: “As the voice of food and drink manufacturing, we know the huge importance of higher education in our industry, delivering innovation and skills for a sector which has a real ambition to grow. 

“This partnership will enhance the reputation of the industry as a career destination of choice as well as further raising awareness of the excellent facilities at Queen Margaret University.”

QMU’s proposals for an Innovation Park is the major project included within the Edinburgh City Region Deal to benefit East Lothian.

Proposals centre around creation of two distinct areas on the land adjacent to QMU’s campus. As well as the park, a commercial hub will provide retail and leisure facilities for students, staff and the surrounding local communities. 

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