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Harper Adams University has won funding from the Catalyst Fund to support its partnership with Dairy Crest, the leading British dairy company. The company is investing £4 million in a new dedicated Food Innovation Centre based at the university’s campus in which Dairy Crest’s UK research, development and technical team will be located. The Catalyst funding will help provide essential infrastructure to support the development of the new building.

Dairy Crest, known for market-leading brands such as Cathedral City, Clover, Country Life and FRijj, aims to deliver 10 per cent of year-on-year growth through new product development. Working in partnership with the university, the new innovation centre will help the company achieve this with continued focus on scientific research, technology and product development. A knowledge collaboration agreement that will further strengthen links between the two organisations is in place.  

The partnership will enhance Dairy Crest’s product innovation through regular interaction with university staff and students as well as providing Dairy Crest with a link into leading research within the agriculture and food sectors. Dairy Crest will further support the university curriculum by providing student placements, staff secondments and guest speakers. 

Project information

Catalyst funding £150,000
Total project funding £4,150,000
Project website Harper Adams Dairy Farm
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