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    Explore one of the largest academic food processing pilot plants in the UK

Food Processing Centre

No other UK university offers what we do under one roof. With a floor space of 1100 square metres devoted to approximately £4m worth of equipment, the Food Processing Centre is a leading destination for students, businesses and academics alike. Used for both teaching and research, the plant contains processing equipment for food product development work and allows you to simulate and recreate the conditions of industry.

The pilot plant houses the following:

  • A dedicated dairy room
  • Bakery equipment
  • Thermal processing and dehydration equipment
  • Separation equipment

As one of the largest Food and Nutritional Sciences departments in the country, we give home to an extensive range of facilities that enable us to engage in uniquely diverse teaching and research. 

"Being able to go and play on big pieces of equipment like that was really good fun, and helps bring to life some of the theory and application you get taught through your time here."

Ben Hills

BSc Food Technology graduate, now Head of Technical at Bigham's

The Food Processing Pilot Plant's dedicated dairy room contains extensive equipment for the processing of cheese, cultured milk products and ice cream. Some examples of projects carried out for commercial clients include the UHT flavoured milk drinks, new ice cream formulations and novel approaches in the manufacture of dairy products such as ricotta and mascarpone. 

As a student, you will learn how to use the equipment in the Food Processing Pilot Plant. In your Final Year, you will create a new food product as part of the New Product Development (NPD) module.

Watch our previous students at their NPD showcase

are you a food industry professional?

The Food Processing Centre offers pilot plant facilities and expertise to companies and other organisations. You can rent our equipment to carry out product and process development trials on a pilot scale, access the expertise of our academics with our consultancy service, or attend one of our short courses for industry professionals.

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