Fresh-Pak teams up with University of Leicester to develop the food science
Leading British food manufacturer, Fresh-Pak Chilled Food Ltd, is utilising the expertise of scientists at the University of Leicester to innovate its production processes and improve quality.
The Yorkshire-based company has 20 years of experience in chilled sandwiches and accompaniments, and supplies UK stores with 5 million boiled eggs per week. It has established a partnership with the Department of Chemistry which is set to include academic consultancy, student projects, and a two-year Knowledge Transfer Partnership (KTP). The project will involve recruiting an Analytical Chemist, who will be appointed at the end of this month and mentored by an academic.
The academic team at the university studies the behaviour of biomaterials and the wider material science field, and is dedicated to creating bespoke analytical solutions. Professor Andy Abbott said: “The benefit to the University of collaborating with Fresh-Pak will be in demonstrating the impact of excellent academic research on a market sector… the new knowledge and best practice gained as result of the collaboration will feed back into the University in terms of teaching, new research themes and publication.”
For Fresh-Pak, the aim of the partnership is to help boost yields and quality, establishing Fresh-Pak as a centre of food technology excellence, and to build on its already impressive credentials. The MD of Fresh-Pak, Keith Foreman, said: “We are delighted to partner with the University of Leicester… In today’s highly competitive landscape we firmly believe that companies who innovate and constantly challenge all aspects of their operation will succeed and the creation of a new Centre of Excellence will be instrumental in this.”
Sustainable Manufacturing: Bayer Joins Manufacture 2030
“Advancing life - that's what we at Bayer are all about.” With this strong mission statement at the core of its operations, it seems fitting that the pharmaceutical and life science company has joined Manufacture 2030 to further promote inclusive growth and responsible use of resources.
For Bayer, the concept of means “providing more people across the world with access to health care and food security, and devising solutions to protect the environment, especially decarbonisation, climate adaptation, and biodiversity preservation.”
Bayer’s Ambitious Series of Sustainability Commitments
In line with the United Nations Sustainable Development Goals and the Paris Agreement, Bayer’s ambitious sustainability targets to achieve by 2030 include:
- To reduce its Scope 1 and 2 greenhouse gas (GHG) emissions by 42%, and absolute Scope 3 GHG emissions by 12%
- By 2030 the remaining emissions of Bayer’s operations will be fully offset by purchasing certificates from verified climate protection projects
“Given CO2 emissions are the main reason for climate change, Bayer is committed to making our business as resource efficient as possible, aiming to become carbon-neutral across our own operations by 2030. By partnering with Manufacture 2030 and their cloud-based platform, the Bee, we can better equip our operational teams with the know-how needed to reduce impacts, as well as track our site-level performance towards company targets. We are confident that by embedding innovative technologies like the Bee, we can play our part in protecting the climate,” said Thomas Gosmann, Head of Pharma Technology & Global Energy Manager at Bayer.
Bayer’s Five Year Partnership with Manufacture 2030
Over the next five years, Manufacture 2030 aims to help Bayer meet its targets, reducing SCope 1 and 2 emissions across Bayer’s 138 sites, and covering all three business units (pharmaceuticals, consumer health and crop science).
“We are delighted to be launching this new partnership with Bayer, helping them to achieve their Science Based Targets by reducing site-level environmental impacts. Helping people and the planet is at the heart of Bayer’s philosophy, as well as being an organisation full of expertise, so we are thrilled they have chosen our unique platform to aid them in continually improving the environmental sustainability of their business,” added Martin Chilcott, Founder and CEO at Manufacture 2030.
About Manufacture 2030
Manufacture 2030 - Founded in 2017 - is a trading brand of mission-driven private company . Manufacture 2030 pioneers new ways to drive sustainable proactive across the manufacturing and supply chain world by partnering with multiple brands and their suppliers to reduce environmental impacts.
Headquartered in the UK, the company’s platform and support services help suppliers and manufacturers in 50 countries around the world.
“We are a culturally diverse and energetic team, passionately committed to helping our clients and their suppliers achieve their carbon reduction commitments,” says Manufacture 2030.