Manchester Metropolitan University

Business and Enterprise

Manchester Food Research Centre


The Manchester Food Research Centre offers commercial research services to the food and beverage sectors to solve immediate business problems or to develop opportunities for the future.

Whether you are based in Manchester, regionally or nationally, our experienced specialists will work quickly and flexibly to help you meet organisational challenges.

By working with Manchester Food Research Centre, you will connect your company with Manchester Metropolitan University’s academics and technical experts from across the entire University’s knowledge network.

The MFRC has successfully assisted small-to-medium sized enterprises and multinational food and drinks companies to increase productivity and improve competitiveness through our bespoke consultancy and training services.

Our services to clients include:

Setting up a food company

Food labelling legislation, premises and equipment design, staff disciplines, food safety hazards, quality management systems, ingredients, food preparation, refrigeration (chilling and cold holding), cooking (hot holding and reheating), packaging (storage and transportation).

New product development

Market trends, viability, development, food safety and shelf life, legal considerations, cooking instructions, sensory evaluation.

Sensory analysis

Preference tests, benchmarking, matching recipe components, descriptive sensory, sensory shelf life, analysis.

Food extrusion

New product development, ingredient texturisation, valorisation of food co-products, biotransformation of food materials, texture management.

Third party accreditation

Pre-requisites and HACCP, good manufacturing practices, procedures and documentation, quality management systems, SALSA Issue 3, BRC global food standard Issue 7.

Use of Facilities

The Food Testing laboratories include: Analytical (Chemistry), Microbiology (Food Safety), Product Testing (Physical Testing), and Human Physiology.

The Food Processing facilities include: carbohydrate, protein, and food development laboratories.

Contact us to discuss your needs

Colin Rodgers

The MFRC’s Food Technology Project Manager, Colin Rodgers, provides a friendly and dedicated entry point into the University. He will help you define your business needs, find appropriate academic expertise, and provide ongoing advice and support for collaboration.

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Phone +44 (0)161 247 2493

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