We bring together leaders in industry and research to improve global health through innovation in food

Our Vision

Our vision is to create an Innovation Ecosystem of strategic partners all working together to be global leaders in functional foods.

Our Story

Food for Health Ireland is a collaborative model for functional and health food innovation and commercialisation.

For more than a decade, we have provided a gateway for our industry partners to access world-class science and academic research in the functional food space.

Our success lies in our ability to understand industry needs and trends and match these with innovative research platforms to give our members the insights they need to be market leaders.

Food for Health Ireland combines cutting-edge science with industry know-how to provide our members with leading innovations in functional foods and ingredients

Our Aim

The global functional food market is forecast to be worth more than €250 billion by 2023, with huge growth expected in all regions in that timeframe.

Our aim is to position Ireland as a global leader in functional foods and give our members a competitive edge in the global food market.

 

Food for Health Ireland has spent more than a decade developing bespoke research and technology to uncover ingredients and foods that improve health and wellness

How We Work

We provide our members with access to world-class researchers and facilities to deliver cutting-edge platforms that drive innovation and impact for the food industry.

We are continuing to expand our network to include start-ups, SMEs, and large and multinational partners from across the food sector, offering access to supports and early insights for functional food innovation.

Together with our members, we are working to make Ireland a global leader in the functional food.

Our 3-step process to innovation in functional food

Food for Health Ireland is unique in its ability to provide you with access to a nationwide network of world-class researchers and facilities. With our three-step process, we deliver cutting-edge platforms that drive innovation and impact for the food industry.

Exploration

Food for Health Ireland has spent more than a decade developing bespoke research and technology to uncover ingredients and foods that improve health and wellness.
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  • In vitro models allow our researchers to create simplified versions of specific aspects of human biological systems, such as the digestive, immune or musculoskeletal systems. These models help us understand how a food or ingredient potentially behaves in the human body.
  • We use food-grade bacteria or enzymes to produce new health-enhancing ingredients that you can use to create high-value food products.
  • We apply cutting-edge research to uncover and understand the health-giving properties of your existing ingredients or whole foods.
  • Our Exploration research phase can include:
    Production (fermentation and enzymology)
    Targeted Research (artificial intelligence, bioinformatics)
    Foodomics (genomics, transcriptomics, proteomics, and metabolomics)
    Pre-clinical Screening (cell and animal).

Upscaling & application

We have the experience, knowledge and facilities to take innovations in food from the lab to the factory, helping you to test the prototype in a commercial environment.
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  • We understand the need for testing the stability of any new ingredient or food product within the food system.
  • We can provide you with an understanding of the physio-chemical properties of any new ingredient or food in a multicomponent system to guarantee physical and chemical stability.
  • As consumers become more discerning, their sensory perceptions towards food products can affect purchasing choice. We can provide you with access to traditional (eg descriptive, affective and discrimination tests) and novel biometric sensory techniques.

Food Intervention Trials

Our human-intervention trials have produced results that can tackle the health issues underpinning diabetes, obesity and heart health, as well as supporting healthier ageing.
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  • A proven health benefit helps to build consumer trust and add value to your products.
  • We have extensive experience conducting food clinical trials.
  • We design and carry out food clinical trials based on a thorough understanding of the relevant regulation. We work with clinicians where necessary.
  • We conduct food clinical trials in the following areas:
    Digestive Health
    Cardiovascular Health
    Metabolic Health
    Healthy Ageing
    Sports & Physical Performance
    Maternal & Infant Health

Exploration

Food for Health Ireland has spent more than a decade developing bespoke research and technology to uncover ingredients and foods that improve health and wellness.
More info
  • In vitro models allow our researchers to create simplified versions of specific aspects of human biological systems, such as the digestive, immune or musculoskeletal systems. These models help us understand how a food or ingredient potentially behaves in the human body.
  • We use food-grade bacteria or enzymes to produce new health-enhancing ingredients that you can use to create high-value food products.
  • We apply cutting-edge research to uncover and understand the health-giving properties of your existing ingredients or whole foods.
  • Our Exploration research phase can include:
    Production (fermentation and enzymology)
    Targeted Research (artificial intelligence, bioinformatics)
    Foodomics (genomics, transcriptomics, proteomics, and metabolomics)
    Pre-clinical Screening (cell and animal).

Upscaling & application

We have the experience, knowledge and facilities to take innovations in food from the lab to the factory, helping you to test the prototype in a commercial environment.
More info
  • We understand the need for testing the stability of any new ingredient or food product within the food system.
  • We can provide you with an understanding of the physio-chemical properties of any new ingredient or food in a multicomponent system to guarantee physical and chemical stability.
  • As consumers become more discerning, their sensory perceptions towards food products can affect purchasing choice. We can provide you with access to traditional (eg descriptive, affective and discrimination tests) and novel biometric sensory techniques.

Clinical Trials

Our human-intervention trials have produced results that can tackle the health issues underpinning diabetes, obesity and heart health, as well as supporting healthier ageing.
More info
  • A proven health benefit helps to build consumer trust and add value to your products.
  • We have extensive experience conducting food clinical trials.
  • We design and carry out food clinical trials based on a thorough understanding of the relevant regulation. We work with clinicians where necessary.
  • We conduct food clinical trials in the following areas:
    Digestive Health
    Cardiovascular Health
    Metabolic Health
    Healthy Ageing
    Sports & Physical Performance
    Maternal & Infant Health

Our Research Programme

Our research addresses global food trends and challenges, providing results that can be translated into commercially viable products with clear market focus.

Now in the third phase of our research programme, our primary focus areas include:

Healthy Cheese

Researching the potential metabolic and cardiovascular health benefits of Irish cheese, with a focus on “natural functionality” − the leading global consumer trend in health and wellness food.

Irish Grass-fed Dairy

Creating marketable differentiation on the basis of nutrition, health benefits and sensory attributes.

Fermented Dairy Ingredients

Developing fermented ingredients to enhance digestive health developed using state-of-the-art bioconversion technologies.

Science to Market

Our dedicated commercialisation platform focuses on research with high Technology Readiness Levels (TRLs), working with industry partners to bring products to market that enhance health across all life stages.

Our Team

Food for Health Ireland has spent more than a decade cultivating an Innovation Ecosystem that brings together the best scientific minds in food and health research, along with leaders in industry, policy, marketing and investment.

Become a Member

Whatever size your company is, whatever stage you’re at – Food for Health Ireland can help you to succeed

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