Food Product Development Centre
R & D

R & D

Our Services

The Food Product Development Centre is dedicated to developing innovative new product introductions for the Irish food and drinks industry. The Centre provides a confidential service to clients, utilising highly-skilled multidisciplinary teams from the Dublin Institute of Technology (DIT). The Centre can provide you with a unique combination of creative culinary skills and technical expertise to help you formulate new product ideas and develop innovative ways to market your current product lines.

How can we help your business?

Our pools of award winning professional chefs and bakery experts have many years experience in the preparation and production of a wide range of foods as well as up-to-date knowledge of current food trends. We can provide you with access to experts in all food types including: pastry, breads, ready meals, ethnic foods, seafood, poultry, meat, desserts, conserves, soups and sauces. Their expertise combined with the technical know how of our food technologists, engineers and food scientists and the business acumen of our marketing and management colleagues makes our Centre unique.

We carry out practical and fundamental research, development and consultancy for clients in the Irish food and drinks Industry. New product development services include:

  • market research
  • idea generation
  • concept and prototype development
  • competitor analysis
  • ingredient sourcing and testing
  • sensory assessment
  • nutritional declaration and labelling

We can contribute to your company’s success using our modern facilities, which include a dedicated development kitchen, bakery, sensory analysis laboratory and cooking instruction validation unit.

Market Research

  • Desk research
  • Idea generation
  • Focus groups
  • Brainstorming sessions

Recipe Development

  • Review trends
  • Examine competitor products
  • Concept and prototype development
  • Expert taste panel

Product Styling

  • Creative presentation
  • Design of product concepts
  • Serving suggestions for photo shoots
  • Client presentations