Meeting the needs of local businesses.
Enabling. Inspiring. Connecting. Supporting.
The Highland Food & Drink Innovation Network supports food and drink companies across the region to promote and develop new collaborations, identify opportunities for growth, improve productivity and access new markets.
Through the network, we want to help increase innovation and the use of technology specific to businesses in the food and drink sector.
The network is led by industry experts who have the knowledge to help you increase business impacts, stimulate learning, and to encourage collaboration and best practice across the sector.
By participating in the network, you will
The network is open to all food and drink businesses across the Highland region.
Consultancy firm Rural Matters LLP will support and facilitate the Network.
We want to inspire and assist companies to improve productivity, develop new market opportunities and stimulate collaborations with confidence and ambition.Natalie Dillon, Development Manager, Food and Drink - Northern Innovation Hub
What can businesses do to make their products healthier?
Find out in our recent webinar featuring Catriona Liddle from Queen Margaret University’s Scottish Centre for Food Development & Innovation, and Joanne Burns, Reformulation for Health Manager at Food and Drink Federation Scotland (FDFS).
Together, they lead a discussion on how food and drink businesses in the Highlands can reformulate recipes to make their products healthier.
This season of the Highland Good Food Podcast series is all about stories. We'll be sharing food stories from folk who are already doing amazing things with food around the Highlands.
Episode 1 - Salami, seaweed and beer!
In episode 1 we hear from Anja Baak from Great Glen Charcuterie, Sam Faircliff from Cairngorm Brewery, Keith Paterson from SHØRE Seaweed and David Gass at the Highland Food & Drink Innovation Network. What drives them, and why they are so passionate about food in the Highlands.
The Highland Food and Drink Open Logistics Platform (HiPlan) pilot project aims to test if a data driven open logistics platform can be created to address key logistics-related issues in the Highland Region food and drink supply chain by:
The pilot project gathers and uses data from businesses to inform the creation of an open logistics platform using adaptations of portal technology, establishing a basis to build and deploy a variety of web applications designed to meet changing business requirements.
The project took place between November 2020 and February 2021 and was funded by The DataLab and Highlands and Islands Enterprise. The project team comprised Robert Gordon University, Rural Matters LLP and Celerum Ltd. all with relevant and complementary skills in logistics modelling, economic development and the Highland food and drink sector, and software systems.
How joining the Highland Food & Drink Innovation Network is helping Highland Crackers make strategic moves
The Data Lab has helped apply artificial intelligence (AI) and nature-inspired computing to the logistical challenges faced by both logistics service providers and food and drink manufacturers operati
How joining the Highland Food & Drink Innovation Network has opened doors for Zepice
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This programme is a project delivered by the Northern Innovation Hub. This is part of the Inverness and Highland City-Region Deal - a joint initiative supported by £315m investment from the UK and Scottish governments, The Highland Council, HIE and University of the Highlands and Islands. This programme also receives financial support from the European Regional Development Fund (ERDF) through the Innovation strategic intervention.