The studies include projects that could help the food industry develop healthier products in the long-term, such as finding ways to cut sugar, salt and saturated fat through emulsions and oleogels, and using environmental prompts to improve portion control. The six research projects will receive a total of £3.7m in funding (about €5.24m).
"Our health is closely linked to our diet and is important to us individually as well as to society and our economy as a whole,” said Dr Celia Caulcott, BBSRC executive director for innovation and skills. “These Diet and Health Research Industry Club projects will conduct valuable research to address important challenges for industry and consumers that can be translated into real benefits for all.”
The companies, which include industry heavyweights like Nestlé, Coca-Cola, Unilever, PepsiCo and Danone Research, will provide the funding through the Diet and Health Research Industry Club (DRINC), a Biotechnology and Biological Sciences Research Council (BBSRC) led partnership, with support from the Engineering and Physical Sciences Research Council (EPSRC), the Economic and Social Research Council (ESRC) and the Medical Research Council (MRC).
Other DRINC industry partners supporting the studies are Mondelez International, Campden BRI, Sugar Nutrition UK, Sainsbury’s, Waitrose, Nabim, M&S, Leatherhead Food Research, and DuPont.