Welcome to the Food & Health Network

A Knowledge Exchange Network from the Institute of Food Research

The Food & Health Network is a link to enable colleagues in the food, drink and health related industries to access, discuss and exchange knowledge with IFR scientists, generating competitive advantage through early access to the latest research.

New to FHN? Thinking of joining?


Register now to take part in our Webinars this month:

  • Cardiovascular benefits of dietary polyphenols: 18th June 11:00- 12:00 GMT
  • Food Safety Centre Focus on Campylobacter: 30th June 14:00-15:30 GMT

Latest News

  • Food and Health Webinar:  Cardiovascular benefits of dietary polyphenols: From basic research to health claims will be held on 18th June 2014 at 11:00-12:00 GMT.
    Dr Paul Kroon, Polyphenols & Health Research Group Leader at the Institute of Food Research, will talk about main challenges to achieving health claims with polyphenols, the need for basic research to underpin health claims and specific strategies that focus on overcoming the challenges. His talk will also cover how the FP7 BACCHUS project is making advances in this area.
  • Food Safety Webinar: Focus on Campylobacter will be held on 30th June 2014 at 14:00-15:30 GMT. The webinar will consist of two talks:
    Campylobacter Research and Food Safety: from Farm to Fork: Dr Arnoud Van Vliet, Research Leader IFR
    Processing methods to reduce levels of Campylobacter: Jeremy Hall, Technical Director, Bernard Matthews.
    In addition the webinar will start with an introduction to the new Food Safety Centre within IFR.
  • New Models to predict food structure and composition: A large 5 year collaborative EU project involving IFR has just been completed with the results made available for industry.
    The DREAM project (Design and development of  REAlistic food Models with well-characterised micro- and macro-structure and composition) aimed to integrate experimental and mathematical approaches to develop ranges of food models realistic enough to be used by the industry. The project span covered four product categories: fruits and vegetables, meat, dairy, and bakery products.
    Download the DREAM project Book of Results
    For more information visit the DREAM project website
  • Reducing sugar in foods: The Institute of Food Research is looking at new ways of reducing the fat levels in foods that don't affect taste or texture, but also don't lead to additional sugars or starch being added.
  • New method for quantifying stability of emulsions: Understanding, at the molecular level, more about emulsions is an important part of IFR’s research into how food structure affects health, as their properties affect the rate of digestion and satiety. A new technique based on atomic force microscopy has been developed to help in this.

Meet us at

  • 24-26 June 2014 : International Scientific Conference on Probiotics and Prebiotics – IPC2014, Budapest, Hungary. FHN will be represented by a delegate at this event – if you would like to get in touch during the event, please contact FHN.Info@ifr.ac.uk to arrange a meeting. More information on the event: http://www.probiotic-conference.net/

  • 27 June 2014:  BACCHUS seminar “Best practice guidelines for EFSA health claims dossiers” organised by WagrALIM, Brussles, Belgium. Dr Paul Kroon, Research Leader of Institute of Food Research and BACCHUS project Coordinator, will deliver presentation on “Health claims context & Presentation of the BACCHUS project”. For more information on the event and how to register please contact FHN.Info@ifr.ac.uk.

  • 18-20 November 2014 : Food Matters Live, ExCeL, London.  FHN are exhibiting and we will be happy to meet there. For more information go to: http://www.foodmatterslive.com/  If you would like to arrange a meeting with us in advance, please contact FHN.Info@ifr.ac.uk or just come and see us at our stand.