Open Innovation Forum members




Biffa has been at the forefront of the UK’s waste industry for over a hundred years. We exist to change the way people think about waste, to help people see the opportunities that exist when we manage our waste in the right way, and to make that happen.

Cambridge Consultants

For 50 years, Cambridge Consultants has led the way in innovative product, technology and service development. We are the development partner of choice to many of the world’s leading blue chips, complementing their existing R&D capability by bringing new skills, experience from other industries and the ability to speed up the development process. We create new products, technologies and services that have a significant impact on our clients’ business.

Campden BRI

Campden BRI provides technical, legislative and scientific support and research to the food and drinks industry worldwide – with a comprehensive “farm to fork” range of services covering agri-food production, analysis and testing, processing and manufacturing, safety, training and technical information services. Members and clients benefit from industry-leading facilities for analysis, product and process development, and sensory and consumer studies, which include a specialist brewing and wine operation.


Cargill is an international producer and marketer of food, agricultural, financial and industrial products and services. Founded in 1865, the privately held company employs 142,000 people in 65 countries.


Founded in 1978, Domino Printing Sciences plc has established a global reputation for the continual development and manufacture of its total coding and printing technologies that meet the needs of manufacturers and sets new industry standards in quality and reliability.

Fresca Group

Through an ever-expanding group of companies, Fresca Group source, supply, prepare, pack and deliver the finest quality fresh produce to customers all over the UK.


Established in 1864 by the HEINEKEN family, HEINEKEN is the number one brewer in Europe and the number three brewer by volume in the world.


Kerry Group is a world leader in food taste and nutrition serving the food and beverage industry, and a leading supplier of added value brands and branded foods to the Irish and UK markets.

Marks & Spencer

M&S is a leading British retailer bringing quality, great value food, clothing and homeware to millions of customers around the world.


Mars has been proudly family owned for over 100 years. It’s this independence that gives us the gift of freedom to think in generations, not quarters, so we can invest in the long-term future of our business, our people and the planet — all guided by our enduring Principles.

Moy Park

Moy Park is one of Europe’s leading food companies, committed to continuing to deliver excellence in fresh, high-quality, locally-farmed poultry and complementary convenience food products for the whole family.


The MTC is a government-backed research and technology organisation (RTO) with the focus on inspiring Great British manufacturing globally to develop innovative manufacturing technologies and processes through our industry, academic and other intuitions partnerships. There is a specific drive from the MTC, and more widely the High Value Manufacturing Catapult group, to support the FMCG and Food & Drink sector to help improve productivity, reduce waste and introduce new impactful technologies to production facilities.

Müller UK & Ireland 

Müller UK & Ireland is wholly owned by Unternehmensgruppe Theo Müller which employs 24,000 people throughout Europe. In the UK, Müller develops, manufactures and markets a wide range of branded and private label dairy products made with milk from more than 1,600 British farmers. Müller is an Official Supporter of British Athletics and Athletics Ireland. With branding and activation rights for major athletics events, Müller aims to empower consumers to make active and healthy lifestyle choices.


PepsiCo Inc. is an American multinational food and beverage corporation headquartered in New York, with interests in the manufacturing, marketing and distribution of grain-based snack foods, beverages, and other products.

Pladis Global

The world’s best loved biscuits and confectionery – Pladis is home to iconic brands Godiva, McVitie’s and Ulker. These brands make sweet treats and savoury treats that consumers everywhere recognise and enjoy.

Queen’s University Belfast’s Agri-Food Quest

Queen’s University Belfast’s Agri-Food Quest is a membership-based, industry-led Innovation Centre for the agri-food businesses in Northern Ireland. The Centre is focused on increasing the level of collaborative research activity to support the agri-food industry growth strategy.


Rabobank is an international financial services provider operating on the basis of cooperative principles. It serves over eight million customers, offering a range of services including retail and wholesale banking. Rabobank’s strong agricultural roots mean that it has unparalleled knowledge in the food and agri industry and the ambition to become the world’s leading food and agri bank.

RPC Group

Part of Berry Group, RPC is unique in offering products manufactured by the three main conversion processes – blow moulding, injection moulding and thermoforming, each technology producing different product characteristics that are suitable for specific packaging applications.

Samworth Brothers

We are a fourth generation family company with 16 businesses producing high-quality chilled and ambient foods, employing over 8,000 people in well-invested, modern sites in Leicestershire, Cornwall and the North West.

Suntory Beverage and Food Europe (SBFE)

At SBFE we combine knowledge, insight and expertise with an appetite for innovation to create some of the best-loved soft drink brands. Working with our Japanese parent company Suntory gives us access to some of the world’s best beverage insight, research, development, production and marketing.


Treatt is one of the world’s longest established ingredient solutions providers to the flavour, fragrance and personal care industries.


For more than 300 years, Twinings and tea have been one and the same. No other blender combines such a rich history with a depth of flavours, aroma and expertise.

Walgreens Boots Alliance

Walgreens Boots Alliance is the first global pharmacy-led health and wellbeing enterprise. Our purpose is to help people across the world lead healthier and happier lives.


Yili is the leading one 1 dairy company in Asia, number five globally and growing rapidly. Yili has the ambition to become the most-trusted healthy food provider across the world. Yili Innovation Center Europe, based in The Netherlands, is the innovation bridge to Yili in China.


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