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R&D in Food Production

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How might food production qualify for R&D tax relief?

Innovation is the driving force behind progress and growth in any industry. Companies that invest in research and development (R&D) are the ones that stay ahead of the competition, produce better products and services and drive growth in the economy. Food production companies may be eligible for research and development (R&D) tax relief if they are developing new or improved products, processes, or services.

Some examples of projects and activities that could qualify for R&D tax relief include:

R&D can be used to develop new recipes that use innovative ingredients, flavours or cooking techniques to create unique and delicious food products.

R&D can help a food production company investigate the behaviour or how to optimise the efficiency/effectiveness of new ingredients such as 

  • Plant-based proteins
  • Superfood
  • Healthier and more sustainable food products.

R&D can be used to develop new or improved food safety technologies such as

  • Rapid testing methods or microbial control systems
  • To reduce the risk of foodborne illness.

R&D can help a food production company stay ahead of changing consumer preferences by developing new products that cater to specific dietary needs or lifestyle choices, such as gluten-free or vegan options. If there were no easily deducible ways of creating such products, you might be doing R&D. 

R&D can be used to develop new or improved packaging technologies that can use novel materials, improve the shelf life or maintain freshness of products for longer. 

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Our team of experts is here to help you navigate the complexities of research and development tax relief and ensure that you receive the maximum benefit for your innovative work.

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