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Leatherhead Food Research provides expertise and support to the global food and beverage sector.

We provide practical solutions that cover all stages of a product’s life cycle from consumer insight, ingredient innovation and sensory testing to food safety consultancy and global regulatory advice. Our membership programme represents a who’s who of the global food and beverage industry.

Innovate: qualifying and enabling new products or technologies

Innovation is key to remain relevant to consumers and investors.

With these parties expecting ever-more transparency, much of our work is focussed on natural and functional product evolutions.

We can help you:

  • Qualify and fast-follow challenger brand concepts with global potential
  • Build frameworks for internal stakeholders to guide innovation and internationalisation
  • Create and submit GRAS and Novel Food dossiers
  • Translate consumer and sensory research into tangible R&D outputs

Access New Markets: Supporting entry to new categories or territories

Increasing spending power in BRIC nations and the rise of challenger brands in home markets is driving growth opportunity to new markets where existing networks and intuition are less relevant.

We can help you:

  • Understand market and category regulatory frameworks
  • Ensure compliance across formulations, specifications and artworks
  • Engage with selected authorities and associations

Realise Global Opportunities: Aligning global activity to deliver greater efficiency and agility

With increasing pressure to protect operating margins, our coverage of 150+ markets can support you to deliver greater supply chain flexibility and efficiency.

We can help you:

  • Map the global regulatory landscape to support ‘lift and shift’ initiatives
  • Create internal databases to improve compliance efficiency
  • Synthesise scientific research and regulatory policy to establish or guide brand standards
  • Identify the early warning signs of regulatory change to guide advocacy activity

For further information contact:

Mark Butcher, Commercial Director

Phone number: +44 1372 376 761

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Twitter: @leatherheadfood

LinkedIn address: Leatherhead Food Research

Special offer to FDF members

We're offering food safety consultations free of charge throughout April. Inspired by the way our industry has mobilised over recent days and weeks we want to support you all and help ensure products can continue to reach the shelves quickly and safely.

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“Having Leatherhead’s independence, knowledge of the sector and combination of regulatory, science and consumer insight expertise, was vital.”