Spotlight on Food Science

For a small island nation, Ireland punches above its weight in terms of its reputation for quality products and globally recognised brands in the food sector. With the massive success of our dairy and meat industries, the country also teems with companies brewing, baking and manufacturing a wide range of products for both home and export markets.

The food sector remains Ireland's largest industry and has seen exports grow faster than any of the other main merchandise sectors since the economic downturn in 2008.   Exports contributed €11.5bn to the economy in 2016 and the sector is currently, directly and indirectly, employing over 230,000 people with a payroll of €1.8bn in 2016 – the highest payroll within the manufacturing sector.

The new agri-food strategy, Food Wise 2025, has set out the ambitions of the sector for the decade, and predicts that Ireland can increase the value of exports by 85% to €19bn, push the value added to the sector by 70% to €13bn, and grow the value of primary production by 65% to €10bn.

Worldwide, the industry faces the challenge of feeding the planet in a safer and more sustainable way. The expected increase in demand for food, of 50%, which is predicted by 2030 due to the expected surge in the world’s population by a billion people, requires smarter thinking in all aspects of the industry.  The potential in this area presents mouth-watering opportunities for Irish companies.

Many Irish companies are already embracing the challenge and forging ahead with major players such as Greencore, Glanbia and Kerry Foods gearing up to face the demands. Other firms are offering a wealth of ingenious ideas, introducing exciting breakthroughs and innovative ways of protecting and improving the industry.

This innovation is now increasing demand for education and skills among current and future employees.  The demand is not only for food science, production management and quality control but also in the commercial areas of sales and marketing, regulation and global supply chain.  With the strong drive to increase Irish exports into existing and new international markets Irish food companies need graduates and existing employees who have the insight into the latest global trends and a knowledge of compliance within diverse markets  There are now fantastic opportunities to bring your existing skillset into a fascinating and diverse field with varied career opportunities for food sector management roles, giving excellent long-term employment prospects.

Innopharma’s MSc in Food Business Management and Technology allows science, business and engineering graduates to delve into all aspects of the industry from manufacturing and processing to quality assurance to sales and marketing, product development, supply chain, food law, and much more. 

The 12-month programme can be studied part-time to fit in with a busy schedule and online lectures two evenings per week can be accessed at your convenience. Tutorials and hands-on time in a simulated manufacturing environment are two Saturdays a month. Alongside your coursework, Innopharma’s Professional Development Team will individually mentor you to develop the perfect career path for you.

Innopharma also offers other course options for those interested in starting in the field:

Have We Given You Some Food for Thought? 

Contact us to find out more. Visit our food course pages for more information, email or call us on +353 1 485 3346.

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