FARMERS and food businesses in Northumberland have been urged to bid for a share of a £15million research fund.
The Government is offering grants for larger businesses to invest in projects that will increase the efficiency, sustainability and competitiveness of food processing and manufacturing.
And a further £500,000 is available for small and medium sized business, through grants of up to £25,000.
Berwick MP Sir Alan Beith, whose constituency reaches to the north of Morpeth, said: “We have excellent farm produce in Northumberland and some fantastic food businesses. They really are some of the best in the country.
“Across Northumberland people involved in food and farming are innovating and showing the way forward for the future of the sector. I hope that businesses will put themselves forward for funding as this money can help our economy go from strength to strength.”
Previously a grant was awarded to a team at Heriot-Watt University who used ultrasound to improve the quality and nutritional value of bread and cakes, while making production more energy efficient.