Nottinghamshire company Lindhurst Innovation Engineers has
been crowned the winner of the 2012 Food and Drink iNet Innovation Awards.
for the development of ground-breaking
technology to turn waste into renewable energy.
Engineers, based at Midland Road, Sutton-in-Ashfield, worked with the
University of Nottingham and Arla Foods to use microbial fuel cell technology
to break down food waste using anaerobic digestion and create biogas.
academics, researchers and industry partners, the company is also working on other
innovative techniques to help the food and drink sector reduce its
environmental impact and become more efficient.
judges couldn’t help but be impressed with this project. The company is presenting
a more rounded approach to positive impact, and is making anaerobic digestion
more accessible to smaller companies. Lindhurst Innovation Engineers is a
shining example within the sector.”
Earlier at the event,
Lindhurst also took the top spot in The Food and Drink Forum Most
Innovative Positive Impact category at the awards, which were being held
for the fifth year.
at the event held at Athena in Leicester were:
- Dovedale Foods based in St John Street, Ashbourne, and
with a manufacturing unit at Southglade Food Park, Nottingham, who were
awarded The Clegg Food Projects Ltd Most Innovative Business Growth
Award for the creation of Agile Manufacturing (a term applied to an organisation that
has created the processes, tools, and training to enable it to respond
quickly to customer needs and market changes while still controlling costs
and quality) to support the scaling up of manufacture of Dovedale’s Sauces
for Choice brand, with capacity to offer short-run production to other
local small enterprises struggling with the capacity requirements of
larger contract manufacturers.
The judges said: “Dovedale Foods has shown innovation
for its own business, and of value to other smaller businesses. The company is
meeting a real need whilst having a flexible approach.”
- Moonshine Drinks Ltd, based in
West Bridgford, Nottingham, who received The Nottingham Trent
University Most Innovative New Product Development Award for developing a revolutionary home brew
system to create quality real ales by simply adding tap water into the
unique laminated bag to achieve ABV of 4%+.
The judges said: “The home brewing market is growing and
this project offers good potential. Moonshine Drinks Ltd is approaching the
project in a very flexible way. They have real exporting potential.”
- Just Egg, based at Hilltop Road, Hamilton Industrial
Park, Leicester, and the University
of Leicester, who received The
Food and Drink Forum Most Innovative Collaboration Award for working
in collaboration, with support from the Food and Drink iNet, to explore a
cost-effective and environmentally sustainable way of disposing of the
firm’s egg shell waste. The company is now well on its way to using the
egg shells in the reformulation of plastic to make recycled packaging to
protect their egg-based products.
The judges said: “This is an excellent
example of collaboration between academia, the industry and the iNet. This
project has caused interest worldwide and has game changing potential. It’s a
great example of lateral thinking.”
the awards ceremony on behalf of The Food and Drink iNet, which co-ordinates
innovation support for businesses, universities and individuals working in the
food and drink sector in the East Midlands.
again we have seen some tremendous examples of innovation in the food and drink
sector in the East Midlands, and I’d like to congratulate the winners of this
winner receives one free place to a Campden BRI conference or seminar of their
choice during the 12 months following the award ceremony, plus a day of PR
support. The champion receives two additional free places to a Campden BRI
conference or seminar of their choice during the 12 months following the award
ceremony, plus an additional day of PR support.
Positive Impact category and the Food and Drink Forum Most Innovative
Collaboration category each receive a free day’s consultancy from The Food and
Innovative Business Growth Award to provide advice or information to support
the business in process or facility improvement.
of the Nottingham Trent University Most Innovative New Product Development
Award receives a voucher to be used towards one of NTU’s food courses.
across the East Midlands and beyond attended the award ceremony event, which
was hosted by comedian Ian Moore.
(ERDF), the Food and Drink iNet co-ordinates innovation support for businesses,
universities and individuals working in the food and drink sector in the East
Midlands. It has developed an effective network to encourage the collaboration
of academic expertise and knowledge, and local food and drink business
and drink industry in the region by helping to create opportunities to develop knowledge
and skills, and to help research, develop and implement new products, markets, services
Food and Drink Forum and including Nottingham Trent University, the University
of Lincoln, and the University of Nottingham. It is based at Southglade Food
Park, Nottingham, with advisors covering the East Midlands region.