University-Industry Partnership to Promote Eco-Friendly and Sustainable Food Processing and Packaging

Fraser and Neave, Limited (F&N) has collaborated with Nanyang Technological University, Singapore (NTU Singapore) and set up a laboratory in Singapore to create novel products and recipes for its array of beverage products.

Minister Ong Ye Kung (far right) learning more about NTU’s research in food science and technology from Prof William Chen, Director of NTU Food Science and Technology Programme. Watching on is Prof Lam Khin Yong, NTU Vice President (Research) (far left) and Mr Koh Poh Tiong, Fraser and Neave Director and Adviser to the Board, and Chairman, Board Executive Committee. (Credit: Nanyang Technological University)

Through the four-year collaboration, 30 scientists and students from NTU and F&N will work hand in hand to convert food technology innovations into industry applications for fast-moving consumer goods (FMCG). The range of the research projects varies from improving food products and processes to creating biodegradable packaging solutions for the food and beverage (F&B) industry.

Mr Ong Ye Kung, Singapore’s Minister for Education, opened the F&N-NTU F&B Innovation Lab on January 7th, 2019, along with NTU President Professor Subra Suresh and Mr Lee Meng Tat, CEO, Non-Alcoholic Beverages of F&N.

NTU’s partnership with F&N will lead to unique opportunities to develop innovative products to benefit consumers. This collaboration will foster research that will result in better food products, greener packaging, and conversion of waste produced from food processing into valuable resources. This project further strengthens our passionate commitment to eco-friendly initiatives whereby our sustainability research benefits society and industry.

Professor Subra Suresh, President, NTU

This is F&N’s first-ever long-term joint research collaboration with an academic institution.

We are delighted to partner NTU in its Food Science and Technology programme. This partnership offers us the opportunity to tap NTU’s strengths in research excellence as well as its cutting-edge facilities to enhance innovation. We are excited to bring these innovations to fruition in the commercial world. In line with our commitment to deliver sustainable business practices, our collaboration with NTU will see the furthering of our green efforts as well as catering to the health and nutritional needs of our consumers.

Mr Lee Meng Tat, CEO, Non-Alcoholic Beverages, F&N

the F&N-NTU F&B Innovation Lab is Located at NTU’s School of Chemical and Biomedical Engineering and is led from the front by NTU’s Food Science and Technology (FST) Programme and F&N’s Research & Development (R&D) department.

The co-directors of the lab are Professor William Chen, Director of NTU’s FST Programme, and Dr Yap Peng Kang, Head of Corporate R&D of F&N.

Until now, the collaboration has been able to recognize various joint research projects. Apart from creating innovative beverages with added health benefits, other research projects will also explore in relation to retaining the freshness of products and also offering innovative solutions for environment-friendly packaging.

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