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€21m investment in ‘milk mining’ to create 73 jobs

Food Health Ireland ‘mines’ milk to identify novel bioactive ingredients to develop functional foods which will offer health benefits to consumers.

A FUNCTIONAL FOODS Technology Centre today received a €21 million investment.

The investment, announced by the Minister for Jobs, Enterprise and Innovation Richard Bruton, is the second term of funding for Food Health Ireland (FHI).

The funding which will come through from the Department of Jobs, Enterprise and Innovation, as well as companies involved in the functional foods research centre such as Carbery, Dairygold, Glanbia, the Kerry Group and the Irish Dairy Board.

Jobs

FHI is one of 15 Technology Centres in a €100 million Technology Centre Programme which is supported by the Department of Jobs through Enterprise Ireland and IDA Ireland, and will employ 73 people.

Promoting a healthy diet for a healthy life, FHI ‘mines’ milk to identify novel bioactive ingredients to develop functional foods which will offer health benefits to consumers. FHI is increasing its focus on infant nutrition, healthy cheese, sports drinks, healthy aging drinks and products that can be used to manage Type 2 diabetes and obesity.

Jens Bleiel, CEO FHI said FHI has shown how milk protein-based nutritional supplements can assist in the prevention of age-related muscle loss in people aged 50-70 years, adding:

We’ve also seen interesting results from our second human intervention study into the effects of a new milk based ingredient on glycemic management in 40-65 year olds that are either overweight but healthy, or have Type 2 non-insulin dependent diabetes.
Research for FHI is conducted by teams at University College Dublin, University College Cork, University of Limerick, Teagasc, NUI Galway, NUI Maynooth and Dublin City University. The latest investment will create 73 jobs at FHI.

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