County Durham has an established base of food manufacture and convenience food production, along with opportunities in the development of packaging and recycling.
The County’s companies in this sector employ approximately 2,500 people, and have mature research and development sections with established local supply chains.
There is a strong ethos of product innovation with significant opportunities in:
Excellent opportunities for research and development exist through collaboration with both established companies and the wider network of academic and research institutes. The National Printable Electronics Centre at NETPark in County Durham specialises in intelligent packaging.