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Diet and Health Research Industry Club (DRINC)

In 2007 BBSRC, in partnership with the Medical Research Council (MRC) and the Engineering and Physical Sciences Research Council (EPSRC), established DRINC with 15 company members.

Over £15M was provided to enable high quality research into diet and health within UK universities and research institutes, aimed at helping the food industry develop products that deliver enhanced health benefits for consumers. This research generated underpinning knowledge and improved skills in a research community that provides valuable pre-competitive outputs for the UK food and drink industry. In 2011, an evaluation of DRINC (see downloads) recommended continuation of the Club to benefit UK industry by maintaining the UK's strength in diet and health research.

The second phase of DRINC was launched in November 2012 and is being developed with a commitment from BBSRC, support from EPSRC, ESRC and MRC and currently 13 company members. DRINC2 is expected to provide £10M further funding for food related diet and health research.

The lead contact for this club is Jennifer Postles, tel: 01793 413366 or email:

Engineering and Physical Sciences Research Council website Medical Research Council website ESRC websiteBioscience KTN website

M&S website Nabim website Nestle website

Pepsico website Sainbury's website Seafish website

Sugar Nutrition website Unilever website Waitrose website