University-industry partnership key to F&B industry growth

Academicians and food and beverages (F&B) DARe (Darussalam Enterprise) Elevate Programme participants were urged to work together for better outcomes in translational research that could be useful in the F&B industry.

This was stated by DARe Senior Manager of Enterprise Growth (Business Advisory and Services) Nurul Ain binti Jaafar during a dialogue session between Universiti Teknologi Brunei’s (UTB) Food Science and Technology (FST) programme from the School of Applied Sciences and Mathematics (SASM) with DARe’s Elevate Programme participants.

The dialogue, co-organised by UTB through the Centre of Agri-Food Science and Technology (CrAFT) and DARe, provided insights to the F&B companies under the DARe’s Elevate Programme from FST programme academia, while accessing research expertise for product and process innovation, and developing solution for their products from an academic point of view and skills-match students for industrial placement.

The customised growth programme under DARe aimed to facilitate and nurture promising micro, small and medium enterprises (MSMEs) towards sustainable growth and international expansion through tailored assistance with the element of business coaching, mentorship, technology and development, funding and internationalisation.

Companies under the DARe’s Elevate Programme First Cohort include Mr Baker’s Bakeshop, NOICE, A Ayam Berjaya Restaurant, Taurean Bakeshop & Café, Tasconi’s International Sdn Bhd, Subbstation Restaurant and Catering Sdn Bhd, Pan & Wok, Sabli Food Industries Sdn Bhd, Superfish Growers Sdn Bhd, Superwater Marketing Sdn Bhd and Fuel’d Restaurant and Catering.

DARe CEO Javed Ahmad, FST lecturers and students attended the dialogue session.

DARe Senior Manager of Enterprise Growth (Business Advisory and Services) Nurul Ain binti Jaafar speaks during the dialogue session. PHOTO: UTB