Research grant award set to give Bury St Edmunds company new cutting edge

Scientist Monika Cann at work in the Treatt's laboratory.
Scientist Monika Cann at work in the Treatt's laboratory.
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Flavour and fragrance specialist Treatt of Bury St Edmunds has secured new grant funding to carry out pioneering research.

The company, of Northern Way, has secured £50,000 from the government’s Innovate UK agency for a one year project to examine ways of making its ingredients in a more eco-friendly way.

Daemmon Reeve, chief executive of Treatt,

Daemmon Reeve, chief executive of Treatt,

The project, which runs from April to March 31 next year, is being carried out in a knowledge transfer partnership with Northumbria University in Newcastle.

It will look at ways to convert natural materials that are in abundant supply and so relatively inexpensive into natural materials which are key flavour components yet are not as easily obtainable.

Dr John Boddington, Treatt’s director of technical services, said: “There is a lot of competition for these grants so this is a massive achievement by our technical team. 

“We expect this to lead to the development of new, cutting edge flavour ingredients to add to our portfolio of products.

“We expect this to lead to the development of new, cutting edge flavour ingredients to add to our portfolio of products.

Dr John Boddington, director of technical services

“The knowledge transfer partnership will enable Treatt to use the knowledge and technology of the team at Northumbria University to gain a strategic competitive advantage.”

Charlotte Catignani, research and development manager, said: “We are excited to begin the project and see what we can achieve.”

She said: “This funding is a vote of confidence in Treatt’s innovation activities and collaborative work with academia and also demonstrates our continued investment in R&D as we have matched the Innovate UK funding on the project.”

The university to industry partnership will also further the knowledge of the postdoctoral researchers at the university who are working on the project with Treatt.

A spokeswoman for Treatt said: “Treatt is well known for its technical expertise and innovative products and is constantly looking at ways to improve the ingredients that go into our food and drink products.

“We all want to protect the planet on which we live.

“Treatt is conscious of the need to live in a more sustainable way and has been looking into experimental processes to make flavour ingredients in a more environmentally-friendly way, and ones which will also differentiate Treatt from its competitors.”

The chief executive of flavour and fragrance specialist Treatt has been chosen as a business ambassador for the county.

Daemmon Reeve has been selected by Suffolk County Council and Suffolk Chamber of Commerce as a Suffolk Business Ambassador.

He will use his skills and expertise to champion the county as a top business location.