Food and farming minister Jim Paice said that 21 businesses will receive government funding to develop technology that can boost food and drink production and improve the environment.
Bar equipment suppliers Brewfitt – one of the winning entries – will develop an on-tap cooling system for pubs which they estimate could save pubs approximately £700 a year in energy costs and £2,000 worth of wasted drink.
Instead of beer being cooled in the cellar, warming in pipes on its way to the bar and being cooled again just before serving, the system will use far less energy.
Drinks will be chilled as they are needed. Paice said: “Britain’s at the forefront of innovation and at a time of soaring world population growth, harnessing this talent for the food and farming industry will create significant economic growth and improve the environment.
That’s why the Government is investing more than £15 million in this research. “I want to congratulate every award winner for their passion and ideas. I believe these projects could make a huge impact on the industry and, in time, the environment.”