Carritech Research Ltd is targeting the lucrative nutritional health and wellness market with support from Invest Northern Ireland.
The Belfast-based nutrition technology firm is undertaking research and development to strengthen its novel formulation and process technology. The process incorporates heat sensitive nutrients into food products.
Invest NI has offered Carritech £70,000, part funded by the European Regional Development Fund (ERDF) to help the company refine its innovative food and biosciences technology.
Carritech has a strong track record of R&D investment. This latest project aims to develop formulations and market applications for its unique low-temperature process technology. The process allows heat sensitive vitamins and health supplements to be incorporated into new food products without loss of nutritive value.
The technology can also produce a range of textures and tastes and has the potential to be used by a wide range of food, nutrition and medicinal product manufacturers.
Tracy Meharg, Managing Director of Innovation and Capability Development at Invest NI, commented: “This is an ambitious new company which has demonstrated strong scientific knowledge in its R&D activity.
“Carritech’s technology has the potential to be incorporated across a multitude of applications in the food and health sectors, offering the firm significant growth opportunities in export markets.”
Richard Horton, Carritech’s Managing Director and founder, commented: “Support from Invest NI has been instrumental in validating our innovative technology and in bringing it closer to commercialisation.
“Its broad market appeal will be important as we seek to secure sales from food and health sector manufacturers across the globe. By applying the knowledge gained through this project and undertaking further R&D, we intend to strengthen our technical capabilities and drive business growth.”