This Autumn, Teagasc will be running a selection of courses to help you upskill and improve your knowledge of the food and beverage industry.

The first of these courses is Microbiology for non-Microbiologists on Thursday, 8th September from 9:30am – 5pm. This course is designed to help those in the food industry with little formal microbiology training to gain a better understanding of the microorganisms that are associated with different foods, their characteristics and their implications for food safety and food spoilage. This is a great course for those working in the food industry, including those involved in quality control, new product development and training. Find out more about the course here.

Teagasc is also hosting an Introduction to New Product Development for the Food and Beverage sector on Wednesday, 12th October from 9:30am – 5pm.  Whether you are new to food innovation and new product development, or you want to improve your pipeline of innovative food products, this workshop delivered over two half day sessions will introduce you to a wide range of best practice methods and real-life case studies. Ideal for entrepreneurs and small food producers and food technologists, brand managers and development chefs. Find out more here.

On Thursday, 13th October, Teagasc will host a Management of NPD (New Product Development) training session. Innovation and the development of new products is essential to the success and profitability of Irish food businesses. This course is designed for individuals who are involved in the development of new food products and the innovation process within their companies, those who already have a basic understanding of NPD or who have attended the Introduction to Food Innovation & New Product Development course, and for food companies who are developing an NPD process or want to streamline and improve their process. Find out more about the course here.

Get an Introduction to Sensory Principles on Thursday, 17th November. Whether you are new to sensory science or want to improve your knowledge, this training course will introduce you to a wide range of best practice methods and real-life case studies. This course is designed for technical and quality assurance staff, food technologists and development chefs and researchers. Participants have the option of taking an IFST Foundation exam which is included in the course fee and will take place on Tuesday, 22nd November. For more information, click here.