A partnership between Nestlé UK and Ireland and Sheffield Hallam University will help to improve resource efficiency in the food supply chain.
The two are leading an Innovate UK project to deliver cost and resource savings that should benefit the whole food industry.
Nestlé, Sheffield Hallam’s Centre of Excellence for Food Engineering and Spirax Sarco will focus on the carbon footprint of 40-metre long ovens used to manufacture KitKats.
They will focus on ways to capture waste heat from the gas-fired heaters used in the ovens that will make them more efficient.
In a second project, Nestlé, Sheffield Hallam, First Milk and Foss will work together to reduce raw milk supply chain wastage by 3% across the UK supply chain.
Nestlé UK and Ireland resource efficiency lead Ryan McNeill said: “In meeting the greatest challenges facing our business today and in the future, the need to collaborate is clear.
“Through our projects with Innovate UK we are driving innovation, gaining new insight into our operations and adding value to our business partners, academia and society.”