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The food and drink industry is constantly undertaking R&D, whether companies are trying to improve the quality of their products, meet dietary requirements or trying to avoid the sugar tax; many of the challenges that they face and how they overcome them qualifies for R&D Tax Relief.

Qualifying activities within the industry extend beyond development of recipes for taste and nutritional content but also to the packaging of the products.

Examples of R&D activity within the Food & Drink sector include:

  • Development of new product formulations and manufacturing process specifications.
  • Improving nutritional properties whilst maintaining flavour and quality eg low fat, low calories, no trans-fat etc.
  • Eliminating allergens, preservatives and artificial dyes.
  • Reformulating an existing product with different raw ingredients.
  • Modifying an existing products stability, consistency, flavour, texture, form or shelf-life.
  • Scaling up production whilst maintaining the same quality as trial recipes.
  • Utilising existing or adaptation of new technologies from other industries for novel applications to improve food manufacturing processes or products.
  • Developing innovative packaging solutions (see below).


average claim by SME’s in the construction industry


of all claims in the UK


We provide training, tailored to your business, that improves your understanding of the scheme to strengthen knowledge or awareness of R&D tax credits.


Our straightforward, jargon-free process ensure claims are robust against any HMRC scrutiny and improves or sets up internal processes to make future claims more efficient


Our forward-looking team embraces new ideas to deliver incredible tax savings coupled with expert approachable tax advice.

The Zeal Guide to R&D Tax Relief

Everything you need to know to make a claim for R&D tax credits.

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