"Outstanding" KTP for food manufacturer Rakusen's Limited in partnership with The University of Bradford
An outstanding Knowledge Transfer Partnership with the University of Bradford helped kosher food manufacturer Rakusen’s to expand smoothly.
A Knowledge Transfer Partnership (KTP) between Rakusen‚Äôs – a British kosher food manufacturer established in 1900 in Leeds, where it continues to operate today ‚Äì and the University of Bradford has received an ‚ÄúOutstanding‚Äù grading by Innovate UK. Although best known for its matzo, matzo meal and matzo crackers, Rakusen‚Äôs also produces soups, beans, margarine, and other products.
Knowledge Transfer Adviser at the Knowledge Transfer Network (KTN), John Clayton, who helped set up and manage the partnership, commented:
‚ÄúThis was a particularly fascinating 24 month¬†KTP¬†in an SME which aimed to apply the latest data science and industrial Internet of Things research into transforming¬†the tacit food manufacturing ‘art’ of a 115 year old Yorkshire‚Äìbased business into an explicit process based on real time manufacturing information and quality control insight.
‚ÄúBy establishing a data driven transparency to managing the production process¬†Rakusen‚Äôs can now deliver an expansion¬†strategy based on production scale up while preserving unique brand quality and taste, address a growing demand for healthy eating in kosher and non-kosher markets, while mitigating the risks of losing tacit knowledge residing in the experience of long standing and skilled employees.‚Äù
The¬†KTP¬†partnership stated: ‚ÄúThe support we received from the¬†KTP¬†Adviser, John Clayton, was amazing. He was very knowledgeable, had a very good understanding of the context and technology and was very supportive of the¬†KTP¬†Associate. John Clayton provided valuable guidance when the team encountered some challenges, and was also a very good moderator between the KB and the company.‚Äù
KTP aims to help businesses improve their competitiveness and productivity through the better use of knowledge, technology and skills held within the UK knowledge base.¬†¬†The Knowledge Transfer Network delivers the KTP programme for Innovate UK funded through UK Research and Innovation as part of the government‚Äôs Industrial Strategy.
KTPs can benefit companies of all sizes and in any sector and last for between 12 and 36 months. Further information about KTPs is here and applications for funding are open all year round. Follow @ktnuk_ktp on Twitter for more news.