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R&D Tax Incentives for Food and Beverage

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Transformation and technological development are daily challenges for companies in the food and beverage sector. However, resolving many of these technical challenges often qualifies as research and development from a tax perspective. What’s more, if you’re undertaking any sort of new product development (NPD) you’re more likely to be eligible for generous tax relief.

Food and beverage experts who really understand your business

We know that only a food and beverage specialist can truly understand your business and your projects. Here at Ayming, we have tax & accounting professionals who have worked in the food and beverage sector – meaning we offer peer to peer conversations with your team in order to identify all eligible expenditure for your food and beverage research and development tax claims.

What counts as food and beverage research and development?

If your business is involved with any of the following areas and you are not already claiming R&D tax relief, then it’s likely that you could be.

Projects that may qualify for R&D tax relief include:

  • Development of new product formulations and manufacturing process specifications.
  • Improving nutritional properties, such as reducing calories, removing trans-fat or increasing protein.
  • Eliminating allergens, preservatives or artificial dyes.
  • Modifying equipment, food processing or appliances to support the above.
  • Reformulating existing products using new or different raw ingredients.
  • Modifying an existing product’s stability, consistency, flavour, texture, form and/or shelf life.
  • Design, construction and testing of new prototypes and/or pilot plant trials and/or full scale production.
  • Fabrication of new components, and integration/assembly of large systems/equipment for the food industry that are technically challenging and not straightforward.
  • Investigative work and technical problem-solving by engineers or technicians (over and above routine troubleshooting).
  • Complex scaling up from kitchen trials to pilot plant trials and full scale experimental trials of production and packaging processes.
  • Transferal of existing technology (or adaptation of new technologies from other industries) for novel applications that improve food manufacturing processes or products.
  • Development of new and improved food production techniques and/or processes in response to changes in health and safety or environmental legislation, demanding increasingly challenging constraints.

Why choose Ayming?

We are proud to have achieved a claim acceptance rate of 100% and a claim value acceptance rate of over 98%. We have claimed more than £600m of R&D tax credits for our UK clients to date.

By choosing Ayming, you’re choosing the UK’s R&D market leader for the food and beverage sector.

Our specialist team will:

  • Ensure minimum impact on your time & resources
  • Streamline your internal processes
  • Optimise the value of your claims
  • Ensure that your claims are robust & low risk.