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Glynllifon Agriculture students visit the Food Technology Centre at Llangefni

Agriculture students from Coleg Glynllifon recently visited Grŵp Llandrillo-Menai’s Food Technology Centre, which is located on the college group’s Llangefni campus.

The Food Technology Centre (FTC) provides a wide range of training opportunities to support individuals working at all levels within the food industry. The Centre was established in 1999 and plays a key role in the transferal of information to the food industry in Wales, across the United Kingdom, and internationally.

The Centre has three processing halls and a testing kitchen, which is purposefully used to add value to meat and fish, dairy products and garden produce. In each processing hall there is a wide range of modern equipment on an industrial scale, which is used to develop and trial new products. The on-site laboratory can be used to obtain accurate results for labelling and nutritional declarations.

Rhodri Manod Owen, Coleg Glynllifon farm manager, said: "The food processing industry is one that is growing year-on-year here in Wales. The Welsh Government has set an ambitious target of significant growth within the industry over the next few decades. Being part of one of the main agricultural educational institutions in Wales, we have a central role to play in that growth.

"There are clear links between the college and the Food Technology Centre, and providing our students with these type of opportunities is extremely important to us. Education is involved in all stages of food production: from the fields on the Glynllifon estate, through all the processes to the customer."

With ambitious plans underway to create a distinctive first-class rural economy hub on the Glynllifon estate near Caernarfon - which will provide new businesses with standard facilities for on-site food production - the partnership between the college and the centre is sure to grow and develop significantly in the coming years.

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