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Spotlight on Sustainability: Food and Drink

  • Level(s) of Study: Professional / Short course
  • Course Fee:

    Available at no cost to eligible individuals (see criteria below).

  • Start Date(s): 29 March 2023, 2 pm - 4 pm
  • Duration: 2 hours
  • Study Mode(s): Short course
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  • Entry Requirements:
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This project is part-funded by the European Social Fund (ESF).

Please note: This session is delivered through the Reskill & Recover project, which is part funded by the European Social Fund. Nottingham Trent University (NTU) is pleased to offer free (fully funded) places on this session to support employees of small and medium businesses that are based in Nottinghamshire or Derbyshire.

With a focus on the food and drink sector, the session is designed to help you develop environmentally friendly practices and realise the benefits of building and improving the sustainability of your business.

What you’ll study

You will gain a basic awareness about sustainability in relation to the food and drink industry and how a food business can improve its environmental sustainability performance.


Areas covered

Introduction to sustainable food production

This covers the fundamental aspects of the social, economic, and environmental sustainability of food production

Environmental impact of food production from farm to fork

Understanding the impact of the activities of food systems on the environment

Ways of minimising the negative environmental impact of food production

This involves the investigation of different ways the negative environmental impact of the food manufacturing process can be minimised

Methods of increasing the sustainability performance of your food business

This covers specific methods that enable food businesses to increase their sustainable practices such as food waste reduction and energy efficiency.

By the end of the session, you will be able to:

  • understand the role of your food business in meeting the United Nations Sustainable Development Goals that are related to the food and drink industry
  • develop skills required to improve the sustainability performance of your food business
  • understand how to maximise the financial benefits associated with becoming a sustainable food business
  • develop good public image and skills for increasing the consumer loyalty of your food business.

How you’re taught

Teaching and learning will take place online using Microsoft Teams and will consist of lectures, group online exercises and independent reading in between classes.

This session is delivered by Blessing Nwokocha, lecturer in Food Technology and Sustainability within the School of Animal, Rural and Environmental Sciences at Nottingham Trent University.

What you'll gain

You will receive a certificate of attendance.

Future dates

If the upcoming session isn't at a good time for you, please register for another upcoming cohort.

Wednesday 29 March 2023: 2 pm – 4 pm

Thursday 20 April 2023: 10 am – 12 pm

Entry requirements

To be eligible to apply for a place on this introductory session you must be running or employed by a small or medium business (under 250 employees) in Nottinghamshire or Derbyshire.

No previous qualifications or experience is needed to access this session.

Fees and funding

This introductory session is available at no cost to eligible participants.