Food & Drink

What may initially look like routine product development or updating of products may, in fact, qualify for R&D incentives, as chefs and food scientists apply their knowledge in increasingly more creative and scientific ways.

The Food & Drink sector has many areas of research and development, with many companies being completely unaware that what they are doing qualifies for an R&D tax claim.

The demand for the industry to provide even more attractive options to meet the consumer’s constant shift in preferences and dietary awareness means that companies have to constantly use R&D to stay active in the industry. Whether it is the latest offering from a microbrewery or the latest artisan ice cream flavour, food scientists have become ever more creative in seeking to meet these demands.

Qualifying Activities

However, it doesn’t stop there. From food safety to new products, manufacturing adaptations to new packaging, there are an array of qualifying activities we can help you identify, such as:

  • Researching the chemistry of food and how that changes during the cooking process.
  • Developing new recipes and formulations, for example, reducing levels of fat or salt while still maintaining flavour and texture.
  • Development of new manufacturing, cooking or storage equipment and techniques which pushes the boundaries of what was previously possible.

Typical Claim

Food science projects vary greatly in size depending on the resources spent on them however claims of anything from £10K to £250K are regularly seen within the industry

What our clients have to say

It was a pleasure working with the guys at Bonham & Brook, especially considering that, with the wealth of knowledge backed up with the expertise of an ex HMRC officer, we had confidence going ahead with a claim for the first time. After successfully receiving a substantial refund, we would not hesitate doing another claim and, it goes without saying, Bonham & Brook will be our preferred partners going forward. Thank you, again.

Chris Strik

Managing Director

We worked with the team at Bonham & Brook on the R&D claim that we were unaware of. To our surprise they made the whole process seamless and we received our refund from HMRC. We will definitely be using B&B again for our R&D claim to help us grow our business.

Chetan Patel


At first I believed that R&D tax credits were a little too good to be true or that my company would not be applicable. Jenson, Hannad and the team's expertise and experience reassured and guided me through the process. I had to put in approx. 1 - 2 hours work and they did the rest of the application. The first time we worked together they were able to claim for the previous 2 years, so we received a bumper double rebate. This money has helped us grow the business by having the cash to grow the team and increase our marketing budget. My business has grown thanks to their work, so I am eternally grateful.

Ryan James

Managing & Creative Director

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