The Cornish Sea Salt Co, a local food distribution network and a study to detect campylobacter in poultry are among 21 food businesses which have become the beneficiaries of £500,000 of funding from the government.

The companies have been awarded funding to develop technology which will boost food and drink production and also improve the environment.

The Cornish Sea Salt Co has been awarded funding for an internal study to explore new applications for Cornish sea salt and therefore reduce the reliance on salt imports. Five Mile Food has been awarded funding to build simulation models as a precursor to establishing a logistics network for local food. And the campylobacter study aims to show that campylobacter can be detected in poultry houses using air sampling, and reduce cross contamination between positive and negative flocks.

Farming minister Jim Paice will officially announce the winners of the funding later today (9 July).

He said Britain was at the forefront of innovation and at a time of soaring world population growth, harnessing talent for the food and farming industry would create significant economic growth and improve the environment.

“I believe these projects could make a huge impact on the industry and, in time, the environment,” he said.