Food Innovation Centre


New start-up company, LittleBean began their journey when their founder and director spotted a gap in the market for baby-led weaning finger foods. Following a concentrated phase of recipe trial and development, the company have produced a range of frozen products including banana muffins, veggie burgers and oat bars aimed primarily at the baby-led weaning market. Manufactured by hand, the products will be sold direct to consumers in the local business area, with an initial sales route via social media platforms.  

LittleBean required support in manufacturing Food Safety Management and pre-pack labelling regulations.


The Food Innovation Centre provided us with in-depth knowledge and technical support, which was key to Littlebean achieving a recent Food Hygiene rating Level 5. We are now looking forward to growing our business, knowing that the Food Innovation Centre are there to support us along the way.

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Project brief

  •       Review the initial product labels and provide feedback on any suggested pack copy updates in line with the Food Information to Consumers (FIC) Regulation 1169/2011 labelling regulations. Guidance to be supported with links to the relevant sections of the Food Standards Agency and Business Companion to allow LittleBean to continue to widen their knowledge-base in this area as appropriate.

  •       Support LittleBean with advisory information pertaining to the development of and maintenance of HACCP, GMP and manufacturing production records.

The response

  • An initial product label review was carried out and suggested pack copy updates discussed with LittleBean, along with links to the Food Standards Agency and Business Companion resources as required.

  • LittleBean’s HACCP was reviewed with proposed guidance outlined and discussed with the company. Similarly, suggestions around GMP and manufacturing records were exchanged and applied.

  • The Food Innovation Centre continued to support LittleBean in relation to food safety management as required.  

Benefit to the business

The guidance offered by the Food Innovation Centre has helped LittleBean to develop their prepack labelling and synergistically support a widening of their knowledge-base in this area. Furthermore, the Food Innovation Centre has helped LittleBean to build and instigate a food safety management document to support their in-house product manufacture. The company recently received a 5 star food hygiene rating from their local Environmental Health Officer, from which they can continue to scale their business.


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