About us

Founded in 1919, Leatherhead Food Research provides expertise and support to the global food and beverage sector. We provide practical solutions that cover all stages of a product’s life cycle from consumer insight, ingredient innovation and sensory testing to food safety consultancy and global regulatory advice. We operate a membership programme which represents a who’s who of the global food and beverage industry. Supporting all members and clients, large or small, we provide consultancy and advice, as well as training, market news and published reports.


Leatherhead members benefit from:

¬ On-tap expert advice through our member Helpline

¬ Exclusive content and events

¬ Discounts on projects and training 

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Why Leatherhead

Our team

We specialise in food science, sensory science, nutrition, regulation and market insight and will work with you across the product development lifecycle.

Integrated solutions

Our consulting offerings span sensory, consumer insight, regulatory, food safety, food manufacturing process, product formulation and reformulation and market insight. Our cross-disciplinary approach allows our responses to be fully informed.

Our clients

We have clients across the food & beverage sector representing food manufacturers, ingredients companies, retailers, distributers, regulators and food service companies. Our clients value us for our independent, practical advice and our innovative spirit.

Our history

We have been serving our clients, members and partners in the global food & beverage industry for over a century. We have a world-renowned reputation and recognition as professionals and experts.


Our membership packages offer you access to experts whenever you need them. Along with this renowned helpline, we give you access to research and papers and market-leading training course and events.

Our Group

We are part of the Science Group (AIM:SAG) which believes in the practical application of science to deliver commercial benefits to our clients globally along with benefits to the broader community. Science Group employs 350+ scientists and engineers.

State of the art facilities

Our south of London R&D hub at Great Burgh in Epsom has fabulous, dedicated facilities for the food & beverage industry. We have extensive food science laboratories for microbiology, microscopy, texture and food functionality, fully fitted kitchens, trained sensory panel facilities, consumer hall testing booths, focus group facilities, nutrition testing amenities and a training centre.

About Science Group

Science Group is an international science, engineering and technology (“SET”) business providing a range of services to the medical, defence, industrial, food & beverage and consumer sectors, supplemented by a strategic products division where the Group holds leading market positions in associated technology sectors.

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