New, Interesting or Functional Ingredients

This is not just food, this is M&S Food

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Marks and Spencer are looking for new or innovative ingredients that can be used within food products.

Application Deadline
May 31st, 2021



Marks and Spencer (M&S) is a leading British retailer bringing quality, great value food to millions of customers around the world. Our food is known for its quality, freshness and innovation credentials.

M&S don’t own any food factories however work closely with over 600 supplier partners around the world to deliver our own-label products to our own specifications from farm to fork for our customers.


Marks and Spencer are looking to hear from innovators who have new, interesting and innovative, sustainably sourced ingredients that can be used within food products.

This could include:

  • Emerging trend ingredients from around the world,
  • Ingredients with functional properties
  • Ingredients with health benefits
  • Ingredients that restrict the movement of, or help with the retention of moisture within foods

A period of exclusivity for the ingredient within the UK would a benefit.

Note: If you currently deal with Marks and Spencer directly, you can either contact them through the platform or directly through your usual contacts.

What's in it for you?

A successful collaboration would mean either working directly with M&S or one of our supplier partners in implementing the solution and working as a collective team to bring the innovation to market.

If you have or are developing solutions, or if you have expertise in the above, please click "Apply" to submit your solution/expertise to the Network.