TWI Innovation Network took part in a meeting organised by the IChemE at the University of Cambridge's West Cambridge site, on the future of food and drink: process, product and beyond. This focus event brought together industry (e.g. PepsiCo, Nestle and Siemens) and academia (University of Cambridge, Imperial College London, University of Birmingham from the UK as well as, from around the globe, The University of Melbourne). The Accelerated Innovation Programme (AIP) presented opportunities for industry and academia, in the form of the Innovation Centres, to create partnerships. The overall sentiment was to nurture collaboration between the supply chain members as well as to align with smarter manufacturing and connectivity in the context of the fourth industrial revolution. The food industry has demonstrated levels of process automation and materials characterisation as part of its research and development, with aspirations of further innovations targeting production efficiencies, quality and customisation. It looks to benefit from some cross-sector fertilisation for implementing advances in instrumentation and connectivity, with aspects of machine vision and artificial intelligence. The TWI Innovation Network has a cohort of technologies within its capabilities that have been developed through its Innovation Centres and implemented by its Innovation Accelerators as part of close collaborations.