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We help scientists discover reliable content from multiple publishers, 89 countries and in 41 languages. 

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Why use an A&I database when you need to find scientific information?

Whether you are working on an assignment, a grant proposal, or a product reformulation, you need to know you are basing your work on sound science and that you haven't missed something important. It's important to use databases designed for the task of information discovery - not just the easiest one to access. 

Ours are the only databases designed for discovering food information, making them the ideal search tool for food-related research:

  • Save time and be comprehensive
    Every record is relevant to food and indexed using our controlled vocabulary, the largest food and beverage thesaurus in the world. This enables you to do searches which are both focused and comprehensive, minimising the need to trawl through pages of irrelevant results
  • Explore different content types
    Round out your research with relevant information from patents, trade publications, books, conference proceedings, standards, reviews and reports, as well as journal articles
  • Go beyond the core journals and biggest publishers
    Search across disciplines, around 40 languages, and from publishers all over the world, both large and small
  • Avoid fake science 
    Experts have quality-checked the journals, so you don't have to worry about predatory journals

This all helps you search efficiently and effectively, saving you time and minimising the risk of citing unreliable studies or duplicating existing research. This can negatively affect the quality of your literature review and, depending on what you're working on, could be an expensive mistake.  

Learn more about the power of indexing and controlled vocabularies, with this comparison of FSTA and Google Scholar >>

Whether your food research spans many areas or a single sector, we have the right database for you


FSTA - the only database designed for the unique nature of scientific food research

Used in organisations all over the world to search across disciplines, publishers, languages, types of information, and over 50 years of research.

FSTA is as interdisciplinary as food research, covering agriculture, biotechnology, brewing and distilling, chemistry, food safety, food science (of course), metabolomics, microbiology, nutrition, pet foods, public health, sport science, oenology, and lots more.

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IFIS Collections - for research on specific sectors and topics

IFIS Collections are focused on specific areas, such as Bakery, cereals and grains; Dairy; Food packaging; Nutrition (with The Nutrition Society); a bespoke option; and more. 

They're easy to use, so you can efficiently pinpoint the information you need to keep innovation moving forward, and be confident that your search results exclude fake science and predatory journals.

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Who uses our databases and resources?



Used by PhD students and other faculty undertaking original research; students doing literature searches; librarians providing support with systematic reviews; and more.



Used by industry scientists and librarians to find sound science and patents for tasks such as new product development, reformulation, and approval applications.



Used by scientists and information professionals to research articles and other publications for projects such as policy, assessing applications, original research, and more.


What do our customers say?

'I think the curation of quality articles is second to none.'
Dr. Matthew D. Moore, University of Massachusetts Amherst 
'It's the only database that focuses exclusively on the needs of my enterprise.'
Librarian, major confectionary manufacturer
'Ultimately, whatever subscription resources we have must benefit our community out there and FSTA is really our manifesto.'
Library Department Head from a top 20 university for Food Science & Technology (Shanghai rankings, 2022)

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Interactive FSTA training modules

A fantastic free resource for FSTA customers.

These self-guided modules with videos are designed to give students all the assistance they need to become confident searchers.

Complete the quizzes and download a certificate of completion at the end.

Email us and we will send you the link for your platform >>

Build your research skills with our videos

Check out our large library of videos on Youtube including

  • Individual playlists of user videos for FSTA on EBSCO, Ovid and Web of Science
  • Recordings of training sessions
  • Explanatory videos on key topics such as predatory journals, using Boolean operators and avoiding pseudoscience.

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User guides

We offer free training webinars and resources to help you make the most of your access to FSTA or an IFIS Collection.

Materials include short videos on specific topics or full training sessions, downloadable pdfs of key tips, and upcoming training webinars.

FSTA materials are tailored to the platform. 

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Schedule a free consultation

Ask about FSTA, our sector-specific IFIS Collections or a bespoke option, pricing, organising trial access, or anything else.

We exist to meet the information needs of the food community and we would love to help you find the right database for you and your organisation.