With our expertise in advanced separation technologies, we help industry extract valuable components from agri-food streams in an environmentally sustainable manner.

How we help the food industry in separation technologies innovation

Filip Janakievski - separations scientist

We help companies to:

  • develop cost effective and environmentally sustainable separation solutions to extract, separate and purify valuable ingredients from agri-food streams
  • add value to dairy, horticulture and meat industry co-product streams through the extraction and separation of bioactive and functional molecules
  • decolourise and demineralise food streams
  • concentrate liquid streams (dewater) using forward osmosis as a cost effective and sustainable alternative technology to thermal evaporation
  • achieve significant gains in oil yield using a CSIRO-patented high frequency ultrasonics process
  • scale up separation technologies and processes from laboratory to pilot scale to  commercialisation.

Advanced separations case study: Murray Goulburn Cooperative

Milk is an extremely healthy cocktail of functional molecules and bioactives. Furthermore, milk can offer dairy manufacturers increased value by separating its various constituents into functional ingredients. This transformation of dairy from commodity product into higher value specialist ingredients requires cost effective technology that maintains product functional properties during processing. This is possible using a form of simulated moving bed chromatography, continuous separation or CSEP, a separations technology adapted by CSIRO and Murray Goulburn Coop Ltd for these applications.

Murray Goulburn, Australia’s largest dairy company, worked with CSIRO scientists to develop and commercialise CSEP processes to manufacture high value dairy protein ingredients such as whey protein isolates and the bioactive, lactoferrin. The company was able to treble its cheese production each year and commercialise protein ingredients from the by-product streams. These ingredients are now used in valuable manufactured products such as the billion dollar sports foods and beverages and meal replacement markets in North America and in infant formula.

Our key resources in advanced separations available to industry

Key CSIRO capability available for industry includes:

  • scientific and engineering expertise to develop and scale up separation technologies and processes
  • chromatographic and membrane systems to develop separation strategies
  • pilot scale simulated moving bed chromatography system (CSEP technology)
  • laboratory and pilot scale membrane systems including:
    • microfiltration (stainless steel, ceramic and polymeric)
    • ultrafiltration
    • reverse osmosis
    • forward osmosis
  • high frequency ultrasonic plates from 400 – 2000 kHz
    • purpose designed batch and flow through chambers
    • lab to small production scale
  • analytical capability
    • HPLC
    • UPLC
    • capillary electrophoresis.

To discuss innovation opportunities in advanced separation technologies for your business, contact

  • Kirthi De Silva

    Team leader - Food and Nutrition

    Kirthi has over 20 years experience in developing cost effective separation technologies at bench scale and pilot scale to manufacture value added ingredients from co-product streams.

CSIRO's food innovation centre

Welcome to CSIRO's food innovation centre

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Narrator: Consumer demand for healthy, convenient, new and safe food products is rising and market growth in the Asian region is booming.

More than ever manufacturing innovation is critical for the Australian food industry to capture these opportunities and be globally competitive.

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At our Food Innovation Centre we work with the food and beverage manufacturing industry to meet these opportunities and add value to their business.

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We help companies innovate by creating next generation value added food products and ingredients, improving operating efficiencies, licensing ready to go technologies, making industry connections and adopting and developing new technologies and applications for safer, fresher, healthier and sustainably produced foods and more.

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In the last few years we’ve helped our clients create hundreds of millions of dollars in new food product and ingredient sales locally and in export markets.

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This includes more than 25 new products in the retail market nationally.

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Companies are invited to use our manufacturing equipment to develop and launch new products into the market or collaborate with us strategically on breakthrough technologies.

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Through our facilities in Brisbane, Melbourne, Adelaide and Sydney we have the most significant and extensive food innovation expertise available in Australia.

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Our pilot plants are unique facilities with a mix of conventional and emerging technologies supported by world class science.

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Our expertise in sensory, flavour, consumer science and food choices is unique helping companies develop new or redefine their existing products.  We help industry manage their food safety and product shelf life and meet food safety regulations in export markets.

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We’re also helping Australian food companies meet the rapidly growing demand in Asia for high value products.

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Our researchers help companies reformulate to reduce salt, sugar and fat and develop fortified products with functional health benefits while still meeting the taste preferences of consumers.

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We also work with manufacturers to substantiate food and ingredient health claims with expertise in lab scale analysis through to human nutrition trials.

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Whether you’re a small company with a novel idea or a large one looking to outsource key R and D services companies benefit every day from partnering with CSIRO.

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It all starts with a conversation.

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