Consumer goods: value-added manufactured food products

If your goal is creating manufactured value-added food products that are cost efficient and appealing to consumers then CSIRO can help.

How we help industry develop manufactured food products

We help companies:

  • problem-solve formulation and processing issues in complex food products
  • interchange ingredients to optimise cost or functionality, for example, and shorten product ingredient lists
  • reduce salt, sugar and fat and increase fibre and other functional ingredients without impacting on product quality and sensory perception
  • develop bioactive delivery systems such as microencapsulation for opportunities in novel or functional foods
  • optimise and design processes for safety and efficiency gains
  • undertake consumer preference mapping and sensory evaluation of food products to identify new markets
  • conduct food safety risk assessments and management protocols.

We also advise companies on health claims of products such as functional foods and we assist in health claim substantiation using our pre-clinical and clinical expertise and facilities.

Our scientists have the world class food science, sensory and nutritional expertise, facilities and technologies necessary to support value add product and process development of consumer goods including:

  • soups, sauces and dips
  • spreads and margarines
  • ready to eat meals and meals solutions
  • ice cream and yoghurts
  • confectionery
  • snacks and bars
  • smallgoods.

Companies can be certain that their work with us is totally confidential.

Our key resources for developing manufactured food products

Key CSIRO food innovation centre resources available for industry include:

  • our $50m world-class food manufacturing pilot plant in Werribee, Victoria, around 3000 m2 in size with a range of conventional and innovative processing technologies and equipment and the joint Queensland Government/CSIRO food pilot plant in Brisbane, Queensland
  • expertise and facilities in material science for textural and structural characterisation of ingredients and food products and in analytical chemistry for chemical analyses of foods and products
  • expertise and facilities in consumer preference mapping and sensory evaluation
  • pre-clinical and clinical expertise and clinics.

To discuss innovation opportunities in consumer goods for your business, contact

  • Dr Ingrid Appelqvist

    Research group leader and Food R&D policy leader · Food and Nutrition

    Ingrid’s work involves formulating healthier foods that still taste great.

    • Phone:
      • +61 2 9490 8310
    Dr Ingrid Appelqvist

CSIRO's food innovation centre

Welcome to CSIRO's food innovation centre for industry: Find out how CSIRO's food innovation centre helps food and ingredient manufacturers

Show transcript

Welcome to CSIRO's food innovation centre

[Music plays and CSIRO logo and text appears: Welcome to CSIRO’s food innovation centre]

[Images flash through of people selecting food from fridges and shelves in a supermarket]

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.

[Image changes to show the outside of the CSIRO Food Innovation Centre Melbourne and then image changes to show employees looking at food samples of cheese and then the camera zooms in on a sample of cheese]

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

[Images flash through of an employee looking at a sample, operating a computer, the computer screen, a heat shrink bag, a tube being filled with white liquid, an employee looking at a computer screen, the computer screen display, an employee filling a tube with bottles of juice and placing the tube inside a machine, a computer screen display and an employee emptying the tube]

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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[Image changes to show employees working with packaged meat and then the camera zooms in on a female writing on a clipboard, employees inspecting the meat, employees cutting a sample from the meat and an employee putting meat inside a machine]

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

[Images flash through of an employee operating a machine]

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

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[Images flash through of an employee pouring juice, trying a sample, a computer screen display and a female employee operating machinery]

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.

[Image changes to show three employees inspecting a dough sample and then the camera zooms in on an employee pulling a sample from the dough and tasting it]

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.

[Images flash through of two people at computers, a person lying down, a computer screen display, a female pouring liquid and a female operating a computer and then the camera zooms in on the liquid being poured and the female operating the computer screen]

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.

[Camera zooms in on the computer screen and then the camera zooms in on the female employee]

It all starts with a conversation.

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