We hold a range of innovation events, seminars and workshops for the food and ingredient manufacturing industry.

A value chain for vegetable waste – from farm to fork

Over the past 18 months, CSIRO researchers have been working with vegetable growers to optimise the value from the edible waste in the vegetable supply chain. The project team has been creating healthy food ingredients and products from edible biomass left in the field, lost biomass after harvest or from side streams of food processing. CSIRO researchers have investigated the use of separation, extraction, drying and fermentation technologies to create vegetable powders, concentrates, fermented products and nutrient-dense extruded snacks.

The project aims to provide growers with options for value adding to vegetable products to capture optimum value from their produce. While the focus of the current project has been value adding to broccoli and carrot, the CSIRO platform technologies are applicable to other horticultural products, with some adaptation. These products have potential for the health and wellness markets.

As an ongoing supporter of this project, we would like to invite you to the final in the series of stakeholder workshops, where you will have the opportunity to:

  • see and taste some of the concept products
  • discuss the research activities with the CSIRO scientists
  • explore suggested business models and commercialisation pathways
  • meet with external partners and suppliers
  • network with other participants in the value chain to identify potential opportunities.

Date: 10 May 2018
Location: CSIRO's food innovation centre, 671 Sneydes Road, Werribee Vic 3030
Contact: Debra Krause, +61 3 9731 3280, Debra.Krause@csiro.au
More information: A value chain for vegetable waste seminar

Foods for health and wellness seminar

Australia's food and agriculture sector is growing its focus on being an exporter of high value, sustainable, authentic, healthy, high quality and consistent products. One of the areas that has huge potential for further growth is products for the health and wellbeing market. Typically, these are food or beverage products that provide specific health benefits above and beyond basic nutrition, and target consumers who are either health conscious or have specific medical or dietary needs.

This seminar, run by CSIRO's food innovation centre in collaboration with Food Innovation Australia Limited (FIAL) and SME Connect, will provide insights into understanding and meeting the needs of health conscious consumers as well as potential opportunities in Australian and Asian markets. A series of case study examples will highlight how some current research activities have applications in developing foods for the health and wellness market segment.

You will also learn about how to access CSIRO's end-to end food and nutrition capabilities and funding options available for your business.

Dates and locations:

29th May, Werribee
4th June Sydney
5th June Brisbane
6th June Adelaide

Contact: Debra Krause, +61 3 9731 3280, Debra.Krause@csiro.au
More information: Foods for health and wellness seminar

Approved Persons Course for Thermally Processed Low Acid Foods

This course will provide participants with necessary skills to design safe and commercially viable thermal schedules for the processing of low-acid food products in cans, pouches and other hermetically sealed packaging. The course involves four days of lectures in thermal processing, practical heat penetration work, process calculations, tutorials and preparation for exams. Two examinations will be given on the fifth day, which will cover theory and practical thermal processing calculations.

Participants who successfully pass the examinations will be authorised to submit new thermal process schedules for approval by the Department of Agriculture. New Zealand participants will also be authorised with the Ministry for Primary Industries.

Date: 28 May – 1 June 2018
Location: CSIRO's food innovation centre, 671 Sneydes Road, Werribee Vic 3030
Contact: Diana Castree, +61 3 9731 3426, Diana.Castree@csiro.au
For more information: Approved Persons Course

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