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CSIRO holds more than 3000 patents and is ranked in the top twenty patents holders by the World Intellectual Property Organisation.

CSIRO holds more than 3,000 patents.

In the agriculture and food areas, we have more than 200 inventions and associated know-how in our intellectual property inventory ready for partnering.

Our technologies and expertise available in food and agriculture include:

1. consumer preference and sensory perception

  • sensory technology for flavour and aroma perception assessment and modelling
  • consumer preference mapping for access to new markets.

2. functional foods and ingredients

  • encapsulation technology for oils, micronutrients and probiotics
  • nano emulsion formulation and preparation.

3. healthier foods

  • reformulation strategies for lower fat, sugar and salt, dietary fibre and micro-nutrients.

4. value-added manufactured products

  • high pressure processed next-generation products such as meal solutions
  • extrusion of nutritionally enhanced products and ingredients.

5. sustainable manufacturing

  • utilisation and value-addition of by-product for recovery and conversion into higher value ingredients and products
  • separation technology for reduction in chemical usage and output.

6. agricultural production

  • animal and plant breeding for production efficiency, quality and nutritional traits.

How we help the food manufacturing industry

We can help your company realise its growth potential through providing access to CSIRO expertise, infrastructure and protected technologies. Product development based on CSIRO existing patents and know-how can provide a springboard for developing proprietary advantage over your competitors.

Accessing existing CSIRO and new project intellectual property through licensing can provide you with a competitive advantage and protection of your investment in your manufacturing business.

CSIRO's food innovation centre:

  • provides companies with specialist advice to identify and evaluate CSIRO intellectual property relevant to their business innovation interests
  • undertakes confidential technology assessments identifying solutions to your innovation problems
  • develops further the intellectual property's ownership position your company may already hold.

We are currently seeking industry partners for commercial application development and licensing opportunities.

Licensing case study: Clover-NuMega Ingredients

An electron micrograph of a MicroMAX particle.

Fish oil is a good source of nutritious omega-3 fats but its chemical instability, often leading to off smells, has limited its use as a food ingredient.

CSIRO's scientists overcame these problems by developing a technology that encloses microscopic droplets of fish oil in robust films. MicroMAX® masks the fishy flavour and extends the shelf life of omega-3 oils. The technology has unmatched encapsulation efficiency, oil loading capacity and stability.

Fifteen years ago, Clover Corporation, then a small nutrition technology ingredient company based in Melbourne's west, licensed the technology from CSIRO and since then have been manufacturing omega-3 powder ingredients using CSIRO's MicroMAX® technology and supplying them to local and international food and infant formula companies. Australian supermarket shelves are now stocked with a range of healthy omega-3 enriched food choices created using this unique encapsulation system.

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

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