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R&D pilot plant facilities - Werribee, Victoria

CSIRO's $50m food innovation centre pilot plant in Werribee, Victoria.

Few food manufacturing facilities in the world compare to the Werribee pilot plant in size, expertise and extent of equipment and technologies available for industry and research.

The Werribee pilot plant includes:

  • $50m state-of-the-art food manufacturing research facilities, more than 3000m2 in size
  • six self-contained 500m2 registered food factory modules, with freezers, cool rooms, temperature controlled rooms, office space and laboratories
  • a further two non-food grade modules
  • a unique range of conventional and innovative processing technologies and equipment
  • Dairy Food safety Victoria and local council registration
  • secure and confidential operation.

We also have supporting food product development kitchens and laboratories for chemical, biochemical, physical and sensory analyses.

R&D pilot plant facilities - Coopers Plains, Queensland

Food precinct, Brisbane, Queensland
CSIRO and the Queensland Government's Health and Food Sciences Precinct in Brisbane, Queensland

We are a joint partner with the Queensland Government in the Health and Food Sciences Precinct at Coopers Plains, Brisbane.

The ‘food zone’ includes 1,400 m2 of Safe Food Production Queensland and Department of Agriculture and Fisheries' accredited food research and processing area, a pilot plant, food technology laboratory and a sensory/consumer testing facility.

The Brisbane pilot plant includes:

  • five independent temperature controlled rooms
  • dedicated industrial-sized cold and freezer rooms for seafood, meat and horticulture
  • high hygiene cool room for fresh product handling
  • warm room for thermal operation or fermentation
  • food grade certification.

South Australia Health and Medical Research Institute (SAHMRI)

CSIRO's Clinical Research Clinic at SAHMRI

Our health and nutrition facilities in Adelaide include a presence at SAHMRI, South Australia's new premier health research hub for increasing food exports to Asia and for the health of Australians. CSIRO's world-class nutrition and health research clinic at SAHMRI provides food manufacturers with scientific evidence, where possible, to substantiate health claims on food products.

Sensory, flavour and consumer science facilities

Our unique sensory, flavour and consumer science team, based in Sydney, has the following:

  • dedicated sensory laboratory, with ten individual testing booths, fully equipped kitchen and automated data acquisition software
  • screened and trained sensory panel of 24 external assessors
  • consumer acceptance facilities for adults and children
  • unique, fundamental custom-built gustometry and olfactometry stimulus delivery system
  • dedicated food preparation and presentation laboratory for flavour research
  • quarantine approved lab (PC1) that allows for import of food products from overseas.

Food safety and quality facilities

With food safety laboratories in Melbourne, Sydney and Brisbane, our team's facilities include:

  • physical containment level 2 (PC2) laboratory for product contamination investigations and challenge testing to validate formulation changes and process conditions
  • Department of Agriculture Quarantine Approved laboratory for work with imported ingredients and investigations into the contamination of imported produce
  • confocal, epifluorescence and light microscopy for investigation of bacterial contamination.

Analytical facilities

CSIRO also has expertise and facilities in:

  • material science for textural and structural characterisation of ingredients and food products
  • analytical chemistry for chemical analyses of foods and products
  • gene sequencing and molecular typing methods
  • storage areas for extended storage and testing of samples and products.

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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