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How we help the dairy industry innovate

Our specialists in dairy chemistry and physics, food technology, process engineering and advanced separations help companies:

  • investigate and understand variation in the composition and structure of milk and the impact this may have on product quality and processing efficiency
  • develop technologies, strategic knowledge and intellectual property in value-added dairy products through our knowledge of the whole of the dairy value chain - from farm gate to nutrition
  • develop new products that retain fresh-like characteristics by using novel technologies such as high pressure processing, pulsed electric field, ultrasound, ultraviolet and short-time heat processing
  • understand the interactions between consumers and dairy products to develop strategies for high-value, flavoursome and nutritious products
  • add value to dairy by-products, waste streams and oversupply using extraction, separation, concentration and stabilisation of specialised ingredients.

We also:

  • make recommendations on strategies for whole produce and elaborately transformed products using nutritional and health technology reviews
  • characterise dairy ingredients for nutritional, functional and health attributes for optimal end-product performance.

Dairy industry case study: proving provenance

CSIRO has recently developed tools to determine the chemical fingerprint of Victorian milk powders and provide objective verification of their provenance by measuring chemical characteristics on whole milk powders and casein fractions from several different major dairying regions.

CSIRO’s food innovation centre explores the science of milk

These tools are not limited to milk powders but can be applied to any primary produce.

We have used these tools to determine the provenance of other dairy products as well including Cheddar cheese and bioactive protein ingredient extracted from cheese whey to help major Australian dairy company differentiate their products from competitors in domestic and international markets.

Key resources available to industry

Key CSIRO resources available for industry include:

  • experienced scientific and engineering staff with long-term involvement in dairy science plus expertise in product and process development including the manufacture of a wide range of dairy products, thermal processing, separation, drying, extrusion, innovative technologies (such as high pressure processing, ultrasound, microwave and pulsed electric field) and process systems modelling
  • high-end analytical capabilities for determining dairy component composition and structure and their effect on perceived texture and sensory properties
  • dedicated sensory laboratory, with ten individual testing booths, fully equipped kitchen and automated data acquisition software
  • food product development kitchens and laboratories for conducting food technology trials
  • extensive pilot processing facilities and equipment in Melbourne and Brisbane where we can evaluate most dairy processing activities.

To discuss opportunities in dairy innovation for your business, contact

Dr Roderick Williams

Research Scientist

Roderick specialises in the physical properties of dairy foods and the molecular basis of food functionality.

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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