Technical Tours

The Organising Committee is pleased to announce a number of technical tours have been arranged for Thursday 26 September 2019.

These have been planned to complement the full program and are available to registered delegates of the Congress. We encourage you to book early as places are limited and are available on a first come, first served basis. Please register for the below technical tours via the online registration form.


Tour One: CSIRO Food Innovation Centre

Date: Thursday 26 September 2019
Time: 1330-1710, please note that all times are approximate
Capacity: 48
Price: $55 inc GST

1240: Congress concludes
1240-1330: Lunch
1320: Delegates to assemble
1330: Pick up from Melbourne Convention and Exhibition Centre
1340-1410: Coach leaves Melbourne Convention and Exhibition Centre and travels to CSIRO Food Innovation Centre, approximately 30 minutes travel
1420-1620: Tour at CSIRO Food Innovation Centre, two hours
1630-1700: Coach leaves CSIRO Food Innovation Centre and travels to Melbourne Convention and Exhibition Centre, approximately 30 minutes travel
1710: Coach arrives at Melbourne Convention and Exhibition Centre, tour complete

CSIRO’s food innovation centre makes it easy for food, ingredient and equipment manufacturing companies to access our extensive expertise, technologies and support in innovation. From adopting innovative technologies and improving process efficiency to creating high value products for new markets, we partner with industry every day.

Our expertise
CSIRO’s food innovation centre has the most significant and extensive food innovation expertise available to industry in Australia. Advanced separation technologies: opportunities for industry
• Consumer goods: value-added manufactured food products
• Dairy: creating new opportunities for industry
• Hire of pilot plant equipment and facilities for industry
• Microbiology services for the food industry
• Food safety and quality in the food industry
• Horticulture and grains: value-added opportunities for industry
• Intellectual property opportunities in agri-food technologies
• Meat and seafood: opportunities for industry
• Nutrition and health
• Process engineering: opportunities for industry
• Sensory and consumer science: opportunities for industry

R&D pilot plant facilities – 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.


Tour Two: Food Research and Innovation Centre

Date: Thursday 26 September 2019
Time: 1330-1730, please note that all times are approximate
Capacity: 48
Price: $55 inc GST

1240: Congress concludes
1240-1330: Lunch
1320: Delegates to assemble
1330: Pick up from Melbourne Convention and Exhibition Centre
1340-1415: Coach leaves Melbourne Convention and Exhibition Centre and travels to Food Research and Innovation Centre at RMIT University, approximately 35 minutes travel
1430-1630: Tour at Food Research and Innovation Centre at RMIT University, two hours
1645-1720: Coach leaves Food Research and Innovation Centre at RMIT University and travels to Melbourne Convention and Exhibition Centre, approximately 35 minutes travel
1730: Coach arrives at Melbourne Convention and Exhibition Centre, tour complete

The Food Research and Innovation Centre is a world-class facility that helps Australian businesses develop and market innovative, high value products for the global marketplace.

RMIT is the top provider of high-quality work-ready food technologists in Australia and our research capability is world standard (Excellence in Research Australia 2015).

We have a broad industry network and links with leading research organisations around the world.

Building on these strengths, the $15 million state-of-the-art Food Research & Innovation Centre brings together multidisciplinary research and development capabilities in all areas related to the post-farm gate food value-chain to stimulate innovation and fill the capability gap that are critical for the future success of the Australian food Industry in the global market place.

• It is an is an incubation facility stimulating the development of new high-value food and beverage manufacturing enterprises, and enabling existing food manufacturers, especially SMEs, in becoming more innovative (focus on value-adding), efficient and competitive.
• It provides teaching and research training with the latest technologies, hands-on experience in product development, food safety, quality assurance, nutrition and industry placements.
• It undertakes fundamental, applied and commercial research in partnership with industry.
• It also assists new and existing companies to up-skill their workforce to meet their current and future business needs.


Tour Three: Monash Food Innovation Centre 

Date: Thursday 26 September 2019
Time: 1330-1730, please note that all times are approximate
Capacity: 48
Price: $55 inc GST

1240: Congress concludes
1240-1330: Lunch
1320: Delegates to assemble
1330: Pick up from Melbourne Convention and Exhibition Centre
1340-1415: Coach leaves Melbourne Convention and Exhibition Centre and travels to Monash Food Innovation Centre, approximately 35 minutes travel
1430-1630: Tour at Monash Food Innovation Centre, two hours
1645-1720: Coach leaves Monash Food Innovation Centre and travels to Melbourne Convention and Exhibition Centre, approximately 35 minutes travel
1730: Coach arrives at Melbourne Convention and Exhibition Centre, tour complete

Monash Food Innovation is a pan Monash initiative for food innovation capabilities that connects and facilitates food research, education and innovation services from idea to launch for the Food and Agribusiness Sector. The initiative is an investment on a model that was initiated by Mondelez International and Victorian Government to create a sector led innovation model that could create a brighter future in food manufacturing in 2013. Since its inception over the past 5.5 years, this world first model has engaged with more than 7000 Food, beverage and Agribusinesses from Australia, New Zealand, China, Singapore and Indonesia. These businesses have accessed capabilities for food research through Monash’s vast world class multidisciplinary researchers, learnt about innovation to market approaches, export pathways into Asia, future of food research symposiums on the latest research, science and technologies, accelerated their innovations to market through our consumer led design and visualisation capabilities. The businesses have partnered with us to identify opportunities in markets, created and launched successful products. The clients of Monash Food Innovation range from multinationals, retailers, small and medium enterprises and start-up’s. This session is an opportunity to meet the team, see and experience our best in class capabilities and expertise and hopefully lead to opportunities for mutual collaboration.