Monash Food Innovation Centre

The Monash Food Innovation Centre (FIC) in Clayton is focused on the survival and renewal of the Australian food sector by collaborating with businesses to build a brighter future in food manufacturing. The Centre is an industry shared world class facility operated by industry and innovation practitioners.

The Monash Food Innovation Centre is a Registered Service Provider for the Food Innovation Voucher program.

In 2017, the Centre:

  • engaged with over 2,500 businesses or individuals ranging from startups; small to medium enterprises (SMEs); multinationals; research hubs; local, state and federal governments; along with international businesses from China, Indonesia and Singapore.
  • hosted 26 events, including ‘China Pathways’ with China National Cereals, Oils and Foodstuffs Corporation (COFCO) and Alibaba; Food Fraud; Gut Health symposiums and the evergreen ‘Bringing New Product Ideas To life’ workshops.
  • worked with more than 75 businesses on innovation projects and programs.

Client feedback:

“With an impending category review requiring new product design and prototypes inside extremely tight timelines, the FIC was engaged to create a range of packaging mock-ups that were to be structurally sound, compatible with retail shelf space requirements and clearly featuring the brand health benefits. The FIC team rose to the challenge and really put in over and above to bring to life an eye-catching design that was transposed on to marketing mock-ups, printed and assembled and taken to the impending domestic Review and Retail trade shows both nationally and internationally. Without the dedication and expertise of the FIC, we would never have been able to achieve our ambitions.” D’lite Foods

“At Lion Dairy & Drinks, we are always on the lookout for great innovations backed by science and technology. Through our interactions with the Monash Food Innovation Centre team and the collaborative exploration of our strategic opportunities, we have co created a couple of research projects to commercialise some of Monash best science discoveries in our branded portfolio. We look forward to many more as we continue the exploration.” Greg Holden, Lion Dairy and Drinks

The FIC presented Houston’s Farm with a suite of innovation opportunity areas and recommendations of design rules for each category to ensure relevant and differentiated product expressions to delight consumers. These outputs enabled Houston’s Farm to reset their commercial plan and populate their innovation pipeline for future success. Houston’s farms, Tasmania

“The ‘Bringing Ideas To Life’ Intrapreneurial workshops have equipped our commercial and technical teams with a number of proven methodologies to help ignite our new product development journey. These practical tools provide the necessary methods and rigour to ensure success in an increasingly competitive local and global marketplace.” Kelly Hales, Head of Research, Development & Quality, SunRice

Watch the Monash Food Innovation Centre’s video

Watch a Channel Nine news story on how the Centre uses Eye tracking, Design and Visualisation services to support Victoria’s SMEs and food companies. Click here

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