Registered Service Providers – Innovation

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Agent Oriented Software Pty Ltd

Badalya Pty Ltd

Bayly Group Pty Ltd

Beanstalk Agriculture


Deakin University

Deloitte Australia

Derio Comar Consulting


La Trobe University

Memko Pty Ltd

Monash Food Innovation Centre

OzScientific Pty Ltd

RMIT University

Robert Bosch Australia

ShopAbility Pty Ltd

Solutions in Food

Swinburne University of Technology

University of Melbourne

Victoria University

Contact: Ian Mathieson


Phone +61 3 9349 5055


AOS leads the world in the revolutionary new field of autonomous and semi-autonomous systems. Current applications include decision support, oil production management, autonomous air, land and maritime vehicles.

AOS specialises in operational autonomous software, covering the full spectrum, from “intelligent assistants” supporting experts in solving mission-critical problems, to autonomous systems performing tasks delegated by humans.

AOS has developed the iWD™ (intelligent Watch Dog) an autonomous response system that provides a rapid and effective response to unexpected situations at large sites, sensitive areas or high value assets. In response to an alert, iWD launches an autonomous vehicle, e.g., UAV, UGV or USV, or it will direct another system, such as a remote surveillance camera, to monitor the situation. iWD is based upon a distributed, multi-agent, software architecture.

AOS is currently working with Sydney University on the research and development of an autonomous bird scaring system for a wide range of agricultural enterprises.

Contact:  George Gekas, CEO


Phone:+61 424 034 747

Mobile:+61 424 034 747

Websites: and

George Gekas is the founder of GKS Product Development Solutions and Co-founder of Badalya. Both companies provide services and assistance to the Food and Beverage industry including New Product Development, Product Sourcing and support in upscaling.

George’s innovation experience spans over 30 years in Australia and internationally with the size of clients ranging from start-ups to some of the most iconic well-known food and beverage brands in the world. His experience also includes retail private label development and international franchise expansion. This vast experience provides him with the knowledge clients require for projects ranging from accurately preparing early stage feasibility and testing of concepts to commercialising and launching new products into the market.

The current client base includes universities, retailers, manufacturers, brand owners, and suppliers of ingredients and packaging from the Food and Beverage industry. This extensive network ensures all clients receive the most valuable and innovative advice and support available.

Contact: Mark Bayly, Director


Phone: +61 3 9413 9000

Mobile: +61 419 597 414


The Bayly Group can help clients solve problems, including:

  • Design Strategy for their business
  • New Product Development
  • Innovation in food and enhanced packaging
  • Growing the client’s business organically

The Bayly Group understands what family business is all about. Bayly is and has been a family business since 1971.

The group works to ensure that a client’s family business creates a legacy that the client and their family can be proud of for generations to come.

The Bayly Group has a knack for creating great industrial B2B products for its customers and typically servicing them for many years.

By helping their clients discover the most valuable, important and unfulfilled needs of their customers, the group designs products that provide organic growth. This approach is cost effective and guarantees maximum product success in the shortest possible time.

The Bayly Group uses its unique design process, proper planning and structure to ensure a delightful experience and reduced risk of product failure.

If a client is looking for family values in its business relationships, Bayly is the place to find them.

Contact: Calum Foulner, Director


Mobile: +61 439 847 390

Beanstalk is a boutique agricultural innovation consulting business offering a suite of services to help forward thinking agribusinesses plug into the innovative startup ecosystem to solve their priority challenges, create a point of difference, and be a market leader. The company’s processes allow agribusinesses to leverage the cutting-edge technologies in AgTech and adjacent industries to transform their farm business through a structured cost effective and risk mitigating trial process, while early stage companies with a defensive technology are supported with a path to market.

Beanstalk works across Asia-Pacific’s startup ecosystem, corporates, investors, governments and non-for-profit sectors to drive far-reaching impact. The team’s deep experience across the Australian agriculture industry, startup sector and in Asian markets allows them to work with their clients to unlock innovative solutions that leverage the opportunities being driven by the growth of Asia Pacific and the pace of technological change.

Sharad Menon, Business Development and Commercialisation Manager.


Phone +61 9731 3260

Mobile: +61 411 450 879

The CSIRO’s expertise in food science helps the Australian food industry compete in domestic and global markets.  It also helps make food products for Australian consumers that are safe, sustainable and taste great. Exemplar capabilities include innovative food processing, separation technologies and waste to value capabilities. To see the extensive list of CSIRO’s capabilities click here.

Contact: Professor Russell Keast, Director of the Centre for Advanced Sensory Science


Phone: +61 3 9244 6944

Mobile: +61 417 819 126


The Deakin University Centre for Advanced Sensory Science (CASS) is dedicated to helping the sustainable growth of the Australian food industry.  By using state-of-the-art facilities and renowned researchers, the Ccentre aims to deliver high-quality sensory and flavour research, as well as training the next generation of sensory scientists.

Contact: Damon Cantwell, Partner


Phone: +61 3 9671 7543

Mobile: +61 412 500 473

Website: au

Deloitte Australia has a long history in assisting companies that continually create innovative products and processes during research and development activities. The innovative activities undertaken by Victorian food companies can be instigated by a number of different drivers and can be found throughout the entire food supply chain. Deloitte’s approach is to assist organisations to access the information and know how required to innovate and improve an organisation’s ability to compete by helping to progress the commercialisation of new and innovative products.

They also provide a gateway to international thinking around innovation strategies and their connection to the sector through global food and beverage teams. Deloitte can assist clients with market positing and labelling.

Contact: Derio Comar, Director and Principal consultant


Phone: +61 3 9497 5341

Mobile: +61 3 488 088 340

Derio Comar has 45 years experience in food microbiology and food technology with an emphasis on food safety, prevention of contamination, risk assessment and HACCP applications across a broad range of foods. Derio was also a founder and the CEO of a NATA accredited food testing laboratory. This experience brings business management skills and a unique expertise into testing requirements to achieve food safety and comply with current food regulations and labelling.

Product testing techniques, including challenge studies, determine an accurate shelf life as well as assessing the microbiological risks associated with specific food poisoning micro-organisms.

The management skills and food production experience contribute to the development of practical and effective Quality Assurance programs. Product and food concept assessments can assist in building quality and safety into a product from the onset. A feasibility approach contributes significantly to the planning requirements for the development and launch of any product.

Contact: Corrina Bertram, Partner – Management Consulting


Phone: +61 3 9838 4564

Mobile: +61 418 210 105


KPMG Australia has a strong interest in the agriculture and food sector and is a lead partner of the new Food Agility Cooperative Research Centre.

KPMG provides a broad ranging innovative service offering expert advice and methodologies designed to help businesses to build their capability and strategy. In particular, KPMG can assist food companies in accelerating the development of new products and services to global markets.

Based on solid industry experience KPMG works with its clients, augmenting their internal capabilities and providing a fresh, independent perspective on important strategic and operational issues.  This includes bringing the best ideas through commercialisation and implementation to improve the productivity and profitability for our food & fibre sector. KPMG draws on its considerable technical expertise, including highly qualified and experienced scientists and engineers across a broad range of disciplines, to validate and enhance innovative solutions in order to help extract maximum commercial potential. With strong local, national and global networks within food and fibre, KPMG is able to bring market insights to focus innovation and growth strategies.

Contact: MaryAnne Aitken, Executive Director, Research Services


Phone: +61 3 9479 1124


La Trobe works with businesses in the food, fibre and agribusiness sector to develop differentiated products; identify system and process improvements (including streamlining supply chains); utilise new technologies in animal and plant health; and provide advice to ensure businesses use market signals to inform decisions. La Trobe’s approach is to work with industry to understand their challenges and jointly identify solutions that will deliver productivity gains, increased revenue and market growth. La Trobe has a proven record of delivering services designed to meet business needs. Led by highly respected research practitioners with experience in government, education, industry and policy, La Trobe delivers services tailored to industry needs and manages research outputs to maximise revenue and growth for its partners ad clients. Services include process innovation, product development, and research and development.

Contact: Brenton Dodd, Sales Manager


Phone: +61 3 8605 7777

Mobile: +61 413 516 222


MEMKO’s primary focus is to bring sustainable and measurable performance improvements to businesses by integrating technology, training and process improvements.

MEMKO can deliver substantial and sustainable benefits to Food and Beverage companies in new product introduction, specification management, cost reduction from ingredient and formula optimisation, regulatory compliance, lifecycle and information management.

Specific solution capabilities include:

– Centralised ‘single version of the truth’ for all specifications, recipes and documents

– Optimised recipes for quality and cost

– Streamlined production and supply chain processes

– ‘Perfect Package’ solution to centrally manage all aspects of package design and development

– Portfolio, program and project management

– Collaboration and integration.

Contact: Angeline Achariya, CEO


Phone: +613 9905 1435

Mobile: +61 477 371 949


Monash University is globally recognised for the breadth and depth of its research. Their strong focus on partnering with industry enables SMEs to work alongside world-leading researchers and provides clients with access to the university’s unique infrastructure and research platforms. Drawing on the world-class capabilities of Monash University, the Monash Food Innovation Centre opens new pathways to Asia by providing local food producers with the support and expertise to rapidly adapt and develop products for export markets.

By working with the Centre, businesses can access its research expertise and consumer design led services such as early stage market and opportunity identification, product and packaging design and research in areas like food chemistry, value from waste streams, personalised nutrition, food integrity and security. To date, the Centre has helped over 2,500 businesses develop successful innovations in Australia and Asian markets.

The Centre’s end-to-end consumer-led approach uses the latest in science, technology and research to help businesses optimise their products for success. Leveraging the Monash Business School’s deep research and teaching expertise across all  commercial and economic disciplines, the Centre staff can deploy expert capability in programs, content and individual consultants that cover the full range of business and management competencies for Australian and Asian export markets.

Contact: Ranjan Sharma, Director


Phone: +61 448 004 996

Mobile: +61 448 004 996


OzScientific Pty Ltd is a commercial food science and technology consultancy and a leader in innovative food research and development. Their clients are food processors, especially dairy processors, in Australia.

The company provides services in:

  1. product innovation, formulation and development
  2. process optimisation and efficiency
  3. food analysis and characterization
  4. grant assistance and project plan development
  5. market intelligence and research
  6. factory based training in specialist processing skills.

Led by owner and director, Dr Ranjan Sharma, the team of consultants collectively has over 100 years of experience in food science and technology. OzScientific Pty Ltd is based in Hoppers Crossing, south west of Melbourne, and owns a 250 square metre pilot factory equipped with a product development kitchen, analytical laboratory and pilot plant facilities. Their strength is in deploying innovative technologies for food processing, building new product pipelines and projects that lead to substantial business expansion for all clients.

Contact: Harsharn Gill, Director, Food Research & Innovation Centre


Phone: +61 3 9925 2600

Mobile: +61 400 635 622


RMIT’s Food Research and Innovation Centre is a world-class facility that helps Australian food businesses develop and market innovative, high value products for the global marketplace. The $15 million state-of-the-art facility brings together multidisciplinary R&D capabilities in all areas related to the post-farm gate food value-chain.

The Centre has three core functions:

  1. it is an incubation facility that enables start-up businesses and entrepreneurs to turn their ideas into commercial realities
  2. it assists existing food manufacturers, especially SMEs, in becoming more innovative and competitive
  3. it builds capability and capacity by offering staff training and upskilling.

It also provides teaching and research training with the latest technologies, hands-on experience in product development, food safety, quality assurance, and nutrition and industry placements.

Its services for industry include:

  • Help with idea generation
  • Product development and reformulation
  • Optimisation of formulations for cost, quality and ingredient functionality
  • Development of new ingredient systems
  • Development and optimisation of processing protocols
  • Shelf-life testing
  • Sensory evaluation and consumer testing
  • Packaging design and testing
  • Food safety and HACCP analysis
  • Nutrition and health benefit evaluation.

The Centre has a broad industry network and links with leading research organisations around the world.

Contact: John Croft, Business Development Manager


Phone: +61 9541 7860

Mobil: +61 434 185 329


Bosch’s Manufacturing Solutions division is globally recognised for its innovative work in engineering services. As part of Bosch’s dedication to quality and customer satisfaction, the division offers a highly structured approach to project management, overseeing the quality, cost of ownership and risk management, keeping their client’s informed every step of the way.

Bosch’s flexibility in manufacturing solutions allows them to create:

  1. Improvement of yield and throughput on assembly lines
  2. Designing, building, installing and integrating assembly lines for electronic products in both low volume and highly automated/high volume applications.
  3. Development of various assembly and joining processes
  4. Integrating equipment into different servers / Manufacturing Execution Systems / Facilitating Design for Manufacture process reviews and i4.0, resulting in significant manufacturing efficiencies, material, labour and equipment savings along with establishing robust and reliable manufacturing solutions.

Bosch globally supports leading brands through all major industries and SMEs and sectors, to do things more safely, with greater efficiency and improved quality.

Bosch offers the following solutions:

    1. Automated Test Systems
    2. Production Automation Solutions
    3. Turnkey Special Purpose Equipment
    4. LEAN Manufacturing Services
    5. Project Management
    6. Mechanical & Electrical Design
    7. Process Engineering
    8. Control System Engineering
    9. Integration to MES
    10. Integration into all facets of i4.0
    11. Assembly and Testing Facilities.

Contact: John Day, Director


Phone: +61 3 9800 2068

Mobile +61 418 99 2121


ShopAbility provides clients with a solid Innovation, Branding, Manufacturing, Channel and Brand Activation Programs and Insights solution for the client’s business and Brands/Products. With a team that has extensive experience in all business functions and aspects, the company delivers focused strategies that are both realistic and commercial. The team at ShopAbility has a broad Brand and Channel experience base and can help clients activate both trialling and full activation into the channel(s) the client wants to develop – including formalising those Channel and Customer plans. In addition they will work with clients in measuring the success of these initiatives. The focus is on building the client’s business capabilities to support these initiatives.  These are built around  people, process and system – and in addition, at a cultural and business management and behaviour level, as required.

ShopAbility has a proven success in the SME base through a flexible and focused solution designed model to meet any business’s special needs – they are not a one size fits all model.

Contact: Irma de Bree, Owner/Founder


Phone: +61 3 9787 4270

Mobile: +61 425 789 008


Solutions in Food offers services such as New Product Feasibility, Product Development, Concept Sample Development, Label Compliance, Ingredient Sourcing, Contract Manufacturer Sourcing, and Scale-up Trials leading to commercialisation. Tapping into a vast and established network of commercial suppliers, packaging experts, manufacturers and distributors, Solutions in Food assists small start up businesses, as well as larger established companies, seeking a skill set in food product development.

Contact: Aleksandar Subic, Deputy Vice Chancellor (Research & Development)


Phone: +61 3 9214 5210

Mobile: +61 419 356 435


Swinburne University of Technology is one of the world’s leading universities, ranking within the top 3 per cent of universities around the world, as assessed by the Academic Ranking of World Universities, and ranked in the Top 100 universities under 50 years of age by the Times Higher Education World University rankings.

Swinburne combines leading-edge research and innovation with outstanding research facilities. This, coupled with dynamic partnerships with industry, government and other research organisations and universities, leads to world-first research outcomes that have direct benefits for the local and global community.

Swinburne has assisted industry to develop and optimise methods of extracting high-value compounds from agricultural food waste and has a major focus on materials science and the development of novel, innovative and functional materials. This expertise is supported by strong data science and analytics capability that enable multi-disciplinary approaches to address problems at all steps of the food production chain.

Contact: Associate Prof Gregory Harper, Director – Business Development, Research, Innovation and Commercialisation, Faculty of Veterinary and Agricultural Sciences


Phone: +61 3 9035 3479

Mobile: +61 428 217 192


Established in 1853, the University of Melbourne remains a public spirited institution making a valuable contribution to Victorian society through research, learning and teaching and community engagement. Businesses are at the heart of Victoria’s rich and diverse economy, and the University is excited to contribute through the Food Innovation Voucher Program.

From the first meeting, the team at the University of Melbourne would seek to understand the unique history and aspirations of the Applicant’s business. They would then leverage in-house expertise, global knowledge and industry networks to propose an approach and drive solutions. Drawing on their diverse disciplines, they can provide businesses with specialist services in strategy, operations, skills development and delivery.

Contact: Donna Hannan


Phone: +61 3 9919 4708


Victoria University (VU) is one of Victoria’s leading research institutions. VU can provide end-to-end product and process solutions, as well as technical assistance for businesses in the Food Manufacturing Sector. VU has fully equipped analytical laboratories for testing and product development, and pilot plant facilities for larger-sized projects.

VU specialises in developing innovative and collaborative projects. Utilising the resources of its various colleges VU can help businesses develop high value projects for new product and process development, and provide access to emerging technologies.

Businesses will benefit from access to  VU’s capabilities in areas including Advanced Food Systems, Data Analytics, Artificial Intelligence, Engineering, Sustainability, Water and Waste Management, Alternative Energy and Smart Process Innovation Energy Systems.

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