Victorian Food Innovation Network

2019 AIFST Mentoring Program

Picture: 2018 AIFST Mentoring Program Graduates
Following on from a successful 2018 rollout, AIFST is pleased to announce its 2019 National Mentoring Program.
Why join the program?
Mentoring provides an opportunity for student and graduate members to learn from more established Institute members. It is also a way for older members to “give […]

What can Victoria learn from Emilia-Romagna?

While the Victorian Government looks to strengthen the state’s food and fibre sector, and grow Victoria’s food and fibre exports to $20 billion by 2030, much can be learnt from other food producing regions of the world.
For innovation in agri-food production, marketing and export we need look no further than […]

ABARES Outlook 2019 conference

Block out these dates in your calendar – Tuesday 5 and Wednesday 6 March – for the agriculture sector’s premier information and networking event, ABARES Outlook 2019 conference.
Attending ABARES Outlook 2019 conference brings together delegates from a range of sectors to share their industry knowledge.
The program and participants provide a […]

Woolworths organic growth fund

The Woolworths Organic Growth Fund has been established by Woolworths to support investment in Australian organic farming projects.
Through the Woolworths Organic Growth Fund, Woolworths will invest up to $30 million over a five-year period. This funding will be made available to eligible Australian farmers in the form of financial grants […]

Formal review of the Health Star Rating System

A government advisory committee has released a revamped Health Star Rating calculator that attempts to address various problems with the original, from the over-emphasis on protein to the lack of focus on sugar, as part of a five-year review.
The government has engaged Matthews Pegg Consulting to conduct the five-year review […]

Australia’s food and grocery manufacturing sector falls to $131bn, as electricity prices and drought bite

The Australian Food and Grocery Council (AFGC) released a report this month which found total turnover in the food and grocery manufacturing industry (which employs about 324,000 Australians) dropped $2.7 billion in the 2016-17 financial year to $131.3 billion, a fall of 2 per cent.
The broader economic conditions affecting the […]

Mondelez open innovation portal

Mondelez International is seeking products in its Open Innovation Portal, including solutions to help them to create high-protein snacks, reduce sugar, find novel natural flavours, coolers and more.

Current Needs

New! Anti-sticking technology for fat and water based viscous liquids
Novel ingredients for creating high-protein snacks
Novel technologies and ingredients to modify texture […]

A growing market for Australian jujubes

One feature of the Victorian Food Innovation Network’s extensionAUS platform is the ‘Ask an Expert’ function.  Here, any member of the food value chain can ask a question. The question is received by the Network’s coordinator who distributes the question to the Community of Practice members, who are experts in […]

The Future of Meat: Accelerating the Plant-Based & Clean Meat Industries

The inaugural US Good Food Conference 2018 spent a day addressing the opportunities in the plant-based meat sector. There is a range of interesting video presentations and discussions on the following topics. Click on the topics below to view any of the video presentations from Day One. Videos from Day […]

Innovation in agriculture vital to address future food challenges

Innovation is the central driving force which will transform food systems.
Rapid advances in agricultural innovation that address climate change and support family farmers are crucial if the Sustainable Development Goals are to be achieved, the UN Food and Agriculture Organization’s Director-General told the opening session of the first International Symposium on […]