Registered Service Providers – Innovation (Food Innovation Voucher Program)

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Agent Oriented Software Pty Ltd

Australian Engineering Solutions Pty Ltd (Austeng)

Badalya Pty Ltd

Bayly Group Pty Ltd

Beanstalk AgTech


Deakin University

Deloitte Australia

Derio Comar Consulting

FAPIC Global Pty Ltd

Federation University

Geoffrey W. Smithers


La Trobe University

Memko Pty Ltd

Monash Food Innovation Centre

OzScientific Pty Ltd

RMIT University

Robert Bosch Australia

RM Consulting Group

ShopAbility Pty Ltd

SnapTrap Pty Ltd

Solutions in Food

Swinburne University of Technology

Tarn Food Consulting

University of Melbourne

Victoria University

XPotential Australia New Zealand

[sta_anchor id=”agent” unsan=”Agent”]Agent Oriented Software Pty Ltd[/sta_anchor]

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.

[sta_anchor id=”auseng”]Australian Engineering Solutions Pty Ltd (Austeng)[/sta_anchor]

Contact: Ross George, Managing Director


P: +61 3 5278 2044


Austeng offers a “one-stop” solution, providing a complete service from the design through to the manufacture, installation and commissioning phases. It often uses a “mechatronics” approach, i.e. it integrates mechanical and electronic elements of machines often in an unusual or innovative fashion to enable equipment to carry out various manufacturing tasks.

It also provides a comprehensive range of design and drafting services, combining a wealth of experience in designing mechanical systems with utilisation of Computer Aided Design facilities.

Austeng has a proven track record in working with clients to assist them to introduce cutting edge systems that enable them to compete in an increasingly global market. Austeng is proud of the reputation it has built as an innovative and world-class designer and manufacturer of quality automated special purpose equipment for industry.

Austeng’s outstanding reputation and track record in the industry was recognised when it was inducted into the Victorian Manufacturing Hall of Fame in recognition of its world class innovative and sophisticated solutions to manufacturing challenges. It has also been awarded 2014 & 2016 Engineers Australia Innovation/R&D Awards.

[sta_anchor id=”bada”]Badalya Pty Ltd[/sta_anchor]

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.

[sta_anchor id=”Bayly Group” unsan=”Bayly Group”]Bayly Group Pty Ltd [/sta_anchor]

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.

[sta_anchor id=”beans” unsan=”Beans”]Beanstalk AgTech[/sta_anchor]

Contact: William Taing


Mobile: +61 404 459 018


Beanstalk AgTech helps primary producers, industry associations, research institutions, SMEs, corporates and governments solve their biggest challenges through facilitating access to the innovation and technology ecosystem.

Beanstalk acts as your innovation partner to leverage cutting-edge technologies across the agri-food sector and adjacent industries through adopting a proven low-risk process to technology trialling and adoption, with return on investment front of mind. The first stage before any idea is pursued should always be customer and market validation using a customer centric design process.

If you are one of the following, Beanstalk AgTech would be interested to hear from you:

  • Agri-food business looking for an innovative solution to an identified problem, or has an innovative idea to take to market. Also, if you are looking to get investment ready, our 5-module approach can help you get ready for investors.
  • Researcher / start-up that does not meet the above SME criteria but has prospective clients who are eligible to prototype your technology to demonstrate technical merit, feasibility, and commercial potential.
  • Industry organisation looking to develop new innovative solutions to their agri-food sector cohort, or help them get investment ready.

Get in touch here:

[sta_anchor id=”csiro” unsan=”CSIRO”]CSIRO[/sta_anchor]

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.

[sta_anchor id=”deakin” unsan=”Deakin”]Deakin University[/sta_anchor]

Contact: Dr Greg Pullen, Senior Manager, Commercialisation & Translation, Deakin Research Commercial


Phone: +61 3 5227 2969

Mobile: +61 408 200 885


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 Centre aims to deliver high-quality sensory and flavour research, as well as training the next generation of sensory scientists.

[sta_anchor id=”deloitte” unsan=”Deloitte”]Deloitte Australia[/sta_anchor]

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.

[sta_anchor id=”der”]Derio Comar Consulting[/sta_anchor]

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.

[sta_anchor id=”FAPIC“]FAPIC Global Pty Ltd[/sta_anchor]

Contact: Tom Debney, Executive Director


Phone: +61 3 9872 3287

Mobile: +61 417 568 423


FAPIC works to:
* Save money and increase business at the same time
* Transform companies by increasing profits while reducing their working capital and growing their business
* Improve the business performance of our food industry partners by providing novel and well established development
and quality solutions
* Provide resources and outsourced solutions to Food Industry Partners
* Provide expertise to save time and money
* Remove non-productive activities
* End-to-End project management
* Provide expertise outside of company politics & friendships
* Use and promote World Best Practices
* Build the internal capability to ensure successful completion
FAPIC also has access to skilled resources and programs.

[sta_anchor id=”fed”]Federation University[/sta_anchor]

Contact: Geraldine Lewis, Manager Commercial Services


Phone: +61 3 5327 8392

Mobile: +61 400 307 898


Federation University Australia (FedUni) has a long and proud history of Industry Collaboration, delivering innovative real time solutions to everyday Industry challenges.

Its facilities and researchers offer a reputation for excellence in applied Research in partnership with Industry. Each Industry partner will be supported to fully scope their projects to ensure the desired outcomes are achieved. FedUni School of Science and Technology contributes to the challenge of meeting today’s needs without compromising future opportunities. With specialists in advanced robotics, VR & AR solutions as well as optimisation and scheduling. These institutes when combined with CADET, the $45M Science and Engineering Precinct and our $19 million Manufacturing Engineering Skills Centre enable FedUni to provide solutions across multiple sectors.

[sta_anchor id=”Geoffrey W. Smithers” unsan=”Geoffrey W. Smithers”]Geoffrey W. Smithers[/sta_anchor]

Contact: Geoffrey Smithers, Founder & Director


Phone: +61 3 9532 0069

Mobile: +61 417 341 251


Geoffrey Smithers Food Industry Consulting Services (GSFICS) is managed by an experienced research scientist and
scientific entrepreneur who has worked both at the bench but also at the science-business interface linking business
outcomes with relevant science and technology tools. GSFICS can ‘speak’ both science and business language, and can
facilitate strategic and innovation planning and implementation for an on-time/on-budget/on-expectation outcome.
GSFICS provides a range of services including
(i) R&D planning notably in process and product development
(ii) linking business outcomes with science/technology tools
(iii) innovation, strategic and operational planning
(iv) trouble-shooting
(v) technology audits
(vi) intellectual property management.

[sta_anchor id=”kpmg” unsan=”KPMG”]KPMG[/sta_anchor]

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.

[sta_anchor id=”la-trobe” unsan=”La Trobe”]La Trobe University[/sta_anchor]

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.

[sta_anchor id=”#memko”]Memko Pty Ltd[/sta_anchor]

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.

[sta_anchor id=”monash” unsan=”Monash”]Monash Food Innovation Centre[/sta_anchor]

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.

[sta_anchor id=”ozsci” unsan=”OzSci”]OzScientific Pty Ltd[/sta_anchor]

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.

[sta_anchor id=”rmit” unsan=”RMIT”]RMIT University[/sta_anchor]

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.

[sta_anchor id=”bosch” unsan=”Bosch”]Robert Bosch Australia[/sta_anchor]

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.

[sta_anchor id=”RM Consulting Group”]RM Consulting Group[/sta_anchor]

Contact: Anne-Maree Boland, Managing Principal


Phone: +613 9882 2670

Mobile: +61427 679 042


RMCG is an environmental and agricultural consultancy. We provide advice to government agencies, water authorities, institutions and private sector clients in the fields of environment, water, agriculture, economics and communities. We apply our expertise and insight to drive sustainable resource use. RMCG provides policy, planning and technical consulting services to ensure a healthy future for the environment, industry and communities by helping them to plan and implement change. We combine our sound technical knowledge and ability to work through complex problems with a passion for working with people to develop practical, effective and fair outcomes for agriculture, the environment and the communities that depend upon it.

RMCG is one of Australia’s strongest regionally focused consulting groups. We have acheived this position through a commitment to the sustainable development of rural industries and communities.

[sta_anchor id=”shop”]ShopAbility Pty Ltd[/sta_anchor]

Contact: John Day, Director


Phone: +61 3 9800 2068

Mobile +61 418 99 2121


ShopAbility provides its clients with a complete range of business and functional solutions with extensive team experience in the SME Space.

The ShopAbility team has extensive experience in all aspects of business and delivers focused strategies that are both realistic and commercial for a range of SME customers. The ShopAbility Team has a wide range of capabilities ideally suited for a range of SME requirements, but in essence we have a platform which includes the following deliverables:

  • Business Plans, Marketing Plans, Channel Plans and Customer Planning
  • Sales Modelling
  • Strong business focus and specific strategies in Retail, Private Label, Food service, Route, and Industrial Platforms
  • Business training Models across all key Business areas e.g. Negotiation, Trade Maths
  • In-field activation modelling and process
  • Benchmarking reviews for SME by category and Channel
  • Innovation and Gate Process Management
  • Product compliance and governance models
  • Market Research and Insights modelling
  • Shopper Insights and Marketing Insights which links to existing and New product initiatives
  • Manufacturing and Process enhancement and compliance
  • Procurement Process and Sourcing options for all service, transport and material based categories
  • Category and Pack Development and Sourcing/Purchasing
  • Web Page Development
  • Social Media and Electronic Platforms and Implementation
  • Point of Sale and Sales/Corporate Brochure design and printing
  • Food Styling enablers……..just to mention some of our capabilities.

ShopAbility has a broad brand, channel and business capabilities to support your specific initiatives. ShopAbility has shown this expertise by being involved with the facilitation of a series of Department of Industry Programs on a national basis for the SME base,  including:

  • Retail Readiness
  • Foodservice Readiness
  • Private label Readiness
  • Market Diversification

So it’s an exciting time for ShopAbility: given its success in working with SME platforms we would be delighted to talk through any initiatives you may be considering as part of your programs for growth. If you have needs in these areas, please don’t hesitate in letting us know – we will be only too pleased to follow through on any enquiries that you may have in relation to your needs in this space.

[sta_anchor id=”Snaptrap Pty Ltd”]Snaptrap Pty Ltd[/sta_anchor]

Contact: Kim Khor, Consultant


Phone: +61 3 98002068

Mobile: +61 418992121


Snaptrap is a digital technology company focused on Australian agriculture (agtech). The company works on solving problems that are obstacles to Australian agriculture achieving its economic potential. We work with primary producers and marketers to identify inefficiencies and opportunities for optimization using new digital technology innovations. We strive to enable primary producers and marketers to identify and create solutions for themselves. Our principal and consultants focus on economic outcomes for industry. We are technology-agnostic and seek the best improvements for our customers’ businesses. We seek to match problems with leading edge science and research (such as agronomy, entomology and biometry) to provide decision information customized for local conditions. This results in reductions in risk and costs and provides efficiency gains leading to increased production quality and yield. We also seek to create rigour in customers’ records and evidence that support trade negotiations and maintenance of trade agreements.

[sta_anchor id=”sol”]Solutions in Food[/sta_anchor]

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.

[sta_anchor id=”swinburne” unsan=”Swinburne”]Swinburne University of Technology[/sta_anchor]

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.

[sta_anchor id=”Tarn food Consulting”]Tarn Food Consulting[/sta_anchor]

Contact: Hilary Heslop, Director


Phone: +61 400 938  722

Mobile: +61 400 938 722


Tarn Food Consulting creates innovative food solutions built on a customer-centric philosophy and robust financial foundations. Our extensive experience in global food retailing, FMCG manufacturing and financial management underpin our development of brand and product offers to foresee fast-moving market conditions that drive your bottom line and entice your customers. Our collective experience in food retailing, manufacturing, hospitality and finance allows us to identify, develop and launch food ranges that grow your core business or unlock new business opportunities. We work with our clients creating brand and product strategies to support the whole development process delivering right first-time launches and ongoing strategy for the entire lifecycle of the project. We are passionate about keeping up to date with global trends and emerging markets to challenge boundaries and deliver products that delight consumers to ensure your business stays ahead of the market.

[sta_anchor id=”unimelb”]University of Melbourne[/sta_anchor]

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.

[sta_anchor id=”vu” unsan=”VU”]Victoria University[/sta_anchor]

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.

[sta_anchor id=”vu” unsan=”XPotential”]XPotential[/sta_anchor]

Contact: Michael Harley


Phone: +61404098892


We have delivered differentiated revenue growth and profitability for our clients through customer-centric and holistic business innovation programs. Our Associates are experienced international practitioners who have held senior leadership positions within the food and agri-business industry. Our overarching philosophy is to share our industry knowledge, experience and expertise with clients, in tandem with using proven processes and tools such as design-led innovation and lean canvas, so they can develop their own capability to adapt and grow. In addition to our consulting business, XPotential™ have successfully developed and run the ‘Fast ‘n Furious Innovation’ short course with over 50 companies across Australia in conjunction with FIAL. Out team has deep connections within the research community that allow us to practically apply the latest technology to your individual innovation challenge. We are ready to commence a dialogue with your leadership team now.

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