More than one hundred food manufacturers in Australia attended a seminar this week to learn how to work together with research and development providers to improve their profits.
Challenge 2005, organised by Food Science Australia, a joint venture between CSIRO and the Australian Food Industry Science Centre (Afisc), set out to evaluate the different services offered by R&D organisations and to discuss areas of current interest in the food industry.
"It provides food manufacturers with information about how innovation and research can help to achieve a better bottom line,"Food Science Australia's Dr Kees Versteeg commented on the seminar.
Experts from Food Science Australia, the University of Melbourne, the Royal Melbourne Institute of Technology, Agrifood Technology and the William Angliss Institute attended the seminar.
Challenge 2005 also provided a forum for an exchange of information and ideas between small to medium-sized food manufacturers, government representatives, educators and researchers.
Dr Keith White, General Manager of Monco Research, who presented a paper on the impact R&D has had on his business said:"The studies undertaken by Food Science Australia on the frying qualities of our new product, Monola Oil, have been very important in highlighting the excellent performance and dietary features of the product."