ARC Training Centre for the Australian Food Processing Industry in the 21st Century
Our Australian Research Council Training Centre for the Australian Food Processing Industry in the 21st Century supports businesses to design better methods of food processing and storage, and to develop advanced manufacturing techniques aimed at reducing costs and increasing energy efficiency.
A main objective is to boost Australia’s capacity to compete in the global market, particularly in the production of nutraceuticals – food products fortified with vitamins or minerals that provide health benefits for the prevention and treatment of chronic and acute diseases.
The centre will design cost-effective and sustainable processes for producing these products with a view to minimising waste, enhancing efficiency and reducing energy consumption.
Through our research we aim to promote Australian food manufacturers, enabling them to stay competitive in the global marketplace. We achieve this through facilitating on-going, cost-effective collaboration between a diverse range of industry partners and researchers at the University of Sydney.
The Centre draws on the expertise of academics from the faculties of Engineering and Information Technologies, Science, Veterinary Science, Agriculture and Environment, Medicine and their collaborators.
The key objectives of the Centre are to:
- Develop high value products from various food chains to manufacture safe, healthy foods for the prevention and treatment of acute and chronic diseases (cancer, osteoporosis and cardiovascular problems).
- Establish new cost effective and sustainable approaches in biotechnology and manufacturing processes to maximise value from raw materials, minimise waste production, extract valuable active compounds, enhance efficiency and reduce energy consumption.
- Enhance a product's shelf life to reduce spoilage of high value products.
Meeting these objectives will enable us to educate Australia's next generation of food technology and manufacturing experts.