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Cooperative Research Centre for International Food Manufacture and Packaging Science

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The following programs have been sponsored by the Cooperative Research Centre for International Food Manufacture and Packaging Science which is located at Swinbume University of Technology, Hawthorn, Victoria. The seven Programs detailed in this guide are all structured to examine issues in packaging.

The aim of the research is to develop the level of scientific and technical expertise in the food and packaging industries to maintain world competitiveness. The research programs will develop a world-class scientific research centre with outcomes of strategic value to Australia's economic and environmental future.

The novel presentation methods include active polymer packaging, natural peptides such as bacteriocins, energy sources specific to spoilage organisms and novel delivery systems. The programs also address environmental issues associated with packaging of food products, with research into biopolymers for use as packaging materials and recycling of fibre based packaging.

The Cooperative Research Centre is one of a number of Centres that represent collaborative ventures bringing together researchers and research groups from universities, Commonwealth and State funded research organisations such as CSIRO, and business enterprises. The Centres are jointly funded by the Commonwealth Government and participating organisations.

It should be noted that research may be carried out concurrently at different campuses.

 

In the past six years, the Cooperative Research Centre (CRC) for International Food Manufacture and Packaging Science has delivered four leading-edge technologies to Australia's food and packaging industries and another eight are in advanced stages of commercialisation.

The CRC, based at Swinburne University, Hawthorn, Victoria conducts research and education with the food and packaging industries to provide technologies that will help them maintain global competitiveness.

The Cooperative Research Centre is a collaborative venture that brings together food and packaging companies with researchers from universities, CSIRO and other Commonwealth and State funded research organisations. The Centres are funded by the Commonwealth Government and participating organisations.

The work takes place at a number of sites in Australia and projects often operate across State boundaries and can involve international firms and research networks.

Partners in the CRC include: Goodman Fielder, Visy Industries, Tassal, Swinburne University of Technology, University of Queensland, CSIRO Manufacturing, Food Science Australia, Victoria Department of Natural Resources and Energy, Victoria Department of Regional and State Development, Victoria University, and The University of Melbourne.

 

Program A: Safe fresh foods

New hygienic food processing practices and technologies to deliver safe, minimally-processed foods to distant markets
Program Manager: Szabo Dr L (Food Science Australia)
Industry Contributors: Goodman Fielder; Tassal; Fresh-cut Industry Forum; Horticultural Australia
Current Status: Ongoing
Descriptors: BACTERIAL DECONTAMINATION; FOOD SAFETY; MODIFIED ATMOSPHERE PACKAGING
Research Fields Classification: 290309 Safety and Quality
290308 Packaging, Storage and Transportation
300304 Post Harvest Technologies

 

Program C: Sustainable packaging and distribution of perishables

New packaging materials and systems for environment, storage and transport problems
Program Manager: Christie Dr G (CSIRO Manufacturing Science and Technology and Swinburne University of Technology)
Industry Contributors: Cadbury's; DOW; Sealed Air Cryovac; Horticulture Australia; EcoRecycle
Current Status: Ongoing
Descriptors: HEAT SENSITIVITY; MATERIALS--BIODEGRADABLE;--FILM WRAPS;--MULCH FILM;--STARCH-BASED
Research Fields Classification: 291400 Materials Engineering
290308 Packaging, Storage and Transportation

 

Program D: Pulp and paper bioprocessing

Enzymatic processes to optimise fibre modification and integration into quality paper products for the pulp and paper industry
Program Manager: Sanciolo P (Swinburne University of Technology)
Industry Contributor: Visy Industries
Current Status: Ongoing
Descriptors: TREATMENT--ENZYME-BASED;--WASTE
Research Fields Classification: 291406 Pulp and Paper
290308 Packaging, Storage and Transportation
291104 Environmental Technologies

 

Program E: Education and training

Industry education needs relating to the true impact of packaging on the environment
Program Manager: Sonneveld Assoc Prof K (Victoria University)
Current Status: Ongoing
Descriptors: ENVIRONMENTAL IMPACTS; LIFE CYCLE ASSESSMENT
Research Fields Classification: 291101 Environmental Engineering Modelling
350299: Business and Management nec

 


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