The Future Food Systems Cooperative Research Centre (CRC) was created to support innovation and growth across the value chain. It commenced operations in 2019 for an initial term of 10 years with a budget from the Commonwealth of Australia and participants totalling $174 million.
Our industry partners and projects span the food supply chain and include Australia’s largest horticultural groups, Costa Group and Perfection Fresh and major manufacturer Sanitarium Health Food Company, ambitious SMEs such as Varona Fine Foods, Mt Lindesay and Fable Food Co, digital innovators such as WBS, Escavox and BeefLedger.
Government partners include the NSW, WA and NT departments of industry, Horticulture Innovation Australia, the Commonwealth Growth Centre for Food and Agribusiness (FIAL), and regional government entities at the centre of emerging food industry clusters in Gippsland, Coffs Harbour, Western Sydney, Canberra and Peel, WA.
“Investment in high-tech, sustainable regional agrifood systems, co-located with rapid freight hubs, is central to reaping the rewards presented by domestic and Asian markets for value-added, provenance-protected healthy foods. Not just new technology but new partnerships, business models and true customer focus is key to future growth in our industry.”
Fiona Simson, Chair
Future Food Systems CRC