Queensland producer Stuart McGruddy has been awarded a Hort Innovation Churchill Fellowship to explore how Australia’s berry industry can capitalise on the value-adding opportunities in freezing soft berry fruits.
CRC participant UNSW is known for prodigious research output in science, technology and engineering – as evidenced by this year’s Research Superstar rankings. QUT’s no slouch in the STEM stakes, either.
AgFunder’s mid-year investment report has found that ‘innovative food’ start-ups, notably those in the alt-protein space, attracted more investment capital in the first half of 2020 than in the entire previous year.
Whether the primary produce was bees, berries, bovine products or beer, these forward-thinking agrifood-related Gippsland-based businesses thought outside the box to add value and expand their markets.
STEAM (science, technology, engineering, agriculture, maths) students and early-career researchers, put your innovation hats on: it’s that time of year again.
Australia’s national science organisation, CSIRO, has announced that it will be moving several of its divisions to the Western City & Aerotropolis Authority’s planned Agribusiness Precinct, to be sited alongside the new, curfew-free international airport.
Western Sydney Aerotropolis’s planned Integrated Logistics Hub, part of the new Agribusiness Precinct, will deliver ‘a multi-modal supply chain solution for the Aerotropolis, Greater Sydney and regional NSW’, says WCAA.
Big brands can no longer rely on their heavyweight clout for food business success in Australia, with consumers and retailers increasingly attracted to smaller ‘underdog’ start-ups, which they perceive to be more innovative.
CSIRO is offering free entry to its new, online Innovation Enabled Growth program to a select group of small-to-medium enterprise leaders in the agrifood space.