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.
Keen to differentiate themselves in the plant-proteins space, three entrepreneurial Aussies – a farmer, a chef and a former fashion-business owner – turned to fungi as a nutrition-packed alt-meat ingredient. That was just the start.
A new Fight Food Waste CRC project will explore the potential for turning green banana waste into high-nutrient, high-value horse feed.
Keen to become a zero-waste operation, Australia’s largest commercial cumquat growers began processing on-farm. Now, they don’t just sell fresh cumquats; they use every part of the fruit bar its seeds to create high-value gourmet products.
Post-pandemic, Australia can build resiliency and attain global success by developing onshore manufacturing capability in collaborative industry-research hubs, argues David Chuter, CEO and managing director of the Innovative Manufacturing CRC.
Just eight weeks of supplementation with citrus and olive-leaf extracts led to ‘remarkable’ improvements in heart-health markers, report Spanish scientists. This is good news for growers keen to value-add – and health-conscious consumers.
Networks of mycelial filaments can mimic the texture of meat, minus animal protein’s outsized carbon footprint, argues this WIRED story on the future of fungi as convincing – and sustainable – meat substitute.
Sydney-based inventor David Soo has grown vanilla worth $600,000 in a custom-made high-tech geodome in which everything can be controlled remotely via smartphone.
Insects have been much-touted lately as a healthy, sustainable source of alternative protein, spawning a swarm of start-ups. But just how viable is the sector’s growth potential in APAC?
Australia’s wine industry, keen to maintain its ‘clean, green’ image; is working with the Fight Food Waste CRC in a bid to turn ‘waste product’ grape marc into high-value nutriceutical grape seed extract.