RMIT has brought together researchers and industry in a one-day workshop showcasing the latest innovations in food technology.
The industry event provided local food manufacturers with a behind-the-scenes look at RMIT's cutting-edge food science equipment and testing facilities, including the opportunity to analyse their own food samples in practical demonstrations.
The School of Civil, Environmental and Chemical Engineering and the came together to host the one-day workshop.
The event focused on bridging the gap between academia and industry by showcasing the innovative and accessible facilities RMIT has to offer.
Experienced staff and instrument experts presented a detailed overview of the services available and demonstrated RMIT's food technology capabilities, highlighting the University's capacity to collaborate on smaller projects.
Guests were shown RMIT's Microscopy and Microanalysis Facility, Rheology and Materials Characterisation labs and Vibrational Spectroscopy labs, which feature various state-of-the-art instruments available for both RMIT research and external users.
RMIT's food technology capabilities were on show to representatives from industry including KPMG, Symbio Alliance, Betta Foods Australia, Mondelez Australia and the Victorian Employers' Chamber of Commerce and Industry (VECCI).
Emeritus Professor Robert Shanks guided guests through the facilities.
Rakesh Singh, of Mondelez Australia, said the continued success of his industry would depend on similar opportunities to close the gap between academia and industry innovation.
"I personally found the content and delivery very relevant to the confectionery industry and the partnership with RMIT signals an expansion of the problem solving capability and capacity for all food industries," he said.
"The technology and capability display at RMIT was very impressive and there is huge potential to maximize its use to benefit food industries and the Australian economy alike."
The workshop - Innovations in Food Technology - was a result of an RMIT partnership with the Plenty Food Group (PFG).
The PFG is a food manufacturing industry network for companies based in Melbourne's north, focused on assisting small, medium and large companies in food processing, or those supplying products and services to the food manufacturing industry.
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