Food Research and Innovation Centre

The Food Research and Innovation Centre is a world-class facility that helps Australian businesses develop and market innovative, high value products for the global marketplace.

The Food Research and Innovation Centre is a world-class facility that helps Australian businesses develop and market innovative, high value products for the global marketplace.

RMIT is the top provider of high-quality work-ready food technologists in Australia and our research capability is world standard (Excellence in Research Australia 2015).

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We have a broad industry network and links with leading research organisations around the world.

Building on these strengths, the $15 million state-of-the-art Food Research & Innovation Centre brings together multidisciplinary research and development capabilities in all areas related to the post-farm gate food value-chain to stimulate innovation and fill the capability gap that are critical for the future success of the Australian food Industry in the global market place.

  • It is an is an incubation facility stimulating the development of new high-value food and beverage manufacturing enterprises, and enabling existing food manufacturers, especially SMEs, in becoming more innovative (focus on value-adding), efficient and competitive.
  • It provides teaching and research training with the latest technologies, hands-on experience in product development, food safety, quality assurance, nutrition and industry placements.
  • It undertakes fundamental , applied and commercial research in partnership with industry.
  • It also assists new and existing companies to up-skill their workforce to meet their current and future business needs.

Key services

Services for industry

We offer a full range of services for industry that include:

  • Idea generation
  • Product innovation
  • Optimise formulations for cost, quality and ingredient functionality
  • Reformulate products
  • Development of new ingredient systems
  • Designing novel value-added, health-enhancing products/ingredients
  • Deliver on concepts, mock-ups and prototypes
  • Develop/optimise processing protocols
  • Develop and scale-up solutions, ingredient systems of finished products
  • Shelf-life testing
  • Sensory evaluation and consumer testing
  • Packaging design and testing
  • Food safety and HACCP
  • Nutrition and health benefit evaluation
  • Workplace Occupation Health & Safety
  • Information & Communication Technologies


Our facilities include:

  • food pilot plant
  • product development laboratory
  • fully-equipped, computerised sensory and consumer testing suite
  • food and nutrition research laboratory
  • food analysis and characterisation laboratory microbiology laboratory
  • temperature controlled rooms
  • dry goods storage
  • dry and wet preparation areas

Industry partners

We have long-standing links with a broad range of industry partners, working with companies including:

  • Coca Cola
  • Joe White Malting Pty Ltd
  • Lion Dairy & Drinks
  • Maggie Beer
  • Mandurah Australia PTY Ltd
  • Manildra Meat Company
  • Mars
  • Mondelèz International (formerly Kraft Foods)
  • Murray Goulburn
  • Nestle
  • Sanitarium
  • Simplot
  • Bega Cheese and Tatura Milk Industries
  • Fibrisol
  • Uncle Bens
  • Unilever
  • Nuchev
  • Proportional Foods


Address: Building 201, Level 5, Bundoora campus, Plenty Rd, Bundoora, 3083

Key contact

Professor Harsharn Gill

Phone: +61 3 9925 2600

Mob: +61 400 635 622

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Acknowledgement of country

RMIT University acknowledges the people of the Woi wurrung and Boon wurrung language groups of the eastern Kulin Nation on whose unceded lands we conduct the business of the University. RMIT University respectfully acknowledges their Ancestors and Elders, past and present. RMIT also acknowledges the Traditional Custodians and their Ancestors of the lands and waters across Australia where we conduct our business. - Artwork created by Louisa Bloomer