The Minister for Industry and Employment, Wade Noonan, will launch RMIT University’s new Food Research and Innovation Centre at Bundoora tomorrow (Wednesday) morning.
RMIT has established the centre to bring together education, research and industry, and to provide the necessary workforce for the food industry.
Students, researchers and food businesses can develop new food products, optimise processing protocols and test food for impurities, consistency, nutritional value, sensory perception and taste.
This centre will serve as an incubator where RMIT’s experts can work with industry on small batch prototypes and then help them scale up production.
DATE: Wednesday 10 August
TIME: Media set-up from 9.30am. Formal launch at 10am. Interviews and filming of the facilities from 10.25am (note: everyone entering the research centre on the upper floor will need to wear hair nets, shoe coverings and jackets – provided)
PLACE: Ground floor, Building 201, RMIT Bundoora campus (west side of Plenty Road, enter via Clements Drive) https://goo.gl/maps/Fq2vcygv4KH2
Available for interview: Minister Wade Noonan; RMIT Vice-Chancellor Martin Bean CBE; Nuchev CEO Ben Dingle; Felicity Gatfield from Lindfield, Sydney, with son Jordan Gatfield-Davis, who is on Oli6 Dairy Goat Toddler formula; and Director of the new centre, Professor Harsharn Gill
Available to film: A pen of dairy goats from Nuchev’s farm at Clunes
- Victoria produces about 30 per cent of Australia’s total food processing output, employs over 69,000 people and earns more than $8.7 billion a year in exports.
- In northern Melbourne, there are about 400 food and beverage businesses with a turnover of more than $1 million, generating between them $2.6 billion a year.
For general media enquiries: David Glanz, (03) 9925 2807 or 0438 547 723.