Looking For The Next Big Innovation In Dairy

AUSTRALIA - Developing new foods, improving current manufacturing processes, putting more value into milk products ... Dairy Australia is looking for the next big innovation in dairy manufacturing.
calendar icon 15 November 2011
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Applications are sought for the 2012 Innovation in Dairy Manufacturing Award, offering a A$20,000 grant to further develop an innovative idea.

The award offers a unique opportunity for innovators in dairy manufacturing to initiate or progress an idea for the benefit of the Australian dairy manufacturing sector.

As well as advancing the dairy industry, previous winners have gained skills, knowledge and experience from the project funded by the award.

In 2009 David Murray used the grant to research the prevention and control of heat resistant spores and in 2010 Jack Holman travelled to cheese factories in Europe and worked on developing new lactic curd-style chesses.

The winner in 2011, Michael Phillips is completing his project on adding value to acid whey and improving sustainability in dairy manufacturing.

He said: “Finding a use for the waste product could help to make the overall Australian dairy industry more sustainable and profitable. Converting these solids to profitable products would add additional value to the milk and would translate into increased milk price and farm gate returns.”

Participants are encouraged to share their research findings with the dairy industry; however confidential projects are also welcome.

Applicants are required to propose an original research idea that they can complete by the end of 2012 as well as demonstrate that they have the skills and drive to take on the challenge.

A selection panel made up of representatives from Dairy Australia, Dairy Innovation Australia Ltd and the Australian dairy manufacturing sector will choose the winning candidate.

The application process has been made easy through a simple on-line application on Dairy Australia website. Applications close on 31 January 2012 and winners will be announced around mid-March.

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