Joint UON and Central Coast Food Innovation Cluster to cook up industry solutions.

Food Innovation Cluster

21 November 2013

The University of Newcastle will today unveil a new initiative designed to link food industry businesses with academic researchers to develop solutions for complex problems in the food and beverage industry.

Food and Innovation ClusterThe Joint UON and Central Coast Food Innovation Cluster, launched at the University's Central Coast Campus at Ourimbah, brings together researchers from across multiple disciplines within the University of Newcastle, as well as government members and experts from within the regional food and beverage industry.

The Food Innovation Cluster will combine the diverse skills, backgrounds and expertise of its participants to ensure an innovative approach to addressing industry and community concerns, such as identifying new products for market; establishing new opportunities to export; and issues such as nutritional value and food additives. The cluster will also generate new ideas and create opportunities for research breakthroughs which can be applied to real life issues.

The Food Innovation Cluster will stage a number of networking events in 2014 inviting industry participants to put forward topics, themes or specific challenges for discussion.

The aim of the networking events will be to provide a forum for industry colleagues to discuss common challenges, share knowledge, and tap into the University's research capabilities to develop practical solutions that allow the food and beverage industry to prosper.

"The vision for the University of Newcastle clusters is to offer a one-stop-shop for business, industry and government partners to work with our researchers who bring different expertise to the table," said Deputy Vice-Chancellor (Research), Professor Nick Talley.

Guest speakers at the launch include University of Newcastle Deputy Vice-Chancellor (Research), Professor Nick Talley; Dr Geoffrey Annison, Deputy Chief Executive, Director Health, Nutrition and Scientific Affairs for the Australia Food and Grocery Council; and Mr Peter Schutz, Chair of Food Innovation Australia Limited (FIAL).

The Joint UON and Central Coast Food Innovation Cluster launch will be held at the UON Central Coast campus, RADCC Boardroom, The Business Incubator from 4pm-6pm.

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