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Calling for Expressions of Interest to become part of Gippsland Food and Fibre Innovation Groups


   Friday 4th October, 2019

At Food & Fibre Gippsland we are working in ways that are more connected and collaborative to facilitate innovation, and position Gippsland strongly within local and global food and fibre value chains.

Three priority focus areas currently are-:

  1. Exploring the feasibility of a high-tech processing hub to extract more value from regional produce for ingredient, functional food and nutraceutical markets. This includes transforming Gippsland food waste.

  2. Exploring the feasibility of a craft malting facility in Gippsland to support a growing craft brewing and distilling industry, built on the provenance of Gippsland. This may include links to visitation/agri-tourism.

  3. Exploring opportunities to connect Gippsland food and fibre businesses with new market opportunities via online platforms. This includes consideration of transport/logistics and aggregation hubs.

We are looking for representatives of industry, government, researchers/educators and community who are interested in shaping these innovation opportunities.

Preference will be given to Food & Fibre Gippsland members who can demonstrate a business, training, research or community connection to the priority focus area.

An Innovation Group will be convened for each of the above topics.

We expect that the time commitment to the task would be approximately a 3-hour meeting every 4 – 8 weeks during October 2019 to June 2020, at an agreed central location.

This work is being undertaken in partnership with the Latrobe Valley Authority’s Smart Specialisation Project and with support from Food Innovation Australia Pty Ltd (FIAL)

If you are interested in participating in one or more of the above, or would like more information, please contact Dr Nicola Watts – nicola.watts@foodandfibregippsland.com.au.