Capabilities statement

The Food pilot plant at the Health and Food Sciences Precinct, Coopers Plains, Brisbane is a state of the art facility designed specifically to service the needs of the Queensland and Australian food industries. The food grade pilot plant and associated food technology, sensory and consumer science facilities are available to conduct scientific research and trial new products or processes.

The facility is shared by the department's scientific staff and the Commonwealth Scientific and Industrial Research Organisation (CSIRO). It allows researchers and industry to experiment and produce trial product under industrial conditions up to 1,000 litre batches.

Capabilities and features

  • Located 15 min south of CBD
  • Built to food grade standards
  • Safe Food Production Queensland registration
  • Five flexible layout processing areas with plug and use service droppers providing:
    • general processing
    • high hygiene cool room for fresh product handling
    • thermal processing and drying
    • warm room for thermal operation or fermentation
    • high hygiene cold room for meat processing
  • Six cold rooms
  • Dry goods storage and equipment stores
  • Over 120 individual food processing units including freeze drier, spray drier, membrane filtration, thermal processing including UHT and pasteurisers, high pressure processing unit
  • Comprehensive services plant providing steam, compressed air, RO water, chilled water, hot water and individual room air handling units

Recent research achievements

  • Novel packaging for extended shelf life ready to use fish fillets
  • Fresh cut fruit
  • Meat processing operations
  • High pressure cold pasteurisation processing
  • Functional foods from sugar cane by-products
  • Dairy beverages
  • Added-value food products

The facility is also available for training purposes in food hygiene and food processing operations.

Working with industry

Our scientists can discuss your requirements to help develop projects to meet industry and market needs. Our service lowers your risk for investment in full production. We can deliver:

  • process development and trials
  • products for market evaluation
  • research.