Food pilot plant

Food research facilities for industry

Queensland Government and CSIRO logos

The facility is jointly managed by the Department of Agriculture and Fisheries and the Commonwealth Scientific and Industrial Research Organisation.

The Food Pilot Plant at the Health and Food Sciences Precinct, Coopers Plains, Brisbane is a state of the art facility designed 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.

It allows researchers and industry to experiment and produce trial product under industrial conditions up to 1,000 litre batches.

Service prices vary depending on the scale and needs of your project. We can give you an indicative price upon application.

Paul Burt
07 3708 8703

Opening hours
(After hours operations can be negotiated)

39 Kessels Road
Coopers Plains Qld 4108
(10 minutes drive south of Brisbane's CBD)

Our commitment
To help industry test food products from idea stage through to commercial production ready stage.


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
  • membrane filtration
  • thermal processing including UHT and pasteurisers
  • high pressure processing unit

A comprehensive services plant providing:

  • steam
  • compressed air
  • RO water
  • chilled water
  • hot water
  • individual room air handling units

The plant has Safe Food Production Queensland registration.

Working with industry

Our scientists and staff 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

Food pilot plant photo gallery