Rising global demand for source-verified, premium food products presents massive opportunities to the Australian economy.
Presently, however, Australian agriculture is structured for commodity supply and we lack the sophisticated infrastructure required to efficiently export fresh and other premium foods at scale and to the demanding specifications required by end markets.
To drive innovation in this space, we are leading a coalition to form a Collaborative Research Centre (CRC) for Future Food Systems
Members include Food Innovation Australia (FIAL), the University of NSW, Western Sydney University, University of New England, Queensland University of Technology, Murdoch University, plus industry and community partners around Australia.
The Future Food Systems CRC will provide the technology and business solutions needed to create export ready inland ports in towns such as Tamworth, Orange, Armidale and Western Sydney
. Inland ports and smart logistics are key to building scale and comparative advantage in emerging markets for premium, provenance protected food goods. FIAL has projected that these markets will be worth $8 Trillion by 2025 with most new demand in Asia.