Magazine article Business Asia

Science Tables New Foods

Magazine article Business Asia

Science Tables New Foods

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Science will play an increasingly important role as Australia attempts to produce new food products to tempt the mammoth Asian market, according to the CSIRO.

An internal Commonwealth Scientific Industrial Research Organisation (CSIRO) document outlines some of the issues confronting Australia's food sector as it moves toward the new millennium.

"The challenge is to determine how Australia can position itself to capture an increasing market share of the one billion meals or more that will be consumed per day in the future in the entire East Asia region," the document says.

"The consumption of food in the East Asia region in the future will dwarf the local Australian consumption of food. Moreover, it will reflect a global consumption with enhanced diversity ... and increasing market segmentation."

The CSIRO believes there will be continuing scientific discoveries covering key food fields from production to the market place which will underpin the development of new products for the future.

The challenge for Australia will be:

* to identify the client and consumer requirements that will occur in this region in the future so that Australia can respond appropriately with products of high quality and provide the requirements of consumers; and

* to harness the innovative capacities of research and development in Australia together with food industry capabilities to respond to these requirements in quality and nutrient content.

The CSIRO and others have recognised that there are multiple opportunities for appropriate technical input and technology transfer in the food industry. …

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