Da i r y
P L A N E T
ISSUE EIGHT − May ‘09
Shaping the industry’s future
Dairy Innovation Australia has teamed up with Monash University to establish
a senior lectureship in dairy process technology and engineering.
The goal is to boost the dairy research base and to attract young engineers
and food technologists to a career in the dairy industry.
In 2009, the lectureship will be made up of three
courses – heat transfer, sustainable processes and
They will be taught by Dr Peggy P.Y. Chan, a
biotechnology specialist from the Institute of
Bioengineering and Nanotechnology, Singapore.
in thi s issue... Dr Chan believes her extensive knowledge in
biomedical nanotechnology could find numerous
applications in the dairy industry.
“The dairy industry hasn’t fully embraced Dr Peggy P.Y. Chan
From the CEO 2
nanotechnology, which can help create truly innovative
New research draws funding 2 products,” she said.
Energy saving tips 3 “I welcome the challenge of introducing nanotechnology to dairy research.”
New separations technology 3
Science workshop 4 The lectureship aims to boost the
Meet the vice-chairman 5 dairy research base and attract
WA co-op joins the team 5 young engineers and food technologists
New staff members 6 to a career in the dairy industry.
Functional dairy foods 7
Bruce German lecture 7 Dairy Innovation Australia CEO, Lesley MacLeod, said the lectureship reflected
the organisation’s commitment to increasing awareness of dairy processing
Students vacations program 8 among the next generation of engineers and technologists.
Dairy Industry Calendar 8 “Dr Chan’s high calibre and unique skill set will be of enormous benefit to the
future of the industry,” she said.
The lectureship is funded by Dairy Innovation Australia and offered within
Monash University’s Department of Chemical Engineering.
For more information, contact Martin Palmer on (03) 9974 8702
New research attracts funding
Three important research projects interpretive analysis of available
have received more than $215,000 in biosensor and chemical sensor
funding as part of Dairy Innovation technologies, and their potential
Australia’s latest round of Processes application to the dairy industry.
Dairy Innovation Australia CEO,
and Products Grants. This review will inform future project
planning for Dairy Innovation
Prof. Bhesh Bhandari and Assoc.
Australia’s member companies.
FROM THE CEO Prof. Hilton Deeth (University of
Queensland) will lead a four-year Australian universities receiving these
Welcome to a new-look Dairy Planet project to investigate the size- grants also benefit from additional
for 2009. A new look for a new term dependent properties of casein funding under the Australian
and a new approach to discovery and micelles. The project’s findings will Government’s Research Infrastructure
delivery. find application in all types of dairy Block Grants Scheme.
processing and will inform many
As we near the end of our first three-year Applications for the grants were
future projects aimed at controlling
term, we are looking at improving the invited last year and project proposals
the structural and functional
way we foresee emerging issues and were assessed on the basis of their
properties of dairy products.
technologies and increasing the ways in potential to offer benefits in science
which we partner with our members in Assoc. Prof. Mikel Duke will lead and technology, commercial return
the delivery of innovative technologies. a team from Victoria University and improved industry and research
(including Dr Todor Vasiljevic capability.
Over the next few months we will be and Dr Peter Sanciolo) in a year-
rolling out our proposals to move to a The grant selections are underpinned
long investigation of membrane
more proactive communication plan. by the process requirements of
systems use in the preparation of
Key steps in this plan are: the Australian Competitive Grants
concentrated bacterial cultures.
• ‘Roadshows’ to deliver research This team will work closely with Dr
reports directly to members to Malcolm Broome and Dr Ian Powell of The next round of funding will
encourage better understanding Dairy Innovation Australia. be announced on the Dairy
of industry and company issues Innovation Australia’s website, www.
Mr Lech Wieczorek, Dr Burkhard
and provide opportunities for dairyinnovation.com.au.
Raguse and Dr Edith Chow, of CSIRO’s
improved direction of research Future Manufacturing Flagship, will For more information, contact Ian Powell
solutions. undertake an extensive review and on (03) 9974 8712
• ‘Research workshops’ to
encourage dialogue between Micrograph of
researchers, between members a dissolving
and between researchers and milk powder
We are pleased to announce the showing
appointment of the inaugural Dairy aggregated
Innovation Australia lecturer at casein
Monash University, Dr Peggy Chan. micelles.
We also interview our Vice Chair
Isabel MacNeill from Dairy Australia
and welcome new Board member,
Richard Wallace from Warrnambool
Cheese and Butter.
I am also pleased to welcome a
number of new staff and look
forward to their contributions.
Photo courtesy of Prof. Bhesh Bhandari, University of Queensland
Reduce your emissions
Dairy Innovation Australia is working with Energy and Thermal
Services (ETS) to help member companies reduce their energy
While all commercial and industrial sites have energy meters, most do
not have sub-meters to determine which areas of the factory use the
ETS has suggested the following ideas for isolating energy use:
• Measure the firing rate of the boilers by taking a signal from the
gas burner motor and relating this to flow.
• Start individual pieces of equipment and clock the main meter
when the plant is in shutdown.
Isolating energy flows will help reduce emissions.
• Use portable power meters or ammeters for individual switchboard
estimates (available to members at Dairy Innovation Australia).
• Measure the power loading of air and refrigeration compressors
and use manufacturers’ data to compare energy flow.
• Request profile history data from the
billing meter and compare it to
Dairy Innovation Australia is an active
participant in the industry-wide effort to
co-ordinate nutrition and health research.
In October, Dairy Innovation Australia
helped organise the “Healthy
Directions for Dairy” workshop, led
by Dairy Australia. Key speakers were
Clint Laurent, Global Demographics,
and Julien Mellentin, Nutrition
Business. They offered insights into
global consumer trends that will
affect the dairy industry.
A decision was also made to
Emerging separations technology continue working together in the
field of health and nutrition to help
stakeholder industry bodies such
More than 50 dairy industry as Dairy Australia, Dairy Innovation
representatives gathered in Werribee Discussions identified Australia, the Gardiner Foundation
for an interactive separations and evaluated emerging and government departments to:
workshop in March. The event was
sponsored by Dairy Innovation
separation technologies, with • co-ordinate actions with other
Australia and Food Science Australia. a focus to capitalise on new food industries;
The workshop discussed the
developments. • avoid duplication in research and
outcomes of projects sponsored by communication programs; and
the Gardiner Foundation and Dairy Highlights of the day were a summary • continuously monitor trends that
Innovation Australia, and carried of key separation technologies by require a co-ordinated response
out by researchers at Food Science Assoc. Prof. Jim Hourigan from the from the dairy industry.
Australia and the University of University of Western Sydney and
Western Sydney. It has been proposed that this effort
an evaluation of novel technologies be led by an industry council, with
The discussion revolved around by Dr Mary-Ann Augustin from Food more details to be announced in the
emerging separation technologies Science Australia. near future.
and ways in which the Australian
dairy industry could capitalise on For more information, contact Mike For more information, contact Barbara
them. Weeks on (03) 9974 8714 Meurer-Grimes on (03) 9974 8710
Science workshops develop research links
Representatives from research Delegates at the Werribee workshop
organisations and Dairy Innovation Workshops such as this are gained insights into the molecular
Australia’s member companies important to develop collaborations mechanisms governing heat stability
recently gathered in Werribee for a between different groups of industry of liquid milks, storage stability of
science workshop on dairy proteins. milk powders and response of dairy
products to ultrasonic processing.
The workshop reviewed six strategic
research projects within the Workshops such as this are important
Ingredients and Applications Portfolio. collaborative protein research to develop collaborations between
program. different groups of industry
The common theme was building an
understanding of structure-function The program involves experts stakeholders.
relationships of dairy proteins on in complementary areas such as It is Dairy Innovation Australia’s goal
processing and in dairy food and proteomics (University of Queensland), to continue to bring different protein
ingredient systems. x-ray reflectometry and neutron research together in a way that will
scattering (Australian National provide member companies with
The complexity of dairy protein University), emulsion science (Food
functionality is making it increasingly new opportunities to overcome
Science Australia), material science manufacturing constraints.
difficult for individual research and NMR spectroscopy (University
organisations to make significant of Queensland), sonochemistry For more information, contact Martin
progress in this field. (University of Melbourne) and colloid Palmer on (03) 9974 8702
In response, Dairy Innovation Australia chemistry and peptide folding
has funded a multidisciplinary (Monash University).
Sustainable dairy goes international
Elankovan Ponnampalam represented The objective of Prof. Nutter’s talk was Other pesentations included ‘green’
Dairy Innovation Australia at to determine emissions associated with marketing, sustainable packaging,
the International Dairy Foods the delivery of one gallon of milk (3.875 utility cost reduction and eco-
Association’s sustainability workshop litres) to US consumers. effective waste disposal.
in Dallas, US, in March.
His research showed that 80% of the Presentations are available to download
A highlight of the workshop was the milk’s ‘carbon footprint’ is generated from www.idfa.org/meetings/previous.
opening lecture by Prof. Darin Nutter of by crop and milk production, while cfm#sustainability2009.
the University of Arkansas, who asked milk processing and packaging
the question ‘What is Your Carbon contribute about 14%. For more information, contact Elankovan
Footprint and Why Should You Care?’ Ponnampalam on (03) 9974 8722
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Isabel MacNeill WA co-op joins
Western Australian dairy
manufacturer Challenge Australian
Commercial expertise on the Board Dairy is the latest member of Dairy
The company is owned by Challenge
One of the founding members of Dairy Innovation Australia’s board is Dairy Co-operative Ltd, whose
Isabel MacNeill, Dairy Australia’s group manager, Value Chain Innovation. farmer-shareholders make up nearly
The Value Chain group helps Australian manufacturers compete in the global half the dairy producers in WA.
market by adding value to products through process improvements. Challenge Australia’s CEO, Peter
Before joining Dairy Australia three years ago, Isabel worked at Fonterra Giddy, said the company was looking
Co-operative Group as technology platform leader in bioscience and nutrition forward to working with Dairy
and prior to that spent 10 years with the New Zealand Dairy Board. Innovation Australia.
A nutritionist by training, Isabel has worked in generic marketing, moving on to “The research program offered by
consumer business, corporate research and development and biotechnology. Dairy Innovation Australia brings
new opportunities for Challenge in
an increasingly competitive global
“I consider Dairy Innovation Australia to be market, “ he said.
an integral part of the bigger ‘dairy tapestry’. Dairy Innovation Australia’s CEO,
It has an important networking role.” Lesley MacLeod, said Challenge
Dairy will strengthen the
organisation’s national footprint.
Isabel brings to the Dairy Innovation Australia’s board a strong commercial It will also help Dairy Innovation
experience, a consumer-branded products perspective, a background in dairy Australia target its research projects in
nutrition and experience in R&D, technology management and innovation. food technology, health and nutrition,
microbiology and process engineering
“Dairy Innovation Australia is becoming more mature in understanding what it
in a way that benefits its commercial
can do and where it can make an impact,” Isabel said.
“We’ve been strongly focused on the outcomes for the industry – processing
Dairy Innovation Australia will help
efficiency, novel ingredients, increased capability.
Challenge Australia to fund research
“An organisation like this is difficult to bring together at first, but it’s really come and training activities in leading-
together with Dairy Innovation Australia. It hasn’t been easy times for the industry, edge dairy manufacturing.
so there’s a determination to make it work and make sure the industry stays
competitive in the global market. For more information on Dairy
Innovation Australia membership,
“I consider Dairy Innovation Australia to be an integral part of the bigger ‘dairy
contact Mark Fink on (03) 9974 8910
tapestry’. It has an important networking role, and I hope that over the next few
years it will continue building collaborations and seeking new opportunities for
member New staff join the team at Werribee
Brenda joined Dairy Innovation Australia
from the Pathcare lab in Geelong.
She has previously worked for the CSIRO
Australian Animal Health Laboratory,
where she was involved with exotic
mammalian disease diagnosis.
She was also part of the team sent by
the Australian Government to help
with the diagnosis of Foot and Mouth
disease in the UK.
Richard Wallace has joined the Dairy Jill Payne
Innovation Australia board. Technical Officer
Richard has worked at the For the past five years, Jill has worked
Warrnambool Cheese and Butter for at Fermex/Bakels Lesaffre, a large-
the past 12 years. scale producers of bakers yeast.
As General Manager of Operations, Her duties included sampling and
his responsibilities include the testing products, as part of quality
management of the company’s control, and some production.
manufacturing and transport Jill is looking forward to the challenge
facilities. of learning different production
Richard also sits on the Board techniques and extending her
of Directors for Great Ocean knowledge in micro quality control
Ingredients, a joint venture between testing.
Warrnambool Cheese and Butter
and Friesland Foods, a Dutch dairy Glen Smith
His other dairy industry experience
includes seven years at Bonlac Foods. Glen Smith has recently joined Dairy
Richard holds a Diploma in Dairy Innovation Australia’s quality control
Technology and a Masters of team.
Business Administration. Glen holds a BSc degree in
He grew up on a dairy farm at Microbiology from New Zealand’s
Nullawarre in Victoria’s south-west. Otago University.
Richard’s extensive knowledge of He has most recently worked at two
the dairy industry will underpin his food testing labs in North Melbourne.
contribution to the Dairy Innovation
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The scientific committee for
Functional Dairy Foods 2009.
Left to right: J. Bruce German, Peter
Roupas, Alice Cotter, John van Camp,
Hannu Korhonen, Barbara Meurer-
Grimes and Sandra Tuijtelaars. Koen
Dewettinck is not pictured.
The International Dairy Federation
and the Dairy Industry Association of
Image courtesy of the Dairy Industry Association of Australia.
Australia’s conference on Functional
Dairy Foods was held in Melbourne
Dairy expert shares his views on on 24-25 February 2009.
The conference brought together an
how milk benefits human health outstanding number of international
speakers. Its focus was on health
Prof. J. Bruce German from University of California Berkley in the US was a keynote and nutritional benefits of milk
speaker at the Functional Dairy Foods Conference in Melbourne in February. He and milk components, in particular
also spoke at a special seminar the day before the conference, sponsored in part biologically active peptides.
by Dairy Innovation Australia. Dairy Innovation Australia’s Barbara
Prof. German is a strong advocate of the benefits of milk and dairy products Meurer-Grimes was a member of the
and a widely published author in the field of genetics and the chemistry and conference’s scientific committee.
biochemistry of milk. Dairy Innovation Australia also
At the seminar, Prof. German outlined his integrated view of dairy science and sponsored a networking luncheon on
demonstrated how deeply it was embedded in life science. He stressed that milk the first day of the conference.
is nature’s product – produced by mammals to nurture the body and help the
The Dairy Health and Nutrition
development of the next generation.
Consortium, Dairy Innovation
Australia’s joint venture with the
Understanding how milk benefits human Gardiner Foundation, presented a
poster at the conference.
health is an important step towards a
Prior to the conference, Dairy
holistic understanding of human health. Innovation Australia invited
researchers from the dairy ingredient
company DSM and the Dutch
Prof. German talked about the need to understand how milk is digested and how research organisation NIZO to
milk components nurture the human body. discuss the prevention of lifestyle-
He challenged the definition of health only as the absence of disease, advocating related diseases through dairy-rich
prevention over treatment. Instead of reacting to diseases and dysfunctions with diets with the Dairy Health and
treatment, he proposed approaching health as a natural condition that needed to Nutrition Consortium.
be maintained. Several researchers from Deakin
Understanding how milk benefited human health was an important step towards University, who work closely
a holistic understanding of human health. with Dairy Innovation Australia,
attended the conference and
Prof. German emphasised that scientific results had to be translated into
commercial opportunities. Innovations only succeed when they find applications valued the introductions, lectures
in everyday life through manufacturing, processing and services. and networking opportunities it
This view is reflected in Dairy Innovation Australia’s efforts to turn new discoveries
and technologies into commercial opportunities for the Australian dairy For more information, contact Barbara
manufacturing industry. Meurer-Grimes on (03) 9974 8710
For more information, contact Barbara Meurer-Grimes on (03) 9974 8710
DAIRY INDUSTRY Students get a taste for dairy
May 5-7, 2009 Dairy Innovation Australia has run another successful summer Student
Vitafoods International, Flagship Vacation Program.
international exhibition for nutraceuticals The program ran for 13 weeks starting in December 2008 and allowed students
Geneva, Switzerland to gain valuable work experience while completing a project beneficial to their
May 6-9, 2009
3rd Asia Pacific Nutrigenomics Conference Six chemical engineering students were recruited from Melbourne University,
– Diet – Gene Interaction in Human Health Monash University and RMIT. One food technology student came from Ballarat
University and was supported by the Cultures Division staff at Dairy Innovation
The Sebel Albert Park Hotel, Melbourne, Vic
Three students went to Murray Goulburn, two to Fonterra, and one each to
May 13-14, 2009 Tatura and Bega.
ConTech Plus 2009, Confectionery
At the end of February, the students gave a formal presentation of their project
findings to their sponsor companies and Dairy Innovation Australia staff.
Melbourne, Vic Common themes this year were water reduction and energy savings.
May 12-16, 2009 Outcomes from this year’s projects included:
IDF Dairy Science and Technology Week
• mapping of a condensate system to identify opportunities for re-use,
through creation of a process and instrumentation diagram and a
May 15, 2009 comprehensive supervisor training manual;
Dairy Industry Association of Australia • optimisation and analysis of a packaging line, resulting in
(DIAA) Victorian Conference recommendations to minimise paper waste;
Hilton Hotel, Melbourne, Vic • identification of energy use and potential savings and opportunities,
including the design and costing of an energy recovery system; and
June 9-11, 2009
• energy mapping of an entire factory, breaking energy usage down into
International Scientific Conference on steam and electrical (refrigeration, compressed air) and completing a full
Nutraceuticals and Functional Foods 2009 energy inventory.
Ongoing industry support and the outstanding effort by the students ensured
July 13-16, 2009 the program was a great success.
42nd Annual AIFST Convention Interviews for the next Student Vacation Program are expected to be held in
Brisbane, Qld August, with identification of potential projects scheduled to begin in September.
July 21-24, 2009 For more information, contact Colin Jones on (03) 9974 8700
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