The Australian Institute of Food Science and Technology (AIFST) has announced the winners of their merit and innovation awards ahead of the 46th Annual AIFST Convention.
Professor Ian Brown was awarded the Keith Farrer Award of Merit which acknowledges achievement in food science and technology.
Brown, CEO and managing director of Australian company, Clover Corporation, has been successful in commercialising key food and nutritional ingredients including the world’s first commercial source of resistant starch Hi-Maize®.
“It is unique in the food sector to see an individual that holds full-time senior industry positions with such an impressive scientific record of published papers, book chapters and keynote presentations,” said Jo Davey, President of the AIFST.
The Food Industry Innovation Award was received by Australian Functional Ingredients Pty Ltd for the development of a natural antimicrobial, Herbal-Active®.
Herbal-Active® is an innovative ingredient sanitiser comprising of essential oils and extracts from culinary herbs. The product has the ability to extend the shelf life of fresh produce, reduce the need for fungicides post-harvest, sanitise fruits and vegetables prior to juicing and replace chemical sanitisers in washes for hands, surfaces and equipments.
“We applaud Australian Functional Ingredients on this true innovation that has such wide-ranging food industry application. Herbal-Active® has the ability to also assist with many food security goals by reducing food waste, by extending the shelf life of fresh and manufactured products and increasing food safety – a great asset to our industry,” said Jo Davey.
The 46th annual AIFST Convention with take place in Brisbane from 14th -16th July 2013.