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FCI provides consultancy and specialised information services in topics relevant to industries and organisations working in agriculture, refrigeration, food technology, innovation and food safety and quality.


Technical Intelligence reports

  • Opportunities and challenges faced with emerging technologies in the Australian vegetable industry (Technology Platform 1: Supply Chain and Logistics). Horticulture Australia.
    Technology Platform 2: Adaptation and Mitigation Technologies. Horticulture Australia.
    Technology Platform 3: Quality and Safety. Horticulture Australia.
    Technology Platform 4: Product Value Addition. Horticulture Australia.
    Technology Platform 5: Production and Harvest. Horticulture Australia.
  • Best practice food distribution systems to minimise greenhouse gas emissions.Victorian Eco-Innovation Lab.
  • Using low-grade and processed by-products from pome and citrus fruits for bioactive extraction. Horticulture Australia.
  • Market analysis and marketing information. Gel Ice Company Pty Ltd.
  • Analysis of value chain hurdles and entry restrictions in the meat industries for the production of chondroitin sulphate.
  • Hypobaric Storage in Domestic Refrigerators.
  • Market analysis for energy savings in the cold chain.
  • Technology Roadmap for Domestic Refrigerators

Risk/heat transfer modelling

  • Quantitative Risk Analysis for Vibrio Parahaemolyticus and Total Viable Counts in the cold chain of live oysters. University of Tasmania.
  • Analysis of Transport and Distribution of Perishable Horticulture from Farm to Consumer in Queensland. CSIRO.
  • Simulation of pallet and product cooling/freezing.
  • Simulation of heat loads in refrigerated cold storage.
  • Climatic Data for Maritime Shipping Routes.
  • Effect of storage temperature on the quality of fruit and vegetables.
Performance evaluation of refrigerated equipment and time-temperature indicators
  • Development of thermography-based methods to test the insulation effectivenness of refrigerated equipment.Thermoview.
  • Validation of SMART‐TRACE™ tags and other time-temperature indicators. Ceebron Pty Limited.
  • Mapping of temperature variability for refrigerated trucks and airfreight systems.
  • Testing of new designs for insulated containers for air, road and sea transport of perishables.
  • Efficiency of insulation in refrigerated equipment.
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    Value Proposition

      Who Can Benefit   Case study

    Customized competitive technical intelligence reports


    FCI is actively involved in national and international scientific and industrial organisations. We are reviewers in renowned scientific journals and we meet with prominent researchers in food science, refrigeration engineering and supply chain technologies in international congresses and forums. Through these activities, we have unique insights on how research and innovation are transforming  the food industry. These insights are captured in technical reports that answer questions such as:

    • How can disruptive and emerging technologies in the food supply chain affect your business?

    • How can technological innovations help improving supply chain efficiencies?

    •  What is the level of technological activity of your competitors/ collaborators/ suppliers?

    • What valuable intellectual property is being held in your supply chain practices, and how you can protect its value through IP strategies such as patenting, trade secret or the "early adopter" advantage?

    • How can you integrate innovation as a part of your business strategy?

    • R&D providers

    • Growers and producers, abattoirs, packing houses

    • Food and equipment manufacturers

    • Food exporters

    • Refrigerated storage and transport, public refrigerated warehouses and third party logistics

    • Convenience, fast food chains, supermarkets, warehouse

    • Financial sector (insurance, joint venture capitalists, business angels)


    (a) A market analysis for energy saving strategies in the cold chain.

    (b) An analysis of the supply chain issues in the Australian mango industry.

    (c) A report on the opportunities of producing high value pharmaceutical compounds from meat waste. 

    Consultancy and project management of cold chain projects. Examples include:

    • Benchmarking of current supply chain practices with a view to maximise the shelf life and safety of perishables.

    • Technical feasibility of innovative technologies in the management of cold chains.

    • Development of business cases for improvements in cold chain technology.




    Using our 16 years of experience, we can:

    • Provide advise on optimum transport and storage conditions during distribution.

    • Investigate cold chain damages in perishable products.

    • Calculate freezing and chilling process parameters for sizing or selecting refrigeration equipment.

    • Develop robust and scientifically-based validation plans for refrigerated equipment, which can be integrated as a part of your Quality Assurance Systems

    • Suggest potential solutions to problematic equipment or operations.
    As above
      Spoilage risks for perishables delivered in electronic retail-style operations.

    Advice on current regulations for the safe handling and distribution of perishables  

    Through our contact with regulatory agencies in Australia and overseas, we can:

    • Provide advise on temperature limits required for the transport and distribution of foods, in Australia and overseas

    • Provide advise on national standards (AS 4982-2003, AS3711.5-2000) and international standards (European ATP, US ARI Std 1110 2001, ISO 1496-2:1996) for refrigerated transport equipment.

    As above
      Performance-based validation of refrigerated equipment.

    Assessment of environmental footprints of food supply chains  

    A carbon footprint is the total amount of carbon dioxide (CO2) and other greenhouse gases, emitted over the full life cycle of a process or product. It is normally expressed as the kilograms of CO2 equivalents

    Carbon footprinting requires the use of life cycle analysis to assess the inputs (e.g. materials and energetic resources) and outputs (i.e. methane, nitrous oxide, kg CO2 –e), from "cradle to grave". Therefore, carbon footprinting is closely linked to the mapping of supply chains.

    As above
      Development of environmental footprints of food supply chains


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