Monday 24 May 2010

Australian Innovation in the Italian cheese market

Australian Innovation in the Italian cheese market

La Casa Del Formaggio, a South Australian owned and operated family business, has embraced science to develop a new range of premium quality Italian style cheese products.�



The company continues to expand its product range and through the Australian Institute for Commercialisation (AIC) , recently accessed the Australian Government�s Enterprise Connect Researcher in Business (RIB) Program to assist it in this objective.



The RiB program provides up to $50,000 to small and medium size businesses to help cover the costs of accessing a researcher to assist them develop and commercialise new processes, products and services.


La Casa Del Formaggio worked with the Australian Institute for Commercialisation to structure a new product development project with scientists from the South Australian Research and Development Institute (SARDI), part of the South Australian Food Centre.


La Casa Del Formaggio engaged SARDI�s Dr Andrew Barber to help develop several new product lines including a new bruschetta kit product.



The South Australian Food Centre was able to assist with sensory evaluation trials and the development of the technical specifications for the products. The new range of pre-packaged bruschetta products utilises the company�s famous bocconcini cheese, comprising two tubs packaged together offering, cherry boccincini with a salsa sauce. All that�s needed is to add fresh bread for a gourmet bruschetta!


�The assistance provided through the Researchers in Business program has been of great value to La Casa Del Formaggio. The structured product development is improving our understanding of the costs and yields of the new products and is contributing to other aspects of the development, including chemical and microbiological analyses and sensory evaluation� said Claude Cicchiello of La Casa Del Formaggio.


South Australian Food Centre scientist Andrew Barber commented �It�s really exciting to develop new product lines and it�s fantastic seeing the product hit the supermarket shelves. The program is a great opportunity for researchers to add value in a business setting. The AIC�s assistance to access the Researcher in Business program enabled me to spend significant time onsite with the business and paves the way for fast tracking the new product development into the market. We now have a second researcher onsite and think SARDI�s relationship with La Casa Del Formaggio will expand its success�.

Dr Andrew Barber, Scientist, South Australian Food Centre


About the Australian Institute for Commercialisation (AIC):
The AIC is a leading service organisation helping innovators achieve commercial success. Around Australia we help business, research organisations and governments convert their ideas into successful outcomes.


Media Contact:
Rowan Gilmore, Chief Executive Officer of the Australian Institute for Commercialisation� +61 7 3853 5225
















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