Defence shares freeze-dried food knowledge with Tasmanian industry

Release details

Release type

Related ministers and contacts

The Hon Melissa Price MP

Minister for Defence Industry

Minister for Science and Technology

Bridget Archer MP

Member for Bass

Media contacts

Ben Spencer (Minister Price’s office): +61 412 754 310
Lucy Mercier (Mrs Archer’s Office): +61 438 801 732
Defence Media:

Release content

4 November 2020

Joint media release:

  • Member for Bass, Bridget Archer MP

Defence is partnering with a Tasmanian company that specialises in the production of freeze-dried foods to support growth in food innovation and production.  

Forager Foods has been given access to a Defence facility in Scottsdale, north-east of Launceston, to develop options that would see Defence skills and knowledge for freeze-dried meal production shared with industry.

Minister for Defence Industry Melissa Price said the partnership demonstrated the versatility of Australian defence industry and its ability to continually improve and grow local capabilities.

“The food production can be for the commercial market, as well as potentially offering products that meet Defence specifications through its combat rations prime vendor Prepack Limited,” Minister Price said.

Federal Member for Bass, Bridget Archer MP, said it was understood Forager Foods would employ a small number of local production workers.

“This partnership is a great example of collaboration between Government and private sector. It will likely increase Australian domestic capability to produce freeze-dried ration components, while simultaneously supporting the growth and innovation of Tasmanian industry,” Mrs Archer said.  

Defence has continued to invest in its Scottsdale facility, with the acquisition of a Microwave Assisted Thermal Sterilisation (MATS) machine for research into shelf-stable, high-quality, ready-to-eat meals.

The MATS machine acquisition was made possible through partnerships with the University of Tasmania and CSIRO under the Centre for Food Innovation (CFI) partnership arrangement.

Other related releases