Firstly, thank you. Without your support and interest, this
initiative would not have progressed this far. Whilst the site is
still in development, it is live and fully functional. You are welcome
to fire as many questions as you can to help test the platform. We
refer to this stage of the project as the “learning launch” (or
"incubation phase” using the start-up jargon that is becoming
more popular in the food sector). Regardless of the term, this is an
important for testing and collecting feedback to improve the platform.
During this phase access to the network and expert insights is free.
So take advantage of this now as we are planning to introduce the
payment for services soon. Please ask a question that you might have
regarding a product or ingredient.
What are the costs involved?
At this stage of development, fees for service are still being
finalised. We know from our conversations with the industry that
access to knowledge and experience is hard to get, so we work hard to
source the right people with the right expertise to help you solve
your food manufacturing challenges with more confidence. Building
Healthier Foods is intended to be an asset to your business, and so,
to remain available for the long-term we need to cover the associated
costs for the platform and the expertise. It is worth noting that the
organisation that runs the site (Food Innovation Australia Limited) is
a not-for-profit organisation. Government funding will help to
subsidise use and access, where possible. Our ongoing focus is simple,
to ensure that the value of this service delivered outweighs the costs
Partnering with VicHealth to help salt reduction; an example of
funding support via the BHF site
At the learning launch of the BHF, we announced the partnership
between Food Innovation Australia and VicHelath to provide fund to
reduce salt in foods in Victoria. Based on user feedback, we’ve
simplified the application process for these grants. This includes
providing expert support to prepare a project plan, and to find the
right people to help complete an application. For more information
about the grants here's
a document that explains everything. For registered
members, the easiest way to access support is to use the Ask
feature within BHF and simply express your interest in applying for a grant.
Please feel free to make contact via email or submit feedback via the
BHF site. We need your insights to help to develop and improve the BHF
site so it best meets your needs.
Angus Crossan is currently the Leader of The FIAL Matrix and
Innovation Manager at Food Innovation Australia Limited. The FIAL
Matrix is a new collaborative portal system supporting innovation in
agri-food businesses in Australia. Angus is also an experienced
start-up venture builder, innovation trainer, and investor in
agri-food research and innovation.