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Food Availability and Selection: Technological Developments in the Australian Food Industry

Year 11 2 Unit Food Technology

Finding Resources in Accessit

Here are some books that you may find useful during your studies.  Search the Bennies catalogue Accessit for more, or browse the Non-fiction collection NFS...

What's new in Food?

The WFM FOOD media brand comprises two bi-monthly magazines - What's New in Food Technology & Manufacturing (food processing, packaging and design) and Prepared Food (volume and ready meals). Each magazine is available in print and/or digital format, and each has an eNewsletter service to keep you up to date with the latest industry news, views and new products in between issues.


CSIRO- Genetic Modification

Our diverse food and farming research ranges from studying the make-up of our crops and animals to the methods and food processing technologies we develop to produce healthier, safer and more sustainable food.

NSW HSC Online


Food Safety- Transportation

When you are transporting food, you need to consider two main food safety issues: keeping the food protected from contamination and, if the food is potentially hazardous, keeping it cold (5°C or colder) or hot (60°C or hotter).

Veolia- Waste Management


The food and beverage industry of Australia and New Zealand is a major contributor to both commerce and employment, with a 26% share of Australia’s total manufacturing value. It is also known worldwide for continually providing the wider community with an enviable range of produce due to climatic differences across the continent.

NSW Food Authority


This video explores the impact of technology on food production and development of new and emerging foods. The content covers the changes in food products available and innovation in product development as result of consumer needs and expectations. Packaging will also be investigated as to its impact on food production and the environment.


This program presents 4 case studies of sustainable agriculture. * Whole form planning: inputs, outputs, erosion control, soil management, tree planting, water management, and salinity control. * Landcare: communities banding together. * Permaculture. * Inner city gardens.

You Tube

Adjacent to Cookabarra Restaurant and Function Centre you will find Tailor Made Fish Farm, a world leading Barramundi Farm and Hydoponic garden. For a great day out enjoy a tour of the Barramundi Farm and a meal at Cookabarra Restaurant.
Tailor Made Fish farm also provides and consulting and fish farming technology across the globe.


Costa meets a leading expert in the field of aquaponics and finds out how the system works. He also visits an inspiring woman who has gone to great lengths to conserve water.


This special looks at genetically modified food - will it help to feed the increasing number of hungry mouths into the future? Or is it a genetic time bomb threatening the health of crops, livestock and people? - GM Frankenfood or Famine Buster? - GM Sorting Wheat from Chaff.

Food Processing

Food Quality

Top 11 advancements in food safety and quality

By Jenni Spinner+, 23-Jun-2014- A veteran food scientist shares his views on the most important technological developments to hit the food safety and quality arena in recent decades.

Useful Links- Food Processing/Manufacturing

The Food Processing / Manufacturing sector is where the raw foods go to be processed.  This can be referred to as value-adding.  In general, the value-adding is done, the greater the profit to be made.  For example; wheat grains can be processed into flour which then can be processed into bread.  Examples of companies involved in the food processing/manufacture sector include SPC Ardmona SaraLee and Cadbury chocolates. 

Useful Links Food Service/Catering

The Food Service and Catering sector is where food is prepared and served to consumers.  It includes cafes, restaurants, hospital canteens, airline catering companies etc.  Examples of companies involved in the food service and catering sector include McDonalds, Qantas Catering and Aria Restaurant (external website).

Useful Links- Agriculture and Fisheries

The Agriculture and Fisheries sector is where all the raw ingredients for food products are grown and/or harvested.  For example; eggs from poultry farms, beef cattle from beef farms, fish from the ocean or from an aquaculture farm and wheat from a wheat farm Cage Eggs or Free Range

What is organic farming?

Australian Government Department of Industry and Science

Food manufacturing in Australia is an important part of the Australian economy. The industry makes a significant contribution to the economies of regional areas through employment, business and service opportunities

Useful Links- Retail Sector

The Food Retail sector is where the processed food products are sold to consumers.  The number of companies involved in this sector is quite extensive – virtually any business that sells a processed food product.  This includes 7 –Elevens, petrol stations, railway kiosks, cinema candy bars, as well as larger stores such as Woolworths, Coles and IGAs. 

Food Industry- Research and Development