CSIRO toasts drinks award wins

Innovative Australian fruit juices developed in conjunction with the CSIRO have won awards at the Beverage Innovation Awards in Germany overnight. The Beverage Awards are for non-alcoholic drinks.

Preshafood Ltd, formerly Donny Boy Fresh Food Company, has taken out first prize in the “Best new juice or juice drink” category plus the overall prize of “Best new concept” across all 24 categories. They were also a finalist in the “Best newcomer brand or business” category.

CSIRO says innovative technology developed these juices: high pressure processing (HPP). HPP uses pressures of about 6000 times the average air pressure at sea level to pasteurise food products.

“The unique benefits of HPP are that it kills microbes such as yeasts, moulds and bacteria, and extends the shelf-life of chilled perishable products without adversely affecting the food’s freshness, flavour, colour, texture and nutritional value,” CSIRO Business Development Manager, Lloyd Simons says.

“Normally processors would have to use preservatives or heat the product and this inevitably changes the taste and destroys some nutrients.

“It is exciting and rewarding to see our extensive research effort result in products on supermarket shelves nationally.”

Preshafood’s Managing Director, Andrew Gibb, says CSIRO’s involvement was essential to his company’s start-up.

“Our company began life at CSIRO. We undertook all trials and first commercial production of our Preshafruit juices and fruits in their food processing facility,” Mr Gibb says.

“We are proud of our relationship with them and pleased to have Dr Lyndon Kurth of CSIRO alongside us here in Munich.”