Testing and developing food and beverage products

Queensland businesses that design and manufacture food and beverages can use the Queensland Government's 'food zone' to develop and test new products.

Part of the Queensland Government's state-of-the-art Health and Food Sciences Precinct at Coopers Plains, the food zone is a single location for small-scale production, initial development, reformulation and consumer testing of food and beverage products. Facilities include:

  • 1,400 square metres of Safe Food Production Queensland (SFPQ) and Department of Agriculture and Fisheries' accredited food research and processing area
  • a food pilot plant
  • a food technology laboratory
  • a sensory and consumer testing facility.

Food zone staff regularly work with small and medium-sized manufacturing business, industry associations and other research organisations to:

  • develop product prototypes
  • reformulate products
  • understand and test the market for food and beverage products
  • optimise processing protocols, including post-harvest handling, storage conditions, packaging and production of value-added products.

This guide provides an overview of the Queensland Government's food zone, including facilities available to food and beverage manufacturers.


Small business hotline: 1300 654 687

General enquiries: 13 QGOV (13 74 68)