MATS enables food companies to create shelf stable (no refrigeration required) packaged food products that are

  • healthy

  • nutritious,

  • additive-free, and

  • extremely high quality.

With MATS as a technology enabler, Australia is extremely well positioned to be a leader in the future of food, with massive potential benefit to Australian consumers, food companies, manufacturing and agricultural industries, job market, as well as humanitarian programs.


Australia has been proactive and visionary in paving the way to global systemic change in the food industry, exemplified by the Defence Science and Technology (DST) and University of Tasmania investment in pilot scale MATS capability at the DST facility in Scottsdale, Tasmania. Through diligent testing and food development efforts over the past 24 months, this facility has been forging new breakthroughs in nutritious shelf stable packaged food.


The Stable Food Group brings together a very experienced team along with a ‘project ready’ facility in Northern Tasmania.

THE OPPORTUNITY

This Stable Food Group factory model and associated reference architecture can be repeated in multiple food bowl regions throughout Australia, the AsiaPac region, and across the globe. There are multiple beneficiaries from this approach:

  • Australian agriculture and food industries will benefit from expanded domestic and export markets for value added agricultural export GDP  – particularly to significant Asia Pacific markets. Refrigeration and shelf life will no longer be a limiting factor for food export across the globe.

  • Australian higher education and research institutions will be at the forefront of cutting-edge research and training

  • Australian equipment and industrial control system manufacturers will benefit from an increased demand for smart MATS equipment domestically, and being part of the Future Food Factory reference architecture that will create demand for equipment to augment MATS-based food plants globally

  • Defence, remote feeding, humanitarian aid and disaster relief agencies will benefit through the increased availability of locally-produced,  clean, safe, high quality, highly nutritious, shelf-stable food. Replicating the Stable Food Group factory model in areas of humanitarian need could  also provide a sustainable source of aid, leveraging local labour and agriculture to supply local need

  • Australian workers will benefit from additional jobs in equipment manufacturing and in food production

  • Australian consumers will benefit from access to a wide variety of clean label, healthy, nutritious, affordable, convenient, high quality food options

  • Australian food producers will benefit from increased private
    sector investment by
    1. Australian food companies including, for example, JBS Australia, SPC Ardmona, Simplot Australia, Nestle, Unilever, McCains, Compass Group (some already MATS aware),
    2. large grocery retailer private labels Coles and Woolworths and

    3. direct to consumer channels.

MICROWAVE ASSISTED THERMAL STERILISATION (MATS)