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Established in 1987, Flavourtech is a global technology manufacturer, headquartered in Australia, specialising in aroma recovery, extraction and evaporation solutions for the food, beverage and pharmaceutical industries.  

Our original quest to develop a processing solution to remove sulphur from grape juice in the wine making process, has revolutionised the taste, smell and quality of the products consumers around the world eat, drink and use to improve their health on a daily basis.

set of wineThe versatility of our flagship product, the Spinning Cone Column (SCC) was quickly realised with its use spreading to the recovery of aroma and removal of alcohol to produce low and zero alcohol wines. This success was soon replicated in the coffee industry where the unique capabilities of the SCC were again demonstrated. The rest, as they say, is history!

More than 90 SCC units are now used in the global coffee industry, with further applications and success also being achieved in other industries, including fruit and vegetables, dairy and pharmaceutical. Today we export to more than 60 countries around the world, serviced by our global network of offices, distributors and agents.

Our technology is like nothing else on the market. The SCC captures aromas and flavours at a lower temperature and with shorter residence times than standard extraction technologies. This gentle process produces a much higher quality product than others on the market and ensures that the natural aroma and active ingredients of the raw material are retained. Flexible in application, the technology can be used to capture desired – or remove undesired – flavours and aromas.

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In 2001, we expanded our offering with the addition of the Centritherm® evaporator technology, purchased from Tetra Pak. This thin-film evaporation technology also uses short time/low temperature processing thus complementing the gentle processing philosophies of the SCC. With a product contact time of only one second on the heated surface, the Centritherm evaporator is particularly suited to concentrating high value, viscous and heat sensitive products. The technology has been successfully implemented in conjunction with the SCC for the production of ‘Ready to Drink’ tea and coffee in both North America, Europe and Asia.

Our unique technologies have been proven to deliver significant returns on investment through the recovery of superior flavours, extracts and concentrates, along with maintaining the natural characteristics of the raw material. Coupled with increased throughput and automation through the integration of our technologies into a continuous processing system, we deliver enhanced operational and processing efficiencies, and a distinct competitive advantage. This benefits our customers by enabling them to differentiate their products and allowing their business to grow.

Flavourtech’s first mobile SCC pilot plant circa 1980s (left) and their new Australian pilot plant which opened in 2016 (right).

Our Team

With an unwavering focus on innovation, quality and client service we employ the most highly skilled engineers, technicians and support staff backed by our global network of agents and distributors. They are led by our skilled and talented management team.

Vivian Chater

CEO, Griffith (Australia)

Viv joined the Flavourtech team in 2016, bringing over 25 years’ experience in manufacturing and supply chain operations across the pharmaceutical, FMCG, electronics, HVAC and automotive industries.

His specialist knowledge of sustainable business strategies combined with his previous track record in senior managerial roles, makes Viv the ideal General Manager to drive the continued growth of Flavourtech.

Flavourtech has a unique product offering – it’s not a “one size fits all” but a customised solution for each customer. It’s this personal experience that differentiates us from our competitors and enables our clients to excel in their markets.”

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Vanessa Clark

Senior Project Manager, Griffith (Australia)

With 22 years’ engineering and project management experience, Vanessa is well placed to manage Flavourtech’s complex client projects from conception through to completion.

Vanessa is responsible for overseeing all Flavourtech projects from preparing quotations, to coordinating the design, procurement and fabrication phases, overseeing delivery and arranging installation and commissioning.

“I love that in my role at Flavourtech I get to combine my engineering and management skills with a regionally based company that exports world-class equipment to every corner of the globe. And you can’t beat the buzz of being part of a dynamic team of engineers and designers.”

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Leon Skaliotis

Sales and Marketing Director, Griffith (Australia)

With a natural desire to assist food and beverage processing, Leon saw the potential of Flavourtech’s technologies to help companies around the world in producing higher quality products.

With a Masters of Business Administration and many years of sales experience behind him, Leon has the technical knowledge and business acumen to understand what will drive growth and value for clients across food, beverage and pharmaceutical industries.

Leon manages Flavourtech’s global sales team, agents and distributors, along with coordinating the company’s international exhibition and conference program, media and marketing programs.

“Every day brings a new stand out achievement. Whether it’s seeing customers who rely only on Flavourtech technologies continue to grow and prosper, or having a piece of our equipment become a standard part of the process at a large multinational, every achievement confirms our technologies really are driving revenue growth and improving product quality for our clients.”

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Phil Riley

Director of Global Customer Solutions/Company Director of Flavourtech Europe Ltd, Reading (United Kingdom)

Phil joined Flavourtech in 1995 and spent his first 10 years growing the company’s European footprint.

In addition to managing client relationships, he has been instrumental in building Flavourtech’s strategic partnership with Reading University. His current role involves supporting customers and Flavourtech sales staff globally through the transference of his application knowledge.

Prior to joining Flavourtech, Phil was employed as a Process Development Manager at a leading UK cider company. With a unique understanding of consumer needs, Phil partners with clients to develop custom-made solutions for required products.

“Being part of the team that has developed and commercialised various innovative applications for the coffee and tea industries has certainly been a career highlight for me.”

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Sandro Beltrame

After Sales Service Manager, Griffith (Australia)

Sandro joined Flavourtech in 2004 and is responsible for managing the company’s After Sales Service and Parts division. Prior to joining Flavourtech, Sandro was a service manager at one of the Riverina’s

largest automotive dealerships.

Sandro has been instrumental in growing the Flavourtech service team and supporting an ever increasing global client base.

“What I enjoy most about my job is the great people I get to meet every day. Our technologies are shipped to more than 60 countries around the world. This is something I am very proud to be part of.”

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Brian Davoren

Technical Director, Griffith (Australia)

Brian leads Flavourtech’s engineering team that is responsible for designing tailored technologies for clients, along with factory testing and onsite commissioning. He also provides

technical, process and engineering support to clients and collaborates on R&D projects with leading international researchers. 

A qualified electrical engineer, Brian has more than 27 years’ industry experience and an absolute passion for his profession.

“Flavourtech offers a real challenge for an engineer with the opportunity to work across multiple disciplines in multiple locations. A key career highlight for me was a project I was involved in which included the end-to-end development of a complete plant for the production of coffee aroma and concentrate commissioned by a client in Japan.”

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Ralph Galluzzo

Production Manager, Griffith (Australia)

Ralph has more than 25 years’ industry experience in drafting and fabrication. He joined Flavourtech in 1999 and is responsible for overseeing the drafting and fabrication of the company’s

technologies.

Ralph has been instrumental in Flavourtech’s adoption of new technologies to assist in the development of equipment, including the introduction of Inventor 3D CAD – an engineering software design program that helps clients visualise the equipment during the design phase.

“Flavourtech is a challenging and satisfying place to work. We develop technology solutions for such a diverse client base around the world – from the food and beverage industry right through to pharmaceuticals.”

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Paul Smith

Finance and Administration Manager, Griffith (Australia)

Paul joined Flavourtech in 2003 as Finance and Administration Manager. Prior to joining Flavourtech, Paul held various senior positions including Executive Manager Business Banking at

the Commonwealth Bank of Australia’s Griffith Branch.

Paul is responsible for managing a dynamic team that ensures the financial wellbeing of Flavourtech.

“Flavourtech’s innovative technologies drew me to the company. That, and the fact that it’s a locally owned business supporting food based processing technology using natural techniques. Our 2014 Premier’s Export Award win reinforces our unique project offering and the talented team behind our technologies.”

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Daniel De Rossi

Field Service Manager, Griffith (Australia)

Daniel is a qualified mechanical engineer and joined Flavourtech’s Field Service in 2010, bringing more than 17 years’ industry experience to the team. Daniel oversees the mechanical assembly

of Flavourtech’s technologies as well as coordinating and conducting global customer visits for the maintenance and installation of all equipment.

“Flavourtech offers a unique employment opportunity for a business located in regional Australia. The company is revolutionising food and beverage processing on a global scale – all from the Riverina! I feel privileged to work with such smart and talented individuals who never rest on their laurels.”

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Andrew Menegazzo

Electrical and Customer Support Manager, Griffith (Australia)

Andrew joined Flavourtech in 2000 and leads the company’s Electrical team and 24/7 International Customer Support Centre. A smart operator, Andrew is responsible for

overseeing the design, manufacture and commissioning of electrical switchboards and field cabling on Flavourtech’s technologies, as well as overseeing the day-to-day operations of the Support Centre.

Andrew is a qualified electrical mechanic, completing his apprenticeship with the company in 2004.

“Flavourtech is a great place to work. It’s collaborative, there is no shortage of challenging projects and the company really invests in its staff. Starting out as an apprentice, I have moved through the ranks to my current position, which sees me managing two key departments.”

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Our Network

Flavourtech has an extensive industry network collaborating with leading industry experts and research partners. This includes strategic partnerships with the CSIRO, Deakin University and the University of New South Wales in Australia, and Reading University in the United Kingdom.

Committed to new technologies, quality and client service we employ the most highly skilled engineers, technicians and support staff backed by our global network of agents and distributors. This allows us to provide our clients with outstanding service and support.

Accreditations

At Flavourtech, we ensure all our systems and processes meet Australian standards and requirements.

Flavourtech is accredited under the Australian Wood Packaging Certification Scheme. In recognition of the plant health risk associated with wood packaging, the International Plant Protection Convention (IPPC) has adopted a wood packaging standard: International Standards for Phytosanitary Measures – Guidelines for Regulating Wood Packaging in International Trade (ISPM 15). This standard aims to significantly lessen the risk of unprocessed raw wood being used as a pathway for the introduction and the spread of most quarantine pests and diseases through international trade. This accreditation allows us to export wood packaging such as pallets, dunnage, crating, packing blocks, drums, cases, spools bulk heads, load boards, pallet collars, and skids used in the transport of commodities during export, which are often made from unprocessed raw wood.

Our accreditation is maintained and audited biannually by third party auditor BSI.

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