Predictive Analytics for Next Gen plant-based Ingredient Innovations

May 4th, 2023

Imagine a world where Australian crop commodities are transformed into high-value, tailored ingredient products with precise techno-functional properties that meet the unique needs of the consumer-packaged goods industry.

We, at CSIRO, are working towards making this vision a reality by harnessing the power of predictive analytics. Our aim is to drive the growth of the Australian economy by advancing plant-based ingredient innovations and delivering exceptional value to consumers.

Creating an Advanced Platform for Ingredient Customisation

Our primary goal is to develop a state-of-the-art platform powered by predictive analytics that can identify and select plant seeds capable of producing high-value ingredients with desired techno-functionalities, regardless of the crop type. By leveraging data-driven insights, we will analyse extensive information such as molecular structures, ingredient properties, production zones, and manufacturing processes. This analysis will enable us to predict and customise the properties of plant-based ingredients, driving innovation in the food industry.

Empowering Researchers and Companies with AI-Driven Recommendations

With AI as our backbone, our platform will provide accurate predictions and recommendations for seed biochemicals and processes that are most likely to result in the desired sensory qualities and performance of food products. This valuable tool will empower researchers and companies by offering informed insights and recommendations, facilitating the creation of ingredients and products that meet consumer demands. Moreover, our platform will analyse existing seed collections to identify potential sources of the desired biochemicals, simplifying the search for suitable ingredients and expediting the innovation process.

Revolutionising Ingredient Sourcing and Ensuring Consistency

By integrating our platform’s predictive analytics, we will revolutionise ingredient sourcing, optimising consistency, and raising the bar for ingredient innovation. One crucial outcome of our platform is the ability to identify the optimal crop production zones in a particular year, minimising fluctuations in seed quality. Through strategic selection of the most suitable regions, we will uphold consistent ingredient quality and properties over the years, guaranteeing a dependable supply chain and delivering ingredients of unmatched excellence.

Accelerating Ingredient Investigation for Product Development

Our project aims to accelerate the investigation of ingredients for pioneering product development and ingredient substitution in food formulation. Traditionally, ingredient innovation relied on arduous trial and error processes, resulting in lengthy and expensive iterations. However, by incorporating predictive analytics, our objective is to swiftly evaluate and simulate diverse ingredient formulations, pinpointing promising seed varieties from germplasm collections that hold the potential to deliver the desired techno-functionality. This approach is expected to dramatically diminish the time and resources needed for product development.

Merging AI Technology with Plant-Based Ingredient Innovation

The development of our cutting-edge platform represents an exciting opportunity to merge AI technology with plant-based ingredient innovation. By enhancing the efficiency and precision of ingredient development, our platform will enable the creation of innovative and appealing food products with high-quality ingredients. Through this transformative tool, we envision a significant impact on the growth and competitiveness of the CPG industry.

Navigating Challenges and Seeking Partnerships

Developing an advanced platform for ingredient customisation comes with its fair share of challenges. We understand the complexities involved in harnessing predictive analytics and data-driven insights to drive innovation in the food industry. However, we are committed to overcoming these challenges through collaboration and partnerships.

If you share our vision and are passionate about driving ingredient innovation, we invite you to contact and partner with us. Together, we can revolutionise the food industry, create sustainable solutions, and shape a future where customised ingredients are the norm.

Addressing Ethical Considerations in Predictive Analytics and Ingredient Innovation

While predictive analytics offers remarkable opportunities for next-generation plant-based ingredient innovation, we also recognise the importance of addressing ethical considerations. At CSIRO, we are committed to ensuring data privacy and the responsible use of genetic information and resources. Striking a balance between technological advancements and ethical principles is crucial for shaping a future where predictive analytics genuinely benefits consumers and the planet.

Future Vision

In summary, the development of our predictive analytics platform holds immense potential for the future of ingredient innovation. By seamlessly integrating AI, harnessing data-driven insights, and fostering collaboration, researchers and companies are empowered to create customised protein products, optimise supply chains, and meet the diverse needs of consumers. As we continue to unlock the full capabilities of our platform, we can envision a world where plant-based products are not only sustainable but also tailored to individual preferences and dietary requirements. The central focus of our project lies in the advancement of this cutting-edge platform, which will play a pivotal role in driving innovation and shaping the trajectory of ingredient development.


Dr Xavier Sirault

Science Leader

  • Dr. Sirault is a Science leader in CSIRO Ag&Food, where he spearheads research aligned with the CSIRO Future Protein Mission. His primary focus is on developing an AI/ML infrastructure that drives innovation in the plant-based protein ingredient market. By harnessing cutting-edge technologies, such as artificial intelligence, robotics, and data-driven platforms, he aims to create novel ingredients and solutions that cater to the increasing demand for sustainable and high-quality plant-based products both in Australia and globally.
  • LocationSynergy Building, Black Mountain Science and Innovation Park
  • AddressCanberra ACT Australia


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