Food and Feed Extrusion Technology – Werribee, Australia

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Date(s) - 18 Aug 2014 until 20 Aug 2014
8:30 AM - 5:00 PM

CSIRO Food & Nutrition Flagship


CSIRO LogoThis short course is presented by FoodStream in conjunction with CSIRO Food & Nutrition Flagship.

We appreciate support provided by Sandvik Process Systems


Course information can also be downloaded as a pdf.

We appreciate support/sponsorship from companies involved in providing equipment and services relevant to extrusion.  For further information download Sponsorship Information.

This course covers the principles of extrusion, the design of extrusion processes, and the formulation of extruded products. Principles learned will be demonstrated using the twin screw extruder in the CSIRO facility.

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The program is relevant to the production of all types of extruded products – eg expanded snacks, breakfast cereals, pastas and third generation snack pellets, pet foods and aquafeeds. The course is relevant to both single and twin screw extrusion technology.

The course will cover topics from the basics of extruders and their configuration, through what is happening chemically and physically inside the extruder barrel, to an understanding of extruder dies and extruder instability.

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Monday to Wednesday 18 to 20 August 2014

Tea/coffee will be available from 8:00 am on the first day, ready for the program to start at 8:30 am. Presentations will conclude by 4:30 pm on the final day.


CSIRO Food & Nutrition Flagship, 671 Sneydes Road, Werribee.  VIC  3030

Registration Fee:

$1750 plus GST.  Includes handout notes directly related to the presentations, lunches, and morning and afternoon teas.

  •  A 10% discount applies for three or more course registrations received together from the same company.

More detailed notes on extrusion processing are available as a bound volume at an additional cost of $160 + GST per copy (can also be ordered at the course).

Registrations close 8 August 2014 (to allow sufficient time for the printing of course notes).

To register use the booking form below.

On receipt of your enrolment form, an invoice will be issued, with payment required prior to the course.

Course Presenters:

The main presenter is Mr Dennis Forte a chemical engineer with extensive experience in extrusion processing and die design, having worked with a variety of companies and extruded products, including breakfast cereals and snacks, pet foods and aqua-feeds, pasta, and confectionery.

Mr Gordon Young is a food process engineer who has worked in extrusion technology in both University research and with private companies.  We is also experienced in a wide range of other food processing technologies, including specific expertise in drying technology and thermal processing.

Who should attend?

This program is relevant to anyone interested in the use of extrusion technology and extrusion systems.  The program takes participants from the basics of what extrusion is and what it can do, through to a detailed understanding of the design of formulations and processes, and the operation and troubleshooting of extrusion systems.

Accommodation and Transport:

Participants must organise their own accommodation and transport.  The venue is a 15 minute walk from the Werribee station.  Gull Airport Service provides a bus service between Melbourne Airport and Werribee.

Local accommodation options are shown hereThe Comfort Inn is the closest accommodation to the venue, at about 10 mins walk.

What participants need to bring:

Visitors to CSIRO’s food innovation centre will be entering registered food processing modules. For safety and hygiene reasons, all visitors are requested to comply with the following clothing protocols on the second day for the demonstration:

  • flat, fully enclosed footwear, or steel-toed industrial safety shoes, are to be worn
  • full leg coverage (ie trousers) is required. Skirts, short pants or 3/4 length trousers are not suitable
  • you will be provided with a visitor dust coat and hair net
  • you will be asked to remove watches and all jewellery other than solid bands.

We also suggest usual items such as notepad, pen or pencil, and highlighter.

Cancellation Policy:

Fees, less a 10% handling charge, will be refunded if participants cancel their registration prior to the closing date for registrations. Fees will not be refunded after that date, but a substitute participant will be accepted at any time.

Foodstream Pty Ltd reserves the right to cancel or postpone the course if necessary (e.g. due to insufficient registrations). In this case a full refund of fees will be available.  FoodStream’s Liability is limited to the registration fee only, and FoodStream cannot be held liable for air fares, accommodation, or other related expenses.

Further information & enquiries:

Use the contact form on this page, or contact:

  • Gordon Young, Foodstream (Australia) Ph +61 414 681200

Extrusion training can also be offered to companies on-site at their facility, at a level suitable for operators, or for technical staff.


Bookings are closed for this event.

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