The La Trobe Institute for Agriculture and Food (LIAF) at La Trobe University has signed a partnership with PepsiCo - one of the world’s leading food and beverage companies and a major provider of oat grain products (through Quaker Oats) - to conduct research in the critical area of grain quality.

The $2.3 million research project will be focused on oat grain development, with the aim of increasing the nutritional quality of food products.

Director of LIAF, Professor Tony Bacic, explains the importance of oat grains to human health;  “Oat grains are one of our richest sources of soluble dietary fibre, which is known to be essential for human gut health and heart health...Our program with PepsiCo aims to understand oat grain development and the factors that contribute to the quantity and quality of the beta-glucans produced in oat grains.”

PepsiCo has been at the forefront of industry-leading breeding, growing, and milling practices on behalf of the Quaker brand and continues to be a leading investor in Oat breeding and nutrition research to advance scientific understanding of this important dietary staple.

The research project is one of several major initiatives emerging from LIAF which, with industry partners, is developing new and innovative opportunities to transform the scope, scale and translation of the Australian agri-food research and innovation sector.

"Our collaboration with PepsiCo is a great example of how LIAF partnerships can significantly impact both the agri-food and health sectors," said LIAF Director, Professor Tony Bacic.

In the media

'Consumers to benefit from $2.3 million oats research partnership' by Petra Oates - The Weekly Times

'Oat Renaissance Continues' by Gregor Heard - The Land and Farm Online

About LIAF at La Trobe University

  • LIAF was formed from a proposed $50 million co-investment, with La Trobe matching funds with external partners including industry - with the mission to support basic and translational research and training in the agri-food sector.
  • LIAF is particularly focused on streamlining the development and testing of desirable traits in cereal grains and legume seeds.

About PepsiCo

  • PepsiCo products are enjoyed by consumers more than one billion times a day in more than 200 countries and territories around the world.
  • PepsiCo generated more than $64 billion in net revenue in 2018, driven by a complementary food and beverage portfolio that includes Frito-Lay, Gatorade, Pepsi-Cola, Quaker and Tropicana.
  • PepsiCo's product portfolio includes a wide range of enjoyable foods and beverages, including 22 brands that generate more than $1 billion each in estimated annual retail sales.
  • Guiding PepsiCo is their vision to become the Global Leader in Convenient Foods and Beverages by Winning with Purpose. "Winning with Purpose" reflects their ambition to win sustainably in the marketplace and embed purpose into all aspects of the business.  

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