‘We are proud of establishing a reputation as the one-stop-shop for consultancy on flavour and quality of fresh produce in Australia.’ Dr Hazel MacTavish-West, Director
After 11 years in the UK working as a consultant to the food and farming industry, Dr Hazel MacTavish-West and her husband Darren West returned to Tasmania for a better work-life balance. Upon settling back home, Hazel, a plant scientist, and Darren, who has a science and engineering degree and a background in computer hardware design, combined their skills and established MacTavish West. The company uses food science to help farmers or manufacturers improve the flavour, colour and nutritional quality of their plant-derived products. It also assists with the extraction, purification and analysis of plant extracts for commercial use. MacTavish West is now assisting with the development of a new range of natural anti-ageing bioactive extracts from a range of plants as part of an Australian Government-funded project. It also provides software, hardware and systems design with experience in a number of commercial sectors including avionics, high performance computing platforms, and communications systems.