Enabling Agri-food Growth, via Innovative Solutions.

MacTavish:West will help you get to the next level.  We seek to understand your agri-food business objectives, share our knowledge and experience and help you identify and develop appropriate opportunities.  Let’s have a chat and see where to, from here.

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Dr Hazel MacTavish-West

Food & Plant Scientist, Innovator, Entrepreneur, Communicator.

Qualifications:  BscAgric (Hons, Syd), PhD (Tas).

Experience: 25 years of innovative near-market solutions, new concept product development & creative brand strategies for food & farming enterprises in Australia & the UK.  Scientifically, Hazel specialises in flavour, colour & health benefits of crops & foods: optimising quality, functionality & the consumer experience.  An independent consultant since 2003, with a wealth of experience & a diverse portfolio of commercial & research projects, Hazel is highly regarded by the food & farming industries in both the UK & Australia.

Darren West

Electronics and Software Designer, Technology Evangelist, Entrepreneur.

Qualifications: BSc(Hons) MPhil(Cantab) CEng MIET MIEAust CPEng FRSA

Experience:  Darren is an electronic engineer, scientist and business entrepreneur with key skills in design and prototyping of complex audio visual and computer hardware. Electronic, software, or FPGA contract design services.

Key clients include Microsoft and Pixel Power.  With a keen interest in sustainable engineering and a creative mind which knows no bounds.

Hazel & Darren team up with globally experienced, expert associates on a project by project basis, to ensure that we provide the leanest, most agile approach to your project.

Food Science and Innovation

We keep up to speed with what’s going on locally and globally with all things relating to food: consumer behaviour, retail and marketing trends, value-adding innovations, and developments in packaging, science and technology.

We seek to understand your agri-food business objectives, and share our knowledge and experience with your people to help identify and develop appropriate opportunities for your business.

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Business & Knowledge Solutions

Food innovation in practice

We can help you identify and develop a strategy to grow your agri-business in the right direction by providing you with the most appropriate and timely decision-making tools.

Whether it’s using your resources more efficiently, or identifying and developing appropriate innovations to take your business to the next level: we combine our business nous with scientific, technical and engineering expertise and unique, real-world experience to make a real difference to your business.


The World is a complicated place, and technology is constantly evolving.  We can help you navigate this landscape to identify and utilise the best and most appropriate technology solutions for your business.

We can help turn ‘Big Data’ into decision-making information, and develop tailor-made solutions to fit your needs.

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What our clients are saying about us.

Find Us

MacTavish West Pty Ltd.

445C Macquarie Street,

South Hobart,

Tasmania 7004,



ABN 45325280216

ACN 145460877

We are in the two-way section of Macquarie Street, on the right hand side as you head towards the mountain (if you get to ‘The Lost Sock’ Laundrette you have gone too far).  No. 445 houses a balloon shop at the front, and we are in a ground floor unit, behind.  Drive down the ‘SAMCO’ driveway and veer left, there will be parking just outside our unit if we know you are coming.