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june, 2021

25jun9:00 am2:00 pmSmorgasbord of Food Industry & Innovation Experts

Event Details

We’ve lined up a great bunch of presenters on a range of interesting food-industry related topics.  Join us for the day or just the morning – up to you. 

  • 9am – 9.15am, Welcome & house-keeping
  • 9.15am – 10.15am, Professor Richard Archer (Massey University)  – FIET (Food Industry Enabling Technologies) & relevant capability at Massey – what’s the best way for businesses in the region to access/connect with R&D?
  • 10.15am – 10.30am, Morning Tea
  • 10.30am – 11am, Dr Abby Thompson – Food Valley – what can we learn from the Netherlands?
  • 11am – 12pm, Dr Abby Thompson (FoodHQ) – Emerging Proteins NZ – update and workshop next steps
  • 12pm – 12.30pm, Lunch
  • 12.30pm – 1.30pm, *Maddie Shannon (NZTE) presentation (virtual) – NZTE consumer research – How to shift from volume to value in key export markets?
  • 1.30pm – 2pm, Dr Nicky Solomon (NZ Food Innovation Network) – Future-proof Food:  Innovation amidst uncertainty
  • 2pm – 2.30 pm, Next steps – what is of interest to the group for future get-togethers
  • 2.30pm, Finish
  • *NZTE TBC – If this doesn’t go ahead, we’ll bring final presentation forward and finish at 1.30 pm.

    – Professor Richard Archer is a Fellow with the Riddet Institute, Director of the FoodPilot, serves on several advisory boards and is the current President of NZIFST. He is Chief Technologist of the large MBIE-funded FIET programme on food process engineering and leads a number of smaller projects and programmes.
    – Dr Abby Thompson grew up on a farm in Manawatu, studied Food Technology at Massey and then went on to do a PhD in food chemistry. She spent six years in the UK working in nutrition (both in academia and industry), running clinical studies investigating how our genetics can affect the way our bodies respond to food. Prior to joining FoodHQ in 2018 Abby led teams at Riddet Institute and then Massey University, managing industry-facing R&D projects in food and nutrition and with responsibility for the FoodPilot.
    – Dr Nicky Solomon counts herself as one lucky person to be working for the New Zealand Food Innovation Network. For Nicky, with a PhD in Food Science and a background in food product development and innovation strategy, the chance to work alongside innovative businesses helping them bring new products to market is a dream come true. The NZ Food Innovation Network spans Aotearoa, with facilities and expertise at the FoodBowl in Auckland, the FoodPilot at Massey University in Palmerston North, FoodWaikato and at FoodSouth at Lincoln and Otago.  Nicky’s role covers the region from Tairāwhiti down the east coast to Wellington. She focuses on providing support to local businesses and connecting them to resources within the NZ Food Innovation Network, as well as to support from other entities such as those within Callaghan Innovation, local economic development agencies, crown research agencies and universities.

Please RSVP by email to by noon on Friday 18th June 2021 for catering purposes.



(Friday) 9:00 am - 2:00 pm


H.B. Williams Memorial Library

34 Bright St, Gisborne


Trust TairāwhitiWe are the regional development trust for Te Tairāwhiti – formerly known as ECT (Eastland Community Trust). 06 867 2640


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