Nurturing the future industry game changers

12 Oct 2021 07:44:00

Supporting growth in the food and beverage industry underpins everything NZFIN does. With three of our five open-access development and scale-up facilities based on university campuses, the ability for business to tap into student resources is a win/win/win.

Through collaboration, university students nearing the end of their studies get involved in projects for external clients, helping to solve problems or develop new products, all while putting their studies into industry context. Businesses get to link into new innovation and thinking in a low-risk way. From solving quality and food safety issues, developing optimising or trouble-shooting a process, functional food evaluations, NPD research, through to development and onto product testing and scale up. There are multiple ways industry can benefit from the injection of new ideas, enthusiasm or approaches to tackle problems or opportunities.

For NZFIN and the industry as a whole, its applied learning, it gives students the real-world experience they will need to help our industry brave new frontiers and continue to drive growth for New Zealand. This is our next generation of innovators and the industry partnerships that kick off at the beginning of each year are a vital pathway for us all. These students are our next industry game changers and we need to support them now so we all benefit later.

As an industry sponsor, any IP developed by students in your project remains yours, all students are supported and supervised by university staff, with access to the large range of equipment and facilities that exist at both their university and at FoodPilot or FoodSouth Otago.

While Massey and Otago universities have fourth year students available across the country in Auckland, Palmerston North and Dunedin for projects, Massey also has a collaboration with Singapore Institute of Technology where research or deep science can form the basis of a project with an international lens. FoodSouth can also provide connections into Lincoln University and University of Canterbury.

Businesses of all sizes can take part to help turn innovative concepts into early product prototypes all while fostering and encouraging the next generation of Food Scientists.

Benefits of sponsoring a project:

  • Interact with students and tap into their creativity and enthusiasm
  • Gain access to the breadth of the university’s scientific research resources
  • Gain consumer insights for your new product ideas
  • Feasibility assessment of ideas (technical, financial and marketing)
  • Turn innovative concepts into early product prototypes
  • Formulation and processing specs
  • Shelf-life stability and food safety assessment
  • Sensory and consumer acceptance testing
  • Raw material costings
  • Packaging design
  • Defined project time frame from March to October
  • The opportunity to foster and encourage the next generation of Food Scientists.

Further information can be found here. Businesses can also connect with each of the NZFIN hubs to explore how we can support your project beyond the input of the students

Otago UniversityDepartment of Food Science or call FoodSouth Otago's Tobias Richter 020 4125 8678

Massey University - School of Food and Advanced Technology or call FoodPilot's Nikki Middleditch 021858 685

Lincoln/Canterbury University and FoodSouth - call FoodSouth's Tracey Sheehy 021 245 0808