Turn your food and beverage ideas into products and solutions.

Our expertise and equipment is ideally suited for the early stages of a food project. We help workshop your product idea, gather information, and carry out lab scale and pilot-scale trials.

The focus in this first stage is on developing and refining your formulation and process and understanding the characteristics of your product. Once this has been completed, your project can be scaled up with commercial runs, or larger-scale market validation at another New Zealand Food Innovation Network hub.

Contact the FoodPilot

School of Food and Advanced Technology
Massey University
Palmerston North 4474

Nikki Middleditch
Client Solutions Manager
+64 21 858 685 |

FoodPilot services
Located on Massey’s Manawatū campus in Palmerston North, the FoodPilot offers a thousand square metres of food-safe space, and the largest collection of pilot-scale food and beverage equipment in the southern hemisphere. Take a virtual tour of the FoodPilot facilities.

Services we offer include:

  • Workshops, ideation, and consultancy services
  • Product and process development and innovation
  • Food safety
  • Shelf life determination
  • Consumer and sensory evaluation.

Funding research and development projects can be challenging, so we strive to make working with us as cost-effective as possible, and we can take you through funding grant options.

For more information visit the FoodPilot pages on Massey University’s website.

Our People

Processing Capabilities


Evaporating & Drying

Chopping & Mincing

Cooking & Process Control

Extrusion & Puffing


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