This article was published on 25 November 2015
New food innovation centre and pilot production plant opens in Canterbury.
Callaghan Innovation and Canterbury Development Corporation announced today the opening of Food South, the South Island hub of the New Zealand Food Innovation Network. The food innovation centre and pilot production plant is based at Lincoln University.
Canterbury Development Corporation’s CEO Tom Hooper says, “FoodSouth will provide South Island food and beverage businesses with access to a range of product development services, expertise and equipment to accelerate the development of innovative new high-value products. The creation of this facility will be a great resource for food and beverage companies to respond to consumer demands and international market opportunities.
“Establishing a food processing plant will allow us to better aid producers and manufacturers to convert ideas into commercially viable products. It’s a great opportunity for not only the region but also for the South Island and one that Canterbury Development Corporation is proud to support,” Tom Hooper said.
Canterbury Development Corporation and Callaghan Innovation are providing joint funding of $5.7 million over five years to establish and operate this new facility. Site services and accommodation are being provided by Lincoln University.
Callaghan Innovation Chief Executive Dr Mary Quin said, “The food and beverage sector is one of the New Zealand economy’s strongest, accounting for almost one in five people employed and accounting for over half of merchandise exports. But there is a lot of potential for more growth, particularly through innovative products and increased processing productivity.
FoodSouth, along with the other pilot plants in the New Zealand Food Innovation Network, will help this happen. Callaghan Innovation is pleased to support it.”
Lincoln University Chancellor Tom Lambie said “Lincoln University is delighted to host FoodSouth on campus. As well as the facility providing collaboration to grow capability and encourage the innovation capacity of industry, it sits comfortably alongside the many food science programmes offered to students by Lincoln at an undergraduate and postgraduate level.”
More about FoodSouth
The FoodSouth team will provide assistance (via support services and equipment) with food and beverage product development and early-stage commercialisation throughout the South Island.
The product development facilities help accelerate the process of bringing new products to market, while reducing many of the risks and obstacles associated with commercialising a new food product. Thereby achieving the FoodSouth goal of increasing the value of food and beverage exports.
For more information see New Zealand Food Innovation Network.