Established in 1965, by the staff of Massey University of Palmerston North’s Food Technology Faculty, The New Zealand Institute of Food Science and Technology Inc. (NZIFST) is New Zealand’s leading professional association representing people working in the food industry, or in related research and teaching, who apply science and technology to the processing, manufacture and distribution of foods.
The Institute is broadly based and truly national. Around 10% of our members are international, through study affiliation, through members moving overseas for research or career development. The Institute is committed to the promotion and advancement of Food Science and Technology, supporting one of New Zealand’s most important industries.
The Institute has over 1,200 members from:
► Industry (representing employers and owners of more than 400 companies)
► Academics & Researchers (from 7 universities)
► NZ Government Crown Research Institutes (CRIs)
► Central Government Ministries in Food Safety, Food Regulation, Education and Business
► Students – 120 final year and post-graduate students from tertiary institutions
NZIFST actively seeks and supports student members, through their studies and as they enter careers in the Industry. They in turn value NZIFST, attending events, entering in our annual Student Poster and Student Essay Competitions.
NZIFST has run its own annual conference since the Institute was founded 52 years ago. The event moves around New Zealand’s major convention centres. Each conference features plenary sessions, up to 5 concurrent sessions, posters and competitions. It is supported by sponsorship from Central Government, Universities and the food industry, and complemented by a trade exhibition of 25-40 booths. Each event is enhanced by the presence of renowned international speakers such as Dr Ping Fan Rao, Dr Frank Yiannas and Dr Ricky Yada.
In July 2015, the NZIFST held its 50th Anniversary conference in the University City of Palmerston North. Attended by nearly 400 researchers, food industry employees and students the programme featured Keynote speakers Distinguished Professor Allen Foegeding (North Carolina State University), Dr Linda Harris (University of California, Davis), Dr Martin Cole (CSIRO, Australia), and New Zealand Government Science Advisors Dr Ian Ferguson and Professor Jim Metson.