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NZ on-job training qualifications take off in UAE

A new agreement between the Knowledge and Human Development Authority (KHDA) of Dubai and ServiceIQ Industry Training Organisation (ITO) is a game-changer for the recognition of qualifications between the two countries. This means students or trainees who start their on-job or provider-led training in New Zealand or the UAE, will have a seamless path to achieving their qualification in either country. With an initial focus on the aviation industry, ServiceIQ has secured a ... more

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New report reveals untapped export opportunity

Leading national food and beverage innovators say non-dairy powdered food products are in high demand world-wide and New Zealand needs to act quickly to take advantage of an untapped export growth opportunity. The New Zealand Food Innovation Network report released this week explores food products in the non-dairy sector, the consumer demand for powdered versions of food by-products and the technology solutions required for New Zealand to produce these products. Food and beverage ... more

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AGSA 2017 - 67th Australasian Grain Science Conference to be held in Christchurch

AGSA - 67TH AUSTRALASIAN GRAIN SCIENCE CONFERENCE Rydges Hotel, Christchurch, New Zealand September 20th-22nd 2017 The 67th Australasian Grain Science Conference will bring together Australian, New Zealand and international scientific and technical experts under the theme ‘Grain Technology for Consumer Nutrition’. Scientific sessions will be focused around the topics: • Grain Breeding • Process Technologies • Global Product Innovation ... more

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Aquaculture growth backed by newly appointed Group Manager

With recently appointed Group Manager Dr Serean Adams at the helm, the Cawthron Aquaculture Group is set to go from strength to strength. Over thirty expert scientists and support staff make up the Cawthron Aquaculture Group. Their goal is to increase the value of New Zealand’s aquaculture sector through research and innovation. Having led projects focused on hatchery technologies such as cryopreservation and shellfish developmental biology, Dr Adams is the ideal scientist to ... more

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International team gathers in NZ to innovate a new frontier in food production

A team of world class science and engineering minds are in Nelson this week, applying their expertise to the challenge of making open ocean shellfish farming viable. If successful, the project could significantly increase New Zealand shellfish production and exports by up to $300 million a year in the long term. "We have a real opportunity here to more than double New Zealand’s aquaculture production. It is the first research project of its type in the world to look at developing ... more

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Breakthrough for the bees

Our small but hardy honey bees are under siege from a range of pests and diseases. However, some relief may be in sight for these important insects from a particularly dangerous disease – one that can destroy entire hives. Preliminary results from a pilot study undertaken by scientists at Plant & Food Research indicate that a breakthrough has been made in the fight against the pathogen Nosema ceranae. This relative newcomer to New Zealand is a cousin of Nosema apis, which ... more

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Bruce Campbell honoured by Royal Society of New Zealand

Congratulations to Dr Bruce Campbell, Chief Operating Officer of Plant & Food Research, on being awarded the prestigious Thomson Medal for 2016. The Thomson Medal is awarded by the Royal Society of New Zealand to recognise outstanding contributions to science and technology. It was presented to Dr Campbell for his outstanding leadership in both the agricultural and horticultural sciences over 35 years. The medal selection committee noted, “His leadership has had a positive ... more

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Familiarity breeds versatility

If you find yourself purchasing the same chocolate or wine at the supermarket, then your habit may have a scientific explanation. New research co-authored by Dr Sara Jaeger from Plant & Food Research’s Sensory and Consumer Science team suggests that familiarity with a particular food or drink increases the perceived suitability of that product for different situations. Consumer trials were conducted using a range of names and images for four different types of food and ... more

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New research: what's in our fridges?

New figures show New Zealanders are increasingly health-conscious Sugar-sweetened drinks are getting a lot of attention in the obesity debate, however a new infographic launched today by the New Zealand Beverage Council shares insights into the everyday products that make up Kiwis’ trolleys – and they are not as sugary as one might think. The first beverage to make an appearance is milk at #43, while the first soft drink in the average New Zealander’s trolley ... more

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Art on a plate inspires future chefs

Schools partner with Nestlé for International Chefs Day Thursday 20 October is International Chefs Day and Kiwi kids who participate in Nestlé’s Healthy Active Kids Programme will be swapping the classroom for the kitchen to create art on a plate, with help from some of New Zealand’s leading chefs. International Chefs Day is a global celebration of culinary arts. The day gives children an opportunity to cook with real chefs while developing new skills including ... more

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