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A Career in Food Science, Technology & Engineering

What do food technologists do? Michelle Lucke, food technologist at Kraft Heinz, gives an insight into her job (click to play video):




A Career as a Food Technologist in the Seafood Industry
Kelsey Clarke spends time with Food Technologist Frits Hofman at the Sealord fish processing plant, learning about seafood processing and product development (click to play video):



A SCIENCE LEARNING HUB feature about  The FOODBOWL contains a series of video clips illustrating the expertise, innovation and technology that goes into developing new food products for export:
http://sciencelearn.org.nz/Innovation/Innovation-Stories/The-FOODBOWL

A TECHNOLOGY ONLINE Connecting with Industry video, Food safety and packaging in a global environment – Cedenco Foods. Cedenco Foods is audited annually for their food safety accreditation. In addition they have two voluntary certifications that have global recognition:
http://technology.tki.org.nz/Videos/Connecting-with-industry/Food-safety-and-packaging-in-a-global-environment-Cedenco-Foods

A TECHNOLOGY ONLINE Connecting with Industry video, Food safety in a national environment – Walter Findlay Ltd. Matt Spencer explains that Walter Findlay Ltd bakery is thoroughly audited, to ensure compliance to their food safety programme:
http://technology.tki.org.nz/Videos/Connecting-with-industry/Food-safety-in-a-national-environment-Walter-Findlay-Ltd

A TECHNOLOGY ONLINE Student Showcase article about the Racey Recovery team from Diocesan School for Girls, who won the 2011 NZIFST/CREST Student Product Development Challenge in the upper North Island, now features on the Techlink website:
http://technology.tki.org.nz/Student-Pages/Food-and-Bio-related/Racey-Recovery-sports-bar

A TECHNOLOGY ONLINE Student Showcase article about the ACES team from Sancta Maria College, who were highly commended in the 2011 NZIFST/CREST Student Product Development Challenge in the upper North Island:
http://technology.tki.org.nz/Student-Pages/Food-and-Bio-related/Professional-cookie-development

A TECHNOLOGY ONLINE Student Showcase article about Estelle Johnson and Kate Morris of St Kentigern College, who entered in the 2009 NZIFST/CREST Student Product Development Challenge, to develop and produce to prototype stage a range of biscuits for the teenage market:
http://technology.tki.org.nz/Student-Pages/Food-and-Bio-related/Food-and-Bio-related-Estelle-Johnson-and-Kate-Morris-of-St-Kentigern-College

CREST “Show and Tell” at Wellington High School
The recent visit to New Zealand by Her Excellency Dr Madiha Bint Ahmed Nasser Al-Shaibani, the Minister of Education for the Sultanate of Oman and a delegation of her Education officials provided an opportunity for Wellington High School students Oska Rego, Morgan Christy Jones, Rachel Linton and Hazel Osborne to give a presentation about their respective Silver and Gold CREST projects.
www.royalsociety.org.nz/2012/05/24/crest-show-and-tell-at-wellington-high-school/

Visit food technologists at work? Keep an eye out for your nearest Food Industry BIG DAY OUT (below).

How do I get to be one? Job Options in FST&E include typical job descriptions, qualifications required, courses available, and employment and career prospects.

What qualifications do I have to obtain? What do I have to Study lists study options, courses, scholarships, and teaching institutions.

Who employs food technologists? See food industry EMPLOYER PROFILES at Futureintech.

A TECHNOLOGY ONLINE Student Showcase article about the Grain Brains team from Kavanagh College, who won the 2010 NZIFST/CREST Student Product Development Challenge in Dunedin, now features on the Techlink website:
http://technology.tki.org.nz/Student-Pages/Food-and-Bio-related/Grain-Brains-Biodegradable-planter-pots

Also a TECHNOLOGY ONLINE Student Showcase article about the C-Monster team from Wellington High, who won the 2010 NZIFST/CREST Student Product Development Challenge, lower North Island:
http://technology.tki.org.nz/Student-Pages/Food-and-Bio-related/C-Monster-award-winning-chocolate-milk-sports-drink


Careers & Education News

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Mentoring senior school students a win win situation for stude...
In 2009, when she was in Year 12 at Saint Kentigern College, Kate Morris participated in the NZIFST/CREST Student Product Development Challenge. Kate's team was mentored by Shelley Banham, a Product Development Technologist from Griffins Foods. Seven years and a food technology degree later, Kate's now working with Shelley, as a Product Development Technologist at Griffins.
- by Jenny Dee.
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Edna Waddell Undergraduate Scholarships for Women in Technology...
Professors Emeriti Dick and Mary Earle, who made a huge contribution to developing the biotechnology and food technology degrees at Massey University in the 1960s, established the Edna Waddell Scholarships in 2008, to encourage women to study engineering and technology.
By Jenny Dee.
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Otago students benefit from NZIFST/CREST Student Product Develop...
Three students, who completed the NZIFST/CREST Student Product Development Challenge whilst at school, are now at the University of Otago studying Food Science or Consumer Food Science.
By Jenny Dee.
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Industry visits for senior school students from Hawke's Bay scho...
For the tenth consecutive year, the Hawke's Bay branch and Kerre Devonport-Ward, the local Massey University Student Recruitment Adviser, collaborated to organise industry visits for students interested in careers in the agri-food industry, and their teachers/careers advisers.
By Jenny Dee
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The NZIFST/CREST Student Product Development Challenge - authent...
(11 June 2015) When we designed the NZIFST/CREST Student Product Development Challenge seven years ago, our goals included providing participating students with an authentic experience of what product development technologists in the food industry do, and in doing so, giving them an insight into what a career in our industry could involve. Feedback from teachers and students indicates that the Challenge is achieving these goals.
By Jenny Dee.
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From Student PD Challenge to a career in the food industry
Article from 2011 SPD Challenge student Frankie Moull
By Frankie Moull.
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Three ex-Challenge students have recently completed their Massey...
Recently three more students who did the NZIFST/CREST Student Product Development Challenge whilst at school, finished their Massey University degrees.
- by Jenny Dee.
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The Product Development Challenge's first university graduate
2 May 2014 - In 2008, what has now become the NZIFST/CREST Student Product Development Challenge (the Challenge) was first trialled in a school in Auckland.
By Jenny Dee.
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NZIFST HB branch report on the 2013 Science Fairs
On Friday 23 August, Kevin Dodsworth, Jenny Dee, Margaret Bird, Cathie Hamilton, Marco Maiorana and Wilma van Cruysen judged the food industry prizes at the EIT Hawke's Bay Science and Technology Fair.
By Jenny Dee.
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Food industry visits for Hawke's Bay students
In May/June 2013 the Hawke's Bay branch of NZIFST and Massey University ran their eighth annual industry visits for senior secondary school students interested in science-based careers in the agrifood industry.
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Wattie's 2013 scholarship winner, Sarah Adam
Sarah Adam, the 2013 winner of the Heinz Wattie's Food Science Scholarship at the University of Otago, starts her food science studies having already developed two new food products.
By Jenny Dee.
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Another top student recruited for the food industry
Zoe Purdon, a Year 13 student at Hastings Girls High, is heading to Massey University to study food technology next year, with a little help from Futureintech Ambassador Michelle Hutton and colleagues at Heinz Wattie's.
By Jenny Dee.
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EIT Hawke's Bay Science & Technology Fair 2012
Jenny Dee, Kevin Dodsworth and Wilma van Cruysen judged the NZIFST Hawke's Bay branch awards and NZ Baking Industry Research Trust awards at the Hawke's Bay Science & Technology Fair in August 2012. Approximately 25% of the projects had something to do with food.
By Jenny Dee.
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Wellington High School and the NZIFST/CREST Student Product Deve...
(September 2012) The food technology teachers at Wellington High School say that the NZIFST/CREST Student Product Development Challenge has made a significant difference to their students.
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Inspiring the food scientists of the future
20/6/12 - Futureintech Ambassadors from Heinz Wattie's in Hastings have been doing their bit to help the students at Twyford School understand the science involved in food, and hopefully inspire some of them to be the food scientists of the future.
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YOUR FUTURE IN NEW ZEALAND'S FOOD INDUSTRY
Food Industry Careers Brochure
A brochure explaining the wide range of science, technology and engineering careers available in the food industry, is now available from NZIFST and Futureintech.

This brochure was designed to explain to students, parents, teachers and careers advisers, the huge range of exciting and challenging careers available in the food industry, the skills required to do these jobs, and how to get there. It outlines the importance of the food industry to New Zealand’s economy, the degrees on offer, and types of jobs available, and features photos and quotes from seven young graduates in a variety of roles.

Our sincere thanks to everyone who contributed to the development of this brochure, and the young graduates who agreed to feature in it.

Copies are available from NZIFST Executive Manager Rosemary Hancock (rosemary@nzifst.org.nz),  from any Futureintech Facilitator, or from the Futureintech head office (admin@futureintech.org.nz).


Careers in Food Science and Technology