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Congratulations to all the winners at the NZ Champions of Cheese Awards held on 2nd May 2024.

Click above to find out all the details.

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Who do you think deserves recognition this year?

JC Andrews Hall of Fame Award

This prestigious award honours senior Institute members who have made a substantial contribution to food science and technology and leadership in the food industry.

Lifetime Achievement Award (formerly the Distinguished Service Award)

This award recognises long and exceptional services and/or contributions to the NZ Food Industry sector in a scientific, technical, teaching, marketing or managerial role. 

Ron Hooker Significant Service to the NZIFST Award

This award celebrates significant past or current services and contributions to the NZIFST.

Exceptional Leadership in the Food Industry Award

This award acknowledges leadership excellence in Food Science and Technology over and above business as usual.

Mary D Earle Mentorship Award

This award recognises members who have excelled at mentoring others in achieving their career objectives through moral, social and intellectual support.

Emerging Leader Award

This award recognises a young technologist/scientist/engineer for their endeavour or achievement, AND leadership potential, within the food industry.


Fellowships are awarded annually and gives credit to a member's substantial contribution to the profession of food science and technology.

MPI's Significant Contribution to Food Safety Award

The Award recognises developments in a process or operation – either by an organisation, team or individual – to improve food safety across, or in a particular part of, the food chain.

Entries close April 30th 2024.


The University of Otago, in association with NZIFST, interviewed some recent (and not so recent) graduates from within the New Zealand Food Industry and got them to talk about their journeys.

                                                                                       Check out all of the interviews out here. 

We appreciate the support of our Conference 2023 Principal Partner and Major Partner

The NZIFST Exec, Board and other members are working hard on the NZIFST Strategy House.

We presented our journey so far at conference in Ōtepoti Dunedin recently.  If you would like to see the slide deck, you can find it here.  We are still looking for people to help out in the workstreams, so if you see something you would like to help out with, please click here and scan the QR code.

Food Waste Research with the University of Otago

Have you seen this fantastic clip of what NZIFST Fellow Miranda Mirosa and her team in the Food Science Department at the University of Otago are up to the battle with Food Waste.

This video was commissioned as part of the ‘Shared Horizons’ project, which "delves into crucial topics, showcases innovative thinking, and highlights success stories from across the food and beverage sector". This initiative is presented by the NZ Food and Grocery Council in partnership with ASN Media

Become a member

If you work in food, find out how to become a member of New Zealand's largest, most active group of food professionals.
 -  Learn about CAREERS in the food industry.
-  Or find EMPLOYMENT.


Food New Zealand
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NZIFSt  & Food Industry Awards

 winner, John Brooks, with his wife Jan

Click here to see the Fellowship, DSA, RHA and JCA Citations for 2023

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