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Career Options in Food Science, Technology & Engineering


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Food technologists describe their careers at GrowingNZ Teachers’ Days Out

In November/December 2019, NZIFST participated in a series of Teachers’ Days Out organised by GrowingNZ.  Teachers toured several local businesses involved in the food and fibre sectors, and heard from young professionals working in those sectors.

Four young professionals from the food processing industry joined other young professionals working in the food and fibre sectors, to share their stories and experiences of work.
READ ABOUT Amanda Thompson from Fonterra Palmerston North; Ngan Dinh from Freeze Dried Foods; Sam Eames from Synlait and Eileen Han from Mataura Valley Milk.

Alexandra Allan, Chief Executive of The FoodBowl, talks about encouraging an innovation culture in New Zealand food and beverage companies.

Ministry for Primary Industries

Find out what Caleb Dennis does in his role as Group Technical Officer at Craggy Range Winery.

Caleb was Young Horticulturist and Young Viticulturist of the Year 2015.

Ministry for Primary Industries

Ellen Ashmore, a scientist from the Institute of Environmental Science and Research (ESR), talks about the science behind food safety.

She also discusses some of the research she’s involved in that supports New Zealand’s primary industries.

Ministry for Primary Industries

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.

Just The Job.


Careers in baking, breadmaking, pastry cooking and flour milling.
NZ Baking Industry Research Trust (NZ).

Careers in the Food Sciences
Careers NZ (NZ).

Fonterra Graduate Careers:

Graduate careers at Fonterra, the multinational dairy company Fonterra (NZ). 

Go Dairy:

Careers in the NZ dairy industry.
Dairy NZ (NZ).

Developing new food products:
This feature on The FOODBOWL contains a series of video clips illustrating the expertise, innovation and technology that goes into developing new food products for export.
Science Learning Hub (NZ).

Food safety and packaging in a global environment:

Cedenco Foods is audited annually for their food safety accreditation. In addition they have two voluntary certifications that have global recognition.
TECHNOLOGY ONLINE Connecting with Industry video (NZ).

Food safety in a national environment:

Matt Spencer explains that Walter Findlay Ltd bakery is thoroughly audited, to ensure compliance to their food safety programme.
TECHNOLOGY ONLINE Connecting with Industry video (NZ).

Massey Food Technology: 
Careers in food technology.
Massey University (NZ).  

AgResearch Careers:

AgResearch (NZ).

MPI - primary industries lesson
Resources on a range of topics including the importance of biosecurity, food, and careers in the primary industries.

Plant & Food Research Careers:

Plant & Food Reaserch (NZ).  

Science New Zealand:
Food science and technology in action at the nine Crown Research Institutes
Science New Zealand (NZ).

A podcast channel hosted by scientists at Plant & Food Research who are passionate about communicating science as well as helping students in their journey to a science career.
Plant & Food Research (NZ).

The New Zealand Institute of Food Science and Technology (Inc.)

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