Connections and facilities

Network and Connections

One of the many benefits of working with FoodPilot is the access we have to a wide range of expertise and facilities.  This means you can have a single project that draws in skills from across a variety of disciplines, and that we can connect you to experts in most areas. 

Massey University

FoodPilot is located on the Massey University campus in Palmerston North. We work with the academic and technical staff from across the University.

The Food Innovation Network

FoodPilot is part of the New Zealand Food Innovation Network (NZFIN), a national network that provides the facilities and the expertise needed to develop new products and processes, from idea to commercial success.  The network is made up of four hubs: FoodPilot (Palmerston North), FoodBowl (Auckland), FoodWaikato (Hamilton) and FoodSouth (Christchurch).  There are Business Development Managers located in each region of NZ, who can meet with you and discuss how NZFIN can support your business needs.

FoodPilot is ideally suited for the early stages of a project where the focus is on developing and refining the formulation and process and understanding the characteristics (shelf-life, sensory, functionality) of the product.  Once this phase has been completed, the project can be scaled up to one of the other hubs for the first commercial runs or perhaps for larger scale market validation.

FoodHQ

We are also part of FoodHQ, which is a partnership between a number of organisations with interests in the food space.  The membership includes a number of R&D and analytical service providers - Massey University, AgResearch, Plant & Food Research, the Riddet Institute, AsureQuality, ESR and the Cawthorn Institute.  This partnership enables us to pull together the best expertise from across these different organisations for large and complex projects.

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