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Food Innovation

Brochure: Food Innovation

Plant & Food Research carries out research to discover the natural goodness in foods, developing new functional ingredients and food concepts as well as examining consumer perceptions and experiences. Click our brochure to find out how.


Our Factcards

Click the factcards below to find out how more about our research and how Plant & Food Research is supporting the industries we work with.

Exercise Recovery

Factcard: Exercise Recovery

Everyone wants to feel like they've worked out, but no-one wants to suffer. Click to see how our science is uncovering new natural ways to speed up exercise recovery.

Mental Performance

Factcard: Mental Performance

We're all under pressure; at home and at work. Click to find out how our research is discovering new natural functional food compounds to enhance mental performance.

Gut Health

Factcard: Gut Health

Gastrointestinal issues are uncomfortable, embarrassing ans highly personal. Find out how our research is helping develop new foods to improve gut health and better manage digestion disorders.


Factcard: Satiety

Everyone has experienced the feeling of 'being full', but few stop to ask what makes them feel that way. Click to see how our research is examining satiety mechanism throughout the digestive process.

Understanding Wine Flavours

Factcard: Understanding Wine Flavours

Our science is developing new methods of predicting consumer demand and the tools to help your business deliver what your clients want. Click to find out how.

The Wakefield Raspberry

Factcard: The Wakefield Raspberry

'Wakefield' is a new red raspberry cultivar with improved disease resistance and firm fruit perfect for the machine harvest. Click to find out more.

Clinical Trials

Factcard: Clinical Trials

Consumers want to know their food choices deliver the benefits they are promised. Our science can deliver the evidence to help prove benefit claims and ensure new functional foods meet regulatory requirements. Click to find out more.

Food Composition Database

Factcard: Food Composition Database

Consumers want to be sure that what they're eating has the nutrition they need, while health experts want to be sure they're saying the right thing when it comes to food choices. A comprehensive Food Composition Database can help everyone make the best decisions

Scientifically Designed Functional Fruit Beverages

Factcard: Scientifically Designed Functional Fruit Beverages

Our science has shown that anthocyanins extracted from New Zealand grown blackcurrants offer potential beneficial effects, particularly in the areas of muscle recovery and inflammation. Our researchers have combined this knowledge with an understanding of consumer preferences to develop a new functional drink that can support physical recovery.

Growing Futures - Functional Foods

Factcard: Growing Futures - Functional Foods

Our scientists have shown that New Zealand-grown blackcurrants offer potential beneficial effects and that some varieties have higher concentrations of compounds thought to be good for health.

Te Kete Ahumara

Factcard: Te Kete Ahumara

Te Kete Ahumara is a new website created to provide a comprehensive information directory for both established and new Maori businesses involved in food production.

Molecular Biology

Factcard: Molecular Biology

Identifying the genetic variants controlling the perception of flavour is just one of the ways we're using molecular biology to support innovation for the plant and marine-based food industries. Click to find out more.

Growing Futures - VitalVegetables

Factcard: Growing Futures - VitalVegetables

Our research has identified vegetable cultivars with the optimal concentrations of nutrients known to be good for health, and the best way to grow, harvest and store these vegetables to maintain these nutrients through to the consumer. These products are now available in supermarkets under the vitalvegetables® brand.

Sensory Science

Factcard: Sensory Science

Our knowledge of human senses and consumer behaviour informs research to support successful new product development and market expansion. Click to find out how.

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