Christina Bava works in the Sensory and Consumer Science Department of Plant & Food Research, Mt Albert. Her work involves understanding consumer behaviour in relation to food choices.

Christina Bava works in the Sensory and Consumer Science Department of Plant & Food Research, Mt Albert. Her work involves understanding consumer behaviour in relation to food choices.

Amit Taneja is a product developer at the Riddet Institute. Since 2006, he’s been involved in developing and commercialising a microencapsulated omega-3 emulsion for food products.

Amit Taneja is a product developer at the Riddet Institute. Since 2006, he’s been involved in developing and commercialising a microencapsulated omega-3 emulsion for food products.

Angus Brown of The FOODBOWL explains the misconception students often have of food technology as a subject. He highlights the vast opportunities and the importance to the New Zealand economy of careers in this field.

Angus Brown of The FOODBOWL explains the misconception students often have of food technology as a subject. He highlights the vast opportunities and the importance to the New Zealand economy of careers in this field.

Angus Brown of The FOODBOWL explains the misconception students often have of food technology as a subject. He highlights the vast opportunities and the importance to the New Zealand economy of careers in this field.

Angus Brown of The FOODBOWL explains the misconception students often have of food technology as a subject. He highlights the vast opportunities and the importance to the New Zealand economy of careers in this field.

NZ RESEARCH STORY - Plants and vitamin C - Knowing that kiwifruit were very rich in vitamin C, researchers at Plant & Food Research were prompted in 2002 to find out why.

NZ RESEARCH STORY - Plants and vitamin C - Knowing that kiwifruit were very rich in vitamin C, researchers at Plant & Food Research were prompted in 2002 to find out why.

Student activity: Testing fish oil in ice cream -  In this activity, students add fish oil to ice cream and carry out sensory testing to identify the effect on taste and smell.

Student activity: Testing fish oil in ice cream - In this activity, students add fish oil to ice cream and carry out sensory testing to identify the effect on taste and smell.

INFO SHEET - Functional foods -  Functional food is any processed food claimed to have a health-promoting or disease-preventing property that goes beyond the basic macronutrient and micronutrient functions.  Common examples are:  omega-3 fish oil-enriched breads plant sterol and stannol-enriched margarines yoghurt enriched with probiotic bacteria calcium-enriched milk caffeine-enriched beverages like coffee.

INFO SHEET - Functional foods - Functional food is any processed food claimed to have a health-promoting or disease-preventing property that goes beyond the basic macronutrient and micronutrient functions. Common examples are: omega-3 fish oil-enriched breads plant sterol and stannol-enriched margarines yoghurt enriched with probiotic bacteria calcium-enriched milk caffeine-enriched beverages like coffee.

INFO SHEET - The benefits of taewa - Researchers at the Riddet Institute in Palmerston North have discovered that taewa have different attributes to modern potato varieties, which makes them useful for developing new food products.

INFO SHEET - The benefits of taewa - Researchers at the Riddet Institute in Palmerston North have discovered that taewa have different attributes to modern potato varieties, which makes them useful for developing new food products.

Chris Cullen started out making hot sauces as a hobby. In this video, he describes his journey from a hobby to a rapidly expanding business.

Chris Cullen started out making hot sauces as a hobby. In this video, he describes his journey from a hobby to a rapidly expanding business.

Lab-Grown Meat May Save a Lot More than Farm Animals' Lives - NEWS ARTICLE Keeping up with the demand for meat worldwide could one day ruin the planet. But teams of scientists are hard at work growing animal-free burgers, chicken, turkey, and fish that are sustainable, healthy, and, some say, pretty delicious.

Lab-grown meat may save a lot more than farm animals’ lives

Lab-Grown Meat May Save a Lot More than Farm Animals' Lives - NEWS ARTICLE Keeping up with the demand for meat worldwide could one day ruin the planet. But teams of scientists are hard at work growing animal-free burgers, chicken, turkey, and fish that are sustainable, healthy, and, some say, pretty delicious.


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Christina Bava - Position:     Research Associate, Plant & Food Research.  Field:     Sensory & Consumer Science.        Christina works in the Sensory and Consumer Science Department of Plant & Food Research, Mt Albert. Her work involves understanding consumer behaviour in relation to food choices.

Christina Bava - Position: Research Associate, Plant & Food Research. Field: Sensory & Consumer Science. Christina works in the Sensory and Consumer Science Department of Plant & Food Research, Mt Albert. Her work involves understanding consumer behaviour in relation to food choices.

Amit Taneja is a product developer at the Riddet Institute. Since 2006, he’s been involved in developing and commercialising a microencapsulated omega-3 emulsion for food products.

Amit Taneja is a product developer at the Riddet Institute. Since 2006, he’s been involved in developing and commercialising a microencapsulated omega-3 emulsion for food products.

Taking a small New Zealand company global Chris Cullen, owner-operator of Culley’s, began selling his hot sauces at a local farmers’ market. This article describes how he expanded his small company to supply national and export markets.

Taking a small New Zealand company global Chris Cullen, owner-operator of Culley’s, began selling his hot sauces at a local farmers’ market. This article describes how he expanded his small company to supply national and export markets.

Food trends – and businesses that market them – often make health claims about particular food products, but can consumers trust these claims? Food Standards Australia New Zealand (FSANZ) has rules that cover a wide range of health claims made on food labels and in advertising. As of January 2016, all health claims must be supported by scientific evidence.

Food trends – and businesses that market them – often make health claims about particular food products, but can consumers trust these claims? Food Standards Australia New Zealand (FSANZ) has rules that cover a wide range of health claims made on food labels and in advertising. As of January 2016, all health claims must be supported by scientific evidence.

Angus Brown of The FOODBOWL explains the misconception students often have of food technology as a subject. He highlights the vast opportunities and the importance to the New Zealand economy of careers in this field.

Angus Brown of The FOODBOWL explains the misconception students often have of food technology as a subject. He highlights the vast opportunities and the importance to the New Zealand economy of careers in this field.

Coconut oil - miracle cure or marketing hype? PODCAST. Kate Pereyra Garcia documents her three weeks eating coconut oil in part one of Health or Hoax, a new podcast series looking at the facts behind current health trends.

Coconut oil - miracle cure or marketing hype? PODCAST. Kate Pereyra Garcia documents her three weeks eating coconut oil in part one of Health or Hoax, a new podcast series looking at the facts behind current health trends.

Why breed a red-fleshed apple? -  A new apple cultivar with red skin and red flesh is being developed at Plant & Food Research. Discover how the idea came about and why it may appeal to consumers.

Why breed a red-fleshed apple? - A new apple cultivar with red skin and red flesh is being developed at Plant & Food Research. Discover how the idea came about and why it may appeal to consumers.

VIDEO CLIP: Testing identifies the benefits of taewa - Scientists have tested the properties of 4 varieties of taewa. Here, Dr Jaspreet Singh from the Riddet Institute explains the benefits of taewa over the modern potato Nadine.

VIDEO CLIP: Testing identifies the benefits of taewa - Scientists have tested the properties of 4 varieties of taewa. Here, Dr Jaspreet Singh from the Riddet Institute explains the benefits of taewa over the modern potato Nadine.

Phytochemicals are naturally occurring, biologically active chemical compounds in plants. The prefix ‘phyto’ is from a Greek word meaning plant.

Phytochemicals are naturally occurring, biologically active chemical compounds in plants. The prefix ‘phyto’ is from a Greek word meaning plant.

Water content of foods -  In this activity, students quantitatively analyse carrot and banana for moisture content and total solids using and comparing two drying methods.

Water content of foods - In this activity, students quantitatively analyse carrot and banana for moisture content and total solids using and comparing two drying methods.

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