29th July, 2013
New Zealand's first food super-campus will be the focus of FoodHQ, a research collaboration that aims to enable the nationâ€™s food exports to reach $60 billion by 2025.
FoodHQ was officially launched on July 29 at Massey Universityâ€™s Manawatu campus by Science and Innovation Minister Steven Joyce, who will be joined by Food Safety Minister Nikki Kaye. The first stage of FoodHQ, Food Innovation New Zealand, was launched in August 2009 by Prime Minister John Key.
FoodHQ is poised to deliver on the Governmentâ€™s Business Growth Agenda, which calls for a trebling of the real value of food exports in the next 12 years. An investment into the Palmerston North-based campus of $250 million over 20 years, FoodHQ will further unify established research organisations AgResearch, Plant & Food Research (both member organisations of Nutrigenomics New Zealand), Fonterra, Massey University, the Riddet Institute and the BCC. It is supported by the Palmerston North City and Manawatu District councils.