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Encouraging students to be innovative, creative and to problem solve in food science and technology.


This Challenge is no longer on offer.

From 2009 to 2019, The New Zealand Institute of Food Science Technology (NZIFST) and CREST initiated the NZIFST CREST Food Innovation Challenge, formerly known as the Student Product Development Challenge, to give senior secondary students the opportunity to experience first hand the innovative work done by scientists, technologists and engineers in New Zealand’s food industry, and to raise the profile of a career in this industry.


The Food Innovation Challenge is an invaluable lesson in implementing food science and technology, as practised by the food industry into secondary schools.

More importantly, it is an outstanding example of collaboration involving teachers, students, the tertiary sector, the food industry, NZIFST and the Royal Society Te Apārangi, resulting in students choosing food science and technology as future learning pathways and career choices.