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Food Science and Technology Professional Learning & Development

Massey University’s School of Food and Nutrition PLD course for food technology and science teachers taking part in the 2016 NZIFST/CREST Student Product Development Challenge

Massey University’s School of Food and Nutrition staff at Albany and Palmerston North campuses recently ran a Professional Learning and Development course for food technology and science teachers who are supervising students taking part in the 2016 NZIFST/CREST Student Product Development Challenge. The two venues were linked by video conference.

The course included such topics as:

  • The Product Development Process used by the food industry;
  • Introduction to functional food ingredients e.g. thickeners and emulsifiers, including a practical session;
  • How to interpret a nutrition information panel, Food Standards Australia New Zealand regulations about nutritional claims, use of the nutrition information panel calculator, Health Star ratings and
  • Food safety.

The teachers at the Palmerston North campus also visited the FoodPILOT plant and experimented with solidifiers.

The FoodPILOT plant is designed and run under strict Risk Management Programme guidelines expected in a modern food manufacturing plant. The plant serves as a facility for teaching students traditional and new processing techniques for today’s food manufacture.

CREST and NZIFST are most grateful for the continued support and encouragement of Professor Steve Flint and his colleagues.