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Dr Anne Perera

Such incredible news to see our very own J.C Andrew's winner and Fellow member of the NZIFST Dr. Anne D. Perera named a Member of the New Zealand Order of Merit for her contribution to food science and nutrition in the 2024 New Years Honours List.

Dr Anne Perera is a specialist in food and nutrition and has worked in industry, research and academia in New Zealand since 1981.

Dr Perera has been a consultant for Hubbard’s, Kiwi Cooperative Dairies, Hansells, Cerebos Greggs, Dilmah and Weight Watchers, and won the New Zealand Guild of Food Writers’ Nutrition Writer of the Year award in 1994 for co-writing the book ‘Nutrition 2000’. She was elected as Chair of the Central Branch of the New Zealand Institute of Food Science and Technology (NZIFST), through which she organised a Technical Tour for the Singapore Institute of Food Science and Technology members to New Zealand. She became New Zealand Crop and Food Research Institute’s Team Leader in Nutrition and Health in 2004, and co-authored ‘Hot Potatoes and Cool Bananas’ in 2007. She was a member of the New Zealand Food Standards Committee and the Editor of the New Zealand Nutrition Foundation. Following retirement in 2010, she has been a Food and Nutrition Advisor to Small Industries Development Organisation in Tanzania and helped rebrand the Tanzania Association of Food Scientists and Technologists. She provided counselling through the Prisoners’ Aid Rehabilitation programme and is a member of several Parish Councils. Dr Perera was awarded the NZIFST J.C. Andrews Award in 2022 in recognition of her contributions.

Congratulations Anne.


The University of Otago, in association with NZIFST, interviewed some recent (and not so recent) graduates from within the New Zealand Food Industry and got them to talk about their journeys.

                                                                                       Check out all of the interviews out here. 

We appreciate the support of our Conference 2023 Principal Partner and Major Partner

The NZIFST Exec, Board and other members are working hard on the NZIFST Strategy House.

We presented our journey so far at conference in Ōtepoti Dunedin recently.  If you would like to see the slide deck, you can find it here.  We are still looking for people to help out in the workstreams, so if you see something you would like to help out with, please click here and scan the QR code.

Food Waste Research with the University of Otago

Have you seen this fantastic clip of what NZIFST Fellow Miranda Mirosa and her team in the Food Science Department at the University of Otago are up to the battle with Food Waste.

This video was commissioned as part of the ‘Shared Horizons’ project, which "delves into crucial topics, showcases innovative thinking, and highlights success stories from across the food and beverage sector". This initiative is presented by the NZ Food and Grocery Council in partnership with ASN Media

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NZIFSt  & Food Industry Awards

 winner, John Brooks, with his wife Jan

Click here to see the Fellowship, DSA, RHA and JCA Citations for 2023

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