Plant & Food Research carries out research to discover the natural goodness in foods, developing new functional ingredients and food concepts as well as examining consumer perceptions and experiences. Click our brochure to find out how.
Click the factcards below to find out how more about our research and how Plant & Food Research is supporting the industries we work with.
Everyone wants to feel like they've worked out, but no-one wants to suffer. Click to see how our science is uncovering new natural ways to speed up exercise recovery.
We're all under pressure; at home and at work. Click to find out how our research is discovering new natural functional food compounds to enhance mental performance.
Gastrointestinal issues are uncomfortable, embarrassing ans highly personal. Find out how our research is helping develop new foods to improve gut health and better manage digestion disorders.
Everyone has experienced the feeling of 'being full', but few stop to ask what makes them feel that way. Click to see how our research is examining satiety mechanism throughout the digestive process.
Our science is developing new methods of predicting consumer demand and the tools to help your business deliver what your clients want. Click to find out how.
'Wakefield' is a new red raspberry cultivar with improved disease resistance and firm fruit perfect for the machine harvest. Click to find out more.
Consumers want to know their food choices deliver the benefits they are promised. Our science can deliver the evidence to help prove benefit claims and ensure new functional foods meet regulatory requirements. Click to find out more.
Consumers want to be sure that what they're eating has the nutrition they need, while health experts want to be sure they're saying the right thing when it comes to food choices.
A comprehensive Food Composition Database can help everyone make the best decisions
Our science has shown that anthocyanins extracted from New Zealand grown blackcurrants offer potential beneficial effects, particularly in the areas of muscle recovery and inflammation. Our researchers have combined this knowledge with an understanding of consumer preferences to develop a new functional drink that can support physical recovery.
Our scientists have shown that New Zealand-grown blackcurrants offer potential beneficial effects and that some varieties have higher concentrations of compounds thought to be good for health.
Te Kete Ahumara is a new website created to provide a comprehensive information directory for both established and new Maori businesses involved in food production.
Identifying the genetic variants controlling the perception of flavour is just one of the ways we're using molecular biology to support innovation for the plant and marine-based food industries. Click to find out more.
Our research has identified vegetable cultivars with the optimal concentrations of nutrients known to be good for health, and the best way to grow, harvest and store these vegetables to maintain these nutrients through to the consumer. These products are now available in supermarkets under the vitalvegetablesÂ® brand.
Our knowledge of human senses and consumer behaviour informs research to support successful new product development and market expansion. Click to find out how.