Top scientists and business people arrive for $20bn high-value food sector conference

24 September 2017

Media release

Sunday, 24 September, 2017

More than 200 of the country’s leading researchers and business people will gather in Auckland this week (25 &26 Sept) for the High-Value Nutrition National Science Challenge annual conference 2017, Nutritional Science Fuelling Innovation.

Challenge director Joanne Todd said, ”This is the annual event when the many parts of the High-Value foods eco-system gather under one roof to talk about the research underway to lift the contribution high-value foods make to New Zealand’s export revenues.”

Two international speakers will share their insights at the conference.  Professor Pierre Dechellotte, a biotech entrepreneur and leading researcher on the gut-brain axis fundamental to our health and wellbeing, will present, “What’s our second brain thinking?” Peter Wennstrőm, the founder of The Healthy Marketing Team, and a consultant to major global food businesses, will present: “The value chain starts in the mind of the consumer”.

High-Value Nutrition analysis calculates the export value of high-value foods to New Zealand at about $20 billion a year. These are foods that are especially nutritious. However foods from New Zealand that are marketed based on scientific validation to cater to the lucrative and growing foods for health market, constitute only about $1 billion a year. This sets out a clear opportunity for New Zealand food producers with High-Value Nutrition’s role to fund research into health benefits and to act as an enabler of the high-value food eco-system.

Go to the HVNconference 2017 site for the full programme. The conference takes place over Monday, 25th and Tuesday, 26th September at the Grand Millennium Hotel, in Mayoral Drive, Auckland.

Media inquiries: Gilbert Wong, gilbert.wong@auckland.ac.nz  or 021 917942

High-Value Nutrition is the National Science Challenge with the job of building the science excellence and knowledge New Zealand needs to create and deliver foods to the world that people choose to stay healthy and well. It has funding of $83.8m over 10 years to champion mission-led science to support high-value food exports.