FoodHQ is New Zealand’s international centre for collaborative food research. FoodHQ offers food and beverage companies access to organisations that have a proven record of remarkable research – science that is useful and innovative.

FoodHQ partners

The partnership is made up of Fonterra, Cawthron Institute, AgResearch, Massey University, ESR, AsureQuality, Plant and Food Research, Riddet Institute, BCC and Manawatū District Council.

The partners share information, consult on investments and strategically align capability, resources and infrastructure. Most of the research and innovation members of the FoodHQ family are located alongside each other in Palmerston North's Fitzherbert Science Park and Massey University's local campus.

More than 2,200 food scientists, engineers, researchers, PhD students, professionals and educators are employed by FoodHQ partners. They connect and collaborate, build and maintain links, recruit and retain top talent, and manage New Zealand's resources for a sustainable future while serving the international food industry and growing our economy.

Background and strategic goals

FoodHQ is working to deliver on the government's Business Growth Agenda, which calls for a trebling of the real value of food exports. FoodHQ was launched in 2013, growing out of Food Innovation New Zealand, which was established in 2009.

FoodHQ's 20-year strategic plan outlines how the organisations will collectively play a key role in the global food community and how it will further unify established research organisations.

Council's role

We are providing support for FoodHQ through the Central Economic Development Agency and working with over 50 partner employees to develop and grow FoodHQ.

We are working with these organisations to:

  • develop the FoodHQ campus
  • attract commercial investment
  • develop marketing and communications
  • create employment and collaborative research opportunities.