Massey University Food Technology

The School of Food & Advanced Technology is committed to supporting New Zealand’s export-driven growth based on high value products, processes and technologies related to our bioeconomy.

Our educational programmes build capability in food, nutrition and engineering and our internationally recognised researchers apply their skills throughout the supply chain and beyond. Our expertise covers a very broad range of food-related and engineering disciplines.


Our graduates have theoretical and practical knowledge and are in high demand internationally. Our programmes help students understand future challenges and the complexity our globe will encounter, such as population growth and a global economy. We help them develop a skill base that can future-proof their careers. Our programmes are problem-based, industry-connected and research-led.


Our researchers work collaboratively, blending disciplines to solve problems that have global impact. From microelectronics to detect animal pain to using artificial intelligence in smart homes for our aging population, bioactive food systems to food materials science, we are future-focused, committed to helping society, communities and industry.


Find out more about the Massey study programmes, research, facilities, services and people working in the School of Food and Advanced Technology’s areas of specialisation.

Auckland campus

Massey’s campus in Auckland is located in Albany on the North Shore. The food aspects of the School are based on the Otehe Rohe campus, while technology and engineering are based at the Albany Village Precinct, off Kell Drive and State Highway 17.

Manawatū campus

The School of Food and Advanced Technology is located in the Riddet Complex, adjacent to the Food Pilot Plant in the centre of Massey’s Manawatū campus in Palmerston North.


Food Characterisation Laboratory

Equipment in this laboratory includes Paar Physica MCR 301 and 302 control-stress rheometers, texture analyser, Instron universal testing machine, spectrophotometers, rapid-visco analyser and Minolta colourimeter.

Food Characterisation Laboratory


Facilities within FoodPILOT include equipment for both animal and human food production. Capability includes extrusion, ice-cream-making, sausage stuffing,vacuum packing, bowl chopping, spray drying, evaporation, freeze drying, canning and pasteurising. FoodPILOT hosts the largest collection of pilot-scale food processing equipment in the southern hemisphere.



The Massey Microbrewery is a fully functioning brewing facility on the Manawatū campus.

The facility incorporates CIP cleaning systems, plate and tube heat exchangers, pumping systems along with a sophisticated computer-based process control and a data acquisition system. It has a 200L brew capacity, 10 200L combined fermentation and conditioning tanks. The brewery is also used for teaching food microbiology.


Business development – Food Innovation

If you are an individual or business looking for advice, consultancy or to commission research in any area of food science, food technology or the business of food, please contact Food Innovation. The team have extensive food industry experience and can help with everything from brainstorming concepts to small production trials. We can connect you with the relevant Massey University expertise, services and facilities and/or project manage your project.

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Nutrition Laboratory

Specialists at Massey University’s Nutrition Laboratory provide consultancy for your food business, including nutritional testing of food products including for shelf life, food safety and product formulation.

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