Centre of Research Excellence
The institute is one of eight government-funded New Zealand Centres of Research Excellence (CoREs) and the only one devoted to food research and development. A CoRE is a formal collaborative model hosted by a university and the Riddet Institute brings together leading scientists from Massey University (host institution), the University of Otago, The University of Auckland, and the two largest Crown research institutes: AgResearch and Plant & Food Research.
The institute thus unites leading scientists and key elements of New Zealand's resources in food and related sciences and is a catalyst for innovation to create sustained competitive advantage for New Zealand. New Zealand's food industry is the country's most significant economic sector, accounting for over half of export earnings. The Riddet Institute's prime goal is to fortify the New Zealand food industry with true scientific excellence.