Our Vision

The Riddet Institute is a world-best research centre in food and related sciences, providing fundamental scientific understanding and training a new generation of science leaders. The Institute integrates partner organisations and disciplines, leading a “NZ Inc.” approach to food research, and generates knowledge and capability that transforms the New Zealand food industry.

Our Mission

The Riddet Institute is the pre-eminent centre in New Zealand for the science of food, nutrition and supporting disciplines, carrying out the fundamental and strategic research that will lead to tomorrow’s innovation in high margin food products and processes.

The Riddet Institute acts as the leader and integrator for New Zealand food science, setting the standard for cross-organisation, cross-discipline collaboration and facilitating knowledge transfer to industry through strong networks and partnerships.

The Riddet Institute recruits and develops highly qualified scientists in food science and supporting disciplines increasing the capability and capacity to drive innovation in the food industry.

The Riddet Institute shows national leadership by raising awareness by the food industry and policy-makers of key global issues related to agri-food.

The Riddet Institute positively influences, not only the New Zealand food industry, but also the wider community’s economic and social well-being.

Improved economic and educational outcomes for Māori by facilitating innovation by Māori food companies and supporting Māori students to pursue education in food science and related disciplines and careers in the food industry.

Our Strategic Priorities

World-class science, Industry impact, Agri-food thought leadership, Shaping Future Food Science leaders, Supporting Maori success, Policy and regulation.

  • A critical mass in food science and related disciplines showcasing New Zealand science excellence
  • An enhanced capacity for food research and food innovation in the New Zealand agri-food sector
  • Innovation in the New Zealand food industry
  • A world-leading, informed and engaged agri-food sector in New Zealand
  • Improved economic, educational and health outcomes for Māori
  • Contribution towards the prevention and management of lifestyle diseases