Food Technology

Food is New Zealand’s biggest industry. Food technology is all about using science to 'add value' to commodity foods such as dairy products, meat, fruit, vegetables and grains.

Food technologists need to have an in-depth knowledge of raw foods and how they can be handled, processed and/or packaged to provide consumers with safe, convenient, nutritious end products.

Your local supermarket is full of food technology - from the muesli bars in the snack section to salami sticks in the delicatessen section. You'll also find food technology at work in bakeries and wineries.

People will always need food. The food industry will always need food technologists.

Food technology is very important to the New Zealand economy

  • New Zealand’s food industry is worth $34 billion
  • The food and beverage industry earns around 50% of New Zealand's export income … and it’s growing!

New Zealand needs more food technologists!

  • For New Zealand to remain competitive in local and international markets, new processes and products must continually be developed.
  • As well as technical work, the role of a food technologist in New Zealand could include business development, marketing and management.
  • Many Massey food technology graduates have gone on to outstanding careers in senior management, both in New Zealand and overseas.


Bachelor of Food Technology (Food Tech) with Honours

Graduate Diploma in Technology

Master of Dairy Science and Technology


Postgraduate Diploma in Technology



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