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Professor Charles Eason
15 April 2015

Cawthron brings seafood to FoodHQ table

Cawthron Institute has become the newest member of the FoodHQ research collaboration.

Cawthron is the first South Island-based organisation to join FoodHQ. Other members are AgResearch, AsureQuality, ESR, Fonterra, Massey University, Plant & Food Research, the Riddet Institute and BCC, Manawatu's business development agency.

Cawthron Institute chief executive, Professor Charles Eason, says it's essential that seafood is represented alongside agri-foods in the collaboration.

"Cawthron is the centre for seafood research and development in the Top of the South, with a focus on production, protection and adding value to seafood. We see FoodHQ as a great opportunity to help add value to New Zealand's food export economy."

AgResearch Chief Executive and Chairman of the FoodHQ Board, Dr Tom Richardson, says having Cawthron Institute as a partner is a great addition for FoodHQ.

"Cawthron is recognised around the world for its expertise in seafood safety science, biosecurity, resource management and research. Its aquaculture park is an outstanding demonstration of what can be achieved with industry partners," he says.

"The addition of Cawthron Institute to the FoodHQ family is significant because it brings aquaculture science to the FoodHQ table."

FoodHQ was launched in 2013 and is heralded as the largest concentration of food science and innovation expertise in the Southern Hemisphere. It now includes more that 2200 food scientist, engineers, researchers, PhD students, professionals and educators.