Food science award for Massey professor
Massey University professor Richard Archer has been awarded the New Zealand Institute of Food Science and Technology’s most prestigious honour, the JC Andrews award.
The award is presented annually in memory of Massey’s first Chancellor, Dr John Clark Andrews, who proposed that New Zealand’s first food technology degree be established in 1964. The award recognises Institute members who have made a substantial contribution to science and technology and leadership in the food industry.
Professor Archer was presented with the award at the institute’s annual conference in Christchurch last week. “To me, this is the premier award in a profession and industry which I personally regard as core to New Zealand’s well-being,” he said.
“Those who have won before are my industry heroes. Without their work we would be a poorer and much more boring place, still exporting butter and cheese in wooden boxes, whole frozen carcasses and not much else, and eating a diet of white bread, mutton roast and cordial.”
Professor Archer gave a speech highlighting his future ambition to revamp milk tanker design and develop the manuka honey industry.