Food science award for Massey pro­fes­sor

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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.

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