Value-added food exports grow
09 Nov, 2005
Food exports that bring more money to New Zealand are growing.
Value-added foods now account for over half of New Zealand’s total food and beverage exports, new research from the Institute of Food, Nutrition and Human Health at Massey University says.
Examples of value-added foods include products that contain bioactives and functional ingredients. ‘Value-added’ means that more money is received for the products.
Researchers have been tracking food export trends for five years and report a steady increase in the level of value-added products being produced by New Zealand food manufacturers.
“There is a high degree of innovation in the sector, which is making a significant contribution to increasing value-added exports,” Professor Ray Winger from the Institute says.
The study looked at meat, dairy, fruit and vegetable, beverages, cereals, seafood and miscellaneous products. The largest increases in 2004 were in the dairy and meat sectors.
- 14 November 2007