Finalists in food industry awards

Last updated 09:16 11/06/2014

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Marlborough Research Centre chief executive Gerald Hope and general manager of the Riddet Institute at Massey University Mark Ward have been short-listed for a national award within the food industry.

The two men who lead the Marlborough Food and Beverage Industry cluster are finalists in the New Zealand Institute of Food Science and Technology's Food Industry Excellence Awards.

The awards recognise leadership, innovation, eco-efficiency and service to the food industry and are open to any company or employee from across New Zealand's food and beverage sector.

Hope and Ward have been leading a group of Marlborough businesses who have signed up for the Marlborough food and beverage innovation project.

The research centre has a partnership with the Riddet Institute, an independent centre of research excellence, to support a cluster of 11 Marlborough-based food and beverage businesses to work in collaboration, sharing ideas and accessing support from outside the region.

It was "gratifying to have it confirmed that the work being done in Marlborough was breaking new ground", Hope said.

The 2014 award winners will be announced at the NZIFST conference on July 2 in Christchurch.

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- The Marlborough Express

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