New food technology brings vegetables centre stage with govt funding

The Ministry for Primary Industries (MPI) is enabling New Zealand to tap into the growing market for plant-based products, where vegetables feature as a ‘centre of the plate’ item.

A diverse range of new processed vegetable products is now available on the market, thanks to $147,000 investment from the ministry’s Sustainable Food and Fibre Futures (SFF Futures) fund. More innovation is under way.

The two-year project led by Food Nation, which was launched in mid-2019, aimed to develop a range of plant-based ‘meat alternative’ foods using mushroom seconds and an array of other more novel plants.

One year on, it has made some exciting progress. Continue reading