Food Innovation Team

Responsible for implementing Riddet Innovation projects, the Food Innovation team has a reputation for efficient, timely, outcome focused project management. Collectively the team members bring extensive food industry experience to their roles and a deep understanding of the food business. 

The range of services that the Food Innovation team provides include:

  • Ideation and brainstorming
  • Workshops to identify opportunities or solve problems
  • New product development
  • Process optimisation
  • Evaluation of formulation, processing and packaging options
  • Physical characteristics and functionality testing
  • Sensory evaluation
  • Microbial quality assessment
  • Shelf life determination
  • Pilot-scale and small production trials

Team Leader

Nikki Middleditch Before joining Massey Food in 2017, Nikki Middleditch spent 15 years commercialising food products in the UK.  Her manufacturing and brand-based experience spans bakery, meat-free products and prepared meal solutions.  Nikki’s success at leading development projects is evident in products on European supermarket shelves, British casual dining menus, and within global QSR menus.  Nikki credits her achievements to building strong relationships between her teams and clients “really understanding what the clients’ needs are and taking them through the project with you, makes success much more meaningful not just for the client but for the teams behind the delivery of that new product”.

Email N.Middleditch@massey.ac.nz
DDI: +64 6 951 7569
Mobile: +64 21 858 685

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