Technology Transfer Seminars

Collaboration key to industry improvement

The Baking Industry Research Trust recently held Technology Transfer Seminars in Auckland and Christchurch. A lifetime achievement award was presented to well-known industry leader Doug Leighton, who retired at the end of 2016.

Invited speakers presented on a range of industry related topics, and guests had the opportunity to hear Doug recount some of his experiences over 53 years in the industry.

There was a noticeable emphasis by all presenters on the need for continued research, collaboration and information sharing, and the importance of alliances for the benefit of the sector as a whole. Much of the research being carried out is now co-funded and carried out by more than one industry partner.

Presentations by

  • Brian Leadley, Chairman United Wheat Growers, Vice Chair Federated Farmers Arable Industry Group
  • Krishna Samy, Chairman NZ Flour Millers Research Trust (FMRT), Technical and Grain Manager for Mauri, George Weston Foods
  • Arran Wilson, Research Scientist Plant & Food Research
  • Dr Larisa Cato, Wheat Quality Technical Markets Manager, Australian Export Grain Innovation Centre
  • Nathan Roberts, Process Improvement Manager, Goodman Fielder

Other major themes of the seminar were:

  • market suitability of products – end user driven
  • the relationship between growers, researchers and producers
  • wheat and flour quality and suitability for purpose
  • stable production and reliability
  • the importance of science and research
  • the influence of technology on the industry
  • sustainability and environmental impact
  • the importance of breeding and new cultivars
  • higher yield requirements and high demand
  • continuous improvement