Costs of running a pilot plant
Professor Richard Archer - Massey University
Food Pilot plants are attractive assets for regions to own and operate - especially for regions wanting to give local companies a leg up in developing new food products and businesses. The NZ Food Innovation Network having run for several years now, we have a good handle on what it costs to own and to operate a pilot plant, and what revenue and support you might expect. This talk will give those numbers and show how to maximise the gains but minimise the pains.
Richard Archer is the current Logan Campbell Professor of Food Technology at Massey University, having returned after 20 years in the dairy industry. He is a Fellow with the Riddet Institute and director of the FoodPilot at Massey. He also leads the High Performance Manuka Plantation PGP research programme and is the Chief Technologist of the large MBIE-funded FIET programme on food process engineering. Richard is currently National Vice-President of NZIFST.