Auckland has pooled its resources to win a prestigious food science conference that will allow its home-grown talent to showcase cutting edge research to international colleagues.

The city will host the International Union of Food Science and Technology (IUFosT) 20th World Congress of Food Science and Technology in 2020, satisfying a long-held ambition.

The bid was secured by the New Zealand Institute of Food Science and Technology (NZIFST), with support from Auckland Convention Bureau (ACB) and Tourism New Zealand.

Anne Scott, NZIFST president, said the hosting body had wanted to bid for the event previously but lacked the resources until funding was agreed through the Conference Assistance Programme (CAP).

Managed by Tourism New Zealand, the CAP fund is used to help organisations and associations that are in a position to formally bid for an international conference which will be held in New Zealand.

“Without their support we would never have bid,” said Scott.

“We are looking forward to showing off New Zealand’s cutting-edge research in the food industry, what’s putting us on the technology map, how we are taking the resources of NZ and making great food, and how that is supporting our economy.”

IUFoST supports programmes and projects to increase the safety and security of the world’s food supply. The 2020 event will take place over five days, convening 2,000 of the brightest minds in food science from more than 60 countries, while generating $4.25 million for the Auckland economy.

ACB manager Anna Hayward said: “With almost half of New Zealand’s exports in food, mixed with a long proud history in food technology, food science and food engineering, along with Auckland’s appeal as a destination meant we had the right combination to win the bid.

“The food and beverage sector, in particular the food processing sector, is a key economic driver for Auckland. We look forward to the opportunities hosting such a prestigious conference will bring to further enhance this valuable sector.”

The congress will be held at the New Zealand International Convention Centre (NZICC) in 2020, with the theme ‘20/20 Vision: Food for a changing world’