NEW ZEALAND — New Zealand’s Food and Consumer Agency has said the country’s food system is on track to become one of the first in the world to use hydraulic food presses.
The trial, to begin in December, will see food manufacturers and suppliers test the food products they produce and test the way they are heated using the press.
A study of the press has been published in the International Journal of Food Science and Technology.
It shows how the press uses heat from a fan to push and pull foods, allowing the food to be prepared, packaged and served more efficiently.
“We think this trial is really important,” Food Minister Amy Adams said.
“This trial will allow us to assess the safety of using a press to press food, and ensure it’s the right product for the food industry.”
The trial will be run at a site near Christchurch in the southern New Zealand town of Kaikoura, where the government plans to invest in more food processing and food production facilities.
Adams said the trial would help strengthen the food system, but added that the industry would need to look at all options to reduce carbon emissions.
New Zealand already has some of the world’s most advanced food technology and is working on further developing a commercial food press that can be used for food production.
But she said the government was not rushing to roll out the new system because it needed to see how the test would work.
“This is not a panacea for all of the problems that we have with the food supply,” she said.
“It’s just the first step in the process of getting us into the phase of using hydraulic foodpress.”