Food safety has emerged as a strong focus for the Palmerston North-based Food HQ research collaboration.
Food HQ, described as the power house of food innovation, was launched two years ago.
It is a first time exhibitor at the Central Districts fieldays, which opened in Feilding today.
Programme Director Mark Ward said there were now 12 partners in Food HQ, including government and private research bodies, Massey University, three local councils and Fonterra.
He said one of the biggest advances so far had been getting different agencies working together on food safety.
Mr Ward was also pleased with the development of healthier food products an example of which was on display at the fielday.
"We've got a very high health biscuit that's based on a formula that one of the Food HQ partners has developed, we had those manufactured especially for the event, and so I guess that's one of the aspects of how we demonstrate that New Zealand food can get healthier and healthier through innovation and through underpinning science and knowledge that the partners hold."