Connecting innovators to explore the potential of emerging protein sources

Connecting innovators to explore the potential of emerging protein sources

About Emerging Proteins

Emerging Proteins NZ is a community that seeks to accelerate the development of a thriving emerging proteins sector in New Zealand.

Our members span the sector from growing and producing through to manufacturing, retailing and exporting; new technologies and new market insights.

We enable members to share knowledge, get connected with the right expertise and facilities and work together on common projects.

Membership is open to individuals or organisations who are actively involved in any aspect of the local or export supply chain or who are looking to establish or expand their operations into the emerging proteins space.

Emerging Proteins NZ  is inclusive and positive encompassing a wide range of protein sources, including plant, fungi, insect, bacterial and cell-culture.

The establishment of Emerging Proteins NZ has been facilitated by FoodHQ, a not-for-profit organisation that is headquartered in Manawatū (

Activities and projects

Established in July 2020, Emerging Proteins NZ’s primary function is to connect and facilitate, both one-on-one and larger groups, including:.

  • Quarterly ‘meetings’ (a combination of zoom and face-to-face where possible) with relevant speakers and Q&A sessions to expand the networks and share knowledge.
  • Access to the right experts and equipment, general advice, and introductions to potential collaborators.
  • Future collective projects involving multiple parties to tackle common issues and questions.

Please feel free to let us know if there is anything you can think of where we may be able to help.

Key People

Miranda Burdon (Chair Emerging Proteins))

Miranda Burdon

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Miranda Burdon is the co-founder of Food Nation, a recently launched business with the mission to get more plants on more plates. She is a Te Hono alumni, the Chair of Meadow Mushrooms Ltd and the Chair of Live Ocean, an entity established by Peter Burling and Blair Tuke to support the charge for Ocean Health.

Dr Abby Thompson (CEO, FoodHQ)

Dr Abby Thompson

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Abby has a PhD in food chemistry and spent six years in the UK running clinical studies investigating how our genetics can affect the way our bodies respond to food. Prior to joining FoodHQ in 2018, Abby led teams at Riddet Institute and then Massey University, managing industry-facing R&D projects in food and nutrition.

Amos Palfreyman (Business Development Manager, FoodHQ)

Amos Palfreyman

Business Development Manager, FoodHQ
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Amos has a wealth of experience in economic and trade development included hosting NZ trade visits to Israel and fostering several successful technology joint ventures in the agriculture, medical and energy sectors. Amos is passionate about Manawatu and its potential to become an international food science destination.