Ray Winger, PhD

Raymond WingerDr. Ray Winger has over 40 years' experience in the global food industry, especially in New Zealand, Australia, Asia, USA and Europe. He has worked in both academia and the food industry, including the meat industry, health food sector, as an international agribusiness consultant, and as Professor of Food Technology at Massey University in New Zealand for 20 years. Most recently he established his own company (Inside Foods Ltd) in the United Kingdom, making convenience foods for people with specific medical conditions, such as renal disease or hypertension.

Ray has also extensive governance experience and is completing his 3-year term as an IFT Board member this year. He was a NZ government appointee to the Board of FSANZ (the NZ-Australian equivalent to USFDA) and was also a Board member on the governing Council of Massey University.

Dr. Winger completed his postgraduate degrees with Dr. Owen Fennema and Dr. Bruce Marsh at the University of Wisconsin-Madison from 1973-1978. During that time he was an active participant in IFT, particularly the student division, where he was responsible for establishing the Phi Tau Sigma graduate paper competition in 1977. He participated on the Higher Education Committee in 2000-2003 and was active in IUFoST during the 1990s.

What do you feel you can contribute to the growth and advancement of IFT?
IFT’s strength and vitality resides in its energetic and passionate volunteers. Its future directions, strategies and aspirations are governed by the caliber of the members serving on its key committees. The food industry is evolving rapidly into a global business where country boundaries no longer define the scope and focus of companies. IFT clearly sees the need to become more involved on a global scale, supporting and encouraging its international members to have a meaningful and effective participation in the future of IFT.

From my experience on the IFT Board of Directors, it is clear that international volunteers will play a pivotal role in facilitating the implementation of IFT’s global strategy. It is an exciting time to be involved in IFT. My Board experience also allows me to provide valuable insight to potential candidates on the opportunities and challenges to be addressed at governance and committee levels within IFT. I am passionate that we must encourage the best people to volunteer and ensure the highest caliber candidates, including international members, are offered for election. My aim is to encourage top candidates to volunteer, assisting the Board to meet its strategic goals through effective, enthusiastic players with relevant and complementary skills and life experiences.

Formal Education 
PhD, 1978, Food Science – Meat & Animal Science, University of Wisconsin-Madison, USA
MS, 1975, Food Science, University of Wisconsin-Madison, USA
BTech (food), 1973, Food Technology, Massey University, New Zealand

Career History

Inside Foods Ltd Managing Director 2010-current
Massey University, NZ Logan-Campbell Chair and Professor of Food Technology 1990-2010
Food Consultants International, Adelaide, Australia General Manager 1988-1990
Healtheries NZ Ltd Technical Manager 1985-1988
Meat Industry Research Institute of New Zealand Research Scientists 1978-1985 

Leadership Experience

  • IFT Board member 2010-2013
  • Inside Foods Ltd Founder and Director 2010
  • Massey University Board of Directors, member 2006-2010
  • IFT Committee on Higher Education 2000-2003
  • Food Standards Australia-New Zealand NZ Government appointee to the Board of Directors 1999-2004
  • Massey University, NZ Head of Institute 2005-2006
  • Massey University, NZ Head of Institute 2002-2004
  • Massey University, NZ Head of Department 1993-1998

Professional and Community Recognition

  • Fellow, New Zealand Institute of Food Science and Technology
  • Fellow, Institute of Food Science and Technology (UK)
  • Emeritus Professor of Food Technology, Massey University, New Zealand
  • JC Andrews Award, NZ Institute of Food Science and Technology premier award for a substantial contribution to science and technology in the food industry (2007)
  • Outstanding service award, IFT Student division (1977)
  • Fulbright-Hays Scholarship for study in the USA (1973-1978)