New Zealand

Food Composition Database

Updates

The New Zealand FOODfiles are continually being updated and new versions are released about every two years. Similarly, a new edition of the Concise New Zealand Food Composition Tables is also published regularly.

It is not possible to analyse all foods in New Zealand every year, therefore foods must be prioritised for nutrient analysis. To ensure the best use of resources Plant & Food Research considers the following factors when creating a priority food list:

  • Does a similar food already exist in the database, and if so how old is the data?
  • Is it a new food and, if so, is it likely to be successful in the marketplace?
  • How frequently is the food consumed in New Zealand?
  • What nutrients does the food contribute to the diet of New Zealanders?
  • Is there a need to replace data from overseas with New Zealand analytical values?
  • Does the food have a unique composition?
  • User feedback.

Food Records that have been added to the NZFCD since the release of the New Zealand FOODfiles 2014 Version 01:

FOODfiles 2016a Derivation Food Records Type of foods
New Foods By analysis 75 Bakery products: crumpet, bagels, scones (plain, with cheese and with dates); Beverages, non-alcoholic: fruit drinks (orange, cranberry and blackcurrant), soft drink tea flavoured and carbonated soft drinks (cola, lemon and fruits flavoured); Cereals and pseudo-cereals: pasta & sauce dry mix, canned creamed rice, pasta dry (from white and wholemeal flour), couscous (from wholemeal); Dairy: cheeses feta (from cow’s and goat’s milk), haloumi and ricotta; and berry ice cream; Fast foods: savoury pies (mince & cheese, chicken and egg & bacon); Fin fishes: frozen fillets (hoki, and basa); smoked salmon (cold and hot) and canned salmon (assorted flavours); Fruits: canned fruits (peach, apricot, pineapple and fruit salad), apples, hass avocado; Meat products: Bacon (middle, shoulder and streaky); Sauces: gravy and simmer sauces; Snack foods: chips or crisp (corn, cassava); Vegetables and pulses: canned tomato, potato (waxy and floury) canned beans (chickpea, cannellini and in chilli sauce), kale, cooked Maori pumpkin or squash (kumi kumi or kamo kamo)
Partial analysis & recipe calculation 34 Bakery products: crumpet and bagels toasted; Cereals and pseudo-cereals: pasta and sauce prepared in water; pasta cooked (from white and wholemeal flour), couscous cooked (from wholemeal); Fin fishes: cooked hoki, basa and salmon; Meat products: cooked bacon (middle, shoulder and streaky); Sauces: gravy prepared; Vegetables and pulses: cooked onion, sweet corn, spring onion, potato (waxy and floury) and kale
Reanalysed to replace old Food Records By analysis 73 Bakery products: bread roll and bun (white and wholemeal), flat breads (chapatti; naan); Beverages, non-alcoholic: orange juices, fruit drinks (orange and cranberry), carbonated soft drinks (cola, lemon and fruits flavoured); Cereals and pseudo-cereals: pasta, (from white wheat), couscous (from white wheat) Dairy: feta cheese (from cow’s); parmesan, and ricotta; Fats and oils: coconut oil; Fin fishes: salmon (fresh and smoked), canned salmon; Fruits: water melon, canned fruits (peach, apricot, pineapple and fruit salads), orange and apple; Meat products: bacon; Nuts & seeds: peanut butters, almond, walnut and hazelnut, Snack foods: chips or crisp (potato, corn and kumara); Vegetables and pulses: canned tomato, cauliflower, onion, spring onion, frozen peas, potato (waxy and floury) canned beans (red kidney and mixed), tofu, sweet corn (raw, canned and creamed), beetroot, swede, raw Maori pumpkin or squash (kumi kumi or kamo kamo)
Partial analysis & recipe calculation 16 Cereals and pseudo-cereals: cooked pasta, (from white wheat), couscous (from white wheat); Vegetables and pulses: cooked cauliflower, frozen peas, potato (waxy and floury) tofu, sweet corn, beetroot and swede
Borrowed 17 Alcoholic beveragesb: beer, wine and cider; Miscellaneousc: oregano
Total 215
aMore details can be found in the Update files ‘New Food Records replacing the old Food Records in latest version of FOODfiles.xlsx’.
bFood Standards Australia New Zealand (2014)
cU.S. Department of Agriculture (2015)