November 2019 – Medica is the world’s largest annual trade fair, attracting over 120,000 visitors from around 170 countries. 2019 saw a record number of exhibitors – over 5,500 – with around 900 from the laboratory equipment and diagnostic testing sector.

Fort Richard attended the show in Germany to learn about emerging healthcare trends, new products and other leading edge innovations for the microbiology industry. Highlights for the team were meeting with new and existing suppliers, as well as expanding Fort Richard Clinical Microbiology portfolio, including the molecular rest range for assays compatible with the BD-MAX™ System.


July 2018 – Goodman Fielder Fiji Ltd (Crest Chicken) recently implemented the Listeria Right Now™ molecular detection system for environmental Listeria. Fast, in-house testing for Listeria (including Listeria monocytogenes) has been a game-changer for the quality team at Crest, as the system provides highly accurate results within just one hour – saving significant time and cost by enabling immediate corrective action when necessary.

Crest Chicken joins Life Health Foods, Auckland, in using the Listeria rapid test for in-house environmental Listeria monitoring. QA Manager Joanne Goodhew says “Listeria Right Now™ is now a critical part of our internal Listeria monitoring programme, allowing us to monitor our site on a daily basis and respond appropriately on the same day. With Listeria Right Now™, we now have an increased amount of data allowing us to trend the results and give a high level of confidence in our Listeria management programme.”


August 2018 – The Fort Richard media-art competition was a great success, attracting some highly creative works from people across the Medical Laboratory Science profession. The winners were announced at the recent NZIMLS conference with 1st, 2nd and 3rd place holders taking home prizes. With such strong interest and participation, Fort Richard will be running this competition again next year.

Many thanks to our Clinical Microbiologist, Denise Burton, who organised Fort Richard’s media-art competition and our NZIMLS exhibition stand – which won the Jim LeGrice award for best exhibit.


September 2018 – For the sixth time, Fort Richard is exhibiting at the Foodtech Packtech tradeshow, held at ASB Showgrounds, Greenlane from 18-20th September. Come and visit us at stand 3085 where we will be hosting live demonstrations of rapid food safety testing solutions ATP, allergen, and pathogen testing technology including the innovative Listeria Right Now™ system – only available in New Zealand and the Pacific Islands from Fort Richard. Find out more about this award-winning, advanced food safety solution for fast and accurate in-house testing of environmental Listeria.