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Friday 20 May 2022

Asia Pacific

O’Connor heading to Bangkok for APEC meet
18 May 2022   /

O’Connor heading to Bangkok for APEC meet

Trade and Export Growth Minister Damien O’Connor is set to travel to Thailand this week to represent New Zealand at the annual APEC Ministers Responsible for Trade meeting in Bangkok.


Snarled supply chain, falling dairy – the impact of China’s lockdown on NZ F&B, agri
10 May 2022   /

Snarled supply chain, falling dairy – the impact of China’s lockdown on NZ F&B, agri

Shanghai port congestion could prolong elevated freight prices, while the foodservice shutdown means strong headwinds for dairy demand.


Biosecurity NZ monitoring reports of Indonesia Foot and Mouth outbreak
9 May 2022  

Biosecurity NZ monitoring reports of Indonesia Foot and Mouth outbreak

The government is closely monitoring reports of a foot and mouth disease (FMD) outbreak in Indonesia, says Biosecurity New Zealand. 


Japan, NZ pledge sustainable food systems
26 Apr 2022   /

Japan, NZ pledge sustainable food systems

Japan and New Zealand have pledged to better understand respective priorities in agriculture, fisheries, forestry and food systems and build a closer partnership through collaboration on new ideas, technologies and solutions to common challenges.


NZ, Singapore launch supply chain group, strengthen food, agri partnerships
20 Apr 2022   /

NZ, Singapore launch supply chain group, strengthen food, agri partnerships

A working group to help build resilience against current and future supply chain disruption has been announced as part of Prime Minister Jacinda Ardern’s trade mission to Singapore.


Comvita x Microsoft mixed reality goes to Asia
19 Apr 2022   /

Comvita x Microsoft mixed reality goes to Asia

Comvita’s mixed reality Mānuka honey tasting experience, developed in partnership with Microsoft, is set to become part of everyday trading at some Asia stores, following a showcase of the retail technology at New Zealand Expo in Dubai.


PM to lead Singapore, Japan trade mission
11 Apr 2022   /

PM to lead Singapore, Japan trade mission

Prime Minister Jacinda Ardern will lead a trade mission to Singapore and Japan from 18-24 April.


Kiwifruit demand strong, RubyRed opportunity – Rabobank
4 Apr 2022   /

Kiwifruit demand strong, RubyRed opportunity – Rabobank

NZ solidifies its position as the world’s largest kiwifruit exporter, with strong global demand indicating more headroom for growth.


NZTE launches Rakuten page for Kiwi F&B
4 Apr 2022   /

NZTE launches Rakuten page for Kiwi F&B

New Zealand Trade and Enterprise in Tokyo has launched a landing page through Japanese e-commerce giant Rakuten, that focuses on New Zealand products.


CCEP NZ donates $10k to Tonga
28 Mar 2022   /

CCEP NZ donates $10k to Tonga

Coca-Cola Europacific Partners New Zealand donated over $10,000 to the Vodafone Foundation/Redcross Pacific Tsunami Appeal on Give A Little.


Illegal Chinese SunGold plantings potentially doubled – Zespri
25 Mar 2022   /

Illegal Chinese SunGold plantings potentially doubled – Zespri

Kiwifruit exporter Zespri has estimated that Illegal plantings of New Zealand’s gold kiwifruit in China have doubled in the last year.


Fonterra foodservice suffers as costs soar
17 Mar 2022  

Fonterra foodservice suffers as costs soar

A higher milk price heaped pressure on the dairy co-op’s foodservice and consumer margins, leading to a fall in interim profit.


Ārepa clocks up Australian accounts
15 Mar 2022   /

Ārepa clocks up Australian accounts

The innovative beverage maker plans to push up its valuation ahead of dusting off a delayed $5m capital raise.


Deep Creek upsizes brewery to meet surging export demand
6 Dec 2021  

Deep Creek upsizes brewery to meet surging export demand

The Auckland craft beer business says it is making a multi-million dollar investment into its brewery and scaling up staff numbers.


What did Native Sparkling learn from its Japan trial, and what next?
2 Dec 2021   /

What did Native Sparkling learn from its Japan trial, and what next?

A successful trial sees the alcoholic seltzer company secure shelf space in three supermarket chains in Japan.


Pāmu products to launch in Vietnam
26 Nov 2021   /

Pāmu products to launch in Vietnam

Pāmu Farms has signed a deal with distributor Ciels that will see a range of premium nutritional supplements sold in Vietnam in the new year.


APEC 2021: Govt, food producer partnership key to meeting challenges – FIA’s Matt Kovac
15 Nov 2021   /

APEC 2021: Govt, food producer partnership key to meeting challenges – FIA’s Matt Kovac

Food producers are increasingly putting sustainability at the core of their business but feeding populations must be a partnership between the private sector and government, says Food Industry Asia executive director Matt Kovac.


Rockit’s branded tram turns Hong Kong heads
11 Nov 2021   /

Rockit’s branded tram turns Hong Kong heads

Rockit Global has used a branded tram in Hong Kong in a new campaign in the territory.


NZ food leaders lined up for APEC CEO Summit 2021
21 Oct 2021   /

NZ food leaders lined up for APEC CEO Summit 2021

Fonterra chief operating officer Fraser Whinerary and former Kono chief executive Rachel Taulelei join a heavy-hitting line up of keynote speakers at this year’s APEC CEO Summit, being hosted from Auckland, New Zealand.


Alliance secures M&S Singapore deal
21 Oct 2021  

Alliance secures M&S Singapore deal

Alliance Group has extended its partnership with global retail giant Marks & Spencer landing a deal to supply a range of value-add beef and lamb to its Singapore division.


Tasman Bay Food finds juice with Woolworths Australia
13 Oct 2021  

Tasman Bay Food finds juice with Woolworths Australia

Marina Hirst Tristram and Ainslie Pomeroy’s company inks a deal that will see its Juicies go on sale in around 900 stores across the ditch.


Three-quarters of fruit delivered to Northern Hemisphere – Zespri
6 Oct 2021  

Three-quarters of fruit delivered to Northern Hemisphere – Zespri

“Despite a challenging season, market demand remains positive, following the Northern Hemisphere summer fruit period,” Zespri said. 


“Time to tick” – The Good Oil owner preps plant protein play, new $2m factory
1 Oct 2021   /

“Time to tick” – The Good Oil owner preps plant protein play, new $2m factory

The Canterbury-based company is testing market opportunities for New Zealand soybean protein and new foods.


No Ugly seeks funding for functional expansion
30 Sep 2021   /

No Ugly seeks funding for functional expansion

After a rollercoaster 2020, No Ugly is gearing up for growth undertaking a $2m capital raise as it looks to transition from a functional beverage business to a broader health and wellness company.


Arnott’s ready to ramp 180 Degrees, despite Delta delay
22 Sep 2021   /

Arnott’s ready to ramp 180 Degrees, despite Delta delay

Four months on from its acquisition of 180 Degrees, Arnott’s is dodging Delta disruption and preparing to push the premium cracker brand.


No return to pre-pandemic pricing for food exporters, importers – Toll Group GM
21 Sep 2021   /

No return to pre-pandemic pricing for food exporters, importers – Toll Group GM

Even when Covid-era shipping disruption is unwound, it appears unlikely that pricing will return to 2019 levels.


Bidders line up for billion-dollar Ziwi
20 Sep 2021   /

Bidders line up for billion-dollar Ziwi

Chinese private equity players FountainVest and Boyu have been linked to $1bn-plus bids for Ziwi.


East Imperial’s “golden opportunity”
17 Sep 2021   /

East Imperial’s “golden opportunity”

The premium mixer business is making major inroads in retail, preparing to put boots on the ground in the US, and is about to go live on Amazon.


Raglan Food launches into Pacific
15 Sep 2021  

Raglan Food launches into Pacific

Raglan Food Co has launched into the Pacific Islands and is eyeing entry into the Middle East with grocery heavyweight Spinneys following expansion in Asia.


Scale-up to kick off at Spring Sheep
14 Sep 2021   /

Scale-up to kick off at Spring Sheep

The company’s new CEO Nick Hammond talks culture, scale-up challenges, China, and the prospects for growth.


T&G launches Envy full moon campaign in Asia
8 Sep 2021   /

T&G launches Envy full moon campaign in Asia

T&G Global has launched an integrated marketing campaign in key Asian markets to encourage consumers to celebrate full moon festivities with Envy apples as mid-autumn festivities approach.


Baking boom helps Heilala Vanilla rise
7 Sep 2021   /

Baking boom helps Heilala Vanilla rise

With housebound consumers picking up the pinny, the global vanilla extract exporter has seen its channels change and sales lift.


Grove avocado oil presses on in Asia
23 Aug 2021   /

Grove avocado oil presses on in Asia

With China and Korea its number one and two markets, Grove is looking to Thailand and Vietnam for further growth.


Raglan Food Co makes Forbes Asia 100 to Watch
13 Aug 2021  

Raglan Food Co makes Forbes Asia 100 to Watch

The Raglan Food Co is one of three New Zealand companies who made the inaugural Forbes Asia 100 to Watch.


NZTE appoints first Pacific trade commissioner
9 Aug 2021   /

NZTE appoints first Pacific trade commissioner

New Zealand Trade and Enterprise has appointed David Dewar the first New Zealand Trade Commissioner to the Pacific, based in Fiji.


RSE relief for industry, hopes for thousands of seasonal workers…
3 Aug 2021   /

RSE relief for industry, hopes for thousands of seasonal workers…

The horticulture and viticulture sectors are breathing a collective sigh of relief at the government’s decision to streamline the entry of seasonal workers from the Pacific.


SkyCity’s Huami offers Beijing escape
27 Jul 2021   /

SkyCity’s Huami offers Beijing escape

SkyCity restaurant Huami is staging an immersive cultural experience in conjunction with Heart of the City’s Elemental Festival in Auckland.


NZTE sees healthy Japan F&B opportunities
22 Jul 2021   /

NZTE sees healthy Japan F&B opportunities

Japanese demand for premium products, products that are safe, sustainable, and trustworthy fits NZ’s F&B profile.


From Aotearoa to APAC – Native Sparkling moves on global ambition
21 Jun 2021  

From Aotearoa to APAC – Native Sparkling moves on global ambition

The Wellington-based beverage company completes a “milestone” launch in Japan, with more countries to follow.


Cookie Time sees online sales surge 500% in major export market
2 Jun 2021  

Cookie Time sees online sales surge 500% in major export market

Christchurch-based family business Cookie Time believes it has “cracked the code” to exporting its iconic homemade cookies into the world’s third largest economy of Japan.


Kiwi wine company’s big play for Japan’s luxury market
1 Jun 2021   /

Kiwi wine company’s big play for Japan’s luxury market

Dionysus Investments says it is at the start of an ‘ultra premium’ Asia strategy.


As NZ backs Aus in China trade dispute, a warning for F&B from another sector
1 Jun 2021   /

As NZ backs Aus in China trade dispute, a warning for F&B from another sector

Can the country’s food exporters learn lessons from another sector heavily exposed to a single source of income?


Exporting on a wing and a prayer – Cobb Vantress ploughs $7m+ into Asian flights
28 May 2021   /

Exporting on a wing and a prayer – Cobb Vantress ploughs $7m+ into Asian flights

NZ’s bird flu free status attracted US poultry giant Cobb Vantress to set up here but the distance from major markets has been costly during the pandemic.


Last call for Lion chief executive
17 May 2021   /

Last call for Lion chief executive

Stuart Irvine to stand down after more than eight years at the helm of drinks


Boma NZ’s E Tipu 2021 is a go
11 May 2021  

Boma NZ’s E Tipu 2021 is a go

Described as the biggest food and fibre event of the year, the Boma NZ Agri Summit kicks-off in Christchurch this morning.


“The time is right” – Michael Allpress sells coffee company to Asahi
3 May 2021   /

“The time is right” – Michael Allpress sells coffee company to Asahi

The Japanese drinks giant says it’s impressed by the coffee maker’s premium brand and the two firms are “a great fit”.


Synlait launches premium product,  lines up Asian customer
29 Apr 2021  

Synlait launches premium product, lines up Asian customer

The dairy company says its new premium ingredients offering is for consumers seeking “sustainably, ethically and equitably produced” products.


EPA seeks glyphosate info after honey worries
29 Apr 2021  

EPA seeks glyphosate info after honey worries

The Environmental Protection Authority is calling for information on the use of the herbicide glyphosate in New Zealand in a move that could have ramifications for New Zealand $490m honey MORE »


PURE NZ Ice Cream goes international with first export deal
28 Apr 2021  

PURE NZ Ice Cream goes international with first export deal

The Wānaka producer secures entry into Japan with distributor Horizon Farms.


Blis’ probiotic strains approved in India
27 Apr 2021   /

Blis’ probiotic strains approved in India

Blis Technologies says it has secured approval from the Food Safety and Standards Authority of India for its BLIS M18™ and BLIS K12™ probiotic strains to be used in health supplements.


Impossible Foods lines up Aus, NZ entry
16 Apr 2021  

Impossible Foods lines up Aus, NZ entry

Hot on the heels of Asia, Impossible Foods is now preparing to enter Australia and NZ with its plant-based meat products.


Pacific cooking show to debut
7 Apr 2021  

Pacific cooking show to debut

Pacific Island Food Revolution would hit screens on Maori TV on Friday, 9 April.


Westland Milk in $40m butter expansion play
25 Mar 2021  

Westland Milk in $40m butter expansion play

The West Coast dairy company will double the capacity of its Hokitika butter manufacturing plant.


Founders look to the future with new $500m food tech collective

Founders look to the future with new $500m food tech collective

Leading NZ food founders launch a new collective to grow the domestic food tech industry with an eye on long-term food stability.


Cherries, blueberries, lamb in Air NZ Christmas cargo rush
16 Dec 2020  

Cherries, blueberries, lamb in Air NZ Christmas cargo rush

Air NZ’s cargo business will deliver around five million kilograms of food over summer.


F&B industry welcomes RCEP
17 Nov 2020  

F&B industry welcomes RCEP

Horticulture NZ says there are “immediate” benefits to the new agreement.


Eat The Kiwi scoops Hong Kong online grocery award
16 Nov 2020  

Eat The Kiwi scoops Hong Kong online grocery award

It was recognised in the 2020 Hong Kong Dining Awards.


Synlait reveals new deal with mystery multinational customer
6 Nov 2020  

Synlait reveals new deal with mystery multinational customer

Synlait Milk says it has signed a new manufacturing supply deal with “an established, global category leader” but it has not named its new customer.


Covid disrupts Asia Pacific food production
29 Oct 2020  

Covid disrupts Asia Pacific food production

The Covid-19 pandemic is causing major disruptions to the production of a number of food products across Asia Pacific.


Is seaweed the next superfood?
22 Oct 2020  

Is seaweed the next superfood?

The New Zealand Government is investing $3.3m in a research project to evaluate the health benefits of consuming seaweed. AgResearch scientists will team up with researchers in Singapore to look MORE »


UN calls on APAC to build resilient food systems
20 Oct 2020  

UN calls on APAC to build resilient food systems

The region must transform its food systems to make them more resilient, according to the Food and Agriculture Organization.