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Tuesday 26 October 2021

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A2 Milk responds to more class action moves
22 Oct 2021   /

A2 Milk responds to more class action moves

The A2 Milk Company says it is aware of reports about a potential class action led by Australia’s Shine Lawyers but has no knowledge of any further legal proceedings.


Pure Delish gets “big break” with Woolworths Australia
20 Oct 2021   /

Pure Delish gets “big break” with Woolworths Australia

The Auckland food firm has clinched a deal to get its snack bars into Woolworths stores across Australia and has ambitions for its premium breakfast cereals to follow.


“We probably seem a bit mad” – Almighty MD on Melbourne launch
19 Oct 2021  

“We probably seem a bit mad” – Almighty MD on Melbourne launch

The Auckland-based business is not just launching into Australia, it is entering lockdown-prone Melbourne via foodservice and independent retail.


Covid health boom fuels Nuzest Life
19 Oct 2021   /

Covid health boom fuels Nuzest Life

The pandemic has delivered the supplement and health food firm new consumers who have pushed up global revenue by 50%.


‘To get beyond your own backyard is a battle’ – Ch’i MD on hits and misses
15 Oct 2021  

‘To get beyond your own backyard is a battle’ – Ch’i MD on hits and misses

The iconic Kiwi drinks firm looks to increase Australian sales from 25% to 80% of its revenue.


Sara Lee pricetag confirmed at $100.25m
15 Oct 2021   /

Sara Lee pricetag confirmed at $100.25m

Chapman Tripp has confirmed that Christchurch investment group the South Island Office paid A$95m ($100.25m) to buy dessert company Sara Lee from McCain Foods.


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.


Van Dyck scale-up supports Marcel’s Pancakes retail push
12 Oct 2021  

Van Dyck scale-up supports Marcel’s Pancakes retail push

The company behind Marcel’s Pancakes has doubled in size in four years, growing its retail presence across Asia Pacific – a strategy accelerated by the pandemic.


Crafty Weka plugs lost tourism sales with export drive
7 Oct 2021   /

Crafty Weka plugs lost tourism sales with export drive

The sharp fall in tourism trail sales in NZ has prompted the Christchurch company to test the international appetite for its granola snack bars.


“Beverage is a hard game” – AF Drinks’ Lisa King
6 Oct 2021   /

“Beverage is a hard game” – AF Drinks’ Lisa King

The business founder on expanding into export, building a global brand, and whether she’d ever sell her non-alcoholic drinks firm to an alcohol company.


A2 Milk to “vigorously defend” class action
6 Oct 2021   /

A2 Milk to “vigorously defend” class action

A2 “considers that it complied with disclosures notifications at all time,” following a class claim filing in Australia alleging misleading or deceptive conduct.


Blue Frog Breakfast to take a bite of nascent Aus premium market
5 Oct 2021  

Blue Frog Breakfast to take a bite of nascent Aus premium market

The cereals business is nearing $5m in total sales underpinning its Australian premiumisation strategy.


Kellogg’s NZ boss Tamara Howe on fads, food renovation and gluten free
4 Oct 2021   /

Kellogg’s NZ boss Tamara Howe on fads, food renovation and gluten free

The head of the US giant’s Kiwi business on its $45m investment in innovation, supply chain ‘whack-a-mole’, and is she applying for Kellogg’s top ANZ job?


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.


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.


Nibblish gets teeth into Australian market
6 Sep 2021   /

Nibblish gets teeth into Australian market

Shortlisted for the EY Entrepreneur of the Year award, Matthew Bennett says his snacks company is expecting significant growth from across the Tasman this year.


Fable Food plots NZ future following $6.8m fundraise
30 Aug 2021   /

Fable Food plots NZ future following $6.8m fundraise

Australian alt-meat success story Fable Food is partnering with local specialist Sustainable Foods to enter NZ.


SIO swoops on McCain’s Sara Lee in c.$100m deal
25 Aug 2021  

SIO swoops on McCain’s Sara Lee in c.$100m deal

The Christchurch investor follows its $30m purchase of Original Foods by acquiring the iconic dessert maker.


Bootleggers bounces back from first quarter “false starts”
16 Aug 2021   /

Bootleggers bounces back from first quarter “false starts”

With a Foodstuffs deal and imminent entry into Australia, the beverage business says its growth plans are back on track after a patchy start to the year.


Pacific Harvest reaps Aus demand for Kiwi seaweed
11 Aug 2021   /

Pacific Harvest reaps Aus demand for Kiwi seaweed

A burgeoning seaweed business is focused on drumming up demand for its food products before tackling the challenging issue of commercial supply in New Zealand.


Interim boss for FSANZ as Booth departs
11 Aug 2021   /

Interim boss for FSANZ as Booth departs

Adjunct Professor Mark Booth has left Food Standards Australia New Zealand to join an international management consultancy.


Snacks & wraps  – General Mills’ focus for new ANZ leadership
3 Aug 2021   /

Snacks & wraps – General Mills’ focus for new ANZ leadership

Finding growth means driving existing brands like Old El Paso but could also see new products brought down under from the United States.


Gotcha Fresh Tea targets NZ in bubble tea boom
3 Aug 2021   /

Gotcha Fresh Tea targets NZ in bubble tea boom

The Melbourne-based business is launching in New Zealand as the fast-growing bubble tea sector continues to expand.


Bootleggers mixers secures Aus export deal
3 Aug 2021   /

Bootleggers mixers secures Aus export deal

Bootleggers tonic and mixers brand is set to launch into Australia following the appointment of a local sales agent and the securing a contract to supply what it says is the country’s largest liquor retailer.


Finery jumps ditch with non-alcoholic cocktails
30 Jul 2021  

Finery jumps ditch with non-alcoholic cocktails

New Zealand cocktail brand Finery is looking to secure distributors in both New Zealand and Australia as the young company’s network expands through a recent supply deal with Australian liquor retailer Dan Murphy’s.


‘Chanui tea guy’ Doug Hastie returns, brews plan for new products, Aus entry
28 Jul 2021   /

‘Chanui tea guy’ Doug Hastie returns, brews plan for new products, Aus entry

Hastie is back at the firm he founded 19 years ago, and he has growth on his mind for his tea and biscuit business.


Rachel Taulelei on Kono’s post pandemic plans
27 Jul 2021   /

Rachel Taulelei on Kono’s post pandemic plans

A year on from its purchase of Hop Federation, the Ticker talks to Kono’s CEO about the brewery’s integration, exporting during a pandemic and whether more acquisitions are on the cards.


Bubble trouble weighs on hospitality
26 Jul 2021  

Bubble trouble weighs on hospitality

The eight-week pause in the travel bubble with Australia is having an immediate impact on hospitality and accommodation bookings, according to Hospitality New Zealand.


General Mills appoints new ANZ boss
23 Jul 2021   /

General Mills appoints new ANZ boss

US food giant General Mills has appointed of Matthew Salter as its new managing director for Australia and New Zealand.


Tom & Luke gets a Dose of collagen with Zuru tie-up
16 Jul 2021   /

Tom & Luke gets a Dose of collagen with Zuru tie-up

The health snack firm partners with a supplement company controlled by richlisters the Mowbray family.


Lion claws back carbon emissions
5 Jul 2021   /

Lion claws back carbon emissions

Lion reveals 2020 sustainability scorecard and commits to action on value chain carbon emissions.


Pie maker’s ‘eyes opened’ to vegan, flexitarian potential
2 Jul 2021   /

Pie maker’s ‘eyes opened’ to vegan, flexitarian potential

Who ate all the pies? Non-meat eaters are changing the market and helping to drive innovation and new products, says Goodtime Pie Co.


Australian distiller Brunswick Aces eyes NZ expansion
1 Jul 2021   /

Australian distiller Brunswick Aces eyes NZ expansion

The Australian distiller aims to be stocked in 300 NZ outlets by the end of the year with more staff and an office planned.


Pure Food Co looks to go global in search of silver dollar
30 Jun 2021   /

Pure Food Co looks to go global in search of silver dollar

The fortified foods firm plans to double production and boost exports to Australia while it explores markets further afield.


Cheers to that – wine tech startup Marama Labs raises $1.25m
30 Jun 2021   /

Cheers to that – wine tech startup Marama Labs raises $1.25m

Wellington startup Marama Labs is charting a course for global growth after raising $1.25m for its winemaking technology.


Australian supermarkets ‘red flagged’ in new food dashboard
17 Jun 2021  

Australian supermarkets ‘red flagged’ in new food dashboard

Australia’s major supermarkets have been ‘red flagged’ by a new food tool which shows them offering bigger discounts on unhealthy foods more often and more prominently.


Supply chain congestion continues – NZTE
17 Jun 2021  

Supply chain congestion continues – NZTE

Supply chains continue to suffer from severe congestion globally according to New Zealand Trade & Enterprises latest bi-monthly update for May, although some headroom in seafreight to Australia may be on the horizon.


FFNZ 2021: Kiwi Quinoa takes flight to Australia
14 Jun 2021   /

FFNZ 2021: Kiwi Quinoa takes flight to Australia

The Taihape-based food firm will start exporting to Australia after securing a deal with distributor Scalzo.


Avocado earnings jump 47% to reach “extraordinary” $227m
11 Jun 2021   /

Avocado earnings jump 47% to reach “extraordinary” $227m

The growth is being driven by a big increase in exports to Australia – but that may not last, says NZ Avocado.


NZ avocado powder launches, eyes global opportunity
9 Jun 2021   /

NZ avocado powder launches, eyes global opportunity

New venture Ovāvo is targeting the nascent global avocado powder ingredient market.


Six Barrel Soda Co’s Aussie expansion plan
9 Jun 2021   /

Six Barrel Soda Co’s Aussie expansion plan

Six Barrel Soda Co is driving into Australia with a new strategy to double sales and its retail footprint across the ditch by mid-2023.


Nods from Queenstown to food standards, supply chain woes, secure trade lanes
1 Jun 2021   /

Nods from Queenstown to food standards, supply chain woes, secure trade lanes

Jacinda Ardern and Scott Morrison have concluded their meeting at the resort – was there anything in it for food and beverage?


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?


A2 responds to reports of potential class action
1 Jun 2021  

A2 responds to reports of potential class action

A2 said it believes it has complied with all disclosure obligations.


“People are not willing to compromise” – Kerry on tastes, trends and first-mover winners
27 May 2021  

“People are not willing to compromise” – Kerry on tastes, trends and first-mover winners

Global ingredient company Kerry aims to be at the forefront of taste trends across New Zealand and Australia with the opening of a new multi-million dollar purpose-built food technology and innovation centre in Queensland.


PepsiCo targets 2025 for 100% green packaging across entire ANZ snacks range
18 May 2021   /

PepsiCo targets 2025 for 100% green packaging across entire ANZ snacks range

Pepsico says it will be the first large food FMCG business to move to 100% recyclable, compostable or biodegradable packaging across its entire snacks range in Australasia.


Pals packs a punch in Australia
17 May 2021  

Pals packs a punch in Australia

Young Kiwi drinks company Pals expands its push into Australia after rapid growth in New Zealand.


Woolworths sets demerger date with drinks division
11 May 2021  

Woolworths sets demerger date with drinks division

Listed Australian supermarket chain Woolworths has set a date to complete the spin-off of Endeavour Group, its drinks and hospitality business – a move first mooted back in July 2019.


Arnott’s bags NZ cracker firm 180 Degrees
7 May 2021   /

Arnott’s bags NZ cracker firm 180 Degrees

The deal catapults Australian biscuit giant Arnott’s into NZ’s premium cracker category.


Online farmers’ market Maker2U eyes UK launch
7 May 2021   /

Online farmers’ market Maker2U eyes UK launch

Maker2U will launch its online farmers’ market sister-website in the UK later this year.


Zeijoa expands distribution across the ditch
6 May 2021  

Zeijoa expands distribution across the ditch

Australia is the biggest export destination for New Zealand feijoas and there is real possibility for expansion, says New Zealand’s largest feijoa exporter.


Zeffer takes off with Air New Zealand deal
3 May 2021   /

Zeffer takes off with Air New Zealand deal

The Hawke’s Bay cider company has partnered with the airline to become the exclusive cider on all flights.


Restaurant Brands sales jump 30% in Q1
29 Apr 2021  

Restaurant Brands sales jump 30% in Q1

New Zealand sales grow as the company’s Taco Bell rollout continues.


Blis Technologies shakes up Aussie sales strategy
28 Apr 2021  

Blis Technologies shakes up Aussie sales strategy

New approach in Australia means ramping up online sales and securing a new distributor.


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.


NZ ‘silenced’ in trans-Tasman GE Forum – GE Free NZ
13 Apr 2021  

NZ ‘silenced’ in trans-Tasman GE Forum – GE Free NZ

NZ’s ministerial engagement in the trans-Tasman GE Food Standards approval process has been silenced, says GE Free NZ.


T&G to debut Australian blueberries in December
12 Apr 2021  

T&G to debut Australian blueberries in December

The new blueberry varieties will be able to be grown year round in Australia.


Ārepa bounces into BP, adds Coles in Aussie
9 Apr 2021  

Ārepa bounces into BP, adds Coles in Aussie

New Zealand food tech company Ārepa has clinched a deal to supply its smart drinks to BP petrol stations.


Nestlé calls time on Auckland Allen’s production, 45 jobs to go
30 Mar 2021   /

Nestlé calls time on Auckland Allen’s production, 45 jobs to go

The food giant plans to relocate its Wiri confectionery manufacturing to Australia.


How do Frucor’s 2030 sustainability targets measure up?
26 Mar 2021  

How do Frucor’s 2030 sustainability targets measure up?

Reducing waste, carbon emissions, water usage, sugar and non-recyclable packaging form the backbone of Frucor Suntory’s ten-year sustainability plans.


Scales in the frame for $200m Villa Maria purchase
24 Mar 2021   /

Scales in the frame for $200m Villa Maria purchase

The agribusiness confirms it is in the running to buy Villa Maria in what would be its first foray into wine.


Nestlé Australia in recycled wrapper first
23 Mar 2021   /

Nestlé Australia in recycled wrapper first

The KitKat wrapper was produced by collecting and processing waste soft plastic.


Seeka doubles profit, pays down debt
1 Mar 2021   /

Seeka doubles profit, pays down debt

The Te Puke-based produce handler more than doubled its annual profit in FY20.


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.


Seeka signs off $27m Australian deal, lifts guidance
10 Dec 2020   /

Seeka signs off $27m Australian deal, lifts guidance

The kiwifruit exporter gets the go-ahead for a sale and leaseback deal, unlocking more profit for the year.


ACT slams Govt’s RSE response as Aus dangles cash for Kiwi workers
19 Nov 2020  

ACT slams Govt’s RSE response as Aus dangles cash for Kiwi workers

The Australian government says it will give Kiwi workers $2000 to take up a short-term contract there.