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Friday 20 May 2022

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Fresh Cuts: What’s new for the week to 20 May?
20 May 2022   /

Fresh Cuts: What’s new for the week to 20 May?

Sheep Dog goes nuts over whiskey,
Whittaker’s aims for a vibe, and Fix & Fogg remakes a classic.


GABS returning to Auckland in June
20 May 2022   /

GABS returning to Auckland in June

The Great Australasian Beer Spectacular is returning to Auckland on 25 June.


Pioneer brews up Coffee Supreme deal

Pioneer brews up Coffee Supreme deal

“We’re right behind Coffee Supreme’s current growth plans,” says the PE firm, which has added the business to its growing F&B portfolio.


For sale sign hoisted over Waipara River Estate vineyard
19 May 2022  

For sale sign hoisted over Waipara River Estate vineyard

Canterbury boutique vineyard and accommodation business, Waipara River Estate, is up for sale with a price tag of at least $2.5m.


“You’re going to see a more focused business” Lion NZ’s Craig Baldie
18 May 2022  

“You’re going to see a more focused business” Lion NZ’s Craig Baldie

Lion is close to completing a reshaping of its NZ operations, allowing it to emerge from Covid concentrated on core.


Winetopia winds up for July kick-off in Wellington
18 May 2022   /

Winetopia winds up for July kick-off in Wellington

New Zealand wine festival Winetopia has added more events to its three-city schedule.


Non-alcs and newbies in New World Beer & Cider Awards winners
17 May 2022   /

Non-alcs and newbies in New World Beer & Cider Awards winners

New World has revealed its Top 30 beverages in its annual Beer & Cider Awards, and named Lion craft brand Emerson’s Weissbier its supreme winner.


Coca-Cola Oceania’s Julie O’Toole on Covid, competition and sugar consumption
16 May 2022  

Coca-Cola Oceania’s Julie O’Toole on Covid, competition and sugar consumption

“Growth has been across the board,” says the drinks giant’s NZ boss, as the company’s market share ticks up during Covid.


Coca-Cola rolls out HSR labelling, aims for 20% sugar cut
13 May 2022   /

Coca-Cola rolls out HSR labelling, aims for 20% sugar cut

Coca-Cola says it is continuing to roll out the voluntary front-of-pack Health Star Rating (HSR) initiative in New Zealand and is transitioning from the energy icon to stars on its MORE »


Six Barrel Soda hones D2C strategy
12 May 2022   /

Six Barrel Soda hones D2C strategy

The Wellington-based natural soda syrup company looks to D2C to drive overseas growth as it marks 10 years of business.


Stolichnaya rebrands globally, cuts ties with Russia
11 May 2022   /

Stolichnaya rebrands globally, cuts ties with Russia

Vodka company Stolichnaya has rebranded to Stoli following Russia’s invasion of Ukraine.


DB cracks open focus on craft innovation
10 May 2022   /

DB cracks open focus on craft innovation

The brewer is looking to tap into premiumisation and sessionability trends to drive craft beer sales at its Monteith’s and Tuatara brands.


Brewers’ groups launch #cutthekegtax campaign
10 May 2022  

Brewers’ groups launch #cutthekegtax campaign

The Brewers Association, Brewers Guild of New Zealand, and Hospitality New Zealand are calling on the government to cut its keg beer tax.


AF wins at SF World Spirits Competition
10 May 2022   /

AF wins at SF World Spirits Competition

AF Drinks took home six medals from the recent San Francisco World Spirits Competition.


East Imperial grows revenue but loss widens
9 May 2022   /

East Imperial grows revenue but loss widens

As logistics challenges continue and the US market grows in importance, the NZ-founded beverage maker says it plans to start bottling in that strategic market.


Fresh Cuts: What’s new for the week to 6 May?
6 May 2022   /

Fresh Cuts: What’s new for the week to 6 May?

Less is more from Abe’s, Monteith’s hazy double down, Six Barrel Soda’s 10th birthday, and Cadbury’s Boh Runga x Roses collab for Mother’s Day.


Chia Sisters launches bottle re-use petition
6 May 2022   /

Chia Sisters launches bottle re-use petition

Chia Sisters has launched a petition calling on the government to establish a scheme to re-use bottles as part of its Container Return Scheme which is out for consultation.


AF Drinks partners with BATS Theatre
5 May 2022   /

AF Drinks partners with BATS Theatre

AF Drinks is the new corporate partner of Wellington’s BATS Theatre.


“We want to triple the business in three years” – Townsend on Zeffer fundraise
4 May 2022   /

“We want to triple the business in three years” – Townsend on Zeffer fundraise

A Covid-induced strategy reset has seen cider company Zeffer put New Zealand and Australia at the centre of its plan to triple the size of the business in the next three years.


Container Return Scheme must include milk – industry groups
4 May 2022   /

Container Return Scheme must include milk – industry groups

The Zero Waste Network and The Kiwi Bottle Drive have welcomed the government’s Container Return Scheme proposal for the breadth of materials included, that is plastic, aluminum, glass and liquid packaging board.


Zeffer launches $1.5m capital raise
3 May 2022   /

Zeffer launches $1.5m capital raise

The company is hitting up new and existing investors in a fresh fundraising, as it secures a major new account for its 0% cider in Australia.


Boring Oat Milk gears up for export

Boring Oat Milk gears up for export

Boring Oat Milk’s Morgan Maw is casting her eye around international markets to assess the next move for what is New Zealand’s first fully domestically manufactured oat milk.


Lion’s Havana Coffee Works Roastery open in Auckland
3 May 2022   /

Lion’s Havana Coffee Works Roastery open in Auckland

Havana Coffee Works Roastery opened yesterday in Parnell, Auckland – its second location alongside Wellington.


State of Play: NZ’s first zero alcohol brewery

State of Play: NZ’s first zero alcohol brewery

“Wherever there is Heineken or Peroni Zero, there should be a State of Play IPA next to it,” founder Grant Caunter says.


Fresh Cuts: What’s new for the week to 29 April?
29 Apr 2022   /

Fresh Cuts: What’s new for the week to 29 April?

Havana delivers a late summer coffee vibe, the Sara Lee & Cadbury tie-up gets in on Caramilk, Aotearoa’s first volcanic-filtered vodka, and pink ribbon biscuits are back.


Lion NZ expands hospo wellbeing programme
29 Apr 2022   /

Lion NZ expands hospo wellbeing programme

Lion New Zealand is expanding its Healthy Hospo health and wellbeing program to offer in-person events around New Zealand in 2022.


Nespresso gets the B Corp tick
28 Apr 2022   /

Nespresso gets the B Corp tick

Nestlé’s coffee capsule brand Nespresso has achieved global certification as a B Corp.


MWE guides return to profit for FY22
27 Apr 2022   /

MWE guides return to profit for FY22

Marlborough Wine Estates Group Limited says it expects to make a net profit after tax of between $0.3m and $0.4m for the year to June 2022. The result turns around MORE »


Brewers facing big alcohol excise increase
22 Apr 2022   /

Brewers facing big alcohol excise increase

New Zealanders are set to pay $1.3bn in alcohol excise in 2022, up from $1.22bn last year, says the Brewers Guild of New Zealand.


Foley Wines harvest up, land deal cleared
21 Apr 2022   /

Foley Wines harvest up, land deal cleared

Foley Wines is estimating its final 2022 vintage harvest will be up 65% up on last year’s 5,582 tonnes.


“We want to be at the premiumisation party” – Kōkako on Everybird coffee
20 Apr 2022   /

“We want to be at the premiumisation party” – Kōkako on Everybird coffee

The pandemic and premiumisation prompts foodservice stalwart Kōkako to branch out into the grocery channel with a new purpose-built brand.


Two Thumb Brewing Co takes over Lion’s Fermentist
20 Apr 2022   /

Two Thumb Brewing Co takes over Lion’s Fermentist

Two Thumb Brewing Co is taking over the Christchurch site of the former Fermentist Brewery and Taproom, owned and operated by Lion.


Marsden Estate contract winery on the block
20 Apr 2022   /

Marsden Estate contract winery on the block

The largest contract wine-making facility in Northland – delivering vine to bottle services for more than 30 vineyards in the region – has been placed on the market for sale.


New World’s 2022 fresh hops beers hit shelves
20 Apr 2022   /

New World’s 2022 fresh hops beers hit shelves

New World’s once-a-year fresh hops beer will this week start hitting chiller shelves.


Cassels brewery founder Alasdair Cassels dies
19 Apr 2022   /

Cassels brewery founder Alasdair Cassels dies

The patriarch of family-owned Cassels Brewing Company Alasdair Cassels died of cancer over Easter weekend.


Barrier’s Island Gin gets World Spirits Competition gong
14 Apr 2022   /

Barrier’s Island Gin gets World Spirits Competition gong

Barrier Island distillery Island Gin has won double gold at the 2022 San Francisco World Spirits Competition.


Record 2022 harvest for Terra Vitae
13 Apr 2022   /

Record 2022 harvest for Terra Vitae

Terra Vitae Vineyards, which supplies grapes to Villa Maria, has advised that a record harvest of 5633 tonnes was achieved for the 2022 vintage.


Terps & Co gains ground with ‘next gen’ non-alc
11 Apr 2022   /

Terps & Co gains ground with ‘next gen’ non-alc

The Kiwi startup is winning hearts and minds – and crucial shelf space – with what it says is the world’s first full-strength non-alc terpene spirit.


Wine industry must reassess supply chain assumptions, strategies – Rabobank
11 Apr 2022   /

Wine industry must reassess supply chain assumptions, strategies – Rabobank

If supply chain disruption turns structural tactical responses like pricing changes will not be sufficient.


Coca-Cola backs school drinks consultation
11 Apr 2022  

Coca-Cola backs school drinks consultation

Coca-Cola in New Zealand has welcomed the government’s public consultation proposal for primary schools to only offer water, milk and non-dairy milk alternatives to their students.


Hurricanes sign Ārepa as first neuroscience partner
8 Apr 2022   /

Hurricanes sign Ārepa as first neuroscience partner

Nootropic drinks make Ārepa has partnered with Super Rugby franchise the Hurricanes.


Beer Hug makes the leap across the Tasman
7 Apr 2022   /

Beer Hug makes the leap across the Tasman

The company replicates its model in Australia to open a new channel for craft beer brewers across the ditch.


New Russia tariffs could see vodka, fertiliser shortage
7 Apr 2022   /

New Russia tariffs could see vodka, fertiliser shortage

NZ shelves could run dry of vodka following the imposition of significant tariffs on Russian products.


Cooks Coffee Company to rationalise shareholders
7 Apr 2022  

Cooks Coffee Company to rationalise shareholders

Auckland-headquartered international coffee chain franchise Cooks Coffee Company intends to exercise the power of sale of shares, following a significant repositioning which included a name change, $5.5m capital raise and share consolidation.


East Imperial’s medal haul
6 Apr 2022   /

East Imperial’s medal haul

East Imperial’s collection of New Zealand made mixers have won eight awards in the Tonic & Mixers Competition, run by Global Spirits Masters. 


Chia Sisters’ 2030 keg and refill goal
5 Apr 2022   /

Chia Sisters’ 2030 keg and refill goal

The Nelson nutritional drinks company wants to have 50% of all sales from kegs or refillable vessels by the end of the decade.


In-demand Giesen delays Woolworths 0% launch
4 Apr 2022   /

In-demand Giesen delays Woolworths 0% launch

The company is struggling to meet demand for its zero alcohol products and could soon sign-off a new $2m+ investment.


Food Moves: DB’s new sales boss, Hutchinsons hire, Foodstuffs movers and more…
1 Apr 2022   /

Food Moves: DB’s new sales boss, Hutchinsons hire, Foodstuffs movers and more…

Christiaan Crous is stepping up to take on DB’s sales director role from 4 April.


Fresh Cuts: What’s new for the week to 1 April
1 Apr 2022   /

Fresh Cuts: What’s new for the week to 1 April

Fix and Fogg crowdsources a new flavour, a cola from Greece looks for traction, AF delivers zero sugar, and Moa adds a Fresh Hop hazy IPA.


NZ Winegrowers launches white wine emoji petition
1 Apr 2022   /

NZ Winegrowers launches white wine emoji petition

The association plans to petition the Unicode Consortium to develop a white wine emoji option.


Frucor Suntory banks on Oceania growth with new $430m factory
31 Mar 2022   /

Frucor Suntory banks on Oceania growth with new $430m factory

The Queensland factory recognises the growth Frucor Suntory believes is possible, says boss Darren Fullerton.


Marlborough Wine backs bird conservation trips
30 Mar 2022   /

Marlborough Wine backs bird conservation trips

Marlborough Wine’s Toi Toi brand is sponsoring the Birds New Zealand society to survey remote areas of the country and gather bird observation data.


Behemoth’s Ukraine Heroes beer a sell out
29 Mar 2022   /

Behemoth’s Ukraine Heroes beer a sell out

Behemoth Brewing Company is on track to raise more than $55,000 for the Red Cross after selling out of a limited edition Ukraine Heroes six-pack in less than two days.


Urbanaut targets provincial push for sales growth
28 Mar 2022   /

Urbanaut targets provincial push for sales growth

The brewer plans to expand its team and broaden its current Auckland-centric focus.


Watch: The Classic NZ Wine Trail
25 Mar 2022   /

Watch: The Classic NZ Wine Trail

The Classic New Zealand Wine Trail showcases the best in food and wine from across the Hawke’s Bay, Wairarapa, Wellington, and Marlborough regions.


Cooks Global Foods consolidates shares, changes name
24 Mar 2022  

Cooks Global Foods consolidates shares, changes name

Auckland-headquartered international coffee chain Cooks Global Foods plans to consolidate its shares, as well as change its name.


CGF, Me Today issues new shares in capital raises
23 Mar 2022   /

CGF, Me Today issues new shares in capital raises

Auckland-headquartered international coffee chain Cooks Global Foods has issued 80,989,340 new shares at 3 cents each totalling $2.43m following a shortfall from its rights issue last year.


Innovation the good oil for NZ Hops
22 Mar 2022   /

Innovation the good oil for NZ Hops

The co-op’s innovation into hop oil is allowing it to explore new food and beverage categories.


R&D key to continued growth in NZ’s $2bn alcohol exports – report
22 Mar 2022   /

R&D key to continued growth in NZ’s $2bn alcohol exports – report

R&D is the foundation that will drive NZ’s alcohol beverages sectors forward, delivering a unique offering on the world stage.


Australia calling for Eden Orchards
18 Mar 2022   /

Australia calling for Eden Orchards

The Central Otago juice company is targeting Australia to double sales across four states.


Fresh Cuts: What’s new for the week to 18 March
18 Mar 2022   /

Fresh Cuts: What’s new for the week to 18 March

A collab-heavy week with Garage Project joining Fix & Fogg, Wellington Chocolate Factory working with Duck Island Ice Cream, and Eta tapping into Marmite.


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.


Govt’s ‘beverage container tax’ slammed
15 Mar 2022   /

Govt’s ‘beverage container tax’ slammed

There’s criticism of the government’s proposed container return scheme, but beverage giant Coca-Cola looks to support it under certain conditions.


Record entries for New World beer and cider awards
15 Mar 2022   /

Record entries for New World beer and cider awards

A record number of beverages will be judged for the New World Beer and Cider Awards this year.


Bottle drive: Govt pushes container return scheme at 20c
14 Mar 2022   /

Bottle drive: Govt pushes container return scheme at 20c

The government has laid out its proposed CRS, and claims manufacturers and retailers will be able to pass on costs to the consumer.


Waitangi Tribunal to look at alcohol impact on Māori
14 Mar 2022   /

Waitangi Tribunal to look at alcohol impact on Māori

The Waitangi Tribunal has been asked to consider whether the Crown is failing Māori on alcohol, as part of evidence being heard this week.


Watch: 3 Māori Boys go global
14 Mar 2022   /

Watch: 3 Māori Boys go global

A documentary of the journey of 3 Māori Boys Ltd, makers of beverage Wai Mānuka, courtesy of New Zealand Trade and Enterprise.


Pete’s Natural bottles up revenue growth
10 Mar 2022  

Pete’s Natural bottles up revenue growth

The beverage business enjoys a big bump in revenue with online sales tripling and retail and foodservice channels growing.


Watch: Marlborough’s Seaspray Vineyard showcased
9 Mar 2022   /

Watch: Marlborough’s Seaspray Vineyard showcased

A good-looking showcase of Seaspray Vineyard in Marlborough, from Villa Maria.


Fresh Cuts: What’s new for the week to 4 March
4 Mar 2022   /

Fresh Cuts: What’s new for the week to 4 March

A new oat milk range, a twist on classic gin, and brace of new hop products.


NZ spirits top of the world
4 Mar 2022   /

NZ spirits top of the world

New Zealand spirit producers Broken Heart and Awildian have claimed global accolades.


Kabocha on World Food Innovation Awards shortlist
4 Mar 2022   /

Kabocha on World Food Innovation Awards shortlist

Plant-based milk producer Kabocha Milk has been shortlisted at the World Food Innovation Awards.


Wine, meat sectors welcome “significant” NZ-UK FTA
2 Mar 2022   /

Wine, meat sectors welcome “significant” NZ-UK FTA

New Zealand Winegrowers says the freshly signed free trade agreement with Britain will support future growth and encourage exporters to focus on that market.


F&B firms scramble to plug Omicron gaps
1 Mar 2022   /

F&B firms scramble to plug Omicron gaps

Omicron absenteeisms are piling pressure on supply chains, with manufacturers scrambling to retrain and redeploy staff.


Retail chain blacklists Russian vodka
1 Mar 2022   /

Retail chain blacklists Russian vodka

A major Auckland alcohol retailer is taking thousands of bottles of Russian vodka and beer from its shelves, following the country’s attack on neighbour Ukraine.


Clearview Estate triumphs at NZ International Wine Show
1 Mar 2022   /

Clearview Estate triumphs at NZ International Wine Show

Hawke’s Bay boutique winery Clearview Estate has done it again – winning the Champion Wine of Show at the New Zealand International Wine Show on the weekend.


Interims: MWE overseas sales surge, Good Spirits suffers lockdown hit
28 Feb 2022   /

Interims: MWE overseas sales surge, Good Spirits suffers lockdown hit

The listed companies brush off Covid-19 chills as they look to grow via distribution deals and acquisitions.


Supply chain costs eat into record H1 Delegat case sales
25 Feb 2022   /

Supply chain costs eat into record H1 Delegat case sales

Case sales across Australia, NZ and Asia Pacific jumped 14% but it wasn’t enough to make up for increased costs.


Spirits, RTDs, low alcohol enjoy growth, while wine goes flat
25 Feb 2022   /

Spirits, RTDs, low alcohol enjoy growth, while wine goes flat

Consumers are shifting from the middle ground and becoming more adventurous.


Foley Wines interim profit jumps 38% on premium push
24 Feb 2022  

Foley Wines interim profit jumps 38% on premium push

Foley Wines half-year profit has risen 37.7% to $3.5m as it pushes further into the premium market.


Red Shoots’ Woolworths deal just the tonic
23 Feb 2022   /

Red Shoots’ Woolworths deal just the tonic

The beverage business wins a major distribution deal for its immunity tonic with the Australian supermarket giant.


Lion closes $20m Little Creatures as Omicron pressure mounts across group
23 Feb 2022   /

Lion closes $20m Little Creatures as Omicron pressure mounts across group

Little Creatures says operating under the red traffic light system was “uncertain and precarious”. 


Watch: The making of Villa Maria Attorney Pinot Noir
23 Feb 2022   /

Watch: The making of Villa Maria Attorney Pinot Noir

Villa Maria guides us through the making of its Attorney Marlborough Pinot Noir.


Wine demand strong as $1bn harvest kicks off
22 Feb 2022   /

Wine demand strong as $1bn harvest kicks off

Ongoing international demand and low stock levels have winemakers hoping for a significantly larger harvest this year, after a 19% drop in yield in 2021.


Wine festival goes online
22 Feb 2022   /

Wine festival goes online

Wānaka food and wine festival Ripe will take place online on 19 March, the same day the cancelled live event was due to take place.


Good George trials first 0% beer
21 Feb 2022   /

Good George trials first 0% beer

The brewer is testing a no-alcohol hazy in bars before deciding whether to push for a retail release.


Lion’s message to govt: Act now to avert “major catastrophe”
18 Feb 2022   /

Lion’s message to govt: Act now to avert “major catastrophe”

The beverage giant urges Finance Minister Grant Robertson to “act swiftly, decisively and meaningfully”.


Winetopia back for a seventh year
18 Feb 2022   /

Winetopia back for a seventh year

New Zealand’s largest wine event will be heading to three main centres later this year.


Chur bro! Behemoth readies Aussie re-entry
17 Feb 2022   /

Chur bro! Behemoth readies Aussie re-entry

Andrew Childs’ and Hannah Miller Childs’ Chur brand is about to re-enter Australia after cutting ties with their distributor there last year.


Frucor Suntory wins ‘multi-year, multi-million dollar’ Pita Pit contract
16 Feb 2022   /

Frucor Suntory wins ‘multi-year, multi-million dollar’ Pita Pit contract

The beverage maker expands into Pita Pit’s 87 outlets in a push into NZ foodservice.


Ex-Ryman boss joins Delegat as director
16 Feb 2022   /

Ex-Ryman boss joins Delegat as director

Former Ryman chief executive Gordon MacLeod has been appointed to Delegat Group.


Mama’s brews up success with hard kombucha
15 Feb 2022   /

Mama’s brews up success with hard kombucha

Alcohol is driving the West Auckland kombucha maker’s sales, as it eyes expansion overseas and a potential capital raise.


Alcohol excise tax warning
14 Feb 2022   /

Alcohol excise tax warning

Beverage makers say the timing could not be worse for a rise in the alcohol excise tax.


Food Moves: Senior hires at Ārepa, Blis, KBC, and Lion
11 Feb 2022  

Food Moves: Senior hires at Ārepa, Blis, KBC, and Lion

Chanel Clark joins nootropics venture Ārepa as its new marketing manager.


CGF reports strong 2021 recovery for coffee chains
10 Feb 2022   /

CGF reports strong 2021 recovery for coffee chains

Cooks Global Foods says sales at its UK-based cafe franchises recovered from Covid-19 ahead of the wider UK coffee market in 2021.


Lion lures Diageo boss to CEO role
9 Feb 2022   /

Lion lures Diageo boss to CEO role

Sam Fischer will join the brewing group in July tasked with delivering a new mid-term plan to return to sustainable growth.


F&B brands star in top global rankings – report
9 Feb 2022   /

F&B brands star in top global rankings – report

Strong pandemic performances, e-commerce and sustainability initiatives have helped elevate the best brands.


Young Kiwis shine in food and beverage
8 Feb 2022  

Young Kiwis shine in food and beverage

Canterbury-based Alyssa Wilson has scooped the Apiculture New Zealand Ron Mossop Youth Scholarship in beekeeping.


“You can’t survive with one brand” – Moa’s Stephen Smith
3 Feb 2022   /

“You can’t survive with one brand” – Moa’s Stephen Smith

The MD gives the first summer of sales for new RTD Hey Hey “a pass mark” but beer sales were flat given the good weather.


Asahi sets trans-Tasman sustainability targets
2 Feb 2022   /

Asahi sets trans-Tasman sustainability targets

Asahi Beverages has released new sustainability targets for its New Zealand and Australian operations.


Summer boom for beverage, despite Covid concerns
1 Feb 2022   /

Summer boom for beverage, despite Covid concerns

Beverage makers report strong peak summer sales, although rising costs and event cancellations eat into performance.


MWE grows international distribution
10 Dec 2021   /

MWE grows international distribution

Marlborough Wine Estates says it has grown its international distribution significantly since July 2021.


Pals makes progress on sustainability
10 Dec 2021   /

Pals makes progress on sustainability

Beverage business Pals says its has offset its unavoidable emissions by 125% through funding New Zealand native forest projects and International Gold Standard clean technology initiatives.


New Zealand Wine Week to return in 2022
9 Dec 2021   /

New Zealand Wine Week to return in 2022

After running the inaugural event in 2021, New Zealand Winegrowers will be kicking off the second New Zealand Wine Week on 8 February 2022.


NZ King Salmon, Scales upgrade guidance, Delegat sanguine on FY22

NZ King Salmon, Scales upgrade guidance, Delegat sanguine on FY22

New Zealand King Salmon and Scales have upgraded their earnings forecasts citing improving conditions and strong ingredients performance respectively.


NZ Winegrowers names 2021 Fellows
7 Dec 2021   /

NZ Winegrowers names 2021 Fellows

New Zealand Winegrowers has named five recipients for its 2021 Fellows awards.


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.


Fewer Kiwis drinking alcohol as even older people turn away – NZABC
6 Dec 2021  

Fewer Kiwis drinking alcohol as even older people turn away – NZABC

Even older people are turning away from alcohol consumption, says the NZ Alcohol Beverages Council.


JDE Coffee ready to “turn on a dime” for traffic light system
3 Dec 2021   /

JDE Coffee ready to “turn on a dime” for traffic light system

Hospitality in Auckland finally re-opens but expect the environment to be fluid, says the coffee company.


Frucor Suntory appoints new ANZ director
3 Dec 2021   /

Frucor Suntory appoints new ANZ director

Beverage company Frucor Suntory has appointed Sophie Lodge to corporate affairs director for Australia and New Zealand, based in Sydney.


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.


Karma Drinks donates $12k to hospo after Black Friday initiative
2 Dec 2021   /

Karma Drinks donates $12k to hospo after Black Friday initiative

Karma Drinks will donate $12,070 to the #HandsUp4Hospo initiative after its recent ‘Hospo Friday’ initiative – a take on the popular Black Friday.


PepsiCo names new ANZ chief executive
1 Dec 2021   /

PepsiCo names new ANZ chief executive

The beverage giant has filled the vacancy at the top of its Australian and New Zealand business.


Entries open for Outstanding NZ Food Producer Awards

Entries open for Outstanding NZ Food Producer Awards

The 2022 Outstanding NZ Food Producer Awards has opened for entries.


Heineken to open pop-up barbershops in Auckland
1 Dec 2021   / / /

Heineken to open pop-up barbershops in Auckland

Heineken is opening two pop-up barbershops in selected venues around central Auckland to tie-in with the country’s move to the Covid-19 Protection Framework ‘traffic light’ system on Friday 3 December.


Food moves at Frucor, MenuAid
30 Nov 2021   /

Food moves at Frucor, MenuAid

Frucor Suntory has appointed Rhodi Bulloch as its nutrition and regulatory affairs specialist.


All Good backs $50m Southland oat factory
29 Nov 2021   /

All Good backs $50m Southland oat factory

The purpose-led company commits to being a customer of New Zealand’s first purpose-built oat milk processing factory.


Chia Sisters, All Good Bananas, Citizen win Sustainable Business Awards
26 Nov 2021   /

Chia Sisters, All Good Bananas, Citizen win Sustainable Business Awards

Chia Sisters, All Good Bananas and Citizen have taken gongs at the Sustainable Business Awards, with the former just missing out on the supreme award.


Karma Drinks backs hospo with Black Friday pledge
26 Nov 2021   /

Karma Drinks backs hospo with Black Friday pledge

Karma Drinks has pledged 100% of revenue from today’s Black Friday sales on its Shop.KarmaDrinks.co.nz website will go towards supporting the hospitality industry.


Shott Beverages targets 2022 after logistics woes delay US entry
25 Nov 2021  

Shott Beverages targets 2022 after logistics woes delay US entry

After Covid delayed its new multi-million dollar Auckland factory, the company is now battling logistics lags in order to make its long-awaited entry into the US.


Orchard Thieves Rosé Cider wins gold at brewing industry ‘Oscars’
24 Nov 2021   /

Orchard Thieves Rosé Cider wins gold at brewing industry ‘Oscars’

Orchard Thieves Rosé Cider has won the gold medal in the new Cider Innovation Rosé category at the International Brewing and Cider Awards 2021. 


Lion lifts Lindauer in premiumisation push
22 Nov 2021  

Lion lifts Lindauer in premiumisation push

The company has added Prosecco but dropped Bernadino in a drive up the value curve for its sparkling wine.


MWE appoints USA distributor for OTU Estate
22 Nov 2021   /

MWE appoints USA distributor for OTU Estate

Marlborough Wine Estates has appointed Winesellers its exclusive USA importer for its OTU Estate brand.


2021 vintage shines through at Marlborough Wine Show
22 Nov 2021   /

2021 vintage shines through at Marlborough Wine Show

Saint Clair’s Wairau Reserve Sauvignon Blanc 2021 has won the Champion Wine title at the 2021 Marlborough Wine Show.


Non-alcoholic producers losing tens of millions – report
19 Nov 2021  

Non-alcoholic producers losing tens of millions – report

The average non-alcoholic filling line spends 36 minutes per hour, or 60% of time, not filling beverages, according to OFS.


DB launches $125k shout scheme to boost vax, hospo
19 Nov 2021   /

DB launches $125k shout scheme to boost vax, hospo

DB Breweries is offering every fully vaccinated employee $250 to spend on drinks and eating out to encourage Covid-19 vaccination and provide support for the hospitality sector.


Chia Sisters’ Van Dyke picked for $10k prize pitch
19 Nov 2021   /

Chia Sisters’ Van Dyke picked for $10k prize pitch

Chia Sisters co-founder Chloe Van Dyke is one of five female entrepreneurs selected to pitch at Rise Up for a $10,000 prize.


Foley Wines sticks to guidance, signals uncertainty
18 Nov 2021  

Foley Wines sticks to guidance, signals uncertainty

Foley Wines is sticking to forecast earnings before tax of $8m for FY22 but warns of uncertainty.


Lyre’s sees continuing growth in NZ, completes UK funding round
18 Nov 2021   /

Lyre’s sees continuing growth in NZ, completes UK funding round

UK-based non-alcoholic spirits brand Lyre’s says its distribution growth in New Zealand is continuing to cater for increased demand. The beverage maker’s products can be found in Countdown, New World, Farro MORE »


New drinks delivery service targets parties, events
16 Nov 2021   /

New drinks delivery service targets parties, events

An e-commerce business that provides a tailored drinks delivery service for parties, weddings and events is gearing up for summer after its initial Auckland launch in August was thwarted by the city going in level 4 lockdown.


First pear drop takes NZ’s best cider title
16 Nov 2021  

First pear drop takes NZ’s best cider title

A bottle-fermented pear cider has been named the best cider in the country at the New Zealand Fruit Wine & Cider Awards in Hawke’s Bay.


Saint Clair, Whitehaven Wines win gold
16 Nov 2021   /

Saint Clair, Whitehaven Wines win gold

Saint Clair has won a gold medal and the trophy for the best wine from New Zealand at the Hong Kong International Wine and Spirits Competition.


Zero alcohol beer sales boom – NZABC
15 Nov 2021  

Zero alcohol beer sales boom – NZABC

A 322% increase in the sale of zero-alcohol beer was seen in the span of a year from June 2020-June 2021, according to the NZ Alcohol Beverages Council.


“We went to a wartime setting” – Coffee Supreme’s Jesse Newson
12 Nov 2021   /

“We went to a wartime setting” – Coffee Supreme’s Jesse Newson

After 18 months of co-leadership to navigate Covid-19, the new CEO now oversees a broader channel mix at the reshaped coffee wholesaler.


Distributor Green Room Brands enters NZ with debut drinks product
11 Nov 2021   /

Distributor Green Room Brands enters NZ with debut drinks product

The UK-based distributor is bringing with it Australian functional beverage Shōjō Tonics, with more products in the pipeline.


F&B campaigns lauded, Lion’s Tiny Pub wins gold Effie
11 Nov 2021   /

F&B campaigns lauded, Lion’s Tiny Pub wins gold Effie

Agencies DDB Aotearoa & Mango Communications picked up the accolade last night for the memorable promotion of Lion’s Emerson brand.


Lion NZ to shutter Drinks Collective
10 Nov 2021  

Lion NZ to shutter Drinks Collective

The company is closing its restaurant and café distribution division as the beverage business seeks to “fine-tune” its focus.


Meat, wine exports jump despite Covid, supply chain headwinds
9 Nov 2021   /

Meat, wine exports jump despite Covid, supply chain headwinds

New Zealand’s meat and wine exports have enjoyed a strong September 2021 quarter with the value of the former surging.


Jim Delegat moves in exec reshuffle
9 Nov 2021   /

Jim Delegat moves in exec reshuffle

The chair of winemaker Delegat Group, Jim Delegat, is moving from the role of executive chairman to executive director from 1 February 2022.


Good George pushes gin as Australian “launchpad”
8 Nov 2021   /

Good George pushes gin as Australian “launchpad”

The company built its reputation on beer and cider but a move into spirits has enabled its first foray across the ditch.


Marlborough’s Highfield TerraVin vineyard for sale
8 Nov 2021   /

Marlborough’s Highfield TerraVin vineyard for sale

Marlborough’s Highfield TerraVin vineyard, cellar door, and restaurant, designed in part by Sir Michael Fowler, is for sale.


DB Breweries promotes Matt Wilson to MD
4 Nov 2021   /

DB Breweries promotes Matt Wilson to MD

Heineken’s DB Breweries has promoted its director of corporate affairs, Matt Wilson, to managing director.


GoodBuzz preps for expansion, appoints new distributor
3 Nov 2021   /

GoodBuzz preps for expansion, appoints new distributor

The kombucha maker is set to scale with new leadership, new products, a new factory and a new distributor.


Food foray for Milk 2.0 protects against “commoditisation” of plant-based milks
3 Nov 2021   /

Food foray for Milk 2.0 protects against “commoditisation” of plant-based milks

Milk 2.0 has overhauled Natural Abundance’s portfolio and built up distribution after buying the snack company.


East Imperial puts boots on the ground in US
3 Nov 2021   /

East Imperial puts boots on the ground in US

Premium mixer company East Imperial has appointed Mark Zonghetti as head of sales for North America.


New boss for Coffee Supreme
2 Nov 2021   /

New boss for Coffee Supreme

After 18 months without a chief executive, Coffee Supreme has promoted group commercial director Jesse Newson into the role.


Little Elephant launches $230k capital raise for expansion
2 Nov 2021   /

Little Elephant launches $230k capital raise for expansion

Functional beverage startup Little Elephant Tonics is seeking up to $230,000 in capital to help fund exports to the US and Australia.


Booch boom expected after supply chain disruptions – MPI
1 Nov 2021   /

Booch boom expected after supply chain disruptions – MPI

Kombucha has been flagged as a strong global growth category for the New Zealand beverage sector.


Brewers call for beer tax cut
29 Oct 2021   /

Brewers call for beer tax cut

The Brewers Association of New Zealand has called on the government to freeze excise on beer in Budget 2022 and introduce a new lower rate on keg beer.


Coca-Cola’s designated driver is back
29 Oct 2021  

Coca-Cola’s designated driver is back

Coca-Cola’s Designated Driver programme returns this summer with licensed bars and restaurants across the country invited to sign up for the scheme.


Joiy Wines cracks open US expansion
26 Oct 2021   /

Joiy Wines cracks open US expansion

The canned wine exporter launches a multimillion-dollar expansion into North America, after turning the head of supermarket chain Whole Foods.


Burke’s Brewing among winners at NZ Beer Awards 2021
26 Oct 2021   /

Burke’s Brewing among winners at NZ Beer Awards 2021

Tekapo-based Burke’s Brewing has won New Zealand’s best beer accolade for its Unforgiven Porter at the 2021 New Zealand Beer Awards.


Giesen and the Strange Nature of its fast-growing 0% range
21 Oct 2021   /

Giesen and the Strange Nature of its fast-growing 0% range

The winemaker is bringing forward a multi-million dollar investment into its low and no alcohol range, which has raced ahead of sales forecasts.


Chia Sisters in brand refresh
21 Oct 2021   /

Chia Sisters in brand refresh

Nelson natural drinks company Chia Sisters has completed brand refresh for its entire range of pressed juices, smoothies, sparkling and superfood drinks.


“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.


Terra Vitae Vineyards dips into the red
19 Oct 2021   /

Terra Vitae Vineyards dips into the red

Villa Maria grape supplier Terra Vitae Vineyards has dipped into the red after what it said was “an extremely difficult growing year,” according to its 2021 annual report.


Sam Neill ‘s Gibbston vineyard on the block
18 Oct 2021   /

Sam Neill ‘s Gibbston vineyard on the block

Actor Sam Neill has put his Gibbston vineyard, The First Paddock, up for sale.


‘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.


Foley Wines lines up pinot vineyard deal
13 Oct 2021   /

Foley Wines lines up pinot vineyard deal

Foley Wines has lined up the purchase of a 55.5-hectare Central Otago pinot noir vineyard to supply grapes to its Mt Difficulty Roaring Meg brand.


Terra Vitae confirms Villa Maria shareholding, Indevin board appt
12 Oct 2021   /

Terra Vitae confirms Villa Maria shareholding, Indevin board appt

Terra Vitae Vineyards says Villa Maria Estate will remain one of its cornerstone shareholders with a 21.89% stake following the completion of its sale to Indevin Group.


Food moves: Asahi poaches PepsiCo’s Celoni, exec moves at Lion, Domino’s
11 Oct 2021  

Food moves: Asahi poaches PepsiCo’s Celoni, exec moves at Lion, Domino’s

Asahi Beverages has appointed PepsiCo ANZ boss Danny Celoni the new chief executive of its Australian brewer, Carlton & United Breweries.


Zeffer canning line adds “string to bow”
8 Oct 2021  

Zeffer canning line adds “string to bow”

A close-to million dollar investment into a new canning line releases a packaging bottle neck and opens up contract manufacturing opportunities.


Fresh Cuts: Product launches for the week to 8 October
8 Oct 2021  

Fresh Cuts: Product launches for the week to 8 October

There’s a new lager for the vaccine-hesitant, Mars revamps one of its classics, and Horleys jumps on the marine collagen bandwagon.


New NZ home for Vitasoy Australia
7 Oct 2021   /

New NZ home for Vitasoy Australia

Pavé clinches the contract to manage New Zealand sales for the plant-milk giant in the fast-growing category.


“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.


NZ wines lauded in New World awards
5 Oct 2021   /

NZ wines lauded in New World awards

New Zealand wines have taken 42 of the 50 placings in the New World Wine Awards Top 50.


Indevin “excited by opportunities” after completing Villa Maria purchase
4 Oct 2021   /

Indevin “excited by opportunities” after completing Villa Maria purchase

Indevin New Zealand has completed its purchase of 100% of the shares of Villa Maria Estate Limited.


Villa Maria sale value revealed
1 Oct 2021   /

Villa Maria sale value revealed

Villa Maria was valued at $190m for its sale to Indevin Group in early August.


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.


Brewers urge govt, consumers to support hospo

Brewers urge govt, consumers to support hospo

The Brewers Association of New Zealand is calling on the government to provide targeted support for hospitality.


Kiwi spirits on the rise
29 Sep 2021  

Kiwi spirits on the rise

The number of commercial distilleries in New Zealand has grown to almost 100, says Spirits New Zealand.


Kono seeks COO – not CEO – with Taulelei departure
27 Sep 2021  

Kono seeks COO – not CEO – with Taulelei departure

The parent company of Nelson-based food and beverage exporter Kono is looking to fill the newly created role of chief operating officer, instead of recruiting a new chief executive to replace Rachel Taulelei.


Allpress’s wind up holding co with $100m left, mostly in cash
27 Sep 2021   /

Allpress’s wind up holding co with $100m left, mostly in cash

Allpress Espresso shareholders Michael and Jane Allpress are winding up their holding company with just over $100m in assets left, mostly in cash.


Brewers, produce groups appoint leaders
27 Sep 2021  

Brewers, produce groups appoint leaders

The Brewers Guild of New Zealand and the Produce Marketing Association Australia New Zealand have brought in new leadership. Melanie Kees has been appointed executive director of the Brewers Guild MORE »


Delegat to invest $30m to drive growth
24 Sep 2021   /

Delegat to invest $30m to drive growth

Winemaker Delegat Group says it will invest $29.7m in FY22 to provide earnings growth in the years ahead.


Govt urged to implement beverage container return scheme
22 Sep 2021  

Govt urged to implement beverage container return scheme

The Kiwi Bottle Drive has launched an ad campaign to encourage the government to immediately implement a beverage container return scheme.


Date change for food and beer fest
22 Sep 2021  

Date change for food and beer fest

The Otago University Students Association has chadged the date of the The Dunedin Craft Beer and Food Festival to the weekend of 3 – 4 December 2021.


NZABC backs safeguards for use of social influencers
21 Sep 2021  

NZABC backs safeguards for use of social influencers

The NZ Alcohol Beverages Council (NZABC) says it supports moves by global industry partners to put in place safeguards for the use of social influencers.


Beverage cartons, coffee cups recycler secures funding
21 Sep 2021   /

Beverage cartons, coffee cups recycler secures funding

Kiwi company saveBOARD has secured a A$1.74m grant from the Australian and New South Wales governments to set-up a A$5m facility that will turn packaging waste such as used beverage cartons and coffee cups into building materials.


Whole kids smoothie drops recall
20 Sep 2021  

Whole kids smoothie drops recall

Nourish Foods (NZ) is recalling Whole Kids brand Smoothie Drops Berry, Banana and Coconut Milk as the product may contain plastic.


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.


Food firms push pause as Delta interrupts expansion plans
17 Sep 2021  

Food firms push pause as Delta interrupts expansion plans

Cassels Brewing, Bootleg Food, and Clevedon Buffalo are among the food firms to have their growth initiatives stalled.


Taranaki microbrewery eyes $1.5m expansion
16 Sep 2021  

Taranaki microbrewery eyes $1.5m expansion

Three Sisters Brewery is looking to raise $1.5m to help boost production capacity tenfold, expand its retail network and enter the Australian market.


Pals wins two gongs at World Beverage Innovation Awards
16 Sep 2021   /

Pals wins two gongs at World Beverage Innovation Awards

Beverage maker Pals has picked up two accolades at the 2021 World Beverage Innovation Awards.


ComCom warns packaging company over recyclable cup claims
15 Sep 2021   /

ComCom warns packaging company over recyclable cup claims

The Commerce Commission has warned paper packaging company Glopac New Zealand for making misleading claims about the ability to recycle its hot drink cups.


Delta sales spike sees Coffee Supreme fast-track paper packaging
10 Sep 2021   /

Delta sales spike sees Coffee Supreme fast-track paper packaging

The company had to airfreight its new paper-recyclable bags to New Zealand after online lockdown sales skyrocketed.


Cassels lone Kiwi win at World Beer Awards
10 Sep 2021   /

Cassels lone Kiwi win at World Beer Awards

Independent Christchurch brewer Cassels Brewing Co has won the best American-style pale ale accolade at this year’s World Beer Awards.


Ārepa flies NZ flag at FoodBytes!
9 Sep 2021   /

Ārepa flies NZ flag at FoodBytes!

The nootropics venture is the only NZ startup selected from 375 applicants for Rabobank’s global food and ag innovation programme.


Lion fined $10k for breaching overseas investment law
9 Sep 2021   /

Lion fined $10k for breaching overseas investment law

Beverage business Lion New Zealand has been fined $10,000 for breaching the Overseas Investment Act when it bought a South Island leasehold farm in 2017.


Red Bull appoints new media agency
9 Sep 2021   /

Red Bull appoints new media agency

The New Zealand division of energy drinks giant Red Bull has appointed Hearts & Science as its new media agency for strategy through to execution across all channels and key platforms.


Brewers seek tax relief on destroyed product
8 Sep 2021  

Brewers seek tax relief on destroyed product

The Brewers Association of New Zealand has called on the government to allow for refund or remission of excise tax on returned product that is wasted as a result of Covid-19 lockdowns.


Lion to shrink plastic packaging
7 Sep 2021   /

Lion to shrink plastic packaging

Australasian brewer Lion is to reduce the two largest sources of plastic in its packaging – plastic shrink-wrap and plastic labels on beer bottles in Australia.


Food moves at Spring Sheep Milk Co, Scales and Invivo
3 Sep 2021  

Food moves at Spring Sheep Milk Co, Scales and Invivo

Internal promotions, arrivals and departures are all in today’s trio of executive food moves.


Food firms’ executive merry-go-round with T&G, Delegat, Zespri jv appointments
1 Sep 2021  

Food firms’ executive merry-go-round with T&G, Delegat, Zespri jv appointments

A former Foodstuffs executive moves to T&G Fresh, Pāmu’s boss jumps ship to Delegat, and an inaugural kiwifruit jv CEO named.


NZ wine exports fall for first time in 26 years
31 Aug 2021  

NZ wine exports fall for first time in 26 years

A smaller vintage sees the value of exports drop 3% just as industry achieves its 10-year $2bn goal.


…while Marlborough Wine Estates dips into the red
31 Aug 2021  

…while Marlborough Wine Estates dips into the red

The Otu Estate owner counts the cost of a smaller 2021 harvest and investment into growing its branded wine sales.


Marlborough Wine Estates appoints UK distributor
30 Aug 2021   /

Marlborough Wine Estates appoints UK distributor

Marlborough Wine Estates Group has appointed the Hayward Bros as the UK distributor for its OTU Estate brand.


Winemakers toast strong results in uncertain year
27 Aug 2021   /

Winemakers toast strong results in uncertain year

Delegat Group and Foley Wines both deliver record operational results, despite pandemic disruption.


Fresh cuts: Product launches for the week to 27 August
27 Aug 2021  

Fresh cuts: Product launches for the week to 27 August

Cardrona Distillery proudly shows its support of love, diversity and inclusion via vodka; global ice cream brand Ben & Jerry’s tops out its tubs; and Invivo toasts its eighth vintage of Graham Norton’s Own Wines.


Lockdown surge in beer sales unsustainable – Brewers Association
27 Aug 2021   /

Lockdown surge in beer sales unsustainable – Brewers Association

An increase in beer consumption because of lockdown will not be sustained and overall sales are in decline, says Brewers Association of New Zealand executive director Dylan Firth.


Batchwell cracks $1m in cap raise
26 Aug 2021   /

Batchwell cracks $1m in cap raise

Kombucha company Batchwell raised just over $1m in its equity capital raise, exceeding its minimum target of $700,000.


Bakery, coffee sales change has MTA boiling
26 Aug 2021   /

Bakery, coffee sales change has MTA boiling

The Motor Trade Association has expressed its frustration at a rule change made by the Ministry for Business, Innovation and Employment that prevents service stations selling hot drinks and bakery food.


Apples, wine, honey exports win in proposed UK free trade deal
24 Aug 2021   /

Apples, wine, honey exports win in proposed UK free trade deal

Apple wine and honey tariffs to be slashed, but no particulars yet for the red meat sector.


NPD? Wait and see
20 Aug 2021   /

NPD? Wait and see

A long lockdown could play havoc with new product launches, change customer demand patterns and result in distribution delays.


Henry’s ramps up online deliveries
20 Aug 2021  

Henry’s ramps up online deliveries

Henry’s Beer Wine and Spirits stores are ramping up their online offer while the bricks and mortar stores remain closed under the Covid-19 alert level 4 lockdown.


DB Breweries brand manager departs
20 Aug 2021  

DB Breweries brand manager departs

DB Breweries’ domestic beer brand manager, Michael McRae, is leaving Heineken after more than four years to go full time on his own venture.


‘Channel shuffle’ for brownies, broccolini and beer – foodservice closure forces focus change
19 Aug 2021   /

‘Channel shuffle’ for brownies, broccolini and beer – foodservice closure forces focus change

With the foodservice channel shut, manufacturers are looking to supermarkets to pick up the slack.


New plant milk export squashes produce waste
17 Aug 2021   /

New plant milk export squashes produce waste

A New Zealand chef who pioneered the development of avocado milk has teamed up with a buttercup squash grower to develop a new plant-milk destined for export markets in Asia.


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.


Organic sav vineyard for sale
16 Aug 2021   /

Organic sav vineyard for sale

A Marlborough organic sauvignon blanc vineyard has been placed on the market for sale.


Cook & Nelson – how a category-challenging importer is coping with Covid impacts
13 Aug 2021   /

Cook & Nelson – how a category-challenging importer is coping with Covid impacts

The distributor scours the world for challenger brands but Covid has made importing harder and more expensive.


Ārepa eyes ‘billion dollar’ prize in export drive
12 Aug 2021   /

Ārepa eyes ‘billion dollar’ prize in export drive

Zac Robinson and Angus Brown are preparing for a $5m capital raise to take Ārepa’s nootropic drinks to the world.


Brewers pour in to Wellington’s Beervana
12 Aug 2021   /

Brewers pour in to Wellington’s Beervana

Brewers from all over New Zealand are rolling out their wares to the capital to take part in today’s trade show ahead of welcoming 16,000 thirsty punters for the 20th annual two-day Beervana beer festival in Wellington.


New e-forklifts to cut emissions – DB Breweries
12 Aug 2021   /

New e-forklifts to cut emissions – DB Breweries

DB Breweries says it will cut its carbon emissions by 184 tonnes a year by using a new fleet of electric forklifts.


Canterbury tops NZ wine tasting comp
11 Aug 2021  

Canterbury tops NZ wine tasting comp

A team from Canterbury won the New Zealand Sommeliers and Wine Professionals Association inaugural NZ National Wine Tasting Competition.


NZFGC submits on animal product, wine regs redesign
10 Aug 2021   /

NZFGC submits on animal product, wine regs redesign

New Zealand Food & Grocery Council has submitted comments of the regulatory redesign of Animal Products and Wine Regulations respectively.


Parkers builds out functional drink portfolio
9 Aug 2021  

Parkers builds out functional drink portfolio

The Hastings business is expanding into the functional beverage space following a challenging Covid which almost saw it close its doors.


Juno Gin looks to fans to fund $100k fit-out
4 Aug 2021  

Juno Gin looks to fans to fund $100k fit-out

New Plymouth gin distiller want backing for cellar door experience that forms part of new $1m production facility.


Queenstown gets first gin garden
4 Aug 2021  

Queenstown gets first gin garden

Queenstown distiller Broken Heart Spirits has opened what it says is the town’s first ever boutique gin tasting room.


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.


FSANZ calls for enzyme comment
30 Jul 2021  

FSANZ calls for enzyme comment

​Food Standards Australia New Zealand is calling for comment on an application to allow an existing enzyme processing aid to be produced from a new genetically modified source.


New World Wine Awards judging underway
29 Jul 2021   /

New World Wine Awards judging underway

The New World Wine Awards judging has started in Marlborough, with an independent panel of experts spending three days considering more than 1,100 wine entries.


‘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.


Urban winery looks north after lockdown launch
27 Jul 2021   /

Urban winery looks north after lockdown launch

Emerging Wairarapa winery Alexia hires a distributor to help push into Auckland’s premium on-premises and speciality retail trade.


V Energy asks, can you feel it?
26 Jul 2021  

V Energy asks, can you feel it?

Frucor Suntory brand V Energy has launched a new campaign about feeling your best self and spreading positive vibes.


My Food Bag bags DB marketing boss
23 Jul 2021   /

My Food Bag bags DB marketing boss

The meal kit firm has appointed DB Breweries’ Jo Mitchell to be its chief customer officer.


Beyond kombucha: Batchwell sets sights on gut health brand
23 Jul 2021  

Beyond kombucha: Batchwell sets sights on gut health brand

Functional drinks and an expansion out of beverages are all in the mix for the kombucha company currently raising capital.


Not ‘just another bloody e-commerce business’ – Beer Hug customers hit 10k
21 Jul 2021   /

Not ‘just another bloody e-commerce business’ – Beer Hug customers hit 10k

The online craft beer delivery service says it has broken through the barrier of being “just another bloody e-commerce business”.


Reefton Distilling Co appoints top talent to plot global growth
20 Jul 2021   /

Reefton Distilling Co appoints top talent to plot global growth

Patsy Bass, co-founder of West Coast spirits powerhouse Reefton Distilling Co, hires two senior executives to lead the company’s drive into export markets.


Frucor Suntory in native tree planting drive
19 Jul 2021  

Frucor Suntory in native tree planting drive

Frucor Suntory staff have planted 600 native trees near the company’s Wiri distribution centre.


Lion pumps millions into zero alcohol tech to tap new demand
15 Jul 2021   /

Lion pumps millions into zero alcohol tech to tap new demand

The brewer is making a big move into the no alcohol beer market, which is says will be worth $25bn globally by 2024.


Delegat signals flat profit, warns of shipping issues
14 Jul 2021   /

Delegat signals flat profit, warns of shipping issues

Delegat Group has released its unaudited numbers for the 2021 year, but warned the official numbers are likely to be worse when they come out in late August.


Starting gun fired for Batchwell fundraise
14 Jul 2021   /

Starting gun fired for Batchwell fundraise

Organic small batch Kombucha maker Batchwell has launched a capital raise with funds set to be ploughed into production capability, portfolio expansion and increased sales and marketing.


Giesen to add Rosé to 0% portfolio
14 Jul 2021   /

Giesen to add Rosé to 0% portfolio

Giesen Wines is planning to release its third 0% wine – a Rosé – following the launch of its Pinot Gris this month and Sauvignon Blanc last year.


Tonic boom for Fever-Tree fuels future plans
13 Jul 2021  

Tonic boom for Fever-Tree fuels future plans

The London-listed beverage business is planning to shake up other mixer categories in New Zealand.


Soochi secures seed funding, makes supermarket move
8 Jul 2021  

Soochi secures seed funding, makes supermarket move

Functional food startup Soochi plans to pioneer a ‘prejuvenation’ drinks category in Asia Pacific after hitting two milestones this month: signing off seed funding and launching into Foodstuffs supermarkets.


New Carrick Winery owners plan more events, new accommodation to rebuild brand
7 Jul 2021  

New Carrick Winery owners plan more events, new accommodation to rebuild brand

New Carrick Winery owners Tony and Alison Cleland say they aim to rebuild the brand and make it a winery destination for locals as well as visitors from further afield.


DB Breweries appoints new exclusive social agency
7 Jul 2021   /

DB Breweries appoints new exclusive social agency

DB Breweries has appointed creative agency Motion Sickness to manage all creative for its social channels.


Behemoth Brewing seeks new Aus angle after distributor disruption
6 Jul 2021   /

Behemoth Brewing seeks new Aus angle after distributor disruption

The abrupt cancellation of a large order destined for Australia hasn’t dampened the brewer’s spirits.


AF Drinks takes flight with Air NZ for Dry July
6 Jul 2021   /

AF Drinks takes flight with Air NZ for Dry July

Lisa King’s non-alcoholic drinks company AF Drinks has teamed up with Air New Zealand for Dry July.


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.


East Imperial to complete $60m London listing
5 Jul 2021   /

East Imperial to complete $60m London listing

Auckland-based premium mixer company East Imperial is set to list on the London Stock Exchange after a reverse takeover which values it at almost $60m.


NZ nabs spots in International Wine Challenge 2021
5 Jul 2021   /

NZ nabs spots in International Wine Challenge 2021

New Zealand secured its place in the 10 best wines of the International Wine Challenge 2021 with the Valli Pinot Noir Gibbston Vineyard 2019 from Central Otago claiming the IWC Sustainable Trophy.


Dunedin craft beer and food fest to return in Oct
2 Jul 2021  

Dunedin craft beer and food fest to return in Oct

Vendor applications are now open for the Dunedin Craft Beer and Food Festival which takes place this October.


Women in Wine mentoring programme starts
2 Jul 2021   /

Women in Wine mentoring programme starts

The 2021 Women in Wine NZ Mentoring Programme has kicked off, seeing eleven women wine industry mentors working paired with up-and-comers for six months.


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.


Hastings Distillers unveils ‘super premium’ experience
1 Jul 2021  

Hastings Distillers unveils ‘super premium’ experience

Hastings Distillers has unveiled a new, ‘super premium’ tasting experience now available at its Heretaunga Street tasting room.


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.


Lisa King’s AF Drinks does Countdown
30 Jun 2021   /

Lisa King’s AF Drinks does Countdown

Entrepreneur Lisa King’s non-alcoholic drinks company has secured shelf space in Countdowns across the country.


The Flying Winemaker lifts off in China
30 Jun 2021  

The Flying Winemaker lifts off in China

The Flying Winemaker group has signed a distribution deal which will see its wine sold in foodservice outlets across Mainland China.


Distillers celebrate NZ spirit award wins
28 Jun 2021   /

Distillers celebrate NZ spirit award wins

Kiwi companies including Reefton Distilling Co and Elemental Distillers took home nine out the fourteen trophies doled out at the the third annual New Zealand Spirits Awards.


Chia Sisters’ growth agenda
25 Jun 2021  

Chia Sisters’ growth agenda

“We’re right on the cusp of growth which is always a challenging time to navigate,” says new GM Bonnie Slade.


Parrotdog cans bottles, targets 46% production increase
23 Jun 2021   /

Parrotdog cans bottles, targets 46% production increase

The brewer is ditching its retail beer bottles in favour of cans alongside a plan to lift production by almost half.


Cooks Global Foods and Covid: Coffee franchise plans bounce back
22 Jun 2021   /

Cooks Global Foods and Covid: Coffee franchise plans bounce back

As lockdown restrictions ease across the globe, the Ticker talks to NZX-listed Cooks Global Foods about the relaunch of its expansion plans.


Choco, coffee partnerships push Farm Fresh South growth
22 Jun 2021  

Choco, coffee partnerships push Farm Fresh South growth

A small Southland dairy operator has taken a leaf out of the Lewis Road’s play book teaming up with boutique chocolate and coffee companies to push into the flavoured milk category.


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.


Eagle Brewing rebrands following racism row, keeps business in the family
18 Jun 2021  

Eagle Brewing rebrands following racism row, keeps business in the family

The craft beer company that suffered commercially from racist comments made by its former owner has rebranded in an effort to revive flagging sales.


Scales walks away from Villa Maria
16 Jun 2021   /

Scales walks away from Villa Maria

Agribusiness Scales Corporation has confirmed it has walked away from any potential purchase of NZ winemaker Villa Maria Estates.


Entries open for New World Wine Awards
16 Jun 2021   /

Entries open for New World Wine Awards

Entries close on Friday 2 July and judging will take place in Marlborough in late July before the results are announced later in the year.


Hawke’s Bay’s Sacred Hill for sale
15 Jun 2021   /

Hawke’s Bay’s Sacred Hill for sale

Hawke’s Bay winery Sacred Hill has been placed on the market by its receivers.


FFNZ 2021: Ecology & Co mixes it up
14 Jun 2021   /

FFNZ 2021: Ecology & Co mixes it up

Alcohol-free distilled spirit company Ecology & Co has this week launched its first premixed drink. The company, which traditionally sells 700ml bottles of its London Dry and Asian Spice spirits MORE »


Lion NZ, Johnnie Walker join Six Barrel Soda in highball partnership
14 Jun 2021   /

Lion NZ, Johnnie Walker join Six Barrel Soda in highball partnership

Johnnie Walker has teamed up with Six Barrel Soda on a new range of whiskey highball syrup mixers.


Smaller harvest means tough decisions – NZ Wine
14 Jun 2021  

Smaller harvest means tough decisions – NZ Wine

A smaller than hoped for 2021 harvest means many New Zealand wineries will face tough decisions over who they can supply in their key markets, according to NZ Wine.


Yealands harvest big on quality, moderate on crops
10 Jun 2021   /

Yealands harvest big on quality, moderate on crops

Yealands chief winemaker Nat Christensen has echoed his peers reporting on a challenging 2021 harvest alongside expectations of a stellar vintage.


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.


Asahi Beverages dominates RTD market
9 Jun 2021  

Asahi Beverages dominates RTD market

Asahi Beverages Oceania says it holds 14% of New Zealand’s total alcohol market by value.


Reduced volume, increased quality for winemakers – Babich
8 Jun 2021   /

Reduced volume, increased quality for winemakers – Babich

After a smaller than usual harvest this year, family-owned winemaker Babich said New Zealand winemakers are excited about the excellent fruit and wine quality, though careful management of inventory is required to meet escalating global demand.


Zeffer apologises for packaging mix-up
3 Jun 2021  

Zeffer apologises for packaging mix-up

Zeffer Cider has apologised to customers after an “isolated error” led some of its alcoholic cider to be packaged in non-alcoholic packaging and put on sale.


Zeffer in apple cider recall
2 Jun 2021  

Zeffer in apple cider recall

Zeffer Brewing Ltd is recalling specific batches of its 4-pack Zeffer Cider Co brand 0% Alcohol Crisp Apple Cider.


Covid pushes Cooks Global Foods further into the red
2 Jun 2021  

Covid pushes Cooks Global Foods further into the red

Master franchiser and food distributor Cooks Global Foods was pushed further into the red in the year to 31 March posting a net loss of $2.8m – up from $0.2m last year – as Covid took its toll on international operations.


Broken Heart Spirits releases limited edition gin
2 Jun 2021  

Broken Heart Spirits releases limited edition gin

Queenstown distillery Broken Heart Spirits is celebrating the region’s resilience with an exclusive Queenstown Edition Gin.


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.


FSANZ launches electrolyte drink consultation
1 Jun 2021  

FSANZ launches electrolyte drink consultation

Food Standards Australia New Zealand has released a public consultation paper on proposed changes to the regulation of electrolyte drinks.


Joval Wines to expand Otago vineyard
1 Jun 2021   /

Joval Wines to expand Otago vineyard

Australia’s Joval Wine Group is set to expand its Nanny Goat vineyard in Central Otago after being cleared to buy a $1.05m neighbouring property by the Overseas Investment Office.


Dionysus poaches The Warehouse marketing talent
31 May 2021   /

Dionysus poaches The Warehouse marketing talent

Wine business Dionysus Investments, which owns the Messenger, Mutu and Moana Park Estate brands, has poached two marketing specialists from The Warehouse Group to expand its Auckland team.


Top international wines picked for inaugural Gilmours awards
26 May 2021   /

Top international wines picked for inaugural Gilmours awards

Gilmours has selected its top 20 global wine varieties available in New Zealand for its inaugural International Wine Competition kicking off this week.


Consultation starts on wine export evaluation
25 May 2021  

Consultation starts on wine export evaluation

New Zealand Food Safety is reviewing how wine for export is determined to be free from obvious fault.


Cassels brewing plan for $4m cash injection
24 May 2021   /

Cassels brewing plan for $4m cash injection

The Christchurch-based brewer is mulling selling a stake to private equity investors to help drive expansion.


Poor yields prompt Marlborough viticulture field day
24 May 2021  

Poor yields prompt Marlborough viticulture field day

A soil health field day is to be hosted on 2 June in Marlborough to provide a forum for grape producers and those involved in the viticulture industry to look at how to get back up to speed after a poor-yielding 2021 harvest.


Oatly IPO froths as share price jumps on debut
21 May 2021   /

Oatly IPO froths as share price jumps on debut

The Swedish oat milk company has become the latest plant-based IPO sensation in the US.


Terrace Edge wins Organic Winery of the Year
20 May 2021   /

Terrace Edge wins Organic Winery of the Year

North Canterbury’s Terrace Edge has won the Organic Winery of the Year award at the annual Organic Wine Awards.


Innovation gets faster, quality endures – Asahi’s Andrew Campbell
19 May 2021   /

Innovation gets faster, quality endures – Asahi’s Andrew Campbell

While a new drinks product appears seemingly every week, Asahi turned to quality to enter a fresh market.


Receivers appointed to Villa Maria owner
19 May 2021   /

Receivers appointed to Villa Maria owner

The company which owns well-known wine business Villa Maria has been placed into receivership.


Drinks giants toast Employers of Choice awards
19 May 2021  

Drinks giants toast Employers of Choice awards

Two beverage companies have been recognised in Human Resources Director’s New Zealand’s Employer of Choice 2021 awards.


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.


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


Asahi appoints GM for The Better Drinks Co.
13 May 2021   /

Asahi appoints GM for The Better Drinks Co.

Former Fonterra sales director will head up non-alcoholic business arm in NZ.


Good George marks ‘millionth litre’ with Hobbiton ale expansion
13 May 2021  

Good George marks ‘millionth litre’ with Hobbiton ale expansion

Good George has released a limited edition English Pale Ale to celebrate one million litres poured at the Green Dragon Inn on Hobbiton Movie Set in Waikato.


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.


Better late than never – Nestlé joins US$17bn plant-based dairy party
10 May 2021  

Better late than never – Nestlé joins US$17bn plant-based dairy party

Nestlé’s Launch of Wunda pea milk in Europe follows Coca-Cola expanding into oat milk in the US.


Foley Wines joins poor harvest chorus
4 May 2021   /

Foley Wines joins poor harvest chorus

Foley Wines has added its voice to the chorus of winemakers reporting poor harvest results with close to a 30% decrease on last year.


Brewers toast ‘Top 30’ beer & cider awards
4 May 2021  

Brewers toast ‘Top 30’ beer & cider awards

Seven first-time winners from around the regions have made this year’s prestigious Top 30 list in the 2021 New World Beer & Cider Awards.


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.


“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”.


Terra Vitae Vineyards yield down 21%
3 May 2021  

Terra Vitae Vineyards yield down 21%

Terra Vitae takes “some consolidation” that it was at the lower end of the 20% to 50% hit taken across the wider industry.


Drinkers becoming more moderate, still room for improvement – NZABC
3 May 2021  

Drinkers becoming more moderate, still room for improvement – NZABC

A shift in social attitudes to drinking is contributing to people being more moderate and responsible, says the New Zealand Alcohol Beverages Council.


Investors line up for NZ’s first carbon-neutral oat milk factory
30 Apr 2021   /

Investors line up for NZ’s first carbon-neutral oat milk factory

An investment bank has been appointed to marshal growing investor interest in the $50m Southland venture.


Lawson’s Dry Hill gets green gong
30 Apr 2021  

Lawson’s Dry Hill gets green gong

The Blenheim business took out the wine industry category at the 2021 Cawthron Marlborough Environment Awards.


Food innovators make TIME’s top 100 most influential companies
29 Apr 2021  

Food innovators make TIME’s top 100 most influential companies

Relative newcomers rub shoulder with FMCG stalwarts in the inaugural rankings.


EIT to offer postgraduate suite in wine business and innovation
29 Apr 2021  

EIT to offer postgraduate suite in wine business and innovation

The programme was developed following conversations with the New Zealand Winegrowers to identify skills needed in the industry.


DB brews up new 2030 sustainability targets
28 Apr 2021  

DB brews up new 2030 sustainability targets

The beer producer sets itself new sustainability targets as it builds on its ambition to halve its emissions by 2030.


Frucor Suntory commits to clean-up
27 Apr 2021  

Frucor Suntory commits to clean-up

Frucor Suntory has agreed with Auckland Council to clean up a section of the Puhinui stream behind the company’s distribution centre in Wiri for a year.


Cool weather sees Delegat 2021 harvest drop 2%
22 Apr 2021  

Cool weather sees Delegat 2021 harvest drop 2%

The group says the vintage would deliver “excellent quality wines” for its brands.


TWE named one of the best places to work
22 Apr 2021   /

TWE named one of the best places to work

Treasury Wine Estates has been named as one of the top companies to work in Australia and New Zealand.


Smaller vintage to dent $2bn wine export market
21 Apr 2021  

Smaller vintage to dent $2bn wine export market

Wineries will have to pick and choose who to supply as the smaller vintage compounds already low stock levels.


Zero Waste Network pushes for beverage container return scheme
21 Apr 2021  

Zero Waste Network pushes for beverage container return scheme

“The Government has invested 18 months of work into figuring out how a container return scheme would work, but unfortunately vested industry groups are pushing hard to exclude glass from the scheme.”


Q&A with Frucor Suntory boss Darren Fullerton
20 Apr 2021  

Q&A with Frucor Suntory boss Darren Fullerton

A year on from taking the helm of Frucor Suntory, chief executive Darren Fullerton talks about the greatest opportunity for the FMCG giant, long-term planning and building resilience.


MWE revenue warning after poor harvest
19 Apr 2021   /

MWE revenue warning after poor harvest

A poor harvest is set to put a dent in Marlborough Wine Estates’ performance this year.


Beatrice Faumuina named Just Life brand ambassador
19 Apr 2021   /

Beatrice Faumuina named Just Life brand ambassador

Former world discus champion Beatrice Faumuina is a new brand ambassador to the Just Life Group.


Iwi beverage business wins $54k R&D funding boost
16 Apr 2021   /

Iwi beverage business wins $54k R&D funding boost

The funding will see the functional drink company deep dive into indigenous ingredients.


WineWorks  goes carbonzero
16 Apr 2021  

WineWorks goes carbonzero

WineWorks is now a certified Toitū carbonzero business.


Top of the South untapped F&B export potential tops $19bn
15 Apr 2021  

Top of the South untapped F&B export potential tops $19bn

Exporters can grow sectors such as wine or explore new opportunities for peanut butter or ice cream, says a new report.


Brewers band together for 2021 fresh hop beers run
15 Apr 2021   /

Brewers band together for 2021 fresh hop beers run

Eight of New Zealand’s top breweries are selling a limited edition range of beers brewed using freshly-picked hops.


Lime Rock vineyard up for sale
15 Apr 2021  

Lime Rock vineyard up for sale

The estate is well known for its Pinot Noir, Grüner Veltliner and Pinot Gris wines.


Opportunity in organic sector – report
13 Apr 2021  

Opportunity in organic sector – report

There is opportunity for faster growth, according to the Organic Sector Market Report 2020/21.


US a hot-house for plant-based food growth
9 Apr 2021   / /

US a hot-house for plant-based food growth

For the third consecutive year, the growth in sales of plant-based meat, dairy and eggs in the US outpaced conventional animal product sales.


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.


Perspectives: Women empowerment and peer support in the wine industry
8 Apr 2021  

Perspectives: Women empowerment and peer support in the wine industry

Women entrepreneurs are increasingly entering the wine industry, a traditionally masculine domain.


Mama’s Brew Shop adds hard kombucha to retail range
8 Apr 2021  

Mama’s Brew Shop adds hard kombucha to retail range

New product being sold in Farro Fresh stores in Auckland and select New World’s around the country.


DB brews Export sustainability improvements
7 Apr 2021   /

DB brews Export sustainability improvements

DB Breweries has overhauled the packaging of its Export beer brand as it works towards a goal of halving its carbon footprint by 2030.


Award-wining pinot, rare French vintages up for auction
30 Mar 2021   /

Award-wining pinot, rare French vintages up for auction

A variety of rare vintage wines will be up for auction, as Jing Song from Crown Range Cellars puts wine from her personal cellar on the block.


“Business as usual” despite Villa Maria speculation – Terra Vitae
29 Mar 2021   /

“Business as usual” despite Villa Maria speculation – Terra Vitae

Terra Vitae Vineyards is reassuring shareholders not to worry about speculation Villa Maria Estate Limited may be bought.


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.


Batchwell cracks open $1m capital raise
25 Mar 2021   /

Batchwell cracks open $1m capital raise

An aggressive growth strategy underpins the kombucha maker’s forecast 325% jump in annual revenue.


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.


Inaugural Ripe F&B festival gathers 2k revellers
24 Mar 2021   /

Inaugural Ripe F&B festival gathers 2k revellers

Wānaka’s inaugural food and wine festival Ripe drew 2000 festival goers on Sunday 21 March at Corbridge Woolshed.


Chia Sisters gets top marks from B Corp
17 Mar 2021   /

Chia Sisters gets top marks from B Corp

The fast-growing Nelson juice company has been certified as the highest-scoring B Corp in New Zealand.


Giesen wines get a facelift
17 Mar 2021   /

Giesen wines get a facelift

Wine maker Giesen has refreshed its brand, with an updated updated crest and new packaging.


Villa Maria pursues US growth with new partnership
16 Mar 2021   /

Villa Maria pursues US growth with new partnership

Villa Maria Estate has appointed Winebow Imports its new exclusive import representative in the US.


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.


Coca-Cola Oceania appoints new country lead
15 Mar 2021   /

Coca-Cola Oceania appoints new country lead

Former head of customer & commercial, Julie O’Toole, takes up a new role.


Brewers Association wants excise tax cut by 50%
12 Mar 2021   /

Brewers Association wants excise tax cut by 50%

The Brewers Association of New Zealand is calling on the Government to half the rate of excise tax paid on kegs.


Neuroscientist joins NZ brain food company Ärepa
12 Mar 2021  

Neuroscientist joins NZ brain food company Ärepa

Neuroscientist professor Andrew Scholey has joined New Zealand brain food company Ārepa to lead its 2021 research programme.


MWE falls short of $2m fundraising target
10 Mar 2021   /

MWE falls short of $2m fundraising target

But the company says it is “delighted” to raise $1.34m, despite a deeply discounted SPP.


New brand director at Pepsi
10 Mar 2021   /

New brand director at Pepsi

Tania Bui is the new brand director of CSD PepsiCo brands Pepsi Max, Pepsi, Mountain Dew and 7UP.


Strong sales for Marlborough vineyards in 2020 – Colliers
3 Mar 2021  

Strong sales for Marlborough vineyards in 2020 – Colliers

The number of vineyard sales almost doubled compared to 2019, says the agent.


Increase in alcohol on shelves ‘concerning’ – Alcohol Healthwatch
1 Mar 2021  

Increase in alcohol on shelves ‘concerning’ – Alcohol Healthwatch

There was a substantial increase in the amount of alcohol on the shelves in the second half of 2020, according to Stats NZ.


Lawson’s Dry Hill goes carbon zero
1 Mar 2021   /

Lawson’s Dry Hill goes carbon zero

Marlborough wine producer Lawson’s Dry Hill has achieved carbon zero status.


Wine, spirits volumes rise, beer falls except for high strength
26 Feb 2021   /

Wine, spirits volumes rise, beer falls except for high strength

Last year’s record wine result was in contrast to falls in each of the previous two years.


Fonterra narrows 2021 earnings guidance
26 Feb 2021   /

Fonterra narrows 2021 earnings guidance

Fonterra has lifted the bottom end of its 2021 forecast earnings guidance and narrowed the range to 25-35 cents per share, from 20-35 cents per share.


Delegat toasts record half year
25 Feb 2021   /

Delegat toasts record half year

Strong global sales growth saw the winemaker’s interim profit leap 31% in a record-breaking run to the end of 2020.


NZ bright spot amidst global falls for Foley Wines
25 Feb 2021   /

NZ bright spot amidst global falls for Foley Wines

US billionaire Bill Foley’s Kiwi company suffers sales falls in its largest overseas markets.


NZ Pale Ale added to BA’s beer guidelines
25 Feb 2021  

NZ Pale Ale added to BA’s beer guidelines

The Brewers Association has released its 2021 beer style guidelines, with NZ-style Pale Ale a new addition.


MWE reduces max stake in capital raise
24 Feb 2021   /

MWE reduces max stake in capital raise

The wine company says it is looking to raise the new funding to progress growth opportunities in NZ.


Frucor looks to cardboard for multipack drinks
24 Feb 2021  

Frucor looks to cardboard for multipack drinks

Frucor Suntory has introduced cardboard packaging to multipacks of Pepsi, Pepsi Max, Mountain Dew and 7UP.


Moa sells loss-making craft beer business for $1.9m
22 Feb 2021   /

Moa sells loss-making craft beer business for $1.9m

The company is jettisoning its eponymous brewing business to focus on its hospitality division under the new name Savor.


BrewDog expands to NZ
18 Feb 2021   /

BrewDog expands to NZ

Craft beer company BrewDog will expand into New Zealand with the search underway for its first craft beer bar site.


Delegat’s John Freeman resigns
17 Feb 2021  

Delegat’s John Freeman resigns

Freeman intends to relocate to Australia with his family but will remain with Delegat until late March.


Almost 80% single-serve drinks in NZ supermarkets are sugary, study finds
18 Dec 2020  

Almost 80% single-serve drinks in NZ supermarkets are sugary, study finds

Researchers are calling for the government to intervene, and say industry pledges are not enough.


MWE eyes UK, US expansion
18 Dec 2020  

MWE eyes UK, US expansion

It comes after the wine firm had its first-ever profitable year as an NZX listed company.


Dental industry slams Coca-Cola for ‘reckless’ marketing
16 Dec 2020  

Dental industry slams Coca-Cola for ‘reckless’ marketing

The dental association says the beverage company is encouraging mums to share the drink with their babies.


Pete’s Natural boosts bottles in Christmas bonus
16 Dec 2020  

Pete’s Natural boosts bottles in Christmas bonus

The Motueka-based beverage firm is releasing a limited edition of three of its drinks.


Tour operator turns to F&B for survival
11 Dec 2020  

Tour operator turns to F&B for survival

Queenstown-based Impact Escapes has launched a tea company, after Covid-19 put a halt to its tour business.


New collagen water to make splash in $2bn global market
10 Dec 2020  

New collagen water to make splash in $2bn global market

Parkers and Adashiko jv to “rejuvenate the premium bottled water industry”


Marlborough Wine Estates snaps up Clarke as OTU winemaker
9 Dec 2020  

Marlborough Wine Estates snaps up Clarke as OTU winemaker

Clarke is known throughout the industry both internationally and locally.


Behemoth smashes $1.8m capital raise target
8 Dec 2020  

Behemoth smashes $1.8m capital raise target

The Auckland brewer only launched its capital raise on Snowball Effect last Monday.


Fairnham is Frucor Suntory’s new CCO
8 Dec 2020  

Fairnham is Frucor Suntory’s new CCO

Drew Fairnham has worked in the F&B industry for a number of years.


Govt diversity drive to benefit Māori F&B firms
4 Dec 2020  

Govt diversity drive to benefit Māori F&B firms

The government sets supplier diversity target for its $42bn goods and services budget.


PepsiCo ANZ names new CMO of snacks, beverages to drive growth
4 Dec 2020  

PepsiCo ANZ names new CMO of snacks, beverages to drive growth

Vandita Pandey has held various positions at snack firm Frito-Lay in the US.


Tourism giant exits F&B sector with brewery sale
3 Dec 2020  

Tourism giant exits F&B sector with brewery sale

Queenstown-based Wayfare is selling its brewing interests to local restauranteurs.


More boozy brews to choose
3 Dec 2020  

More boozy brews to choose

The search for some of New Zealand’s best alcoholic brews has begun.


Booming NZ brewing sector worth $2.7bn despite Covid woes
2 Dec 2020  

Booming NZ brewing sector worth $2.7bn despite Covid woes

The industry supported more than 7000 jobs and paid $470m in annual wages, says NZIER.


Moa reports interim loss, suffers 45% revenue fall to $10m
1 Dec 2020   /

Moa reports interim loss, suffers 45% revenue fall to $10m

Moa Group Limited has reported an after tax loss of $415,000 for the six months to 30 September 2020.


For sale sign hoisted over Central Otago’s Carrick
1 Dec 2020   /

For sale sign hoisted over Central Otago’s Carrick

The organic winery has been put up for sale by its receivers.


Hemp tea recalled due to potency
30 Nov 2020   /

Hemp tea recalled due to potency

House of Fine Foods Ltd is recalling all batches and all dates of its Higher Living Organic brand Green Tea Hemp.


NZ wines to shine in new subscription service
27 Nov 2020  

NZ wines to shine in new subscription service

Wine Monster was founded by the team behind craft beer subscription service Beer Hug.


‘Super premium’ pays dividends for Delegat
26 Nov 2020   /

‘Super premium’ pays dividends for Delegat

Online growth and investment in technology and sales teams also helped the winemaker to a record year.


Fruit supplement eyes Asian markets following funding
26 Nov 2020  

Fruit supplement eyes Asian markets following funding

New research will look into how effective the supplement is.


Supermarkets strong in record Q3 retail sales results
24 Nov 2020  

Supermarkets strong in record Q3 retail sales results

NZ’s retail sector is on the road to recovery, according to the latest figures from Stats NZ.


Bootleggers prepping $300k Snowball Effect raise
24 Nov 2020  

Bootleggers prepping $300k Snowball Effect raise

The business was bought by Hawke’s Bay’s Parkers Beverages earlier this year.


Martinborough gets new wine, gin spot
20 Nov 2020  

Martinborough gets new wine, gin spot

Construction has started on The Old Winery, home to Foley Wines.


Marlborough approves $1.45m for wine trail
16 Nov 2020  

Marlborough approves $1.45m for wine trail

The Renwick wine trail is in its final stages of construction.


Pask Winery begins $2m Omahu Rd expansion
16 Nov 2020  

Pask Winery begins $2m Omahu Rd expansion

The redevelopment has been split into two stages, including a brewery and winery.


Auckland gets crafty with new beer fest
16 Nov 2020  

Auckland gets crafty with new beer fest

It’s being held in March next year at Spark Arena.


F&B firms win national marketing awards
13 Nov 2020  

F&B firms win national marketing awards

Waikato wine company Invivo & Co has scooped two awards in the TVNZ-New Zealand Marketing Awards 2020.


Farmstrong, Frucor, Fonterra win big in safety awards
13 Nov 2020  

Farmstrong, Frucor, Fonterra win big in safety awards

The awards took place in Auckland on Wednesday night.


Babich Wines welcomes NZTE F&B campaign
13 Nov 2020  

Babich Wines welcomes NZTE F&B campaign

Family-owned Babich Wines has thrown its support behind the Made with Care campaign.


Micro-brewery lands in Ponsonby
10 Nov 2020   /

Micro-brewery lands in Ponsonby

Brothers Beer co-founder Andrew Larsen has teamed up with two former Air New Zealand employees to open a new micro-brewery and beer garden in Auckland’s Ponsonby. 


Villa Maria eyes land sale, capital raise to boost growth
9 Nov 2020   /

Villa Maria eyes land sale, capital raise to boost growth

Villa Maria Estate is selling off 31 hectares of land in Māngere to raise funds for global expansion.


Invivo and Co appoints Mark Darrow as chair
9 Nov 2020  

Invivo and Co appoints Mark Darrow as chair

The wine and gin maker has announced Mark Darrow as its new chair.


Whittakers, Garage Project unveil new collaboration
9 Nov 2020   /

Whittakers, Garage Project unveil new collaboration

The two Kiwi brands have released two new chocolate beer flavours.


F&B digital directory wins Felix award
4 Nov 2020  

F&B digital directory wins Felix award

A digital food and beverage directory has won an award for the way it assisted the hospitality sector during the Covid-19 lockdown.


Zealong, Meyer partner for world first
3 Nov 2020   /

Zealong, Meyer partner for world first

Zealong Tea Estate and Meyer Cheese have created a so-called world first tea-infused cheese.


Speight’s scoops top gong in marketing awards
2 Nov 2020   /

Speight’s scoops top gong in marketing awards

A Speight’s commercial has swept up a number of prizes at the Effies.


Winely raises $2m in seed round
30 Oct 2020  

Winely raises $2m in seed round

The Dunedin-based star helps winemakers automate the fermentation analysis process.


MediaWorks to pay $1k for ‘socially irresponsible’ promo
30 Oct 2020   /

MediaWorks to pay $1k for ‘socially irresponsible’ promo

One of the company’s radio stations was found to breach the Broadcasting Standards Authority.


Terra Vitae rebounds from ‘disappointing’ FY19
29 Oct 2020  

Terra Vitae rebounds from ‘disappointing’ FY19

Last year its vineyards produced 17% below the winemaker’s budgeted target.


NZ wine exports up 11% in 2020
28 Oct 2020  

NZ wine exports up 11% in 2020

New Zealand wine exports continue to perform strongly, increasing by 10.7% in the eight months to August.


Clearview, EuroVintage win top gongs at NZ wine awards
27 Oct 2020  

Clearview, EuroVintage win top gongs at NZ wine awards

Clearview Estate Winery’s 2019 Beachhead Chardonnay has taken the top trophy.


Terra Vitae rebounds from loss to post FY20 profit
22 Oct 2020   /

Terra Vitae rebounds from loss to post FY20 profit

Terra Vitae Vineyards’ traded at an operating profit of $1.16m for the year ended June 2020.


NZTE launches global food and beverage campaign
21 Oct 2020   /

NZTE launches global food and beverage campaign

NZTE has launched a new global campaign to showcase the country’s food and beverage industry.


Marlborough Wine Estates posts first profitable listed year
21 Oct 2020  

Marlborough Wine Estates posts first profitable listed year

Marlborough Wine Estates has posted its first-ever profitable year as an NZX listed company.


Black Barn Vineyards announces 17th OpenAir event
21 Oct 2020  

Black Barn Vineyards announces 17th OpenAir event

The 17th OpenAir Cinema season will start on 27 December 2020 at Black Barn Vineyards in Havelock North.


Villa Maria launches NZ’s first wine-based seltzer
20 Oct 2020  

Villa Maria launches NZ’s first wine-based seltzer

Villa Maria Estate has developed New Zealand’s first wine-based seltzer, launching later this month.


Reefton Distilling sweeps at NZ gin awards
20 Oct 2020  

Reefton Distilling sweeps at NZ gin awards

Reefton Distilling Co has scooped five awards at The Junipers.


Orchards to benefit from $4.1m PGF investment
16 Oct 2020  

Orchards to benefit from $4.1m PGF investment

Two apple orchards and a food and beverage company are set to benefit from a $4.1m Provincial Growth Fund investment in the Hawke’s Bay.


Marlborough winery wins IWSC gold
16 Oct 2020  

Marlborough winery wins IWSC gold

A Marlborough winery has been awarded the only gold medal across all New Zealand wine categories.


Beervana heads to Wellington Airport
15 Oct 2020  

Beervana heads to Wellington Airport

A series of beer tastings from local brewers will be on offer at Wellington Airport from this week through until Beervana weekend on November 20. Visitors to Wellington Airport would MORE »


Lawson’s Dry Hills goes gold at International Wine Show
15 Oct 2020  

Lawson’s Dry Hills goes gold at International Wine Show

Marlborough winemaker Lawson’s Dry Hills has won a number of gold medals at the New Zealand International Wine Show.


Palliser Estate reports ‘higher than expected’ FY20 results
14 Oct 2020  

Palliser Estate reports ‘higher than expected’ FY20 results

Palliser Estate Wines says its FY20 results were better than expected, despite numerous Covid-19 impacts.


List of top 50 wines under $25 announced
5 Oct 2020  

List of top 50 wines under $25 announced

The 2020 New World Wine Awards Top 50 list under $25 has been announced, with sparkling wines emerging as the big winners and latest consumer trend.


PepsiCo NZ names new GM
28 Sep 2020  

PepsiCo NZ names new GM

PepsiCo New Zealand has named Daniel Engeman its new general manager.


Gallo Winery buys Nobilo for $202m
30 Jun 2020   /

Gallo Winery buys Nobilo for $202m

California-based Gallo Winery has bought New Zealand wine brand Nobilo for $202m from US owner Constellation Brands. Gallo Winery is one of the largest family-owned wineries in the world with MORE »


Delegat Group eyes bigger harvest
25 Jun 2020  

Delegat Group eyes bigger harvest

Wine maker Delegat Group has lifted its expectations of the size of its grape harvest and increased revenue. The good news has boosted the share price to a high of MORE »