Agribusiness Scales Corporation has confirmed it has walked away from any potential purchase of NZ winemaker Villa Maria Estates.
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 winery Sacred Hill has been placed on the market by its receivers.
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 »
Johnnie Walker has teamed up with Six Barrel Soda on a new range of whiskey highball syrup mixers.
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 chief winemaker Nat Christensen has echoed his peers reporting on a challenging 2021 harvest alongside expectations of a stellar vintage.
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 Oceania says it holds 14% of New Zealand’s total alcohol market by value.
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 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 Brewing Ltd is recalling specific batches of its 4-pack Zeffer Cider Co brand 0% Alcohol Crisp Apple Cider.
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.
Queenstown distillery Broken Heart Spirits is celebrating the region’s resilience with an exclusive Queenstown Edition Gin.
Dionysus Investments says it is at the start of an ‘ultra premium’ Asia strategy.
Food Standards Australia New Zealand has released a public consultation paper on proposed changes to the regulation of electrolyte drinks.
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.
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.
Gilmours has selected its top 20 global wine varieties available in New Zealand for its inaugural International Wine Competition kicking off this week.
New Zealand Food Safety is reviewing how wine for export is determined to be free from obvious fault.
The Christchurch-based brewer is mulling selling a stake to private equity investors to help drive expansion.
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.
The Swedish oat milk company has become the latest plant-based IPO sensation in the US.
North Canterbury’s Terrace Edge has won the Organic Winery of the Year award at the annual Organic Wine Awards.
While a new drinks product appears seemingly every week, Asahi turned to quality to enter a fresh market.
The company which owns well-known wine business Villa Maria has been placed into receivership.
Two beverage companies have been recognised in Human Resources Director’s New Zealand’s Employer of Choice 2021 awards.
Young Kiwi drinks company Pals expands its push into Australia after rapid growth in New Zealand.
Stuart Irvine to stand down after more than eight years at the helm of drinks
Former Fonterra sales director will head up non-alcoholic business arm in NZ.
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.
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.
Nestlé’s Launch of Wunda pea milk in Europe follows Coca-Cola expanding into oat milk in the US.
Foley Wines has added its voice to the chorus of winemakers reporting poor harvest results with close to a 30% decrease on last year.
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.
The Hawke’s Bay cider company has partnered with the airline to become the exclusive cider on all flights.
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 takes “some consolidation” that it was at the lower end of the 20% to 50% hit taken across the wider industry.
A shift in social attitudes to drinking is contributing to people being more moderate and responsible, says the New Zealand Alcohol Beverages Council.
An investment bank has been appointed to marshal growing investor interest in the $50m Southland venture.
The Blenheim business took out the wine industry category at the 2021 Cawthron Marlborough Environment Awards.
Relative newcomers rub shoulder with FMCG stalwarts in the inaugural rankings.
The programme was developed following conversations with the New Zealand Winegrowers to identify skills needed in the industry.
The beer producer sets itself new sustainability targets as it builds on its ambition to halve its emissions by 2030.
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.
The group says the vintage would deliver “excellent quality wines” for its brands.
Treasury Wine Estates has been named as one of the top companies to work in Australia and New Zealand.
Wineries will have to pick and choose who to supply as the smaller vintage compounds already low stock levels.
“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.”
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.
A poor harvest is set to put a dent in Marlborough Wine Estates’ performance this year.
Former world discus champion Beatrice Faumuina is a new brand ambassador to the Just Life Group.
The funding will see the functional drink company deep dive into indigenous ingredients.
WineWorks is now a certified Toitū carbonzero business.
Exporters can grow sectors such as wine or explore new opportunities for peanut butter or ice cream, says a new report.
Eight of New Zealand’s top breweries are selling a limited edition range of beers brewed using freshly-picked hops.
The estate is well known for its Pinot Noir, Grüner Veltliner and Pinot Gris wines.
There is opportunity for faster growth, according to the Organic Sector Market Report 2020/21.
For the third consecutive year, the growth in sales of plant-based meat, dairy and eggs in the US outpaced conventional animal product sales.
New Zealand food tech company Ārepa has clinched a deal to supply its smart drinks to BP petrol stations.
Women entrepreneurs are increasingly entering the wine industry, a traditionally masculine domain.
New product being sold in Farro Fresh stores in Auckland and select New World’s around the country.
DB Breweries has overhauled the packaging of its Export beer brand as it works towards a goal of halving its carbon footprint by 2030.
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.
Terra Vitae Vineyards is reassuring shareholders not to worry about speculation Villa Maria Estate Limited may be bought.
Reducing waste, carbon emissions, water usage, sugar and non-recyclable packaging form the backbone of Frucor Suntory’s ten-year sustainability plans.
An aggressive growth strategy underpins the kombucha maker’s forecast 325% jump in annual revenue.
The agribusiness confirms it is in the running to buy Villa Maria in what would be its first foray into wine.
Wānaka’s inaugural food and wine festival Ripe drew 2000 festival goers on Sunday 21 March at Corbridge Woolshed.
The fast-growing Nelson juice company has been certified as the highest-scoring B Corp in New Zealand.
Wine maker Giesen has refreshed its brand, with an updated updated crest and new packaging.
Villa Maria Estate has appointed Winebow Imports its new exclusive import representative in the US.
Leading NZ food founders launch a new collective to grow the domestic food tech industry with an eye on long-term food stability.
Former head of customer & commercial, Julie O’Toole, takes up a new role.
The Brewers Association of New Zealand is calling on the Government to half the rate of excise tax paid on kegs.
Neuroscientist professor Andrew Scholey has joined New Zealand brain food company Ärepa to lead its 2021 research programme.
But the company says it is “delighted” to raise $1.34m, despite a deeply discounted SPP.
Tania Bui is the new brand director of CSD PepsiCo brands Pepsi Max, Pepsi, Mountain Dew and 7UP.
The number of vineyard sales almost doubled compared to 2019, says the agent.
There was a substantial increase in the amount of alcohol on the shelves in the second half of 2020, according to Stats NZ.
Marlborough wine producer Lawson’s Dry Hill has achieved carbon zero status.
Last year’s record wine result was in contrast to falls in each of the previous two years.
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.
Strong global sales growth saw the winemaker’s interim profit leap 31% in a record-breaking run to the end of 2020.
US billionaire Bill Foley’s Kiwi company suffers sales falls in its largest overseas markets.
The Brewers Association has released its 2021 beer style guidelines, with NZ-style Pale Ale a new addition.
The wine company says it is looking to raise the new funding to progress growth opportunities in NZ.
Frucor Suntory has introduced cardboard packaging to multipacks of Pepsi, Pepsi Max, Mountain Dew and 7UP.
The company is jettisoning its eponymous brewing business to focus on its hospitality division under the new name Savor.
Craft beer company BrewDog will expand into New Zealand with the search underway for its first craft beer bar site.
Freeman intends to relocate to Australia with his family but will remain with Delegat until late March.
Researchers are calling for the government to intervene, and say industry pledges are not enough.
It comes after the wine firm had its first-ever profitable year as an NZX listed company.
The dental association says the beverage company is encouraging mums to share the drink with their babies.
The Motueka-based beverage firm is releasing a limited edition of three of its drinks.
Queenstown-based Impact Escapes has launched a tea company, after Covid-19 put a halt to its tour business.
Parkers and Adashiko jv to “rejuvenate the premium bottled water industry”
Clarke is known throughout the industry both internationally and locally.
The Auckland brewer only launched its capital raise on Snowball Effect last Monday.
Drew Fairnham has worked in the F&B industry for a number of years.
The government sets supplier diversity target for its $42bn goods and services budget.
Vandita Pandey has held various positions at snack firm Frito-Lay in the US.
Queenstown-based Wayfare is selling its brewing interests to local restauranteurs.
The search for some of New Zealand’s best alcoholic brews has begun.
The industry supported more than 7000 jobs and paid $470m in annual wages, says NZIER.
Moa Group Limited has reported an after tax loss of $415,000 for the six months to 30 September 2020.
The organic winery has been put up for sale by its receivers.
House of Fine Foods Ltd is recalling all batches and all dates of its Higher Living Organic brand Green Tea Hemp.
Wine Monster was founded by the team behind craft beer subscription service Beer Hug.
Online growth and investment in technology and sales teams also helped the winemaker to a record year.
New research will look into how effective the supplement is.
NZ’s retail sector is on the road to recovery, according to the latest figures from Stats NZ.
The business was bought by Hawke’s Bay’s Parkers Beverages earlier this year.
Construction has started on The Old Winery, home to Foley Wines.
The Renwick wine trail is in its final stages of construction.
The redevelopment has been split into two stages, including a brewery and winery.
It’s being held in March next year at Spark Arena.
Waikato wine company Invivo & Co has scooped two awards in the TVNZ-New Zealand Marketing Awards 2020.
The awards took place in Auckland on Wednesday night.
Family-owned Babich Wines has thrown its support behind the Made with Care campaign.
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. Brewport is a collaboration MORE »
Villa Maria Estate is selling off 31 hectares of land in Māngere to raise funds for global expansion.
The wine and gin maker has announced Mark Darrow as its new chair.
The two Kiwi brands have released two new chocolate beer flavours.
A digital food and beverage directory has won an award for the way it assisted the hospitality sector during the Covid-19 lockdown.
Zealong Tea Estate and Meyer Cheese have created a so-called world first tea-infused cheese.
A Speight’s commercial has swept up a number of prizes at the Effies.
The Dunedin-based star helps winemakers automate the fermentation analysis process.
One of the company’s radio stations was found to breach the Broadcasting Standards Authority.
Last year its vineyards produced 17% below the winemaker’s budgeted target.
New Zealand wine exports continue to perform strongly, increasing by 10.7% in the eight months to August.
Clearview Estate Winery’s 2019 Beachhead Chardonnay has taken the top trophy.
Terra Vitae Vineyards’ traded at an operating profit of $1.16m for the year ended June 2020.
NZTE has launched a new global campaign to showcase the country’s food and beverage industry.
Marlborough Wine Estates has posted its first-ever profitable year as an NZX listed company.
The 17th OpenAir Cinema season will start on 27 December 2020 at Black Barn Vineyards in Havelock North.
Villa Maria Estate has developed New Zealand’s first wine-based seltzer, launching later this month.
Reefton Distilling Co has scooped five awards at The Junipers.
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.
A Marlborough winery has been awarded the only gold medal across all New Zealand wine categories.
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 »
Marlborough winemaker Lawson’s Dry Hills has won a number of gold medals at the New Zealand International Wine Show.
Palliser Estate Wines says its FY20 results were better than expected, despite numerous Covid-19 impacts.
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 New Zealand has named Daniel Engeman its new general manager.
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 »
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 »