For the first time since Covid-19 travel restrictions were implemented, Beef + Lamb New Zealand’s leaders will be heading to key export markets to advocate on behalf of New Zealand farmers.
Total investment and divestment activity across all investment stages increased to $4.3b in 2021, up from $2.5b in 2020, according to EY’s New Zealand Private Capital Monitor.
The Great Australasian Beer Spectacular is returning to Auckland on 25 June.
Foodstuffs North Island has gained Rainbow Tick accreditation.
A man has been banned from fishing and sentenced to home detention for his part in taking 319 pāua to sell on the black market.
Seeka expects its 2022 kiwifruit harvest will fall short of forecasts due to lower crop volumes and a tight labour market, but said that it is too early to provide current year earnings guidance.
Food and beverage production, alongside farming, presents a significant growth opportunity for Taranaki, according to a new report that shows they jointly contributed $1.7bn GDP to the region’s economy in 2021.
AgResearch has established a Māori Research & Partnerships Group led by Ariana Estoras.
AgriTechNZ has backed the government’s proposal for a $340m Centre for Climate Action on Agricultural Emissions as part of its Emissions Reduction Plan, and notes a key role to be played by agritech.
Building a better future for bees is the focus of this year’s World Bee Day on Friday 20 May, says Apiculture New Zealand.
For the month of May, participating Auckland restaurants and bars will be celebrating the Eat, Drink, Love Ponsonby 2022.
Canterbury boutique vineyard and accommodation business, Waipara River Estate, is up for sale with a price tag of at least $2.5m.
Dairy prices have fallen for the fifth consecutive time at the fortnightly global dairy sale, with the average price dropping 2% to US$4,432 a tonne (NZ$6,970).
There were 45 M&A deals announced or completed in the first three months of the year, according to PwC’s latest quarterly update, compared with just 11 for the same period last year.
Good Spirits Hospitality has named director Matt Adams as chair designate after Duncan Makeig signalled his intention to resign the chair following the upcoming June board meeting.
Trade and Export Growth Minister Damien O’Connor is set to travel to Thailand this week to represent New Zealand at the annual APEC Ministers Responsible for Trade meeting in Bangkok.
Australian fuel retailer Ampol’s circa $2bn acquisition of Z Energy last week created the number one trans-Tasman fuel and convenience player, according to the company.
New Zealand wine festival Winetopia has added more events to its three-city schedule.
Private equity firm Rangatira Investments has seen its net asset value climb from $14.87 last year to $16.27 in the year to March 2022, reflecting a portfolio valuation of $288m.
Australia and New Zealand’s first alternative proteins conference, AltProteins, takes place in Melbourne today.
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.
Fruit and vege co-operative MG Marketing has been established a contestable fund which aims to contribute towards the general improvement, capability and profile of the horticulture industry in New Zealand.
Ministry for Primary Industries fishery officers have caught a group of five recreational fishers in East Auckland with more than 45 times the daily snapper limit. The group had 348 MORE »
The Commerce Commission has identified concerns around the supply of cold storage in the Waikato and Bay of Plenty region in respect of Lineage Logistics’ proposed acquisition of Cold Storage Nelson.
MonopolyWatch NZ is urging kiwis of all political persuasions to sign Consumer NZ’s Stop the super profits petition, which was launched last week.
Applications are now open for Countdown’s Growing for Good grants which puts $50,000 of funding up for grabs for students to combat climate change.
Golden Coin is recalling all batches and all dates of its The Grid brand Shanghai Style Pan-fried Buns due to the presence of an undeclared allergen, namely soy.
Craigmore Farming Services from Canterbury and North Otago was named the 2022 Fonterra Responsible Dairying Award winner at the New Zealand Dairy Industry Awards on Saturday night.
Economic and Regional Development Minister Stuart Nash has visited Gisborne produce business LeaderBrand’s recently opened fresh distribution centre and inspected the ongoing construction of its 11-hectare greenhouse project.
Southern Lamb Investments has closed its full takeover offer of Blue Sky Meats Limited, with acceptances received for 74.87% of the meat processor’s shares.
The government has started dispute settlement proceedings against Canada regarding its implementation of dairy tariff rate quotas (TRQs) under the Comprehensive and Progressive Agreement for Trans-Pacific Partnership. Trade and Export MORE »
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 »
Micro-organisms in bacteria and fungi could help transform food waste into high-value products that would boost the economy by $1.6bn a year and reduce greenhouse gas emissions.
A Southland company has been fined $10,400 after failing to keep a fish sales record system for seafood it was moving between its Te Anau restaurants.
The hospitality industry says changes to migrant worker settings will be a welcome relief for businesses struggling to fill vacancies as the country’s border restrictions ease.
Comvita has reported an unaudited EBITDA of $23.9m – around 93% of FY21 full year actuals – in a market update on its performance for the 10 months to the end of April.
Woolworths NZ is recalling specific batches of its Countdown brand Choc Berry Mix due to the presence of an undeclared allergen, namely milk.
To help ease port congestion as a result of China’s Covid-19 restrictions, Zespri has redirected one vessel scheduled to go to mainland China and Taiwan to Japan and Taiwan.
Nominations are open for the 2022 Significant Contribution to Food Safety Award, sponsored by New Zealand Food Safety.
The Retail Payment System Bill has passed its third reading, regulating merchant service fees, and reducing a major overhead for small business, Commerce and Consumer Affairs Minister David Clark said.
Impossible Foods says a complaint made to the Commerce Commission over the labelling of its plant-based burger product is wrong.
Online supermarket startup Supie has thrown its support behind Consumer NZ’s new petition calling for fairer supermarket prices.
SeaDragon has signed a new secured loan agreement of $500,000 with its majority shareholder, Pescado Holdings.
The Employment Court has found three former Gloriavale commune members on the West Coast were employees not volunteers at the registered charity which has F&B ventures.
Stats NZ said that in actual terms, monthly card spending on hospitality continued to decrease, down $56m or 4.9% compared with April 2021.
Applications are now open for Silver Fern Farms 2022 Plate to Pasture Youth Scholarships.
Vodka company Stolichnaya has rebranded to Stoli following Russia’s invasion of Ukraine.
New Zealand King Salmon has closed its $60.1m underwritten 2.85 for 1 pro rata rights offer.
The organisation is looking for cutting-edge businesses to register for global connections, mentorship, and the chance to pitch for up to $1m in seed stage investment.
Freightways says the impact of Omicron on its business could be as much as $7m due to lower volumes and higher operating costs due in part to absent staff.
The Brewers Association, Brewers Guild of New Zealand, and Hospitality New Zealand are calling on the government to cut its keg beer tax.
GE Free NZ is continuing its protest regarding the domestic sale of Impossible Burgers, this time writing to the Commerce Commission to make a complaint under the Fair Trading Act.
AF Drinks took home six medals from the recent San Francisco World Spirits Competition.
Fonterra has dropped its forecast milk price range for the season from $9.30 – $9.90 per kgMS to $9.10 – $9.50 per kgMS.
Beef cattle numbers increased in 2021, while the number of sheep dipped slightly, according to Stats NZ.
Parliament’s Primary Production Committee is calling for submissions on the Fisheries Amendment Bill.
The government is closely monitoring reports of a foot and mouth disease (FMD) outbreak in Indonesia, says Biosecurity New Zealand.
The New Zealand Hospitality Conference is back in-person in July after a two-year hiatus and with a theme of “The Future of Hospitality”.
Nominations are open for the 2022 Seafood Stars Awards, designed to recognise those who have made a significant contribution to the seafood industry.
The government is investing $110.9m as part of Budget 2022 to protect the primary sector from biosecurity threats and continue its Mycoplasma Bovis eradication.
An eight-month project to explore the bioactive properties of Aotearoa cherries to better understand their potential health benefits has attracted research funding and is now underway.
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.
More than 300 locally grown and made products being judged in the Outstanding NZ Food Producer Awards 2022 at Homeland, The Food Embassy for Aotearoa and the Pacific Islands, on 9 – 10 May 2022.
Food rescue app Foodprint has gone live in the Waikato region officially launching in Hamilton, Cambridge, Te Awamutu and Raglan.
The Wellington Food Show is back, taking place 27 – 29 May at Sky Stadium, following a Covid-induced absence.
Wattie’s has completed its tomato harvest season with some of the highest yielding tomato paddocks in the company’s 50-year history.
A milk business has been fined $30,000 for not following the rules that regulate the supply and sale of raw milk.
Unemployment has remained at a record low of 3.2% for the March 2022 quarter, according to Stats NZ’s latest employment figures.
AF Drinks is the new corporate partner of Wellington’s BATS Theatre.
Healthcare and pet food company Ebos Group says a growing pet population and the premiumisation of products will help support its pet food business.
Miniature apple company Rockit has launched a new campaign tied in with the first delivery of around 20 million of its new seasons harvest at ports around the world.
Transport and logistics specialist Move Logistics Group has downgraded its full year earnings guidance on the back of Covid-19 and economic pressures disrupting trade and its investment plans.
Zespri has stood up a number of work-arounds in China to combat Covid-19 lockdowns which are slowing the distribution of kiwifruit from Shanghai port.
Food & beverage comprised just 4% of the $257.5m invested in early stage investment in New Zealand in 2021, according to a new report.
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.
Health Foods International Ltd is recalling a specific batch of its International Nutrition Co’s Shred Max Raspberry Coconut flavour bar due to the presence of an undeclared allergen, namely peanuts.
A five-strong cohort of Taranaki entrepreneurs has been selected for PowerUp Kickstart, a business capability building programme and ideas competition, with one venture expected to take home $10,000 to spend on developing their enterprise.
Havana Coffee Works Roastery opened yesterday in Parnell, Auckland – its second location alongside Wellington.
Foodstuffs Own Brands is recalling a specific batch of its Pams brand Mini Hash Browns as the product may contain foreign matter, namely blue plastic pieces.
Chocolate makers from all over the world entered the Vegan Society Aotearoa’s first Vegan Chocolate Awards with the hope of becoming a winner in one of seven categories.
New World’s Family2Family Foodbank Appeal is back for 2022.
Entries and nominations are now open for the New Zealand International Business Awards 2022, the national gongs for export businesses.
The countdown is on for the two-day hybrid Eat New Zealand Hui + Eat NZ Grains 2022 being held in Ōtautahi Christchurch this week, Tuesday and Wednesday.
Seafood New Zealand has questioned why the government has not acted on advice that toxoplasmosis, not fishing, will likely cause the extinction of the Maui and Hector’s dolphins.
Covid took its toll on operations at Christchurch biotechnology company PharmaZen, which trades as Waitaki Biosciences, recording a net loss before tax of $609,000 for the year to December 2021.
Workers at Seeka have written to the company to seek assurances during bargaining for a new collective agreement that there will be no wage reductions at the end of the harvest in June.
Fonterra is expanding its on-farm trials of methane reducing Asparagopsis seaweed.
The government has extended the consultation period on three proposals released in April to transform recycling in Aotearoa New Zealand, Te Panoni i te Hangarua.
The value of total good exports rose strongly in March 2022, driven by increases in dairy products, beef, and aluminium.
The HortNZ board has decided to not hold a Horticulture Conference in 2022, with regional events set to replace the fixture this year.
Benedikt Imports is recalling all batches, all dates, all packaging, or size and all flavour variations of Elite branded confectionery products, including Elite chocolate, Elite cakes, Elite wafers, Energy grain snacks, Energy chocolate rice cakes, gum, and toffee candies.
Scales Corporation has declared a fully imputed final cash dividend for the 2021 financial year of 9.5 cents a share.
Lion New Zealand is expanding its Healthy Hospo health and wellbeing program to offer in-person events around New Zealand in 2022.
Countdown has opened its new 3,650 square metre store on Greville Road on Auckland’s North Shore.
New Zealand King Salmon has opened its $60.1m underwritten pro rata 2.85 for 1 rights offer – the proceeds of which will be used to deleverage its balance sheet and improve liquidity.
Hawke’s Bay iwi-owned Takitimu Seafoods has started a restructure consultation process which could see its headcount reduce from 70 workers to 25 after falling to a $6.9m loss in its 2020-21 year.
Nestlé’s coffee capsule brand Nespresso has achieved global certification as a B Corp.
Kiwi Organic Dairy Equities is recalling a specific batch of its Ours Truly brand Organic Full Cream A3™ Milk due to the possible presence of Listeria monocytogenes.
Food Standards Australia New Zealand is calling for comment on an application to allow a new processing aid from a genetically modified source.
The High Court has issued final orders approving the scheme of arrangement governing Australian fuel retailer Ampol’s $2bn purchase of Z Energy.
New Zealand’s largest food rescue organisation, KiwiHarvest, has distributed 7.5 million kgs of food to communities in need – the equivalent to 21.6 million meals – in the ten years since it was founded.
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 »
The government is investing $7.44m to help New Zealand’s apple industry become a world leader in sustainable production practices.
The Commerce Commission has given the New Zealand Tegel Growers Association Incorporated clearance to collectively negotiate on behalf of its members with Tegel Foods for a ten year period.
Listed kiwifruit company Seeka has labelled the 2022 harvest across Australia and New Zealand as “challenging” amid labour, weather and supply chain headwinds.
Japan and New Zealand have pledged to better understand respective priorities in agriculture, fisheries, forestry and food systems and build a closer partnership through collaboration on new ideas, technologies and solutions to common challenges.
The Cruelty Free Shop is recalling a batch of Holy Cow brand Golden Crunch vegan honeycomb coated in dark chocolate due to incorrect labelling about the presence of an allergen, namely milk.
Entries are now open for Hospitality New Zealand’s 24th annual Hospitality Awards for Excellence, which will be held in person at a gala dinner on 27 July at the Grand Millennium Auckland.
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.
Apiculture New Zealand has successfully secured funding from the Ministry for Primary Industries’ Sustainable Food and Fibre Futures fund, for a two-year project that will help identify how sector can achieve sustainable growth.
Finance minister Grant Robertson has underlined the government’s commitment to boost competition following a 30-year high in inflation.
New Zealand Winegrowers says more than 96% of all vineyard area in New Zealand is now certified as sustainable, with 10% of wineries holding organic certification.
Processing capacity at New Zealand’s plants is recovering as more people return to work after isolating or staying at home to look after family members due to Covid-19, according to meat industry stakeholders.
Nelson-based fishing company Sealord is proposing that 89% of known seamounts in New Zealand’s Exclusive Economic Zone be placed into conservation.
Transport and logistics specialists Move Logistics Group has applied for dual listing on the ASX, alongside its NZX listing.
The annual CPI inflation rate for the March 2022 quarter reached 6.9% – the largest movement since a 7.6% annual increase in the year to the June 1990 quarter, said Stats NZ.
Foley Wines is estimating its final 2022 vintage harvest will be up 65% up on last year’s 5,582 tonnes.
Consumer spending in hospitality over the week leading up to Easter Monday reached $202.8m, bucking a 23% downward trend over the last eight months following the Covid Delta outbreak, according to payment data from Worldline.
New Zealand Food Safety has updated its food recall guidance which it says makes it faster and easier for businesses to prepare for and conduct food recalls.
NZ Post has teamed up with The Packaging Forum and Future Post to expand on the Soft Plastic Recycling Scheme to undertake a pilot trial, which will see a courier pick-up discarded soft plastics.
The Ministry for the Environment has issued its 2022 guide for organisations to measure and report on emissions.
Two Thumb Brewing Co is taking over the Christchurch site of the former Fermentist Brewery and Taproom, owned and operated by Lion.
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.
Kiwfruit marketer and exporter Zespri has lifted its annual trading halt.
New World’s once-a-year fresh hops beer will this week start hitting chiller shelves.
Same-day delivery service Sherpa is saving the Buttabean Motivation food bank thousands of dollars a week by doing hundreds of free food deliveries around South Auckland.
Pizza chain Hell has expanded its reading challenge – now in its eighth year – with the addition of The Great NZ Book trip.
Romano’s Food Group is aiming to complete the rebuild of its Christchurch pizza factory by the last quarter of the year.
Dairy company Fonterra has criticised the conclusions of a report commissioned by its largest competitor for New Zealand raw milk, Open Country Dairy, on the likely impact of its proposed restructuring.
Comvita’s mixed reality Mānuka honey tasting experience, developed in partnership with Microsoft, is set to become part of everyday trading at some Asia stores, following a showcase of the retail technology at New Zealand Expo in Dubai.
A new fungicide to combat late blight in tomatoes and potato crops, and downy mildew in onions, has been approved for use in New Zealand, subject to conditions.
Great South chief executive and former Destination Queenstown boss Graham Budd has died.
Southern Lamb Investment’s proposed takeover of Southland meat processor Blue Sky has backing from shareholders holding 59.27%
Kiwifruit marketer Zespri says its revenue as a result of its SunGold and RubyRed licence release is anticipated to be between $290m and $305m, exclusive of GST.
Pressures of land use change and intensification, pollution, and climate change are having a detrimental impact on the environment, according to the government’s Environment Aotearoa 2022 report released today.
The hospitality industry has welcomed the ditching of capacity limits in time for the important Easter, Anzac Day and school holidays.
Air New Zealand says it will restart its food and beverage offering on domestic flights from Friday 15 April following the country’s move overnight to the orange light setting.
Barrier Island distillery Island Gin has won double gold at the 2022 San Francisco World Spirits Competition.
The Great New Zealand Toastie Takeover is back for a fifth year.
Thousands of visitors from Australia will arrive in New Zealand today, marking the restart of isolation-free trans-Tasman travel.
Terra Vitae Vineyards, which supplies grapes to Villa Maria, has advised that a record harvest of 5633 tonnes was achieved for the 2022 vintage.
The first of T&G Global’s Envy apples are departing Hawke’s Bay for Asia this week.
Reducing the use of fuel for manufacturing helped cut New Zealand’s emissions, according to the Greenhouse Gas Inventory report from the Ministry for the Environment.
Ferrero is extending its recall of Kinder chocolate products due to possible contamination with salmonella bacteria.
The majority of New Zealand’s fish stocks are performing well, according to Fisheries New Zealand’s latest status report.
The Overseas Investment Office has granted Australian fuel retailer Ampol permission to proceed with its $2bn purchase of Z Energy.
Some 90% of Kiwis surveyed have reported rising fuel and grocery prices are affecting their households, according to Westpac.
A new online business-to-business Circular Economy Directory has been launched by the Sustainable Business Network.
Lone Star has opened its first hotel restaurant within the Mercure Auckland Queen Street.
More than 1.7 million packs and individual Easter eggs and 1.3 million packets of hot cross buns have been sold in Countdown stores across Aotearoa in the run up to Easter.
Prime Minister Jacinda Ardern will lead a trade mission to Singapore and Japan from 18-24 April.
Milk powder, butter, and cheese made up 39% of total exports by Māori authorities in the December 2021 quarter, according to Stats NZ.
Service Foods has cancelled its 2022 trade shows.
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.
Southern Lamb Investment’s proposed takeover of Southland meat processor Blue Sky has backing from shareholders holding 56.79%.
Bootleg Jerky Company has taken out the People’s Choice accolade at the Westpac Auckland Business Awards 2021, north and west region.
Nootropic drinks make Ārepa has partnered with Super Rugby franchise the Hurricanes.
Ninety percent of retailers expect prices to rise by 7.5% on average over the next three months, says Retail New Zealand.
Ferrero International is recalling Kinder Surprise chocolate eggs from New Zealand shelves because of potential contamination with salmonella bacteria.
Countdown and FreshChoice bake the country’s best supermarket hot cross buns, according to Consumer New Zealand.
The 3,565 square metre store has been eight years in the planning, development and construction, said Countdown’s director of property, Matt Grainger.
A study to examine the effects of milk powder consumption on nutritional value and digestive comfort has received funding from the High-Value Nutrition Ko Ngā Kai Whai Painga National Science Challenge
The Ministry for the Environment has released its position statement on compostable packaging as part of the government’s National Plastics Action Plan.
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.
New Zealand Bakels has cancelled this year’s Supreme Pie Awards.
A chemical compound found in abundance in vegetables like broccoli, cabbage, and kale might slow the growth of coronaviruses such as those that cause Covid-19, according to a new study.
New Zealand based agri-tech company Bluelab has acquired automation company Autogrow as part of a global strategy to expand operations into new territories and increase its range of technology offerings to customers.
As several changes to New Zealand’s border rules came into effect in March, spending in the hospitality sector rose gradually but steadily across the nation to reach $700m, according to Worldline.
The latest report from the Intergovernmental Panel on Climate Change makes it clear that a plan to cut emissions is needed now, according to Minister of Climate Change James Shaw.
Supply chain challenges were one of the reasons behind a record number of job vacancies in the first quarter of the year according to analysis from Trade Me Jobs.
East Imperial’s collection of New Zealand made mixers have won eight awards in the Tonic & Mixers Competition, run by Global Spirits Masters.
Meat works around the country are struggling to meet demand due to the government’s failure to keep pace with a vital cog in the supply chain, according to National’s agriculture spokesperson Barbara Kuriger.
New Zealand Coastal Seafoods Limited is raising $1.5m from new and existing shareholders.
Hospitality businesses will continue to struggle following the government’s decision to keep the country in the red setting of the Covid-19 Protection Framework, say industry groups.
Zespri is procuring 14m SunGold kiwifruit trays ahead of market demand, in advance of main-pack, to ensures it has the volume of gold it need to meet increased market demand.
Importers are recalling all batches and all dates of Hanami brand Toasted Prawn Crackers due to the presence of undeclared allergens, namely molluscs, milk and soy.
Satsuma mandarins have arrived in stores this week two weeks earlier than previous years thanks to this season’s great growing conditions, says T&G Fresh.
Food Standards Australia New Zealand is calling for comment on proposed changes to better align food classifications in the Australia New Zealand Food Standards Code with international systems.
George Weston Foods is recalling specific batches of its Ploughmans Bakery brand Country Grains Bread as the product may contain foreign matter, namely plastic.
The New Zealand Specialist Cheesemakers Association has announced 254 medal winners in the NZ Champions of Cheese Awards 2022.
The Green Party is calling on Minister of Commerce and Consumer Affairs David Clark to break up the supermarket duopoly, citing an inequality crisis.
New Zealand Trade and Enterprise in Tokyo has launched a landing page through Japanese e-commerce giant Rakuten, that focuses on New Zealand products.
The Kiwi Bottle Drive, New Zealand’s community campaign for bottle deposits, is calling on the public to make submissions to the government’s consultation on a proposed beverage Container Return Scheme.
Manuka honey manufacturer Wilderness Valley was the People’s Choice winner at the Westpac Auckland Business Awards 2021 south and east region.
Silver Fern Farms Ltd has lifted its annual net profit to $103.8m in the year to December, up from $65.4m the previous year, off the back of strong demand and high global prices.
Southern Lamb Investments’ takeover offer of Blue Sky Pastures has gone unconditional after receiving more than 50% share acceptances.
The High-Value Nutrition National Science Challenge is contributing $980,000 into a Plant & Food Research led programme looking at native honey and what appeals to consumers.
Fonterra has reported a fall in milk production of 8.2% in New Zealand in February, when compared with the same month last year, according to its latest global dairy update.
Registration has opened for the Vegan Society Aotearoa’s inaugural Chocolate Awards.
New Zealand King Salmon has been granted permission to delay the release of its full year results due to Omicron taking out members of its finance team and audit provider.
Healthcare and pet food company Ebos Group has been cleared to buy rival company LifeHealthcare.
The completion of Auckland pub group Good Spirits Hospitality’s conditional takeover of restaurant owner Nourish Group has been delayed until Q2.
The Commerce Amendment Bill, which aims to deter anti-competitive conduct, has passed its third and final reading in parliament.
The government has updated guidance to businesses now that most workplaces will not require vaccine mandates from 4 April.
The re-opening of New Zealand’s borders could make it harder for employers to fill critical worker shortages as Kiwis head overseas, according to a new report which estimates a net outflow of 16,500 people as border opened.
A new initiative spearheaded by the Primary Industry Capability Alliance aims to grow more workplaces in the food and fibre sector.
Alternative protein player Sustainable Foods has closed its capital raise reaching a total of $2.15m.
The first of this season’s T&G jazz apples are en route to Europe from Port Nelson.
The government’s Fair Pay Agreements Bill has been Criticised by Retail NZ who said it would drive up consumer costs if implemented.
The Ministry for Primary Industries Sustainable Food and Fibre Futures fund is contributing $493,500 to a $823,500 research programme to create a digital farm environment plan.
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.
Comvita has teamed up with Save the Kiwi in what it describes as a “significant sponsorship agreement” that will ultimately provide safe habitat for the iconic birds across the North Island.
The Commerce Commission has extended provisional authorisation for the New Zealand Tegel Growers Association to collectively negotiate on behalf of its members with Tegel Foods.
Mt Cook Alpine Salmon’s quarterly auction has gone live on Catalist .
Kiwifruit grower Zespri will go into a trading halt on the Unlisted Stock Exchange from tomorrow at 5 o’clock for three weeks.
Margaret Devlin fills an existing vacancy, while Mark Todd replaces Peter Schuyt who will be stepping down in October after almost nine years on the Board.
Burger Fuel Group says it is experiencing some short-term, temporary store closures as a result of the Omicron outbreak.
Good Spirits Hospitality has agreed a waiver with its lender Pacific Dawn in respect of the interest due and payable for the quarter ended 31 March 2022.
Hawke’s Bay-based plant milk producer Kabocha Milk Co has won two awards at the the 2022 World Food Innovations in London.
Pizza chain Hell has launched an Impossible Burger Pizza 2.0 using plant-based food company Impossible Food’s beef product.
Gallagher and the Royal Barenbrug Group have backed Christchurch-based agritech firm Farmote Systems.
Coca-Cola Europacific Partners New Zealand donated over $10,000 to the Vodafone Foundation/Redcross Pacific Tsunami Appeal on Give A Little.
New Zealand Trade and Enterprise has released new resources on sustainable packaging for exporters, in response to global trends and requirements for businesses to reduce waste and non-renewable material use.
Kiwifruit exporter Zespri has estimated that Illegal plantings of New Zealand’s gold kiwifruit in China have doubled in the last year.
Two shareholders in Oceania Natural have been fined a combined $310,000 after they admitted to charges of market manipulation and disclosure breaches..
The Commerce Commission is running a rule over competition issues that could arise from the proposed acquisition of Cold Storage Nelson by global giant Lineage Logistics.
Hamilton council has approved a 50% reduction in fees for food safety verifications that take place before the end of June this year.
New Zealand food and drink producers have until today, Friday 25 March, to enter the 2022 Outstanding NZ Food Producer Awards.
The company said today’s update was outside of its usual cycle of January, May and September updates but there had been a significant increase in all global commodity prices.
Overpackaging and non-recyclable packaging is a top concern for New Zealanders, according to new research by Kantar.
Industry needs support from government in the form of clear and co-ordinated policy, regulation, and incentives to help New Zealand achieve zero plastic waste.
Foodstuffs is recalling a batch of its Pam’s branded smoked chicken pasta salad because of an incorrect use-by date.
Auckland-headquartered international coffee chain Cooks Global Foods plans to consolidate its shares, as well as change its name.
New Zealand companies are seeing an acceleration of ‘career waka jumping,’ according to the 2021/22 Beyond Recruitment Economic & Labour Report.
The Warehouse Group’s half-year profit has fallen 8.2% to $50.4m with the company citing Auckland’s extended Covid-19 alert level 4 and level 3 lockdowns for the decline.
The government will cut road user charges by 36% across all legislated rates from late April to late July 2022.
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.
Agri-tech developer WayBeyond has launched the FarmRoad app to make it faster to detect pests and pathogens in field crops.
The New Zealand Biosecurity Supreme Award went to maritime intelligence project Starboard from the Xerra Earth Observation Institute.
Regional economic development agency Venture Taranaki has launched a new online guide to support local entrepreneurs.
Four Countdown supermarkets in Auckland had to temporarily close as a result of yesterday’s severe rain and flooding.
Dairy giant Fonterra is exiting its businesses in Russia and withdrawing from a joint venture partnership with Unifood.
The 2022 New Zealand AgriFood Talks event has been cancelled because of the Omicron outbreak.
Hundreds of people are required to plug gaps in Countdown’s supply chain because of Covid-19 absenteeism.
The Ministry for Primary Industries is seeking feedback on seven changes it is proposing to make to Maximum Residue Levels (MRLs) Food Notice.
Apple company Rockit has claimed nine awards – including gold – at the Commercial Communication Council’s 2022 Axis Awards.
New World and the Wellington City Mission’s free Social Supermarket in Newtown has seen 3,268 shoppers access essential items in its first full year of operating.
Beef + Lamb New Zealand is urging the government to put limits on the ability of fossil fuel companies to plant trees on productive farmland.
The Māori Party has announced a policy to remove GST from all kai to ease the burden on households struggling through the cost of living crisis.
More than 10 million kilograms of food – totalling over 29 million meals – was rescued and distributed by agencies to send to people in need in the year to January, says the Aotearoa Food Rescue Alliance.
Bay of Plenty produce will be in the spotlight at the region’s inaugural food festival next month.
Entries are now open for the 2022 Nestlé Golden Chef’s Hat Award targeted at chefs aged 16-25.
Christchurch’s snack bar company Crafty Weka has been named as one of the Best Backpacking Foods of 2022 by US publication Backpacker.
Vegetable prices will continue to surge ahead if the government doesn’t help growers find ways to lower costs, according to Horticulture New Zealand.
Australian fuel retailer Ampol has been cleared by the Commerce Commission for its $2bn purchase of Z Energy.
The earlier border opening will save many businesses from collapse, says Hospitality New Zealand.
Biosecurity New Zealand’s annual Winter Colony Loss survey shows 13.6% of hives were lost in 2021, up 2.3% on the previous year because of growth in varroa mite and related complications.
Food Standards Australia New Zealand wants feedback on an application for a new processing aid, cetylpyridinium chloride, in the treatment of raw poultry.
Same-day delivery service Sherpa says it has secured major retail partnerships in New Zealand as it looks to scale up its volume and presence.
More than five thousand businesses in Auckland that struggled through the Delta lockdown have received more than $17m financial support through a targeted support scheme.
This year’s Boma Agri Summit in Christchurch on 21-22 June will host speakers from the US and UK.
Food manufacturers have a major digital gap on the production floor, according to a new report from smart manufacturing platform iMonitor.
Dunedin’s Alto Cafe has won $10,000 cash, as well as $5000 towards a new website, as part of a hospitality relief campaign.
Hospitality and accommodation operators may still have to put up prices despite the fuel and transport cost cuts announced by the government, says Hospitality New Zealand.
New Zealand red meat values remained strong in January despite pressure on export volumes.
Seafood producer New Zealand Coastal Seafoods has narrowed its half-yearly loss in the six months to December 2021 to $1.5m, compared with the previous $1.7m loss.
Catalano’s Seafood has listed on the Australian Stock Exchange, raising over A$5m from its initial public offering.
Kiwifruit Growers Incorporated says the sector is desperate to attract overseas backpackers to come over and pick fruit this season.
A record number of beverages will be judged for the New World Beer and Cider Awards this year.
This year’s Fieldays has been postponed until late November because of disruption from the Omicron outbreak.
The launch of Auckland’s first ghost kitchen has been delayed a month because of Covid-19.
About $1m is being invested into a land-based seaweed trial beside the Firth of Thames wetland.
Goodman Fielder has added recyclable cardboard bread tags to all its bread loaves, buns and rolls.
Dunedin residents can now recycle their soft plastic packaging at eight Countdown, New World and The Warehouse stores across Dunedin and Mosgiel.
The Waitangi Tribunal has been asked to consider whether the Crown is failing Māori on alcohol, as part of evidence being heard this week.
Spring Sheep Milk Co has won an innovation award for its Gentle Sheep Toddler Milk Drink.
Meat processors are under pressure and suffering delays because of Omicron absenteeism, according to the Meat Industry Association and Beef + Lamb New Zealand.
Eat New Zealand has secured up to $275,000 of government funding to support its multi-day Feast Matariki festival.
Rabobank’s latest global dairy report says commodity prices are expected to remain elevated because production growth is not keeping up with demand.
Gopals Sweets & Snacks is recalling its Gopala brand Paneer cheese product because of the threat of listeria.
Hospitality venues continue to feel the pressure of Omicron with a 10% drop in card spending last month.
Foodstuffs North Island and developer Auckland Airport’s new distribution centre at Landing Drive has received a 6 Green Star rating.
Package-free grocer GoodFor has launched a same-day delivery service in Auckland.
Watties and Verkerks are among the top five most complained about companies when it comes to packaging, according to Consumer NZ.
Talley’s says it did not direct the master of a vessel to fish in a closed area.
Consumer New Zealand research has found 98% of people are worried about the rising price of groceries.
Dairy giant Danone has become the largest certified B Corporation food and drink company in Australia and New Zealand.
Some $7.67bn dollars was spent online shopping by New Zealanders last year, with 26% of people buying groceries digitally, according to research group Canstar Blue.
Business New Zealand has called the government reduced self-isolation for positive Covid cases “a pragmatic response.”
The isolation period for Covid-19 cases and household contacts will go down to seven days from 10 at 11.59pm on Friday 11 March.
The company also said today that its Ukraine office was closed as a result of Russia’s invasion of the country two weeks ago.
Amaltal Fishing Co Limited, along with the master of its fishing vessel, the Amaltal Apollo, have been found guilty of 14 charges of breaching the conditions of a high seas fishing permit.
National Road Carriers is warning a sharp rise in fuel prices will result in increased freight costs.
Foodstuffs South Island is distributing more than one million rapid antigen tests to its supermarkets, more than 250 businesses and donating a number to charity.
Meat Business Women New Zealand has appointed two new co-chairs to lead the organisation.
The number of orders from convenience stores such as Night ‘n Day increased by almost 420% since April last year on Menulog’s platform.
Countdown employees working alongside Australian colleagues shipped in to fill gaps in New Zealand stores and supply chains should immediately receive pay parity and be remunerated at the significantly higher rates of their colleagues from across the ditch, First Union says.
Government guidelines on wage subsidies need to be clearer to protect small business owners including hospitality operators who are being fined for misinterpreting the rules.
Animal foods can form part of a healthy, sustainable and ethical lifestyle, despite increasing claims to the contrary, says Lincoln University Professor of Livestock, Pablo Gregorini.
A number of pop-up information sessions aiming to plug the fruit harvest labour shortage have kicked-off in Hastings.
New Zealand’s food exports to Russia total around $233m, and include dairy, apples, seafood and wine.
SeaDragon has secured a new loan agreement of $500,000 from majority shareholder Pescado Holdings, as well as pushing out the repayment date of an existing loan facility.
Experience director Jennifer Kerr replaces Andrew Ferrier as chair after nearly a decade in that role.
Again Again is holding a free seminar on moving to reuse as a systemic replacement to single-use container packaging.
Nominations are now open for the New Zealand Institute of Food Science and Technology 2022 Awards.
Zespri has created a board specifically to focus on its sustainability goals.
Consumer spending at hospitality businesses remains down nearly a quarter on pre-Covid levels, according to data from payment services provider Worldline.
Small businesses are continuing to suffer under the pressure of Omicron and phase three restrictions.
Foodstuffs has opened Te Kauwhata’s first new supermarket in 70 years.
New Zealand spirit producers Broken Heart and Awildian have claimed global accolades.
Plant-based milk producer Kabocha Milk has been shortlisted at the World Food Innovation Awards.
Federated Farmers is relieved hundreds of extra international dairy workers can enter New Zealand this season.
Consumer New Zealand has found massive price differences for Rapid Antigen Tests, ranging from $6.50 to $19 per test.
Entries have opened for this year’s Primary Industries Good Employer Awards.
A Rabobank report on the beef sector says global demand will keep prices high, with a raft of challenges plaguing the sector.
The seafood industry says tariff free access into the UK is a major bonus after the government signed a free trade agreement this week.
New Zealand Winegrowers says the freshly signed free trade agreement with Britain will support future growth and encourage exporters to focus on that market.
Me Today Group has called a special meeting for Friday 18 March to seek approval from shareholders for a $6m placement of additional share capital.
Businesses struggling with Omicron have received the first payment from the government’s financial support scheme.
Global dairy prices have hit a new record.
Dairy giant Fonterra and MG Marketing have scooped a couple of key accolades at this year’s Cooperative Business New Zealand Annual Awards.
An award-winning avocado orchard in Northland is up for sale.
Business and hospitality groups are pleased the government is ditching self-isolation requirements for returning New Zealanders.
Horticulture New Zealand says the government’s decision to boost the cap on the Recognised Seasonal Employer scheme would benefit future picking seasons.
Fonterra’s New Zealand milk collection dropped 6.1% to in January compared with the same month last year.
A new Centre of Excellence and Extension is being created in Canterbury for research into potatoes, following a memorandum of understanding between Potatoes New Zealand and Lincoln University.
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.
Pāua gathering will no longer be allowed on the Kaikōura coastline as the harvest season has now finished.
The Vegan Society’s Dairy Free Awards have crowned the country’s best plant-based ice cream, milk, yoghurt and butter for a third year.
Businesses that are covered by the Close Contact Exemption Scheme can access rapid antigen tests after a further 10 million arrived in the country over the weekend.
The government’s extended the cap on RSE workers for this season but warned there might be hurdles in getting enough people here to finish picking.
New Zealand exports of milk powder, butter, cheese, jumped 15% to $1.6bn in January when compared with the same month a year earlier.
Food and beverage sales volumes rose 12% in the December quarter as businesses came out of lockdown.
MZ Holdings is recalling a certain batch of its Vadilal Quick Treat brand frozen custard apple pulp because it could contain salmonella.
Food manufacturers should prepare for “highly dynamic” food markets in the year ahead as pandemic disruption to supply chains, input costs and consumer behaviour continues, says Rabobank.
t to phase 3 of the Omicron response and an adjustment to conditions in the government’s financial support package announced on Monday.
Zespri is forecasting its total fruit and service payment for the 2021-22 season to be $2.38bn, up from $2.25bn last season.
Tony Falkenstein’s Just Life Group has reported a lower net profit of $1.57m in the six months ended December because of Auckland’s extended lockdown.
Fonterra is to operate New Zealand’s first electric 46T milk tanker.
New Zealand Health Products says regulatory reform is needed to fix “badly broken dietary supplement rules.”
Fonterra has lifted its farmgate milk price for the second time this year off the back of a rise in global prices and increased demand.
Foley Wines half-year profit has risen 37.7% to $3.5m as it pushes further into the premium market.
New Zealand’s expertise in sustainable food systems has been highlighted at Expo 2020’s Food, Agriculture and Livelihoods Business Forum in Dubai.
Horticulture New Zealand has two vacancies to fill, with two directors set to retire by rotation.
Viticulturist Rhys Hall has been named the 2021 Young Horticulturist of the Year.
Hospitality New Zealand is warning many of the hardest-hit businesses in the sector may be ineligible for the government’s new support package.
Derek Handley’s climate tech firm Aera VC has raised US$30m to invest in startups tackling sustainability across all sectors including food.
New Zealand seed exports dipped 5% in 2021 compared with the prior year, to come in at $236m.
KPMG and the University of Waikato are partnering to deliver a new six-week course designed for rural professionals seeking to expand their knowledge in New Zealand’s food and fibre sector.
Janine Tait Group Ltd is recalling specific batches and dates of its Bestow brand powdered drink products because of undeclared gluten.
ChristchurchNZ has launched the its second annual Food, Fibre and Agritech Supernode Challenge.
TEG Risk and Sustainability Services has won a gold award from the Association of Consulting and Engineering for its consulting work with food processors.
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.
NIWA scientists have completed a first successful deep water test run in the Cook Strait of a six-metre-long autonomous vessel to help them count fish.
Miniature apple company Rockit Global took out five awards for its 2021 rebrand at this year’s Best Design Awards – an annual event hosted by The Designers Institute of New Zealand.
Wellington’s iconic Cable Car is celebrating 120 years today with a limited-edition chocolate bar and 120 hidden golden tickets offering a free ride.
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.
Waikato-based Ngāti Hauā Iwi Trust is to receive more that $2m to develop a new horticultural programme and education hub.
Abbott Laboratories New Zealand is recalling certain brands and batches of infant formula product imported from the United States.
Auckland’s Business Chamber wants clarity from the government over how companies can access rapid antigen tests.
Producer input prices rose 1.1%, while producer output prices rose 1.4% in the December quarter, led by dairy and construction.
Job ads posted on website Seek reached a record in January, however hospitality and tourism ads were down 4% from December.
The Commerce Commission has formed a working group with four other regulators to identify possible cartel behaviour in global supply chains.
The kiwifruit sector is forecasting a record harvest this year of at least 190 million trays.
Fonterra-owned Anchor has launched its plant-based milk bottles in supermarkets in the South Island.
The director of Tuna Fishing Company Limited has been sentenced for offences under the Fisheries Act for a second time in two years.
The prominent hospitality brand has called on the government to throw a lifeline to the sector.
Listed food industry supplier MHM Automation has reported a net profit of $1.41m for the six months to December 2021, up 279% on the previous corresponding period.
New Zealand’s largest wine event will be heading to three main centres later this year.
Fonterra is selling down its 100% ownership of the Global Dairy Trade platform, bringing in the European Energy Exchange and the New Zealand Stock Exchange.
Listed apple company T&G has started harvesting this season’s fruit, expecting to pick more than 6.5m tray carton equivalents this year – or roughly 120,000,000 kgs of apples.
The Environmental Defence Society wants stronger long-term protection measures to manage north-eastern scallop stocks.
Researchers are investigating the potential health benefits of powdered kūmara with naturally enhanced prebiotic properties, which could lead to it being developed into a baby food ingredient.
Supermarket chain Countdown has pledged $25,000 into helping the LGBTQI+ support organisation Rainbow Youth.
The oven door is about to shut on entries for this year’s Great Hot Cross Bun competition.
Prime Minister Jacinda Ardern will undertake a trade visit to the United States in May focused on New Zealand’s high-technology export sectors, including agri-tech.
Former Ryman chief executive Gordon MacLeod has been appointed to Delegat Group.
Gisborne District Council is appealing a decision from the Land Valuation Tribunal, relating to the capital value of a gold kiwifruit orchard in the Gisborne district.
Upgrades to New Zealand’s free trade agreement with China will enter into force on 7 April.
Three weeks of heavy rain has caused widespread damage to arable crops – with some farmers calling it the “worst harvest season in living memory.”
The National Party says households are going backwards and pay packets are failing to keep up with the rising cost of food.
Sanitarium has nominated South Auckland’s Koru School to receive 100% of funds from a Weet-Bix charity auction featuring limited edition Jonah Lomu merchandise.
weather which saw a state of emergency declared on the West Coast after flooding caused widespread damage
Food Standards Australia New Zealand wants feedback on new safety and management standards for food service and retail businesses.
Seven new scholarships have been awarded to young people considering a career in the red meat and exporting sectors.
The business sector is critical of a move to raise the minimum wage 6% during the expected Omicron wave.
The Government is making $200,000 available to support farmers and growers after major flooding in the South Island.
Fast-food and tetra pak cartons destined for the landfill are being converted into building supplies, thanks to Freightways investment.
Credit and debit card spending increased a seasonally adjusted 2.1% or $175m in January, compared with December, according to Stats NZ.
Top New Zealand oil producer The Olive Press supports a call to extend country of origin labelling to its products.
Restaurants are reporting a near 60% overall decline in revenues since the Covid-19 pandemic began.
Consumer NZ has found some oils labelled as New Zealand also contain imported oils.
Wanaka’s food and wine festival has been cancelled this year because of the current red-light Covid-19 restrictions.
A Bay of Plenty food event plans to go ahead despite current Covid-19 restrictions.
A large-scale blueberry orchard in Kerikeri has been put on the market.
Entries close today for this year’s Champions of Cheese Awards.
Cooks Global Foods says sales at its UK-based cafe franchises recovered from Covid-19 ahead of the wider UK coffee market in 2021.
A major horticulture project is underway in northern Hawke’s Bay to lift the productivity of Maori-owned land.
New Zealand’s 2022 apple and pear crop is predicted to reach 601,000 tonnes – inline with expectations – although Omicron, supply chain and labour shortage issues continue to plague the sector.
New country of origin regulations come into force on Saturday for fresh and thawed foods.
There are two recalls because of the threat of salmonella.
An Invercargill retirement village café is recalling all its branded frozen meals because of potentially undeclared allergens.
Pressure is mounting on the government to support a global treaty to protect the oceans.
Industries will know by the end of this week which of them are considered critical, says Prime Minister Jacinda Ardern.
The Commerce Commission is considering an application by Life Health Foods NZ to purchase 100% of meat alternative manufacturer Chalmers Organics.
The government has cited New Zealand King Salmon’s difficulties to illustrate that the RMA needs reform.
Central Otago’s Amisfield has scooped a couple of key prizes at the prestigious Cuisine Good Food Awards.
Farmers and primary producers are getting financial assistance to prepare for an Omicron outbreak.
World Pizza Day has a charitable feel for fast-food chain Domino’s.
A multi-million-dollar investment is to look at how hemp can be made into food packaging and other innovations.
Clean energy, land use and aquaculture have been identified as three areas of accelerating economic growth in Southland once the Tiwai Point smelter shuts down.
Public health experts are throwing their weight behind recommendations to improve alcohol policy, nutrition and limit children’s exposure to the marketing of unhealthy food.
Public health warnings are in place for people not to collect and eat shellfish on the South Island’s West Coast because of unsafe levels of toxins.
A mid-Canterbury farmer and businessman has been recognised with this year’s New Zealand Zanda McDonald Award.
Canterbury-based Alyssa Wilson has scooped the Apiculture New Zealand Ron Mossop Youth Scholarship in beekeeping.
New Zealand’s honey sector is appealing a UK Intellectual Property Office decision that declined a manuka honey trademark application.
Global supply shortages will underpin firm commodity prices for dairy this year, while returns for kiwifruit will stay elevated thanks to strong demand, says Rabobank.
Seeka has completed its acquisition of Gisborne-based New Zealand Fruits in a deal that values the latter at $21m.
The kiwifruit industry has exceeded the first year requirements under the New Zealand government’s primary sector partnership on climate action, He Waka Eke Noa, says Zespri.
Entries have opened FoodStarter 2022.
One of the world’s largest live export ships is back at Timaru port this weekend and is expected to attract protesters.
Labour shortages are the most pressing concern for the country’s primary sector but global prices should remain strong, according to ANZ’s latest Agri Focus report.
EMA won’t support the government’s proposed Income Insurance Scheme as it is, saying it would result in a further tax on businesses.
The West Coast’s Wildfoods Festival has been scrapped, the first time in its 34-year history, due to Covid capacity restrictions at the red setting.
Hospitality New Zealand says the sector also deserves financial assistance to cushion the blow from the Covid-19 pandemic.
The time people need to wait between getting the second shot and the booster for the Pfizer vaccination will be shortened from four months to three as of Friday 4 February.
New Zealand King Salmon shares have slumped 15% after the company warned of lower earnings.
The government has ordered a further 36 million rapid antigen tests (RATs) to help the country deal with a widespread Omicron outbreak.
Hospitality New Zealand says New Zealand’s move into the red traffic light setting has scared people into a “voluntary lockdown”.
Capital raising for food and beverage ventures on crowdfunding platform Snowball Effect fell to $4.7m in 2021, down 65% on the $13.3m raised in 2020.
Bostock has partnered with Milford Private Equity to grow and market a South Island organic apple variety to overseas customers.
Asahi Beverages has released new sustainability targets for its New Zealand and Australian operations.
New Zealand King Salmon says warm water temperatures are leading to “higher than expected sea farm mortality” that will hit earnings by up to $5m.
New Zealand’s food producers and manufacturers need new technologies and business models to help shift to more sustainable and healthy products, says the OECD.
The National Party says government inaction on border class exceptions for time-critical workers could have an impact on food production and distribution in New Zealand.
In its latest five-year outlook released on Thursday, the kiwifruit co-op said it expected New Zealand-produced Class 1 supply to grow from 178 million trays in 2021-22 to 238 million in 2026-27.
New Zealand Pork is calling on consumers to buy Kiwi-produced pork after new country of origin laws come into effect on 12 February.
Seeka says it has entered an amalgamation agreement to acquire Gisborne packing business New Zealand Fruits Limited.
The value of New Zealand’s red meat sector exports reached $693m during October, a 27% increase year-on-year, according to the Meat Industry Association.
Healthcare and animal care company Ebos Group says it has successfully raised $674m from existing and new investors across New Zealand, Australia and further afield.
New Zealand produce exporter Te Mata Exports says it has acquired the exclusive rights to new early season apple variety, Bay Queen.
Marlborough Wine Estates says it has grown its international distribution significantly since July 2021.
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.
The government is investing nearly $2m into a $5m commercial regenerative seaweed farming pilot that aims to provide proof-of-concept for commercial scale production.
Healthcare and animal care company Ebos Group is buying Australian peer LifeHealthcare for A$1.17bn ($1.3bn). Ebos, which owns pet food brands Black Hawk and VitaPet, said today that it will MORE »
Fonterra shareholders have overwhelmingly backed changes to the co-op’s capital structure with 85.16% of farmer votes supporting them.
Alan Pollard has been appointed chief executive of Civil Contractors New Zealand, the national business association for New Zealand’s civil infrastructure construction industry.
After running the inaugural event in 2021, New Zealand Winegrowers will be kicking off the second New Zealand Wine Week on 8 February 2022.
Food Standards Australia New Zealand is calling for comment on an application to allow the sale and use of food made from a genetically modified wheat.
NZX-listed international coffee chain Cooks Global Foods has set a price of 3 cents a share for a rights issue, which is targeting $8m to restructure its balance sheet.
Synlait’s speciality cheese business, Talbot Forest Cheese, has launched a new brand campaign following a packaging redesign.
The growing and processing Gisborne business said its internal research showed sales of kale had fallen in New Zealand by 40% over the past four years.
Jenkins Freshpac Systems is canvassing opinion on sustainable packaging as part of its Join the Vegelution campaign.
Cooks Global Foods has appointed Michael Ambrose to its board as an independent director. Among his governance roles, Ambrose is chair of cherry operation Deep Creek Fruits and a director at MORE »
New Zealand Winegrowers has named five recipients for its 2021 Fellows awards.
A new award recognising and promoting sustainability has been created as part of the 2022 New Zealand Champions of Cheese Awards.
KiwiHarvest Queenstown has launched a new Food Rescue Ride initiative, redistributing surplus food from local cafes and bakeries to those in need this holiday season.
The Chocolate Station at Blenheim Railway Station offers more than 100 craft chocolate product lines produced by chocolatiers from Ne Zealand and the Pacific.
Organic food producer Chantal Organics and Auckland bakery Bread & Butter have partnered to support Auckland City Mission’s efforts to help people this Christmas.
Taranaki – King Country MP Barbara Kuriger retains the opposition agriculture spokesperson role but picks up the shadow biosecurity portfolio.
Even older people are turning away from alcohol consumption, says the NZ Alcohol Beverages Council.
The Restaurant Association says 40% of its members reported having to deal with rude or aggressive customers due to the transition on Friday to the traffic light Covid-19 Protection Framework.
The Ministry for Primary Industries is investing $650,000 over four years to help stamp out invasive marine pests and help the aquaculture industry.
Auckland’s Wild Grain Bakery has won the supreme award in the 2021 New Zealand Vegan Pie Awards for the second year running. It’s Triple Berry Spiced Apple pie took the top prize after winning the sweet category.
Australia’s Woolworths Group has named Sealord one of its top suppliers for the year.
Countdown owner Woolworths has made a last-minute takeover offer for pharmacy group Australian Pharmaceutical Industries for A$871m (NZ$907m).
Beverage company Frucor Suntory has appointed Sophie Lodge to corporate affairs director for Australia and New Zealand, based in Sydney.
New Zealand’s national honey production in the 2020-21 season was down 24% on the previous season to 20,500 tonnes, according to the Ministry for Primary Industries.
Mounting skills shortages and ongoing supply chain disruptions are among the key challenges for company directors, according to the Institute of Directors and ASB Bank’s annual survey.
The government has released a new report into coastal shipping as part of its drive to strengthen New Zealand’s domestic supply chain.
Tony Falkenstein’s Just Life Group has appointed Luan Howitt general manager of its new healthy homes division. Howitt is a former marketing manager for DB Breweries and Pernod Ricard and MORE »
More than 232,000 jobs are dependent on New Zealand’s hospitality sector, 137,000 of them directly, according to a new report.
Seeka says it expects net profit before tax at the upper end of its $22m and $24m guidance range for FY21 thanks to an expected Crown settlement payout over the arrival of the vine killing disease PSA.
Kaikōura’s pāua fishery has re-opened after being closed for five years following the 2016 earthquakes.
Karma Drinks will donate $12,070 to the #HandsUp4Hospo initiative after its recent ‘Hospo Friday’ initiative – a take on the popular Black Friday.
Synlait Milk saw its total greenhouse gas emissions rise in the year to July 2021 but it fell significantly per product tonne for both its on- and off-farm work.
Plant & Food Research has won three gongs at the ninth annual KiwiNet Research Commercialisation Awards.
The 2022 Outstanding NZ Food Producer Awards has opened for entries.
Blis Technologies marketing and e-commerce director, Laura Grant, is leaving the Dunedin headquartered probiotics firm she joined just six months ago.
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.
A Marlborough company has been recognised for its oyster farm technology, picking up the 2021 Global Aquaculture Innovation Award at the Global Seafood Alliance Awards.
The last of this year’s crop of Zespri Kiwifruit has left Port of Tauranga, concluding another strong but challenging season of New Zealand-grown kiwifruit, says the co-op.
Formosa Foods is recalling all batches and all dates of various Formosa Foods brand noodles and pastry products, due to the presence of an undeclared allergen, namely egg.
Frucor Suntory has appointed Rhodi Bulloch as its nutrition and regulatory affairs specialist.
Auckland Unlimited has released its second annual Iconic Auckland Eats list, described as the ultimate dining guide with 100 dishes from all corners of the region.
Baby food venture Norish has won the inaugural Innovate Hawke’s Bay awards.
The Waiheke Island scallop, mussel, rock lobster and pāua fisheries will close for a period of two years from 1 December, says the Ministry For Primary Industries.
Demand for food support has reached an all-time high following the outbreak of Covid-19 Delta variant in August 2021, says the New Zealand Food Network.
The trio’s FMCG, business and start-up experience now on offer for founders.
Countdown distribution centre workers at two Auckland sites have signed a new agreement that includes a 5% wage rise for the next year and a 3.9% increase for a reduced 9-month term in the following year.
Woolworths New Zealand is recalling Chelsea and Countdown branded raw sugar and brown sugar products bought on either Thursday 25 November or Friday 26 November from any Countdown, SuperValue or FreshChoice store in the South Island.
Christchurch has won a bid to host an international congress in 2023 for the Asia Pacific Seed Association (APSA) at the Te Pae Christchurch Convention Centre.
Dairy product manufacturer New Zealand Food Innovation Waikato has appointed Tony Giles as its new chief executive.
New Zealand beauty and supplement company Jeuneora has closed its capital raise after hitting its maximum target of $3.5m.
The Commerce Commission has granted provisional authorisation for the New Zealand Tegel Growers Association to collectively negotiate on behalf of its members with Tegel Foods.
The monthly value of goods exported in October 2021 rose to $5.3bn in October 2021, up 12% compared with the same month last year, according to Stats NZ.
Pāmu Farms has signed a deal with distributor Ciels that will see a range of premium nutritional supplements sold in Vietnam in the new year.
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.
The A2 Milk Company says it will defend a second class action filed in the Supreme Court of Victoria in Australia, this time by Shine Lawyers.
Delaying the opening of New Zealand’s border to foreign nationals until 30 April 2022 will see more hospitality businesses going to the wall, says Hospitality New Zealand.
Halal-certified red meat exports increased 13% during the 2020-21 season with most product going to non-Muslim markets, says the Meat Industry Association.
George Weston Foods Baking New Zealand says it will cut its emissions and petrol consumption by replacing its sales car fleet with the Toyota RAV 4 Hybrid Electric Vehicle.
Foodstuffs and Countdown have picked up awards at the Property Council New Zealand’s 2021 Rider Levett Bucknall Property Industry Awards.
Supermarket chain Countdown has mandated the Covid-19 vaccine for staff, meaning its entire 21,000-strong workforce would need to be fully vaccinated by January 10.
The free NZ Pass Verifier app to scan and verify My Vaccine Passes is now available for businesses and events to download.
Zespri has increased its forecast SunGold kiwifruit returns to $11.05 per tray for the 2021-22 season, up from the $10.92 guided in August.
Just Life Group has hired Graeme Read to be its chief financial officer.
Domino’s is hoping a year’s worth of free pizza will help fill more than 1500 new part-time and full-time roles.
Orchard Thieves Rosé Cider has won the gold medal in the new Cider Innovation Rosé category at the International Brewing and Cider Awards 2021.
Meat processing co-operative Alliance Group has posted an operating profit of $41.9m before tax and distributions for the year ending September 30, up from $27.3m last year.
Food Standards Australia New Zealand is calling for comment on an application to codify Very Low Energy Diets within Standard 2.9.5 – Food for Special Medical Purposes in the Australia New Zealand Food Standards Code.
Citrus NZ said the new date for its conference, field trip, special general meeting and dinner will be 3 March 2022 in Gisborne.
Countdown and New World have taken gold and silver respectively in the supermarket category in the latest Reader’s Digest Quality Service Awards.
Submissions for the government’s Emissions Reduction Plan must be lodged by tomorrow, Wednesday 24 November.
Marlborough Wine Estates has appointed Winesellers its exclusive USA importer for its OTU Estate brand.
Foodstuffs South Island is recalling raw sugar from its South Island stores due to possible contamination with low levels of lead.
Auckland retail spending has rebounded to top pre-Delta levels after Covid restrictions eased across the region, according to Bank of New Zealand.
Food Standards Australia New Zealand has been granted A$492,495 (NZ$508,270) to create an international food safety forum.
Coca-Cola Europacific Partners New Zealand has retained The Gender Tick accreditation for 2021.
Saint Clair’s Wairau Reserve Sauvignon Blanc 2021 has won the Champion Wine title at the 2021 Marlborough Wine Show.
The average non-alcoholic filling line spends 36 minutes per hour, or 60% of time, not filling beverages, according to OFS.
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.
Hospitality group Savor says it has missed out on around $4m from the Delta outbreak.
Chia Sisters co-founder Chloe Van Dyke is one of five female entrepreneurs selected to pitch at Rise Up for a $10,000 prize.
Chocolate maker Whittaker’s has been crowned exporter of the year at the 2021 ExportNZ ASB Wellington Export Awards.
A record $150,000 worth of food has been donated in the first week of this year’s Foodbank Project Christmas appeal.
Probiotics firm Blis Technologies has reported an interim loss of $1.80m for the six months to September 2021, down 268% on the $1.07m profit it made for the same period last year.
A Beef + Lamb New Zealand and ANZCO Foods co-branded marketing campaign has lifted sales of New Zealand grass-fed beef in China.
Foley Wines is sticking to forecast earnings before tax of $8m for FY22 but warns of uncertainty.
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 »
The Restaurant Association said it is “frustrated” at the lack of clarity and information being provided to the hospitality around the roll out of Covid-19 vaccine passports.
Unilever’s mayonnaise brand Best Foods has pledged its support for the open pantry initiative, Pātaka Kai, which sees surplus food or donations distributed across a network of 140 pantries in New Zealand.
Mānuka honey company Comvita said it recorded record sales in line with its forecasts for November’s Singles Day or 11:11 – the world’s biggest shopping event and key event in its focus growth market of China.
Former dairy industry leader and minister of agriculture John Luxton has passed away, aged 75.
Tatua director Ross Townshend has resigned from the Waikato dairy co-operative’s board with immediate effect.
HELL Pizza has raised $70,000 to support 15 food rescue organisations around the country.
The Kāpiti Food Fair has been cancelled due to Covid uncertainty.
Milford Asset Management has increased its holdings in meal kit company My Food Bag to 8.79%.
Tony Falkenstein’s Just Life Group will pay a final dividend of 1.4 centre a share for the year ended 30 June 2021.
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.
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 has won a gold medal and the trophy for the best wine from New Zealand at the Hong Kong International Wine and Spirits Competition.
New food and grocery outlets have been added to the Ministry of Health’s locations of interest as Covid-19 continues to creep south.
A Southland fishing company has been fined $18,000 and their boat skipper $6,750 for set netting in marine protected areas, along with removing fins from sharks and discarding the bodies at sea.
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.
Confectionery and licorice manufacturer RJ’s New Zealand is recalling its 500g Black Knight Medley Licorice sold at retailers nationwide between 26 October 2021 – 5 November 2021.
The Alliance Group’s Pure South Handpicked 55 Day Aged Beef has won three gold medals in the prestigious World Steak Challenge.
Bidfood, Mainfreight and Toll are among a select group to trial the new FUSO eCanter fully electric truck.
New Zealand food and beverage startups managed to secure about $3.7m in early stage investment during the first half of 2021.
Hospitality venues and accommodation operators will next week start a campaign to re-open their doors.
Waste Management Institute New Zealand has partnered with NZ Food Waste Champions 12.3 to reduce the amount of food thrown away.
Deep sea cod has been given a Māori name, Moramora, which has been added to official te reo, following an an initiative between Countdown, te reo Māori advocacy group Ōkupu, MORE »
New Zealanders should check where their pork is from in the run-up to Christmas, says New Zealand Pork.
New Zealand exports to the UK could increase by 40% with food and beverage the big winners, according to ANZ research.
Marlborough Grape Growers Cooperative chief executive Mike Brown has been elected to the Cooperative Business New Zealand board.
Seeka says all the conditions of its $6.55m deal to acquire Kerikeri-based kiwifruit grower Orangewood Limited have now been met.
Rockit Global has used a branded tram in Hong Kong in a new campaign in the territory.
Fonterra’s proposed changes to its capital structure will be put to a shareholder vote on 9 December.
Greenhouse gas emissions from agriculture, fishing, and forestry for the June 2021 quarter was flat at 9,069 kilotonnes, just 0.9% up on the same period last year.
The Ministry for the Environment has launched an online calculator for food producers to obtain an estimate of their farm’s greenhouse gas emissions.
Hospitality New Zealand will hold its 2021 Lion Hospitality Awards for Excellence event online this year on 23 November due to Covid restrictions.
Foodstuffs supermarkets have teamed up with Canterbury District Health Board’s vaccination team to host community clinics.
The chair of winemaker Delegat Group, Jim Delegat, is moving from the role of executive chairman to executive director from 1 February 2022.
Waitoa says its free range chicken is the first in New Zealand to become Toitū Envirocare certified carbon zero.
There is no evidence of Covid-19 transmission via food or food packaging, says a new report.
Countdown says its supermarkets at Ferrymead, Ponsonby, Kilbirnie, Petone and Takapuna have started stocking cage-free eggs only.
Food Standards Australia New Zealand is calling for feedback on an application to allow an existing enzyme processing aid to be produced from a new microbial source.
Domino’s Pizza has signed the global Better Chicken Commitment.
More than 160,000 people have visited the New Zealand Pavilion at Expo 2020 Dubai since it opened on 30 September.
Marlborough’s Highfield TerraVin vineyard, cellar door, and restaurant, designed in part by Sir Michael Fowler, is for sale.
The Meat Industry Association has opened applications for its 2022 scholarships.
More than 20 Taranaki food and beverage producers are coming together to sell products as part of a Taste of Taranaki pop-up in Eltham for the summer. The temporary market MORE »
Sanford’s chief operating officer, Clement Chia, has resigned after seven years with the business.
Chelsea Sugar is recalling specific batches of its Chelsea, Pams and Woolworths brand Raw and Brown Sugar due to low level lead contamination.
New Zealand Apples and Pears Inc has appointed Terry Meikle its chief executive.
Zespri says the industry is now planning for a substantial labour shortage for the 2022 season.
Spring Valley Enterprises, AgResearch, and a Silver Fern Farms booking app are among 24 finalists in the inaugural Beef + Lamb New Zealand Awards.
The owner of Dunedin-based Romeeco Bakery has been ordered to pay $299,038 in arrears and penalties after a Labour Inspectorate investigation.
The Sprout Accelerator has put out a final call for cutting-edge businesses to register for global connections, mentorship, and the chance to pitch for up to $1m in investment.
New Zealand King Salmon has appointed Carol Chen to its board.
Foodstuffs-owned Pak’nSave is running its Pak’canSave initiative for two weeks from 1st until the 14th November.
Plant & Food Research’s Cathy McKenna has won the 2021 Kiwifruit Innovation Award for her work to create an effective armoured scale insect management programme for Gold3 – or SunGold – Kiwifruit.
Beef + Lamb New Zealand Inc has promoted its general manager of marketing Kit Arkwright to chief executive.
New Zealand’s largest kiwifruit grower says it has negotiated an increased debt facility of $190m, up from $152m.
Premium mixer company East Imperial has appointed Mark Zonghetti as head of sales for North America.
Without a law change, it is risky for employers to mandate vaccination in any workplace, says Horticulture New Zealand.
Australian petrol company Ampol has applied for Commerce Commission approval for its $2bn purchase of Z Energy.
My Food Bag’s ex-chief operating officer, Richard Wafer, has joined Trade Me-backed, auto-repair comparision startup My Auto Shop.
After 18 months without a chief executive, Coffee Supreme has promoted group commercial director Jesse Newson into the role.
Māori Fisheries Trust Te Ohu Kaimoana and Moana New Zealand have appointed two new directors to the Moana New Zealand Board.
The inability of restaurants to open before step 3 of the Covid-19 alert level system is disappointing for the industry, says the Restaurant Association.
Functional beverage startup Little Elephant Tonics is seeking up to $230,000 in capital to help fund exports to the US and Australia.
Omega fish oils refiner SeaDragon says it has signed a new secured loan agreement of up to $1.5m with its majority shareholder, Pescado Holdings.
Food and beverage founders have been named finalists for the 2021 Women of Influence awards, organised by Westpac and publisher Stuff.
Food and grocery outlets from Northland to Christchurch are now locations of interest in relations to the current Delta outbreak, according to the Ministry of Health.
The annual Eat New Zealand and Restaurant Association Food Hui is under way.
Food firms Fix & Fogg and Spring Sheep Milk have made the Deloitte Fast 50 index, coming in at rank 22 and 24 respectively.
A shipment of 300,000 rapid antigen tests has arrived in New Zealand and is now being rolled out across some of the country’s largest businesses as part of a government-approved trial.
Onions New Zealand says the government’s commitment to invest $2.83m to enhance the competitive advantage of the country’s onions producers will help transform the industry.
The horticulture and wine grape industries have welcomed the evolution of quarantine-free travel following a trial for Recognised Seasonal Employer scheme workers from the Pacific.
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.
A digital gift card for use in hospitality venues across the country is being launched today by Hospitality New Zealand.
Ministry of Awesome, Foodstuffs South Island, Foodstuffs North Island, New Zealand Food Innovation Network and Strategy Creative.
Coca-Cola’s Designated Driver programme returns this summer with licensed bars and restaurants across the country invited to sign up for the scheme.
Two cases from one household have been detected in the city.
Plant & Food Research and nutraceutical company Anagenix are working on a powder version of its BerriQi boysenberry and apple juice supplement, which may offset the effects of severe air MORE »
BurgerFuel Group has appointed its former chief operating officer Tyrone Foley as a director, effective from today.
The government has confirmed a package of changes to improve rent relief measures for both landlords and tenants as part of the Covid-19 Response (Management Measures) Legislation Bill.
Two food and agritech concepts have made it through to the final of the Manawatū start-up support programme, Innovate.
Any government move to reduce international visitor numbers post-Covid to concentrate on higher spending arrivals could affect Kiwi food exports, says a new study.
Some 78% of New Zealand exporters citing increased costs and unpredictable transport options as the number one barrier to exporting, according to the latest ExportNZ-DHL Export Barometer
Sprout and Amazon Web Services are on the hunt for entrepreneurs and start-ups who are looking to solve a problem or disrupt an existing business model in the horticultural industry, using digital tools and the latest in technology.
New Zealand’s biggest farming business Pāmu is borrowing $85m from Westpac via a three-year sustainability-linked loan.
More time has been added for submissions on the potential phase-out of hydrogen cyanamide, an active ingredient in sprays commonly used by kiwifruit growers.
Tokyo Foods is recalling all batches and all dates of Nobu brand Seaweed Salad/Goma Wakame due to the presence of an undeclared allergen, namely soy.
Dairy giant Fonterra has hiked its 2021/22 farmgate milk price range to $7.90 – $8.90 per kg of milk solids, with a midpoint of $8.40 per kg, up from $8.
The latest locations of interest in connection with the Delta outbreak include a raft of food retailers including the first South Island locations in the current outbreak
An appeal related to the Overseas Investment Office decision to approve the sale of Westland Milk Products to Chinese conglomerate Yili is set to start on Wednesday.
Olam Food Ingredients has rebranded itself as ‘ofi’.
Tekapo-based Burke’s Brewing has won New Zealand’s best beer accolade for its Unforgiven Porter at the 2021 New Zealand Beer Awards.
The A2 Milk Company says it is aware of reports about a potential class action led by Australia’s Shine Lawyers but has no knowledge of any further legal proceedings.
Restaurant Brands says it has delivered solid sales growth for its third quarter despite Covid store closures in New Zealand.
New Zealand’s largest kiwifruit grower has upgraded its profit guidance for FY21.
A new retail complex including a 1,900 square metre New World supermarket plus retail shops has been approved for Flaxmere, Hastings.
The 25-year-old is an avocado grower services representative at Apata Group, based in the Bay of Plenty.
Fonterra chief operating officer Fraser Whinerary and former Kono chief executive Rachel Taulelei join a heavy-hitting line up of keynote speakers at this year’s APEC CEO Summit, being hosted from Auckland, New Zealand.
George Weston Foods has made a change to its Commerce Commission application to acquire 100% of the share of pastry and pie rival, Dad’s Pies.
Alliance Group has extended its partnership with global retail giant Marks & Spencer landing a deal to supply a range of value-add beef and lamb to its Singapore division.
Domino’s Pizza Enterprises has opened a container store in Tawa, near Wellington, in what it says is the first of many across its 10 global markets.
Nelson natural drinks company Chia Sisters has completed brand refresh for its entire range of pressed juices, smoothies, sparkling and superfood drinks.
Eat New Zealand and the Restaurant Association have made the decision to move their Food Hui 2021 online.
The National Party has launched its Back in Business recovery plan it says will “save livelihoods and unleash our economy”.
Silver Fern Farms and the New Zealand Meat Workers Union (NZMWU) have agreed an increase in the minimum hourly rate paid at the meat processor to $24 per hour – an increase of almost 10%.
Healthcare and animal care company Ebos Group says its new A$80m pet food factory will soon start manufacturing its Black Hawk products.
Online grocery startup Supie says it has seen demand for its services boom since Auckland moved to Covid-19 alert level 4 in mid-August.
The New Zealand Food & Grocery Council has moved its annual conference to 11-13 May 2022 at the Millennium Hotel in Queenstown.
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.
The Restaurant Association has welcomed a move by the government to introduce an enhanced business support package.
Mainfreight’s New Zealand country manager, Craig Evans, has resigned and is to leave the business at the end of January 2022.
Fast food chain McDonald’s and science provider AgResearch have joined forces on a regenerative farming trial that aims to improve soil health and environmental performance.
Dairy company Fonterra has joined the Medical Nutrition International Industry (MNI), which represents companies that offer specialised nutrition solutions and services designed to meet the needs of patients.
Super Saturday exceeded expectations with 130,002 doses of the Pfizer Covid-19 vaccine delivered across the country.
Actor Sam Neill has put his Gibbston vineyard, The First Paddock, up for sale.
A new international survey from global public opinion and data company YouGov has underlined the contribution hospitality venues make to social and mental wellbeing.
The government is seeking feedback on proposals for a new waste strategy and options for legislation.
A new 3,860 square metre Countdown has opened in Hastings, developed on the same site as the original store built more than 30 years ago.
Z Energy’s portfolio of 481 New Zealand petrol stations is set to go into new ownership after a $2bn takeover offer from Australian petrol company was recommended by its board of directors.
Diversified agribusiness Scales has appointed Geoff Smith as chief operations and sustainability officer.
Foodstuffs North Island has rejected claims that the impact of its frozen fish product review would result in more space in its freezers for overseas products at the expense of New Zealand ones.
Chapman Tripp has confirmed that Christchurch investment group the South Island Office paid A$95m ($100.25m) to buy dessert company Sara Lee from McCain Foods.
Dairy company Fonterra wants to increase the value of its $3bn foodservice business, Anchor Food Professionals, to $5bn.
Comvita has been recognised at the 2021 Good Design Awards, with its Auckland Wellness Lab receiving gold in the Architectural Design category.
The Taranaki-based medicinal cannabis and hemp producer’s shares start trading on the exchange from 11am Thursday 21 October.
Omega fish oils refiner SeaDragon says it will no longer try to sell the stock of shareholders holding less than $1,000 worth of shares.
Law firm Simpson Grierson’s latest M&A report puts a value of US$1.057bn on FountainVest Partners’ purchase of NZ pet food company Ziwi Peak – the third largest New Zealand deal this year.
An A$45m (NZ$47.7m) investment into innovation over the past 15 years in Australasia has seen cereal and snack company Kellogg New Zealand remove more than 700 tonnes of sugar and 300 tonnes of salt from their foods.
Online food delivery platform Menulog says it is using its annual Restaurant Awards to support hospitality businesses and celebrate restaurants across the country battling Covid-era conditions.
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.
The easing of Covid-19 alert levels everywhere apart from Auckland saw retail card spending edge up 0.9% or $45m compared with August to hit $5.15bn, according to Stats NZ.
The government has announced that commercial chicken operators must meet extra rules from 6 October to help eliminate Salmonella Enteritidis from the chicken supply chain
Hospitality New Zealand has welcomed the Government’s move to extend Working Holiday and SSE work visas by six months to allow onshore migrants to help fill labour shortages over summer.
KFC is partnering with radio stations ZM and Flava to offer free chicken as part of an NZME campaign encouraging a 90% vaccination rate.
The Restaurant Association is backing a Covid-19 vaccination campaign launched by some of Wellington’s most popular restaurants and bars to encourage staff and customers to get their jabs.
Comvita has reported its first quarter EBITDA improved by 10.6% compared with Q1 last year.
The Commerce Commission has published a statement of preliminary issues relating to the New Zealand Tegel Growers Association application to collectively negotiate conditions around its supply arrangement with Tegel Foods.
The Help for Hospo fund is supporting hospitality workers in need, distributing privately donated funds to those needing additional help beyond the wage subsidy and other means.
Goodman Fielder is reducing the amount of virgin plastic originating from Meadow Fresh brand milk bottles by including recycled plastic content in its containers.
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.
Auckland’s The Kefir Co and Christchurch’s Badass Brownies are looking for funds via crowdfunding platform PledgeMe.
Shipping issues, storage concerns and absenteeism created an “unusual” year for Blue Sky Pastures.
Tony Falkenstein’s Just Life Group says Auckland’s ongoing lockdown will affect the company’s results.
KitKat V will be on New Zealand shop shelves from October 11 for a limited time.
Rockit says its apple sales jumped 94% in Mainland China for the Mid-Autumn Festival sales period, compared to the same time last year.
Four Candles Food Market opened its Auckland store at 10 Constellation Drive, North Shore, over the weekend.
Kāpiti and Wairarapa olive oil makers have swept the annual New Zealand Extra Virgin Olive Oil Awards, winning all five major accolades.
definitions for ‘food produced using gene technology’ and ‘gene technology’.
Dozens of grocery and supermarket stores have been listed this week as locations of interest in connection with the Delta outbreak in Auckland and Waikato.
Hospitality New Zealand says the “industry’s fury is growing” with the government for not providing legal cover over vaccine certificates.
New Zealand Apples and Pears Incorporated has appointed John Allen as a director to its board.
Foodstuffs North Island, Woolworths New Zealand, and Mainfreight are among a group of the country’s largest companies calling for emergency approval of rapid antigen tests.
Tony Falkenstein’s Just Life Group has acquired supplements maker Intenza New Zealand.
Mānuka honey exporter Comvita has launched an immersive experience at Expo 2020 Dubai to bring bees, people and nature together.
T&G Global has launched a new campaign to showcase its premium Jazz apple as the ‘hero of Halloween’.
Applications for the 2022 AGMARDT Leadership Scholarships are open.
The Employers & Manufacturers Association is calling for the carrying of digital vaccine passports to enter the workplace.
Ngāi Tahu and the government have signed the Southland Regional Aquaculture Agreement.
Nationwide average retail spending was down by at least 15% in August and down by 16% in September, according to Retail New Zealand’s latest Retail Radar report.
“Despite a challenging season, market demand remains positive, following the Northern Hemisphere summer fruit period,” Zespri said.
Kaikōura’s pāua fishery, which has been closed since the November 2016 earthquakes disrupted local seabeds, is to reopen.
Targetted support for the hospitality sector is desperately needed if businesses in Auckland are to survive, say industry groups.
Two legacy food businesses have come to market in Auckland and Coromandel.
Card spending across the country rebounded to just 5% below pre-lockdown levels in the week to Tuesday 28 September – the first full week of Covid-19 alert level 3.
Zespri and Plant & Food Research’s Kiwifruit Breeding Centre 50/50 joint venture opens its doors this week.
New Zealand wines have taken 42 of the 50 placings in the New World Wine Awards Top 50.
Silver Fern Farms says securing a $1m grat from the government will help the company end coal use by 2030.
The New Zealand Tegel Growers Association is asking the Commerce Commission for provisional authorisation to collectively negotiate with Tegel Foods.
Indevin New Zealand has completed its purchase of 100% of the shares of Villa Maria Estate Limited.
New Zealand Winegrowers and DairyNZ are among 24 finalists unveiled in the 2021 Biosecurity Awards.
The inaugural Beef + Lamb New Zealand Awards has been delayed until early next year.
Zespri says a proposal to end the use of hydrogen cyanamide will likely hit kiwifruit industry earnings.
Villa Maria was valued at $190m for its sale to Indevin Group in early August.
Freshmax Group has bought out its joint venture partner Southern Produce to take full ownership of blueberry business BerryCo.
The value of New Zealand’s red meat exports topped $650m in August 2021, up 26% on the same month last year, says the Meat Industry Association.
T&G Global and Lincoln University are joining forces to offer students a hands-on learning experience and pathway into employment in the horticulture industry.
Businesses can now apply to take part in the government’s self-isolation pilot scheduled to start in October.
A project is under way to determine whether Aotearoa New Zealand’s long-defunct rock oyster industry can be revived.
New research that has found how mānuka flowers create the Unique Mānuka Factor in honey could help New Zealand producers.
The Brewers Association of New Zealand is calling on the government to provide targeted support for hospitality.
The 2021 Hospitality Awards for Excellence will be held on 23 November at Auckland Museum, as long as the city is at Covid-19 alert level 1.
Hospitality New Zealand and Retail New Zealand say they have concerns about the government’s request for retail workers to get Covid-19 tests.
Measures are being taken to help businesses resolve disputes over commercial rent, says the government.
New Zealand’s 4,000-plus owner-operated dairies and service stations are a way for both cheaper groceries, says the Dairy and Business Owners Group.
Tegel Foods Ltd is recalling a specific batch of its Classic Chicken Burgers due to the presence of an undeclared allergen, gluten, and an incorrect claim about gluten.
The number of commercial distilleries in New Zealand has grown to almost 100, says Spirits New Zealand.
The gala dinner for Massey University’s New Zealand Food Awards and the Grocery Charity Ball have been pushed back due to the Delta outbreak.
Kiwifruit exporter Zespri says it continues to work constructively with authorities following a positive test result for Covid-19 in China on a sample of fruit from the Bay of Plenty.
One-way, quarantine-free travel for Recognised Seasonal Employer (RSE) workers from Vanuatu will be allowed from 4 October, says the government.
Just under a quarter of Restaurant Association members support a vaccine passport to enter hospitality venues and events.
Fonterra’s consumer dairy brand, Anchor, has launched a new brand platform ‘A Taste of Home’ with a fully integrated brand campaign.
ANZCO Foods founder Sir Graeme Harrison has joined the National Party’s board.
Allpress Espresso shareholders Michael and Jane Allpress are winding up their holding company with just over $100m in assets left, mostly in cash.
Listed seafood company Sanford is in line for an additional $2.5m of revenue after the Ministry for Primary Industries increase the commercial catch limit for snapper in the SNA8 fishery off the North Island’s west coast.
Zespri says it has launched its emergency management plans and is co-operating with the relevant government agencies after a sample of its kiwifruit from the Bay of Plenty tested positive for Covid-19 in China.
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 »
Winemaker Delegat Group says it will invest $29.7m in FY22 to provide earnings growth in the years ahead.
Hoki, blue cod, hapuku and bass are among the fish species to have their catch limits reduced in new rules announced today. The changes affect 15 fish stocks around the country MORE »
Fast food outlets have been criticised for referencing the pandemic in social media posts.
George Weston Foods has won the supreme award at the 2021 Diversity Awards New Zealand.
Air New Zealand is testing new eco-serviceware for its international inflight food offerings.
The former Turners & Growers executive will join the listed seafood exporter as CFO next month.
Ongoing lockdowns in Australia and New Zealand are creating challenges including increasing operating costs, says Restaurant Brands. “However, there have been opportunities with increased focus on takeout and delivery channels MORE »
An overwhelming majority of consumers believe they pay too much for goods at supermarkets and the current duopoly should be split up, according to a survey commissioned by lobby group Monopoly Watch NZ.
The Restaurant Association has unveiled stage one of its Future of Hospitality Roadmap to help industry recover from the Covid-19 crisis.
Healthcare and animal care company Ebos Group has appointed Julie Dillon the chief executive of its animal care business.
New Zealand is missing out on economic gains because it has been too slow to transition to a low carbon circular economy, according to a new report from the Sustainable Business Network.
The Kiwi Bottle Drive has launched an ad campaign to encourage the government to immediately implement a beverage container return scheme.
AgResearch scientists, alongside collaborators from Massey and Monash universities, are aiming to enhance the “human-ness” of infant formula produced from New Zealand ingredients.
The Griffins Food Company has added Snax Himalayan Pink Salt Crackers to its 2021 Pink Ribbon range.
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.
Meal planning and delivery platform MenuAid has launched in New Zealand following in the footsteps of international platforms E-meals and Whisk.
Countdown Botany Downs and Pak’nSave Sylvia Park are among the latest Auckland retailers added to the Ministry of Health’s locations of interest in connection with the city’s Covid outbreak.
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.
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.
Six winners have been unveiled at the 2021 Organic New Zealand Awards.
The Ministry for Primary Industries is inviting comments on the draft import health standard (IHS) for ruminant meat and ruminant meat products.
Prime minister Jacinda Ardern will announce at 4pm this afternoon whether the government will reduce the Covid-19 alert level 4 setting for Auckland.
Additional Auckland supermarkets, dairies and petrol stations have been added as locations of interest in connection with the Delta outbreak in Auckland.
The Egg Producers Federation says it believes an outbreak of salmonella enteritidis on three layer farms earlier this year is contained and will be eliminated.
Nourish Foods (NZ) is recalling Whole Kids brand Smoothie Drops Berry, Banana and Coconut Milk as the product may contain plastic.
The Commerce Commission has received an application from the New Zealand Tegel Growers Association seeking authorisation for collective bargaining with Tegel Foods.
Countdown is set to build a 3,490 square metre green star-rated supermarket in a 3.4-hectare residential development in Halswell, Christchurch – the supermarket chain’s largest development to date.
Prime minister Jacinda Ardern is one of more than 90 world leaders who are set to participate in the historic UN Food Systems Summit next week.
A co-ordinated review of events leading to the terrorist attack that saw seven people injured at Auckland’s LynnMall Countdown on 3 September is to take place.
Workers travelling through the Auckland border checkpoints are now required to produce evidence of a Covid-19 test taken in the prior seven days.
The government has approved a managed isolation and quarantine allocation pilot for exporters.
Turk’s Poultry Farm is recalling specific batches of its Turk’s brand Manuka Smoked Chicken Nibbles as the product may be undercooked.
Food Standards Australia New Zealand is calling for comment on an application to allow the sale and use of food made from a genetically modified corn.
Fonterra says it cut its greenhouse gas emissions from coal by 11% in one year thanks to the conversion to renewable wood pellets at its Te Awamutu site.
Gilmours Manukau has been named a location of interest in connection with the Delta outbreak in Auckland.
Hospitality New Zealand has called on the government to provide clarity over eligibility for the wage subsidy.
The plan was expected to be released by this December.
Beverage maker Pals has picked up two accolades at the 2021 World Beverage Innovation Awards.
Seeka has made an offer to acquire Kerikeri-based kiwifruit grower Orangewood Limited.
The Commerce Commission has warned paper packaging company Glopac New Zealand for making misleading claims about the ability to recycle its hot drink cups.
Good Spirits Hospitality says it has reached an agreement with its lender Pacific Dawn to extend the date for repayment of its facility until 31 December 2022.
Foodstuffs North Island’s Auckland Airport distribution centre has won the New Zealand Sustainability Project of the Year at this week’s Royal Institute of Chartered Surveyors Awards.
The decision to keep Auckland at Covid-19 alert level 4 has triggered a third round of the wage subsidy scheme, which will open for applications at 9am this Friday.
The latest update to Delta locations of interest in Auckland sees more supermarkets added to the Ministry of Health’s list.
The chief executive of Mr Apple, Andrew van Workum, has sold more than 80,000 shares in parent company Scales Corporation, raising $415,918 in the process, according to an NZX filing.
Manuka honey exporter Comvita has appointed a trio of new board directors, namely Bridget Coates, Yawen Wu and chief executive David Banfield.
New Zealand needs a coastal shipping fleet for domestic and regional services and a nationally co-ordinated system for chartering international vessels to overcome current international supply chain issues, according to the Maritime Union.
Cabinet will decide this afternoon whether to reduce the Covid-19 alert level 4 setting for Auckland.
A swathe of supermarkets including Farro Mt Eden have been added to the Ministry of Health’s locations of interest in Auckland.
Retail card spending in New Zealand fell 19.8% in August compared with July reflecting reduced spending as the country went into lockdown mid-month, according to Stats NZ.
The Restaurant Association has welcomed two Delta-era government decisions, namely to extend the resurgence support payment scheme and to confirm customer-facing hospitality staff can receive priority vaccinations.
The Restaurant Association and Hospitality New Zealand are calling on the government to provide targeted support for struggling hospitality businesses.
Inland Revenue is seeing increased demand for resurgence support payments and other assistance schemes that it administers due to the Delta outbreak, according to revenue minister David Parker.
The cash included $14.5m for a new research programme to help develop New Zealand’s horticultural sector to prepare for climate change.
The government’s Sustainable Food and Fibre Futures fund is contributing $2.6m towards a $5m project to develop a commercial-scale autonomous robotic asparagus harvester.
Latest spending figures released today by Heart of the City confirm a loss of nearly $750m of consumer spending since the first border closure in February 2020, which equates to an average of $560,000 per business.
Supermarket chain Countdown hoped to re-open its LynnMall store today in Auckland today, but did not specify a time.
Independent Christchurch brewer Cassels Brewing Co has won the best American-style pale ale accolade at this year’s World Beer Awards.
Synlait Milk has sold its Auckland premises at Richard Pearce Drive for $30.05m and will lease back the property.
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.
The return to alert level two means all Countdown stores outside of Auckland will move back to their regular trading hours from today, 9 September.
The Ministry for Primary Industries will close the east Coromandel scallop fishery for two years following a request from the Ngāti Hei Trust, which has concerns around the sustainability of stocks.
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.
A study led by researchers from the University of Auckland has found that less food is thrown away during lockdown.
The Restaurant Association is urging the government to come up with targeted support that reflects the dire situation of its members.
The government is investing $6.68m in a $16.7m genetics programme to lower the beef sector’s greenhouse gas emissions by delivering cows with a smaller environmental hoof-print.
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.
All Foodstuffs stores outside of the Auckland boundary are operating under new Covid-19 alert level 2 conditions from midnight Tuesday 7 September.
T&G Global has launched an integrated marketing campaign in key Asian markets to encourage consumers to celebrate full moon festivities with Envy apples as mid-autumn festivities approach.
The Ministry of Foreign Affairs and Trade has said it is making continued progress towards a free trade agreement with the United Kingdom. A deal was meant to be concluded at the end of August.
The police have completed their scene examination at the Countdown and LynnMall shopping centre following Friday’s terror attack.
Good Spirits Hospitality has appointed commercial lawyer and experienced director John Seton to its board effective immediately.
The Commerce Commission has updated its information regarding country of origin labelling as part of the Consumer Information Standards (Origin of Food) Regulations 2021.
A quarterly review of all shares in the ASX to recalibrate the S&P Dow Jones Indices has seen New Zealand dairy companies A2 Milk and Synlait earmarked for removal from separate lists.
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.
T&G Global has launched the first global marketing campaign for its Jazz apple brand following a recent brand refresh.
Andrew Christie has resigned as a director of Good Spirits Hospitality, effective immediately, Friday 3 September.
Both high profile and emerging food firms are among the 53 finalists named in the New Zealand International Business Awards 2021, run by New Zealand Trade and Enterprise.
Export prices for goods rose 8.3% on the previous quarter in the three months to June 2021, while import prices rose 4.8%, according to Stats NZ.
Life Health Foods NZ is recalling a specific batch of its Vegie Delights brand Savoury Vegie Mince due to the presence of an undeclared allergen, namely gluten, and an incorrect claim about gluten.
New Zealand’s grocery supply chain is holding up very well despite the increased pressure of the lockdowns and the closure of some supermarkets in Auckland, according to NZFGC boss Katherine Rich.
Talley’s chief executive Tony Hazlett says the company is aiming to have more than 80% of its staff vaccinated as soon as possible and it is liaising with local district health boards to organise vaccination drives on-site.
Ngāi Tahu Investment now holds a 19.9% stake in seafood company Sanford, making it the largest single shareholder in what is New Zealand’s largest seafood company.
New Zealand exported red meat and co-products worth $870m during July 2021 – a 29% increase on the same month last year, according to the latest analysis from the Meat Industry Association.
Countdown stores throughout the Auckland region, from Pōkeno to Warworth, will open their doors to medical personnel, MIQ and emergency workers from 7am to 8am every day.
Businesses affected by the latest Covid-19 alert level lockdowns can apply for the next instalment of the government’s reactivated wage subsidy from today, Friday 3 September.
Otago cheese producer Whitestone has made an offer to provide free cheese to healthcare professionals in a bid to encourage staff to man a proposed drive-through Covid-19 vaccination centre in Oamaru.
Domino’s is again working with The Salvation Army this time on a Slice of Kindness campaign to support 2,000 Kiwi families with free pizza.
Many hospitality businesses will fail due to the lockdown unless the government provides targeted support, says Hospitality New Zealand.
Around 40 supermarkets have been added to the Ministry of Health’s list of locations of interest in connection with the current Delta outbreak.
Global transport and logistics company Mainfreight reported a 43% jump in group revenue and an 83% leap in profit before tax in a 22-week trading update released yesterday.
Manuka honey supplier Comvita says it will acquire up to 350,000 of its shares, which are currently trading at about $3.65.
Biosecurity New Zealand says it is strengthening its testing processes for the oyster parasite Bonamia ostreae after a review found that human error contributed to incorrectly interpreted results being reported for Foveaux Strait in March.
First Union has highlighted centralised wage bargaining “as a key tool to constrain excess supermarket profitability and secure decent work for everyone in the supply chain,” in its submission to the Commerce Commission’s market study into the grocery sector.
Penny Nelson is leaving the Ministry for Primary industries to become the Department of Conservation’s director-general and chief executive.
The team behind Visa Wellington On a Plate, supported by WellingtonNZ, have relaunch At Yours, the region-wide directory of eateries offering takeaway meals and delivery at Level 3.
Eat New Zealand and The Restaurant Association have postponed this year’s Food Hui until 1 and 2 November.
Tony Falkenstein’s Just Life Group has reported net profit of $3.3m for the year to June 2021, up 12.9% on the previous period.
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The National Party has appointed new spokespeople to a range of portfolios related to New Zealand’s food system.
Silver Fern Farms says it has achieved Toitū enviromark diamond certification, the highest New Zealand-based environmental certification.
The government has provided an extra $7m for food security networks operating at Covid-19 alert level 4.
The Commerce Commission has reminded all businesses supplying essential services in the current nationwide Covid-19 lockdown of their obligations under the Commerce Act.
Foodstuffs is making a number of product donations.
Marlborough Wine Estates Group has appointed the Hayward Bros as the UK distributor for its OTU Estate brand.
MHM Automation, which services the global dairy, meat, horticulture and food processing sectors, delivered an after-tax profit of $4.1 in its annual results to 30 June 2021.
Cathedral Cove Naturals is recalling all batches and all dates up to and including 21/10/2021 of its Cathedral Cove Naturals brand chocolate coconut yoghurt.
New World has opened a new supermarket in the suburb of Ravenswood, in the Waimakariri District of North Canterbury during lockdown.
Sports nutrition retailer Sportsfuel has bought health food manufacturer Nothing Naughty.
Kaimoana (seafood), including fish, crayfish, and mussels was the Māori authorities’ top commodities export in 2020 at $311m.
Pricing for New Zealand beef remains strong despite turbulence in global beef markets, according to Rabobank’s latest Global Beef Quarterly report.
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.
More than 2100 Countdown staff members are isolating across New Zealand.
Kombucha company Batchwell raised just over $1m in its equity capital raise, exceeding its minimum target of $700,000.
The supermarket chain has more than 1,900 team members across Auckland and Wellington isolating and it expected that number to rise.
Exports of fish, crustaceans, and molluscs were up $35m or 29% in July to reach $155m, according to Stats NZ.
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.
Kiwi petfood company Fond Foods is changing its name to Superior Pet Food Co from 1 September.
Baking ingredient companies Edmonds and Chelsea Sugar have teamed up with The Salvation Army and television presenter Hilary Barry on a campaign Baking for Better.
Four supermarkets have been added this morning to the list of locations of interest connected to the Delta outbreak.
Five Eight Distribution Ltd is recalling specific batches of Mr Porky brand Original Scratchings and Crispy Strips due to the possible presence of Salmonella.
Food and beverage services sales topped $3.38bn in June 2021 quarter, according to Stats NZ’s latest retail trade survey.
The government’s Covid-19 Resurgence Support Payment is now open for application.
The NZ Ice Cream Manufacturers Association has moved the dates for the 2021 New Zealand Ice Cream Awards, shifting judging to the beginning of November.
A Foodstuffs survey found that New Zealanders are supportive of the Ministry of Health’s requirement that people aged 12 and over must wear a face covering when visiting any essential services and for essential workers to be prioritised for the Covid vaccination.
Blis Technologies’ chief marketing officer, Julie Curphey, has resigned from her role effective 29 October 2021.
Japan Mart has recalled a specific batch of its Calbee brand Potato Chips due to the presence of undeclared allergens, namely fish and mollusc.
The government is introducing mandatory record keeping is being introduced for busy places and large gatherings to ensure it can contact trace quickly.
Agriculture and food ministers from APEC economies have committed to delivering a new roadmap to guide efforts to boost food security over the next ten years, according to agriculture minister Damien O’Connor.
Biosecurity New Zealand has called for comments on a proposed change to the import health standard for importing grain and seeds for consumption, feed, or processing.
Buy NZ Made is urging shoppers to shop online from food and beverage companies, buy vouchers or place an order that can be shipped when the country moves down alert levels.
The government is restarting childcare for workers in Alert Level 4 businesses and services, which was available during last year’s national lockdown, education minister Chris Hipkins has confirmed.
The New Zealand Food Network is calling for food, hospitality and event businesses with significant food surplus set to go to waste to donate it for redistribution, following the extension on Friday of alert level 4 restrictions.
With New Zealand remaining in lockdown until at least Tuesday 24 August, Zespri’s scheduled grower roadshows starting today, 23 August have been postponed.
Visa Wellington On a Plate’s intends to restart Burger and Cocktail Wellington at Level 2 for those venues who choose or are able to take part, after the event was scuppered by alert level 4 lockdown.
Finalists for New Zealand Food Awards 2021 include established players in the industry, such as Wattie’s and Whittaker’s, and emerging businesses like beverage company Soochi and vegetable crusader Food Nation.
New Zealand’s largest kiwifruit grower, Seeka, posted a sharp rise in net profit before tax in the six months ended 30 June, up 77% to $30.8m compared with the same six months last year.
The Dairy and Business Owners Group is calling for enhanced police support and Covid-19 vaccination prioritisation for essential workers at the country’s convenience retailers.
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’ domestic beer brand manager, Michael McRae, is leaving Heineken after more than four years to go full time on his own venture.
Fonterra’s calculation of the base milk price it will pay farmers in the 2020/21 dairy season is consistent with the Dairy Industry Restructuring Act (DIRA), says the Commerce Commission.
Applications are open for a FoodHQ’s Agrifood Strategic Thinking Scholarship designed to help emerging leaders within the NZ agrifood sector develop strategic thinking skills.
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Comvita’s Wellness Lab in Auckland has been shortlisted in the New Zealand Best Design Awards 2021.
Real Milk Timaru is recalling batches of its raw milk following the detection of Listeria during routine testing.
Zespri and Plant & Food Research will launch their 50/50 joint venture Kiwifruit Breeding Centre on 1 October 2021.
Takitimu Seafoods general manager Marcus D’Esposito has resigned from the company.
A Marlborough organic sauvignon blanc vineyard has been placed on the market for sale.
The store at the Church Bay retail development is owned by Laura Palmer and James Grant, who previously ran the town’s On the Spot store.
A Talley’s ship, the Amaltal Explorer, was confronted by Greenpeace activists protesting against bottom trawling as it headed out of port in Dunedin yesterday.
The value of the New Zealand potato industry sits at $1.16bn, up 58% since targets were set in 2013, according to Potatoes New Zealand.
The Primary Production Committee is calling for public submissions on its inquiry into the future of the workforce needs in the primary industries of New Zealand.
The Raglan Food Co is one of three New Zealand companies who made the inaugural Forbes Asia 100 to Watch.
The New Zealand Association of Convenience Stores has appointed two new members.
The recall of Paroa Bay brand raw oysters has been extended to include distribution to Countdown supermarkets throughout the North Island and Ocean Seafoods in Opotiki.
Organic apple grower Bostock New Zealand says it has seen a 136% increase in organic apple sales this year across its direct retail programmes in China.
DB Breweries says it will cut its carbon emissions by 184 tonnes a year by using a new fleet of electric forklifts.
Poultry company Tegel has appointed agency Culture&Theory to help drive further growth of its Take Outs range which has more varieties in the pipeline.
Chia Sisters, Fonterra, Foodstuffs and the New Zealand Food Network are among the food and beverage sector organisations shortlisted in the 2021 Sustainable Business Awards.
More New Zealanders than ever are eating the recommended daily intake of five fruit and vegetables, according to The 5+ A Day Charitable Trust.
New Zealanders spent $77m – or 0.9% – more using their credit and debit cards in July 2021 compared with the previous month, Stats NZ said today, with total card spending hitting $8.53bn.
Paroa Bay Oysters is recalling specific batches of Paroa Bay brand Raw Fresh and other oysters due to them being suspected in causing cases of foodborne illness.
New Zealand Food Safety is advising the public to return Living Foods’ Spring Life brand mung bean sprouts and sweet mango mesclun salad as they may contain Listeria bacteria.
Ceres Enterprise is recalling specific batches of its Fritter Mix due to the presence of an undeclared allergen, namely gluten, and an incorrect claim about gluten.
A team from Canterbury won the New Zealand Sommeliers and Wine Professionals Association inaugural NZ National Wine Tasting Competition.
New Zealand’s largest poultry supplier Tegel is raising chicken prices from mid-August.
Growers, suppliers, industry leaders and government stakeholders from around the country will this week gather at Toi Toi event centre in Hastings for the NZ Apples and Pears 2021 conference.
New Zealand Food & Grocery Council has submitted comments of the regulatory redesign of Animal Products and Wine Regulations respectively.