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.
Good Spirits Hospitality has reported a provisional net loss after tax of $670,000 for the year to June 2021, better than the $5.8m loss it made in FY20. Total revenue was down MORE »
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.
Incumbent Kiwifruit New Zealand director Colin Olesen is to serve a second three-year term on the body’s board. KNZ said that when nominations for the election closed on Monday 9 MORE »
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.
Poultry company Ingham’s is introducing paid vaccination leave for its staff in New Zealand and Australia in an extension to its health and wellbeing benefits.
Food and agritech success stories are featured among sixteen finalists in the ninth annual KiwiNet Research Commercialisation Awards.
Uncertainty over “restrictive” new buying practices and competition from the feed wheat industry has seen the nation’s arable growers cut back on sowing the wheat used for bread, according to Federated Farmers.
The 2021 whitebaiting season is about to kick off with new regulations rolling out over three whitebaiting seasons following two years of public engagement.
The New Zealand Food & Grocery Council has submitted comments as part of public consultation into a best practice guide for serving sizes being undertaken by Australia’s Healthy Food Partnership
An initiative to support the refugee community in New Zealand with training in commercial baking has won a $20,000 grant.
New Zealand Trade and Enterprise has appointed David Dewar the first New Zealand Trade Commissioner to the Pacific, based in Fiji.
Former Horticulture New Zealand chief executive, Mike Chapman, has won the Bledisloe Cup for significant services to horticulture for more than 20 years.
Several importers are recalling specific batches of Koo, Hugo’s and Helderberg brand canned products due to a packaging fault.
The Meat Industry Association has launched a campaign to help address the industry’s chronic shortage of employees – currently standing at around 2,000 people.
Eat New Zealand is seeking 30 storytellers who have a passion for telling food stories.
Portion control, reducing food waste and maximising profit without raising menu prices, are all part of a new EIT online short course aimed at chefs and restaurant managers.
New Zealand’s closed border is putting additional strain on the country’s labour market with ASB warning the impacts could last several years.
The seafood industry has criticised environmental groups for calling on bottom trawling to be banned.
Danny Meyer will be one of the keynote speakers at the inaugural New Zealand Hospitality Summit at the Trusts Arena in Auckland on 8-9 September.
Countdown’s Taryn Olsen and Fresh Direct New Zealand’s Avinash de Silva are finalists in the 2021 Chief Information Officer Awards.
About 80 Ministry for Primary Industries fishery officers executed search warrants at eight properties in the Bay of Plenty and Hawke’s Bay to crack a black market crayfish ring.
Blue Sky Meats has appointed Sarah Brown to its board.
The new MG Marketing Charitable Trust has launched to support the horticulture industry.
Queenstown distiller Broken Heart Spirits has opened what it says is the town’s first ever boutique gin tasting room.
Depot Eatery and Oyster Bar in Auckland will mark its 10th birthday this month with a new mural by graffiti artist Haser.
Exports from the New Zealand red meat sector reached $937m in June, up 16% year-on-year, according to the Meat Industry Association.
Bootleggers tonic and mixers brand is set to launch into Australia following the appointment of a local sales agent and the securing a contract to supply what it says is the country’s largest liquor retailer.
Synlait Milk has agreed terms to restructure its maturing debt pile following discussions with its banking syndicate after it secured a waiver for relevant FY21 covenants.
Northland avocado orchard known as the Broadhurst portfolio is up for sale by tender, closing 4pm August 26.
Nominations are now open for Aucklanders to nominate their favourite dish for the 2021 Iconic Auckland Eats list.
Talleys has confirmed that independent investigation into recent allegations made about health and safety at its Ashburton vegetable factory is well underway.
New Zealand King Salmon has advised its earnings before interest, tax, depreciation and amortisation (EBITDA) is expected to be between $8 – $10m with a stronger second half forecast.
Wellington City Council’s recycling facility now has an optical sorter, capable of diverting over seven million meat and other clear plastic trays from the region’s landfills and overseas processors each year.
Fonterra has started the new season with production up across the board, according to the firm’s Global Dairy Update for July.
Charity Meat the Need has provided more than 408,783 meals from over 883 donations in just one year.
Wellington nut butter maker Fix & Fogg was named the supreme prize winner at the Wellington Gold Awards on Thursday night.
Miranda Burdon’s Food Nation is one of fifty small- and medium-sized food enterprises from around the world named Best Small Businesses by the United Nations.
US food-tech company Ripple Foods collected $549,450 from New Zealand wholesale investors in its oversubscribed $55m fundraising round.
HortNZ will support “any move to ensure that growers get a better return on their investment, so that they will continue to invest in fruit and vegetable growing meaning New Zealanders can eat healthy, locally produced food”.
Taco Bell NZ has announced its third South Island location, with a restaurant planned to be open in Dunedin by the summer.
Food Standards Australia New Zealand is calling for comment on an application to allow an existing enzyme processing aid to be produced from a new genetically modified source.
The South Island remains the home of country’s tastiest toastie for the third year in a row, with relatively new Blenheim outfit Mollies Bar & Eatery taking out the 2021 Great New Zealand Toastie Takeover competition.
BioTechNZ and AgriTechNZ are leading an event addressing cell-based agriculture which can create food products from cell cultures as opposed to whole plants or animals.
SAFE has accused the Ministry for Primary Industries of “failing in its duty to enforce animal welfare” by not prosecuting a farm where a power outage suffocated and killed 180,000 chickens.
The Maritime Union of New Zealand has called for “innovative responses” to ongoing shipping congestion that is causing delays in New Zealand’s supply chain.
Te Puna-based avocado oil producer, Grove, has been granted the Superior Taste Award with two stars for its Extra Virgin Avocado Oil by the International Taste Institute in Brussels, Belgium.
The Auckland Food Show starts today at the Auckland Showgrounds running through until August 1.
The New World Wine Awards judging has started in Marlborough, with an independent panel of experts spending three days considering more than 1,100 wine entries.
A new Memorandum of Understanding has been described as a crucial first step towards realising the potential of aquaculture for Ngā Iwi i te Rohe o Te Waiariki.
Hawke’s Bay milk producer Lindsay Farm is recalling specific batches of Lindsay Farm brand Organic Raw Milk (unpasteurised) as the product may contain Campylobacter.
Fonterra is to stop using coal at its Stirling cheese plant in Otago, moving to wood biomass to fire the site by August 2022.
Inflation for the all households group, as measured by the household living-costs price indexes was 1.1% in the June 2021 quarter.
The new partnership will see EnviroWaste working with its large food production clients to actively divert edible food to NZFN before processing any remaining food in a sustainable way.
Starting in term 3 this year, Pita Pit is making all their Ka Ora, Ka Ako healthy school lunches climate positive by partnering with CarbonClick.
The Waitaki Resource Recovery Trust has partnered with packaging giant Tetra Pak to create a trial collection point for a recycling initiative.
The New Zealand Food & Grocery Council has not raised any objection to the proposal to allow an already permitted food additive sweetener, namely steviol glycosides, to be produced by fermentation from a genetically modified Yarrowia lipolytica strain.
The Restaurant Association is expanding its training programme, Hospostart, after receiving further backing from the Ministry of Social Development.
Almost half of global consumers believe companies are responsible for increasing the amount of packaging that is recycled, the newly-released Mintel Sustainability Barometer.
SkyCity restaurant Huami is staging an immersive cultural experience in conjunction with Heart of the City’s Elemental Festival in Auckland.
The eight-week pause in the travel bubble with Australia is having an immediate impact on hospitality and accommodation bookings, according to Hospitality New Zealand.
New Zealand Food Safety is extending a programme of testing to determine the extent of Salmonella Enteritidis in poultry flocks in New Zealand and to reduce the risk to consumers.
Legislation doubling employees’ minimum sick leave entitlement to 10 days came into effect on Saturday 24 July.
Grower co-operative MG Marketing and Dole New Zealand have donated more than four tonnes of bananas through their Good Bunch partnership to Salvation Army Foodbanks.
Twenty-eight-year-old Bryce Morrison, a grower services representative for Seeka, has been named Bay of Plenty’s Young Grower of the Year for 2021.
Frucor Suntory brand V Energy has launched a new campaign about feeling your best self and spreading positive vibes.
US food giant General Mills has appointed of Matthew Salter as its new managing director for Australia and New Zealand.
The government is pumping a total of $1.56m into five projects to help address food waste.
Plant Research would this summer enter the final stages of development and multiplication of chickpea and soy varieties developed specifically for New Zealand’s maritime environment.
Food Standards Australia New Zealand is calling for comment on an application to allow a new production method for a permitted oligosaccharide added to infant formula products.
More than 250 exhibitors including more than 100 new companies are set to take the floor at the upcoming Auckland Food Show.
Japanese demand for premium products, products that are safe, sustainable, and trustworthy fits NZ’s F&B profile.
The Ministry for Primary Industries has removed the public health warning against collecting shellfish from the Hawke Bay.
The New Zealand seafood and horticulture sectors both have their annual conferences scheduled for next month, with delegates expected to hear from a range of government, industry and inspiration speakers at the respective events.
The manager of the Fonterra Shareholders’ Fund is continuing to discuss the dairy group’s capital structure proposals in confidence with Fonterra and with advisers, as it awaited more details regarding the future of the fund.
A handful of Food & beverage events from across the country have made the shortlist for the 2021 NZ Events Association New Zealand Event Awards after a record 108 entries were received.
From the 6th to 19th August 2021, Fairtrade New Zealand is backing a series of events to raise awareness for fairtrade farmers getting a fairer deal now and into the future.
Queenstown’s Hilton Hotel, perishable food rescuers KiwiHarvest and Wanaka reusable cup service Wanakup, were among nine applicants that would receive QLDC funding for waste reduction projects.
International fresh produce company T&G Global’s majority shareholder, German multinational conglomerate BayWa AG, has transferred its shares to BayWa Global Produce GmbH.
Coffee chain franchise company Cooks Global Foods Limited is working towards releasing its annual report to market on Friday 30 July.
A productive Northland avocado orchard has been placed on the market for sale.
The supreme winner of the Vegan Society Aotearoa New Zealand inaugural Vegan Cheese Awards was Dunedin deli Let Them Eat Vegan’s Cheddar Spread.
LSG Sky Chefs New Zealand is recalling various sandwiches, wraps and salads due to the possible presence of Listeria monocytogenes.
Fisheries New Zealand is inviting feedback on proposed changes to catch limits and settings for tarakihi stocks on New Zealand’s east coast.
Fishing vessels with Covid-stricken crew making headlines have nothing to do with the New Zealand fishing industry.
New Zealand medicinal cannabis and industrial hemp start-up Greenfern Industries has appointed Brent King as its independent non-executive chair.
A new project in the Hawke’s Bay is investigating the impacts of tile drains on horticultural land in order to ascertain their effect on freshwater quality.
Government changes to some essential skills visa will help ease some of the pressure on the red meat sector’s migrant workforce but a permanent solution is needed, according to the Meat MORE »
Government policy on freshwater and greenhouse gases must support the horticulture industry and not add unnecessary cost and compliance, according to HortNZ.
Farmer feedback set to shape Fonterra’s revised capital structure proposal, according to the dairy co-operative.
Central Otago deer farmer and veterinarian Amanda (Mandy) Bell has been selected as a producer member of the Deer Industry NZ board.
Frucor Suntory staff have planted 600 native trees near the company’s Wiri distribution centre.
The Vegan Society’s inaugural vegan cheeses awards attracted more than 30 entries from New Zealand plant-based cheese makers.
The US plant-based dairy company backed by Goldman Sachs and Prelude Ventures has opened the round to New Zealand wholesale investors.
Auckland Chamber of Commerce chief executive Michael Barnett has called on the government to release more MIQ rooms for New Zealand exporters returning from offshore travel – or allow them to skip it altogether.
Development of Hawke’s Bay new $18m food innovation hub, ‘Foodeast’, will start in September.
Entries to the eight categories close on 27 August.
For the fifth year in a row Venture Taranaki is working with local food producers to showcase local produce at the upcoming Auckland Food Show.
AgResearch scientists have taken their skills into the kitchen to identify the ideal cooking conditions for the ‘perfect steak,’ while also harnessing the power of Artificial Intelligence to create new food combinations and recipes.
KJ&Co Brands is recalling a specific batch of its Hart & Soul brand All Natural Supergrain Butter Chicken due to the presence of an undeclared allergen, namely peanut.
Following an initial round of funding by AGMARDT, the trust and Fonterra are backing further research into new UV treatment technology which has the potential to significantly reduce biosecurity risk and improve animal well-being in the dairy sector.
The Council of Trade Unions has welcomed a report into the gig economy in New Zealand, which it says delves into the experiences and difficulties faced by gig workers like rideshare and food delivery drivers and considers international precedents and potential options for change.
New Zealand Trade and Enterprise is calling for applications for Te Kōmaru – its annual Māori investment showcase.
Organic small batch Kombucha maker Batchwell has launched a capital raise with funds set to be ploughed into production capability, portfolio expansion and increased sales and marketing.
Giesen Wines is planning to release its third 0% wine – a Rosé – following the launch of its Pinot Gris this month and Sauvignon Blanc last year.
Farmers have supported the continuation of sheepmeat and beef levies which fund industry organisation Beef + Lamb NZ following a six yearly referendum.
The director of Auckland restaurant Kiran Cuisine has been ordered to pay full arrears of $75,026.18 in unpaid minimum wage, leave, and holiday pay to a former employee, as well as a further $50,000 in penalties.
Animal welfare organisation SAFE has launched its Free Hens from Cages campaign, calling on the government to ban colony cages.
The kiwifruit industry will need 24,000 seasonal workers in 2022, says New Zealand Kiwifruit Growers Inc.
Alliance Group has appointed Victoria Trayner to be its first associate director.
Hawke’s Bay residents will be able to recycle their soft plastic packaging for the first time in Hastings, Napier and Waipukurau. The Packaging Forum’s Soft Plastic Recycling Scheme will be MORE »
Six hundred new native plantings have been established in the Bay of Plenty to support kiwifruit pollination and encourage bio-diversity, says Plant & Food Research.
Food events and hospitality will play a big part in the Elemental AKL Festival launching tomorrow in Tāmaki Makaurau Auckland.
Speirs Foods is recalling specific batches of its ready to eat salads due to the possible presence of Listeria monocytogenes.
The Financial Markets Authority has found no evidence to press forward with action against Fonterra regarding the timing of accounting write-downs for Beingmate Baby and Child Food Co and the China Farm assets.
T&G Fresh is expecting to harvest around 500 tonnes of navel oranges over the next three weeks, after harvest started early this season.
State-owned farmer Landcorp/Pāmu has upgraded its forecast EBITDAR to between $59m and $64m for the year to June, up from its previous forecast in February of $45m to $50m.
Allen and Jo Johnstone of Te Kuiti’s Wallace Johnstone Ltd have won the Silver Fern Farms Plate to Pasture awards.
The management and support of retail meat apprenticeships in Aotearoa has a new home, with transitional industry training organisation Competenz passing it over to training provider Skills4Work.
New Zealand’s largest kiwifruit grower, Seeka, has bought a $2.6m minority stake in hort tech startup Fruitometry.
The New Zealand Food & Grocery Council said it will support its members to transition to the mandatory addition of folic acid to bread by 2023, following the governments announcement yesterday.
Silver Fern Farms co-chair Rob Hewett has announced four key sustainability goals at its annual farmer conference in Wellington.
Beef + Lamb New Zealand is confident US demand for meat protein will remain high through 2021 as demand from the recovering foodservice sector continues to challenge available supplies.
Plant & Food Research has published a new statement of corporate intent describing its strategy, key initiatives and performance measures for 2021/22. It also forecasts activity out to 2023/24.
David Downs has been appointed as chief executive of New Zealand Story, replacing inaugural boss Rebecca Smith who will leave after seven years at the helm.
Countdown branded potato egg & bacon prepack salad with a use-by date of 13 July 2021 is being recalled as it may contain listeria bacteria.
New Zealand confectionery company RJ’s said its products will be produced without palm oil from this week.
New Zealand exported red meat and co-products worth $877m during May, according to the latest analysis from the Meat Industry Association.
Core retail spend has been consistently above 2019 and 2020 in recent months coming in at $10.9bn in the June quarter, according to Paymark.
Family-owned Devonport Chocolates has launched an Anniversary Selection pack to celebrate 30 years of business this month.
Malcolm Bailey of Dairy Companies Association of New Zealand took out the top prize of Outstanding Contribution to Primary Industries NZ Award.
The Commerce Commission has updated its approach paper outlining the framework it applies when reviewing both how Fonterra sets its annual base milk price and the Milk Price Manual used to set the base milk price.
DB Breweries has appointed creative agency Motion Sickness to manage all creative for its social channels.
The Food and Fibre Centre for Vocational Excellence and the New Zealand Institute of Skills and Technology, Te Pūkenga, have signed what the partners describe as a ground-breaking Memorandum of Agreement.
The Feed Your Future career promotion campaign has concluded having held seven events taking high school students to visit primary sector businesses from Whangarei to Invercargill throughout May and June.
The Silver Fern Farms’ 2021 Farmer Conference gets underway in Wellington, while the Pasture Summit takes place in Hamilton.
A2 Milk says the Overseas Investment Office has signed off its proposed $268.5m purchase of a 75% interest in Southland dairy nutrition business Mataura Valley Milk.
The legislation that replaces the Resource Management Act must ensure that New Zealand can sustainably grow fresh, healthy food for domestic consumption, according to Horticulture New Zealand.
New Zealand’s primary industry stakeholders will gather in Christchurch from today for the annual two day Primary Industries New Zealand Summit 2021.
Lisa King’s non-alcoholic drinks company AF Drinks has teamed up with Air New Zealand for Dry July.
Entries are open for this year’s Biosecurity Awards, which celebrate the fantastic mahi being done to protect Aotearoa, according to the Ministry for Primary Industries.
Auckland-based premium mixer company East Imperial is set to list on the London Stock Exchange after a reverse takeover which values it at almost $60m.
Package-free, lifestyle grocery store GoodFor has raised $2.2m of fresh cash, hitting its maximum capital raise target.
Honey exports are on track to rise 13% to $480m in 2020-21 according to MPI’s latest Situation and Outlook for Primary Industries.
How seaweed can help the agriculture industry, green shipping and electric ferries, sea level rise, aquaculture and marine biodiversity protection are on the agenda at the New Zealand Marine Sciences Society Conference.
New Zealand secured its place in the 10 best wines of the International Wine Challenge 2021 with the Valli Pinot Noir Gibbston Vineyard 2019 from Central Otago claiming the IWC Sustainable Trophy.
New Zealand Kiwifruit Growers Inc has reported on a successful kiwifruit industry harvest resulting in a record crop, despite a labour crisis caused by border closures restricting Working Holiday Visa holder numbers.
Sustainable packaging manufacturer BioPak has launched a new not-for-profit compost network which it says aims to provide a solution to doubling landfill levies.
Vendor applications are now open for the Dunedin Craft Beer and Food Festival which takes place this October.
The 2021 Women in Wine NZ Mentoring Programme has kicked off, seeing eleven women wine industry mentors working paired with up-and-comers for six months.
Business collaboration specialist Incahoots has teamed up with New Zealand Food Innovation Network’s FoodBowl to hold a food & beverage workshop on 9 August in Auckland.
Fonterra’s New Zealand milk collection for May 2021 was 75.3 million kgMS, 7.7% higher than the same month last year.
A study examining the effects of green kiwifruit on sleep quality and the sleep-wake cycle in healthy males has been awarded HVN funding.
Gluten Free Holdings is recalling a some of its Pavillion brand Beef and Gravy Pies due to the presence of an undeclared allergen, namely, milk.
Hastings Distillers has unveiled a new, ‘super premium’ tasting experience now available at its Heretaunga Street tasting room.
The Restaurant Association is planning a two minute “lights out” event on 6 July to highlight the labour shortage in the hospitality industry. The association said the event would be part MORE »
Entrepreneur Lisa King’s non-alcoholic drinks company has secured shelf space in Countdowns across the country.
Package-free, lifestyle grocery store GoodFor has raised more than $1.8m of capital on fundraising platform Snowball Effect – exceeding its minimum target of $1.7m.
The Packaging Forum has welcomed the government’s move to phase-out difficult-to-recycle and some single-use plastics, but called for care when choosing alternatives.
Zespri’s northern hemisphere kiwifruit crop for the 2020-21 season has been sold for $472m, up 27.9% on the previous season.
The Flying Winemaker group has signed a distribution deal which will see its wine sold in foodservice outlets across Mainland China.
Fonterra is offloading its two joint venture farms in China to Singapore-based AustAsia Investment Holdings for $163m.
Pak’nSave has launched a campaign to help deliver products and donations to community organisations feeding hungry families.
The Kiwifruit Vine Health board is calling for nominations for one grower director for a term of three years.
The Rural Professionals Fund, established by the Our Land and Water National Science Challenge, is calling for applications for a second round of funding.
Timaru-based Jarved Allan of 100% Pure New Zealand Honey took home the supreme award at Apiculture New Zealand’s National Honey Competition.
Me Today shareholders have approved the $36m purchase of King Honey with an overwhelming 99.99% vote in favour.
Monthly goods exports were up $461m to $5.9bn after a 12% rise in dairy products in the month of May, according to StatsNZ.
The Ministry for Primary Industries is calling for feedback on its draft redesign of the Animal Products Act 1999 and the Wine Act 2003.
Kiwi companies including Reefton Distilling Co and Elemental Distillers took home nine out the fourteen trophies doled out at the the third annual New Zealand Spirits Awards.
There are only two weeks to vote in the Beef + Lamb New Zealand 2021 sheepmeat and beef levy referendum.
Food companies including Synlait, Fonterra, TipTop, and Hellers are backing a new project exploring an electromagnetic detection and imaging method aimed at boosting food safety systems.
BusinessNZ’s quarterly planning forecast shows the economy bounced back during the June quarter with GDP figures holding up well, although warned that constraints to growth are rising.
The US is likely to remain the largest market for wine and beef exporters over the coming 12 months, according to NZUS Council.
MPI is consulting on issues such as the requirement for evaluation of organic food producers, proposed organic management plans, and the need for a listed public register of organics companies.
Eat New Zealand’s national food celebration Eat Matariki, which runs from 21 June – 8 July, has a raft of events this weekend ahead of Matariki rising on 2 July, followed by more in its final week.
Uncertainty surrounds events scheduled for Auckland’s ASB Showgrounds after the venue suddenly announced its liquidation on Tuesday.
Fisheries New Zealand is calling for feedback on proposed changes to catch limits and other settings across a range of fisheries for the new fishing year, beginning 1 October.
T&G Global’s outgoing chairman, Professor Klaus Josef Lutz, said the fresh produce company is “primed to harness opportunities into the future” following a strategic programme of work carried out over his nine-year tenure.
Countdown has opened the doors to New Zealand’s first Green Star-rated supermarket located in Richmond, Nelson.
An interactive map showing import and export, and financial data for each New Zealand port has been released alongside a report from the Auditor-General’s with the results of the 2019/20 audit of port companies.
New Zealand King Salmon has appointed Kiwibank’s deputy chief financial officer, Ben Rodgers, as its new CFO.
The Ministry for Primary Industries has suspended imports of fresh lychees and mangoes from Taiwan after live fruit fly larvae were discovered on shipments.
The Auckland Business Chamber has added its voice to calls for immediate action in opening the border to allow entry for key workers to support the primary exports, hospitality, accommodation, and tourism sectors.
Hospitality New Zealand has warned of the financial and practical implications for restaurants, cafes and bars if they were to be forced to stop using gas for cooking, as advised by the Climate Change Commission.
A new collective which aims to elevate the coastal Bay Of Plenty’s food story and provide the platform to identify new commercial opportunities in the food and hospitality space has been launched.
Nominations for the annual Seafood Stars awards comprising the young achiever, future development innovation and longstanding service awards close at the end of the month.
New Zealand is over-reliant on global shipping operators leaving the country’s imports and exports exposed, says the Maritime Union.
Real Milk Timaru is recalling specific batches of its Real Milk Timaru brand raw (unpasteurised) drinking milk as the product may contain Listeria monocytogenes.
The government says reducing bycatch and the rollout of cameras on to shopping vessels will arrest a decline in the Antipodean albatross population, which is falling by 5% per year.
A serial offender will face serious charges under the Fisheries Act after thousands of empty pāua shells were discovered at his home during a search warrant executed by MPI fishery officers.
The Ministry for Primary Industries’ honorary fishery officers are among the thousands of volunteers being honoured as part of National Volunteers Week.
SeaDragon has restructured its borrowings from majority shareholder Pescado securing $500k via a mandatory convertible loan note.
Tauranga-based private equity firm Oriens Capital has raised its target of $80m for its second fund.
Foley Wines’ group chief winemaker and head of viticulture, Alastair Maling MW, is moving to a consultancy role for Te Kairanga, Martinborough Vineyard, Grove Mill, Vavasour and Mt Difficulty from June 30. Foley has also appointed Stuart Dudley as a viticulturist consultant based in Marlborough.
The board of global fresh produce company, T&G Global, has approved a fully imputed final dividend of 6 cents a share for the 2020 financial year.
Family-owned Corson Grains was crowned the supreme winner of the 2021 Westpac Tairawhiti Business Excellence Awards.
The government has committed $68m to fit up to 300 inshore commercial fishing vessels with on-board cameras by 2024 and will also require all catch to return to shore.
New Zealand Food Safety has placed movement controls on a third North Island egg producer as a precautionary measure after environmental testing indicated Salmonella Enteritidis on the farm.
New Zealand’s food and fibre sector is predicted to post a 3.4% rise in export revenue to hit a record $49.1bn for the year ended June 2022.
The High-Value Nutrition (HVN) National Science Challenge is backing a new project to deepen understanding around New Zealand-grown macadamia nuts.
The Ministry for Primary Industries has warned the public against collecting shellfish in Hawke’s Bay due to high toxin levels detected in shellfish samples from Pania Reef.
Gross domestic product rose by 1.6% in the March 2021 quarter, with increased spending on eating out, accommodation and big ticket items.
The Sustainable Food and Fibre Futures fund is contributing $8.98m to a $22.23m project to investigate plantain’s potential to help farmers protect waterways and improve freshwater quality.
After a 12-year hiatus, frozen food giant McCain has brought back smiles.
Supply chains continue to suffer from severe congestion globally according to New Zealand Trade & Enterprises latest bi-monthly update for May, although some headroom in seafreight to Australia may be on the horizon.
Forest & Bird has won a High Court legal decision confirming tarakihi catch limit decisions must put sustainability before the commercial interests of the fishing industry.
UK plant-based meat maker Meatless Farm has launched a £5m ($9.9m) crowdfunding campaign with retail investors able to buy in for just £10.
Beef + Lamb, DairyNZ and Federated Farmers have released what they describe as a new climate change education resource.
Agribusiness Scales Corporation has confirmed it has walked away from any potential purchase of NZ winemaker Villa Maria Estates.
Food price rose 0.4% in May compared with the month prior when rising prices for tomatoes and cucumbers contributed to a 1.1% jump, according to Stats NZ.
Wellington-based Rangatira Investments is back in the black posting a net profit after tax of $9.9m up from a loss of $1.3m last year.
Beef + Lamb New Zealand has officially launched its new online employment hub, which it describes as a one-stop shop for farm owners and managers to assist them as employers.
Entries close on Friday 2 July and judging will take place in Marlborough in late July before the results are announced later in the year.
Westpac NZ is ending its position as national sponsor of New Zealand Dairy Industry Awards after more than ten years.
Hawke’s Bay winery Sacred Hill has been placed on the market by its receivers.
Fieldays, the Southern Hemisphere’s largest agricultural event, returns to Mystery Creek near Hamilton tomorrow after a one-year hiatus of the in-person event due to Covid-19.
NZ Apples and Pears Inc is encouraging apple industry employers to draw on new government funding to keep their workers employed during the winter season.
The High-Value Nutrition Ko Ngā Kai Whai Painga National Science Challenge has provided a $50,000 development grant to Hastings-based research and project management collaborator Foot Steps to investigate the Damson plum.
Healthcare and animal care company Ebos Group has appointed Dr Tracey Batten as an independent director.
International food processing technology company, MHM Automation, has designed what it describes as world-leading robotic technology for apple company Rockit Global.
Seasonally adjusted card spending rose by $189m or 2.3% between April 2021 and May 2021, with consumables rising 40%.
Food Standards Australia New Zealand is calling for comment on an application to allow an already permitted food additive sweetener – steviol glycosides – to be produced by fermentation from a genetically modified Yarrowia lipolytica strain.
A smaller than hoped for 2021 harvest means many New Zealand wineries will face tough decisions over who they can supply in their key markets, according to NZ Wine.
Foodstuffs North Island has held an inaugural Machine Operator of the Year – or MOOTY – competition last week at its Landing Drive Distribution Centre in South Auckland.
New Zealand honey company Manawa Honey has won the grand prize at the 10th Black Jar Contest.
Plant & Food Research has made eleven new blueberry varieties available to New Zealand-based growers.
Me Today announces opening of a $3.75m offer to retail investors as part of its plan to raise up to $15.75m to part-fun its $36m purchase of King Honey.
Air New Zealand is trialling new snacks on its domestic flights.
Rabobank has increased its forecast farmgate milk price for the 2021/22 dairy season to $8/kgMS – the same as peers including Fonterra.
Foodstuffs North Island has teamed up with the New Zealand Food Network to donate food for distribution to more than 40 food hubs around the country.
A new stock exchange is to be launched in New Zealand targeting small to medium-sized companies who want to access public investment but are too small to list on the NZX.
Australian-listed Happy Valley Nutrition has signed a conditional agreement with North American dairy ingredient distributor, Burt Lewis Ingredients, for the supply of nutritional milk powders.
Manufacturing sales volumes reached a record peak of $27bn in the March quarter, up 0.4% or $113m from the December 2020 quarter, according to Stats NZ.
Beef + Lamb New Zealand has reported strong growth and increased demand for grass-fed, pasture-raised beef and lamb in the US.
Yealands chief winemaker Nat Christensen has echoed his peers reporting on a challenging 2021 harvest alongside expectations of a stellar vintage.
Environmental programmes across the country are in line for a $6.4m grant from the Ministry for the Environment, according to Secretary for the Environment Vicky Robertson.
Asahi Beverages Oceania says it holds 14% of New Zealand’s total alcohol market by value.
The Ministry for Primary Industries will present the results of its oyster testing for the Bonamia ostreae parasite in the Foveaux Strait.
The New Zealand Food & Grocery Council has released its submissions on menu labelling and the food processing aid enzyme β-Galactosidase from the Bacillus subtilis.
The Riddet Institute is today hosting Feed our Future: A New Zealand Sustainable Food Systems Dialogue.
A 25-year-old orchard foreman at T&G Global has won the Hawke’s Bay Young Fruitgrower of the Year competition for the second time.
House of Fine Foods Limited is recalling a raft of its Eat Real brand quinoa and kale corn puffs jalapeno and cheddar due to the presence of an undeclared allergen, namely milk.
New Zealand red meat exports remained steady in April with a total of $863m worth of meat and co-products exported to global markets, according to the latest analysis from MIA.
The Asia Pacific Economic Cooperation ministers responsible for trade have acknowledged the need for action to address trade tariffs in the agricultural sector at the 12th World Trade Organisation ministerial conference.
After a smaller than usual harvest this year, family-owned winemaker Babich said New Zealand winemakers are excited about the excellent fruit and wine quality, though careful management of inventory is required to meet escalating global demand.
The inaugural New Zealand Hospitality Summit and trade show is to be held in Auckland on 7-9 September 2021, with the theme of ‘The Future of Hospitality – Building Forward’.
Plant and Food Research’s in-house mentoring initiative scooped the learning and development capability category at The Human Resources Institute of New Zealand national awards.
Ashburton bridge reopened to trucks on Thursday morning after stress testing showed the flood-damaged structure was stable.
Covid-19 has highlighted the dependence of parts of the fishing sector on foreign workers, says the government.
Around 4,000 Fonterra co-operative members have so far attended a consultation meeting or joined a webinar about the proposed changes to the group’s capital structure, according to an update from the co-op’s council.
Countdown’s new 3,876 square metre Gisborne store has been officially opened by mayor Rehette Stoltz.
The Kāpiti Coast District Council is holding free information sessions for people who are thinking of setting up a food business from their home or commercial premises.
Pita Pit has become an approved provider for the Ka Ora, Ka Ako healthy school lunch programme. The move would see 88 locally-owned and operated stores provide more than 45,000 school lunches MORE »
Zeffer Cider has apologised to customers after an “isolated error” led some of its alcoholic cider to be packaged in non-alcoholic packaging and put on sale.
Manuka honey company Comvita’s in-house honey testing laboratory has been awarded accreditation under the International Accreditation New Zealand Laboratory Accreditation Programme.
Total exports of goods and services fell $14.3bn or 16.5%, to $72.6bn in the year ending March 2021, as visibility of the full Covid-19 affected year emerged, according to Stats NZ.
Me Today’s proposed $15.75m capital raise which will part fund its $36m purchase of King Honey from Sky co-founder Terry Jarvis has won support from wholesale investors.
High Street quick service restaurant chain Pita Pit has signed a deal with global mobile engagement solutions provider Plexure.
The True Honey Co, NIG Nutritionals and Silver Fern Farms have been selected as finalists for the producer category in the 2021 Primary Industries New Zealand Awards.
New whitebaiting rules will help preserve stocks of the delicacy, says acting conservation minister Ayesha Verrall.
Zeffer Brewing Ltd is recalling specific batches of its 4-pack Zeffer Cider Co brand 0% Alcohol Crisp Apple Cider.
Rockit Global has officially opened its new global headquarters in New Zealand’s Hawke’s Bay, unveiling a a brand refresh at the same time.
Master franchiser and food distributor Cooks Global Foods was pushed further into the red in the year to 31 March posting a net loss of $2.8m – up from $0.2m last year – as Covid took its toll on international operations.
Trade minister Damien O’Connor will lead a ‘virtual’ trade mission to Japan this week to promote New Zealand’s relationship with one of its largest trading partners.
Queenstown distillery Broken Heart Spirits is celebrating the region’s resilience with an exclusive Queenstown Edition Gin.
AGMARDT has announced the appointment of Trish Rankin as the next associate board member to join its board of trustees.
A2 said it believes it has complied with all disclosure obligations.
Christchurch’s Peter Timbs Meats is recalling specific batches of its cooked meat due to the possible presence of Listeria.
Synlait Milk has increased its forecast base milk price for the 2020/2021 season by 35 cents to $7.55 kgMS.
Food Standards Australia New Zealand has released a public consultation paper on proposed changes to the regulation of electrolyte drinks.
The Overseas Investment Office has given the green-light to the sale of a New Plymouth goat farm to a partnership owned by descendants of American Peter H Kuyper.
Australia’s Joval Wine Group is set to expand its Nanny Goat vineyard in Central Otago after being cleared to buy a $1.05m neighbouring property by the Overseas Investment Office.
Venture Taranaki received the premier award for best practice for its business services grant at the 2021 Economic Development NZ Awards.
Christchurch biotechnology company PharmaZen, which trades as Waitaki Biosciences, has made two appointments to its board.
Wine business Dionysus Investments, which owns the Messenger, Mutu and Moana Park Estate brands, has poached two marketing specialists from The Warehouse Group to expand its Auckland team.
Oamaru’s Whitestone Cheese has opened its cheese bar in Auckland’s Viaduct.
Wairarapa olive oil producer Olive Black has won a gold medal at the New York International Olive Competition.
Nine young people from across the primary sector have came together at Mataatua Marae in Whakatane for the official launch of He Tatai Rangahua – the Food and Fibre Youth Network.
Salmonella Enteritidis has been detected at an Auckland poultry farm, leading NZ Food Safety to undertake tracing work and industry testing, as well as taking measures at the farm in question.
Oversupply of fruit saw prices slump in the summer adding to what was described as a “challenging” season in Summerfruit NZ’s annual report.
Annual trade show and conference confirmed for 7-9 June despite Victoria lockdown.
Hayes Taylor has been appointed general manager of Auckland-based supplement and vitamin company Swiss Wellness NZ.
Around 400 guests expected to attend the event, which is supported by Massey University, at the Central Energy Trust Arena on 14 October.
Back Country Foods is recalling a specific batch of Back Country Cuisine brand Chicken, Corn and Noodle Soup due to the presence of an undeclared allergen, namely, sesame.
The official opening of the National Algae Research Centre will enable the expansion of algae research and support the establishment of an exciting new industry in New Zealand, according to the Cawthron Institute.
In April 2021, the value of total goods exports rose 1.2% or $65m compared with April 2020, to $5.4bn.
Te Kete Haumaru Kai – the Food Safety Kit – pilot has been launched at Moerewa’s Te Rito Marae, by minister for food safety Dr Ayesha Verrall.
JLG has raised more than $4m in a rights offer launched to part-fund its $17m acquisition of supplement provider About Health.
Gilmours has selected its top 20 global wine varieties available in New Zealand for its inaugural International Wine Competition kicking off this week.
Higher retail spending on electronic items and outdoor recreational goods this summer helped boost overall spending in the March 2021 quarter, according to Stats NZ.
A new public-private partnership has been launched to improve access to digital technology and training for small businesses, to take advantage of new opportunities through e-commerce.
Entries are now open for the 26th annual Westpac New Zealand Franchise Awards.
New chief executive Colin Bond replaces outgoing boss Nikki Johnson.
New Zealand Food Safety is reviewing how wine for export is determined to be free from obvious fault.
The government has passed the Holidays (Increasing Sick Leave) Amendment Bill, doubling employees’ minimum sick leave entitlement to 10 days each year.
The 2021 Apiculture New Zealand Conference will see hundreds of beekeepers and others from the industry gather in Rotorua next month after the event was scuppered by Covid-19 last year.
Entries have opened for the NZ Artisan Awards 2021.
Tickets have gone on sale for New Zealand’s first craft chocolate festival with organisers confirming Melbourne chocolate-maker Birdsnake will be at the event.
Eight senior staffers have accessed Comvita’s new share purchase and loan scheme which has seen the company grant loans totalling $2.28m .
Nelson Tasman grower and exporter, Luv’ya, has announced a brand refresh for its entire range of apples and pears.
Countdown added $25,000 to the annual grants total which saw $75,000 awarded to 71 schools and early childhood centres across the country.
Snack food company Proper Crisps has added a pineapple salsa flavour to its range of tortilla chips.
A soil health field day is to be hosted on 2 June in Marlborough to provide a forum for grape producers and those involved in the viticulture industry to look at how to get back up to speed after a poor-yielding 2021 harvest.
Winners of the annual awards will be announced on 9 September.
The global supply network is under unprecedented pressure and New Zealand faces a double dose due to distance and port issues, according to the New Zealand Food and Grocery Council.
A record number of New Zealand beekeepers honoured the pollinators and honey makers this World Bee Day on Thursday 20 May.
Stakeholders from across NZ’s produce supply chain have come together to brainstorm the future of fresh food in Aotearoa, in an event hosted by pan-produce industry organisation United Fresh.
Five finalist have been selected in the Australia and NZ Produce Marketing Association’s second annual Tech Innovation Awards.
The event brings together more than 170 participants from high value food, fibre and technology industries across NZ.
Zespri Group has appointed the former Goodman Fielder and Griffins Foods chief executive Alison Barrass to its board as an independent director.
Surti Indian Samosa Limited is recalling a specific batch of Surti brand Paneer due to the possible presence of E. coli.
The Ministry for Primary Industries is seeking feedback on a proposal to reopen the Kaikōura Marine Area to pāua fishing later this year.
Meat the Need founding partner Silver Fern Farms says over 410,000 red meat meals have been delivered to food banks in the first year of the charity.
North Canterbury’s Terrace Edge has won the Organic Winery of the Year award at the annual Organic Wine Awards.
The company which owns well-known wine business Villa Maria has been placed into receivership.
A technology issue affecting 69 Foodstuffs stores in North Island on Monday 17 May resulted in customers being overcharged at the checkout.
A total of 223 medals have been conferred in the 2021 Outstanding NZ Food Producer Awards – a record number in the fifth year of the awards.
Two beverage companies have been recognised in Human Resources Director’s New Zealand’s Employer of Choice 2021 awards.
A collection of businesses, NGOs and governments from across New Zealand, Australia and the Pacific Islands have joined together to back an ambitious range of targets to eliminate plastic waste from supply chains by 2025.
T&G Global’s chairman of nine years, Professor Klaus Josef Lutz, is to step down at the end of its annual meeting on 23 June 2021
Manawatu/Rangitikei-based food company Speirs Group has replaced $2.5m of redeemable preference shares set to mature in September with $2.2m of fresh RPS, with a 2025 end date.
AGMARDT has opened the second round of its Food & Fibres Aotearoa New Zealand Challenge, which offers the winners funding of between $200,000 and $500,000.
Parliament’s Primary Production Committee has initiated a select committee inquiry into the future of the workforce needs in the country’s primary industries.
Hyperlocal online grocer This Local Piggy is now delivering to customers in selected Auckland suburbs with its online marketplace.
Countdown’s Dunedin Central store, where four people were stabbed last week, is now open again but will have shorter trading hours for the next few days.
Food Nation is recalling a range of its Happy Patties, Amaze Balls and Magic Mince due to the possibility that the products may contain metal pieces.
New Zealand virtual fencing startup, Vence, has raised $16m which will help it prepare for its entry into the Australian and US markets.
Alliance Group has distributed almost $6m in loyalty payments for the first quarter – up on $4.5m paid out the same time last year when Covid-19 protocols slowed down processing.
The Lower Hutt development includes an in-store pharmacy, bakery, deli and cellar, alongside the main supermarket which includes more than 1,500 new products.
Two New Zealand companies took home gongs at this year’s coveted Speciality Food Association SOFI awards – described as the Oscars of food awards.
Rising prices for tomatoes and cucumbers were the main contributors to a 1.1% rise in food prices in April 2021, according to Stats NZ.
The Griffin’s Food Company took home two awards from the Foodstuffs Expo including the inaugural Foodstuffs National Partnership Award, which was launched this year.
The government has established six new Workforce Development Councils, including one for people, food and fibre. to support the vocational education system.
Greenfern Industries has been named New Zealand’s first Toitū carbonzero certified medicinal cannabis and industrial hemp company.
New Zealand seafood company Sanford has appointed Mark Cairns as its newest board member.
The Government is set to introduce new legislation to restrict merchant fees, in a move which could save businesses up to $74m each year.
Horticulture New Zealand is putting resilience and recovery at the centre of its annual conference being held in August this year.
An initiative which allows Māori businesses to identify themselves Māori business on the New Zealand Business Number register has gone live.
Ten categories range from climate, communication and collaboration to food, nature, social impact and circular economy.
Police have examined the scene of Monday’s attack in the Dunedin Central Countdown supermarket on Cumberland Street, with “gathering evidence from the scene” noted as one of the top priorities.
Energy use in the food product manufacturing sector energy use is being put under the microscope by the Energy Efficiency & Conservation Authority.
Spending at supermarkets and grocery stores contracted in April falling $278m on the same time last year to $1.8bn, according to Stats NZ .
Seabirds with a larger wingspan and bills or which have larger eyes and nostrils are more likely to end up as bycatch from the fishing industry, a new study has found.
A new silicone recycling scheme, said to be a first for the southern hemisphere, has been launched by eco friendly product retailer Much Cupboard.
Listed Australian supermarket chain Woolworths has set a date to complete the spin-off of Endeavour Group, its drinks and hospitality business – a move first mooted back in July 2019.
Nominations are now open for the Change Maker category of the Sustainable Business Awards which seeks to find a “trailblazing” young person who is leading the way on environmental sustainability in Aotearoa.
Silver Fern Farms is preparing to launch their search for the future stars of the red meat industry in the coming weeks, with applications opening for the Plate to Pasture Youth Scholarships and the Silver Fern Farms Graduate Career Programme.
Seeka has been officially welcomed to Ōpōtiki to celebrate its purchase of Ōpōtiki Packing and Cool Storage.
Ebos animal care and consumer brands chief executive Sean Duggan has resigned.
A diverse range of new processed vegetable products are now available to Kiwi consumers thanks to a $147,000 investment from the Ministry for Primary Industries.
The total canopy area of gold kiwifruit has now surpassed that of the green variety, according to final agricultural production figures from Stats NZ.
The number of sheep in New Zealand in June 2020 was 26 million, down 3% on the same month in 2019, according to final agricultural production figures from Stats NZ.
The Dairy Companies Association of New Zealand is calling for a trade deal with the UK which comprehensively removes agricultural tariffs.
Organics Aotearoa New Zealand is urging its member to attend upcoming Ministry for Primary Industries organic regulation and standards workshops.
Some 93% of surveyed FGC members want code to address power imbalance in NZ grocery sector.
The New Zealand Meat Board is investing some of its reserves into B+L’s genetics research programme.
Research from PwC found NZ is one of the most co-operative economies globally.
Awards given after judging of more than 310 cheeses entered in annual competition.
Fonterra yesterday went into a trading halt ahead of an announcement about its capital structure, expected this morning.
The offer is priced at a 27.1% discount.
Nomination’s have opened for the annual award with new categories for 2021.
Now in its 20th year, the event will take place on Saturday 15 May at noon.
The annual search for NZ’s supreme pie has started with entries due by 24 June.
A certificate of amalgamation is imminent, formalising the kiwifruit specialists’ deal.
Rob Hewett has been appointed Silver Fern Farms Co-operative chair following the announcement on 29 April that Richard Young was standing down.
Crayfish numbers have plummeted within reserves and numbers outside reserves are likely much lower than official estimates, a new University of Auckland study shows.
Ten ‘big ideas’ including sheep facial recognition software Genesmith have been named as finalists in the Food, Fibre and Agritech Supernode Challenge.
Foley Wines has added its voice to the chorus of winemakers reporting poor harvest results with close to a 30% decrease on last year.
Eight-year old Marlborough herb and lettuce hydroponics business Thymebank has been put up for sale.
Spending over the Easter period more than doubled compared to the same period of last year, although growth in the North Island outstripped the South Island.
The gathering shellfish is no longer permitted at east Auckland’s Cockle Bay/Tuwakamana beach.
Seven first-time winners from around the regions have made this year’s prestigious Top 30 list in the 2021 New World Beer & Cider Awards.
Terra Vitae takes “some consolidation” that it was at the lower end of the 20% to 50% hit taken across the wider industry.
Tony Falkenstein’s Just Life Group says it completed its purchase of About Health on Friday.
Agribusiness Scales Corporation has declared a fully imputed final cash dividend of 9.5c a share for the 2020 financial year.
A shift in social attitudes to drinking is contributing to people being more moderate and responsible, says the New Zealand Alcohol Beverages Council.
Foodstuffs North Island says it will make a $50,000 contribution to local South Auckland community organisations Buttabean Motivation and Māngere Budgeting Services.
Summerfruit NZ has opened registration for the Growing strong – Success in a changing world conference.
The Cawthron Institute to work with Fisheries NZ and DOC on assessment.
OIO approves T&G Global purchase of an 11-hectare Hawke’s Bay site to grow more Envy apples.
A Taiwan-listed multinational pharmaceutical company is to invest $3.5m to convert a Waikato dairy farm to goat milk production.
Rabobank has hiked its farmgate milk price forecast by 60 cents to $7.60 kg/MS for the 2020/21 season.
Synlait Milk has reset its 2018 inaugural emissions reduction targets.
The Blenheim business took out the wine industry category at the 2021 Cawthron Marlborough Environment Awards.
The Environmental Protection Authority is calling for information on the use of the herbicide glyphosate in New Zealand in a move that could have ramifications for New Zealand $490m honey MORE »
New Zealand cheesemakers are up in arms over the European Commission’s continuing campaign to restrict the use of common names in international cheesemaking, with halloumi the latest target.
Fast food giant Domino’s, which is well-known for its value offering, has launched a range of “super gourmet” pizzas.
Researchers and campaigners call on government to use plan to halve food waste by 2030.
The Wellington Food Show returns to the capital next in May, after being scuppered by Covid-19 in 2020.
The programme was developed following conversations with the New Zealand Winegrowers to identify skills needed in the industry.
New approach in Australia means ramping up online sales and securing a new distributor.
Five horticulture heavyweight’s have thrown their name in the ring for two existing vacancies on the Horticulture New Zealand board.
New Zealand food products comprised more than half of the 8,000 tonnes of cargo shipped by Emirates SkyCargo in 2020.
Emerging Proteins Dinner event coincides with release of FoodHQ report on alt-proteins.
New Zealand Apples and Pears Inc and GoHort have backed free online courses to attract Kiwi’s into horticulture roles.
The annual awards organised by Massey University have been celebrating the country’s food and beverage manufacturers since 1987.
Five ships carrying 28,000 cartons of T&G Global’s Envy apples are on their way to Asia.
Blis Technologies says it has secured approval from the Food Safety and Standards Authority of India for its BLIS M18™ and BLIS K12™ probiotic strains to be used in health supplements.
Frucor Suntory has agreed with Auckland Council to clean up a section of the Puhinui stream behind the company’s distribution centre in Wiri for a year.
ServiceIQ is seeking stakeholder input into a review of New Zealand’s suite of 155 hospitality industry unit standards.
The Christchurch event will feature international and local speakers, interactive workshops, expert panels, cross-sector networking and more.
The Agri Women’s Development Trust has teamed up with tech firm MEA to promote progress in New Zealand’s primary sector.
Zespri resumed trading on the USX at 9am Friday 23 April. The company halted the trading of its shares on Wednesday 7 April to allow the finalisation of its 2021 MORE »
Beef + Lamb New Zealand’s Taste Pure Nature brand has enlisted the services of US-based dietician and nutrition consultant Samantha Cassetty for World Earth Day.
Nature’s Way has launched a new website to showcase its products and provide a better user experience for customers.
The group says the vintage would deliver “excellent quality wines” for its brands.
The Food and Grocery Council will this year focus on three key items to help support its 300-plus members.
Treasury Wine Estates has been named as one of the top companies to work in Australia and New Zealand.
Marlborough Bayleys Friday Night Feast is back for 2021, showcasing the region’s food, wine and other beverages.
Social enterprise and food poverty fighter Whenua Warrior is one of 20 Māori organisations featured at the inaugural Tāmaki Makaurau Taki Hua Māori Business Showcase.
There will be no scallops at this year’s Whitianga Scallop Festival due to a rahui on the collection of the shellfish.
Consumers should give up meat on World Earth Day, even if only for a day, says the New Zealand Vegetarian Society.
Garden City Helicopters have launched a new Heli Winery Tour to Waipara Valley.
“The Government has invested 18 months of work into figuring out how a container return scheme would work, but unfortunately vested industry groups are pushing hard to exclude glass from the scheme.”
The winners will be announced at the 10th F.A.W.C! Summer Series this November.
A kiwifruit landholding owned and managed by Seeka has been placed on the market for sale.
The co-operative began processing cows and light bull at Lorneville near Invercargill this week.
Demolition of the Cadbury site in Dunedin has begun to make space for the new billion-dollar Dunedin hospital.
Meal-kit delivery service Woop! has won the Supreme Business Excellence Award at the Westpac Auckland Business Awards.
Royal Canin has launched a recycling programme to reduce the environmental impact of pet food bags and pouches.
NZFN says the opening of the Christchurch operation would enable it to better serve the community.
Evidence Based Eating New Zealand will present a series of health lectures in four of New Zealand’s main centres.
Hospitality NZ and the NZChefs Association are to host the inaugural NZ Hospitality Summit and trade show in September.
Cafe workers, fast food cooks and kitchen hands are now on the Government’s oversupply list for all regions except Queenstown Lakes and Mackenzie Districts.
It was the first time the event would take place in two years.
The winner and runner up will receive a $3000 professional development grant and a $1000 personal travel prize.
Former world discus champion Beatrice Faumuina is a new brand ambassador to the Just Life Group.
Food prices were flat in March 2021, falling 0.4% compared to February 2021, according to Stats NZ.
Beef and Lamb New Zealand is advising red meat processors and exporters to manage livestock volumes as current global supply chain issues caused by Covid-19 are causing bottlenecks.
Agtech firm WayBeyond is taking up the sustainability challenge for Earth Day 2021.
United Fresh will lead a United Nations Independent Dialogue as part of the UN’s global initiative, the Food Systems Summit.
A Mexican national has been jailed for smuggling 113kg of methamphetamine in a shipment of avocado pulp.
WineWorks is now a certified Toitū carbonzero business.
The Government will phase out the export of livestock by sea.
Seeka is a step closer to buying kiwifruit rival Ōpōtiki Packing and Coolstorage.
It will be the firm’s first publicly available results since its listing.
NZ food and beverage start-ups are invited to apply for Rabobank’s 2021 Pitch programme for FoodBytes!
The estate is well known for its Pinot Noir, Grüner Veltliner and Pinot Gris wines.
Spending on grocery and liquor in March was down 3.3%, or $74m, from February 2021 levels, according to Stats NZ.
Climate change, international research trends and the changing global honey market to be discussed at the Apiculture NZ Conference.
The winners of the Good Employer Awards have been revealed.
Te Pūtahitanga o Te Waipounamu has launched Kōanga Kai.
Horticulture New Zealand is welcoming Horizons Regional Council’s decision to adopt recommendations on its Plan Change 2.
Vodafone Warriors sponsor Best Foods has launched a new online fan zone for rugby league lovers.
There is opportunity for faster growth, according to the Organic Sector Market Report 2020/21.
The Ministry for Primary Industries is seeking feedback on proposals to amend the New Zealand (Maximum Residue Levels for Agricultural Compounds) Food Notice.
Sandi Reily is the the new marketing, events and communications manager for Hospitality New Zealand.
NZ’s ministerial engagement in the trans-Tasman GE Food Standards approval process has been silenced, says GE Free NZ.
The 2021 New Zealand Zanda McDonald Award Ceremony will take place at Whangara Farms on 28 April.
Companies from Gisborne to Pahiatua can apply.
Auckland small and medium businesses have indicated a gloomy outlook for the next six months.
New Zealand Trade and Enterprise has launched the first of its bi-monthly updates on freight and supply chain.
Food and beverage business Kono has featured in the new Māori Television series Home, Land and Sea, which celebrates Māori success in the farming sector.
The winners will be announced on 3 May at Skyline Queenstown.
Auckland Unlimited will partner with Spotless to supply daily lunches for some schools.
Dunedin pie maker Who Ate All The Pies has launched a new website.
T&G Fresh has begun harvesting the first of this season’s satsuma mandarins, with good weather conditions bringing an earlier harvest than usual for the fruit.
Chief executive Julie White said the extension would help struggling businesses find trained staff.
Cartel conduct included price fixing, market allocation and bid rigging.
The first Small Business Day kicks off today and New Zealanders are being asked to make a big impact by choosing to shop at small businesses.
More than $42,000 was raised at Ronald McDonald House South Island’s Supper Club in Invercargill, in an event supported by Alliance Group.
New Zealand Food Safety is again warning consumers to thoroughly cook mussels before eating after two people fall sick.
Zespri has been placed in a trading halt on the USX to allow the finalisation of the 2021 Gold3 and Zespri Red tender process.
Federated Farmers has asked the government to allow 500 skilled dairy staff into New Zealand.
Researchers have observed myrtle rust infection on mānuka seed capsules.
Subway New Zealand has launched a series of non-branded billboards, in a move it says is a brand first.
The New Zealand avocado industry has grown from a high of $68m in 2011 to a forecast of over $200m in 2020, according to NZ Avocado..
The Ministry of Primary Industries is recalling raw unpasteurised drinking milk from Central Hawke’s Bay producers Lindsay Farm following a detection of Campylobacter as part of a routine testing programme.
A Lower Hutt man and a Napier man have each received three-year fishing bans.
The Vegan Society Aotearoa New Zealand is questioning the need for dairy exports as the industry’s affect on the environment continues to be in the spotlight.
The Climate Action Toolbox has been launched to help small businesses reduce their carbon emissions.
Pacific Island Food Revolution would hit screens on Maori TV on Friday, 9 April.
The Commerce Commission is seeking feedback on submissions received in response to its Preliminary Issues paper on its grocery sector market study.
Temporary Covid-19 immigration powers will be extended to May 2023, in part to help industries facing labour shortages.
New Zealand red meat exports for February 2021 reached $906.7m, says the Meat Industry Association.
Fonterra has sold its two China farming hubs in Ying and Yutian to Inner Mongolia Youran Dairy Co.
Omega fish oils refiner SeaDragon has issued Pescado Holdings limited with 20 million shares for $4m of loan notes from the shareholder.
Spiers Group says it received an unexpected cash dividend of $229,127 from its investment in Equipment Leasing and Finance Holdings Limited.
New Zealand milk production increased 3% on a litres basis in February 2021, compared to February last year.
The co-op says it will remove coal from its sites, as it continues its transition to renewable energy.
Improving commodity prices were the key reason cited by farmers expecting NZ’s agri economy to improve.
With its 8,250 established trees, the orchard had a forecast for this season of 90,000 trays.
Eight regional awards will be held for this year’s Restaurant Association 2021 Hospitality Awards.
The agency has produced a series of films on whānau sharing their understandings of food.
Purina Pro Plan has launched a new allergen-reducing cat food into the New Zealand market.
T&G Global has shipped its first lot of new season JAZZ apples to global markets.
Egmont Honey is launching its health supplements range, Egmont Health, into Australasian retailer Coles.
5c from every pack of hot cross buns sold was donated to KidsCan.
Three Auckland fishers have been fined $4000 plus $390 in court costs for taking cockles from closed Eastern Beach.
KitKat has temporarily replaced the logo on its chocolate bar with a call to consumers to recycle the packaging.
Jobs in the accommodation and food services sectors were down 5.4% for February 2021.
Restaurant Association of New Zealand is opposing a proposed ban on new gas or LPG connections by 2025.
The supermarket has introduced Order Storage Retrieval units to its Moorhouse store at Christchurch.
Nominations for the 2021 Queenstown Hospitality Awards have been extended until Thursday 1 April 2021.
A variety of rare vintage wines will be up for auction, as Jing Song from Crown Range Cellars puts wine from her personal cellar on the block.
Foodstuffs has opened a New World supermarket in Ormiston town centre at Flat Bush, South Auckland.
Terra Vitae Vineyards is reassuring shareholders not to worry about speculation Villa Maria Estate Limited may be bought.
New catch limits have been introduced for 14 fish stocks.
A former master of a Hawke’s Bay fishing vessel has been fined for not deploying seabird protection equipment.
Farmers Linda and Evan Potter have been named new national ambassadors for Sustainable Farming and Growing.
More than 300 people attended the very first Queenstown Long Lunch, providing some much welcomed business for Queenstown Mall venues.
he big thinkers, innovators and thought leaders in agritech and agrifood will come together for the 2021 New Zealand AgriFood Week, taking place 3-9 May in Manawatū.
Hell’s Pizza has launched a natural hemp-based chicken pizza as an alternative to its Death by Chicken menu item.
A team of second year Wintec Culinary Arts students will deliver the Leading the Way Lunch at Wintec, as part of the Feast Waikato Festival.
Forest and Bird has accused the inshore tarakihi fishing industry of failing to adhere to voluntary measures it promised in a 2019 tarakihi catch limit deal.
Questions are being raised about how salmon are farmed in New Zealand following an investigation of the Scottish salmon industry that revealed suffering, breaches of Scottish animal welfare law and high mortality rates.
The inaugural Annual Southern Hemisphere Fresh Fruit Trade congress takes place today.
Food delivery company Kete Kai will help give those in need Easter hampers designed by food writer and presenter Allyson Gofton.
Woolworths NZ Ltd is recalling a specific batch of its Snap Frozen Cauliflower Rice as the product could contain pieces of wood.
Ngāti Hei Trust has asked the government to close parts of the eastern Coromandel coast for two years.
Wānaka’s inaugural food and wine festival Ripe drew 2000 festival goers on Sunday 21 March at Corbridge Woolshed.
New Zealand Story is showcasing the country’s dairy sector with its Dairy Goodness for the World collateral.
Huge losses are forecast for the New Zealand apple and pear industry, according to New Zealand Apples and Pears Inc.
The Government has introduced a wellbeing support package for hard-hit fruit growers.
A new online resource to help hunters implement good game animal management practices and achieve beneficial hunting and conservation outcomes has been launched by the Game Animal Council.
The Food Show Christchurch will make its returning this April after Covid saw the event cancelled in 2020.
The Government is “failing to stop the suffering of hundreds of millions of chickens”, says animal rights group SAFE.
The food and fibre event will be held 11-12 May at the Christchurch Town Hall.
The Government has injected $20.5m into waste reduction for Tauranga City.
Goods exports were up $233m in the December quarter, driven by an increase in fish, crustaceans, and molluscs, as well as milk powder, butter and cheese, according to Stats NZ.
Aotearoa Food Rescue Alliance has been established to increase food security and reduce food waste.
Natural Health Products NZ has introduced a new category to its annual awards to recognise the sector’s response to Covid-19.
Microplastic fragments can find their way through gut lining and into muscle tissue of New Zealand fish species.
Fisheries New Zealand is seeking feedback on a proposed two-year closure of the scallop fishery at Whangaroa, Northland.
The new initiative enabled customers who needed food support to choose their own goods, as opposed to the traditional pre-selected food parcel model.
The Government is failing to support New Zealand’s horticulture sector as it faces a worker shortage crisis, according to the National Party.
The Government has deferred the introduction of Intensive Winter Grazing practice regulations for a year.
Industry players pushing for deregulation of gene editing risked undermining the integrity of the food system, says GE Free NZ.
Our Seas Our Future is calling on prime minister Jacinda Ardern to ban single-use paper and plastic products.
The awards celebrate and promote the region’s food and beverage offerings.
Wine maker Giesen has refreshed its brand, with an updated updated crest and new packaging.
Dinuka and Nadeeka Gamage were announced winners of the region’s Share Farmer of the Year category.
T&G Global is using eight new automated picking platforms this apple season to help improve productivity and safety.
Villa Maria Estate has appointed Winebow Imports its new exclusive import representative in the US.
Thousands of people attended the festival at the Christchurch Botanic Gardens.
The New Zealand Specialist Cheesemakers Association has announced 265 medal winners in the NZ Champions of Cheese Awards 2021.
The survey showed 34% of respondents were more likely to eat healthily if they saw the food on social media, while 29% said they did not consume sufficient fresh produce.
Retired Plant & Food Research molecular geneticist Sue Gardiner has been recognised for her contribution to global horticultural science.
The product was sold in bulk bins at New Work and Pak’n Save stores across the country.
Villa Maria has unveiled its new EarthGarden range.
Air New Zealand’s full food and beverage service is back on board from today after Auckland’s return to Covid-19 alert level 1. The airline said the decision to bring food MORE »
“Hundreds of millions of dollars of losses for apple, wine and other growers was a near certainty.”
The high cost of producing milk in China had favoured importing New Zealand dairy products.
The Brewers Association of New Zealand is calling on the Government to half the rate of excise tax paid on kegs.
Neuroscientist professor Andrew Scholey has joined New Zealand brain food company Ärepa to lead its 2021 research programme.
“B+LNZ is continuing to meet with scientists and the Commission to inform the submission we’ll make on the draft advice, on behalf of our levy payers.”
Spending on food fell in February 2021 due to Covid-19 restrictions, says Stats NZ.
Shellfish supplier Southern Clams has launched a new website to provide information on the seafood products it harvests.
Participants would embark on an intensive seven-week accelerator programme, after which the top eight finalists would present to a panel of experts where they would compete for a share in a prize pool of more than $130,000.
An investigation in 2019 found breaches of minimum employment standards in relation to 24 workers.
The Butcher’s Cart has launched a new website selling and delivering beef and lamb.
Dairy and meat product manufacturing fell 3.2% to $288m in the December 2020 quarter, says Stats NZ.
A small family fishing company has self-reported the capture of 18 endangered black petrels and two flesh-footed shearwaters.
The Commission released its draft advice to the Government on climate change action and is now consulting on it.
Fine weather will bring an earlier harvest than usual for the feijoa sector.
The next New Zealand Meat Board annual meeting will take place online at 3pm on 12 March.
Fisheries New Zealand is seeking public feedback on a proposal to close an area to pāua fishing at Akaroa.
The number of products displaying the Health Star Rating labels continued to climb in the last quarter of 2020.
A farmer from Kinloch near Taupō has been fined $12,000 and ordered to pay vet costs of $5,292.20 for failing to feed 245 calves.
PAK’nSAVE Manukau will match food bank drive donations benefitting Buttabean Motivation Food Bank.
My Food Bag’s debut on the NZX Main Board last week was weaker than hoped, falling to as low as $1.69.
The 2021 kiwifruit season has begun, forecast to overtake last year’s last year’s record of 157 million trays of export green and gold.
The Green Party is calling on the Government to urgently stop “dirty, degrading fishing practices” in areas most vulnerable to destruction.
Massey University has achieved a QS World University ranking of 34 in the agriculture and forestry discipline.
A new purpose-built mobile Crop Registration app for tomato growers has been launched by ag-tech firm Waybeyond.
A lack of skilled workers in the halal sector is presenting a challenge for New Zealand’s meat sector, says the Meat Industry Association.
The Ministry for Primary Industries is supporting a series of wellbeing workshops for the wine industry in the wake of Covid-19.
Scientists from Plant & Food Research have demonstrated the concept of designing mixed species native plantings to optimise bee and non-bee crop pollinators.
If fish morphology is unable to adapt, then there could be serious consequences for the structure and function of future aquatic communities.
The year-long study looks at whether competition in the grocery sector was working well, and if not, what could be done to improve it.
The Ministry for Primary Industries has identified hemp as having export market opportunities.
Growers who were affected by hail events in December 2020 will be entitled to some tax relief, says Inland Revenue.
In its third year, Growing for Good grants aimed inspire New Zealand kids to learn about and preserve the environment.
Judging of the Outstanding NZ Food Producer Awards 2021 will move to a new date as a result of the Covid-19 level 3 lockdown in Auckland.
Trinity Hill has new ownership after being purchased outright by four local investors.
The event was expected to attract more than 200 local and international exhibiting companies and 4000+ qualified visitors.
The Student Volunteer Army and New World have remobilised its Grocery Delivery Service in Auckland as the city shifts back into level 3 lockdown.
“This shows that New Zealanders are getting in behind the no alcohol category and following international trends in the beer market.”
There will be 40 lots of wine, many of which were being specially blended, at this year’s event.
New World has launched its Buy NZ, Go NZ campaign, with specials on several New Zealand brands set to run over the next two weeks. Customers could expect sharp prices MORE »
The proposals looked to update current cost recovery settings for a range of existing services, including levies on poultry, bees and dairy.
Southern Pastures has entered into a three-year $50m sustainability-linked farm loan with BNZ and its syndicate.
Freight costs were up 150-200%, labour costs had increased and the exchange rate had risen sharply.
Tasman-based SS Floats has begun a one-year research trial aimed at reducing the number of mussel floats that get lost at sea each year. The aquaculture float specialist had partnered MORE »
Wellington-based Te Aro Wine is relocating to New Plymouth and rebranding as Known Unknown.
The workers will be placed at orchards and vineyards in Hawke’s Bay, Canterbury and the upper South Island.
The Organic Products Bill is going through its final stages in parliament.
There was a substantial increase in the amount of alcohol on the shelves in the second half of 2020, according to Stats NZ.
Marlborough wine producer Lawson’s Dry Hill has achieved carbon zero status.
Pet food manufacturer Royal Canin has partnered with Healthy Pets NZ as its first Human-Animal Bond Partner.
Seeka has announced a 12 cent dividend, payable on 30 March 2021.
Fonterra has lifted the bottom end of its 2021 forecast earnings guidance and narrowed the range to 25-35 cents per share, from 20-35 cents per share.
Menulog will launch a full delivery service this month, as it expands its current online ordering and self delivery platform.
The New Zealand Kiwifruit Growers Inc is offering a harvest “taster day” to tempt job seekers to take up employment in the kiwifruit industry.
Southland will host the Savour the South – Eat Drink Play & Stay event, as the region looks to elevate its reputation as a food and beverage destination.
The Eastern Institute of Technology has launched its Food and Fibre Centre of Vocational Excellence.
New Zealand’s inaugural Food Waste Summit, Te Hui Taumata Moumou Kai o Aotearoa, will take place at Villa Maria Winery on Monday 22 March.
The vacancies came as two directors will retire by rotation this year.
Venture Taranaki will host its second Branching Out event, Avocados: The Taranaki Opportunity.
Snacks producer Annies has kicked off a community fundraising initiative to help schools and non-profit organisations raise money.
The Brewers Association has released its 2021 beer style guidelines, with NZ-style Pale Ale a new addition.
The wine company says it is looking to raise the new funding to progress growth opportunities in NZ.
Frucor Suntory has introduced cardboard packaging to multipacks of Pepsi, Pepsi Max, Mountain Dew and 7UP.
Lewis Road Creamery has launched a new flavour milk creation, Banoffee.
The association awarded undergraduates $5k per year and post-graduates $10k per year.
Ten Queenstown Mall eateries have come together to launch the Queenstown Long Lunch.
The Government has activated the Resurgence Support Payment, in its latest round of Covid-19 support packages.
NZ King Salmon, Delegat Group, and Comvita are this week reporting their six month interim financial results.
South Taranaki’s Taste of the World multicultural food and music festival will take place on Friday 12 March.
Immigration New Zealand is doing more harm than good when it comes to the horticulture sector and the Recognised Seasonal Employer scheme, according to the ACT Party. “A completely inflexible MORE »
The comments follow a report that the Government was not opposed to commercial trout farming.
The Government has eased visa restrictions for visitors already in New Zealand as the Covid-19 pandemic continues to cause havoc overseas.
The awards are New Zealand’s largest and longest running food competition.
The Government will overhaul the rules governing the dietary supplements, says minister for food safety Dr Ayesha Verrall.
Organisations from around New Zealand are joining calls for a ban on single-use products, as the United Nations Environment Assembly gets set to discuss sustainability.
The Agricultural and Marketing Research and Development Trust is taking applications for an associate board member to join its board of trustees. AGMARDT was an independent, not-for-profit charitable trust fostering MORE »
Foodstuffs Own Brands is recalling a specific batch of its Pams brand Bacon Pieces as the product may contain foreign matter in the form aluminium pieces.
Craft beer company BrewDog will expand into New Zealand with the search underway for its first craft beer bar site.
Comvita has goal to grow its digital sales to 50% of the total group by 2025.
Zespri’s first charter shipment of New Zealand fruit is due to depart in March.
Waikato lifestyle block owner Alastair Robert Kane Hughes has been fined for failing to adequately feed 26 cattle.
New Zealand Creameries is recalling its Deep South brand strawberry & cream pavlova premium ice cream due to the presence of an undeclared allergen, egg.
The sector had brought a claim for $450m plus interest.
Horticulture New Zealand is calling on the Government to establish protection for highly productive land.
Judging of the NZ Champions of Cheese Awards 2021 will go ahead in Hamilton this weekend after Auckland’s snap Covid-19 alert level 3 lockdown.
Stats NZ says imports have dropped over $1bn for the month of November 2020.
It comes after the wine firm had its first-ever profitable year as an NZX listed company.
The industry body aired its frustrations at a committee meeting on Thursday.
Kiwis ordered 90,000 batches of the dish this year, according to Menulog.
A difficult 2020 has seen the the industry demonstrate its resilience, says Zespri chair Bruce Cameron.
The Te Puke-based company said the dividend would be paid on 27 January 2021 to all holders of ordinary shares.
The integrated, family-owned horticultural company was taken to court by the local council.
The Advertising Standards Authority’s revision of its voluntary alcohol advertising standards is “little more than rearranging deck chairs on the Titanic”, says the Health Coalition Aotearoa.
Organisers say the event will start 2021 with a loss.
The dental association says the beverage company is encouraging mums to share the drink with their babies.
The Motueka-based beverage firm is releasing a limited edition of three of its drinks.
The Commerce Commission says it is “satisfied” with Fonterra’s milk prices.
New research backed by MPI could help bee hives live longer and be more efficient.
AGMARDT increased its investment in agricultural, horticultural and forestry businesses to $3.6m in the year to June 2020.
From the Billy Goat Curry, to the Dizengoff Classic, the list aims to support local operators in the wake of Covid.
The corn is said to have multi-pesticide resistance.
The Waikato-based wine and gin maker is doing so through its wine collaboration with Sarah Jessica Parker.