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Fonterra hikes milk payout forecast to record level
26 Oct 2021  

Fonterra hikes milk payout forecast to record level

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.


South Island Countdown location of interest
26 Oct 2021  

South Island Countdown location of interest

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


Westland Milk decision in Court of Appeal this week
26 Oct 2021   /

Westland Milk decision in Court of Appeal this week

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 rebrands
26 Oct 2021  

Olam Food Ingredients rebrands

Olam Food Ingredients has rebranded itself as ‘ofi’.


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

Burke’s Brewing among winners at NZ Beer Awards 2021

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


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

A2 Milk responds to more class action moves

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


Restaurant Brands: Solid Q3 despite NZ Covid impacts
22 Oct 2021   /

Restaurant Brands: Solid Q3 despite NZ Covid impacts

Restaurant Brands says it has delivered solid sales growth for its third quarter despite Covid store closures in New Zealand.


Seeka upgrades profit guidance, expects $7m legal payout
22 Oct 2021   /

Seeka upgrades profit guidance, expects $7m legal payout

New Zealand’s largest kiwifruit grower has upgraded its profit guidance for FY21.


‘New generation’ New World for Flaxmere
22 Oct 2021  

‘New generation’ New World for Flaxmere

A new retail complex including a 1,900 square metre New World supermarket plus retail shops has been approved for Flaxmere, Hastings.


Apata’s van den Heuvel wins Young Grower Of The Year
22 Oct 2021   /

Apata’s van den Heuvel wins Young Grower Of The Year

The 25-year-old is an avocado grower services representative at Apata Group, based in the Bay of Plenty.


NZ food leaders lined up for APEC CEO Summit 2021
21 Oct 2021   /

NZ food leaders lined up for APEC CEO Summit 2021

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.


Dad’s Pies takeover application tweaked
21 Oct 2021   /

Dad’s Pies takeover application tweaked

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 secures M&S Singapore deal
21 Oct 2021  

Alliance secures M&S Singapore deal

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 opens first container store
21 Oct 2021   /

Domino’s opens first container store

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.


Chia Sisters in brand refresh
21 Oct 2021   /

Chia Sisters in brand refresh

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


Food Hui 2021 goes online
21 Oct 2021   /

Food Hui 2021 goes online

Eat New Zealand and the Restaurant Association have made the decision to move their Food Hui 2021 online.


$100 ‘dine & discover’ vouchers in Nats new recovery plan
20 Oct 2021   /

$100 ‘dine & discover’ vouchers in Nats new recovery plan

The National Party has launched its Back in Business recovery plan it says will “save livelihoods and unleash our economy”.


Silver Fern Farms raises minimum wage rate by 10%
20 Oct 2021   /

Silver Fern Farms raises minimum wage rate by 10%

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%.


Ebos preps Black Hawk rollout at new A$80m pet food factory
20 Oct 2021   /

Ebos preps Black Hawk rollout at new A$80m pet food factory

Healthcare and animal care company Ebos Group says its new A$80m pet food factory will soon start manufacturing its Black Hawk products.


Supie sees sales surge 1700%
20 Oct 2021   /

Supie sees sales surge 1700%

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.


FGC sets new dates for conference
20 Oct 2021   /

FGC sets new dates for conference

The New Zealand Food & Grocery Council has moved its annual conference to 11-13 May 2022 at the Millennium Hotel in Queenstown.


Terra Vitae Vineyards dips into the red
19 Oct 2021   /

Terra Vitae Vineyards dips into the red

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


Business support package welcome – RA
19 Oct 2021   /

Business support package welcome – RA

The Restaurant Association has welcomed a move by the government to introduce an enhanced business support package.


Mainfreight’s NZ country manager resigns
19 Oct 2021   /

Mainfreight’s NZ country manager resigns

Mainfreight’s New Zealand country manager, Craig Evans, has resigned and is to leave the business at the end of January 2022.


McDonald’s partners with AgResearch in regenerative trial
19 Oct 2021   /

McDonald’s partners with AgResearch in regenerative trial

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.


Fonterra joins Medical Nutrition International Industry
19 Oct 2021  

Fonterra joins Medical Nutrition International Industry

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. 


130k jabs delivered on Super Saturday
18 Oct 2021  

130k jabs delivered on Super Saturday

Super Saturday exceeded expectations with 130,002 doses of the Pfizer Covid-19 vaccine delivered across the country.


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

Sam Neill ‘s Gibbston vineyard on the block

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


Hospitality vital to social mental health and wellbeing – survey
18 Oct 2021   /

Hospitality vital to social mental health and wellbeing – survey

A new international survey from global public opinion and data company YouGov has underlined the contribution hospitality venues make to social and mental wellbeing.


Govt seeks refining food production ideas in waste consultation
18 Oct 2021   /

Govt seeks refining food production ideas in waste consultation

The government is seeking feedback on proposals for a new waste strategy and options for legislation.


New Countdown opens in Hastings
18 Oct 2021  

New Countdown opens in Hastings

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 outlets to change ownership in $2bn deal
15 Oct 2021   /

Z outlets to change ownership in $2bn deal

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.


Scales appoints operations and sustainability manager
15 Oct 2021   /

Scales appoints operations and sustainability manager

Diversified agribusiness Scales has appointed Geoff Smith as chief operations and sustainability officer.


Foodstuffs responds to Sealord category deletion claims
15 Oct 2021   /

Foodstuffs responds to Sealord category deletion claims

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.


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

Sara Lee pricetag confirmed at $100.25m

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


Fonterra to push foodservice to $5bn
15 Oct 2021  

Fonterra to push foodservice to $5bn

Dairy company Fonterra wants to increase the value of its $3bn foodservice business, Anchor Food Professionals, to $5bn.


Comvita Wellness Lab recognised in design award
15 Oct 2021  

Comvita Wellness Lab recognised in design award

Comvita has been recognised at the 2021 Good Design Awards, with its Auckland Wellness Lab receiving gold in the Architectural Design category.


Greenfern to list on NZX with market cap of $21m
14 Oct 2021   /

Greenfern to list on NZX with market cap of $21m

The Taranaki-based medicinal cannabis and hemp producer’s shares start trading on the exchange from 11am Thursday 21 October.


SeaDragon retreats from $1k minimum shareholding condition
14 Oct 2021  

SeaDragon retreats from $1k minimum shareholding condition

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.


$1.5bn Ziwi Peak sale in top three 2021 M&A deals
14 Oct 2021   /

$1.5bn Ziwi Peak sale in top three 2021 M&A deals

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.


Kellogg’s $48m innovation investment in numbers
14 Oct 2021   /

Kellogg’s $48m innovation investment in numbers

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.


Menulog launches 2021 Restaurant Awards
14 Oct 2021   /

Menulog launches 2021 Restaurant Awards

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 lines up pinot vineyard deal
13 Oct 2021   /

Foley Wines lines up pinot vineyard deal

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


September card spend edges up, grocery falters
13 Oct 2021   /

September card spend edges up, grocery falters

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.


Salmonella ECS for chicken, egg suppliers
13 Oct 2021   /

Salmonella ECS for chicken, egg suppliers

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 NZ welcomes visa extensions
13 Oct 2021   /

Hospitality NZ welcomes visa extensions

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 offers chicken box incentive for vaccination
13 Oct 2021   /

KFC offers chicken box incentive for vaccination

KFC is partnering with radio stations ZM and Flava to offer free chicken as part of an NZME campaign encouraging a 90% vaccination rate.


Restaurant Association backs 90% vaccination campaign

Restaurant Association backs 90% vaccination campaign

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 signals ‘strong’ Q1 earnings
12 Oct 2021   /

Comvita signals ‘strong’ Q1 earnings

Comvita has reported its first quarter EBITDA improved by 10.6% compared with Q1 last year.


ComCom releases Tegel Growers Assoc prelim issues
12 Oct 2021   /

ComCom releases Tegel Growers Assoc prelim issues

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.


Help for Hospo distributes $60k to date
12 Oct 2021   /

Help for Hospo distributes $60k to date

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.


Meadow Fresh makes recycled plastic moves for milk bottle
12 Oct 2021   /

Meadow Fresh makes recycled plastic moves for milk bottle

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

Terra Vitae confirms Villa Maria shareholding, Indevin board appt

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


PledgeMe push for brownie and kefir co’s
12 Oct 2021   /

PledgeMe push for brownie and kefir co’s

Auckland’s The Kefir Co and Christchurch’s Badass Brownies are looking for funds via crowdfunding platform PledgeMe.


“Unusual” year for Blue Sky Pastures
11 Oct 2021  

“Unusual” year for Blue Sky Pastures

Shipping issues, storage concerns and absenteeism created an “unusual” year for Blue Sky Pastures.


Just Life warns of lockdown impacts
11 Oct 2021   /

Just Life warns of lockdown impacts

Tony Falkenstein’s Just Life Group says Auckland’s ongoing lockdown will affect the company’s results.


Nestlé’s KitKat V arrives in NZ
11 Oct 2021   /

Nestlé’s KitKat V arrives in NZ

KitKat V will be on New Zealand shop shelves from October 11 for a limited time.


Rockit sales surge during China festival
11 Oct 2021  

Rockit sales surge during China festival

Rockit says its apple sales jumped 94% in Mainland China for the Mid-Autumn Festival sales period, compared to the same time last year.


New premium grocer opens doors
11 Oct 2021   /

New premium grocer opens doors

Four Candles Food Market opened its Auckland store at 10 Constellation Drive, North Shore, over the weekend.


Kāpiti, Wairarapa olive oil makers sweep major awards
11 Oct 2021   /

Kāpiti, Wairarapa olive oil makers sweep major awards

Kāpiti and Wairarapa olive oil makers have swept the annual New Zealand Extra Virgin Olive Oil Awards, winning all five major accolades.


FSANZ calls for genetically modified food feedback
8 Oct 2021  

FSANZ calls for genetically modified food feedback

definitions for ‘food produced using gene technology’ and ‘gene technology’. 


More supermarkets join locations of interest
8 Oct 2021   /

More supermarkets join locations of interest

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.


Hospo “furious” at legal risk over vaccine certificates
8 Oct 2021   /

Hospo “furious” at legal risk over vaccine certificates

Hospitality New Zealand says the “industry’s fury is growing” with the government for not providing legal cover over vaccine certificates.


Mr Apple executive joins NZAPI board
8 Oct 2021   /

Mr Apple executive joins NZAPI board

New Zealand Apples and Pears Incorporated has appointed John Allen as a director to its board.


Food sector giants urge approval of rapid antigen tests
7 Oct 2021  

Food sector giants urge approval of rapid antigen tests

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.


Just Life expands supplements footprint
7 Oct 2021   /

Just Life expands supplements footprint

Tony Falkenstein’s Just Life Group has acquired supplements maker Intenza New Zealand. 


Comvita launches Expo 2020 experience
7 Oct 2021   /

Comvita launches Expo 2020 experience

Mānuka honey exporter Comvita has launched an immersive experience at Expo 2020 Dubai to bring bees, people and nature together.


T&G Global launches healthier Halloween campaign
7 Oct 2021   /

T&G Global launches healthier Halloween campaign

T&G Global has launched a new campaign to showcase its premium Jazz apple as the ‘hero of Halloween’.


AGMARDT, Moana industry scholarships open
7 Oct 2021  

AGMARDT, Moana industry scholarships open

Applications for the 2022 AGMARDT Leadership Scholarships are open.


Vaccine passports should be extended to workplaces – EMA
6 Oct 2021   /

Vaccine passports should be extended to workplaces – EMA

The Employers & Manufacturers Association is calling for the carrying of digital vaccine passports to enter the workplace.


Ngāi Tahu signs aquaculture agreement, eyes marine farming
6 Oct 2021  

Ngāi Tahu signs aquaculture agreement, eyes marine farming

Ngāi Tahu and the government have signed the Southland Regional Aquaculture Agreement.


Retail spending hit, fears for Xmas grow
6 Oct 2021   /

Retail spending hit, fears for Xmas grow

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.


Three-quarters of fruit delivered to Northern Hemisphere – Zespri
6 Oct 2021  

Three-quarters of fruit delivered to Northern Hemisphere – Zespri

“Despite a challenging season, market demand remains positive, following the Northern Hemisphere summer fruit period,” Zespri said. 


Pāua fishery to reopen after earthquake closure
6 Oct 2021   /

Pāua fishery to reopen after earthquake closure

Kaikōura’s pāua fishery, which has been closed since the November 2016 earthquakes disrupted local seabeds, is to reopen.


Hospo pleads for targetted help after “devastating” Auckland decision
5 Oct 2021   /

Hospo pleads for targetted help after “devastating” Auckland decision

Targetted support for the hospitality sector is desperately needed if businesses in Auckland are to survive, say industry groups.


Legacy food firms up for sale
5 Oct 2021  

Legacy food firms up for sale

Two legacy food businesses have come to market in Auckland and Coromandel.


Strong spending rebound outside Auckland – BNZ
5 Oct 2021   /

Strong spending rebound outside Auckland – BNZ

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.


Kiwifruit Breeding Centre launches
5 Oct 2021   /

Kiwifruit Breeding Centre launches

Zespri and Plant & Food Research’s Kiwifruit Breeding Centre 50/50 joint venture opens its doors this week.


NZ wines lauded in New World awards
5 Oct 2021   /

NZ wines lauded in New World awards

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


GIDI funding “significant boost” to ending coal – SFF
4 Oct 2021   /

GIDI funding “significant boost” to ending coal – SFF

Silver Fern Farms says securing a $1m grat from the government will help the company end coal use by 2030.


Chicken farmers seek provisional permission to negotiate with Tegel
4 Oct 2021  

Chicken farmers seek provisional permission to negotiate with Tegel

The New Zealand Tegel Growers Association is asking the Commerce Commission for provisional authorisation to collectively negotiate with Tegel Foods.


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

Indevin “excited by opportunities” after completing Villa Maria purchase

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


NZ Winegrowers, DairyNZ make Biosecurity Awards shortlist
4 Oct 2021   /

NZ Winegrowers, DairyNZ make Biosecurity Awards shortlist

New Zealand Winegrowers and DairyNZ are among 24 finalists unveiled in the 2021 Biosecurity Awards.


B+LNZ delays inaugural awards
4 Oct 2021   /

B+LNZ delays inaugural awards

The inaugural Beef + Lamb New Zealand Awards has been delayed until early next year.


Zespri warns chemical ban likely to hurt revenue
1 Oct 2021   /

Zespri warns chemical ban likely to hurt revenue

Zespri says a proposal to end the use of hydrogen cyanamide will likely hit kiwifruit industry earnings.


Villa Maria sale value revealed
1 Oct 2021   /

Villa Maria sale value revealed

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


Freshmax takes control of BerryCo
1 Oct 2021   /

Freshmax takes control of BerryCo

Freshmax Group has bought out its joint venture partner Southern Produce to take full ownership of blueberry business BerryCo.


Red meat exports jump as China demand surges
1 Oct 2021   /

Red meat exports jump as China demand surges

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, Lincoln University partner on career pathways
1 Oct 2021   /

T&G Global, Lincoln University partner on career pathways

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.


Self-iso pilot for business travel opens for application, costs $1000pp
30 Sep 2021  

Self-iso pilot for business travel opens for application, costs $1000pp

Businesses can now apply to take part in the government’s self-isolation pilot scheduled to start in October.


NZ rock oyster industry revival being scoped
30 Sep 2021   /

NZ rock oyster industry revival being scoped

A project is under way to determine whether Aotearoa New Zealand’s long-defunct rock oyster industry can be revived.


Sweet success for researchers seeking cause of Unique Mānuka Factor
30 Sep 2021   /

Sweet success for researchers seeking cause of Unique Mānuka Factor

New research that has found how mānuka flowers create the Unique Mānuka Factor in honey could help New Zealand producers.


Brewers urge govt, consumers to support hospo

Brewers urge govt, consumers to support hospo

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


Hospitality Awards sets new date, venue for postponed event
30 Sep 2021   /

Hospitality Awards sets new date, venue for postponed event

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.


Hospo, retail groups reject “ludicrous” Covid testing suggestion
29 Sep 2021   /

Hospo, retail groups reject “ludicrous” Covid testing suggestion

Hospitality New Zealand and Retail New Zealand say they have concerns about the government’s request for retail workers to get Covid-19 tests.


Govt moves to help businesses resolve rent disputes
29 Sep 2021  

Govt moves to help businesses resolve rent disputes

Measures are being taken to help businesses resolve disputes over commercial rent, says the government.


Dairies, service stations another way for cheaper groceries
29 Sep 2021  

Dairies, service stations another way for cheaper groceries

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 recalls batch of Classic Chicken Burgers
29 Sep 2021  

Tegel recalls batch of Classic Chicken Burgers

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.


Kiwi spirits on the rise
29 Sep 2021  

Kiwi spirits on the rise

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


Top food industry events postponed
28 Sep 2021   /

Top food industry events postponed

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.


No further Covid found on kiwifruit – Zespri
28 Sep 2021   /

No further Covid found on kiwifruit – Zespri

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.


Arrival dates, criteria set for RSE workers
28 Sep 2021   /

Arrival dates, criteria set for RSE workers

One-way, quarantine-free travel for Recognised Seasonal Employer (RSE) workers from Vanuatu will be allowed from 4 October, says the government.


Fewer than a quarter of RA members support vaccine passport
28 Sep 2021   /

Fewer than a quarter of RA members support vaccine passport

Just under a quarter of Restaurant Association members support a vaccine passport to enter hospitality venues and events.


Fonterra’s Anchor launches new brand campaign
28 Sep 2021   /

Fonterra’s Anchor launches new brand campaign

Fonterra’s consumer dairy brand, Anchor, has launched a new brand platform ‘A Taste of Home’ with a fully integrated brand campaign.


ANZCO founder Sir Graeme joins Nats board
28 Sep 2021   /

ANZCO founder Sir Graeme joins Nats board

ANZCO Foods founder Sir Graeme Harrison has joined the National Party’s board.


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

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

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


$2.5m snapper revenue boost for Sanford
27 Sep 2021  

$2.5m snapper revenue boost for Sanford

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 scrambles after kiwifruit Covid alert in China
27 Sep 2021   /

Zespri scrambles after kiwifruit Covid alert in China

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.


Brewers, produce groups appoint leaders
27 Sep 2021  

Brewers, produce groups appoint leaders

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


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

Delegat to invest $30m to drive growth

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


New catch limits for 15 fish stocks
24 Sep 2021   /

New catch limits for 15 fish stocks

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 marketing during pandemic attracts criticism
24 Sep 2021   /

Fast food marketing during pandemic attracts criticism

Fast food outlets have been criticised for referencing the pandemic in social media posts.


George Weston foods, NZTE win at 2021 Diversity Awards
24 Sep 2021   /

George Weston foods, NZTE win at 2021 Diversity Awards

George Weston Foods has won the supreme award at the 2021 Diversity Awards New Zealand.


Air NZ switches out single-use in eco-serviceware trial
24 Sep 2021   /

Air NZ switches out single-use in eco-serviceware trial

Air New Zealand is testing new eco-serviceware for its international inflight food offerings.


Sanford taps ex-Cavalier CEO Paul Alston to be CFO
23 Sep 2021   /

Sanford taps ex-Cavalier CEO Paul Alston to be CFO

The former Turners & Growers executive will join the listed seafood exporter as CFO next month.


Lockdowns creating challenges and opportunities – Restaurant Brands
23 Sep 2021   /

Lockdowns creating challenges and opportunities – Restaurant Brands

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 »


Consumers support split up of supermarket duopoly – survey
23 Sep 2021   /

Consumers support split up of supermarket duopoly – survey

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.


Restaurant Association releases phase 1 of  recovery roadmap
23 Sep 2021  

Restaurant Association releases phase 1 of recovery roadmap

The Restaurant Association has unveiled stage one of its Future of Hospitality Roadmap to help industry recover from the Covid-19 crisis.


Ebos appoints animal care CEO
23 Sep 2021   /

Ebos appoints animal care CEO

Healthcare and animal care company Ebos Group has appointed Julie Dillon the chief executive of its animal care business.


Progress too slow in circular economy transition – report
22 Sep 2021   /

Progress too slow in circular economy transition – report

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.


Govt urged to implement beverage container return scheme
22 Sep 2021  

Govt urged to implement beverage container return scheme

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


Scientists aim to enhance the`human-ness’ of infant formula
22 Sep 2021  

Scientists aim to enhance the`human-ness’ of infant formula

AgResearch scientists, alongside collaborators from Massey and Monash universities, are aiming to enhance the “human-ness” of infant formula produced from New Zealand ingredients.


Griffin’s adds Snax to Pink Ribbon range
22 Sep 2021   /

Griffin’s adds Snax to Pink Ribbon range

The Griffins Food Company has added Snax Himalayan Pink Salt Crackers to its 2021 Pink Ribbon range.


Date change for food and beer fest
22 Sep 2021  

Date change for food and beer fest

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


Meal planning business MenuAid launches
21 Sep 2021   /

Meal planning business MenuAid launches

Meal planning and delivery platform MenuAid has launched in New Zealand following in the footsteps of international platforms E-meals and Whisk.


Countdown, Pak’nSave latest supermarket locations of interest
21 Sep 2021  

Countdown, Pak’nSave latest supermarket locations of interest

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.


NZABC backs safeguards for use of social influencers
21 Sep 2021  

NZABC backs safeguards for use of social influencers

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


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

Beverage cartons, coffee cups recycler secures funding

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


Bostock, blackcurrant powder among organic award winners
21 Sep 2021   /

Bostock, blackcurrant powder among organic award winners

Six winners have been unveiled at the 2021 Organic New Zealand Awards.


MPI seeks feedback on Draft IHS for ruminant meat
21 Sep 2021   /

MPI seeks feedback on Draft IHS for ruminant meat

The Ministry for Primary Industries is inviting comments on the draft import health standard (IHS) for ruminant meat and ruminant meat products.


Waikato cases cloud Auckland’s ‘in principle’ move to level 3
20 Sep 2021  

Waikato cases cloud Auckland’s ‘in principle’ move to level 3

Prime minister Jacinda Ardern will announce at 4pm this afternoon whether the government will reduce the Covid-19 alert level 4 setting for Auckland.


Food retailers added to locations of interests
20 Sep 2021   /

Food retailers added to locations of interests

Additional Auckland supermarkets, dairies and petrol stations have been added as locations of interest in connection with the Delta outbreak in Auckland.


Testing indicates no salmonella spread – EPF
20 Sep 2021  

Testing indicates no salmonella spread – EPF

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.


Whole kids smoothie drops recall
20 Sep 2021  

Whole kids smoothie drops recall

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


TGA seeks collective bargaining clearance for Tegel growers
20 Sep 2021  

TGA seeks collective bargaining clearance for Tegel growers

The Commerce Commission has received an application from the New Zealand Tegel Growers Association seeking authorisation for collective bargaining with Tegel Foods.


New Countdown for Halswell resi scheme
20 Sep 2021  

New Countdown for Halswell resi scheme

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.


Ardern to join inaugural UN Food Systems Summit
17 Sep 2021   /

Ardern to join inaugural UN Food Systems Summit

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.


NewLynn Countdown attack review agreed
17 Sep 2021  

NewLynn Countdown attack review agreed

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.


Permitted workers required to show Covid test evidence
17 Sep 2021  

Permitted workers required to show Covid test evidence

Workers travelling through the Auckland border checkpoints are now required to produce evidence of a Covid-19 test taken in the prior seven days.


Exporter MIQ pilot signed-off
17 Sep 2021   /

Exporter MIQ pilot signed-off

The government has approved a managed isolation and quarantine allocation pilot for exporters.


Turk’s Poultry Farm in nibbles recall
17 Sep 2021  

Turk’s Poultry Farm in nibbles recall

Turk’s Poultry Farm is recalling specific batches of its Turk’s brand Manuka Smoked Chicken Nibbles as the product may be undercooked.


FSANZ calls for new GM corn comment
17 Sep 2021   /

FSANZ calls for new GM corn comment

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 cuts coal greenhouse gas emissions by 11%
16 Sep 2021   /

Fonterra cuts coal greenhouse gas emissions by 11%

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 site location of interest
16 Sep 2021   /

Gilmours site location of interest

Gilmours Manukau has been named a location of interest in connection with the Delta outbreak in Auckland.


Clarity urged on wage subsidy eligibility
16 Sep 2021  

Clarity urged on wage subsidy eligibility

Hospitality New Zealand has called on the government to provide clarity over eligibility for the wage subsidy.


Govt delays climate change emissions reduction plan
16 Sep 2021  

Govt delays climate change emissions reduction plan

The plan was expected to be released by this December.


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

Pals wins two gongs at World Beverage Innovation Awards

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


Seeka makes $6.6m offer to buy kiwifruit grower
15 Sep 2021   /

Seeka makes $6.6m offer to buy kiwifruit grower

Seeka has made an offer to acquire Kerikeri-based kiwifruit grower Orangewood Limited.


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

ComCom warns packaging company over recyclable cup claims

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


Good Spirits Hospitality gets loan extension
15 Sep 2021   /

Good Spirits Hospitality gets loan extension

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. 


FSNI distribution centre wins top sustainability award
15 Sep 2021   /

FSNI distribution centre wins top sustainability award

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.


Longer Auckland lockdown triggers biz support
14 Sep 2021  

Longer Auckland lockdown triggers biz support

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.


New supermarket locations of interest
14 Sep 2021   /

New supermarket locations of interest

The latest update to Delta locations of interest in Auckland sees more supermarkets added to the Ministry of Health’s list.


Scales’ Mr Apple CEO banks $416k
14 Sep 2021  

Scales’ Mr Apple CEO banks $416k

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.


Comvita, Scales make director changes
14 Sep 2021  

Comvita, Scales make director changes

Manuka honey exporter Comvita has appointed a trio of new board directors, namely Bridget Coates, Yawen Wu and chief executive David Banfield.


NZ fleet needed to help exporters – Maritime Union
14 Sep 2021  

NZ fleet needed to help exporters – Maritime Union

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.


Decision due today on alert levels
13 Sep 2021  

Decision due today on alert levels

Cabinet will decide this afternoon whether to reduce the Covid-19 alert level 4 setting for Auckland.


Farro among food retailers added to locations of interest
13 Sep 2021   /

Farro among food retailers added to locations of interest

A swathe of supermarkets including Farro Mt Eden have been added to the Ministry of Health’s locations of interest in Auckland.


Overall August spend down, grocery up – Stats NZ
13 Sep 2021   /

Overall August spend down, grocery up – Stats NZ

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.


Restaurant Association welcomes Delta decisions…
13 Sep 2021  

Restaurant Association welcomes Delta decisions…

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.


…but targeted support needed for struggling hospo
13 Sep 2021  

…but targeted support needed for struggling hospo

The Restaurant Association and Hospitality New Zealand are calling on the government to provide targeted support for struggling hospitality businesses.


Increased demand for Covid support – IRD
13 Sep 2021  

Increased demand for Covid support – IRD

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.


Plant & Food secures $20m from Endeavour Fund
10 Sep 2021   /

Plant & Food secures $20m from Endeavour Fund

The cash included $14.5m for a new research programme to help develop New Zealand’s horticultural sector to prepare for climate change.


Govt backs robotic asparagus harvester with $2.6m
10 Sep 2021  

Govt backs robotic asparagus harvester with $2.6m

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.


Auckland CBD misses out on $750m due to Covid
10 Sep 2021  

Auckland CBD misses out on $750m due to Covid

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.


Countdown LynnMall reopening planned today
10 Sep 2021  

Countdown LynnMall reopening planned today

Supermarket chain Countdown hoped to re-open its LynnMall store today in Auckland today, but did not specify a time.


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

Cassels lone Kiwi win at World Beer Awards

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


Synlait signs $30m S&L deal
9 Sep 2021   /

Synlait signs $30m S&L deal

Synlait Milk has sold its Auckland premises at Richard Pearce Drive for $30.05m and will lease back the property.


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

Lion fined $10k for breaching overseas investment law

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


Countdown resumes regular trading hours
9 Sep 2021   /

Countdown resumes regular trading hours

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.


East Coromandel scallop fishery to close for two years
9 Sep 2021   /

East Coromandel scallop fishery to close for two years

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.


Red Bull appoints new media agency
9 Sep 2021   /

Red Bull appoints new media agency

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


Less food thrown away during lockdown – study
9 Sep 2021  

Less food thrown away during lockdown – study

A study led by researchers from the University of Auckland has found that less food is thrown away during lockdown.


Restaurant Association calls for operations lockout subsidy
8 Sep 2021   /

Restaurant Association calls for operations lockout subsidy

The Restaurant Association is urging the government to come up with targeted support that reflects the dire situation of its members. 


B+LNZ, MPI in $16.7m ‘green’ beef programme
8 Sep 2021   /

B+LNZ, MPI in $16.7m ‘green’ beef programme

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.


Brewers seek tax relief on destroyed product
8 Sep 2021  

Brewers seek tax relief on destroyed product

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


Foodstuffs stores outside Auckland move to new level 2 conditions
8 Sep 2021  

Foodstuffs stores outside Auckland move to new level 2 conditions

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 launches Envy full moon campaign in Asia
8 Sep 2021   /

T&G launches Envy full moon campaign in Asia

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.


UK free trade deal “making progress” – MFAT
8 Sep 2021  

UK free trade deal “making progress” – MFAT

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.


Countdown LynnMall scene examination complete
7 Sep 2021  

Countdown LynnMall scene examination complete

The police have completed their scene examination at the Countdown and LynnMall shopping centre following Friday’s terror attack.


Good Spirits appoints new director
7 Sep 2021  

Good Spirits appoints new director

Good Spirits Hospitality has appointed commercial lawyer and experienced director John Seton to its board effective immediately.


Country of origin labelling update
7 Sep 2021   /

Country of origin labelling update

The Commerce Commission has updated its information regarding country of origin labelling as part of the Consumer Information Standards (Origin of Food) Regulations 2021.


A2 Milk, Synlait to be removed from S&P/ASX indices
7 Sep 2021   /

A2 Milk, Synlait to be removed from S&P/ASX indices

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.


Lion to shrink plastic packaging
7 Sep 2021   /

Lion to shrink plastic packaging

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


T&G in global Jazz push first
7 Sep 2021   /

T&G in global Jazz push first

T&G Global has launched the first global marketing campaign for its Jazz apple brand following a recent brand refresh.


Good Spirits director departs after 8 months
6 Sep 2021  

Good Spirits director departs after 8 months

Andrew Christie has resigned as a director of Good Spirits Hospitality, effective immediately, Friday 3 September.


Food firms finalists in NZ International Business Awards
6 Sep 2021   /

Food firms finalists in NZ International Business Awards

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.


Dairy pushes export prices higher
6 Sep 2021  

Dairy pushes export prices higher

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.


Vegie Delight mince recall
6 Sep 2021  

Vegie Delight mince recall

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.


Supply chain “holding up well” – NZFGC
6 Sep 2021  

Supply chain “holding up well” – NZFGC

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 aiming for more than 80% staff vaccinated
6 Sep 2021   /

Talley’s aiming for more than 80% staff vaccinated

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’s Sanford stake tops 19% after $38m buy-up
3 Sep 2021   /

Ngāi Tahu’s Sanford stake tops 19% after $38m buy-up

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.


July red meat exports jump 29%
3 Sep 2021   /

July red meat exports jump 29%

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 pledges priority hour for Auckland essential workers
3 Sep 2021   /

Countdown pledges priority hour for Auckland essential workers

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.


Applications open for next round of wage subsidy
3 Sep 2021  

Applications open for next round of wage subsidy

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.


Whitestone offers free cheese for vaccinators to help rollout
3 Sep 2021   /

Whitestone offers free cheese for vaccinators to help rollout

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 partners with Sallies again for kindness campaign
3 Sep 2021  

Domino’s partners with Sallies again for kindness campaign

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.


Hospitality NZ pleads for help as operators reach “breaking point”
2 Sep 2021   /

Hospitality NZ pleads for help as operators reach “breaking point”

Many hospitality businesses will fail due to the lockdown unless the government provides targeted support, says Hospitality New Zealand.


MOH adds around 40 supermarkets to locations of interest
2 Sep 2021   /

MOH adds around 40 supermarkets to locations of interest

Around 40 supermarkets have been added to the Ministry of Health’s list of locations of interest in connection with the current Delta outbreak.


Mainfreight update sees profit jump 83%
2 Sep 2021  

Mainfreight update sees profit jump 83%

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.


Comvita launches share buy-back scheme
2 Sep 2021   /

Comvita launches share buy-back scheme

Manuka honey supplier Comvita says it will acquire up to 350,000 of its shares, which are currently trading at about $3.65.


Bonamia testing process for oysters strengthened
1 Sep 2021   /

Bonamia testing process for oysters strengthened

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.


Union urges centralised bargaining in ComCom grocery submission
1 Sep 2021   /

Union urges centralised bargaining in ComCom grocery submission

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.


Nelson to leave MPI to lead DOC
1 Sep 2021  

Nelson to leave MPI to lead DOC

Penny Nelson is leaving the Ministry for Primary industries to become the Department of Conservation’s director-general and chief executive.


Updated Wellington food directory relaunches for level 3
1 Sep 2021  

Updated Wellington food directory relaunches for level 3

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.


New November date for Food Hui
1 Sep 2021  

New November date for Food Hui

Eat New Zealand and The Restaurant Association have postponed this year’s Food Hui until 1 and 2 November.


Falkenstein’s JLG lifts profit 13%
31 Aug 2021   /

Falkenstein’s JLG lifts profit 13%

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 narrows loss in another challenging year
31 Aug 2021   /

Good Spirits narrows loss in another challenging year

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 »


Kuriger gets agri, Grigg takes trade and export in National Party reshuffle
31 Aug 2021  

Kuriger gets agri, Grigg takes trade and export in National Party reshuffle

The National Party has appointed new spokespeople to a range of portfolios related to New Zealand’s food system.


SFF achieves top environmental certification
31 Aug 2021   /

SFF achieves top environmental certification

Silver Fern Farms says it has achieved Toitū enviromark diamond certification, the highest New Zealand-based environmental certification. 


Govt injects $7m into food security networks
31 Aug 2021  

Govt injects $7m into food security networks

The government has provided an extra $7m for food security networks operating at Covid-19 alert level 4.


ComCom issues anti-collusion reminder for essential services
30 Aug 2021   /

ComCom issues anti-collusion reminder for essential services

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 makes $320k worth of lockdown donations
30 Aug 2021   /

Foodstuffs makes $320k worth of lockdown donations

Foodstuffs is making a number of product donations.


Marlborough Wine Estates appoints UK distributor
30 Aug 2021   /

Marlborough Wine Estates appoints UK distributor

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


MHM Automation profit boost
30 Aug 2021  

MHM Automation profit boost

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 recalls chocolate coconut yoghurt
30 Aug 2021  

Cathedral Cove Naturals recalls chocolate coconut yoghurt

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 opens new Canterbury store
30 Aug 2021  

New World opens new Canterbury store

New World has opened a new supermarket in the suburb of Ravenswood, in the Waimakariri District of North Canterbury during lockdown.


Sportsfuel acquires Nothing Naughty
27 Aug 2021   /

Sportsfuel acquires Nothing Naughty

Sports nutrition retailer Sportsfuel has bought health food manufacturer Nothing Naughty.


Kaimoana top 2020 export at $311m for Māori authorities
27 Aug 2021   /

Kaimoana top 2020 export at $311m for Māori authorities

Kaimoana (seafood), including fish, crayfish, and mussels was the Māori authorities’ top commodities export in 2020 at $311m. 


NZ beef pricing “strong” despite volatility – Rabobank
27 Aug 2021   /

NZ beef pricing “strong” despite volatility – Rabobank

Pricing for New Zealand beef remains strong despite turbulence in global beef markets, according to Rabobank’s latest Global Beef Quarterly report.


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

Lockdown surge in beer sales unsustainable – Brewers Association

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


2100+ Countdown staff isolating, 19 stores visited by Covid cases
27 Aug 2021   /

2100+ Countdown staff isolating, 19 stores visited by Covid cases

More than 2100 Countdown staff members are isolating across New Zealand.


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

Batchwell cracks $1m in cap raise

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


Countdown’s close contact count rises to 1900 staff
26 Aug 2021   /

Countdown’s close contact count rises to 1900 staff

The supermarket chain has more than 1,900 team members across Auckland and Wellington isolating and it expected that number to rise.


July seafood exports jump 29%
26 Aug 2021  

July seafood exports jump 29%

Exports of fish, crustaceans, and molluscs were up $35m or 29% in July to reach $155m, according to Stats NZ.


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

Bakery, coffee sales change has MTA boiling

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


Fond Foods name change
26 Aug 2021  

Fond Foods name change

Kiwi petfood company Fond Foods is changing its name to Superior Pet Food Co from 1 September.


Edmonds and Chelsea back Baking for Better campaign
26 Aug 2021  

Edmonds and Chelsea back Baking for Better campaign

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.


More supermarkets join Covid locations of interest
25 Aug 2021   /

More supermarkets join Covid locations of interest

Four supermarkets have been added this morning to the list of locations of interest connected to the Delta outbreak.


Pork scratchings recalled due to possible Salmonella
25 Aug 2021  

Pork scratchings recalled due to possible Salmonella

Five Eight Distribution Ltd is recalling specific batches of Mr Porky brand Original Scratchings and Crispy Strips due to the possible presence of Salmonella.


Eating out boosts Q2 retail sales
25 Aug 2021   /

Eating out boosts Q2 retail sales

Food and beverage services sales topped $3.38bn in June 2021 quarter, according to Stats NZ’s latest retail trade survey.


Resurgence Support Payment opens for businesses
25 Aug 2021  

Resurgence Support Payment opens for businesses

The government’s Covid-19 Resurgence Support Payment is now open for application.


NZ ice cream award dates moved
25 Aug 2021   /

NZ ice cream award dates moved

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.


Shoppers supportive of new Covid-19 safety measures – Foodstuffs
24 Aug 2021   /

Shoppers supportive of new Covid-19 safety measures – Foodstuffs

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 CMO resigns
24 Aug 2021   /

Blis Technologies CMO resigns

Blis Technologies’ chief marketing officer, Julie Curphey, has resigned from her role effective 29 October 2021.


Calbee potato chips recalled
24 Aug 2021  

Calbee potato chips recalled

Japan Mart has recalled a specific batch of its Calbee brand Potato Chips due to the presence of undeclared allergens, namely fish and mollusc.


Staff won’t be ‘enforcers’ in new mandatory record keeping regime – RA
24 Aug 2021  

Staff won’t be ‘enforcers’ in new mandatory record keeping regime – RA

The government is introducing mandatory record keeping is being introduced for busy places and large gatherings to ensure it can contact trace quickly.


APEC economies commit to 10-year food security roadmap
24 Aug 2021  

APEC economies commit to 10-year food security roadmap

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.


Grain and seed IHS submissions invited
24 Aug 2021   /

Grain and seed IHS submissions invited

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.


Businesses face ‘perfect storm’ after lockdown extension  – Buy NZ Made
23 Aug 2021  

Businesses face ‘perfect storm’ after lockdown extension – Buy NZ Made

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.


Govt restarts childcare scheme for frontline workers
23 Aug 2021   /

Govt restarts childcare scheme for frontline workers

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.


Food Network calls for donations
23 Aug 2021  

Food Network calls for donations

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.


Zespri grower roadshows postponed
23 Aug 2021   /

Zespri grower roadshows postponed

With New Zealand remaining in lockdown until at least Tuesday 24 August, Zespri’s scheduled grower roadshows starting today, 23 August have been postponed.


New plans for Visa Wellington On a Plate
23 Aug 2021  

New plans for Visa Wellington On a Plate

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.


NZ Food Awards finalists announced
23 Aug 2021  

NZ Food Awards finalists announced

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.


Seeka interim profit jumps, FY guidance up
20 Aug 2021   /

Seeka interim profit jumps, FY guidance up

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.


Dairies call for police support, vaccinations
20 Aug 2021   /

Dairies call for police support, vaccinations

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 ramps up online deliveries
20 Aug 2021  

Henry’s ramps up online deliveries

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


DB Breweries brand manager departs
20 Aug 2021  

DB Breweries brand manager departs

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


ComCom approves Fonterra’s milk price forecast
17 Aug 2021   /

ComCom approves Fonterra’s milk price forecast

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.


FoodHQ opens strategic thinking scholarship
17 Aug 2021  

FoodHQ opens strategic thinking scholarship

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.


Kiwifruit NZ board seat confirmed
17 Aug 2021   /

Kiwifruit NZ board seat confirmed

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 shortlisted for design gong
17 Aug 2021  

Comvita’s Wellness Lab shortlisted for design gong

Comvita’s Wellness Lab in Auckland has been shortlisted in the New Zealand Best Design Awards 2021.


Raw milk recall after Listeria detected
16 Aug 2021   /

Raw milk recall after Listeria detected

Real Milk Timaru is recalling batches of its raw milk following the detection of Listeria during routine testing.


Zespri, Plant & Food confirm kiwifruit centre JV
16 Aug 2021   /

Zespri, Plant & Food confirm kiwifruit centre JV

Zespri and Plant & Food Research will launch their 50/50 joint venture Kiwifruit Breeding Centre on 1 October 2021.


D’Esposito departs Takitimu Seafoods
16 Aug 2021  

D’Esposito departs Takitimu Seafoods

Takitimu Seafoods general manager Marcus D’Esposito has resigned from the company.


Organic sav vineyard for sale
16 Aug 2021   /

Organic sav vineyard for sale

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


Four Square opens at Diamond Harbour
16 Aug 2021  

Four Square opens at Diamond Harbour

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.


Greenpeace targets Talley’s ship in bottom trawling protest
13 Aug 2021   /

Greenpeace targets Talley’s ship in bottom trawling protest

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.


NZ potato industry valued at $1.16bn
13 Aug 2021   /

NZ potato industry valued at $1.16bn

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.


Primary production workforce inquiry opens for public submissions
13 Aug 2021  

Primary production workforce inquiry opens for public submissions

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.


Raglan Food Co makes Forbes Asia 100 to Watch
13 Aug 2021  

Raglan Food Co makes Forbes Asia 100 to Watch

The Raglan Food Co is one of three New Zealand companies who made the inaugural Forbes Asia 100 to Watch.


New members for NZACS
13 Aug 2021  

New members for NZACS

The New Zealand Association of Convenience Stores has appointed two new members.


Paroa Bay oyster recall extended
13 Aug 2021  

Paroa Bay oyster recall extended

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 exports to China jump 136% – Bostock
12 Aug 2021   /

Organic apple exports to China jump 136% – Bostock

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.


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

New e-forklifts to cut emissions – DB Breweries

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


Culture&Theory takes out Tegel appointment
12 Aug 2021   /

Culture&Theory takes out Tegel appointment

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.


F&B firms, organisations shortlisted for Sustainable Business Awards
12 Aug 2021   /

F&B firms, organisations shortlisted for Sustainable Business Awards

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 fruit and veges being consumed – survey
12 Aug 2021  

More fruit and veges being consumed – survey

More New Zealanders than ever are eating the recommended daily intake of five fruit and vegetables, according to The 5+ A Day Charitable Trust.


Pantry stocking continues in July – Stats NZ
11 Aug 2021  

Pantry stocking continues in July – Stats NZ

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 alert
11 Aug 2021   /

Paroa Bay Oysters alert

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.


Mung bean sprout Listeria warning
11 Aug 2021  

Mung bean sprout Listeria warning

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 Organics fritter mix recall
11 Aug 2021  

Ceres Organics fritter mix recall

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.


Canterbury tops NZ wine tasting comp
11 Aug 2021  

Canterbury tops NZ wine tasting comp

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


Tegel signals chicken price rise
10 Aug 2021   /

Tegel signals chicken price rise

New Zealand’s largest poultry supplier Tegel is raising chicken prices from mid-August.


Hastings preps for NZ Apples and Pears conference
10 Aug 2021  

Hastings preps for NZ Apples and Pears conference

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.


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

NZFGC submits on animal product, wine regs redesign

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


Ingham’s offers paid vaccination leave
10 Aug 2021   /

Ingham’s offers paid vaccination leave

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 sector finalists in KiwiNet commercialisation awards
10 Aug 2021   /

Food sector finalists in KiwiNet commercialisation awards

Food and agritech success stories are featured among sixteen finalists in the ninth annual KiwiNet Research Commercialisation Awards.


Competition concerns for bread wheat growers
9 Aug 2021  

Competition concerns for bread wheat growers

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.


New regs on stream for whitebait season
9 Aug 2021  

New regs on stream for whitebait season

The 2021 whitebaiting season is about to kick off with new regulations rolling out over three whitebaiting seasons following two years of public engagement.


NZFGC submits on Aus serving size consultation
9 Aug 2021  

NZFGC submits on Aus serving size consultation

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


Commercial baking initiative secures $20k support
9 Aug 2021   /

Commercial baking initiative secures $20k support

An initiative to support the refugee community in New Zealand with training in commercial baking has won a $20,000 grant.


NZTE appoints first Pacific trade commissioner
9 Aug 2021   /

NZTE appoints first Pacific trade commissioner

New Zealand Trade and Enterprise has appointed David Dewar the first New Zealand Trade Commissioner to the Pacific, based in Fiji.


Former HortNZ boss wins Bledisloe Cup
6 Aug 2021  

Former HortNZ boss wins Bledisloe Cup

Former Horticulture New Zealand chief executive, Mike Chapman, has won the Bledisloe Cup for significant services to horticulture for more than 20 years. 


Koo, Hugo’s, Helderberg brand recall
6 Aug 2021  

Koo, Hugo’s, Helderberg brand recall

Several importers are recalling specific batches of Koo, Hugo’s and Helderberg brand canned products due to a packaging fault.


MIA launches worker shortage campaign
6 Aug 2021   /

MIA launches worker shortage campaign

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.


Final call for Eat New Zealand Kaitaki
6 Aug 2021  

Final call for Eat New Zealand Kaitaki

Eat New Zealand is seeking 30 storytellers who have a passion for telling food stories.


EIT offers new online food costing course
6 Aug 2021  

EIT offers new online food costing course

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.


Labour shortage “likely to last years” – ASB
5 Aug 2021   /

Labour shortage “likely to last years” – ASB

New Zealand’s closed border is putting additional strain on the country’s labour market with ASB warning the impacts could last several years.


Industry, environmental groups at loggerheads over bottom trawling
5 Aug 2021  

Industry, environmental groups at loggerheads over bottom trawling

The seafood industry has criticised environmental groups for calling on bottom trawling to be banned.


Speakers named for inaugural Hospitality Summit
5 Aug 2021   /

Speakers named for inaugural Hospitality Summit

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, Fresh Direct staffers make awards shortlist
5 Aug 2021   /

Countdown, Fresh Direct staffers make awards shortlist

Countdown’s Taryn Olsen and Fresh Direct New Zealand’s Avinash de Silva are finalists in the 2021 Chief Information Officer Awards.


MPI raids after $300k of crayfish hits black market
4 Aug 2021  

MPI raids after $300k of crayfish hits black market

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.


New director for Blue Sky Meats
4 Aug 2021  

New director for Blue Sky Meats

Blue Sky Meats has appointed Sarah Brown to its board.


Applications open for new charitable trust funding
4 Aug 2021  

Applications open for new charitable trust funding

The new MG Marketing Charitable Trust has launched to support the horticulture industry.


Queenstown gets first gin garden
4 Aug 2021  

Queenstown gets first gin garden

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


Auckland’s Depot celebrates decade
4 Aug 2021  

Auckland’s Depot celebrates decade

Depot Eatery and Oyster Bar in Auckland will mark its 10th birthday this month with a new mural by graffiti artist Haser.


June red meat exports close to $1bn
3 Aug 2021  

June red meat exports close to $1bn

Exports from the New Zealand red meat sector reached $937m in June, up 16% year-on-year, according to the Meat Industry Association.


Bootleggers mixers secures Aus export deal
3 Aug 2021   /

Bootleggers mixers secures Aus export deal

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


Synlait strikes debt deal with banks
3 Aug 2021  

Synlait strikes debt deal with banks

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 on the block
3 Aug 2021   /

Northland avocado orchard on the block

Northland avocado orchard known as the Broadhurst portfolio is up for sale by tender, closing 4pm August 26.


Nominations open for Iconic Eats Of Auckland 2021
3 Aug 2021  

Nominations open for Iconic Eats Of Auckland 2021

Nominations are now open for Aucklanders to nominate their favourite dish for the 2021 Iconic Auckland Eats list.


Talley’s Ashburton H&S investigation underway
2 Aug 2021   /

Talley’s Ashburton H&S investigation underway

Talleys has confirmed that independent investigation into recent allegations made about health and safety at its Ashburton vegetable factory is well underway.


NZ King Salmon more upbeat
2 Aug 2021  

NZ King Salmon more upbeat

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 meat trays sorted
2 Aug 2021   /

Wellington meat trays sorted

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’s new season production positive
2 Aug 2021   /

Fonterra’s new season production positive

Fonterra has started the new season with production up across the board, according to the firm’s Global Dairy Update for July.


Meat the Need clocks up 408k meals
2 Aug 2021  

Meat the Need clocks up 408k meals

Charity Meat the Need has provided more than 408,783 meals from over 883 donations in just one year.


Fix & Fogg reigns supreme at business awards
2 Aug 2021   /

Fix & Fogg reigns supreme at business awards

Wellington nut butter maker Fix & Fogg was named the supreme prize winner at the Wellington Gold Awards on Thursday night.


Food Nation wins UN plaudit
30 Jul 2021   /

Food Nation wins UN plaudit

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.


Ripple Foods raises $549k from NZ
30 Jul 2021   /

Ripple Foods raises $549k from NZ

US food-tech company Ripple Foods collected $549,450 from New Zealand wholesale investors in its oversubscribed $55m fundraising round.


“We support any move to improve grower returns” – HortNZ on ComCom report
30 Jul 2021   /

“We support any move to improve grower returns” – HortNZ on ComCom report

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 to open in Dunedin
30 Jul 2021  

Taco Bell to open in Dunedin

Taco Bell NZ has announced its third South Island location, with a restaurant planned to be open in Dunedin by the summer.


FSANZ calls for enzyme comment
30 Jul 2021  

FSANZ calls for enzyme comment

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


South Island hat trick for Great NZ Toastie Takeover
30 Jul 2021  

South Island hat trick for Great NZ Toastie Takeover

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, AgriTechNZ partner for clean food future event
29 Jul 2021  

BioTechNZ, AgriTechNZ partner for clean food future event

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.


MPI’s failure to prosecute mass chicken deaths “unacceptable” – SAFE
29 Jul 2021   /

MPI’s failure to prosecute mass chicken deaths “unacceptable” – SAFE

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.


Maritime Union calls for New Zealand shipping congestion solutions
29 Jul 2021  

Maritime Union calls for New Zealand shipping congestion solutions

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.


Grove avocado oil gets Brussels stars
29 Jul 2021  

Grove avocado oil gets Brussels stars

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.


Doors open for the Auckland Food Show
29 Jul 2021  

Doors open for the Auckland Food Show

The Auckland Food Show starts today at the Auckland Showgrounds running through until August 1.


New World Wine Awards judging underway
29 Jul 2021   /

New World Wine Awards judging underway

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


Aquaculture potential highlighted in iwi MOU
28 Jul 2021  

Aquaculture potential highlighted in iwi MOU

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.


Lindsay Farm in raw milk recall
28 Jul 2021  

Lindsay Farm in raw milk recall

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 to ditch coal at Stirling site
28 Jul 2021   /

Fonterra to ditch coal at Stirling site

Fonterra is to stop using coal at its Stirling cheese plant in Otago, moving to wood biomass to fire the site by August 2022.


Food contributes to quarterly inflation rise
28 Jul 2021  

Food contributes to quarterly inflation rise

Inflation for the all households group, as measured by the household living-costs price indexes was 1.1% in the June 2021 quarter.


EnviroWaste joins NZ Food Network
28 Jul 2021  

EnviroWaste joins NZ Food Network

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.


Pita Pit Join Forces With CarbonClick
28 Jul 2021  

Pita Pit Join Forces With CarbonClick

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.


Waitaki in Tetra Pak recycling pilot
27 Jul 2021   /

Waitaki in Tetra Pak recycling pilot

The Waitaki Resource Recovery Trust has partnered with packaging giant Tetra Pak to create a trial collection point for a recycling initiative.


NZFGC submits on sweetener
27 Jul 2021  

NZFGC submits on sweetener

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.


Restaurant Association expands Hospostart
27 Jul 2021   /

Restaurant Association expands Hospostart

The Restaurant Association is expanding its training programme, Hospostart, after receiving further backing from the Ministry of Social Development.


Consumers, companies and sustainability
27 Jul 2021   /

Consumers, companies and sustainability

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’s Huami offers Beijing escape
27 Jul 2021   /

SkyCity’s Huami offers Beijing escape

SkyCity restaurant Huami is staging an immersive cultural experience in conjunction with Heart of the City’s Elemental Festival in Auckland.


Bubble trouble weighs on hospitality
26 Jul 2021  

Bubble trouble weighs on hospitality

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


Salmonella poultry testing extended
26 Jul 2021  

Salmonella poultry testing extended

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.  


Sick leave doubled to 10 days a year
26 Jul 2021  

Sick leave doubled to 10 days a year

Legislation doubling employees’ minimum sick leave entitlement to 10 days came into effect on Saturday 24 July.


Good Bunch goes bananas
26 Jul 2021  

Good Bunch goes bananas

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.


BOP Young Grower of the Year named
26 Jul 2021  

BOP Young Grower of the Year named

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.


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

V Energy asks, can you feel it?

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


General Mills appoints new ANZ boss
23 Jul 2021   /

General Mills appoints new ANZ boss

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


Govt invests $1.56m in food waste projects
23 Jul 2021   /

Govt invests $1.56m in food waste projects

The government is pumping a total of $1.56m into five projects to help address food waste.


New grain legume varieties a step closer to commercial use
23 Jul 2021   /

New grain legume varieties a step closer to commercial use

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.


FSANZ calls for infant formula feedback
23 Jul 2021  

FSANZ calls for infant formula feedback

​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.


250+ exhibitors for Auckland Food Show
23 Jul 2021  

250+ exhibitors for Auckland Food Show

More than 250 exhibitors including more than 100 new companies are set to take the floor at the upcoming Auckland Food Show.


NZTE sees healthy Japan F&B opportunities
22 Jul 2021   /

NZTE sees healthy Japan F&B opportunities

Japanese demand for premium products, products that are safe, sustainable, and trustworthy fits NZ’s F&B profile.


Shellfish biotoxin alert for Hawke’s Bay removed
22 Jul 2021   /

Shellfish biotoxin alert for Hawke’s Bay removed

The Ministry for Primary Industries has removed the public health warning against collecting shellfish from the Hawke Bay.


Speakers named for HortNZ, Seafood NZ conferences
22 Jul 2021  

Speakers named for HortNZ, Seafood NZ conferences

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.


Wait and see for Fonterra fund future
22 Jul 2021  

Wait and see for Fonterra fund future

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.


F&B events make awards shortlist
22 Jul 2021   /

F&B events make awards shortlist

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.


Fairtrade fortnight slated for August
22 Jul 2021  

Fairtrade fortnight slated for August

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.


KiwiHarvest, Wanakup, Hilton score food waste funding
21 Jul 2021   /

KiwiHarvest, Wanakup, Hilton score food waste funding

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.


T&G Global’s shareholding shuffle
21 Jul 2021  

T&G Global’s shareholding shuffle

International fresh produce company T&G Global’s majority shareholder, German multinational conglomerate BayWa AG, has transferred its shares to BayWa Global Produce GmbH.


Cooks Global Foods annual report update
21 Jul 2021  

Cooks Global Foods annual report update

Coffee chain franchise company Cooks Global Foods Limited is working towards releasing its annual report to market on Friday 30 July.


Avocado orchard on the block
21 Jul 2021   /

Avocado orchard on the block

A productive Northland avocado orchard has been placed on the market for sale.


Vegan cheese award winners crowned
21 Jul 2021  

Vegan cheese award winners crowned

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 NZ in sandwiches, wraps and salads recall
20 Jul 2021  

LSG Sky Chefs NZ in sandwiches, wraps and salads recall

LSG Sky Chefs New Zealand is recalling various sandwiches, wraps and salads due to the possible presence of Listeria monocytogenes.


Feedback sought on catch limits for east coast tarakihi
20 Jul 2021  

Feedback sought on catch limits for east coast tarakihi

Fisheries New Zealand is inviting feedback on proposed changes to catch limits and settings for tarakihi stocks on New Zealand’s east coast.


Seafood NZ warns against ‘dangerous assumptions’
20 Jul 2021  

Seafood NZ warns against ‘dangerous assumptions’

Fishing vessels with Covid-stricken crew making headlines have nothing to do with the New Zealand fishing industry.


Brent King to chair Greenfern Industries
20 Jul 2021   /

Brent King to chair Greenfern Industries

New Zealand medicinal cannabis and industrial hemp start-up Greenfern Industries has appointed Brent King as its independent non-executive chair.


SFF Futures backs hort tile drains and water quality research
20 Jul 2021   /

SFF Futures backs hort tile drains and water quality research

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.


MIA calls for halal butchers visa category
19 Jul 2021   /

MIA calls for halal butchers visa category

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 »


HortNZ sees potential GAP in freshwater, carbon changes
19 Jul 2021  

HortNZ sees potential GAP in freshwater, carbon changes

Government policy on freshwater and greenhouse gases must support the horticulture industry and not add unnecessary cost and compliance, according to HortNZ.


Fonterra to revise restructuring following feedback
19 Jul 2021  

Fonterra to revise restructuring following feedback

Farmer feedback set to shape Fonterra’s revised capital structure proposal, according to the dairy co-operative.


New Deer Industry NZ director
19 Jul 2021   /

New Deer Industry NZ director

Central Otago deer farmer and veterinarian Amanda (Mandy) Bell has been selected as a producer member of the Deer Industry NZ board.


Frucor Suntory in native tree planting drive
19 Jul 2021  

Frucor Suntory in native tree planting drive

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


Entries roll in for inaugural vegan cheese awards
19 Jul 2021   /

Entries roll in for inaugural vegan cheese awards

The Vegan Society’s inaugural vegan cheeses awards attracted more than 30 entries from New Zealand plant-based cheese makers.


Ripple Foods $55m fundraise goes live
16 Jul 2021   /

Ripple Foods $55m fundraise goes live

The US plant-based dairy company backed by Goldman Sachs and Prelude Ventures has opened the round to New Zealand wholesale investors.


Exporter and MIQ changes needed – Auckland chamber
16 Jul 2021  

Exporter and MIQ changes needed – Auckland chamber

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.


Foodeast $18m build starts in September
16 Jul 2021   /

Foodeast $18m build starts in September

Development of Hawke’s Bay new $18m food innovation hub, ‘Foodeast’, will start in September.


Nominations open for inaugural B+LNZ awards
16 Jul 2021  

Nominations open for inaugural B+LNZ awards

Entries to the eight categories close on 27 August.


Taste of Taranaki to hit Auckland Food Show
16 Jul 2021  

Taste of Taranaki to hit Auckland Food Show

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 gets results in the kitchen with ‘perfect steak’
15 Jul 2021  

AgResearch gets results in the kitchen with ‘perfect steak’

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.


Hart & Soul butter chicken recall
15 Jul 2021  

Hart & Soul butter chicken recall

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.


Fonterra, AGMARDT back UV treatment tech
15 Jul 2021  

Fonterra, AGMARDT back UV treatment tech

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.


Gig economy workers worse off – CTU
15 Jul 2021  

Gig economy workers worse off – CTU

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.


Entries open for NZTE’s Te Kōmaru – Māori investment showcase
15 Jul 2021  

Entries open for NZTE’s Te Kōmaru – Māori investment showcase

New Zealand Trade and Enterprise is calling for applications for Te Kōmaru – its annual Māori investment showcase.


Starting gun fired for Batchwell fundraise
14 Jul 2021   /

Starting gun fired for Batchwell fundraise

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


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

Giesen to add Rosé to 0% portfolio

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


Yes vote for Beef + Lamb NZ levy
14 Jul 2021  

Yes vote for Beef + Lamb NZ levy

Farmers have supported the continuation of sheepmeat and beef levies which fund industry organisation Beef + Lamb NZ following a six yearly referendum.


Restaurant director fined for exploiting worker
14 Jul 2021  

Restaurant director fined for exploiting worker

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.


SAFE launches campaign against colony cages
14 Jul 2021  

SAFE launches campaign against colony cages

Animal welfare organisation SAFE has launched its Free Hens from Cages campaign, calling on the government to ban colony cages.


Kiwifruit industry needs 24k workers for 2022 – NZKGI
13 Jul 2021   /

Kiwifruit industry needs 24k workers for 2022 – NZKGI

The kiwifruit industry will need 24,000 seasonal workers in 2022, says New Zealand Kiwifruit Growers Inc.


Alliance appoints first associate director
13 Jul 2021  

Alliance appoints first associate director

Alliance Group has appointed Victoria Trayner to be its first associate director.


Packaging Forum brings soft plastic recycling to Hawke’s Bay
13 Jul 2021  

Packaging Forum brings soft plastic recycling to Hawke’s Bay

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 »


600 plantings made to support kiwifruit pollination
13 Jul 2021   /

600 plantings made to support kiwifruit pollination

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 central to Elemental AKL Festival
13 Jul 2021  

Food events central to Elemental AKL Festival

Food events and hospitality will play a big part in the Elemental AKL Festival launching tomorrow in Tāmaki Makaurau Auckland.


Spiers Foods in salad recall
12 Jul 2021   /

Spiers Foods in salad recall

Speirs Foods is recalling specific batches of its ready to eat salads due to the possible presence of Listeria monocytogenes.


FMA clears Fonterra on write-downs
12 Jul 2021   /

FMA clears Fonterra on write-downs

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.


Early harvest for NZ citrus – T&G
12 Jul 2021   /

Early harvest for NZ citrus – T&G

T&G Fresh is expecting to harvest around 500 tonnes of navel oranges over the next three weeks, after harvest started early this season.


Landcorp/Pāmu lifts profit forecast to up to $64m
12 Jul 2021  

Landcorp/Pāmu lifts profit forecast to up to $64m

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.


Wheat, meat and grower awards
12 Jul 2021  

Wheat, meat and grower awards

Allen and Jo Johnstone of Te Kuiti’s Wallace Johnstone Ltd have won the Silver Fern Farms Plate to Pasture awards.


Retail meat apprenticeships on the move
12 Jul 2021  

Retail meat apprenticeships on the move

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.


Seeka invests $2.6m into hort tech startup
9 Jul 2021   /

Seeka invests $2.6m into hort tech startup

New Zealand’s largest kiwifruit grower, Seeka, has bought a $2.6m minority stake in hort tech startup Fruitometry.


FGC to support members on folic acid plan
9 Jul 2021  

FGC to support members on folic acid plan

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 to launch carbon zero beef
9 Jul 2021   /

Silver Fern Farms to launch carbon zero beef

Silver Fern Farms co-chair Rob Hewett has announced four key sustainability goals at its annual farmer conference in Wellington.


B+LNZ upbeat on US demand
9 Jul 2021  

B+LNZ upbeat on US demand

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 details strategy
9 Jul 2021  

Plant & Food Research details strategy

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.


Downs to take helm at NZ Story
9 Jul 2021  

Downs to take helm at NZ Story

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 in prepack salad recall
8 Jul 2021   /

Countdown in prepack salad recall

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.


RJ’s New Zealand goes palm oil free
8 Jul 2021  

RJ’s New Zealand goes palm oil free

New Zealand confectionery company RJ’s said its products will be produced without palm oil from this week.


May meat exports top $877m
8 Jul 2021  

May meat exports top $877m

New Zealand exported red meat and co-products worth $877m during May, according to the latest analysis from the Meat Industry Association.


Paymark Q2 retail spend strong
8 Jul 2021   /

Paymark Q2 retail spend strong

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.


Devonport Chocolates marks 30 years
8 Jul 2021  

Devonport Chocolates marks 30 years

Family-owned Devonport Chocolates has launched an Anniversary Selection pack to celebrate 30 years of business this month.


PI Summit 2021: Industry leaders, food firms recognised
7 Jul 2021  

PI Summit 2021: Industry leaders, food firms recognised

Malcolm Bailey of Dairy Companies Association of New Zealand took out the top prize of Outstanding Contribution to Primary Industries NZ Award.


ComCom updates Fonterra milk price calculation framework
7 Jul 2021   /

ComCom updates Fonterra milk price calculation framework

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 appoints new exclusive social agency
7 Jul 2021   /

DB Breweries appoints new exclusive social agency

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


Food & Fibre CoVE partners up with Te Pūkenga
7 Jul 2021   /

Food & Fibre CoVE partners up with Te Pūkenga

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.


Feed Your Future campaign concludes
7 Jul 2021  

Feed Your Future campaign concludes

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.


Gates open for Silver Fern Farms and Pasture Summit events
7 Jul 2021  

Gates open for Silver Fern Farms and Pasture Summit events

The Silver Fern Farms’ 2021 Farmer Conference gets underway in Wellington, while the Pasture Summit takes place in Hamilton.


OIO greenlights A2 Milk’s $268m Mataura deal
6 Jul 2021  

OIO greenlights A2 Milk’s $268m Mataura deal

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.


RMA replacement must consider food security – HortNZ
6 Jul 2021  

RMA replacement must consider food security – HortNZ

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.


Food sector conferences kick-off
6 Jul 2021  

Food sector conferences kick-off

New Zealand’s primary industry stakeholders will gather in Christchurch from today for the annual two day Primary Industries New Zealand Summit 2021.


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

AF Drinks takes flight with Air NZ for Dry July

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


Calling all Aotearoa biosecurity heroes
6 Jul 2021   /

Calling all Aotearoa biosecurity heroes

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.


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

East Imperial to complete $60m London listing

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


GoodFor gets $2.2m max raise target
5 Jul 2021   /

GoodFor gets $2.2m max raise target

Package-free, lifestyle grocery store GoodFor has raised $2.2m of fresh cash, hitting its maximum capital raise target.


Honey exports on track for 13% growth
5 Jul 2021  

Honey exports on track for 13% growth

Honey exports are on track to rise 13% to $480m in 2020-21 according to MPI’s latest Situation and Outlook for Primary Industries.


Aquaculture, shipping on agenda at marine conference
5 Jul 2021   /

Aquaculture, shipping on agenda at marine conference

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.


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

NZ nabs spots in International Wine Challenge 2021

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


Kiwifruit harvest success despite labour issues
2 Jul 2021   /

Kiwifruit harvest success despite labour issues

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.


Biopak launches new composting network
2 Jul 2021  

Biopak launches new composting network

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.


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

Dunedin craft beer and food fest to return in Oct

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


Women in Wine mentoring programme starts
2 Jul 2021   /

Women in Wine mentoring programme starts

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


August F&B collab workshop
2 Jul 2021   /

August F&B collab workshop

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.


NZ finishes full dairy season up 1.5% – Fonterra
1 Jul 2021  

NZ finishes full dairy season up 1.5% – Fonterra

Fonterra’s New Zealand milk collection for May 2021 was 75.3 million kgMS, 7.7% higher than the same month last year.


HVN backs kiwifruit sleep link study
1 Jul 2021   /

HVN backs kiwifruit sleep link study

A study examining the effects of green kiwifruit on sleep quality and the sleep-wake cycle in healthy males has been awarded HVN funding.


Pavillion Beef and Gravy Pies recalled
1 Jul 2021  

Pavillion Beef and Gravy Pies recalled

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 unveils ‘super premium’ experience
1 Jul 2021  

Hastings Distillers unveils ‘super premium’ experience

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


RA plans ‘lights out’ to highlight hospo labour shortage
1 Jul 2021   /

RA plans ‘lights out’ to highlight hospo labour shortage

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 »


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

Lisa King’s AF Drinks does Countdown

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


GoodFor going strong in $1.8m fundraise
30 Jun 2021   /

GoodFor going strong in $1.8m fundraise

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 backs plastics ban
30 Jun 2021  

The Packaging Forum backs plastics ban

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 crop sells for $472m
30 Jun 2021   /

Zespri’s northern hemisphere crop sells for $472m

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 lifts off in China
30 Jun 2021  

The Flying Winemaker lifts off in China

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


Fonterra exits China jv in $163m deal
29 Jun 2021   /

Fonterra exits China jv in $163m deal

Fonterra is offloading its two joint venture farms in China to Singapore-based AustAsia Investment Holdings for $163m.


Pak’nSave launches inaugural can campaign, pledges $100k
29 Jun 2021   /

Pak’nSave launches inaugural can campaign, pledges $100k

Pak’nSave has launched a campaign to help deliver products and donations to community organisations feeding hungry families.


KVH calls for grower nominations
29 Jun 2021   /

KVH calls for grower nominations

The Kiwifruit Vine Health board is calling for nominations for one grower director for a term of three years.


Rural Professionals Fund opens for round two
29 Jun 2021  

Rural Professionals Fund opens for round two

The Rural Professionals Fund, established by the Our Land and Water National Science Challenge, is calling for applications for a second round of funding.


Apiculture NZ crowns national honey competition winners
29 Jun 2021   /

Apiculture NZ crowns national honey competition winners

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 sign off $36m King Honey deal
28 Jun 2021   /

Me Today shareholders sign off $36m King Honey deal

Me Today shareholders have approved the $36m purchase of King Honey with an overwhelming 99.99% vote in favour.


Dairy drives up May exports
28 Jun 2021   /

Dairy drives up May exports

Monthly goods exports were up $461m to $5.9bn after a 12% rise in dairy products in the month of May, according to StatsNZ.


MPI seeks feedback on animal product, wine rules
28 Jun 2021  

MPI seeks feedback on animal product, wine rules

The Ministry for Primary Industries is calling for feedback on its draft redesign of the Animal Products Act 1999 and the Wine Act 2003.


Distillers celebrate NZ spirit award wins
28 Jun 2021   /

Distillers celebrate NZ spirit award wins

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


B+LNZ levy referendum vote deadline looms
28 Jun 2021  

B+LNZ levy referendum vote deadline looms

There are only two weeks to vote in the Beef + Lamb New Zealand 2021 sheepmeat and beef levy referendum.


Fonterra, Synlait, Tip Top among food firms backing safety research
25 Jun 2021  

Fonterra, Synlait, Tip Top among food firms backing safety research

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.


Economic constraints like labour shortages growing – BusinessNZ
25 Jun 2021   /

Economic constraints like labour shortages growing – BusinessNZ

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.


US F&B trade looks strong for year ahead – NZUS Council
25 Jun 2021   /

US F&B trade looks strong for year ahead – NZUS Council

The US is likely to remain the largest market for wine and beef exporters over the coming 12 months, according to NZUS Council.


NZFGC submits organics feedback
25 Jun 2021   /

NZFGC submits organics feedback

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 Feast Matariki 2021 standouts
25 Jun 2021  

Eat New Zealand’s Feast Matariki 2021 standouts

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.


Event uncertainty in wake of ASB Showgrounds liquidation
24 Jun 2021   /

Event uncertainty in wake of ASB Showgrounds liquidation

Uncertainty surrounds events scheduled for Auckland’s ASB Showgrounds after the venue suddenly announced its liquidation on Tuesday.


Feedback sought on fisheries catch limits
24 Jun 2021  

Feedback sought on fisheries catch limits

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’s Lutz departs after nine years
24 Jun 2021   /

T&G’s Lutz departs after nine years

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’s ‘greenest store’ opens in Nelson
24 Jun 2021  

Countdown’s ‘greenest store’ opens in Nelson

Countdown has opened the doors to New Zealand’s first Green Star-rated supermarket located in Richmond, Nelson.


Ports audit results released, interactive export map unveiled
24 Jun 2021   /

Ports audit results released, interactive export map unveiled

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.


NZ King Salmon appoints CFO
23 Jun 2021   /

NZ King Salmon appoints CFO

New Zealand King Salmon has appointed Kiwibank’s deputy chief financial officer, Ben Rodgers, as its new CFO.


Lychees, mangoes imports from Taiwan suspended
23 Jun 2021   /

Lychees, mangoes imports from Taiwan suspended

The Ministry for Primary Industries has suspended imports of fresh lychees and mangoes from Taiwan after live fruit fly larvae were discovered on shipments.


Borders must open wider for key workers – business chamber
23 Jun 2021  

Borders must open wider for key workers – business chamber

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 NZ flags gas ban concerns
23 Jun 2021  

Hospitality NZ flags gas ban concerns

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.


Bay of Plenty launches food story collective
23 Jun 2021  

Bay of Plenty launches food story collective

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.


Final call for Seafood Stars awards nominations
23 Jun 2021  

Final call for Seafood Stars awards nominations

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.


NZ over-reliant on global shipping operators – union
22 Jun 2021   /

NZ over-reliant on global shipping operators – union

New Zealand is over-reliant on global shipping operators leaving the country’s imports and exports exposed, says the Maritime Union.


Real Milk Timaru in recall
22 Jun 2021  

Real Milk Timaru in recall

Real Milk Timaru is recalling specific batches of its Real Milk Timaru brand raw (unpasteurised) drinking milk as the product may contain Listeria monocytogenes.


Bycatch reduction, fishing vessel cameras will help protect albatross – govt
22 Jun 2021  

Bycatch reduction, fishing vessel cameras will help protect albatross – govt

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.


Serial offender to face charges over pāua poaching
22 Jun 2021   /

Serial offender to face charges over pāua poaching

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.


Honorary fishery officers get volunteer week recognition
22 Jun 2021  

Honorary fishery officers get volunteer week recognition

The Ministry for Primary Industries’ honorary fishery officers are among the thousands of volunteers being honoured as part of National Volunteers Week.


SeaDragon secures $500k loan note
21 Jun 2021  

SeaDragon secures $500k loan note

SeaDragon has restructured its borrowings from majority shareholder Pescado securing $500k via a mandatory convertible loan note.


Rockit investor hits $80m fund target, looks for $100m
21 Jun 2021   /

Rockit investor hits $80m fund target, looks for $100m

Tauranga-based private equity firm Oriens Capital has raised its target of $80m for its second fund.


People moves at Foley, B+LNZ, Natural Health Products
21 Jun 2021  

People moves at Foley, B+LNZ, Natural Health Products

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.


T&G signs off 6c dividend
21 Jun 2021  

T&G signs off 6c dividend

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.


Food firms triumph at business awards
21 Jun 2021  

Food firms triumph at business awards

Family-owned Corson Grains was crowned the supreme winner of the 2021 Westpac Tairawhiti Business Excellence Awards.


Govt invests $68m for fishing cameras, requires all catch brought to shore
18 Jun 2021  

Govt invests $68m for fishing cameras, requires all catch brought to shore

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.


Third egg producer linked to Salmonella  bug
18 Jun 2021   /

Third egg producer linked to Salmonella bug

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.


NZ food & fibre exports to hit $49bn in 2022
18 Jun 2021  

NZ food & fibre exports to hit $49bn in 2022

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.


HVN invests in NZ macadamia nuts project
18 Jun 2021  

HVN invests in NZ macadamia nuts project

The High-Value Nutrition (HVN) National Science Challenge is backing a new project to deepen understanding around New Zealand-grown macadamia nuts.


Hawke’s Bay shellfish warning
18 Jun 2021   /

Hawke’s Bay shellfish warning

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.


Eating out helps out – GDP up 1.6% in Q1
18 Jun 2021   /

Eating out helps out – GDP up 1.6% in Q1

Gross domestic product rose by 1.6% in the March 2021 quarter, with increased spending on eating out, accommodation and big ticket items.


SFF Futures backs $22m project
17 Jun 2021  

SFF Futures backs $22m project

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.


Back by popular demand – McCain Smiles
17 Jun 2021   /

Back by popular demand – McCain Smiles

After a 12-year hiatus, frozen food giant McCain has brought back smiles.


Supply chain congestion continues – NZTE
17 Jun 2021  

Supply chain congestion continues – NZTE

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


Govt’s 2019 tarakihi decision wrong – High Court
17 Jun 2021   /

Govt’s 2019 tarakihi decision wrong – High Court

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.


Meatless Farm launches crowdfunding campaign
17 Jun 2021  

Meatless Farm launches crowdfunding campaign

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.


Industry bodies release climate change resource for students
17 Jun 2021  

Industry bodies release climate change resource for students

Beef + Lamb, DairyNZ and Federated Farmers have released what they describe as a new climate change education resource.


Scales walks away from Villa Maria
16 Jun 2021   /

Scales walks away from Villa Maria

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


Non-alcoholic drinks biggest mover in May food prices
16 Jun 2021   /

Non-alcoholic drinks biggest mover in May food prices

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.


Food investor Rangatira back in the black
16 Jun 2021  

Food investor Rangatira back in the black

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.


B+LNZ launches employment hub
16 Jun 2021  

B+LNZ launches employment hub

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 open for New World Wine Awards
16 Jun 2021   /

Entries open for New World Wine Awards

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


NZ Dairy Industry Awards and Westpac part ways
16 Jun 2021   /

NZ Dairy Industry Awards and Westpac part ways

Westpac NZ is ending its position as national sponsor of New Zealand Dairy Industry Awards after more than ten years.


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

Hawke’s Bay’s Sacred Hill for sale

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


Fieldays ready for action
15 Jun 2021  

Fieldays ready for action

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.


Apple industry winter employee funding
15 Jun 2021  

Apple industry winter employee funding

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.


$50k HVN funding puts plums in spotlight
15 Jun 2021   /

$50k HVN funding puts plums in spotlight

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.


Ebos appoints new independent director
15 Jun 2021   /

Ebos appoints new independent director

Healthcare and animal care company Ebos Group has appointed Dr Tracey Batten as an independent director.


Robotics unlock packhouse efficiencies at Rockit
15 Jun 2021   /

Robotics unlock packhouse efficiencies at Rockit

International food processing technology company, MHM Automation, has designed what it describes as world-leading robotic technology for apple company Rockit Global.


Specialised food spend up, supermarket down – Stats NZ
14 Jun 2021  

Specialised food spend up, supermarket down – Stats NZ

Seasonally adjusted card spending rose by $189m or 2.3% between April 2021 and May 2021, with consumables rising 40%.


FSANZ calls for comment on food additive sweetener
14 Jun 2021  

FSANZ calls for comment on food additive sweetener

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.


Smaller harvest means tough decisions – NZ Wine
14 Jun 2021  

Smaller harvest means tough decisions – NZ Wine

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


Foodstuffs gets MOOTY with it
14 Jun 2021  

Foodstuffs gets MOOTY with it

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.


NZ triumphs at Black Jar honey contest
14 Jun 2021  

NZ triumphs at Black Jar honey contest

New Zealand honey company Manawa Honey has won the grand prize at the 10th Black Jar Contest.


PFR in purple patch with 11 new blueberry varieties
11 Jun 2021  

PFR in purple patch with 11 new blueberry varieties

Plant & Food Research has made eleven new blueberry varieties available to New Zealand-based growers.


Me Today opens $3.75m retail offer
11 Jun 2021  

Me Today opens $3.75m retail offer

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 NZ trials new snacks on domestic flights
11 Jun 2021  

Air NZ trials new snacks on domestic flights

Air New Zealand is trialling new snacks on its domestic flights.


Rabobank joins dairy peers at $8/kgMS
11 Jun 2021   /

Rabobank joins dairy peers at $8/kgMS

Rabobank has increased its forecast farmgate milk price for the 2021/22 dairy season to $8/kgMS – the same as peers including Fonterra.


Foodstuffs backs the NZ Food Network
11 Jun 2021  

Foodstuffs backs the NZ Food Network

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.


Bell rings for new SME stock exchange
11 Jun 2021   /

Bell rings for new SME stock exchange

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.


Happy Valley Nutrition lands US ingredient deal
10 Jun 2021  

Happy Valley Nutrition lands US ingredient deal

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.


Meat, dairy sales volumes grow in Q1
10 Jun 2021  

Meat, dairy sales volumes grow in Q1

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 sees strong 2020 US performance
10 Jun 2021  

Beef + Lamb sees strong 2020 US performance

Beef + Lamb New Zealand has reported strong growth and increased demand for grass-fed, pasture-raised beef and lamb in the US.


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

Yealands harvest big on quality, moderate on crops

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


Environmental hubs get $6.4m goverment grant
10 Jun 2021  

Environmental hubs get $6.4m goverment grant

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 dominates RTD market
9 Jun 2021  

Asahi Beverages dominates RTD market

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


MPI to present oyster parasite test results
9 Jun 2021   /

MPI to present oyster parasite test results

The Ministry for Primary Industries will present the results of its oyster testing for the Bonamia ostreae parasite in the Foveaux Strait.


NZFGC makes submissions on menu labelling, food enzyme
9 Jun 2021  

NZFGC makes submissions on menu labelling, food enzyme

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.


Invite only Feed our Future event starts
9 Jun 2021  

Invite only Feed our Future event starts

The Riddet Institute is today hosting Feed our Future: A New Zealand Sustainable Food Systems Dialogue.


Young fruitgrower of the year makes it a double
9 Jun 2021  

Young fruitgrower of the year makes it a double

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.


Eat Real corn puff recall
8 Jun 2021   /

Eat Real corn puff recall

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.


April red meat sector exports stable at $863m
8 Jun 2021   /

April red meat sector exports stable at $863m

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.


APEC trade ministers pledge action on agri tariffs
8 Jun 2021  

APEC trade ministers pledge action on agri tariffs

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.


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

Reduced volume, increased quality for winemakers – Babich

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


Inaugural NZ Hospitality Summit set for September
8 Jun 2021  

Inaugural NZ Hospitality Summit set for September

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 & Food mentoring wins HR gong
8 Jun 2021   /

Plant & Food mentoring wins HR gong

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 reopens to trucks, reconnects SH1
4 Jun 2021  

Ashburton bridge reopens to trucks, reconnects SH1

Ashburton bridge reopened to trucks on Thursday morning after stress testing showed the flood-damaged structure was stable.


Covid exposes NZ fisheries’ dependence on foreign labour – govt
4 Jun 2021  

Covid exposes NZ fisheries’ dependence on foreign labour – govt

Covid-19 has highlighted the dependence of parts of the fishing sector on foreign workers, says the government.


Fonterra restructure feedback “diverse”
4 Jun 2021  

Fonterra restructure feedback “diverse”

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.


New Gisborne Countdown store opens
4 Jun 2021  

New Gisborne Countdown store opens

Countdown’s new 3,876 square metre Gisborne store has been officially opened by mayor Rehette Stoltz.


Kāpiti food business intro sessions
4 Jun 2021   /

Kāpiti food business intro sessions

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 joins school lunch programme
4 Jun 2021   /

Pita Pit joins school lunch programme

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 apologises for packaging mix-up
3 Jun 2021  

Zeffer apologises for packaging mix-up

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


Dual accreditation for Comvita lab
3 Jun 2021   /

Dual accreditation for Comvita lab

Manuka honey company Comvita’s in-house honey testing laboratory has been awarded accreditation under the International Accreditation New Zealand Laboratory Accreditation Programme.


Meat, dairy exports fall in March year
3 Jun 2021   /

Meat, dairy exports fall in March year

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 gets $10m of wholesale support
3 Jun 2021   /

Me Today gets $10m of wholesale support

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.


Pita Pit signs deal with Plexure
3 Jun 2021  

Pita Pit signs deal with Plexure

High Street quick service restaurant chain Pita Pit has signed a deal with global mobile engagement solutions provider Plexure.


Producers vie for primary industry award
3 Jun 2021  

Producers vie for primary industry award

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 to help stocks – govt
3 Jun 2021  

New whitebaiting rules to help stocks – govt

New whitebaiting rules will help preserve stocks of the delicacy, says acting conservation minister Ayesha Verrall.


Zeffer in apple cider recall
2 Jun 2021  

Zeffer in apple cider recall

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


Rockit Global opens new headquarters
2 Jun 2021  

Rockit Global opens new headquarters

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.


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

Covid pushes Cooks Global Foods further into the red

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


O’Connor leads virtual trade mission to Japan
2 Jun 2021  

O’Connor leads virtual trade mission to Japan

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.


Broken Heart Spirits releases limited edition gin
2 Jun 2021  

Broken Heart Spirits releases limited edition gin

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


Dairy Woman of the Year to join AGMARDT
2 Jun 2021   /

Dairy Woman of the Year to join AGMARDT

AGMARDT has announced the appointment of Trish Rankin as the next associate board member to join its board of trustees.


A2 responds to reports of potential class action
1 Jun 2021  

A2 responds to reports of potential class action

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


Peter Timbs Meat recall
1 Jun 2021  

Peter Timbs Meat recall

Christchurch’s Peter Timbs Meats is recalling specific batches of its cooked meat due to the possible presence of Listeria.


Synlait hikes milk price forecast
1 Jun 2021  

Synlait hikes milk price forecast

Synlait Milk has increased its forecast base milk price for the 2020/2021 season by 35 cents to $7.55 kgMS.


FSANZ launches electrolyte drink consultation
1 Jun 2021  

FSANZ launches electrolyte drink consultation

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


OIO approves $3.5m New Plymouth sale
1 Jun 2021  

OIO approves $3.5m New Plymouth sale

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.


Joval Wines to expand Otago vineyard
1 Jun 2021   /

Joval Wines to expand Otago vineyard

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


Venture Taranaki scoops premier EDNZ award
31 May 2021   /

Venture Taranaki scoops premier EDNZ award

Venture Taranaki received the premier award for best practice for its business services grant at the 2021 Economic Development NZ Awards.


Two directors for PharmaZen
31 May 2021  

Two directors for PharmaZen

Christchurch biotechnology company PharmaZen, which trades as Waitaki Biosciences, has made two appointments to its board.


Dionysus poaches The Warehouse marketing talent
31 May 2021   /

Dionysus poaches The Warehouse marketing talent

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


Whitestone opens doors in Auckland
31 May 2021  

Whitestone opens doors in Auckland

Oamaru’s Whitestone Cheese has opened its cheese bar in Auckland’s Viaduct.


Olive Black takes gong in New York
31 May 2021   /

Olive Black takes gong in New York

Wairarapa olive oil producer Olive Black has won a gold medal at the New York International Olive Competition.


Food & Fibre Youth Network launched
31 May 2021   /

Food & Fibre Youth Network launched

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 detection prompts defence measures
28 May 2021   /

Salmonella detection prompts defence measures

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.


A season of challenges for Summerfruit NZ
28 May 2021  

A season of challenges for Summerfruit NZ

Oversupply of fruit saw prices slump in the summer adding to what was described as a “challenging” season in Summerfruit NZ’s annual report.


Hort Connections to go ahead in Brisbane as planned
28 May 2021   /

Hort Connections to go ahead in Brisbane as planned

Annual trade show and conference confirmed for 7-9 June despite Victoria lockdown.


Swisse Wellness NZ gets new GM
28 May 2021  

Swisse Wellness NZ gets new GM

Hayes Taylor has been appointed general manager of Auckland-based supplement and vitamin company Swiss Wellness NZ.


NZ Food Awards gala dinner goes to Palmy
28 May 2021  

NZ Food Awards gala dinner goes to Palmy

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 and Pams in product recall
27 May 2021  

Back Country and Pams in product recall

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.


Cawthron opens national seaweed research centre
27 May 2021  

Cawthron opens national seaweed research centre

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.


Dairy drags April exports
27 May 2021  

Dairy drags April exports

In April 2021, the value of total goods exports rose 1.2% or $65m compared with April 2020, to $5.4bn.


Marae food safety tool kit pilot launched
27 May 2021  

Marae food safety tool kit pilot launched

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 raises $4.1m from rights issue
26 May 2021  

JLG raises $4.1m from rights issue

JLG has raised more than $4m in a rights offer launched to part-fund its $17m acquisition of supplement provider About Health.


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

Top international wines picked for inaugural Gilmours awards

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


Stats NZ: Q1 retail spend up, food down
26 May 2021   /

Stats NZ: Q1 retail spend up, food down

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.


New public-private effort on digital uptake for SMEs
26 May 2021  

New public-private effort on digital uptake for SMEs

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.


Franchisees, on your marks
26 May 2021   /

Franchisees, on your marks

Entries are now open for the 26th annual Westpac New Zealand Franchise Awards.


Bond takes the reins at NZKGI
25 May 2021   /

Bond takes the reins at NZKGI

New chief executive Colin Bond replaces outgoing boss Nikki Johnson.


Consultation starts on wine export evaluation
25 May 2021  

Consultation starts on wine export evaluation

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


Sick leave doubles to 10 days
25 May 2021   /

Sick leave doubles to 10 days

The government has passed the Holidays (Increasing Sick Leave) Amendment Bill, doubling employees’ minimum sick leave entitlement to 10 days each year.


Buzz gathers for Apiculture NZ conference
25 May 2021   /

Buzz gathers for Apiculture NZ conference

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.


Call goes out for artisanal F&B producers
25 May 2021  

Call goes out for artisanal F&B producers

Entries have opened for the NZ Artisan Awards 2021.


Chocstock tickets on sale
25 May 2021  

Chocstock tickets on sale

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.


Comvita leadership takes up $2.3m in shares
24 May 2021   /

Comvita leadership takes up $2.3m in shares

Eight senior staffers have accessed Comvita’s new share purchase and loan scheme which has seen the company grant loans totalling $2.28m .


New look for Luv’ya apples and pears
24 May 2021   /

New look for Luv’ya apples and pears

Nelson Tasman grower and exporter, Luv’ya, has announced a brand refresh for its entire range of apples and pears.


Countdown distributes record $75k Growing for Good grants
24 May 2021  

Countdown distributes record $75k Growing for Good grants

Countdown added $25,000 to the annual grants total which saw $75,000 awarded to 71 schools and early childhood centres across the country.


Proper adds pineapple flavour to range
24 May 2021  

Proper adds pineapple flavour to range

Snack food company Proper Crisps has added a pineapple salsa flavour to its range of tortilla chips.


Poor yields prompt Marlborough viticulture field day
24 May 2021  

Poor yields prompt Marlborough viticulture field day

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


Hospitality NZ 2021 awards open
24 May 2021  

Hospitality NZ 2021 awards open

Winners of the annual awards will be announced on 9 September.


Logistics issues leading to imports shortages – FGC
21 May 2021  

Logistics issues leading to imports shortages – FGC

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.


Record number of NZ beekeepers buzzed on World Bee Day
21 May 2021  

Record number of NZ beekeepers buzzed on World Bee Day

A record number of New Zealand beekeepers honoured the pollinators and honey makers this World Bee Day on Thursday 20 May.


United Fresh holds UN future food brainstorm
21 May 2021  

United Fresh holds UN future food brainstorm

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.


Fresh produce Tech Innovation Awards finalists named
21 May 2021   /

Fresh produce Tech Innovation Awards finalists named

Five finalist have been selected in the Australia and NZ Produce Marketing Association’s second annual Tech Innovation Awards.


Te Hono Māori Future & Tech Summit kicks on
21 May 2021   /

Te Hono Māori Future & Tech Summit kicks on

The event brings together more than 170 participants from high value food, fibre and technology industries across NZ.


Zespri appoints Barrass to board
20 May 2021   /

Zespri appoints Barrass to board

Zespri Group has appointed the former Goodman Fielder and Griffins Foods chief executive Alison Barrass to its board as an independent director.


Cheese recall due to possible E. coli
20 May 2021   /

Cheese recall due to possible E. coli

Surti Indian Samosa Limited is recalling a specific batch of Surti brand Paneer due to the possible presence of E. coli.


Views sought on reopening region to pāua fishing
20 May 2021  

Views sought on reopening region to pāua fishing

The Ministry for Primary Industries is seeking feedback on a proposal to reopen the Kaikōura Marine Area to pāua fishing later this year.


SFF: Charity delivers 410k red meat meals
20 May 2021   /

SFF: Charity delivers 410k red meat meals

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.


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

Terrace Edge wins Organic Winery of the Year

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


Receivers appointed to Villa Maria owner
19 May 2021   /

Receivers appointed to Villa Maria owner

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


Foodstuffs overcharges some customers due to tech issue
19 May 2021  

Foodstuffs overcharges some customers due to tech issue

A technology issue affecting 69 Foodstuffs stores in North Island on Monday 17 May resulted in customers being overcharged at the checkout.


Medals  doled out in Outstanding NZ Food Producer Awards

Medals doled out in Outstanding NZ Food Producer Awards

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.


Drinks giants toast Employers of Choice awards
19 May 2021  

Drinks giants toast Employers of Choice awards

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


Pact to eliminate plastic waste by 2025 launched
19 May 2021  

Pact to eliminate plastic waste by 2025 launched

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 chair heads for the exit
18 May 2021   /

T&G Global chair heads for the exit

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


Speirs Group refinances $2.5m shares
18 May 2021  

Speirs Group refinances $2.5m shares

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 Food & Fibre Challenge round two opens
18 May 2021  

AGMARDT Food & Fibre Challenge round two opens

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.


Inquiry opens into future primary industry workforce needs
18 May 2021  

Inquiry opens into future primary industry workforce needs

Parliament’s Primary Production Committee has initiated a select committee inquiry into the future of the workforce needs in the country’s primary industries.


This Local Piggy went to market
18 May 2021   /

This Local Piggy went to market

Hyperlocal online grocer This Local Piggy is now delivering to customers in selected Auckland suburbs with its online marketplace.


Countdown Dunedin central reopens
17 May 2021   /

Countdown Dunedin central reopens

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 products recalled
17 May 2021  

Food Nation products recalled

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.


Agritech venture Vence raises $16m
17 May 2021   /

Agritech venture Vence raises $16m

New Zealand virtual fencing startup, Vence, has raised $16m which will help it prepare for its entry into the Australian and US markets.


Alliance Q1 payments increase 25% to $6m
17 May 2021  

Alliance Q1 payments increase 25% to $6m

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.


New Countdown for Wainuiomata
17 May 2021  

New Countdown for Wainuiomata

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.


Kiwi companies shine at food ‘Oscars’
14 May 2021  

Kiwi companies shine at food ‘Oscars’

Two New Zealand companies took home gongs at this year’s coveted Speciality Food Association SOFI awards – described as the Oscars of food awards.


FPI: Produce pushes April food prices up 1.1%
14 May 2021  

FPI: Produce pushes April food prices up 1.1%

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.


Griffin’s takes two gongs at Foodstuffs Expo 2021
14 May 2021   /

Griffin’s takes two gongs at Foodstuffs Expo 2021

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.


Govt gives helping hand for food & fibre skills
14 May 2021  

Govt gives helping hand for food & fibre skills

The government has established six new Workforce Development Councils, including one for people, food and fibre. to support the vocational education system.


Carbon zero debut for hemp nutrient firm Greenfern
14 May 2021   /

Carbon zero debut for hemp nutrient firm Greenfern

Greenfern Industries has been named New Zealand’s first Toitū carbonzero certified medicinal cannabis and industrial hemp company.


Sanford appoints Tauranga port CEO to board
13 May 2021   /

Sanford appoints Tauranga port CEO to board

New Zealand seafood company Sanford has appointed Mark Cairns as its newest board member.


Merchant card fees to be cut
13 May 2021   /

Merchant card fees to be cut

The Government is set to introduce new legislation to restrict merchant fees, in a move which could save businesses up to $74m each year.


HortNZ conference to focus on resilience, recovery
13 May 2021  

HortNZ conference to focus on resilience, recovery

Horticulture New Zealand is putting resilience and recovery at the centre of its annual conference being held in August this year.


Māori business identifier goes live
13 May 2021  

Māori business identifier goes live

An initiative which allows Māori businesses to identify themselves Māori business on the New Zealand Business Number register has gone live.


Sustainable Business Awards open for entries
13 May 2021  

Sustainable Business Awards open for entries

Ten categories range from climate, communication and collaboration to food, nature, social impact and circular economy.


Police enquiries ongoing following Countdown stabbings
12 May 2021   /

Police enquiries ongoing following Countdown stabbings

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.


Food manufacturing energy use in the spotlight
12 May 2021   /

Food manufacturing energy use in the spotlight

Energy use in the food product manufacturing sector energy use is being put under the microscope by the Energy Efficiency & Conservation Authority.


More liquor, less grocery spend in April – Stats NZ
12 May 2021  

More liquor, less grocery spend in April – Stats NZ

Spending at supermarkets and grocery stores contracted in April falling $278m on the same time last year to $1.8bn, according to Stats NZ .


Large birds, large features lead to higher risk of fishing vessel bycatch
12 May 2021  

Large birds, large features lead to higher risk of fishing vessel bycatch

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.


Southern hemisphere silicone recycling scheme first
12 May 2021  

Southern hemisphere silicone recycling scheme first

A new silicone recycling scheme, said to be a first for the southern hemisphere, has been launched by eco friendly product retailer Much Cupboard.


Woolworths sets demerger date with drinks division
11 May 2021  

Woolworths sets demerger date with drinks division

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


Are you NZ’s next sustainability champion?
11 May 2021  

Are you NZ’s next sustainability champion?

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 preps Plate to Pasture 2021
11 May 2021   /

Silver Fern Farms preps Plate to Pasture 2021

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.


Ōpōtiki rolls out welcome mat for OPAC
11 May 2021   /

Ōpōtiki rolls out welcome mat for OPAC

Seeka has been officially welcomed to Ōpōtiki to celebrate its purchase of Ōpōtiki Packing and Cool Storage.


Ebos loses animal care, consumer brands CEO
10 May 2021  

Ebos loses animal care, consumer brands CEO

Ebos animal care and consumer brands chief executive Sean Duggan has resigned.


$147k investment drives Food Nation innovation
10 May 2021  

$147k investment drives Food Nation innovation

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.


Gold kiwifruit overtakes green
10 May 2021  

Gold kiwifruit overtakes green

The total canopy area of gold kiwifruit has now surpassed that of the green variety, according to final agricultural production figures from Stats NZ.


Sheep meat exports reach $4bn – Stats NZ
10 May 2021   /

Sheep meat exports reach $4bn – 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.


Dairy lobbies for tariff free UK FTA
10 May 2021   /

Dairy lobbies for tariff free UK FTA

The Dairy Companies Association of New Zealand is calling for a trade deal with the UK which comprehensively removes agricultural tariffs.


OANZ puts call out for MPI organics workshop
10 May 2021   /

OANZ puts call out for MPI organics workshop

Organics Aotearoa New Zealand is urging its member to attend upcoming Ministry for Primary Industries organic regulation and standards workshops.


Suppliers clamour for supermarket Code of Conduct – FGC
7 May 2021  

Suppliers clamour for supermarket Code of Conduct – FGC

Some 93% of surveyed FGC members want code to address power imbalance in NZ grocery sector.


Beef + Lamb get $1m genetics research injection
7 May 2021  

Beef + Lamb get $1m genetics research injection

The New Zealand Meat Board is investing some of its reserves into B+L’s genetics research programme.


Co-ops comprise 18% of NZ GDP
7 May 2021  

Co-ops comprise 18% of NZ GDP

Research from PwC found NZ is one of the most co-operative economies globally.


Cheese champions crowned
7 May 2021  

Cheese champions crowned

Awards given after judging of more than 310 cheeses entered in annual competition.


Fonterra trading halt, capital structure announcement pending
6 May 2021  

Fonterra trading halt, capital structure announcement pending

Fonterra yesterday went into a trading halt ahead of an announcement about its capital structure, expected this morning.


JLG’s $4.5m rights issue opens
6 May 2021  

JLG’s $4.5m rights issue opens

The offer is priced at a 27.1% discount.


NZ International Business Awards 2021 entries open
6 May 2021   /

NZ International Business Awards 2021 entries open

Nomination’s have opened for the annual award with new categories for 2021.


Nelson prepares ‘Blessing of the Fishing Fleet’
6 May 2021  

Nelson prepares ‘Blessing of the Fishing Fleet’

Now in its 20th year, the event will take place on Saturday 15 May at noon.


Bakels pie competition kicks off
6 May 2021  

Bakels pie competition kicks off

The annual search for NZ’s supreme pie has started with entries due by 24 June.


Seeka gets $59m OPAC deal over the line
5 May 2021   /

Seeka gets $59m OPAC deal over the line

A certificate of amalgamation is imminent, formalising the kiwifruit specialists’ deal.


New co-op chair for Silver Fern Farms
5 May 2021   /

New co-op chair for Silver Fern Farms

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 plummet, protection uncertain
5 May 2021   /

Crayfish numbers plummet, protection uncertain

Crayfish numbers have plummeted within reserves and numbers outside reserves are likely much lower than official estimates, a new University of Auckland study shows.


Food & Fibre supernode finalists named
5 May 2021  

Food & Fibre supernode finalists named

Ten ‘big ideas’ including sheep facial recognition software Genesmith have been named as finalists in the Food, Fibre and Agritech Supernode Challenge.


Foley Wines joins poor harvest chorus
4 May 2021   /

Foley Wines joins poor harvest chorus

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


Greens business comes up for sale
4 May 2021  

Greens business comes up for sale

Eight-year old Marlborough herb and lettuce hydroponics business Thymebank has been put up for sale.


Easter spend a tale of two islands
4 May 2021  

Easter spend a tale of two islands

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.


Year-round shellfish ban begins at Auckland
4 May 2021  

Year-round shellfish ban begins at Auckland

The gathering shellfish is no longer permitted at east Auckland’s Cockle Bay/Tuwakamana beach.


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

Brewers toast ‘Top 30’ beer & cider awards

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


Terra Vitae Vineyards yield down 21%
3 May 2021  

Terra Vitae Vineyards yield down 21%

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


JLG completes $17m About Health acquisition
3 May 2021  

JLG completes $17m About Health acquisition

Tony Falkenstein’s Just Life Group says it completed its purchase of About Health on Friday.


Scales pays 9.5c final dividend
3 May 2021  

Scales pays 9.5c final dividend

Agribusiness Scales Corporation has declared a fully imputed final cash dividend of 9.5c a share for the 2020 financial year.


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

Drinkers becoming more moderate, still room for improvement – NZABC

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


Foodstuffs NI supports new neighbourhood
3 May 2021  

Foodstuffs NI supports new neighbourhood

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 opens 2021 conference registration
3 May 2021  

Summerfruit NZ opens 2021 conference registration

Summerfruit NZ has opened registration for the Growing strong – Success in a changing world conference.


Southland scoped for salmon farming
30 Apr 2021  

Southland scoped for salmon farming

The Cawthron Institute to work with Fisheries NZ and DOC on assessment.


New T&G Envy orchard gets go-ahead
30 Apr 2021  

New T&G Envy orchard gets go-ahead

OIO approves T&G Global purchase of an 11-hectare Hawke’s Bay site to grow more Envy apples.


Goat farm investment gets OIO green-light
30 Apr 2021  

Goat farm investment gets OIO green-light

A Taiwan-listed multinational pharmaceutical company is to invest $3.5m to convert a Waikato dairy farm to goat milk production.


Rabobank hikes milk price forecast, predicts bumper season
30 Apr 2021  

Rabobank hikes milk price forecast, predicts bumper season

Rabobank has hiked its farmgate milk price forecast by 60 cents to $7.60 kg/MS for the 2020/21 season.


Synlait tightens emissions targets
30 Apr 2021   /

Synlait tightens emissions targets

Synlait Milk has reset its 2018 inaugural emissions reduction targets.


Lawson’s Dry Hill gets green gong
30 Apr 2021  

Lawson’s Dry Hill gets green gong

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


EPA seeks glyphosate info after honey worries
29 Apr 2021  

EPA seeks glyphosate info after honey worries

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 »


NZ cheesemakers to EU: hands off ‘halloumi’
29 Apr 2021  

NZ cheesemakers to EU: hands off ‘halloumi’

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.


Domino’s adds ‘gourmet’ pizza range to menu
29 Apr 2021  

Domino’s adds ‘gourmet’ pizza range to menu

Fast food giant Domino’s, which is well-known for its value offering, has launched a range of “super gourmet” pizzas.


Food waste roadmap plots route to 2030
29 Apr 2021  

Food waste roadmap plots route to 2030

Researchers and campaigners call on government to use plan to halve food waste by 2030.


The Food Show returns to the capital
29 Apr 2021  

The Food Show returns to the capital

The Wellington Food Show returns to the capital next in May, after being scuppered by Covid-19 in 2020.


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

EIT to offer postgraduate suite in wine business and innovation

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


Blis Technologies shakes up Aussie sales strategy
28 Apr 2021  

Blis Technologies shakes up Aussie sales strategy

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


Five hort heavyweights battle for two board seats
28 Apr 2021   /

Five hort heavyweights battle for two board seats

Five horticulture heavyweight’s have thrown their name in the ring for two existing vacancies on the Horticulture New Zealand board.


Food comprises 50% of Emirates SkyCargo’s 2020 load
28 Apr 2021  

Food comprises 50% of Emirates SkyCargo’s 2020 load

New Zealand food products comprised more than half of the 8,000 tonnes of cargo shipped by Emirates SkyCargo in 2020.


NZ AgriFood Week puts alt-protein on the menu
28 Apr 2021  

NZ AgriFood Week puts alt-protein on the menu

Emerging Proteins Dinner event coincides with release of FoodHQ report on alt-proteins.


Online course aims to hothouse Kiwi horticulture talent
28 Apr 2021  

Online course aims to hothouse Kiwi horticulture talent

New Zealand Apples and Pears Inc and GoHort have backed free online courses to attract Kiwi’s into horticulture roles.


Entries open 1 May for NZ Food Awards
27 Apr 2021  

Entries open 1 May for NZ Food Awards

The annual awards organised by Massey University have been celebrating the country’s food and beverage manufacturers since 1987.


T&G Global starts shipping Envy
27 Apr 2021  

T&G Global starts shipping Envy

Five ships carrying 28,000 cartons of T&G Global’s Envy apples are on their way to Asia.


Blis’ probiotic strains approved in India
27 Apr 2021   /

Blis’ probiotic strains approved in India

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 commits to clean-up
27 Apr 2021  

Frucor Suntory commits to clean-up

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


ServiceIQ seeks input on hospo teaching changes
27 Apr 2021  

ServiceIQ seeks input on hospo teaching changes

ServiceIQ is seeking stakeholder input into a review of New Zealand’s suite of 155 hospitality industry unit standards.


Boma NZ 2021 summit speakers confirmed
23 Apr 2021  

Boma NZ 2021 summit speakers confirmed

The Christchurch event will feature international and local speakers, interactive workshops, expert panels, cross-sector networking and more.


New partnership empowers primary sector progress
23 Apr 2021   /

New partnership empowers primary sector progress

The Agri Women’s Development Trust has teamed up with tech firm MEA to promote progress in New Zealand’s primary sector.


Zespri resumes USX trading
23 Apr 2021  

Zespri resumes USX trading

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 »


B+LNZ’s Taste Pure Nature enlists US dietician for Earth Day
23 Apr 2021   /

B+LNZ’s Taste Pure Nature enlists US dietician for Earth Day

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 refreshes packaging, online design
23 Apr 2021  

Nature’s Way refreshes packaging, online design

Nature’s Way has launched a new website to showcase its products and provide a better user experience for customers.


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

Cool weather sees Delegat 2021 harvest drop 2%

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


FGC outlines focus for upcoming strategy
22 Apr 2021  

FGC outlines focus for upcoming strategy

The Food and Grocery Council will this year focus on three key items to help support its 300-plus members.


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

TWE named one of the best places to work

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


Marlborough F&B night feast back for 2021
22 Apr 2021  

Marlborough F&B night feast back for 2021

Marlborough Bayleys Friday Night Feast is back for 2021, showcasing the region’s food, wine and other beverages.


Food poverty social enterprise featured in inaugural Māori business event
22 Apr 2021  

Food poverty social enterprise featured in inaugural Māori business event

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.


No scallops for popular scallop festival
21 Apr 2021   /

No scallops for popular scallop festival

There will be no scallops at this year’s Whitianga Scallop Festival due to a rahui on the collection of the shellfish.


‘Ditch the meat’ this World Earth Day – Vegetarian Society
21 Apr 2021  

‘Ditch the meat’ this World Earth Day – Vegetarian Society

Consumers should give up meat on World Earth Day, even if only for a day, says the New Zealand Vegetarian Society.


New heli wine experience launches
21 Apr 2021  

New heli wine experience launches

Garden City Helicopters have launched a new Heli Winery Tour to Waipara Valley.


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

Zero Waste Network pushes for beverage container return scheme

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


Nominations open for food and wine legends
21 Apr 2021  

Nominations open for food and wine legends

The winners will be announced at the 10th F.A.W.C! Summer Series this November.


Seeka puts kiwifruit assets up for sale
21 Apr 2021   /

Seeka puts kiwifruit assets up for sale

A kiwifruit landholding owned and managed by Seeka has been placed on the market for sale.


Alliance expansion opens in Southland
20 Apr 2021  

Alliance expansion opens in Southland

The co-operative began processing cows and light bull at Lorneville near Invercargill this week.


Demolition of Cadbury factory under way
20 Apr 2021  

Demolition of Cadbury factory under way

Demolition of the Cadbury site in Dunedin has begun to make space for the new billion-dollar Dunedin hospital.


Woop! takes top gong at business awards
20 Apr 2021   /

Woop! takes top gong at business awards

Meal-kit delivery service Woop! has won the Supreme Business Excellence Award at the Westpac Auckland Business Awards.


Royal Canin launches pet food recycling
20 Apr 2021  

Royal Canin launches pet food recycling

Royal Canin has launched a recycling programme to reduce the environmental impact of pet food bags and pouches.


NZ Food Network opens Christchurch centre
20 Apr 2021   /

NZ Food Network opens Christchurch centre

NZFN says the opening of the Christchurch operation would enable it to better serve the community.


EBENZ to start healthy food lectures
20 Apr 2021   /

EBENZ to start healthy food lectures

Evidence Based Eating New Zealand will present a series of health lectures in four of New Zealand’s main centres.


Hospitality NZ, NZChefs to host inaugural Hospitality Summit
19 Apr 2021  

Hospitality NZ, NZChefs to host inaugural Hospitality Summit

Hospitality NZ and the NZChefs Association are to host the inaugural NZ Hospitality Summit and trade show in September.


Hospo staff on Govt’s oversupply list
19 Apr 2021  

Hospo staff on Govt’s oversupply list

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.


Deer Industry Conference confirmed for Invercargill
19 Apr 2021   /

Deer Industry Conference confirmed for Invercargill

It was the first time the event would take place in two years.


Entries open for 2021 Peter Jowett Scholarship
19 Apr 2021   /

Entries open for 2021 Peter Jowett Scholarship

The winner and runner up will receive a $3000 professional development grant and a $1000 personal travel prize.


Beatrice Faumuina named Just Life brand ambassador
19 Apr 2021   /

Beatrice Faumuina named Just Life brand ambassador

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


Food prices flat in March – Stats NZ
16 Apr 2021  

Food prices flat in March – Stats NZ

Food prices were flat in March 2021, falling 0.4% compared to February 2021, according to Stats NZ.


Port congestion affecting red meat exporters – B&LNZ
16 Apr 2021   /

Port congestion affecting red meat exporters – B&LNZ

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 firms take up sustainability challenge for Earth Day 2021
16 Apr 2021   /

Agtech firms take up sustainability challenge for Earth Day 2021

Agtech firm WayBeyond is taking up the sustainability challenge for Earth Day 2021.


United Fresh to take part in UN’s Food Systems Summit
16 Apr 2021   /

United Fresh to take part in UN’s Food Systems Summit

United Fresh will lead a United Nations Independent Dialogue as part of the UN’s global initiative, the Food Systems Summit.


Man jailed for 113kg of meth hidden in avocado pulp
16 Apr 2021   /

Man jailed for 113kg of meth hidden in avocado pulp

A Mexican national has been jailed for smuggling 113kg of methamphetamine in a shipment of avocado pulp.


WineWorks  goes carbonzero
16 Apr 2021  

WineWorks goes carbonzero

WineWorks is now a certified Toitū carbonzero business.


Fed Farmers ‘surprised’ at live export ban
15 Apr 2021  

Fed Farmers ‘surprised’ at live export ban

The Government will phase out the export of livestock by sea.


Seeka clears first hurdle in OPAC acquisition
15 Apr 2021  

Seeka clears first hurdle in OPAC acquisition

Seeka is a step closer to buying kiwifruit rival Ōpōtiki Packing and Coolstorage.


My Food Bag sets first listed annual results release date
15 Apr 2021  

My Food Bag sets first listed annual results release date

It will be the firm’s first publicly available results since its listing.


F&B applications open for Rabobank’s FoodBytes!
15 Apr 2021  

F&B applications open for Rabobank’s FoodBytes!

NZ food and beverage start-ups are invited to apply for Rabobank’s 2021 Pitch programme for FoodBytes!


Lime Rock vineyard up for sale
15 Apr 2021  

Lime Rock vineyard up for sale

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


Grocery and liquor spend falls $74m in March – Stats NZ
14 Apr 2021   /

Grocery and liquor spend falls $74m in March – Stats NZ

Spending on grocery and liquor in March was down 3.3%, or $74m, from February 2021 levels, according to Stats NZ.


Apiculture conference to address climate change, honey market
14 Apr 2021  

Apiculture conference to address climate change, honey market

Climate change, international research trends and the changing global honey market to be discussed at the Apiculture NZ Conference.


Good Employer Awards celebrate food and fibre sector – minister
14 Apr 2021   /

Good Employer Awards celebrate food and fibre sector – minister

The winners of the Good Employer Awards have been revealed.


New fund to help build healthy, sustainable kai production practices
14 Apr 2021  

New fund to help build healthy, sustainable kai production practices

Te Pūtahitanga o Te Waipounamu has launched Kōanga Kai.


HortNZ welcomes council support for vegetable growing
14 Apr 2021  

HortNZ welcomes council support for vegetable growing

Horticulture New Zealand is welcoming Horizons Regional Council’s decision to adopt recommendations on its Plan Change 2.


Best Foods launches Warriors fan site
14 Apr 2021   /

Best Foods launches Warriors fan site

Vodafone Warriors sponsor Best Foods has launched a new online fan zone for rugby league lovers.


Opportunity in organic sector – report
13 Apr 2021  

Opportunity in organic sector – report

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


MPI seeks feedback on NZ Food Notice changes
13 Apr 2021  

MPI seeks feedback on NZ Food Notice changes

The Ministry for Primary Industries is seeking feedback on proposals to amend the New Zealand (Maximum Residue Levels for Agricultural Compounds) Food Notice.


New marketing, comms manager for HNZ
13 Apr 2021   /

New marketing, comms manager for HNZ

Sandi Reily is the the new marketing, events and communications manager for Hospitality New Zealand.


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

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

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


Four picked for Zanda McDonald Award finals
13 Apr 2021  

Four picked for Zanda McDonald Award finals

The 2021 New Zealand Zanda McDonald Award Ceremony will take place at Whangara Farms on 28 April.


Entries open for Hawke’s Bay Export Awards
13 Apr 2021  

Entries open for Hawke’s Bay Export Awards

Companies from Gisborne to Pahiatua can apply.


Auckland SMEs not optimistic – survey
12 Apr 2021  

Auckland SMEs not optimistic – survey

Auckland small and medium businesses have indicated a gloomy outlook for the next six months.


NZTE launches supply chain analysis
12 Apr 2021  

NZTE launches supply chain analysis

New Zealand Trade and Enterprise has launched the first of its bi-monthly updates on freight and supply chain.


F&B firm Kono features in TV show
12 Apr 2021  

F&B firm Kono features in TV show

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.


Finalists for Queenstown hospo awards revealed
12 Apr 2021   /

Finalists for Queenstown hospo awards revealed

The winners will be announced on 3 May at Skyline Queenstown.


Auckland Unlimited, Spotless to deliver 9k school lunches
12 Apr 2021  

Auckland Unlimited, Spotless to deliver 9k school lunches

Auckland Unlimited will partner with Spotless to supply daily lunches for some schools.


Pie maker launches website
12 Apr 2021  

Pie maker launches website

Dunedin pie maker Who Ate All The Pies has launched a new website.


Early harvest for satsuma mandarins
9 Apr 2021   /

Early harvest for satsuma mandarins

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.


Hospitality NZ welcomes extension to immigration bill
9 Apr 2021   /

Hospitality NZ welcomes extension to immigration bill

Chief executive Julie White said the extension would help struggling businesses find trained staff.


Cartel conduct now punishable by jail time
9 Apr 2021   /

Cartel conduct now punishable by jail time

Cartel conduct included price fixing, market allocation and bid rigging.


$200,000 up for grabs for Small Business Day
9 Apr 2021  

$200,000 up for grabs for Small Business Day

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.


Alliance helps raise $42k for Ronald McDonald House
9 Apr 2021   /

Alliance helps raise $42k for Ronald McDonald House

More than $42,000 was raised at Ronald McDonald House South Island’s Supper Club in Invercargill, in an event supported by Alliance Group.


People warned off raw mussels – again
8 Apr 2021  

People warned off raw mussels – again

New Zealand Food Safety is again warning consumers to thoroughly cook mussels before eating after two people fall sick.


Zespri in trading halt
8 Apr 2021  

Zespri in trading halt

Zespri has been placed in a trading halt on the USX to allow the finalisation of the 2021 Gold3 and Zespri Red tender process.


Govt urged to reserve MIQ spots for ag workers
8 Apr 2021   /

Govt urged to reserve MIQ spots for ag workers

Federated Farmers has asked the government to allow 500 skilled dairy staff into New Zealand.


Myrtle rust infection discovered on mānuka seeds
8 Apr 2021   /

Myrtle rust infection discovered on mānuka seeds

Researchers have observed myrtle rust infection on mānuka seed capsules.


Subway goes logoless in new campaign
8 Apr 2021   /

Subway goes logoless in new campaign

Subway New Zealand has launched a series of non-branded billboards, in a move it says is a brand first.


NZ avocado sector to top $200m
7 Apr 2021  

NZ avocado sector to top $200m

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..


Raw drinking milk recalled
7 Apr 2021   /

Raw drinking milk recalled

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.


Repeat pāua poachers banned from fishing for three years
7 Apr 2021  

Repeat pāua poachers banned from fishing for three years

A Lower Hutt man and a Napier man have each received three-year fishing bans.


Vegans question need for dairy exports
7 Apr 2021   /

Vegans question need for dairy exports

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.


Climate Action Toolbox launches to help SMEs
7 Apr 2021  

Climate Action Toolbox launches to help SMEs

The Climate Action Toolbox has been launched to help small businesses reduce their carbon emissions.


Pacific cooking show to debut
7 Apr 2021  

Pacific cooking show to debut

Pacific Island Food Revolution would hit screens on Maori TV on Friday, 9 April.


ComCom seeks feedback on grocery market study submissions
6 Apr 2021  

ComCom seeks feedback on grocery market study submissions

The Commerce Commission is seeking feedback on submissions received in response to its Preliminary Issues paper on its grocery sector market study.


Extended immigration powers will help labour shortages – Govt
6 Apr 2021  

Extended immigration powers will help labour shortages – Govt

Temporary Covid-19 immigration powers will be extended to May 2023, in part to help industries facing labour shortages.


Red meat exports steady at $907m
6 Apr 2021  

Red meat exports steady at $907m

New Zealand red meat exports for February 2021 reached $906.7m, says the Meat Industry Association.


Fonterra completes $552m sale of China farms
6 Apr 2021  

Fonterra completes $552m sale of China farms

Fonterra has sold its two China farming hubs in Ying and Yutian to Inner Mongolia Youran Dairy Co.


$4m Pescado loan converts into SeaDragon shares
6 Apr 2021  

$4m Pescado loan converts into SeaDragon shares

Omega fish oils refiner SeaDragon has issued Pescado Holdings limited with 20 million shares for $4m of loan notes from the shareholder.


Spiers receives $229k windfall, reschedules Rosa payments
6 Apr 2021  

Spiers receives $229k windfall, reschedules Rosa payments

Spiers Group says it received an unexpected cash dividend of $229,127 from its investment in Equipment Leasing and Finance Holdings Limited.


Milk production increases, Feb exports up
1 Apr 2021  

Milk production increases, Feb exports up

New Zealand milk production increased 3% on a litres basis in February 2021, compared to February last year.


Fonterra commits to ending coal use
1 Apr 2021  

Fonterra commits to ending coal use

The co-op says it will remove coal from its sites, as it continues its transition to renewable energy.


Farmer confidence at highest levels since 2018
1 Apr 2021  

Farmer confidence at highest levels since 2018

Improving commodity prices were the key reason cited by farmers expecting NZ’s agri economy to improve.


Northland avo orchard up for sale
1 Apr 2021  

Northland avo orchard up for sale

With its 8,250 established trees, the orchard had a forecast for this season of 90,000 trays.


Hospo awards spread across eight regions

Hospo awards spread across eight regions

Eight regional awards will be held for this year’s Restaurant Association 2021 Hospitality Awards.


Toi Tangata launches kai resource
1 Apr 2021  

Toi Tangata launches kai resource

The agency has produced a series of films on whānau sharing their understandings of food.


Purina debuts “world first” allergen-reducing cat food
31 Mar 2021  

Purina debuts “world first” allergen-reducing cat food

Purina Pro Plan has launched a new allergen-reducing cat food into the New Zealand market.


T&G Global ships first lot of JAZZ apples
31 Mar 2021   /

T&G Global ships first lot of JAZZ apples

T&G Global has shipped its first lot of new season JAZZ apples to global markets.


Egmont Honey launches health range into Coles
31 Mar 2021   /

Egmont Honey launches health range into Coles

Egmont Honey is launching its health supplements range, Egmont Health, into Australasian retailer Coles.


Countdown to give portion of hot cross bun sales to KidsCan
31 Mar 2021   /

Countdown to give portion of hot cross bun sales to KidsCan

5c from every pack of hot cross buns sold was donated to KidsCan.


Auckland fishers fined $4000 for taking cockles from closed beach
31 Mar 2021  

Auckland fishers fined $4000 for taking cockles from closed beach

Three Auckland fishers have been fined $4000 plus $390 in court costs for taking cockles from closed Eastern Beach.


KitKat updates logo with recycling message
31 Mar 2021   / /

KitKat updates logo with recycling message

KitKat has temporarily replaced the logo on its chocolate bar with a call to consumers to recycle the packaging.


Food sector jobs down in Feb
30 Mar 2021   /

Food sector jobs down in Feb

Jobs in the accommodation and food services sectors were down 5.4% for February 2021.


RA opposes proposed LPG, gas ban
30 Mar 2021  

RA opposes proposed LPG, gas ban

Restaurant Association of New Zealand is opposing a proposed ban on new gas or LPG connections by 2025.


Countdown introduces order retrieval units to Christchurch
30 Mar 2021  

Countdown introduces order retrieval units to Christchurch

The supermarket has introduced Order Storage Retrieval units to its Moorhouse store at Christchurch.


Nominations extended for Queenstown hospo awards
30 Mar 2021  

Nominations extended for Queenstown hospo awards

Nominations for the 2021 Queenstown Hospitality Awards have been extended until Thursday 1 April 2021.


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

Award-wining pinot, rare French vintages up for auction

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


New World opens in Ormiston
30 Mar 2021  

New World opens in Ormiston

Foodstuffs has opened a New World supermarket in Ormiston town centre at Flat Bush, South Auckland.


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

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

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


Fisheries NZ sets new catch limits, restricts shellfish harvesting
29 Mar 2021   /

Fisheries NZ sets new catch limits, restricts shellfish harvesting

New catch limits have been introduced for 14 fish stocks.


Fisherman fined $13k for not protecting seabirds
29 Mar 2021   /

Fisherman fined $13k for not protecting seabirds

A former master of a Hawke’s Bay fishing vessel has been fined for not deploying seabird protection equipment.


Hawke’s Bay farmers named sustainability ambassadors
29 Mar 2021   /

Hawke’s Bay farmers named sustainability ambassadors

Farmers Linda and Evan Potter have been named new national ambassadors for Sustainable Farming and Growing.


300+ sit down for first Queenstown Long Lunch
26 Mar 2021  

300+ sit down for first Queenstown Long Lunch

More than 300 people attended the very first Queenstown Long Lunch, providing some much welcomed business for Queenstown Mall venues.


Industry to come together for NZ AgriFood Week
26 Mar 2021  

Industry to come together for NZ AgriFood Week

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 debuts “world’s first” hemp-chicken pizza
26 Mar 2021  

Hell’s debuts “world’s first” hemp-chicken pizza

Hell’s Pizza has launched a natural hemp-based chicken pizza as an alternative to its Death by Chicken menu item.


Feast Waikato to feature Wintec student lunch event
26 Mar 2021   /

Feast Waikato to feature Wintec student lunch event

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.


Industry breaks promises in tarakihi deal – Forest and Bird
25 Mar 2021  

Industry breaks promises in tarakihi deal – Forest and Bird

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.


NZ salmon welfare in spotlight following Scottish investigation
25 Mar 2021  

NZ salmon welfare in spotlight following Scottish investigation

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.


First Southern Hemisphere fruit industry event kicks off
25 Mar 2021  

First Southern Hemisphere fruit industry event kicks off

The inaugural Annual Southern Hemisphere Fresh Fruit Trade congress takes place today.


Kete Kai pays it forward with Easter hampers
25 Mar 2021   /

Kete Kai pays it forward with Easter hampers

Food delivery company Kete Kai will help give those in need Easter hampers designed by food writer and presenter Allyson Gofton.


Woolworths recalls batch of Snap Frozen Cauliflower Rice
24 Mar 2021   /

Woolworths recalls batch of Snap Frozen Cauliflower Rice

Woolworths NZ Ltd is recalling a specific batch of its Snap Frozen Cauliflower Rice as the product could contain pieces of wood.


Iwi requests closure of Coromandel coast to scallop harvesting
24 Mar 2021  

Iwi requests closure of Coromandel coast to scallop harvesting

Ngāti Hei Trust has asked the government to close parts of the eastern Coromandel coast for two years.


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

Inaugural Ripe F&B festival gathers 2k revellers

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


NZ Story launches NZ Dairy Story
24 Mar 2021  

NZ Story launches NZ Dairy Story

New Zealand Story is showcasing the country’s dairy sector with its Dairy Goodness for the World collateral.


Huge losses ahead for apple and pear sector – NZAPI
23 Mar 2021   /

Huge losses ahead for apple and pear sector – NZAPI

Huge losses are forecast for the New Zealand apple and pear industry, according to New Zealand Apples and Pears Inc.


Govt unveils support package for hort sector
23 Mar 2021  

Govt unveils support package for hort sector

The Government has introduced a wellbeing support package for hard-hit fruit growers.


Game Animal Council launches online resource to help hunters
23 Mar 2021  

Game Animal Council launches online resource to help hunters

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 makes its return
23 Mar 2021  

The Food Show Christchurch makes its return

The Food Show Christchurch will make its returning this April after Covid saw the event cancelled in 2020.


SAFE calls out Govt on chickens
23 Mar 2021   /

SAFE calls out Govt on chickens

The Government is “failing to stop the suffering of hundreds of millions of chickens”, says animal rights group SAFE.


Boma NZ Agri Summit lineup unveiled
23 Mar 2021  

Boma NZ Agri Summit lineup unveiled

The food and fibre event will be held 11-12 May at the Christchurch Town Hall.


Govt injects $20.5m into waste reduction for Tauranga
19 Mar 2021   /

Govt injects $20.5m into waste reduction for Tauranga

The Government has injected $20.5m into waste reduction for Tauranga City.


Seafood, dairy products see goods export up $233m in Dec quarter
19 Mar 2021   /

Seafood, dairy products see goods export up $233m in Dec quarter

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.


New food alliance launched to increase food security

New food alliance launched to increase food security

Aotearoa Food Rescue Alliance has been established to increase food security and reduce food waste.


Natural Health Products NZ introduces new award category
19 Mar 2021  

Natural Health Products NZ introduces new award category

Natural Health Products NZ has introduced a new category to its annual awards to recognise the sector’s response to Covid-19.


A quarter of fish in Hauraki Gulf have microplastics in their guts – NIWA
19 Mar 2021   /

A quarter of fish in Hauraki Gulf have microplastics in their guts – NIWA

Microplastic fragments can find their way through gut lining and into muscle tissue of New Zealand fish species.


Whangaroa scallop fishery could close for two years
18 Mar 2021  

Whangaroa scallop fishery could close for two years

Fisheries New Zealand is seeking feedback on a proposed two-year closure of the scallop fishery at Whangaroa, Northland.


City Mission opens new social supermarket
18 Mar 2021   /

City Mission opens new social supermarket

The new initiative enabled customers who needed food support to choose their own goods, as opposed to the traditional pre-selected food parcel model.


Govt failing horticulture sector – Nats
18 Mar 2021   /

Govt failing horticulture sector – Nats

The Government is failing to support New Zealand’s horticulture sector as it faces a worker shortage crisis, according to the National Party.


Govt defers Intensive Winter Grazing regulations
18 Mar 2021  

Govt defers Intensive Winter Grazing regulations

The Government has deferred the introduction of Intensive Winter Grazing practice regulations for a year.


Food producers “in the dark” over gene editing proposals – GE Free NZ
17 Mar 2021  

Food producers “in the dark” over gene editing proposals – GE Free NZ

Industry players pushing for deregulation of gene editing risked undermining the integrity of the food system, says GE Free NZ.


Govt urged to ban ‘throw away’ paper, plastic products
17 Mar 2021  

Govt urged to ban ‘throw away’ paper, plastic products

Our Seas Our Future is calling on prime minister Jacinda Ardern to ban single-use paper and plastic products.


Nominations open for Queenstown hospo awards
17 Mar 2021   /

Nominations open for Queenstown hospo awards

The awards celebrate and promote the region’s food and beverage offerings.


Giesen wines get a facelift
17 Mar 2021   /

Giesen wines get a facelift

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


2021 Canterbury/North Otago Dairy Industry Awards winners named
17 Mar 2021   /

2021 Canterbury/North Otago Dairy Industry Awards winners named

Dinuka and Nadeeka Gamage were announced winners of the region’s Share Farmer of the Year category.


T&G boosts automated platform picking
16 Mar 2021  

T&G boosts automated platform picking

T&G Global is using eight new automated picking platforms this apple season to help improve productivity and safety.


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

Villa Maria pursues US growth with new partnership

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


Thousands turn out for Grow Ōtautahi
16 Mar 2021  

Thousands turn out for Grow Ōtautahi

Thousands of people attended the festival at the Christchurch Botanic Gardens.


Medals for NZ Champions of Cheese announced
16 Mar 2021   /

Medals for NZ Champions of Cheese announced

The New Zealand Specialist Cheesemakers Association has announced 265 medal winners in the NZ Champions of Cheese Awards 2021.


Kiwis cooking unhealthily due to time constraints – study
15 Mar 2021   /

Kiwis cooking unhealthily due to time constraints – study

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.


Plant geneticist recognised for contribution to horticultural science
15 Mar 2021   /

Plant geneticist recognised for contribution to horticultural science

Retired Plant & Food Research molecular geneticist Sue Gardiner has been recognised for her contribution to global horticultural science.


Raspberry & licorice balls recalled over allergen
15 Mar 2021  

Raspberry & licorice balls recalled over allergen

The product was sold in bulk bins at New Work and Pak’n Save stores across the country.


Villa Maria unveils organic, vegan range
15 Mar 2021   /

Villa Maria unveils organic, vegan range

Villa Maria has unveiled its new EarthGarden range.


Food and drink service back at Air NZ under level 1
15 Mar 2021   /

Food and drink service back at Air NZ under level 1

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 »


ACT calls out Govt’s “dismal failure” to support growers
12 Mar 2021   /

ACT calls out Govt’s “dismal failure” to support growers

“Hundreds of millions of dollars of losses for apple, wine and other growers was a near certainty.”


High milk costs in China sees milk price jump 80c
12 Mar 2021   /

High milk costs in China sees milk price jump 80c

The high cost of producing milk in China had favoured importing New Zealand dairy products.


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

Brewers Association wants excise tax cut by 50%

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


Neuroscientist joins NZ brain food company Ärepa
12 Mar 2021  

Neuroscientist joins NZ brain food company Ärepa

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


Listen to B+LNZ webinar on Climate Change Commission

Listen to B+LNZ webinar on Climate Change Commission

“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.”


Supermarket spending falls in Feb – Stats NZ
11 Mar 2021   /

Supermarket spending falls in Feb – Stats NZ

Spending on food fell in February 2021 due to Covid-19 restrictions, says Stats NZ.


Southern Clams debuts website to showcase sustainability
11 Mar 2021   /

Southern Clams debuts website to showcase sustainability

Shellfish supplier Southern Clams has launched a new website to provide information on the seafood products it harvests.


Top 25 chosen for Food, Fibre and Agritech Supernode Challenge

Top 25 chosen for Food, Fibre and Agritech Supernode Challenge

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.


Dairy farmer fined $30k for labour breaches
11 Mar 2021   /

Dairy farmer fined $30k for labour breaches

An investigation in 2019 found breaches of minimum employment standards in relation to 24 workers.


Online butcher launches new site
11 Mar 2021   /

Online butcher launches new site

The Butcher’s Cart has launched a new website selling and delivering beef and lamb.


Falling prices suppress dairy, meat manufacturing
10 Mar 2021   /

Falling prices suppress dairy, meat manufacturing

Dairy and meat product manufacturing fell 3.2% to $288m in the December 2020 quarter, says Stats NZ.


Fishing firm reports endangered bird catch
10 Mar 2021   /

Fishing firm reports endangered bird catch

A small family fishing company has self-reported the capture of 18 endangered black petrels and two flesh-footed shearwaters.


HortNZ to discuss Climate Change Commission feedback
10 Mar 2021  

HortNZ to discuss Climate Change Commission feedback

The Commission released its draft advice to the Government on climate change action and is now consulting on it.


Feijoa season comes early thanks to good weather
10 Mar 2021   /

Feijoa season comes early thanks to good weather

Fine weather will bring an earlier harvest than usual for the feijoa sector.


NZMB annual meeting goes virtual
10 Mar 2021  

NZMB annual meeting goes virtual

The next New Zealand Meat Board annual meeting will take place online at 3pm on 12 March.


Proposal to close pāua fishing at Akaroa
9 Mar 2021   /

Proposal to close pāua fishing at Akaroa

Fisheries New Zealand is seeking public feedback on a proposal to close an area to pāua fishing at Akaroa.


Health star rating products reach 5500 – FGC
9 Mar 2021   /

Health star rating products reach 5500 – FGC

The number of products displaying the Health Star Rating labels continued to climb in the last quarter of 2020.


Taupō man fined $12k for starving calves
9 Mar 2021   /

Taupō man fined $12k for starving calves

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 to match food bank drive donations
9 Mar 2021   /

PAK’nSAVE Manukau to match food bank drive donations

PAK’nSAVE Manukau will match food bank drive donations benefitting Buttabean Motivation Food Bank.


My Food Bag stumbles on NZX debut

My Food Bag stumbles on NZX debut

My Food Bag’s debut on the NZX Main Board last week was weaker than hoped, falling to as low as $1.69.


2021 kiwifruit season kicks off
8 Mar 2021  

2021 kiwifruit season kicks off

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.


Greens push to stop “dirty” bottom trawling
8 Mar 2021   /

Greens push to stop “dirty” bottom trawling

The Green Party is calling on the Government to urgently stop “dirty, degrading fishing practices” in areas most vulnerable to destruction.


Massey ranked 34 in QS World ranking for agriculture and forestry

Massey ranked 34 in QS World ranking for agriculture and forestry

Massey University has achieved a QS World University ranking of 34 in the agriculture and forestry discipline.


Crop registration app launched for tomato growers
5 Mar 2021   /

Crop registration app launched for tomato growers

A new purpose-built mobile Crop Registration app for tomato growers has been launched by ag-tech firm Waybeyond.


Halal skill shortage a challenge for meat sector
5 Mar 2021   /

Halal skill shortage a challenge for meat sector

A lack of skilled workers in the halal sector is presenting a challenge for New Zealand’s meat sector, says the Meat Industry Association.


MPI launches wellbeing workshops for wine sector
5 Mar 2021   /

MPI launches wellbeing workshops for wine sector

The Ministry for Primary Industries is supporting a series of wellbeing workshops for the wine industry in the wake of Covid-19.


Designing diverse plantings to support non-bee and bee pollinators
5 Mar 2021   /

Designing diverse plantings to support non-bee and bee pollinators

Scientists from Plant & Food Research have demonstrated the concept of designing mixed species native plantings to optimise bee and non-bee crop pollinators.


Ocean acidification causes hearing loss in fish
4 Mar 2021   /

Ocean acidification causes hearing loss in fish

If fish morphology is unable to adapt, then there could be serious consequences for the structure and function of future aquatic communities.


ComCom seeks supplier feedback on supermarket study

ComCom seeks supplier feedback on supermarket study

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.


MPI looks at export potential of hemp
4 Mar 2021   /

MPI looks at export potential of hemp

The Ministry for Primary Industries has identified hemp as having export market opportunities.


IR unveils tax relief for hail-affected growers
4 Mar 2021   /

IR unveils tax relief for hail-affected growers

Growers who were affected by hail events in December 2020 will be entitled to some tax relief, says Inland Revenue.


Countdown doubles Growing For Good grants to 50K
4 Mar 2021   /

Countdown doubles Growing For Good grants to 50K

In its third year, Growing for Good grants aimed inspire New Zealand kids to learn about and preserve the environment.


Auckland lockdown delays outstanding NZ Food Producer Awards judging

Auckland lockdown delays outstanding NZ Food Producer Awards judging

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 under new ownership
3 Mar 2021   /

Trinity Hill under new ownership

Trinity Hill has new ownership after being purchased outright by four local investors.


Auckland to host Foodtech Packtech
3 Mar 2021   /

Auckland to host Foodtech Packtech

The event was expected to attract more than 200 local and international exhibiting companies and 4000+ qualified visitors.


Student Volunteer Army remobilises grocery deliveries for Auckland lockdown
3 Mar 2021   /

Student Volunteer Army remobilises grocery deliveries for Auckland lockdown

The Student Volunteer Army and New World have remobilised its Grocery Delivery Service in Auckland as the city shifts back into level 3 lockdown.


Alcohol-free beer consumption up 105%
3 Mar 2021  

Alcohol-free beer consumption up 105%

“This shows that New Zealanders are getting in behind the no alcohol category and following international trends in the beer market.”


Hawke’s Bay Wine Auction celebrates 30 years
3 Mar 2021   /

Hawke’s Bay Wine Auction celebrates 30 years

There will be 40 lots of wine, many of which were being specially blended, at this year’s event.


New World launches Buy NZ, Go NZ campaign
3 Mar 2021  

New World launches Buy NZ, Go NZ campaign

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 »


MPI seeks feedback on cost recovery proposals for animal and wine products
2 Mar 2021   /

MPI seeks feedback on cost recovery proposals for animal and wine products

The proposals looked to update current cost recovery settings for a range of existing services, including levies on poultry, bees and dairy.


Southern Pastures enters $50m sustainability loan
2 Mar 2021   /

Southern Pastures enters $50m sustainability loan

Southern Pastures has entered into a three-year $50m sustainability-linked farm loan with BNZ and its syndicate.


More support for exporters -Auckland Business Chamber

More support for exporters -Auckland Business Chamber

Freight costs were up 150-200%, labour costs had increased and the exchange rate had risen sharply.


Trial underway to reduce runaway mussel floats
2 Mar 2021   /

Trial underway to reduce runaway mussel floats

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 »


Te Aro Wine rebrands, moves to New Plymouth
2 Mar 2021  

Te Aro Wine rebrands, moves to New Plymouth

Wellington-based Te Aro Wine is relocating to New Plymouth and rebranding as Known Unknown.


700 seasonal workers from Samoa flown in for RSE
1 Mar 2021   /

700 seasonal workers from Samoa flown in for RSE

The workers will be placed at orchards and vineyards in Hawke’s Bay, Canterbury and the upper South Island.


Organic products bill a boost for exporters – GE Free NZ
1 Mar 2021  

Organic products bill a boost for exporters – GE Free NZ

The Organic Products Bill is going through its final stages in parliament.


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

Increase in alcohol on shelves ‘concerning’ – Alcohol Healthwatch

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


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

Lawson’s Dry Hill goes carbon zero

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


Royal Canin partners with Healthy Pets NZ
1 Mar 2021   /

Royal Canin partners with Healthy Pets NZ

Pet food manufacturer Royal Canin has partnered with Healthy Pets NZ as its first Human-Animal Bond Partner.


Seeka announces 12 cent dividend
26 Feb 2021   /

Seeka announces 12 cent dividend

Seeka has announced a 12 cent dividend, payable on 30 March 2021.


Fonterra narrows 2021 earnings guidance
26 Feb 2021   /

Fonterra narrows 2021 earnings guidance

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


Menulog launches delivery service
26 Feb 2021  

Menulog launches delivery service

Menulog will launch a full delivery service this month, as it expands its current online ordering and self delivery platform.


Harvest taster day to get workers into kiwifruit industry
26 Feb 2021   /

Harvest taster day to get workers into kiwifruit industry

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 launches food & bev event
26 Feb 2021  

Southland launches food & bev event

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.


EIT launches Food and Fibre CoVE
25 Feb 2021  

EIT launches Food and Fibre CoVE

The Eastern Institute of Technology has launched its Food and Fibre Centre of Vocational Excellence.


Auckland hosts NZ’s first food waste summit
25 Feb 2021   /

Auckland hosts NZ’s first food waste summit

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.


Call for HortNZ director nominations
25 Feb 2021   /

Call for HortNZ director nominations

The vacancies came as two directors will retire by rotation this year.


Taranaki looks to the humble avo for opportunities
25 Feb 2021   /

Taranaki looks to the humble avo for opportunities

Venture Taranaki will host its second Branching Out event, Avocados: The Taranaki Opportunity.


Annies kicks off 2021 fundraising effort
25 Feb 2021  

Annies kicks off 2021 fundraising effort

Snacks producer Annies has kicked off a community fundraising initiative to help schools and non-profit organisations raise money.


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

NZ Pale Ale added to BA’s beer guidelines

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


MWE reduces max stake in capital raise
24 Feb 2021   /

MWE reduces max stake in capital raise

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


Frucor looks to cardboard for multipack drinks
24 Feb 2021  

Frucor looks to cardboard for multipack drinks

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


Lewis Road Creamery launches new flavour
24 Feb 2021  

Lewis Road Creamery launches new flavour

Lewis Road Creamery has launched a new flavour milk creation, Banoffee.


MIA awards 11 scholarships
24 Feb 2021   /

MIA awards 11 scholarships

The association awarded undergraduates $5k per year and post-graduates $10k per year.


Long lunch comes to Queenstown
24 Feb 2021  

Long lunch comes to Queenstown

Ten Queenstown Mall eateries have come together to launch the Queenstown Long Lunch.


Govt opens Covid business support package
23 Feb 2021   /

Govt opens Covid business support package

The Government has activated the Resurgence Support Payment, in its latest round of Covid-19 support packages.


F&B listed companies to open their books
23 Feb 2021  

F&B listed companies to open their books

NZ King Salmon, Delegat Group, and Comvita are this week reporting their six month interim financial results.


Taranaki presents Taste of the World event
23 Feb 2021  

Taranaki presents Taste of the World event

South Taranaki’s Taste of the World multicultural food and music festival will take place on Friday 12 March.


INZ “disrupting” NZ’s food supply chain – ACT
22 Feb 2021   /

INZ “disrupting” NZ’s food supply chain – ACT

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 »


Trout farming potentially “disastrous” – NZFFA
22 Feb 2021   /

Trout farming potentially “disastrous” – NZFFA

The comments follow a report that the Government was not opposed to commercial trout farming.


Govt extends visitor visas
22 Feb 2021   /

Govt extends visitor visas

The Government has eased visa restrictions for visitors already in New Zealand as the Covid-19 pandemic continues to cause havoc overseas.


Bakels pie awards back on
22 Feb 2021  

Bakels pie awards back on

The awards are New Zealand’s largest and longest running food competition.


Government extends dietary supplements regulations
19 Feb 2021  

Government extends dietary supplements regulations

The Government will overhaul the rules governing the dietary supplements, says minister for food safety Dr Ayesha Verrall.


NZ gets behind ban for single-use products
19 Feb 2021  

NZ gets behind ban for single-use products

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.


AGMARDT looks for associate board member
19 Feb 2021   /

AGMARDT looks for associate board member

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 recalls bacon over aluminium pieces
18 Feb 2021   /

Foodstuffs recalls bacon over aluminium pieces

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.


BrewDog expands to NZ
18 Feb 2021   /

BrewDog expands to NZ

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


Comvita partners with UK’s THG to accelerate revenue
18 Feb 2021   /

Comvita partners with UK’s THG to accelerate revenue

Comvita has goal to grow its digital sales to 50% of the total group by 2025.


First Zespri shipment to depart in March
18 Feb 2021   /

First Zespri shipment to depart in March

Zespri’s first charter shipment of New Zealand fruit is due to depart in March.


Waikato farmer fined $3500 for starving 26 cattle
18 Feb 2021   /

Waikato farmer fined $3500 for starving 26 cattle

Waikato lifestyle block owner Alastair Robert Kane Hughes has been fined for failing to adequately feed 26 cattle.


Deep South ice cream recalled
18 Feb 2021   /

Deep South ice cream recalled

New Zealand Creameries is recalling its Deep South brand strawberry & cream pavlova premium ice cream due to the presence of an undeclared allergen, egg.


Kiwifruit sector agrees to $40m settlement over Psa
17 Feb 2021  

Kiwifruit sector agrees to $40m settlement over Psa

The sector had brought a claim for $450m plus interest.


HortNZ calls on Govt to protect productive land
17 Feb 2021  

HortNZ calls on Govt to protect productive land

Horticulture New Zealand is calling on the Government to establish protection for highly productive land.


Champions of Cheese judging moves to Hamilton
17 Feb 2021   /

Champions of Cheese judging moves to Hamilton

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.


Monthly trade surplus of $252m due to import dip
18 Dec 2020  

Monthly trade surplus of $252m due to import dip

Stats NZ says imports have dropped over $1bn for the month of November 2020.


MWE eyes UK, US expansion
18 Dec 2020  

MWE eyes UK, US expansion

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


Natural Health Products NZ slams ‘shockingly out of date’ legislation
18 Dec 2020  

Natural Health Products NZ slams ‘shockingly out of date’ legislation

The industry body aired its frustrations at a committee meeting on Thursday.


NZ’s top takeaways of 2020
18 Dec 2020  

NZ’s top takeaways of 2020

Kiwis ordered 90,000 batches of the dish this year, according to Menulog.


Demand strong, particularly from Europe – Zespri
17 Dec 2020  

Demand strong, particularly from Europe – Zespri

A difficult 2020 has seen the the industry demonstrate its resilience, says Zespri chair Bruce Cameron.


Seeka to pay out 12c special dividend
17 Dec 2020  

Seeka to pay out 12c special dividend

The Te Puke-based company said the dividend would be paid on 27 January 2021 to all holders of ordinary shares.


Orchardist fined $14k after cyclists sprayed with chemicals
17 Dec 2020  

Orchardist fined $14k after cyclists sprayed with chemicals

The integrated, family-owned horticultural company was taken to court by the local council.


Revised alcohol advertising standards slammed
17 Dec 2020  

Revised alcohol advertising standards slammed

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.


Bad weather, music festival shakes Kāpiti Food Fair turnout
16 Dec 2020  

Bad weather, music festival shakes Kāpiti Food Fair turnout

Organisers say the event will start 2021 with a loss.


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

Dental industry slams Coca-Cola for ‘reckless’ marketing

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


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

Pete’s Natural boosts bottles in Christmas bonus

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


ComCom ‘satisfied’ with Fonterra’s milk pricing
15 Dec 2020  

ComCom ‘satisfied’ with Fonterra’s milk pricing

The Commerce Commission says it is “satisfied” with Fonterra’s milk prices.


New research aims to boost longevity of bees for growers
15 Dec 2020  

New research aims to boost longevity of bees for growers

New research backed by MPI could help bee hives live longer and be more efficient.


AGMARDT lifts funding grants to $3.6m
15 Dec 2020  

AGMARDT lifts funding grants to $3.6m

AGMARDT increased its investment in agricultural, horticultural and forestry businesses to $3.6m in the year to June 2020.


Auckland dishes up hot 100
15 Dec 2020  

Auckland dishes up hot 100

From the Billy Goat Curry, to the Dizengoff Classic, the list aims to support local operators in the wake of Covid.


GE corn approved by food safety regulators prompts warning
15 Dec 2020  

GE corn approved by food safety regulators prompts warning

The corn is said to have multi-pesticide resistance.


Invivo to fund over 330k global school meal programmes
15 Dec 2020  

Invivo to fund over 330k global school meal programmes

The Waikato-based wine and gin maker is doing so through its wine collaboration with Sarah Jessica Parker.


Q2 hospitality sales plummet 40%