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Thursday 17 June 2021

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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%
14 Dec 2020  

Q2 hospitality sales plummet 40%

Nationwide sales for the hospitality industry fell to $1.7bn in the second quarter of 2020, down 40% on the same period last year.


Beef + Lamb names Pellow to lead farm planning
14 Dec 2020  

Beef + Lamb names Pellow to lead farm planning

Pellow is well-known in the agribusiness arena, working across dairy, arable and sheep and beef industry.


Countdown call centre staff picket Ponsonby store
14 Dec 2020  

Countdown call centre staff picket Ponsonby store

The action comes as pay negotiations remain “unresolved”.


Watch: Zespri sustainability showcased
14 Dec 2020  

Watch: Zespri sustainability showcased

Zespri has outlined its sustainability strategy to the Sustainable Business Council.


NZFGC says no to compostable plastic packaging
11 Dec 2020  

NZFGC says no to compostable plastic packaging

The association says there is “no real solution” for products to be dealt with in homes.


Merchant, card fees could be chopped in new Govt review
11 Dec 2020  

Merchant, card fees could be chopped in new Govt review

Stuart Nash says smaller businesses are predominantly bearing the brunt of merchant service fees.


Stats NZ: Solid November spend for consumables
11 Dec 2020  

Stats NZ: Solid November spend for consumables

Retail card spending was stable in November rising just 1.4% or $85m to $6.25bn.


Auckland food business expired registration window closes
11 Dec 2020  

Auckland food business expired registration window closes

From January, Auckland council Food Act registrations must be renewed before they expire


“No tolerance” for marine reserve fishing breach
10 Dec 2020  

“No tolerance” for marine reserve fishing breach

A Nelson man has been fined $13,500 for commercial fishing in Kahurangi Marine Reserve on the West Coast of the South Island.


Consultation opens for April 2021 fishery changes
10 Dec 2020  

Consultation opens for April 2021 fishery changes

Fisheries New Zealand has opened consultation for its latest sustainability round.


Best Ugly Bagel staff seek collective agreement
10 Dec 2020  

Best Ugly Bagel staff seek collective agreement

A cohort of Best Ugly Bagels staff is aiming to negotiate a collective employment agreement will calls going out for more workers to join E tū union.  NZ chef Al MORE »


Zespri, Plant & Food propose kiwifruit breeding centre jv
9 Dec 2020  

Zespri, Plant & Food propose kiwifruit breeding centre jv

The kiwifruit exporter and the Crown Research Institute already have a 30 year working relationship together under their belts.


Hawke’s Bay managed iso facility a ‘no brainer’ – ACT
9 Dec 2020  

Hawke’s Bay managed iso facility a ‘no brainer’ – ACT

The party’s leader David Seymour says the government should work with the region’s horticulturists.


Recall for Pestell’s pork products
9 Dec 2020  

Recall for Pestell’s pork products

The family-owned Nelson meat producer issued the recall.


Summerfruit slammed by Kiwi job seeker demand
9 Dec 2020  

Summerfruit slammed by Kiwi job seeker demand

Summerfruit NZ says growers have received more job applications than usual for this time of year.


Fruit & veg initiative schools up for 2021
9 Dec 2020  

Fruit & veg initiative schools up for 2021

A state-funded initiative will see 26 million servings of fresh fruit and veges dished out at low decile school.


Dan Carter, Kaytee Boyd talk peanuts for UNICEF
9 Dec 2020  

Dan Carter, Kaytee Boyd talk peanuts for UNICEF

Plumpy’Nut sachets are used to help nurse malnourished children back to health.


Fonterra backs biogas research
8 Dec 2020  

Fonterra backs biogas research

The dairy co-op joins BECA, EECA and Firstgas Group in backing the research.


Massey mental health project for F&B producers
8 Dec 2020  

Massey mental health project for F&B producers

The project is being led by Massey University wanting to work with eight firms.


Sunsetter Food Festival joins  Summernova line-up
8 Dec 2020  

Sunsetter Food Festival joins Summernova line-up

New Zealand wineries, breweries and popular Auckland eateries will be front and centre of the February event.


T&G Fresh branches out with charity launch
7 Dec 2020   /

T&G Fresh branches out with charity launch

Fairgrow aims to help get fresh products to Kiwis in need in the wake of Covid-19.


Sprout to grow under new CEO
7 Dec 2020   /

Sprout to grow under new CEO

Gil Meron, founder of Yarden Group in Israel, is taking up the role.


Kiwifruit team in top science award
7 Dec 2020  

Kiwifruit team in top science award

The Science New Zealand 2020 National Awards were held on Thursday night.


Young growers put to test in 2021 comp
7 Dec 2020  

Young growers put to test in 2021 comp

Growers in Northland and Waikato have also been invited to enter.


F&B retailers win quality service awards
4 Dec 2020  

F&B retailers win quality service awards

Countdown, Liquorland, and meal kit provider Hello Fresh have been recognised in the Reader’s Digest Quality Service Awards 2021.


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

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

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


Seafood NZ likes new school of thought for pregnancy diets
4 Dec 2020  

Seafood NZ likes new school of thought for pregnancy diets

It follows new food safety guidance issued by the government.


Countdown build goes green in NZ first
4 Dec 2020  

Countdown build goes green in NZ first

It will be the first of its kind in New Zealand.


Summer export boost for southern produce
3 Dec 2020  

Summer export boost for southern produce

Christchurch Airport will see a boost in cargo flights this summer following more Government support for the International Air Freight Capacity (IAFC) scheme.


New independent eye on growers’ staff treatment
3 Dec 2020  

New independent eye on growers’ staff treatment

Independent auditors will be evaluating growers to ensure they are treating their staff fairly.


Silver Fern Farms in Xmas gift to US consumers
3 Dec 2020  

Silver Fern Farms in Xmas gift to US consumers

The meat processor says the move means customers in the US will get meat before Christmas.


More boozy brews to choose
3 Dec 2020  

More boozy brews to choose

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


‘Outstanding’ awards recognise F&B producers

‘Outstanding’ awards recognise F&B producers

The best Kiwi food and beverage businesses will be recognised in the fifth Outstanding NZ Food Producer Awards.


Taranaki looks to grow food & fibre opportunity
2 Dec 2020  

Taranaki looks to grow food & fibre opportunity

An assessment on the region’s land and climate has identified around 207,000 hectares which could be used.


Call goes out for 2021 cheese champions
2 Dec 2020  

Call goes out for 2021 cheese champions

Entries are now open for the 19th annual New Zealand Champions of Cheese Awards.


Kiwis offered $1000 seasonal work incentive
1 Dec 2020   /

Kiwis offered $1000 seasonal work incentive

Up to $200 a week for accommodation costs is on offer, plus a $1000 payment for some.


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

For sale sign hoisted over Central Otago’s Carrick

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


Canterbury comp aims for food, fibre, agri innovation
1 Dec 2020  

Canterbury comp aims for food, fibre, agri innovation

It’s one of the region’s biggest sectors, contributing 20% of GDP.


Food safety chatbot goes live
1 Dec 2020  

Food safety chatbot goes live

iMonitor says Covid-19 shined a spotlight on the importance of food safety.


Listeria detection prompts Pak’nSave precautionary recall
30 Nov 2020   /

Listeria detection prompts Pak’nSave precautionary recall

New Zealand Food Safety is calling on the public to return Pak’nSave branded, sliced-in-store, ready-to-eat meat products purchased at the supermarket in Blenheim as they may contain listeria bacteria.


Christchurch leads Pak’nSave tech wave
30 Nov 2020  

Christchurch leads Pak’nSave tech wave

Shop’nGo technology has been installed at all six of its sites in the city.


Hemp tea recalled due to potency
30 Nov 2020   /

Hemp tea recalled due to potency

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


Value of food exports drop in Oct – Stats NZ
27 Nov 2020  

Value of food exports drop in Oct – Stats NZ

Some dairy products were down $198m.


NZ wines to shine in new subscription service
27 Nov 2020  

NZ wines to shine in new subscription service

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


T&G Global approves 6c interim dividend
27 Nov 2020  

T&G Global approves 6c interim dividend

A date has been set by the group, in an NZX announcement made on Thursday.


Countdown’s Copland scoops CIO of the Year award
26 Nov 2020  

Countdown’s Copland scoops CIO of the Year award

Countdown’s general manager of digital was named in an event at the Civic Theatre in Auckland.


Comvita Singles Day revenue jumps 17%
26 Nov 2020  

Comvita Singles Day revenue jumps 17%

Mānuka honey company Comvita says it reported strong sales in the online shopping event.


Best Foods Leftover Lunch Truck hits the road
26 Nov 2020  

Best Foods Leftover Lunch Truck hits the road

Unilever’s mayonnaise brand aims to shine a light on the $1.17bn worth of food waste in New Zealand every year.


Foodstarter comp goes national
25 Nov 2020  

Foodstarter comp goes national

A competition to find innovative food and beverage startups has gone national in an effort to support new businesses and suppliers.


Countdown call centre staff on strike
25 Nov 2020  

Countdown call centre staff on strike

They took action after a “disappointing” settlement offer during negotiations.


Hastings puts local food producers on show
25 Nov 2020  

Hastings puts local food producers on show

Local food vendors will take centre stage at the new Taste of Hastings event being held on December 3.


Mothballed meat works up for sale
25 Nov 2020  

Mothballed meat works up for sale

It was a Wilson Hellaby meat processing plant up until a couple of months ago.


Bootleggers prepping $300k Snowball Effect raise
24 Nov 2020  

Bootleggers prepping $300k Snowball Effect raise

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


Macadamia nut farm on the block
24 Nov 2020  

Macadamia nut farm on the block

It’s one of New Zealand’s biggest commercial macadamia nut orchards.


High lamb, pork consumption linked to bowel cancer – study
24 Nov 2020  

High lamb, pork consumption linked to bowel cancer – study

A new study out of the University of Otago looks at diet and how it could cause the disease.


Primary sector gets online verification platform
23 Nov 2020  

Primary sector gets online verification platform

The new tool will give New Zealand consumers and producers verified data about primary sector products.


Second Flaxmere night market this week
23 Nov 2020  

Second Flaxmere night market this week

Local food vendors and entertainment will be put on show in the second Flaxmere Village night market.


Woop scoops top prize in Auckland business awards
23 Nov 2020  

Woop scoops top prize in Auckland business awards

The meal delivery kit company was commended for its Covid-19 lockdown business strategy.


Canterbury gets new food sustainability school
20 Nov 2020  

Canterbury gets new food sustainability school

Canterbury has a new postgraduate school that will focus entirely on food sustainability.


New studies look at red meat ‘myths, misinformation’
20 Nov 2020  

New studies look at red meat ‘myths, misinformation’

Around 100 people will be monitored in the studies led by multiple NZ institutions.


Martinborough gets new wine, gin spot
20 Nov 2020  

Martinborough gets new wine, gin spot

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


Snacking company dumps plastic for paper
20 Nov 2020  

Snacking company dumps plastic for paper

GoodnessMe is replacing some of its plastic packaging with paper.


Plant & Food’s Fraser wins Women of Influence awards
19 Nov 2020  

Plant & Food’s Fraser wins Women of Influence awards

The soil scientist was among 12 other women recognised on Tuesday evening.


Snail’s pace winning recipe for Kiwi F&B businesses
19 Nov 2020  

Snail’s pace winning recipe for Kiwi F&B businesses

Fourteen Auckland food businesses have become the first in NZ to be awarded the Slow Food Snail of Approval.


Food Show takes Auckland this weekend
19 Nov 2020  

Food Show takes Auckland this weekend

The event is finally getting its day, after Covid-19 pandemic postponed its earlier dates


New training course to fill gaps caused by growth
18 Nov 2020  

New training course to fill gaps caused by growth

Bay of Plenty-based Fruition Horticulture has announced the new diploma.


Miraka scoops top biosecurity award
18 Nov 2020  

Miraka scoops top biosecurity award

The Taupō-based dairy company was recognised at the awards ceremony on Monday night.


More Northland students to get horticulture training
18 Nov 2020  

More Northland students to get horticulture training

Extra funding has been given to the Kerikeri Gateway Horticulture Schools Programme.


Sanford puts Tauranga facility on market
18 Nov 2020  

Sanford puts Tauranga facility on market

The land and buildings are fully leased to Cold Storage Nelson.


New awareness campaign hits NZ’s key markets
17 Nov 2020  

New awareness campaign hits NZ’s key markets

NZ Story has launched an international campaign modelling campaigns from New Zealand Trade and Enterprise and Tourism New Zealand.


Beef + Lamb partners with chef Peter Gordon on new venture
17 Nov 2020  

Beef + Lamb partners with chef Peter Gordon on new venture

Chef Peter Gordon has just returned to New Zealand, set to open in his new community dining venture.


Eat The Kiwi scoops Hong Kong online grocery award
16 Nov 2020  

Eat The Kiwi scoops Hong Kong online grocery award

It was recognised in the 2020 Hong Kong Dining Awards.


Strawberry industry hopes Kiwis will buy export excess
16 Nov 2020  

Strawberry industry hopes Kiwis will buy export excess

Strawberry exports have been restricted due to the Covid-19 pandemic.


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

Pask Winery begins $2m Omahu Rd expansion

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


Auckland gets crafty with new beer fest
16 Nov 2020  

Auckland gets crafty with new beer fest

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


Biosecurity NZ trials new pest detection tech
16 Nov 2020  

Biosecurity NZ trials new pest detection tech

The new scanner is being trialled at Auckland Airport to help ramp up protection.


BOP Kiwifruit packhouse branches out – again
13 Nov 2020  

BOP Kiwifruit packhouse branches out – again

Bay of Plenty’s Mount Pack & Cool plans to expand its operations in 2021.


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

Farmstrong, Frucor, Fonterra win big in safety awards

The awards took place in Auckland on Wednesday night.


Kiwifruit disease Psa focus of new research project
13 Nov 2020  

Kiwifruit disease Psa focus of new research project

A new Plant & Food Research project will investigate the bacteria.


Babich Wines welcomes NZTE F&B campaign
13 Nov 2020  

Babich Wines welcomes NZTE F&B campaign

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


HortNZ seeks “constructive” relationship with Govt
12 Nov 2020  

HortNZ seeks “constructive” relationship with Govt

Horticulture New Zealand says it is keen to work constructively with the new Government, including minister Damien O’Conner who has been given the new trade and export growth portfolio.


Applications open for MIA scholarships
12 Nov 2020  

Applications open for MIA scholarships

The 2021 Meat Industry Association Scholarships are now open for application.


Feast Marlborough calls for summer F&B events
12 Nov 2020  

Feast Marlborough calls for summer F&B events

Feast Marlborough is urging venues, food producers, and event organisers to help each other develop a new series of events.


Record blueberry consumption after 15.2% jump
11 Nov 2020  

Record blueberry consumption after 15.2% jump

Eight million punnets of blueberries were eaten by New Zealanders last year.


ASB unveils $200k grant pool for innovative ideas
11 Nov 2020  

ASB unveils $200k grant pool for innovative ideas

ASB is offering four $50,000 grants for New Zealand businesses choosing to innovate amid the Covid-19 pandemic.


Inaugural chair of new Food and Fibre CoVe appointed
11 Nov 2020  

Inaugural chair of new Food and Fibre CoVe appointed

The role is to be based at the Eastern Institute of Technology (EIT) in Hawke’s Bay.


Plant-based protein opportunities for NZ – report
11 Nov 2020  

Plant-based protein opportunities for NZ – report

Increased popularity in plant-based meat substitutes could create opportunities for producers in NZ.


Sahrawat launches at home sauce range
10 Nov 2020  

Sahrawat launches at home sauce range

Sid Sahrawat is launching his own range of sauces and spice kids for Kiwis to have at home.


Kiwi students scoop global food marketing awards
10 Nov 2020  

Kiwi students scoop global food marketing awards

The group took home second place in the virtual International Food Marketing Challenge.


HVN, Pūhoro partner for food innovation students
10 Nov 2020  

HVN, Pūhoro partner for food innovation students

The parnership will support Māori students in food and science innovations.


Micro-brewery lands in Ponsonby
10 Nov 2020  

Micro-brewery lands in Ponsonby

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


PGF invests $400k to re-open oyster farm
9 Nov 2020   /

PGF invests $400k to re-open oyster farm

The money will help clean up the oyster beds and rebuild the farm.


Protestors at live export ship in Napier
9 Nov 2020  

Protestors at live export ship in Napier

A protest against a live animal export ship bound for China took place in Napier at the weekend.


Invivo and Co appoints Mark Darrow as chair
9 Nov 2020  

Invivo and Co appoints Mark Darrow as chair

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


Scientist scoops fruit development award
9 Nov 2020   /

Scientist scoops fruit development award

The award celebrates his contributions to fruit variety development.


Whittakers, Garage Project unveil new collaboration
9 Nov 2020   /

Whittakers, Garage Project unveil new collaboration

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


Zespri to sign MOU with China for SunGold trial
6 Nov 2020  

Zespri to sign MOU with China for SunGold trial

Zespri intends to sign a Memorandum of Understanding with government officials in China .


Potato industry welcomes fry threat investigation
6 Nov 2020  

Potato industry welcomes fry threat investigation

The New Zealand potato industry has welcomed the Government’s investigation into what it calls the “proven threat” of surplus frozen fries.  Earlier this week the Ministry for Business Innovation and MORE »


Fruit production fungicide makes EPA hazardous list
6 Nov 2020  

Fruit production fungicide makes EPA hazardous list

It’s been added to the list for reassessment.


20k kids take part in Zespri-led initiative
5 Nov 2020   /

20k kids take part in Zespri-led initiative

Twenty thousand children across 250 schools are taking part in a Zespri Young and Healthy Virtual Adventure.


Food tech app recognised for Covid efforts
5 Nov 2020  

Food tech app recognised for Covid efforts

Safe Food Pro has been awarded for its contribution to New Zealand’s food industry during the pandemic.


NZ’s best vegan pie named
5 Nov 2020  

NZ’s best vegan pie named

New Zealand’s top vegan pie has been named in the 2020 NZ Vegan Pie Awards.


F&B digital directory wins Felix award
4 Nov 2020  

F&B digital directory wins Felix award

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


Calls for Govt to address fisheries issues
4 Nov 2020  

Calls for Govt to address fisheries issues

A new policy looks at the issues, including dumping and environmental damage caused by bottom trawling.


KVH in new BOP pest plant programme
4 Nov 2020  

KVH in new BOP pest plant programme

Kiwifruit Vine Health and the Bay of Plenty Regional Council will work together.


Live animal exports petition presented
4 Nov 2020  

Live animal exports petition presented

The petition has been signed by over 11,700 people.


Zealong, Meyer partner for world first
3 Nov 2020   /

Zealong, Meyer partner for world first

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


Kiwi students to fill summer fruit picking void
3 Nov 2020   /

Kiwi students to fill summer fruit picking void

Fruit growers are being connected to students across the country looking for summer fruit picking work.


Fisheries Ministry name change ‘fantastic’ for sea – Greenpeace
3 Nov 2020   /

Fisheries Ministry name change ‘fantastic’ for sea – Greenpeace

It was announced yesterday by Jacinda Ardern that the title would be changed.


Air NZ donates over 920k food items to charity
3 Nov 2020   /

Air NZ donates over 920k food items to charity

Air New Zealand’s reduced flight schedule meant there was surplus food goods.


Students to promo food producers, outlets in new event
3 Nov 2020  

Students to promo food producers, outlets in new event

The Walking Supper is being held next Monday.


Zespri, Synlait finalists in Deloitte Top 200
2 Nov 2020   /

Zespri, Synlait finalists in Deloitte Top 200

Zespri and Synlait have been named as finalists in the Deloitte Top 200 Awards for 2020. The kiwifruit co-op has been nominated for two awards, Company of the Year and MORE »


Central Otago food month wraps
2 Nov 2020  

Central Otago food month wraps

The campaign ran for a month and wrapped up in an event on Wednesday night.


Horticultural initiative gets $1.6m PGF loan
2 Nov 2020   /

Horticultural initiative gets $1.6m PGF loan

Tairāwhiti’s Wi Pere Trust is receiving a PDU loan from the latest round of Provincial Growth Funding.


New fruit picking job service launched
30 Oct 2020  

New fruit picking job service launched

A new online job service is encouraging Kiwis to take on a working holiday over the summer.


Big businesses in NZ grow by almost 1000
30 Oct 2020  

Big businesses in NZ grow by almost 1000

They’ve increased by 58% in over two decades.


Covid disrupts Asia Pacific food production
29 Oct 2020  

Covid disrupts Asia Pacific food production

The Covid-19 pandemic is causing major disruptions to the production of a number of food products across Asia Pacific.


Kiwifruit researchers discover key to yield
29 Oct 2020  

Kiwifruit researchers discover key to yield

Kiwifruit production could be optimised by upping the female flowers in an orchard.


Christchurch’s Vegan Expo returns
29 Oct 2020   /

Christchurch’s Vegan Expo returns

The foodie event did not run in 2019.


NZ wine exports up 11% in 2020
28 Oct 2020  

NZ wine exports up 11% in 2020

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


Zespri boss joins PMA board
28 Oct 2020  

Zespri boss joins PMA board

Zespri’s chief executive Dan Mathieson has been appointed to the Produce Marketing Association Board.


Expo to showcase seasonal work opportunities
28 Oct 2020  

Expo to showcase seasonal work opportunities

A growers employment expo and information session is being held in Hawke’s Bay next month.


Hort NZ creates new role for career development
28 Oct 2020  

Hort NZ creates new role for career development

A new role has been created, and an appointment made, to help develop careers in New Zealand’s horticulture industry.


‘Realistic’ meat-free bacon launched in NZ
28 Oct 2020  

‘Realistic’ meat-free bacon launched in NZ

Plant-based food producer, NEXT! Is behind the release of the bacon-like product.


BioGro aims to simplify organic certification
28 Oct 2020  

BioGro aims to simplify organic certification

Organic certifier BioGro NZ is aiming to simplify the certification process.


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

Clearview, EuroVintage win top gongs at NZ wine awards

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


Food event announces live music stage
27 Oct 2020  

Food event announces live music stage

The Kāpiti Food Fair is partnering with Coastella to provide musical entertainment for this year’s event.


Kiwis picking own ‘answer’ to RSE shortage – berry farmer
23 Oct 2020  

Kiwis picking own ‘answer’ to RSE shortage – berry farmer

A Waikato berry farm believes the answer to seasonal worker shortages this year could be for Kiwis to pick their own fruit.


DairyNZ re-elects directors
23 Oct 2020  

DairyNZ re-elects directors

Jim van der Poel, who chairs the DairyNZ board, and Colin Glas would each serve another three-year term on the board.


Auckland Diwali Festival spreads across city
23 Oct 2020   /

Auckland Diwali Festival spreads across city

More than 100 activities and experiences are set to take place at numerous local venues during this year’s Auckland Diwali Festival.


Greenshell Mussels study secures $350k funding
22 Oct 2020  

Greenshell Mussels study secures $350k funding

A research collaboration between Sanford and Massey University has secured funding to evaluate the benefits of Greenshell Mussels in people living with osteoarthritis.  This project is being funded by the MORE »


Silver Fern Farms launches new venison products
22 Oct 2020  

Silver Fern Farms launches new venison products

Silver Fern Farms has released two new products to add to its venison range, Venison Cutlets and Venison Minute Steaks.


Is seaweed the next superfood?
22 Oct 2020  

Is seaweed the next superfood?

The New Zealand Government is investing $3.3m in a research project to evaluate the health benefits of consuming seaweed. AgResearch scientists will team up with researchers in Singapore to look MORE »


Fruitful avocado orchard for sale
22 Oct 2020  

Fruitful avocado orchard for sale

An avocado orchard in Whangarei is for sale.


Thousands of kids join Zespri’s health adventure
22 Oct 2020  

Thousands of kids join Zespri’s health adventure

Thousands of Kiwi children are beginning a five-week Zespri-led virtual adventure promoting the importance of taking care of themselves and the environment.  The Zespri Young and Health Virtual Adventure began on MORE »


Kiwis need more nutrition education – study
21 Oct 2020  

Kiwis need more nutrition education – study

New Zealanders need further education on the fundamentals of eating a balanced and nutritious diet.


New World shoppers to trial tech trolleys
21 Oct 2020  

New World shoppers to trial tech trolleys

New World Papakura is trialling Zoom Trolleys in-store, enabling customers to walk around the store hands-free.


Business leaders cook-off for City Mission
21 Oct 2020  

Business leaders cook-off for City Mission

A bunch of Auckland business leaders are taking part in the third annual Auckland City Mission Cook-Off fundraiser.


Massey agri, horticulture students recognised
21 Oct 2020  

Massey agri, horticulture students recognised

Massey University celebrated its 27th annual Agriculture Awards in Palmerston North on Friday evening.


Black Barn Vineyards announces 17th OpenAir event
21 Oct 2020  

Black Barn Vineyards announces 17th OpenAir event

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


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

Villa Maria launches NZ’s first wine-based seltzer

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


Kiwi baby nutrition start-up wins US innovation award
20 Oct 2020  

Kiwi baby nutrition start-up wins US innovation award

A Hawke’s Bay infant nutrition start-up has von the 2020 Food-Navigator USA Trailblazers award.


Wattie’s donates 25k food cans to Salvation Army
20 Oct 2020  

Wattie’s donates 25k food cans to Salvation Army

Wattie’s is partnering with The Salvation Army to help with its ongoing need for food parcels.


Programme launches for virtual zero-waste event
20 Oct 2020  

Programme launches for virtual zero-waste event

The five-day event is being held next month.


Reefton Distilling sweeps at NZ gin awards
20 Oct 2020  

Reefton Distilling sweeps at NZ gin awards

Reefton Distilling Co has scooped five awards at The Junipers.


UN calls on APAC to build resilient food systems
20 Oct 2020  

UN calls on APAC to build resilient food systems

The region must transform its food systems to make them more resilient, according to the Food and Agriculture Organization.


Charity urges Kiwis to waste less food
16 Oct 2020  

Charity urges Kiwis to waste less food

KiwiHarvest is calling on New Zealanders to waste less and donate food to local organisations


SeaDragon issues $2.5m in shares to Pescado
16 Oct 2020  

SeaDragon issues $2.5m in shares to Pescado

Over 83 million shares were distributed at $0.03c per share, according to an announcement from the Omega fish oil producer.


ComCom opens submissions on draft Fonterra price report
16 Oct 2020  

ComCom opens submissions on draft Fonterra price report

The Commerce Commission has today released its draft report on Fonterra’s Farmgate Milk Price Manual.


Marlborough winery wins IWSC gold
16 Oct 2020  

Marlborough winery wins IWSC gold

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


Life Health Foods collabs with celeb restaurateur
16 Oct 2020  

Life Health Foods collabs with celeb restaurateur

The plant-based brand collective is collaborating with restaurateur Ganesh Raj.


Zespri confirms sampling, maturity service providers
16 Oct 2020  

Zespri confirms sampling, maturity service providers

Following a three-month-long sourcing process, Zespri has confirmed its sampling and maturity clearance testing providers.


Massey Uni, AgResearch partner for new research facility
15 Oct 2020  

Massey Uni, AgResearch partner for new research facility

Massey University and AgResearch are developing a new joint dairy research facility in the Manawatū region.


Beervana heads to Wellington Airport
15 Oct 2020  

Beervana heads to Wellington Airport

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


Food rescuer eyes expansion as demand grows
15 Oct 2020  

Food rescuer eyes expansion as demand grows

Kaibosh Food Rescue is moving to a larger facility.


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

Lawson’s Dry Hills goes gold at International Wine Show

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


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

List of top 50 wines under $25 announced

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


Kāpiti Food Fair to go ahead
2 Oct 2020  

Kāpiti Food Fair to go ahead

Tickets have gone on sale for the 2020 Kāpiti Food Fair.  The event boasts 250 vendor sites plus entertainment and would take place on Saturday 5 December at the Mazengarb MORE »


SFF unveils 2020 scholarship recipients
1 Oct 2020  

SFF unveils 2020 scholarship recipients

Silver Fern Farms has announced its Plate to Pasture Youth Scholarships for 2020, adding two more names to the six already unveiled.


Trout and salmon 2020 season opens
1 Oct 2020  

Trout and salmon 2020 season opens

New Zealand’s 2020 trout and salmon season has officially opened.  The season kicked off on 1 October and Fish and Game says tens of thousands of anglers headed out on MORE »


More events added to Elemental AKL
17 Sep 2020  

More events added to Elemental AKL

Nine more events have been added to the 2020 Elemental AKL festival line up. The festival would start on 1 October and planned to put Auckland’s food, art and culture MORE »


Gilmours-occupied property on the market
14 Sep 2020  

Gilmours-occupied property on the market

A large investment-grade property in the Tauranga Lifestyle Centre, currently occupied by Gilmours, is for sale. Ryan Johnson, Bayleys’ national director of commercial and industrial, said there was demonstrated investor MORE »