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Friday 20 May 2022

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B+LNZ to hit key export markets
20 May 2022  

B+LNZ to hit key export markets

For the first time since Covid-19 travel restrictions were implemented, Beef + Lamb New Zealand’s leaders will be heading to key export markets to advocate on behalf of New Zealand farmers.


PE, VC activity at record level in 2021 – EY
20 May 2022   /

PE, VC activity at record level in 2021 – EY

Total investment and divestment activity across all investment stages increased to $4.3b in 2021, up from $2.5b in 2020, according to EY’s New Zealand Private Capital Monitor.


GABS returning to Auckland in June
20 May 2022   /

GABS returning to Auckland in June

The Great Australasian Beer Spectacular is returning to Auckland on 25 June.


Foodstuffs gets Rainbow Tick of approval
20 May 2022   /

Foodstuffs gets Rainbow Tick of approval

Foodstuffs North Island has gained Rainbow Tick accreditation.


Fisher banned after 300+ paua poached
20 May 2022   /

Fisher banned after 300+ paua poached

A man has been banned from fishing and sentenced to home detention for his part in taking 319 pāua to sell on the black market.


Seeka harvest down due to smaller crop, tighter labour
19 May 2022   /

Seeka harvest down due to smaller crop, tighter labour

Seeka expects its 2022 kiwifruit harvest will fall short of forecasts due to lower crop volumes and a tight labour market, but said that it is too early to provide current year earnings guidance.


F&B growth opportunity for Taranaki
19 May 2022  

F&B growth opportunity for Taranaki

Food and beverage production, alongside farming, presents a significant growth opportunity for Taranaki, according to a new report that shows they jointly contributed $1.7bn GDP to the region’s economy in 2021.


AgResearch adds Māori Research & Partnerships group
19 May 2022  

AgResearch adds Māori Research & Partnerships group

AgResearch has established a Māori Research & Partnerships Group led by Ariana Estoras.


AgriTech NZ backs $340m climate action centre
19 May 2022   /

AgriTech NZ backs $340m climate action centre

AgriTechNZ has backed the government’s proposal for a $340m Centre for Climate Action on Agricultural Emissions as part of its Emissions Reduction Plan, and notes a key role to be played by agritech.


Apiculture NZ flags World Bee Day
19 May 2022   /

Apiculture NZ flags World Bee Day

Building a better future for bees is the focus of this year’s World Bee Day on Friday 20 May, says Apiculture New Zealand.


May means Eat, Drink, Love Ponsonby 2022.
19 May 2022   /

May means Eat, Drink, Love Ponsonby 2022.

For the month of May, participating Auckland restaurants and bars will be celebrating the Eat, Drink, Love Ponsonby 2022.


For sale sign hoisted over Waipara River Estate vineyard
19 May 2022  

For sale sign hoisted over Waipara River Estate vineyard

Canterbury boutique vineyard and accommodation business, Waipara River Estate, is up for sale with a price tag of at least $2.5m.


Fifth consecutive fall for global diary prices
18 May 2022  

Fifth consecutive fall for global diary prices

Dairy prices have fallen for the fifth consecutive time at the fortnightly global dairy sale, with the average price dropping 2% to US$4,432 a tonne (NZ$6,970).


M&A off to solid start in Q1 – PwC
18 May 2022   /

M&A off to solid start in Q1 – PwC

There were 45 M&A deals announced or completed in the first three months of the year, according to PwC’s latest quarterly update, compared with just 11 for the same period last year.


New chair for Good Spirits Hospitality after Makeig resigns
18 May 2022   /

New chair for Good Spirits Hospitality after Makeig resigns

Good Spirits Hospitality has named director Matt Adams as chair designate after Duncan Makeig signalled his intention to resign the chair following the upcoming June board meeting.


O’Connor heading to Bangkok for APEC meet
18 May 2022   /

O’Connor heading to Bangkok for APEC meet

Trade and Export Growth Minister Damien O’Connor is set to travel to Thailand this week to represent New Zealand at the annual APEC Ministers Responsible for Trade meeting in Bangkok.


Ampol now top trans-Tasman fuel, convenience player
18 May 2022   /

Ampol now top trans-Tasman fuel, convenience player

Australian fuel retailer Ampol’s circa $2bn acquisition of Z Energy last week created the number one trans-Tasman fuel and convenience player, according to the company.


Winetopia winds up for July kick-off in Wellington
18 May 2022   /

Winetopia winds up for July kick-off in Wellington

New Zealand wine festival Winetopia has added more events to its three-city schedule.


Kiwifruit values help buoy Rangatira NAV
17 May 2022   /

Kiwifruit values help buoy Rangatira NAV

Private equity firm Rangatira Investments has seen its net asset value climb from $14.87 last year to $16.27 in the year to March 2022, reflecting a portfolio valuation of $288m.


Australasia’s first alternative proteins conference kicks-off
17 May 2022   /

Australasia’s first alternative proteins conference kicks-off

Australia and New Zealand’s first alternative proteins conference, AltProteins, takes place in Melbourne today.


Non-alcs and newbies in New World Beer & Cider Awards winners
17 May 2022   /

Non-alcs and newbies in New World Beer & Cider Awards winners

New World has revealed its Top 30 beverages in its annual Beer & Cider Awards, and named Lion craft brand Emerson’s Weissbier its supreme winner.


MG Marketing contestable applications open
17 May 2022  

MG Marketing contestable applications open

Fruit and vege co-operative MG Marketing has been established a contestable fund which aims to contribute towards the general improvement, capability and profile of the horticulture industry in New Zealand.


Fishers caught with 45 times daily snapper limit face prosecution
17 May 2022   /

Fishers caught with 45 times daily snapper limit face prosecution

Ministry for Primary Industries fishery officers have caught a group of five recreational fishers in East Auckland with more than 45 times the daily snapper limit. The group had 348 MORE »


ComCom concerns over Cold Storage Nelson takeover
16 May 2022   /

ComCom concerns over Cold Storage Nelson takeover

The Commerce Commission has identified concerns around the supply of cold storage in the Waikato and Bay of Plenty region in respect of Lineage Logistics’ proposed acquisition of Cold Storage Nelson.


Edwards’ MonopolyWatch adds voice to grocery “super profits” petition
16 May 2022  

Edwards’ MonopolyWatch adds voice to grocery “super profits” petition

MonopolyWatch NZ is urging kiwis of all political persuasions to sign Consumer NZ’s Stop the super profits petition, which was launched last week.


Applications open for Countdown’s $50k Growing for Good fund
16 May 2022   /

Applications open for Countdown’s $50k Growing for Good fund

Applications are now open for Countdown’s Growing for Good grants which puts $50,000 of funding up for grabs for students to combat climate change.


The Grid’s Shanghai style buns recalled
16 May 2022   /

The Grid’s Shanghai style buns recalled

Golden Coin is recalling all batches and all dates of its The Grid brand Shanghai Style Pan-fried Buns due to the presence of an undeclared allergen, namely soy.


NZ Dairy Industry Award winners named
16 May 2022  

NZ Dairy Industry Award winners named

Craigmore Farming Services from Canterbury and North Otago was named the 2022 Fonterra Responsible Dairying Award winner at the New Zealand Dairy Industry Awards on Saturday night.


Nash checks out LeaderBrands’ greenhouse project
16 May 2022  

Nash checks out LeaderBrands’ greenhouse project

Economic and Regional Development Minister Stuart Nash has visited Gisborne produce business LeaderBrand’s recently opened fresh distribution centre and inspected the ongoing construction of its 11-hectare greenhouse project.


Southern Lamb secures nearly 75% of Blue Sky shares
13 May 2022  

Southern Lamb secures nearly 75% of Blue Sky shares

Southern Lamb Investments has closed its full takeover offer of Blue Sky Meats Limited, with acceptances received for 74.87% of the meat processor’s shares.


NZ takes on Canada after missing $68m worth of dairy access
13 May 2022  

NZ takes on Canada after missing $68m worth of dairy access

The government has started dispute settlement proceedings against Canada regarding its implementation of dairy tariff rate quotas (TRQs) under the Comprehensive and Progressive Agreement for Trans-Pacific Partnership. Trade and Export MORE »


Coca-Cola rolls out HSR labelling, aims for 20% sugar cut
13 May 2022   /

Coca-Cola rolls out HSR labelling, aims for 20% sugar cut

Coca-Cola says it is continuing to roll out the voluntary front-of-pack Health Star Rating (HSR) initiative in New Zealand and is transitioning from the energy icon to stars on its MORE »


$1.6bn oppportunity in food production waste
13 May 2022   /

$1.6bn oppportunity in food production waste

Micro-organisms in bacteria and fungi could help transform food waste into high-value products that would boost the economy by $1.6bn a year and reduce greenhouse gas emissions.


Southland firm fined for poor seafood records
13 May 2022   /

Southland firm fined for poor seafood records

A Southland company has been fined $10,400 after failing to keep a fish sales record system for seafood it was moving between its Te Anau restaurants.


Hospo welcomes temporary migrant worker changes
12 May 2022   /

Hospo welcomes temporary migrant worker changes

The hospitality industry says changes to migrant worker settings will be a welcome relief for businesses struggling to fill vacancies as the country’s border restrictions ease.


Comvita holds FY earnings guidance at $27m-$30m
12 May 2022   /

Comvita holds FY earnings guidance at $27m-$30m

Comvita has reported an unaudited EBITDA of $23.9m – around 93% of FY21 full year actuals – in a market update on its performance for the 10 months to the end of April.


Countdown fruit and nut mix recall
12 May 2022   /

Countdown fruit and nut mix recall

Woolworths NZ is recalling specific batches of its Countdown brand Choc Berry Mix due to the presence of an undeclared allergen, namely milk.


Zespri: China vessel redirected, standout season for Japan, Korea and Taiwan
12 May 2022  

Zespri: China vessel redirected, standout season for Japan, Korea and Taiwan

To help ease port congestion as a result of China’s Covid-19 restrictions, Zespri has redirected one vessel scheduled to go to mainland China and Taiwan to Japan and Taiwan.


Food safety award nomination open
12 May 2022   /

Food safety award nomination open

Nominations are open for the 2022 Significant Contribution to Food Safety Award, sponsored by New Zealand Food Safety.


Retail Payment System Bill passes third reading
12 May 2022  

Retail Payment System Bill passes third reading

The Retail Payment System Bill has passed its third reading, regulating merchant service fees, and reducing a major overhead for small business, Commerce and Consumer Affairs Minister David Clark said.


Impossible Foods rejects complaint
11 May 2022   /

Impossible Foods rejects complaint

Impossible Foods says a complaint made to the Commerce Commission over the labelling of its plant-based burger product is wrong.


Supie backs Consumer NZ supermarket petition
11 May 2022   /

Supie backs Consumer NZ supermarket petition

Online supermarket startup Supie has thrown its support behind Consumer NZ’s new petition calling for fairer supermarket prices. 


Another loan for SeaDragon from Pescado
11 May 2022  

Another loan for SeaDragon from Pescado

SeaDragon has signed a new secured loan agreement of $500,000 with its majority shareholder, Pescado Holdings.


Employment Court finds Gloriavale leavers employees
11 May 2022   /

Employment Court finds Gloriavale leavers employees

The Employment Court has found three former Gloriavale commune members on the West Coast were employees not volunteers at the registered charity which has F&B ventures.


Card spending up in April, but down for hospo
11 May 2022   /

Card spending up in April, but down for hospo

Stats NZ said that in actual terms, monthly card spending on hospitality continued to decrease, down $56m or 4.9% compared with April 2021.


Silver Fern Farms youth scholarships 2022 open
11 May 2022  

Silver Fern Farms youth scholarships 2022 open

Applications are now open for Silver Fern Farms 2022 Plate to Pasture Youth Scholarships.


Stolichnaya rebrands globally, cuts ties with Russia
11 May 2022   /

Stolichnaya rebrands globally, cuts ties with Russia

Vodka company Stolichnaya has rebranded to Stoli following Russia’s invasion of Ukraine.


NZ King Salmon raises $50m, allocates shortfall
10 May 2022   /

NZ King Salmon raises $50m, allocates shortfall

New Zealand King Salmon has closed its $60.1m underwritten 2.85 for 1 pro rata rights offer.


Sprout Accelerator registrations open
10 May 2022   /

Sprout Accelerator registrations open

The organisation is looking for cutting-edge businesses to register for global connections, mentorship, and the chance to pitch for up to $1m in seed stage investment.


Freightways warns of Omicron costs of up to $7m
10 May 2022   /

Freightways warns of Omicron costs of up to $7m

Freightways says the impact of Omicron on its business could be as much as $7m due to lower volumes and higher operating costs due in part to absent staff.


Brewers’ groups launch #cutthekegtax campaign
10 May 2022  

Brewers’ groups launch #cutthekegtax campaign

The Brewers Association, Brewers Guild of New Zealand, and Hospitality New Zealand are calling on the government to cut its keg beer tax.


Complaint made against Countdown over Impossible Burger
10 May 2022   /

Complaint made against Countdown over Impossible Burger

GE Free NZ is continuing its protest regarding the domestic sale of Impossible Burgers, this time writing to the Commerce Commission to make a complaint under the Fair Trading Act.


AF wins at SF World Spirits Competition
10 May 2022   /

AF wins at SF World Spirits Competition

AF Drinks took home six medals from the recent San Francisco World Spirits Competition.


Fonterra revises down forecast milk price
9 May 2022  

Fonterra revises down forecast milk price

Fonterra has dropped its forecast milk price range for the season from $9.30 – $9.90 per kgMS to $9.10 – $9.50 per kgMS.


Steady increase in beef cattle numbers, dairy flat
9 May 2022   /

Steady increase in beef cattle numbers, dairy flat

Beef cattle numbers increased in 2021, while the number of sheep dipped slightly, according to Stats NZ.


Feedback sought on Fisheries Amendment Bill
9 May 2022   /

Feedback sought on Fisheries Amendment Bill

Parliament’s Primary Production Committee is calling for submissions on the Fisheries Amendment Bill.


Biosecurity NZ monitoring reports of Indonesia Foot and Mouth outbreak
9 May 2022  

Biosecurity NZ monitoring reports of Indonesia Foot and Mouth outbreak

The government is closely monitoring reports of a foot and mouth disease (FMD) outbreak in Indonesia, says Biosecurity New Zealand. 


NZ Hospitality Conference is back
9 May 2022   /

NZ Hospitality Conference is back

The New Zealand Hospitality Conference is back in-person in July after a two-year hiatus and with a theme of “The Future of Hospitality”.


Seafood Stars Awards nominations open
9 May 2022   /

Seafood Stars Awards nominations open

Nominations are open for the 2022 Seafood Stars Awards, designed to recognise those who have made a significant contribution to the seafood industry.


Govt invests $111m to boost biosecurity, fight M. bovis
6 May 2022   /

Govt invests $111m to boost biosecurity, fight M. bovis

The government is investing $110.9m as part of Budget 2022 to protect the primary sector from biosecurity threats and continue its Mycoplasma Bovis eradication.


HVN backs NZ cherry research
6 May 2022   /

HVN backs NZ cherry research

An eight-month project to explore the bioactive properties of Aotearoa cherries to better understand their potential health benefits has attracted research funding and is now underway.


Chia Sisters launches bottle re-use petition
6 May 2022   /

Chia Sisters launches bottle re-use petition

Chia Sisters has launched a petition calling on the government to establish a scheme to re-use bottles as part of its Container Return Scheme which is out for consultation.


300 in to win at Outstanding NZ Food Producer Awards 2022
6 May 2022  

300 in to win at Outstanding NZ Food Producer Awards 2022

More than 300 locally grown and made products being judged in the Outstanding NZ Food Producer Awards 2022 at Homeland, The Food Embassy for Aotearoa and the Pacific Islands, on 9 – 10 May 2022.


Foodprint goes live in the Waikato
6 May 2022   /

Foodprint goes live in the Waikato

Food rescue app Foodprint has gone live in the Waikato region officially launching in Hamilton, Cambridge, Te Awamutu and Raglan.


The Food Show returns to Wellington
6 May 2022  

The Food Show returns to Wellington

The Wellington Food Show is back, taking place 27 – 29 May at Sky Stadium, following a Covid-induced absence.


Bumper tomato harvest delivers record yield for Wattie’s
5 May 2022  

Bumper tomato harvest delivers record yield for Wattie’s

Wattie’s has completed its tomato harvest season with some of the highest yielding tomato paddocks in the company’s 50-year history.


Company fined $30,000 for illegal raw milk sales
5 May 2022   /

Company fined $30,000 for illegal raw milk sales

A milk business has been fined $30,000 for not following the rules that regulate the supply and sale of raw milk.


Unemployment stays at record low, wages on the rise
5 May 2022  

Unemployment stays at record low, wages on the rise

Unemployment has remained at a record low of 3.2% for the March 2022 quarter, according to Stats NZ’s latest employment figures.


AF Drinks partners with BATS Theatre
5 May 2022   /

AF Drinks partners with BATS Theatre

AF Drinks is the new corporate partner of Wellington’s BATS Theatre.


Ebos positive on pet food prospects
5 May 2022   /

Ebos positive on pet food prospects

Healthcare and pet food company Ebos Group says a growing pet population and the premiumisation of products will help support its pet food business.


Rockit launches new “courage” brand campaign
5 May 2022   /

Rockit launches new “courage” brand campaign

Miniature apple company Rockit has launched a new campaign tied in with the first delivery of around 20 million of its new seasons harvest at ports around the world.


Move Logistics downgrades FY22 guidance
4 May 2022   /

Move Logistics downgrades FY22 guidance

Transport and logistics specialist Move Logistics Group has downgraded its full year earnings guidance on the back of Covid-19 and economic pressures disrupting trade and its investment plans.


Zespri redirects China kiwifruit
4 May 2022   /

Zespri redirects China kiwifruit

Zespri has stood up a number of work-arounds in China to combat Covid-19 lockdowns which are slowing the distribution of kiwifruit from Shanghai port.


Startup investment tops $250m in 2021 – F&B just 4%
4 May 2022   /

Startup investment tops $250m in 2021 – F&B just 4%

Food & beverage comprised just 4% of the $257.5m invested in early stage investment in New Zealand in 2021, according to a new report.


Container Return Scheme must include milk – industry groups
4 May 2022   /

Container Return Scheme must include milk – industry groups

The Zero Waste Network and The Kiwi Bottle Drive have welcomed the government’s Container Return Scheme proposal for the breadth of materials included, that is plastic, aluminum, glass and liquid packaging board.


International Nutrition Co bar recalled
4 May 2022   /

International Nutrition Co bar recalled

Health Foods International Ltd is recalling a specific batch of its International Nutrition Co’s Shred Max Raspberry Coconut flavour bar due to the presence of an undeclared allergen, namely peanuts.


F&B startup selected for Venture Taranaki PowerUp Kickstart
4 May 2022  

F&B startup selected for Venture Taranaki PowerUp Kickstart

A five-strong cohort of Taranaki entrepreneurs has been selected for PowerUp Kickstart, a business capability building programme and ideas competition, with one venture expected to take home $10,000 to spend on developing their enterprise.


Lion’s Havana Coffee Works Roastery open in Auckland
3 May 2022   /

Lion’s Havana Coffee Works Roastery open in Auckland

Havana Coffee Works Roastery opened yesterday in Parnell, Auckland – its second location alongside Wellington.


Foodstuffs recalls Pams hash browns
3 May 2022   /

Foodstuffs recalls Pams hash browns

Foodstuffs Own Brands is recalling a specific batch of its Pams brand Mini Hash Browns as the product may contain foreign matter, namely blue plastic pieces.


Who won at the inaugural vegan chocolate awards?
3 May 2022   /

Who won at the inaugural vegan chocolate awards?

Chocolate makers from all over the world entered the Vegan Society Aotearoa’s first Vegan Chocolate Awards with the hope of becoming a winner in one of seven categories.


New World’s Family2Family Foodbank Appeal returns
3 May 2022   /

New World’s Family2Family Foodbank Appeal returns

New World’s Family2Family Foodbank Appeal is back for 2022.


Entries open for NZ International Business Awards
3 May 2022   /

Entries open for NZ International Business Awards

 Entries and nominations are now open for the New Zealand International Business Awards 2022, the national gongs for export businesses.


Final chance for Eat NZ Hui tickets
2 May 2022   /

Final chance for Eat NZ Hui tickets

The countdown is on for the two-day hybrid Eat New Zealand Hui + Eat NZ Grains 2022 being held in Ōtautahi Christchurch this week, Tuesday and Wednesday.


Toxoplasmosis, not fishing, poses dolphin threat – Seafood NZ
2 May 2022   /

Toxoplasmosis, not fishing, poses dolphin threat – Seafood NZ

Seafood New Zealand has questioned why the government has not acted on advice that toxoplasmosis, not fishing, will likely cause the extinction of the Maui and Hector’s dolphins.


PharmaZen takes Covid hit
2 May 2022  

PharmaZen takes Covid hit

Covid took its toll on operations at Christchurch biotechnology company PharmaZen, which trades as Waitaki Biosciences, recording a net loss before tax of $609,000 for the year to December 2021.


Seeka staff call for secure wages in new agreement
2 May 2022   /

Seeka staff call for secure wages in new agreement

Workers at Seeka have written to the company to seek assurances during bargaining for a new collective agreement that there will be no wage reductions at the end of the harvest in June.


Fonterra expands seaweed trial
2 May 2022   /

Fonterra expands seaweed trial

Fonterra is expanding its on-farm trials of methane reducing Asparagopsis seaweed.


Transforming recycling consultation extended
2 May 2022   /

Transforming recycling consultation extended

The government has extended the consultation period on three proposals released in April to transform recycling in Aotearoa New Zealand, Te Panoni i te Hangarua.


Dairy, beef drive export growth due to higher prices
29 Apr 2022   /

Dairy, beef drive export growth due to higher prices

The value of total good exports rose strongly in March 2022, driven by increases in dairy products, beef, and aluminium.


HortNZ scraps 2022 annual conference
29 Apr 2022   /

HortNZ scraps 2022 annual conference

The HortNZ board has decided to not hold a Horticulture Conference in 2022, with regional events set to replace the fixture this year.


Salmonella scare prompts Elite recall
29 Apr 2022   /

Salmonella scare prompts Elite recall

Benedikt Imports is recalling all batches, all dates, all packaging, or size and all flavour variations of Elite branded confectionery products, including Elite chocolate, Elite cakes, Elite wafers, Energy grain snacks, Energy chocolate rice cakes, gum, and toffee candies.


Scales declares 9.5c final dividend
29 Apr 2022  

Scales declares 9.5c final dividend

Scales Corporation has declared a fully imputed final cash dividend for the 2021 financial year of 9.5 cents a share.


Lion NZ expands hospo wellbeing programme
29 Apr 2022   /

Lion NZ expands hospo wellbeing programme

Lion New Zealand is expanding its Healthy Hospo health and wellbeing program to offer in-person events around New Zealand in 2022.


Countdown opens Greville Road store
29 Apr 2022   /

Countdown opens Greville Road store

Countdown has opened its new 3,650 square metre store on Greville Road on Auckland’s North Shore.


NZ King Salmon opens $60m rights issue
28 Apr 2022  

NZ King Salmon opens $60m rights issue

New Zealand King Salmon has opened its $60.1m underwritten pro rata 2.85 for 1 rights offer – the proceeds of which will be used to deleverage its balance sheet and improve liquidity.


Takitimu Seafoods restructure puts 45 jobs on the line
28 Apr 2022   /

Takitimu Seafoods restructure puts 45 jobs on the line

Hawke’s Bay iwi-owned Takitimu Seafoods has started a restructure consultation process which could see its headcount reduce from 70 workers to 25 after falling to a $6.9m loss in its 2020-21 year.


Nespresso gets the B Corp tick
28 Apr 2022   /

Nespresso gets the B Corp tick

Nestlé’s coffee capsule brand Nespresso has achieved global certification as a B Corp.


Ours Truly A3 milk recall
28 Apr 2022   /

Ours Truly A3 milk recall

Kiwi Organic Dairy Equities is recalling a specific batch of its Ours Truly brand Organic Full Cream A3™ Milk due to the possible presence of Listeria monocytogenes.


Feedback for GM modified processing aid – FSANZ
28 Apr 2022   /

Feedback for GM modified processing aid – FSANZ

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


Z Energy to delist on 10 May
28 Apr 2022   /

Z Energy to delist on 10 May

The High Court has issued final orders approving the scheme of arrangement governing Australian fuel retailer Ampol’s $2bn purchase of Z Energy.


KiwiHarvest crunches numbers at 10-year mark
28 Apr 2022   /

KiwiHarvest crunches numbers at 10-year mark

New Zealand’s largest food rescue organisation, KiwiHarvest, has distributed 7.5 million kgs of food to communities in need – the equivalent to 21.6 million meals – in the ten years since it was founded.


MWE guides return to profit for FY22
27 Apr 2022   /

MWE guides return to profit for FY22

Marlborough Wine Estates Group Limited says it expects to make a net profit after tax of between $0.3m and $0.4m for the year to June 2022. The result turns around MORE »


Govt invests $7.44m in apple industry ambition
27 Apr 2022   /

Govt invests $7.44m in apple industry ambition

The government is investing $7.44m to help New Zealand’s apple industry become a world leader in sustainable production practices.


ComCom draft decision clears Tegel growers to negotiate collectively
27 Apr 2022   /

ComCom draft decision clears Tegel growers to negotiate collectively

The Commerce Commission has given the New Zealand Tegel Growers Association Incorporated clearance to collectively negotiate on behalf of its members with Tegel Foods for a ten year period.


Seeka updates on “challenging” 2022 harvest
27 Apr 2022  

Seeka updates on “challenging” 2022 harvest

Listed kiwifruit company Seeka has labelled the 2022 harvest across Australia and New Zealand as “challenging” amid labour, weather and supply chain headwinds.


Japan, NZ pledge sustainable food systems
26 Apr 2022   /

Japan, NZ pledge sustainable food systems

Japan and New Zealand have pledged to better understand respective priorities in agriculture, fisheries, forestry and food systems and build a closer partnership through collaboration on new ideas, technologies and solutions to common challenges.


Holy Cow choc coated honeycomb recall
26 Apr 2022  

Holy Cow choc coated honeycomb recall

The Cruelty Free Shop is recalling a batch of Holy Cow brand Golden Crunch vegan honeycomb coated in dark chocolate due to incorrect labelling about the presence of an allergen, namely milk.


Entries open for 2022 Hospitality Awards for Excellence
26 Apr 2022   /

Entries open for 2022 Hospitality Awards for Excellence

Entries are now open for Hospitality New Zealand’s 24th annual Hospitality Awards for Excellence, which will be held in person at a gala dinner on 27 July at the Grand Millennium Auckland.


Brewers facing big alcohol excise increase
22 Apr 2022   /

Brewers facing big alcohol excise increase

New Zealanders are set to pay $1.3bn in alcohol excise in 2022, up from $1.22bn last year, says the Brewers Guild of New Zealand.


Apiculture NZ secures funding for honey sector strategy
22 Apr 2022   /

Apiculture NZ secures funding for honey sector strategy

Apiculture New Zealand has successfully secured funding from the Ministry for Primary Industries’ Sustainable Food and Fibre Futures fund, for a two-year project that will help identify how sector can achieve sustainable growth.


Robertson weighs in on supermarket competition
22 Apr 2022   /

Robertson weighs in on supermarket competition

Finance minister Grant Robertson has underlined the government’s commitment to boost competition following a 30-year high in inflation.


Almost all NZ vineyard areas sustainable – report
22 Apr 2022   /

Almost all NZ vineyard areas sustainable – report

New Zealand Winegrowers says more than 96% of all vineyard area in New Zealand is now certified as sustainable, with 10% of wineries holding organic certification.


Meat processing capacity picking up
22 Apr 2022   /

Meat processing capacity picking up

Processing capacity at New Zealand’s plants is recovering as more people return to work after isolating or staying at home to look after family members due to Covid-19, according to meat industry stakeholders.


Sealord conservation proposal for fishing seamounts
22 Apr 2022   /

Sealord conservation proposal for fishing seamounts

Nelson-based fishing company Sealord is proposing that 89% of known seamounts in New Zealand’s Exclusive Economic Zone be placed into conservation.


Move Logistics looks for dual listing on ASX
22 Apr 2022  

Move Logistics looks for dual listing on ASX

Transport and logistics specialists Move Logistics Group has applied for dual listing on the ASX, alongside its NZX listing.


Annual inflation hits 6.9%, highest in 30 years
21 Apr 2022   /

Annual inflation hits 6.9%, highest in 30 years

The annual CPI inflation rate for the March 2022 quarter reached 6.9% – the largest movement since a 7.6% annual increase in the year to the June 1990 quarter, said Stats NZ.


Foley Wines harvest up, land deal cleared
21 Apr 2022   /

Foley Wines harvest up, land deal cleared

Foley Wines is estimating its final 2022 vintage harvest will be up 65% up on last year’s 5,582 tonnes.


Hospo spend tops $202m over Easter
21 Apr 2022   /

Hospo spend tops $202m over Easter

Consumer spending in hospitality over the week leading up to Easter Monday reached $202.8m, bucking a 23% downward trend over the last eight months following the Covid Delta outbreak, according to payment data from Worldline.


NZFS updates food recall guidance
21 Apr 2022  

NZFS updates food recall guidance

New Zealand Food Safety has updated its food recall guidance which it says makes it faster and easier for businesses to prepare for and conduct food recalls.


NZ Post pitches in on soft plastic recycling trial
21 Apr 2022   /

NZ Post pitches in on soft plastic recycling trial

NZ Post has teamed up with The Packaging Forum and Future Post to expand on the Soft Plastic Recycling Scheme to undertake a pilot trial, which will see a courier pick-up discarded soft plastics.


New govt emissions guidance for organisations
21 Apr 2022   /

New govt emissions guidance for organisations

The Ministry for the Environment has issued its 2022 guide for organisations to measure and report on emissions.


Two Thumb Brewing Co takes over Lion’s Fermentist
20 Apr 2022   /

Two Thumb Brewing Co takes over Lion’s Fermentist

Two Thumb Brewing Co is taking over the Christchurch site of the former Fermentist Brewery and Taproom, owned and operated by Lion.


Marsden Estate contract winery on the block
20 Apr 2022   /

Marsden Estate contract winery on the block

The largest contract wine-making facility in Northland – delivering vine to bottle services for more than 30 vineyards in the region – has been placed on the market for sale.


Zespri trading halt lifted
20 Apr 2022   /

Zespri trading halt lifted

Kiwfruit marketer and exporter Zespri has lifted its annual trading halt.


New World’s 2022 fresh hops beers hit shelves
20 Apr 2022   /

New World’s 2022 fresh hops beers hit shelves

New World’s once-a-year fresh hops beer will this week start hitting chiller shelves.


Sherpa delivers for Buttabean Motivation
20 Apr 2022   /

Sherpa delivers for Buttabean Motivation

Same-day delivery service Sherpa is saving the Buttabean Motivation food bank thousands of dollars a week by doing hundreds of free food deliveries around South Auckland.


Hell expands reading challenge campaign
20 Apr 2022   /

Hell expands reading challenge campaign

Pizza chain Hell has expanded its reading challenge – now in its eighth year – with the addition of The Great NZ Book trip.


Romano’s rebuild on track for Q4 completion
19 Apr 2022   /

Romano’s rebuild on track for Q4 completion

Romano’s Food Group is aiming to complete the rebuild of its Christchurch pizza factory by the last quarter of the year.


Fonterra criticises Open Country Dairy’s Castalia report
19 Apr 2022   /

Fonterra criticises Open Country Dairy’s Castalia report

Dairy company Fonterra has criticised the conclusions of a report commissioned by its largest competitor for New Zealand raw milk, Open Country Dairy, on the likely impact of its proposed restructuring.


Comvita x Microsoft mixed reality goes to Asia
19 Apr 2022   /

Comvita x Microsoft mixed reality goes to Asia

Comvita’s mixed reality Mānuka honey tasting experience, developed in partnership with Microsoft, is set to become part of everyday trading at some Asia stores, following a showcase of the retail technology at New Zealand Expo in Dubai.


EPA approves new fungicide to protect potatoes, tomatoes, onions
19 Apr 2022  

EPA approves new fungicide to protect potatoes, tomatoes, onions

A new fungicide to combat late blight in tomatoes and potato crops, and downy mildew in onions, has been approved for use in New Zealand, subject to conditions.


Great South CEO Graham Budd dies
19 Apr 2022   /

Great South CEO Graham Budd dies

Great South chief executive and former Destination Queenstown boss Graham Budd has died.


Blue Sky takeover acceptances creep higher
19 Apr 2022   /

Blue Sky takeover acceptances creep higher

Southern Lamb Investment’s proposed takeover of Southland meat processor Blue Sky has backing from shareholders holding 59.27%


Zespri SunGold, RubyRed licence revenue down
14 Apr 2022  

Zespri SunGold, RubyRed licence revenue down

Kiwifruit marketer Zespri says its revenue as a result of its SunGold and RubyRed licence release is anticipated to be between $290m and $305m, exclusive of GST.


Land use concerns raised in new environment report
14 Apr 2022   /

Land use concerns raised in new environment report

Pressures of land use change and intensification, pollution, and climate change are having a detrimental impact on the environment, according to the government’s Environment Aotearoa 2022 report released today.


“Huge relief” for hospo with move to orange
14 Apr 2022   /

“Huge relief” for hospo with move to orange

The hospitality industry has welcomed the ditching of capacity limits in time for the important Easter, Anzac Day and school holidays.


Air NZ restarts domestic food & beverage services
14 Apr 2022   /

Air NZ restarts domestic food & beverage services

Air New Zealand says it will restart its food and beverage offering on domestic flights from Friday 15 April following the country’s move overnight to the orange light setting.


Barrier’s Island Gin gets World Spirits Competition gong
14 Apr 2022   /

Barrier’s Island Gin gets World Spirits Competition gong

Barrier Island distillery Island Gin has won double gold at the 2022 San Francisco World Spirits Competition.


Toastie Takeover judging under way
14 Apr 2022   /

Toastie Takeover judging under way

The Great New Zealand Toastie Takeover is back for a fifth year.


G’day cobber: NZ opens border to Aus visitors
13 Apr 2022  

G’day cobber: NZ opens border to Aus visitors

Thousands of visitors from Australia will arrive in New Zealand today, marking the restart of isolation-free trans-Tasman travel.


Record 2022 harvest for Terra Vitae
13 Apr 2022   /

Record 2022 harvest for Terra Vitae

Terra Vitae Vineyards, which supplies grapes to Villa Maria, has advised that a record harvest of 5633 tonnes was achieved for the 2022 vintage.


T&G gets first Envy exports underway
13 Apr 2022   /

T&G gets first Envy exports underway

The first of T&G Global’s Envy apples are departing Hawke’s Bay for Asia this week.


Less fuel use in manufacturing helps reduce emissions
13 Apr 2022   /

Less fuel use in manufacturing helps reduce emissions

Reducing the use of fuel for manufacturing helped cut New Zealand’s emissions, according to the Greenhouse Gas Inventory report from the Ministry for the Environment.


Kinder chocolate recall expands over salmonella fears
13 Apr 2022   /

Kinder chocolate recall expands over salmonella fears

Ferrero is extending its recall of Kinder chocolate products due to possible contamination with salmonella bacteria.


Most of NZ’s fish stocks performing well – Fisheries NZ
12 Apr 2022  

Most of NZ’s fish stocks performing well – Fisheries NZ

The majority of New Zealand’s fish stocks are performing well, according to Fisheries New Zealand’s latest status report.


OIO clears Ampol’s $2bn Z Energy acquisition
12 Apr 2022   /

OIO clears Ampol’s $2bn Z Energy acquisition

The Overseas Investment Office has granted Australian fuel retailer Ampol permission to proceed with its $2bn purchase of Z Energy.


Rising grocery prices add to cost of living worries – Westpac
12 Apr 2022  

Rising grocery prices add to cost of living worries – Westpac

Some 90% of Kiwis surveyed have reported rising fuel and grocery prices are affecting their households, according to Westpac.


B2B Circular Economy Directory launched
12 Apr 2022  

B2B Circular Economy Directory launched

A new online business-to-business Circular Economy Directory has been launched by the Sustainable Business Network.


Lone Star launches first hotel restaurant
12 Apr 2022   /

Lone Star launches first hotel restaurant

Lone Star has opened its first hotel restaurant within the Mercure Auckland Queen Street.


Countdown’s Easter sales ‘traditional with a twist’
12 Apr 2022   /

Countdown’s Easter sales ‘traditional with a twist’

More than 1.7 million packs and individual Easter eggs and 1.3 million packets of hot cross buns have been sold in Countdown stores across Aotearoa in the run up to Easter.


PM to lead Singapore, Japan trade mission
11 Apr 2022   /

PM to lead Singapore, Japan trade mission

Prime Minister Jacinda Ardern will lead a trade mission to Singapore and Japan from 18-24 April.


Dairy close to 40% of Māori authority exports
11 Apr 2022   /

Dairy close to 40% of Māori authority exports

Milk powder, butter, and cheese made up 39% of total exports by Māori authorities in the December 2021 quarter, according to Stats NZ.


Service Foods cancels 2022 trade shows
11 Apr 2022   /

Service Foods cancels 2022 trade shows

Service Foods has cancelled its 2022 trade shows.


Coca-Cola backs school drinks consultation
11 Apr 2022  

Coca-Cola backs school drinks consultation

Coca-Cola in New Zealand has welcomed the government’s public consultation proposal for primary schools to only offer water, milk and non-dairy milk alternatives to their students.


Blue Sky takeover acceptances ratchet up
11 Apr 2022   /

Blue Sky takeover acceptances ratchet up

Southern Lamb Investment’s proposed takeover of Southland meat processor Blue Sky has backing from shareholders holding 56.79%.


Bootleg Jerky wins People’s Choice business award
11 Apr 2022   /

Bootleg Jerky wins People’s Choice business award

Bootleg Jerky Company has taken out the People’s Choice accolade at the Westpac Auckland Business Awards 2021, north and west region.


Hurricanes sign Ārepa as first neuroscience partner
8 Apr 2022   /

Hurricanes sign Ārepa as first neuroscience partner

Nootropic drinks make Ārepa has partnered with Super Rugby franchise the Hurricanes.


Rising costs will lift prices 7.5% in Q2 – Retail NZ
8 Apr 2022  

Rising costs will lift prices 7.5% in Q2 – Retail NZ

Ninety percent of retailers expect prices to rise by 7.5% on average over the next three months, says Retail New Zealand.


Ferrero recalls Kinder Surprise because of salmonella
8 Apr 2022   /

Ferrero recalls Kinder Surprise because of salmonella

Ferrero International is recalling Kinder Surprise chocolate eggs from New Zealand shelves because of potential contamination with salmonella bacteria.


Consumer NZ picks best supermarket hot cross buns
8 Apr 2022   /

Consumer NZ picks best supermarket hot cross buns

Countdown and FreshChoice bake the country’s best supermarket hot cross buns, according to Consumer New Zealand.


New Countdown for Palmerston North
8 Apr 2022   /

New Countdown for Palmerston North

The 3,565 square metre store has been eight years in the planning, development and construction, said Countdown’s director of property, Matt Grainger.


HVN invests $1.4m into whole milk powder study
7 Apr 2022   /

HVN invests $1.4m into whole milk powder study

A study to examine the effects of milk powder consumption on nutritional value and digestive comfort has received funding from the High-Value Nutrition Ko Ngā Kai Whai Painga National Science Challenge


MfE releases compostable packaging position statement
7 Apr 2022  

MfE releases compostable packaging position statement

The Ministry for the Environment has released its position statement on compostable packaging as part of the government’s National Plastics Action Plan.


Cooks Coffee Company to rationalise shareholders
7 Apr 2022  

Cooks Coffee Company to rationalise shareholders

Auckland-headquartered international coffee chain franchise Cooks Coffee Company intends to exercise the power of sale of shares, following a significant repositioning which included a name change, $5.5m capital raise and share consolidation.


Bakels cancels 2022 supreme pie awards
7 Apr 2022   /

Bakels cancels 2022 supreme pie awards

New Zealand Bakels has cancelled this year’s Supreme Pie Awards.


Broccoli benefits boosted
7 Apr 2022   /

Broccoli benefits boosted

A chemical compound found in abundance in vegetables like broccoli, cabbage, and kale might slow the growth of coronaviruses such as those that cause Covid-19, according to a new study.


Bluelab expands with Autogrow buy
6 Apr 2022   /

Bluelab expands with Autogrow buy

New Zealand based agri-tech company Bluelab has acquired automation company Autogrow as part of a global strategy to expand operations into new territories and increase its range of technology offerings to customers.


Hospo spending ‘takes gradual steps up’ in March
6 Apr 2022   /

Hospo spending ‘takes gradual steps up’ in March

As several changes to New Zealand’s border rules came into effect in March, spending in the hospitality sector rose gradually but steadily across the nation to reach $700m, according to Worldline.


IPCC report confirms case for emissions reduction plan – Shaw
6 Apr 2022   /

IPCC report confirms case for emissions reduction plan – Shaw

The latest report from the Intergovernmental Panel on Climate Change makes it clear that a plan to cut emissions is needed now, according to Minister of Climate Change James Shaw.


Supply chain pressure bolsters record Q1 job listings – Trade Me
6 Apr 2022   /

Supply chain pressure bolsters record Q1 job listings – Trade Me

Supply chain challenges were one of the reasons behind a record number of job vacancies in the first quarter of the year according to analysis from Trade Me Jobs.


East Imperial’s medal haul
6 Apr 2022   /

East Imperial’s medal haul

East Imperial’s collection of New Zealand made mixers have won eight awards in the Tonic & Mixers Competition, run by Global Spirits Masters. 


Govt responsible for “predictable” meat processing delays – Nats
6 Apr 2022  

Govt responsible for “predictable” meat processing delays – Nats

Meat works around the country are struggling to meet demand due to the government’s failure to keep pace with a vital cog in the supply chain, according to National’s agriculture spokesperson Barbara Kuriger.


NZ Coastal Seafoods to raise $1.5m
5 Apr 2022   /

NZ Coastal Seafoods to raise $1.5m

New Zealand Coastal Seafoods Limited is raising $1.5m from new and existing shareholders.


Hospo sees red over continued Covid restrictions
5 Apr 2022   /

Hospo sees red over continued Covid restrictions

Hospitality businesses will continue to struggle following the government’s decision to keep the country in the red setting of the Covid-19 Protection Framework, say industry groups.


Zespri aims for 14 million trays of early SunGold
5 Apr 2022   /

Zespri aims for 14 million trays of early SunGold

Zespri is procuring 14m SunGold kiwifruit trays ahead of market demand, in advance of main-pack, to ensures it has the volume of gold it need to meet increased market demand.


Importers recall Hanami prawn crackers
5 Apr 2022   /

Importers recall Hanami prawn crackers

Importers are recalling all batches and all dates of Hanami brand Toasted Prawn Crackers due to the presence of undeclared allergens, namely molluscs, milk and soy.


T&G: Satsuma mandarins arrive early
5 Apr 2022   /

T&G: Satsuma mandarins arrive early

Satsuma mandarins have arrived in stores this week two weeks earlier than previous years thanks to this season’s great growing conditions, says T&G Fresh.


FSANZ calls for international food code alignment feedback
5 Apr 2022  

FSANZ calls for international food code alignment feedback

Food Standards Australia New Zealand is calling for comment on proposed changes to better align food classifications in the Australia New Zealand Food Standards Code with international systems.


GWF recalls Ploughmans bread
4 Apr 2022   /

GWF recalls Ploughmans bread

George Weston Foods is recalling specific batches of its Ploughmans Bakery brand Country Grains Bread as the product may contain foreign matter, namely plastic.


Gouda job! NZ Champions of Cheese 2022 medals dished out
4 Apr 2022   /

Gouda job! NZ Champions of Cheese 2022 medals dished out

The New Zealand Specialist Cheesemakers Association has announced 254 medal winners in the NZ Champions of Cheese Awards 2022.


Break-up grocery duopoly and guarantee liveable incomes – Greens
4 Apr 2022   /

Break-up grocery duopoly and guarantee liveable incomes – Greens

The Green Party is calling on Minister of Commerce and Consumer Affairs David Clark to break up the supermarket duopoly, citing an inequality crisis.


NZTE launches Rakuten page for Kiwi F&B
4 Apr 2022   /

NZTE launches Rakuten page for Kiwi F&B

New Zealand Trade and Enterprise in Tokyo has launched a landing page through Japanese e-commerce giant Rakuten, that focuses on New Zealand products.


Campaigners call for bottle scheme submissions
4 Apr 2022   /

Campaigners call for bottle scheme submissions

The Kiwi Bottle Drive, New Zealand’s community campaign for bottle deposits, is calling on the public to make submissions to the government’s consultation on a proposed beverage Container Return Scheme.


Business awards gongs for Auckland F&B
4 Apr 2022   /

Business awards gongs for Auckland F&B

Manuka honey manufacturer Wilderness Valley was the People’s Choice winner at the Westpac Auckland Business Awards 2021 south and east region.


SFF boosts profit, revenue
1 Apr 2022  

SFF boosts profit, revenue

Silver Fern Farms Ltd has lifted its annual net profit to $103.8m in the year to December, up from $65.4m the previous year, off the back of strong demand and high global prices.


Blue Sky offer goes unconditional
1 Apr 2022   /

Blue Sky offer goes unconditional

Southern Lamb Investments’ takeover offer of Blue Sky Pastures has gone unconditional after receiving more than 50% share acceptances.


HVN pledges $980k for new honey research
1 Apr 2022   /

HVN pledges $980k for new honey research

The High-Value Nutrition National Science Challenge is contributing $980,000 into a Plant & Food Research led programme looking at native honey and what appeals to consumers.


NZ milk production falls 8.2% in Feb – Fonterra
1 Apr 2022  

NZ milk production falls 8.2% in Feb – Fonterra

Fonterra has reported a fall in milk production of 8.2% in New Zealand in February, when compared with the same month last year, according to its latest global dairy update.


Inaugural Vegan Chocolate Awards open for entries
1 Apr 2022   /

Inaugural Vegan Chocolate Awards open for entries

Registration has opened for the Vegan Society Aotearoa’s inaugural Chocolate Awards.


NZ King Salmon delays FY results due to Omicron
31 Mar 2022  

NZ King Salmon delays FY results due to Omicron

New Zealand King Salmon has been granted permission to delay the release of its full year results due to Omicron taking out members of its finance team and audit provider.


ComCom clears Ebos’ LifeHealthcare acquisition
31 Mar 2022   /

ComCom clears Ebos’ LifeHealthcare acquisition

Healthcare and pet food company Ebos Group has been cleared to buy rival company LifeHealthcare.


Good Spirits delays $27m Nourish acquisition
31 Mar 2022   /

Good Spirits delays $27m Nourish acquisition

The completion of Auckland pub group Good Spirits Hospitality’s conditional takeover of restaurant owner Nourish Group has been delayed until Q2.


Commerce Amendment Bill passes final reading
31 Mar 2022   /

Commerce Amendment Bill passes final reading

The Commerce Amendment Bill, which aims to deter anti-competitive conduct, has passed its third and final reading in parliament.


Limited scope for businesses to opt-in to vaccine mandates – govt
31 Mar 2022   /

Limited scope for businesses to opt-in to vaccine mandates – govt

The government has updated guidance to businesses now that most workplaces will not require vaccine mandates from 4 April.


Border re-opening risks exacerbating worker shortages – report
31 Mar 2022   /

Border re-opening risks exacerbating worker shortages – report

The re-opening of New Zealand’s borders could make it harder for employers to fill critical worker shortages as Kiwis head overseas, according to a new report which estimates a net outflow of 16,500 people as border opened.


New initiative aims to grow food and fibre companies
31 Mar 2022   /

New initiative aims to grow food and fibre companies

A new initiative spearheaded by the Primary Industry Capability Alliance aims to grow more workplaces in the food and fibre sector.


Sustainable Foods closes $2m+ fundraise
30 Mar 2022   /

Sustainable Foods closes $2m+ fundraise

Alternative protein player Sustainable Foods has closed its capital raise reaching a total of $2.15m.


First 2022 jazz apples exported to Europe – T&G
30 Mar 2022   /

First 2022 jazz apples exported to Europe – T&G

The first of this season’s T&G jazz apples are en route to Europe from Port Nelson.


Fair Pay Agreements Bill will drive up prices – Retail NZ
30 Mar 2022   /

Fair Pay Agreements Bill will drive up prices – Retail NZ

The government’s Fair Pay Agreements Bill has been Criticised by Retail NZ who said it would drive up consumer costs if implemented. 


Govt backs digital farm environment plan project
30 Mar 2022   /

Govt backs digital farm environment plan project

The Ministry for Primary Industries Sustainable Food and Fibre Futures fund is contributing $493,500 to a $823,500 research programme to create a digital farm environment plan.


Marlborough Wine backs bird conservation trips
30 Mar 2022   /

Marlborough Wine backs bird conservation trips

Marlborough Wine’s Toi Toi brand is sponsoring the Birds New Zealand society to survey remote areas of the country and gather bird observation data.


Comvita steps up to Save the Kiwi
29 Mar 2022   /

Comvita steps up to Save the Kiwi

Comvita has teamed up with Save the Kiwi in what it describes as a “significant sponsorship agreement” that will ultimately provide safe habitat for the iconic birds across the North Island.


Tegel Growers collective bargaining extended
29 Mar 2022   /

Tegel Growers collective bargaining extended

The Commerce Commission has extended provisional authorisation for the New Zealand Tegel Growers Association to collectively negotiate on behalf of its members with Tegel Foods.


Mt Cook Alpine Salmon Catalist auction opens
29 Mar 2022   /

Mt Cook Alpine Salmon Catalist auction opens

Mt Cook Alpine Salmon’s quarterly auction has gone live on Catalist .


Trading halt for Zespri tender prep
29 Mar 2022  

Trading halt for Zespri tender prep

Kiwifruit grower Zespri will go into a trading halt on the Unlisted Stock Exchange from tomorrow at 5 o’clock for three weeks.


DairyNZ board gets new directors
29 Mar 2022   /

DairyNZ board gets new directors

Margaret Devlin fills an existing vacancy, while Mark Todd replaces Peter Schuyt who will be stepping down in October after almost nine years on the Board.


Burger Fuel warns of Omicron impacts
28 Mar 2022   /

Burger Fuel warns of Omicron impacts

Burger Fuel Group says it is experiencing some short-term, temporary store closures as a result of the Omicron outbreak.


Good Spirits Hospitality gets another interest waiver
28 Mar 2022   /

Good Spirits Hospitality gets another interest waiver

Good Spirits Hospitality has agreed a waiver with its lender Pacific Dawn in respect of the interest due and payable for the quarter ended 31 March 2022.


Kabochamilk wins at World Food Innovation awards
28 Mar 2022   /

Kabochamilk wins at World Food Innovation awards

Hawke’s Bay-based plant milk producer Kabocha Milk Co has won two awards at the the 2022 World Food Innovations in London.


Hell launches Impossible Burger Pizza 2.0
28 Mar 2022   /

Hell launches Impossible Burger Pizza 2.0

Pizza chain Hell has launched an Impossible Burger Pizza 2.0 using plant-based food company Impossible Food’s beef product.


Gallagher, Royal Barenbrug Group back agritech venture
28 Mar 2022   /

Gallagher, Royal Barenbrug Group back agritech venture

Gallagher and the Royal Barenbrug Group have backed Christchurch-based agritech firm Farmote Systems.


CCEP NZ donates $10k to Tonga
28 Mar 2022   /

CCEP NZ donates $10k to Tonga

Coca-Cola Europacific Partners New Zealand donated over $10,000 to the Vodafone Foundation/Redcross Pacific Tsunami Appeal on Give A Little.


NZTE launches sustainable package guide for exporters
25 Mar 2022   /

NZTE launches sustainable package guide for exporters

New Zealand Trade and Enterprise has released new resources on sustainable packaging for exporters, in response to global trends and requirements for businesses to reduce waste and non-renewable material use.


Illegal Chinese SunGold plantings potentially doubled – Zespri
25 Mar 2022   /

Illegal Chinese SunGold plantings potentially doubled – Zespri

Kiwifruit exporter Zespri has estimated that Illegal plantings of New Zealand’s gold kiwifruit in China have doubled in the last year.


Oceania Natural shareholders fined for market manipulation
25 Mar 2022   /

Oceania Natural shareholders fined for market manipulation

Two shareholders in Oceania Natural have been fined a combined $310,000 after they admitted to charges of market manipulation and disclosure breaches..


ComCom runs rule over Lineage Logistics, Cold Storage Nelson deal
25 Mar 2022   /

ComCom runs rule over Lineage Logistics, Cold Storage Nelson deal

The Commerce Commission is running a rule over competition issues that could arise from the proposed acquisition of Cold Storage Nelson by global giant Lineage Logistics.


Council gives discount to hospitality businesses
25 Mar 2022   /

Council gives discount to hospitality businesses

Hamilton council has approved a 50% reduction in fees for food safety verifications that take place before the end of June this year.


Final call for outstanding food producer awards entries
25 Mar 2022  

Final call for outstanding food producer awards entries

New Zealand food and drink producers have until today, Friday 25 March, to enter the 2022 Outstanding NZ Food Producer Awards.


Rising prices prompts Synlait to lift forecast
24 Mar 2022  

Rising prices prompts Synlait to lift forecast

The company said today’s update was outside of its usual cycle of January, May and September updates but there had been a significant increase in all global commodity prices.


Overpackaging key concern for Kiwis…
24 Mar 2022   /

Overpackaging key concern for Kiwis…

Overpackaging and non-recyclable packaging is a top concern for New Zealanders, according to new research by Kantar.


…while policy and support needed to achieve zero plastic waste – report
24 Mar 2022   /

…while policy and support needed to achieve zero plastic waste – report

Industry needs support from government in the form of clear and co-ordinated policy, regulation, and incentives to help New Zealand achieve zero plastic waste.


Pam’s recall over incorrect use-by date
24 Mar 2022   /

Pam’s recall over incorrect use-by date

Foodstuffs is recalling a batch of its Pam’s branded smoked chicken pasta salad because of an incorrect use-by date.


Cooks Global Foods consolidates shares, changes name
24 Mar 2022  

Cooks Global Foods consolidates shares, changes name

Auckland-headquartered international coffee chain Cooks Global Foods plans to consolidate its shares, as well as change its name.


Acceleration in “career waka jumping” – report
24 Mar 2022  

Acceleration in “career waka jumping” – report

New Zealand companies are seeing an acceleration of ‘career waka jumping,’ according to the 2021/22 Beyond Recruitment Economic & Labour Report.


Warehouse profit slumps on Auckland lockdowns
23 Mar 2022   /

Warehouse profit slumps on Auckland lockdowns

The Warehouse Group’s half-year profit has fallen 8.2% to $50.4m with the company citing Auckland’s extended Covid-19 alert level 4 and level 3 lockdowns for the decline.


Govt confirms road user charges cut by 36%
23 Mar 2022  

Govt confirms road user charges cut by 36%

The government will cut road user charges by 36% across all legislated rates from late April to late July 2022.


CGF, Me Today issues new shares in capital raises
23 Mar 2022   /

CGF, Me Today issues new shares in capital raises

Auckland-headquartered international coffee chain Cooks Global Foods has issued 80,989,340 new shares at 3 cents each totalling $2.43m following a shortfall from its rights issue last year.


WayBeyond launches new pest detection app
23 Mar 2022   /

WayBeyond launches new pest detection app

Agri-tech developer WayBeyond has launched the FarmRoad app to make it faster to detect pests and pathogens in field crops.


Maritime intelligence project takes supreme biosecurity award
23 Mar 2022   /

Maritime intelligence project takes supreme biosecurity award

The New Zealand Biosecurity Supreme Award went to maritime intelligence project Starboard from the Xerra Earth Observation Institute.


New online resource for Taranaki entrepreneurs
23 Mar 2022  

New online resource for Taranaki entrepreneurs

Regional economic development agency Venture Taranaki has launched a new online guide to support local entrepreneurs.


Auckland storm damages, temporarily closes supermarkets
22 Mar 2022   /

Auckland storm damages, temporarily closes supermarkets

Four Countdown supermarkets in Auckland had to temporarily close as a result of yesterday’s severe rain and flooding.


Fonterra exits Russia, Unifood joint venture
22 Mar 2022   /

Fonterra exits Russia, Unifood joint venture

Dairy giant Fonterra is exiting its businesses in Russia and withdrawing from a joint venture partnership with Unifood.


CEDA’s AgriFood Talks event cancelled
22 Mar 2022   /

CEDA’s AgriFood Talks event cancelled

The 2022 New Zealand AgriFood Talks event has been cancelled because of the Omicron outbreak.


Hundreds needed to plug Countdown supply chain gaps
22 Mar 2022   /

Hundreds needed to plug Countdown supply chain gaps

Hundreds of people are required to plug gaps in Countdown’s supply chain because of Covid-19 absenteeism.


MPI seeks feedback on MRL proposals
22 Mar 2022  

MPI seeks feedback on MRL proposals

The Ministry for Primary Industries is seeking feedback on seven changes it is proposing to make to Maximum Residue Levels (MRLs) Food Notice.


Rockit scoops nine accolades at 2022 Axis Awards
22 Mar 2022   /

Rockit scoops nine accolades at 2022 Axis Awards

Apple company Rockit has claimed nine awards – including gold – at the Commercial Communication Council’s 2022 Axis Awards.


Social Supermarket sees more than 3000 shoppers in first year
18 Mar 2022   /

Social Supermarket sees more than 3000 shoppers in first year

New World and the Wellington City Mission’s free Social Supermarket in Newtown has seen 3,268 shoppers access essential items in its first full year of operating.


Further govt action needed on land use limits – B+LNZ
18 Mar 2022   /

Further govt action needed on land use limits – B+LNZ

Beef + Lamb New Zealand is urging the government to put limits on the ability of fossil fuel companies to plant trees on productive farmland.


Māori Party calls for GST removed from all kai
18 Mar 2022   /

Māori Party calls for GST removed from all kai

The Māori Party has announced a policy to remove GST from all kai to ease the burden on households struggling through the cost of living crisis.


Food rescue creates 29 million meals
18 Mar 2022   /

Food rescue creates 29 million meals

More than 10 million kilograms of food – totalling over 29 million meals – was rescued and distributed by agencies to send to people in need in the year to January, says the Aotearoa Food Rescue Alliance.


Flavours of Plenty Festival event calendar ready to roll
18 Mar 2022   /

Flavours of Plenty Festival event calendar ready to roll

Bay of Plenty produce will be in the spotlight at the region’s inaugural food festival next month.


Entries open for 2022 Nestlé Golden Chef’s Hat Award
18 Mar 2022  

Entries open for 2022 Nestlé Golden Chef’s Hat Award

Entries are now open for the 2022 Nestlé Golden Chef’s Hat Award targeted at chefs aged 16-25.


Crafty Weka gets Best Backpacking Food accolade
18 Mar 2022   /

Crafty Weka gets Best Backpacking Food accolade

Christchurch’s snack bar company Crafty Weka has been named as one of the Best Backpacking Foods of 2022 by US publication Backpacker.


Govt help needed to cool vege prices – HortNZ
17 Mar 2022   /

Govt help needed to cool vege prices – HortNZ

Vegetable prices will continue to surge ahead if the government doesn’t help growers find ways to lower costs, according to Horticulture New Zealand.


ComCom clears Ampol’s $2bn Z Energy takeover
17 Mar 2022   /

ComCom clears Ampol’s $2bn Z Energy takeover

Australian fuel retailer Ampol has been cleared by the Commerce Commission for its $2bn purchase of Z Energy.


Border reopening will save businesses – Hospitality NZ
17 Mar 2022  

Border reopening will save businesses – Hospitality NZ

The earlier border opening will save many businesses from collapse, says Hospitality New Zealand.


More than 100k hives lost in winter 2021 – Biosecurity NZ
17 Mar 2022   /

More than 100k hives lost in winter 2021 – Biosecurity NZ

Biosecurity New Zealand’s annual Winter Colony Loss survey shows 13.6% of hives were lost in 2021, up 2.3% on the previous year because of growth in varroa mite and related complications.


FSANZ seeks feedback on new poultry processing aid
17 Mar 2022   /

FSANZ seeks feedback on new poultry processing aid

Food Standards Australia New Zealand wants feedback on an application for a new processing aid, cetylpyridinium chloride, in the treatment of raw poultry.


Sherpa plans retail partnerships for same-day delivery
16 Mar 2022   /

Sherpa plans retail partnerships for same-day delivery

Same-day delivery service Sherpa says it has secured major retail partnerships in New Zealand as it looks to scale up its volume and presence.


5000+ Auckland businesses secure $17m Covid support
16 Mar 2022   /

5000+ Auckland businesses secure $17m Covid support

More than five thousand businesses in Auckland that struggled through the Delta lockdown have received more than $17m financial support through a targeted support scheme.


First speakers announced for Boma Agri Summit
16 Mar 2022   /

First speakers announced for Boma Agri Summit

This year’s Boma Agri Summit in Christchurch on 21-22 June will host speakers from the US and UK.


Paper still widely used in food manufacturing – iMonitor
16 Mar 2022   /

Paper still widely used in food manufacturing – iMonitor

Food manufacturers have a major digital gap on the production floor, according to a new report from smart manufacturing platform iMonitor.


Dunedin cafe wins $10k in hospitality relief campaign
16 Mar 2022   /

Dunedin cafe wins $10k in hospitality relief campaign

Dunedin’s Alto Cafe has won $10,000 cash, as well as $5000 towards a new website, as part of a hospitality relief campaign.


Hospo, accom prices on the rise despite fuel, transport cuts
15 Mar 2022   /

Hospo, accom prices on the rise despite fuel, transport cuts

Hospitality and accommodation operators may still have to put up prices despite the fuel and transport cost cuts announced by the government, says Hospitality New Zealand.


Red meat values up, volumes down – MIA
15 Mar 2022   /

Red meat values up, volumes down – MIA

New Zealand red meat values remained strong in January despite pressure on export volumes.


NZCS narrows H1 loss, uncertainty remains
15 Mar 2022  

NZCS narrows H1 loss, uncertainty remains

Seafood producer New Zealand Coastal Seafoods has narrowed its half-yearly loss in the six months to December 2021 to $1.5m, compared with the previous $1.7m loss.


Catalano’s Seafood raises A$5m from ASX debut
15 Mar 2022   /

Catalano’s Seafood raises A$5m from ASX debut

Catalano’s Seafood has listed on the Australian Stock Exchange, raising over A$5m from its initial public offering.


NZKGI puts the call out for more workers
15 Mar 2022   /

NZKGI puts the call out for more workers

Kiwifruit Growers Incorporated says the sector is desperate to attract overseas backpackers to come over and pick fruit this season.


Record entries for New World beer and cider awards
15 Mar 2022   /

Record entries for New World beer and cider awards

A record number of beverages will be judged for the New World Beer and Cider Awards this year.


Fieldays 2022 feels Covid-19 sting with delay
14 Mar 2022   /

Fieldays 2022 feels Covid-19 sting with delay

This year’s Fieldays has been postponed until late November because of disruption from the Omicron outbreak.


TKC’s ghost kitchen delayed due to Omicron
14 Mar 2022   /

TKC’s ghost kitchen delayed due to Omicron

The launch of Auckland’s first ghost kitchen has been delayed a month because of Covid-19.  


Seaweed trial secures nearly $1m funding
14 Mar 2022  

Seaweed trial secures nearly $1m funding

About $1m is being invested into a land-based seaweed trial beside the Firth of Thames wetland.


Goodman Fielder replaces 100m plastic tags with cardboard
14 Mar 2022   /

Goodman Fielder replaces 100m plastic tags with cardboard

Goodman Fielder has added recyclable cardboard bread tags to all its bread loaves, buns and rolls.


Dunedin retailers now accept soft packaging
14 Mar 2022   /

Dunedin retailers now accept soft packaging

Dunedin residents can now recycle their soft plastic packaging at eight Countdown, New World and The Warehouse stores across Dunedin and Mosgiel.


Waitangi Tribunal to look at alcohol impact on Māori
14 Mar 2022   /

Waitangi Tribunal to look at alcohol impact on Māori

The Waitangi Tribunal has been asked to consider whether the Crown is failing Māori on alcohol, as part of evidence being heard this week.


Spring Sheep Milk wins innovation award
14 Mar 2022  

Spring Sheep Milk wins innovation award

Spring Sheep Milk Co has won an innovation award for its Gentle Sheep Toddler Milk Drink.


Omicron causes meat processing delays
11 Mar 2022   /

Omicron causes meat processing delays

Meat processors are under pressure and suffering delays because of Omicron absenteeism, according to the Meat Industry Association and Beef + Lamb New Zealand.


Eat NZ’s Feast Matariki secures govt investment
11 Mar 2022   /

Eat NZ’s Feast Matariki secures govt investment

Eat New Zealand has secured up to $275,000 of government funding to support its multi-day Feast Matariki festival.


Dairy commodity prices up, production down – Rabobank
11 Mar 2022  

Dairy commodity prices up, production down – Rabobank

Rabobank’s latest global dairy report says commodity prices are expected to remain elevated because production growth is not keeping up with demand.


Gopala paneer recalled over listeria threat
11 Mar 2022   /

Gopala paneer recalled over listeria threat

Gopals Sweets & Snacks is recalling its Gopala brand Paneer cheese product because of the threat of listeria.


Spending dips for hospitality, groceries
11 Mar 2022   /

Spending dips for hospitality, groceries

Hospitality venues continue to feel the pressure of Omicron with a 10% drop in card spending last month.


Foodstuffs’ Landing Drive gets 6 Green Star rating
11 Mar 2022   /

Foodstuffs’ Landing Drive gets 6 Green Star rating

Foodstuffs North Island and developer Auckland Airport’s new distribution centre at Landing Drive has received a 6 Green Star rating.


GoodFor launches same-day delivery in Auckland
11 Mar 2022   /

GoodFor launches same-day delivery in Auckland

Package-free grocer GoodFor has launched a same-day delivery service in Auckland.


Watties, Verkerks among worst packaging offenders – Consumer NZ
10 Mar 2022   /

Watties, Verkerks among worst packaging offenders – Consumer NZ

Watties and Verkerks are among the top five most complained about companies when it comes to packaging, according to Consumer NZ.


Talley’s responds to court verdict
10 Mar 2022   /

Talley’s responds to court verdict

Talley’s says it did not direct the master of a vessel to fish in a closed area.


Grocery price hikes a worry for consumers
10 Mar 2022   /

Grocery price hikes a worry for consumers

Consumer New Zealand research has found 98% of people are worried about the rising price of groceries.


Danone takes B Corp crown for ANZ F&B
10 Mar 2022   /

Danone takes B Corp crown for ANZ F&B

Dairy giant Danone has become the largest certified B Corporation food and drink company in Australia and New Zealand.


Grocery hits 26% of online shopping
10 Mar 2022   /

Grocery hits 26% of online shopping

Some $7.67bn dollars was spent online shopping by New Zealanders last year, with 26% of people buying groceries digitally, according to research group Canstar Blue.


BusinessNZ welcomes shorter self-isolation
10 Mar 2022   /

BusinessNZ welcomes shorter self-isolation

Business New Zealand has called the government reduced self-isolation for positive Covid cases “a pragmatic response.”


Covid isolation cut to seven days from midnight Friday
9 Mar 2022   /

Covid isolation cut to seven days from midnight Friday

The isolation period for Covid-19 cases and household contacts will go down to seven days from 10 at 11.59pm on Friday 11 March.


Mainfreight suspends Russia operations
9 Mar 2022   /

Mainfreight suspends Russia operations

The company also said today that its Ukraine office was closed as a result of Russia’s invasion of the country two weeks ago.


Amaltal, ship’s master guilty of fishing breaches
9 Mar 2022   /

Amaltal, ship’s master guilty of fishing breaches

Amaltal Fishing Co Limited, along with the master of its fishing vessel, the Amaltal Apollo, have been found guilty of 14 charges of breaching the conditions of a high seas fishing permit.


Freight costs tipped to rise – NRC
9 Mar 2022   /

Freight costs tipped to rise – NRC

National Road Carriers is warning a sharp rise in fuel prices will result in increased freight costs.


FSSI distributes more than 1 million RATs
9 Mar 2022   /

FSSI distributes more than 1 million RATs

Foodstuffs South Island is distributing more than one million rapid antigen tests to its supermarkets, more than 250 businesses and donating a number to charity.


Meat Business Women appoints new co-chairs
9 Mar 2022   /

Meat Business Women appoints new co-chairs

Meat Business Women New Zealand has appointed two new co-chairs to lead the organisation.


Convenience store orders jump almost 420% – Menulog
8 Mar 2022   /

Convenience store orders jump almost 420% – Menulog

The number of orders from convenience stores such as Night ‘n Day increased by almost 420% since April last year on Menulog’s platform.


Countdown workers need pay parity with Aussie colleagues – union
8 Mar 2022   /

Countdown workers need pay parity with Aussie colleagues – union

Countdown employees working alongside Australian colleagues shipped in to fill gaps in New Zealand stores and supply chains should immediately receive pay parity and be remunerated at the significantly higher rates of their colleagues from across the ditch, First Union says.


Unclear guidelines leading to hospo business fines
8 Mar 2022   /

Unclear guidelines leading to hospo business fines

Government guidelines on wage subsidies need to be clearer to protect small business owners including hospitality operators who are being fined for misinterpreting the rules.


Animal agriculture ‘essential’ to global food system – research
8 Mar 2022  

Animal agriculture ‘essential’ to global food system – research

Animal foods can form part of a healthy, sustainable and ethical lifestyle, despite increasing claims to the contrary, says Lincoln University Professor of Livestock, Pablo Gregorini.


Pop-up info sessions for fruit harvest jobs
8 Mar 2022   /

Pop-up info sessions for fruit harvest jobs

A number of pop-up information sessions aiming to plug the fruit harvest labour shortage have kicked-off in Hastings.


In numbers: NZ’s food exports to Russia
7 Mar 2022   /

In numbers: NZ’s food exports to Russia

New Zealand’s food exports to Russia total around $233m, and include dairy, apples, seafood and wine.


SeaDragon secures new $500k loan agreement
7 Mar 2022   /

SeaDragon secures new $500k loan agreement

SeaDragon has secured a new loan agreement of $500,000 from majority shareholder Pescado Holdings, as well as pushing out the repayment date of an existing loan facility.


New appointments to NZTE board
7 Mar 2022   /

New appointments to NZTE board

Experience director Jennifer Kerr replaces Andrew Ferrier as chair after nearly a decade in that role.


Reusable container seminar opens for registration
7 Mar 2022   /

Reusable container seminar opens for registration

Again Again is holding a free seminar on moving to reuse as a systemic replacement to single-use container packaging.


NZIFST award entries now open
7 Mar 2022   /

NZIFST award entries now open

Nominations are now open for the New Zealand Institute of Food Science and Technology 2022 Awards.


Zespri creates sustainability board
4 Mar 2022   /

Zespri creates sustainability board

Zespri has created a board specifically to focus on its sustainability goals.


Feb hospo spend in the doldrums
4 Mar 2022   /

Feb hospo spend in the doldrums

Consumer spending at hospitality businesses remains down nearly a quarter on pre-Covid levels, according to data from payment services provider Worldline.


Small businesses suffering under phase 3 – Buy NZ Made
4 Mar 2022   /

Small businesses suffering under phase 3 – Buy NZ Made

Small businesses are continuing to suffer under the pressure of Omicron and phase three restrictions.


Te Kauwhata New World opens
4 Mar 2022   /

Te Kauwhata New World opens

Foodstuffs has opened Te Kauwhata’s first new supermarket in 70 years.


NZ spirits top of the world
4 Mar 2022   /

NZ spirits top of the world

New Zealand spirit producers Broken Heart and Awildian have claimed global accolades.


Kabocha on World Food Innovation Awards shortlist
4 Mar 2022   /

Kabocha on World Food Innovation Awards shortlist

Plant-based milk producer Kabocha Milk has been shortlisted at the World Food Innovation Awards.


Foreign worker scheme boosted for dairy season
3 Mar 2022   /

Foreign worker scheme boosted for dairy season

Federated Farmers is relieved hundreds of extra international dairy workers can enter New Zealand this season.


Consumer NZ puts RAT prices under microscope
3 Mar 2022   /

Consumer NZ puts RAT prices under microscope

Consumer New Zealand has found massive price differences for Rapid Antigen Tests, ranging from $6.50 to $19 per test.


Primary Industries award entries open
3 Mar 2022   /

Primary Industries award entries open

Entries have opened for this year’s Primary Industries Good Employer Awards.


Strong demand means strong prices for beef – Rabobank
3 Mar 2022   /

Strong demand means strong prices for beef – Rabobank

A Rabobank report on the beef sector says global demand will keep prices high, with a raft of challenges plaguing the sector.


NZ-UK FTA an export boost for seafood
3 Mar 2022   /

NZ-UK FTA an export boost for seafood

The seafood industry says tariff free access into the UK is a major bonus after the government signed a free trade agreement this week.


Wine, meat sectors welcome “significant” NZ-UK FTA
2 Mar 2022   /

Wine, meat sectors welcome “significant” NZ-UK FTA

New Zealand Winegrowers says the freshly signed free trade agreement with Britain will support future growth and encourage exporters to focus on that market.


Me Today seeks $6m raise approval after “disappointing” King Honey projections
2 Mar 2022   /

Me Today seeks $6m raise approval after “disappointing” King Honey projections

Me Today Group has called a special meeting for Friday 18 March to seek approval from shareholders for a $6m placement of additional share capital.


Businesses receive new Covid support payment
2 Mar 2022  

Businesses receive new Covid support payment

Businesses struggling with Omicron have received the first payment from the government’s financial support scheme.


Global dairy price index hits record high
2 Mar 2022   /

Global dairy price index hits record high

Global dairy prices have hit a new record.


Fonterra, MG Marketing receive co-op accolades
2 Mar 2022   /

Fonterra, MG Marketing receive co-op accolades

Dairy giant Fonterra and MG Marketing have scooped a couple of key accolades at this year’s Cooperative Business New Zealand Annual Awards.


For sale sign hoisted over Northland avocado farm
2 Mar 2022   /

For sale sign hoisted over Northland avocado farm

An award-winning avocado orchard in Northland is up for sale.


Hospitality welcomes end of self-iso
1 Mar 2022   /

Hospitality welcomes end of self-iso

Business and hospitality groups are pleased the government is ditching self-isolation requirements for returning New Zealanders.


RSE cap boost too late for this season – Hort NZ
1 Mar 2022   /

RSE cap boost too late for this season – Hort NZ

Horticulture New Zealand says the government’s decision to boost the cap on the Recognised Seasonal Employer scheme would benefit future picking seasons.


Fonterra milk collection drops 6.1% in Jan
1 Mar 2022   /

Fonterra milk collection drops 6.1% in Jan

Fonterra’s New Zealand milk collection dropped 6.1% to in January compared with the same month last year.


Centre of Excellence and Extension for $1bn potato industry
1 Mar 2022   /

Centre of Excellence and Extension for $1bn potato industry

A new Centre of Excellence and Extension is being created in Canterbury for research into potatoes, following a memorandum of understanding between Potatoes New Zealand and Lincoln University.


Clearview Estate triumphs at NZ International Wine Show
1 Mar 2022   /

Clearview Estate triumphs at NZ International Wine Show

Hawke’s Bay boutique winery Clearview Estate has done it again – winning the Champion Wine of Show at the New Zealand International Wine Show on the weekend.


Pāua season complete in Kaikōura
1 Mar 2022   /

Pāua season complete in Kaikōura

Pāua gathering will no longer be allowed on the Kaikōura coastline as the harvest season has now finished.


Dairy-free champs crowned in vegan awards
28 Feb 2022   /

Dairy-free champs crowned in vegan awards

The Vegan Society’s Dairy Free Awards have crowned the country’s best plant-based ice cream, milk, yoghurt and butter for a third year.


Businesses able to access stockpile of RATs
28 Feb 2022  

Businesses able to access stockpile of RATs

Businesses that are covered by the Close Contact Exemption Scheme can access rapid antigen tests after a further 10 million arrived in the country over the weekend.


RSE worker cap raised, challenges remain – govt
28 Feb 2022   /

RSE worker cap raised, challenges remain – govt

The government’s extended the cap on RSE workers for this season but warned there might be hurdles in getting enough people here to finish picking.


Dairy exports jump in Jan, overall trade deficit – Stats NZ
28 Feb 2022   /

Dairy exports jump in Jan, overall trade deficit – Stats NZ

New Zealand exports of milk powder, butter, cheese, jumped 15% to $1.6bn in January when compared with the same month a year earlier.


Food and beverage sales recover in Q4 – Stats NZ
28 Feb 2022   /

Food and beverage sales recover in Q4 – Stats NZ

Food and beverage sales volumes rose 12% in the December quarter as businesses came out of lockdown.


Vadilal Quick Treat recall over salmonella threat
28 Feb 2022   /

Vadilal Quick Treat recall over salmonella threat

MZ Holdings is recalling a certain batch of its Vadilal Quick Treat brand frozen custard apple pulp because it could contain salmonella.


Channel distortion, consumer behaviour, China – Rabobank’s 2022 warnings
25 Feb 2022   /

Channel distortion, consumer behaviour, China – Rabobank’s 2022 warnings

Food manufacturers should prepare for “highly dynamic” food markets in the year ahead as pandemic disruption to supply chains, input costs and consumer behaviour continues, says Rabobank.


Hospo welcomes phase 3, support package changes
25 Feb 2022   /

Hospo welcomes phase 3, support package changes

t to phase 3 of the Omicron response and an adjustment to conditions in the government’s financial support package announced on Monday.


Zespri 2022 payout, net profit forecasts rise
25 Feb 2022   /

Zespri 2022 payout, net profit forecasts rise

Zespri is forecasting its total fruit and service payment for the 2021-22 season to be $2.38bn, up from $2.25bn last season.


Falkenstein’s Just Life feels Auckland pinch
25 Feb 2022  

Falkenstein’s Just Life feels Auckland pinch

Tony Falkenstein’s Just Life Group has reported a lower net profit of $1.57m in the six months ended December because of Auckland’s extended lockdown.


LETF jumpstarts Fonterra’s first electric tanker
25 Feb 2022   /

LETF jumpstarts Fonterra’s first electric tanker

Fonterra is to operate New Zealand’s first electric 46T milk tanker.  


Dietary supplement regulatory reform needed – NZHP
25 Feb 2022   /

Dietary supplement regulatory reform needed – NZHP

New Zealand Health Products says regulatory reform is needed to fix “badly broken dietary supplement rules.”


Fonterra holds earnings after lifting milk price forecast – again
24 Feb 2022  

Fonterra holds earnings after lifting milk price forecast – again

Fonterra has lifted its farmgate milk price for the second time this year off the back of a rise in global prices and increased demand.


Foley Wines interim profit jumps 38% on premium push
24 Feb 2022  

Foley Wines interim profit jumps 38% on premium push

Foley Wines half-year profit has risen 37.7% to $3.5m as it pushes further into the premium market.


Food forum highlights NZ’s sustainability systems
24 Feb 2022   /

Food forum highlights NZ’s sustainability systems

New Zealand’s expertise in sustainable food systems has been highlighted at Expo 2020’s Food, Agriculture and Livelihoods Business Forum in Dubai.


HortNZ director nominations open
24 Feb 2022   /

HortNZ director nominations open

Horticulture New Zealand has two vacancies to fill, with two directors set to retire by rotation.


Blenheim viticulturist wins Young Horticulturist of the Year
24 Feb 2022   /

Blenheim viticulturist wins Young Horticulturist of the Year

Viticulturist Rhys Hall has been named the 2021 Young Horticulturist of the Year.


“Major problem” with new govt support – Hospitality NZ
23 Feb 2022   /

“Major problem” with new govt support – Hospitality NZ

Hospitality New Zealand is warning many of the hardest-hit businesses in the sector may be ineligible for the government’s new support package.


Derek Handley’s US$30m fund seeks green food investments
23 Feb 2022   /

Derek Handley’s US$30m fund seeks green food investments

Derek Handley’s climate tech firm Aera VC has raised US$30m to invest in startups tackling sustainability across all sectors including food.


Seed export revenue dips 5% in 2021
23 Feb 2022   /

Seed export revenue dips 5% in 2021

New Zealand seed exports dipped 5% in 2021 compared with the prior year, to come in at $236m.


KPMG backs new food and fibre insights course
23 Feb 2022   /

KPMG backs new food and fibre insights course

KPMG and the University of Waikato are partnering to deliver a new six-week course designed for rural professionals seeking to expand their knowledge in New Zealand’s food and fibre sector.


Product recall after incorrect gluten claims
23 Feb 2022   /

Product recall after incorrect gluten claims

Janine Tait Group Ltd is recalling specific batches and dates of its Bestow brand powdered drink products because of undeclared gluten.


Food, Fibre & Agritech Supernode Challenge 2.0 opens
23 Feb 2022   /

Food, Fibre & Agritech Supernode Challenge 2.0 opens

ChristchurchNZ has launched the its second annual Food, Fibre and Agritech Supernode Challenge.


Meat processor work earns TEG gold gong
23 Feb 2022  

Meat processor work earns TEG gold gong

TEG Risk and Sustainability Services has won a gold award from the Association of Consulting and Engineering for its consulting work with food processors.


Wine demand strong as $1bn harvest kicks off
22 Feb 2022   /

Wine demand strong as $1bn harvest kicks off

Ongoing international demand and low stock levels have winemakers hoping for a significantly larger harvest this year, after a 19% drop in yield in 2021.


NIWA trials autonomous fish-counting vessel
22 Feb 2022   /

NIWA trials autonomous fish-counting vessel

NIWA scientists have completed a first successful deep water test run in the Cook Strait of a six-metre-long autonomous vessel to help them count fish.


Rockit scoops gold at Designers Institute awards
22 Feb 2022   /

Rockit scoops gold at Designers Institute awards

Miniature apple company Rockit Global took out five awards for its 2021 rebrand at this year’s Best Design Awards – an annual event hosted by The Designers Institute of New Zealand.


Cable Car celebrates 120 years with Wellington Chocolate Factory bar
22 Feb 2022   /

Cable Car celebrates 120 years with Wellington Chocolate Factory bar

Wellington’s iconic Cable Car is celebrating 120 years today with a limited-edition chocolate bar and 120 hidden golden tickets offering a free ride.


Wine festival goes online
22 Feb 2022   /

Wine festival goes online

Wānaka food and wine festival Ripe will take place online on 19 March, the same day the cancelled live event was due to take place.


Govt invests $1.3m in iwi hort programme
21 Feb 2022   /

Govt invests $1.3m in iwi hort programme

Waikato-based Ngāti Hauā Iwi Trust is to receive more that $2m to develop a new horticultural programme and education hub.


Infant formula recall after US illnesses
21 Feb 2022   /

Infant formula recall after US illnesses

Abbott Laboratories New Zealand is recalling certain brands and batches of infant formula product imported from the United States.


Govt needs to clarify RAT rules – chamber
21 Feb 2022  

Govt needs to clarify RAT rules – chamber

Auckland’s Business Chamber wants clarity from the government over how companies can access rapid antigen tests.


Producer prices rise in December quarter
21 Feb 2022   /

Producer prices rise in December quarter

Producer input prices rose 1.1%, while producer output prices rose 1.4% in the December quarter, led by dairy and construction.


Hospo jobs dip in record January – SEEK NZ
21 Feb 2022   /

Hospo jobs dip in record January – SEEK NZ

Job ads posted on website Seek reached a record in January, however hospitality and tourism ads were down 4% from December.


ComCom joins global supply chain cartel investigation
18 Feb 2022   /

ComCom joins global supply chain cartel investigation

The Commerce Commission has formed a working group with four other regulators to identify possible cartel behaviour in global supply chains.


Kiwifruit sector forecasts record 190 million tray harvest
18 Feb 2022   /

Kiwifruit sector forecasts record 190 million tray harvest

The kiwifruit sector is forecasting a record harvest this year of at least 190 million trays.


Anchor goes plant-based in the South Island
18 Feb 2022   /

Anchor goes plant-based in the South Island

Fonterra-owned Anchor has launched its plant-based milk bottles in supermarkets in the South Island.


Fishing firm director fined again
18 Feb 2022   /

Fishing firm director fined again

The director of Tuna Fishing Company Limited has been sentenced for offences under the Fisheries Act for a second time in two years.


Lone Star calls for govt lifeline
18 Feb 2022   /

Lone Star calls for govt lifeline

The prominent hospitality brand has called on the government to throw a lifeline to the sector.


Strong food sector demand sees MHM interim profit surge 279%
18 Feb 2022  

Strong food sector demand sees MHM interim profit surge 279%

Listed food industry supplier MHM Automation has reported a net profit of $1.41m for the six months to December 2021, up 279% on the previous corresponding period.


Winetopia back for a seventh year
18 Feb 2022   /

Winetopia back for a seventh year

New Zealand’s largest wine event will be heading to three main centres later this year.


Fonterra sells down GDT ownership
17 Feb 2022  

Fonterra sells down GDT ownership

Fonterra is selling down its 100% ownership of the Global Dairy Trade platform, bringing in the European Energy Exchange and the New Zealand Stock Exchange.


T&G upbeat despite Omicron harvest challenges
17 Feb 2022   /

T&G upbeat despite Omicron harvest challenges

Listed apple company T&G has started harvesting this season’s fruit, expecting to pick more than 6.5m tray carton equivalents this year – or roughly 120,000,000 kgs of apples.


Protection urged for scallop stocks
17 Feb 2022   /

Protection urged for scallop stocks

The Environmental Defence Society wants stronger long-term protection measures to manage north-eastern scallop stocks.


Babies sought for prebiotic kūmara powder trial
17 Feb 2022   /

Babies sought for prebiotic kūmara powder trial

Researchers are investigating the potential health benefits of powdered kūmara with naturally enhanced prebiotic properties, which could lead to it being developed into a baby food ingredient.


Countdown pledges $25k to LGBTQI+ group
17 Feb 2022   /

Countdown pledges $25k to LGBTQI+ group

Supermarket chain Countdown has pledged $25,000 into helping the LGBTQI+ support organisation Rainbow Youth.


Last call for hot cross bun comp entries
17 Feb 2022   /

Last call for hot cross bun comp entries

The oven door is about to shut on entries for this year’s Great Hot Cross Bun competition.


Agri-tech on agenda for PM’s US trade visit
16 Feb 2022   /

Agri-tech on agenda for PM’s US trade visit

Prime Minister Jacinda Ardern will undertake a trade visit to the United States in May focused on New Zealand’s high-technology export sectors, including agri-tech.


Ex-Ryman boss joins Delegat as director
16 Feb 2022   /

Ex-Ryman boss joins Delegat as director

Former Ryman chief executive Gordon MacLeod has been appointed to Delegat Group.


Gisborne council appealing kiwifruit decision
16 Feb 2022   /

Gisborne council appealing kiwifruit decision

Gisborne District Council is appealing a decision from the Land Valuation Tribunal, relating to the capital value of a gold kiwifruit orchard in the Gisborne district.


Upgrade date set for NZ-China FTA
16 Feb 2022   /

Upgrade date set for NZ-China FTA

Upgrades to New Zealand’s free trade agreement with China will enter into force on 7 April.


Arable crops destroyed by bad weather
16 Feb 2022   /

Arable crops destroyed by bad weather

Three weeks of heavy rain has caused widespread damage to arable crops – with some farmers calling it the “worst harvest season in living memory.”


Nats highlight food inflation, urge govt cuts
15 Feb 2022   /

Nats highlight food inflation, urge govt cuts

The National Party says households are going backwards and pay packets are failing to keep up with the rising cost of food.


Sanitarium gives school Stat Attack charity auction nod
15 Feb 2022   /

Sanitarium gives school Stat Attack charity auction nod

Sanitarium has nominated South Auckland’s Koru School to receive 100% of funds from a Weet-Bix charity auction featuring limited edition Jonah Lomu merchandise.


Westland Milk Products trucks through severe weather
15 Feb 2022  

Westland Milk Products trucks through severe weather

weather which saw a state of emergency declared on the West Coast after flooding caused widespread damage


FSANZ calls for food code feedback
15 Feb 2022  

FSANZ calls for food code feedback

Food Standards Australia New Zealand wants feedback on new safety and management standards for food service and retail businesses.


MIA awards 2022 scholarships
15 Feb 2022   /

MIA awards 2022 scholarships

Seven new scholarships have been awarded to young people considering a career in the red meat and exporting sectors.


Businesses critical of minimum wage increase
14 Feb 2022   /

Businesses critical of minimum wage increase

The business sector is critical of a move to raise the minimum wage 6% during the expected Omicron wave.


Govt pledges $200k for West Coast growers, farmers
14 Feb 2022   /

Govt pledges $200k for West Coast growers, farmers

The Government is making $200,000 available to support farmers and growers after major flooding in the South Island.


Freightways invests $2.7m in upcycling venture
14 Feb 2022   /

Freightways invests $2.7m in upcycling venture

Fast-food and tetra pak cartons destined for the landfill are being converted into building supplies, thanks to Freightways investment.


Card spend on consumables jumps in January
14 Feb 2022   /

Card spend on consumables jumps in January

Credit and debit card spending increased a seasonally adjusted 2.1% or $175m in January, compared with December, according to Stats NZ.


Support to extend country of origin labelling
14 Feb 2022   /

Support to extend country of origin labelling

Top New Zealand oil producer The Olive Press supports a call to extend country of origin labelling to its products.


Hospo revenues plummet 60% on pre-Covid levels – RA
11 Feb 2022   /

Hospo revenues plummet 60% on pre-Covid levels – RA

Restaurants are reporting a near 60% overall decline in revenues since the Covid-19 pandemic began.


NZ labelled olive oils not always local – Consumer NZ
11 Feb 2022   /

NZ labelled olive oils not always local – Consumer NZ

Consumer NZ has found some oils labelled as New Zealand also contain imported oils.


Red setting scuppers Wānaka food fest…
11 Feb 2022   /

Red setting scuppers Wānaka food fest…

Wanaka’s food and wine festival has been cancelled this year because of the current red-light Covid-19 restrictions.


…but BOP food event all go for April
11 Feb 2022   /

…but BOP food event all go for April

A Bay of Plenty food event plans to go ahead despite current Covid-19 restrictions.


Blueberry orchard for sale
11 Feb 2022  

Blueberry orchard for sale

A large-scale blueberry orchard in Kerikeri has been put on the market.


Last call for cheese award entries
11 Feb 2022   /

Last call for cheese award entries

Entries close today for this year’s Champions of Cheese Awards.


CGF reports strong 2021 recovery for coffee chains
10 Feb 2022   /

CGF reports strong 2021 recovery for coffee chains

Cooks Global Foods says sales at its UK-based cafe franchises recovered from Covid-19 ahead of the wider UK coffee market in 2021.


Govt pledges $440k to boost hort potential
10 Feb 2022   /

Govt pledges $440k to boost hort potential

A major horticulture project is underway in northern Hawke’s Bay to lift the productivity of Maori-owned land.


Apple and pear crop on track for 601k tonnes despite headwinds
10 Feb 2022  

Apple and pear crop on track for 601k tonnes despite headwinds

New Zealand’s 2022 apple and pear crop is predicted to reach 601,000 tonnes – inline with expectations – although Omicron, supply chain and labour shortage issues continue to plague the sector.


Country of origin regulations come into force Saturday
10 Feb 2022   /

Country of origin regulations come into force Saturday

New country of origin regulations come into force on Saturday for fresh and thawed foods.


Food recalls after salmonella threat
10 Feb 2022   /

Food recalls after salmonella threat

There are two recalls because of the threat of salmonella.


Warning over retirement village frozen food
10 Feb 2022   /

Warning over retirement village frozen food

An Invercargill retirement village café is recalling all its branded frozen meals because of potentially undeclared allergens.


Greens call for treaty to combat industrial fishing, plastic pollution
10 Feb 2022   /

Greens call for treaty to combat industrial fishing, plastic pollution

Pressure is mounting on the government to support a global treaty to protect the oceans.


Critical worker details coming this week – PM
9 Feb 2022   /

Critical worker details coming this week – PM

Industries will know by the end of this week which of them are considered critical, says Prime Minister Jacinda Ardern.


ComCom outlines issues in Chalmers Organics takeover
9 Feb 2022   /

ComCom outlines issues in Chalmers Organics takeover

The Commerce Commission is considering an application by Life Health Foods NZ to purchase 100% of meat alternative manufacturer Chalmers Organics.


RMA reform needed to help aquaculture – govt
9 Feb 2022   /

RMA reform needed to help aquaculture – govt

The government has cited New Zealand King Salmon’s difficulties to illustrate that the RMA needs reform.


Amisfield shines in national food awards
9 Feb 2022   /

Amisfield shines in national food awards

Central Otago’s Amisfield has scooped a couple of key prizes at the prestigious Cuisine Good Food Awards.


Govt pledges $400k to prep primary sector for Omicron
9 Feb 2022  

Govt pledges $400k to prep primary sector for Omicron

Farmers and primary producers are getting financial assistance to prepare for an Omicron outbreak.


Domino’s to raise $20k+ for charity on World Pizza Day
9 Feb 2022   /

Domino’s to raise $20k+ for charity on World Pizza Day

World Pizza Day has a charitable feel for fast-food chain Domino’s.


Food packaging helps attract SFFF investment in hemp
8 Feb 2022   /

Food packaging helps attract SFFF investment in hemp

A multi-million-dollar investment is to look at how hemp can be made into food packaging and other innovations.


Aquaculture highlighted to boost Southland economy
8 Feb 2022  

Aquaculture highlighted to boost Southland economy

Clean energy, land use and aquaculture have been identified as three areas of accelerating economic growth in Southland once the Tiwai Point smelter shuts down.


Health experts urge action over unhealthy food, marketing to children
8 Feb 2022  

Health experts urge action over unhealthy food, marketing to children

Public health experts are throwing their weight behind recommendations to improve alcohol policy, nutrition and limit children’s exposure to the marketing of unhealthy food.


Public warned away from collecting West Coast shellfish
8 Feb 2022   /

Public warned away from collecting West Coast shellfish

Public health warnings are in place for people not to collect and eat shellfish on the South Island’s West Coast because of unsafe levels of toxins.


Align CEO wins Zanda McDonald award
8 Feb 2022  

Align CEO wins Zanda McDonald award

A mid-Canterbury farmer and businessman has been recognised with this year’s New Zealand Zanda McDonald Award.


Young Kiwis shine in food and beverage
8 Feb 2022  

Young Kiwis shine in food and beverage

Canterbury-based Alyssa Wilson has scooped the Apiculture New Zealand Ron Mossop Youth Scholarship in beekeeping.


NZ honey sector to appeal manuka honey ruling
4 Feb 2022  

NZ honey sector to appeal manuka honey ruling

New Zealand’s honey sector is appealing a UK Intellectual Property Office decision that declined a manuka honey trademark application.


2022 another profitable year for food exports – Rabobank
4 Feb 2022   /

2022 another profitable year for food exports – Rabobank

Global supply shortages will underpin firm commodity prices for dairy this year, while returns for kiwifruit will stay elevated thanks to strong demand, says Rabobank.


Seeka completes NZ Fruit acquisition
4 Feb 2022   /

Seeka completes NZ Fruit acquisition

Seeka has completed its acquisition of Gisborne-based New Zealand Fruits in a deal that values the latter at $21m.


Kiwifruit industry exceeds decarbonisation target – Zespri
4 Feb 2022   /

Kiwifruit industry exceeds decarbonisation target – Zespri

The kiwifruit industry has exceeded the first year requirements under the New Zealand government’s primary sector partnership on climate action, He Waka Eke Noa, says Zespri.


FoodStarter opens for new products
4 Feb 2022  

FoodStarter opens for new products

Entries have opened FoodStarter 2022.


Protest over live export ship in Timaru
4 Feb 2022  

Protest over live export ship in Timaru

One of the world’s largest live export ships is back at Timaru port this weekend and is expected to attract protesters.


Labour shortages concern, global prices strong for producers – ANZ
3 Feb 2022   /

Labour shortages concern, global prices strong for producers – ANZ

Labour shortages are the most pressing concern for the country’s primary sector but global prices should remain strong, according to ANZ’s latest Agri Focus report.


EMA gives thumbs down to income insurance proposal
3 Feb 2022   /

EMA gives thumbs down to income insurance proposal

EMA won’t support the government’s proposed Income Insurance Scheme as it is, saying it would result in a further tax on businesses.


More food festivals fall to Covid-19 restrictions
3 Feb 2022   /

More food festivals fall to Covid-19 restrictions

The West Coast’s Wildfoods Festival has been scrapped, the first time in its 34-year history, due to Covid capacity restrictions at the red setting.


$70m arts, culture package should be extended –  Hospitality NZ
3 Feb 2022  

$70m arts, culture package should be extended – Hospitality NZ

Hospitality New Zealand says the sector also deserves financial assistance to cushion the blow from the Covid-19 pandemic.


Pfizer booster now allowed three months after second shot
3 Feb 2022  

Pfizer booster now allowed three months after second shot

The time people need to wait between getting the second shot and the booster for the Pfizer vaccination will be shortened from four months to three as of Friday 4 February.


NZKS shares fall 15% on earnings downgrade
2 Feb 2022  

NZKS shares fall 15% on earnings downgrade

New Zealand King Salmon shares have slumped 15% after the company warned of lower earnings.


Govt secures 36 million RATs for Omicron surge
2 Feb 2022  

Govt secures 36 million RATs for Omicron surge

The government has ordered a further 36 million rapid antigen tests (RATs) to help the country deal with a widespread Omicron outbreak.


Red setting drives hopso down 25% – Hospitality NZ
2 Feb 2022  

Red setting drives hopso down 25% – Hospitality NZ

Hospitality New Zealand says New Zealand’s move into the red traffic light setting has scared people into a “voluntary lockdown”.


F&B investment slumps 65% on crowdfunding platform
2 Feb 2022  

F&B investment slumps 65% on crowdfunding platform

Capital raising for food and beverage ventures on crowdfunding platform Snowball Effect fell to $4.7m in 2021, down 65% on the $13.3m raised in 2020.


Bostock, Milford partner in Honeycrisp venture
2 Feb 2022  

Bostock, Milford partner in Honeycrisp venture

Bostock has partnered with Milford Private Equity to grow and market a South Island organic apple variety to overseas customers.


Asahi sets trans-Tasman sustainability targets
2 Feb 2022   /

Asahi sets trans-Tasman sustainability targets

Asahi Beverages has released new sustainability targets for its New Zealand and Australian operations.


NZKS warns of “serious” earnings hit as warm waters kill fish
1 Feb 2022  

NZKS warns of “serious” earnings hit as warm waters kill fish

New Zealand King Salmon says warm water temperatures are leading to “higher than expected sea farm mortality” that will hit earnings by up to $5m.


Innovation needed for NZ food shift to sustainability – OECD
1 Feb 2022  

Innovation needed for NZ food shift to sustainability – OECD

New Zealand’s food producers and manufacturers need new technologies and business models to help shift to more sustainable and healthy products, says the OECD.


Govt inaction could impact food production – Nats
1 Feb 2022   /

Govt inaction could impact food production – Nats

The National Party says government inaction on border class exceptions for time-critical workers could have an impact on food production and distribution in New Zealand.


Zespri predicts 33% jump in kiwifruit volumes by 2026-27
1 Feb 2022   /

Zespri predicts 33% jump in kiwifruit volumes by 2026-27

In its latest five-year outlook released on Thursday, the kiwifruit co-op said it expected New Zealand-produced Class 1 supply to grow from 178 million trays in 2021-22 to 238 million in 2026-27.


NZ Pork urges Kiwis to buy NZ made
1 Feb 2022   /

NZ Pork urges Kiwis to buy NZ made

New Zealand Pork is calling on consumers to buy Kiwi-produced pork after new country of origin laws come into effect on 12 February.


Seeka to buy Gisborne business valued at $21m
10 Dec 2021   /

Seeka to buy Gisborne business valued at $21m

Seeka says it has entered an amalgamation agreement to acquire Gisborne packing business New Zealand Fruits Limited.


Red meat exports jump 27% – MIA
10 Dec 2021   /

Red meat exports jump 27% – MIA

The value of New Zealand’s red meat sector exports reached $693m during October, a 27% increase year-on-year, according to the Meat Industry Association.


Black Hawk owner Ebos raises $674m
10 Dec 2021   /

Black Hawk owner Ebos raises $674m

Healthcare and animal care company Ebos Group says it has successfully raised $674m from existing and new investors across New Zealand, Australia and further afield.


Te Mata acquires rights to new early season apple variety
10 Dec 2021   /

Te Mata acquires rights to new early season apple variety

New Zealand produce exporter Te Mata Exports says it has acquired the exclusive rights to new early season apple variety, Bay Queen.


MWE grows international distribution
10 Dec 2021   /

MWE grows international distribution

Marlborough Wine Estates says it has grown its international distribution significantly since July 2021.


Pals makes progress on sustainability
10 Dec 2021   /

Pals makes progress on sustainability

Beverage business Pals says its has offset its unavoidable emissions by 125% through funding New Zealand native forest projects and International Gold Standard clean technology initiatives.


Govt invests in $5m regenerative seaweed pilot
9 Dec 2021   /

Govt invests in $5m regenerative seaweed pilot

The government is investing nearly $2m into a $5m commercial regenerative seaweed farming pilot that aims to provide proof-of-concept for commercial scale production.


Black Hawk owner Ebos makes $1.3bn acquisition
9 Dec 2021   /

Black Hawk owner Ebos makes $1.3bn acquisition

Healthcare and animal care company Ebos Group is buying Australian peer LifeHealthcare for A$1.17bn ($1.3bn). Ebos, which owns pet food brands Black Hawk and VitaPet, said today that it will MORE »


Fonterra’s new structure gets green light
9 Dec 2021  

Fonterra’s new structure gets green light

Fonterra shareholders have overwhelmingly backed changes to the co-op’s capital structure with 85.16% of farmer votes supporting them.


Former NZAPI boss Alan Pollard takes CCNZ helm
9 Dec 2021   /

Former NZAPI boss Alan Pollard takes CCNZ helm

Alan Pollard has been appointed chief executive of Civil Contractors New Zealand, the national business association for New Zealand’s civil infrastructure construction industry.


New Zealand Wine Week to return in 2022
9 Dec 2021   /

New Zealand Wine Week to return in 2022

After running the inaugural event in 2021, New Zealand Winegrowers will be kicking off the second New Zealand Wine Week on 8 February 2022.


FSANZ seeks feedback on GM wheat, 2′-FL
8 Dec 2021  

FSANZ seeks feedback on GM wheat, 2′-FL

Food Standards Australia New Zealand is calling for comment on an application to allow the sale and use of food made from a genetically modified wheat.


Cooks Global Foods details $8m rights issue
8 Dec 2021   /

Cooks Global Foods details $8m rights issue

NZX-listed international coffee chain Cooks Global Foods has set a price of 3 cents a share for a rights issue, which is targeting $8m to restructure its balance sheet.


Synlait’s Talbot Forest Cheese in brand push
8 Dec 2021   /

Synlait’s Talbot Forest Cheese in brand push

Synlait’s speciality cheese business, Talbot Forest Cheese, has launched a new brand campaign following a packaging redesign.


Kiwis over kale, claims LeaderBrand
8 Dec 2021   /

Kiwis over kale, claims LeaderBrand

The growing and processing Gisborne business said its internal research showed sales of kale had fallen in New Zealand by 40% over the past four years.


JFS relaunches Enviro Pac with new campaign
8 Dec 2021   /

JFS relaunches Enviro Pac with new campaign

Jenkins Freshpac Systems is canvassing opinion on sustainable packaging as part of its Join the Vegelution campaign.


Ambrose joins Cooks Global Foods board
7 Dec 2021   /

Ambrose joins Cooks Global Foods board

Cooks Global Foods has appointed Michael Ambrose to its board as an independent director. Among his governance roles, Ambrose is chair of cherry operation Deep Creek Fruits and a director at MORE »


NZ Winegrowers names 2021 Fellows
7 Dec 2021   /

NZ Winegrowers names 2021 Fellows

New Zealand Winegrowers has named five recipients for its 2021 Fellows awards.


New sustainability award for Champions of Cheese
7 Dec 2021   /

New sustainability award for Champions of Cheese

A new award recognising and promoting sustainability has been created as part of the 2022 New Zealand Champions of Cheese Awards. 


KiwiHarvest launches Food Rescue Ride initiative
7 Dec 2021   /

KiwiHarvest launches Food Rescue Ride initiative

KiwiHarvest Queenstown has launched a new Food Rescue Ride initiative, redistributing surplus food from local cafes and bakeries to those in need this holiday season.


Sweet success sought by new choc stop
7 Dec 2021  

Sweet success sought by new choc stop

The Chocolate Station at Blenheim Railway Station offers more than 100 craft chocolate product lines produced by chocolatiers from Ne Zealand and the Pacific.


Chantal Organics, Bread & Butter partner for charity
7 Dec 2021  

Chantal Organics, Bread & Butter partner for charity

Organic food producer Chantal Organics and Auckland bakery Bread & Butter have partnered to support Auckland City Mission’s efforts to help people this Christmas.


Food-related shadow portfolios shift in Luxon shuffle
6 Dec 2021  

Food-related shadow portfolios shift in Luxon shuffle

Taranaki – King Country MP Barbara Kuriger retains the opposition agriculture spokesperson role but picks up the shadow biosecurity portfolio.


Fewer Kiwis drinking alcohol as even older people turn away – NZABC
6 Dec 2021  

Fewer Kiwis drinking alcohol as even older people turn away – NZABC

Even older people are turning away from alcohol consumption, says the NZ Alcohol Beverages Council.


40% of members faced “rude, aggressive” customers – RA
6 Dec 2021   /

40% of members faced “rude, aggressive” customers – RA

The Restaurant Association says 40% of its members reported having to deal with rude or aggressive customers due to the transition on Friday to the traffic light Covid-19 Protection Framework.


MPI invests $650k to combat pests, help aquaculture
6 Dec 2021   /

MPI invests $650k to combat pests, help aquaculture

The Ministry for Primary Industries is investing $650,000 over four years to help stamp out invasive marine pests and help the aquaculture industry.


NZ’s best vegan pies revealed
6 Dec 2021  

NZ’s best vegan pies revealed

Auckland’s Wild Grain Bakery has won the supreme award in the 2021 New Zealand Vegan Pie Awards for the second year running. It’s Triple Berry Spiced Apple pie took the top prize after winning the sweet category.


Sealord wins Woolworths supplier award
6 Dec 2021   /

Sealord wins Woolworths supplier award

Australia’s Woolworths Group has named Sealord one of its top suppliers for the year.


Countdown owner Woolworths in $907m pharma play
3 Dec 2021  

Countdown owner Woolworths in $907m pharma play

Countdown owner Woolworths has made a last-minute takeover offer for pharmacy group Australian Pharmaceutical Industries for A$871m (NZ$907m).


Frucor Suntory appoints new ANZ director
3 Dec 2021   /

Frucor Suntory appoints new ANZ director

Beverage company Frucor Suntory has appointed Sophie Lodge to corporate affairs director for Australia and New Zealand, based in Sydney.


Honey production down, exports up
3 Dec 2021   /

Honey production down, exports up

New Zealand’s national honey production in the 2020-21 season was down 24% on the previous season to 20,500 tonnes, according to the Ministry for Primary Industries.


Skills shortage, supply chain top challenges facing bosses – survey
3 Dec 2021   /

Skills shortage, supply chain top challenges facing bosses – survey

Mounting skills shortages and ongoing supply chain disruptions are among the key challenges for company directors, according to the Institute of Directors and ASB Bank’s annual survey.


Coastal shipping report to help strengthen supply chain
3 Dec 2021   /

Coastal shipping report to help strengthen supply chain

The government has released a new report into coastal shipping as part of its drive to strengthen New Zealand’s domestic supply chain.


Just Life hires former DB marketing manager
2 Dec 2021   /

Just Life hires former DB marketing manager

Tony Falkenstein’s Just Life Group has appointed Luan Howitt general manager of its new healthy homes division. Howitt is a former marketing manager for DB Breweries and Pernod Ricard and MORE »


Hospitality contributes 137k direct jobs, $6.8b in GDP – report
2 Dec 2021  

Hospitality contributes 137k direct jobs, $6.8b in GDP – report

More than 232,000 jobs are dependent on New Zealand’s hospitality sector, 137,000 of them directly, according to a new report.


Seeka guides FY21 profit near $24m
2 Dec 2021   /

Seeka guides FY21 profit near $24m

Seeka says it expects net profit before tax at the upper end of its $22m and $24m guidance range for FY21 thanks to an expected Crown settlement payout over the arrival of the vine killing disease PSA.


Kaikōura’s pāua fishery re-opens for three months
2 Dec 2021   /

Kaikōura’s pāua fishery re-opens for three months

Kaikōura’s pāua fishery has re-opened after being closed for five years following the 2016 earthquakes.


Karma Drinks donates $12k to hospo after Black Friday initiative
2 Dec 2021   /

Karma Drinks donates $12k to hospo after Black Friday initiative

Karma Drinks will donate $12,070 to the #HandsUp4Hospo initiative after its recent ‘Hospo Friday’ initiative – a take on the popular Black Friday.


Synlait’s total GHG emissions rise, but fall per tonne of product
1 Dec 2021   /

Synlait’s total GHG emissions rise, but fall per tonne of product

Synlait Milk saw its total greenhouse gas emissions rise in the year to July 2021 but it fell significantly per product tonne for both its on- and off-farm work.


Plant & Food Research scoops three KiwiNet awards
1 Dec 2021  

Plant & Food Research scoops three KiwiNet awards

Plant & Food Research has won three gongs at the ninth annual KiwiNet Research Commercialisation Awards.


Entries open for Outstanding NZ Food Producer Awards

Entries open for Outstanding NZ Food Producer Awards

The 2022 Outstanding NZ Food Producer Awards has opened for entries.


Blis marketing and e-commerce director resigns
1 Dec 2021   /

Blis marketing and e-commerce director resigns

Blis Technologies marketing and e-commerce director, Laura Grant, is leaving the Dunedin headquartered probiotics firm she joined just six months ago.


Heineken to open pop-up barbershops in Auckland
1 Dec 2021   / / /

Heineken to open pop-up barbershops in Auckland

Heineken is opening two pop-up barbershops in selected venues around central Auckland to tie-in with the country’s move to the Covid-19 Protection Framework ‘traffic light’ system on Friday 3 December.


Marlborough winner at Global Seafood Alliance awards
1 Dec 2021   /

Marlborough winner at Global Seafood Alliance awards

A Marlborough company has been recognised for its oyster farm technology, picking up the 2021 Global Aquaculture Innovation Award at the Global Seafood Alliance Awards.


Season’s last kiwifruit ships after “difficult” year – Zespri
30 Nov 2021   /

Season’s last kiwifruit ships after “difficult” year – Zespri

The last of this year’s crop of Zespri Kiwifruit has left Port of Tauranga, concluding another strong but challenging season of New Zealand-grown kiwifruit, says the co-op.


Formosa Foods noodle and pastry recall
30 Nov 2021   /

Formosa Foods noodle and pastry recall

Formosa Foods is recalling all batches and all dates of various Formosa Foods brand noodles and pastry products, due to the presence of an undeclared allergen, namely egg.


Food moves at Frucor, MenuAid
30 Nov 2021   /

Food moves at Frucor, MenuAid

Frucor Suntory has appointed Rhodi Bulloch as its nutrition and regulatory affairs specialist.


Auckland Unlimited unveils 2021 iconic eats list
30 Nov 2021  

Auckland Unlimited unveils 2021 iconic eats list

Auckland Unlimited has released its second annual Iconic Auckland Eats list, described as the ultimate dining guide with 100 dishes from all corners of the region.


Baby food startup wins inaugural innovation award
30 Nov 2021   /

Baby food startup wins inaugural innovation award

Baby food venture Norish has won the inaugural Innovate Hawke’s Bay awards.


Waiheke scallop, mussel, lobster, pāua fisheries to close
29 Nov 2021   /

Waiheke scallop, mussel, lobster, pāua fisheries to close

The Waiheke Island scallop, mussel, rock lobster and pāua fisheries will close for a period of two years from 1 December, says the Ministry For Primary Industries.


Lockdown drives spike in demand for food – NZFN
29 Nov 2021   /

Lockdown drives spike in demand for food – NZFN

Demand for food support has reached an all-time high following the outbreak of Covid-19 Delta variant in August 2021, says the New Zealand Food Network.


Cullinane, Stiassny and O’Rourke launch advisory firm for founders
29 Nov 2021   /

Cullinane, Stiassny and O’Rourke launch advisory firm for founders

The trio’s FMCG, business and start-up experience now on offer for founders.


Countdown DC workers secure 5% pay rise
29 Nov 2021   /

Countdown DC workers secure 5% pay rise

Countdown distribution centre workers at two Auckland sites have signed a new agreement that includes a 5% wage rise for the next year and a 3.9% increase for a reduced 9-month term in the following year.


Woolworths recalls mistakenly released sugar
29 Nov 2021   /

Woolworths recalls mistakenly released sugar

Woolworths New Zealand is recalling Chelsea and Countdown branded raw sugar and brown sugar products bought on either Thursday 25 November or Friday 26 November from any Countdown, SuperValue or FreshChoice store in the South Island.


Christchurch secures seeds conference
29 Nov 2021  

Christchurch secures seeds conference

Christchurch has won a bid to host an international congress in 2023 for the Asia Pacific Seed Association (APSA) at the Te Pae Christchurch Convention Centre.


New boss for FoodWaikato
26 Nov 2021   /

New boss for FoodWaikato

Dairy product manufacturer New Zealand Food Innovation Waikato has appointed Tony Giles as its new chief executive.


Jeuneora hits $3.5m cap raise target
26 Nov 2021   /

Jeuneora hits $3.5m cap raise target

New Zealand beauty and supplement company Jeuneora has closed its capital raise after hitting its maximum target of $3.5m.


Tegel Growers get provisional collective bargaining sign off
26 Nov 2021   /

Tegel Growers get provisional collective bargaining sign off

The Commerce Commission has granted provisional authorisation for the New Zealand Tegel Growers Association to collectively negotiate on behalf of its members with Tegel Foods.


Dairy, beef, lamb exports rise in October
26 Nov 2021   /

Dairy, beef, lamb exports rise in October

The monthly value of goods exported in October 2021 rose to $5.3bn in October 2021, up 12% compared with the same month last year, according to Stats NZ.


Pāmu products to launch in Vietnam
26 Nov 2021   /

Pāmu products to launch in Vietnam

Pāmu Farms has signed a deal with distributor Ciels that will see a range of premium nutritional supplements sold in Vietnam in the new year.


Karma Drinks backs hospo with Black Friday pledge
26 Nov 2021   /

Karma Drinks backs hospo with Black Friday pledge

Karma Drinks has pledged 100% of revenue from today’s Black Friday sales on its Shop.KarmaDrinks.co.nz website will go towards supporting the hospitality industry.


A2 Milk to defend second class action
25 Nov 2021  

A2 Milk to defend second class action

The A2 Milk Company says it will defend a second class action filed in the Supreme Court of Victoria in Australia, this time by Shine Lawyers.


Needless casualties from continuing locked border – Hospitality NZ
25 Nov 2021  

Needless casualties from continuing locked border – Hospitality NZ

Delaying the opening of New Zealand’s border to foreign nationals until 30 April 2022 will see more hospitality businesses going to the wall, says Hospitality New Zealand.


Halal-certified red meat exports up 13%
25 Nov 2021   /

Halal-certified red meat exports up 13%

Halal-certified red meat exports increased 13% during the 2020-21 season with most product going to non-Muslim markets, says the Meat Industry Association.


GWF goes hybrid to cut emissions by 23%
25 Nov 2021   /

GWF goes hybrid to cut emissions by 23%

George Weston Foods Baking New Zealand says it will cut its emissions and petrol consumption by replacing its sales car fleet with the Toyota RAV 4 Hybrid Electric Vehicle.


Foodstuffs, Countdown win property gongs
25 Nov 2021   /

Foodstuffs, Countdown win property gongs

Foodstuffs and Countdown have picked up awards at the Property Council New Zealand’s 2021 Rider Levett Bucknall Property Industry Awards.


Countdown mandates staff vaccination
24 Nov 2021   /

Countdown mandates staff vaccination

Supermarket chain Countdown has mandated the Covid-19 vaccine for staff, meaning its entire 21,000-strong workforce would need to be fully vaccinated by January 10.


Govt’s NZ Pass Verifier app live
24 Nov 2021   /

Govt’s NZ Pass Verifier app live

The free NZ Pass Verifier app to scan and verify My Vaccine Passes is now available for businesses and events to download.


Zespri lifts SunGold returns forecast, cuts organic
24 Nov 2021   /

Zespri lifts SunGold returns forecast, cuts organic

Zespri has increased its forecast SunGold kiwifruit returns to $11.05 per tray for the 2021-22 season, up from the $10.92 guided in August.


Just Life, Synlait appointments
24 Nov 2021  

Just Life, Synlait appointments

Just Life Group has hired Graeme Read to be its chief financial officer.


Domino’s dangles a ‘year’s worth of free pizza’ to help fill 1500+ jobs
24 Nov 2021   /

Domino’s dangles a ‘year’s worth of free pizza’ to help fill 1500+ jobs

Domino’s is hoping a year’s worth of free pizza will help fill more than 1500 new part-time and full-time roles.


Orchard Thieves Rosé Cider wins gold at brewing industry ‘Oscars’
24 Nov 2021   /

Orchard Thieves Rosé Cider wins gold at brewing industry ‘Oscars’

Orchard Thieves Rosé Cider has won the gold medal in the new Cider Innovation Rosé category at the International Brewing and Cider Awards 2021. 


Alliance gross profit jumps to $42m
23 Nov 2021  

Alliance gross profit jumps to $42m

Meat processing co-operative Alliance Group has posted an operating profit of $41.9m before tax and distributions for the year ending September 30, up from $27.3m last year.


FSANZ seeks weight loss diet change feedback
23 Nov 2021  

FSANZ seeks weight loss diet change feedback

Food Standards Australia New Zealand is calling for comment on an application to codify Very Low Energy Diets within Standard 2.9.5 – Food for Special Medical Purposes in the Australia New Zealand Food Standards Code.


New date for Citrus NZ conference
23 Nov 2021  

New date for Citrus NZ conference

Citrus NZ said the new date for its conference, field trip, special general meeting and dinner will be 3 March 2022 in Gisborne.


F&B winners in Reader’s Digest service awards
23 Nov 2021  

F&B winners in Reader’s Digest service awards

Countdown and New World have taken gold and silver respectively in the supermarket category in the latest Reader’s Digest Quality Service Awards.


Last call for Emissions Reduction Plan submission
23 Nov 2021   /

Last call for Emissions Reduction Plan submission

Submissions for the government’s Emissions Reduction Plan must be lodged by tomorrow, Wednesday 24 November.


MWE appoints USA distributor for OTU Estate
22 Nov 2021   /

MWE appoints USA distributor for OTU Estate

Marlborough Wine Estates has appointed Winesellers its exclusive USA importer for its OTU Estate brand.


Foodstuffs South Island recalls raw sugar
22 Nov 2021   /

Foodstuffs South Island recalls raw sugar

Foodstuffs South Island is recalling raw sugar from its South Island stores due to possible contamination with low levels of lead.


Auckland spend bounces back – BNZ
22 Nov 2021   /

Auckland spend bounces back – BNZ

Auckland retail spending has rebounded to top pre-Delta levels after Covid restrictions eased across the region, according to Bank of New Zealand.


FSANZ secures $500k to create international food safety forum
22 Nov 2021  

FSANZ secures $500k to create international food safety forum

Food Standards Australia New Zealand has been granted A$492,495 (NZ$508,270) to create an international food safety forum.


Coca-Cola retains The Gender Tick
22 Nov 2021  

Coca-Cola retains The Gender Tick

Coca-Cola Europacific Partners New Zealand has retained The Gender Tick accreditation for 2021.


2021 vintage shines through at Marlborough Wine Show
22 Nov 2021   /

2021 vintage shines through at Marlborough Wine Show

Saint Clair’s Wairau Reserve Sauvignon Blanc 2021 has won the Champion Wine title at the 2021 Marlborough Wine Show.


Non-alcoholic producers losing tens of millions – report
19 Nov 2021  

Non-alcoholic producers losing tens of millions – report

The average non-alcoholic filling line spends 36 minutes per hour, or 60% of time, not filling beverages, according to OFS.


DB launches $125k shout scheme to boost vax, hospo
19 Nov 2021   /

DB launches $125k shout scheme to boost vax, hospo

DB Breweries is offering every fully vaccinated employee $250 to spend on drinks and eating out to encourage Covid-19 vaccination and provide support for the hospitality sector.


Delta sees Savor forgo $4m, but drives tasty online sales
19 Nov 2021   /

Delta sees Savor forgo $4m, but drives tasty online sales

Hospitality group Savor says it has missed out on around $4m from the Delta outbreak.


Chia Sisters’ Van Dyke picked for $10k prize pitch
19 Nov 2021   /

Chia Sisters’ Van Dyke picked for $10k prize pitch

Chia Sisters co-founder Chloe Van Dyke is one of five female entrepreneurs selected to pitch at Rise Up for a $10,000 prize.


Whittaker’s, Fix & Fogg win export awards
19 Nov 2021  

Whittaker’s, Fix & Fogg win export awards

Chocolate maker Whittaker’s has been crowned exporter of the year at the 2021 ExportNZ ASB Wellington Export Awards.


Record $150k start for Countdown, Sallies Xmas appeal
19 Nov 2021   /

Record $150k start for Countdown, Sallies Xmas appeal

A record $150,000 worth of food has been donated in the first week of this year’s Foodbank Project Christmas appeal.


Blis suffers US sales hit in $1.8m interim loss
18 Nov 2021   /

Blis suffers US sales hit in $1.8m interim loss

Probiotics firm Blis Technologies has reported an interim loss of $1.80m for the six months to September 2021, down 268% on the $1.07m profit it made for the same period last year.


B+LNZ, ANZCO collab boosts grass-fed beef sales in Beijing
18 Nov 2021   /

B+LNZ, ANZCO collab boosts grass-fed beef sales in Beijing

A Beef + Lamb New Zealand and ANZCO Foods co-branded marketing campaign has lifted sales of New Zealand grass-fed beef in China.


Foley Wines sticks to guidance, signals uncertainty
18 Nov 2021  

Foley Wines sticks to guidance, signals uncertainty

Foley Wines is sticking to forecast earnings before tax of $8m for FY22 but warns of uncertainty.


Lyre’s sees continuing growth in NZ, completes UK funding round
18 Nov 2021   /

Lyre’s sees continuing growth in NZ, completes UK funding round

UK-based non-alcoholic spirits brand Lyre’s says its distribution growth in New Zealand is continuing to cater for increased demand. The beverage maker’s products can be found in Countdown, New World, Farro MORE »


Hospitality “frustrated” at lack of vaccine passport info
18 Nov 2021   /

Hospitality “frustrated” at lack of vaccine passport info

The Restaurant Association said it is “frustrated” at the lack of clarity and information being provided to the hospitality around the roll out of Covid-19 vaccine passports.


Unilever’s Best Foods makes Pātaka Kai mayo pledge
18 Nov 2021   /

Unilever’s Best Foods makes Pātaka Kai mayo pledge

Unilever’s mayonnaise brand Best Foods has pledged its support for the open pantry initiative, Pātaka Kai, which sees surplus food or donations distributed across a network of 140 pantries in New Zealand.


Record sales for Comvita on China’s Singles Day
17 Nov 2021   /

Record sales for Comvita on China’s Singles Day

Mānuka honey company Comvita said it recorded record sales in line with its forecasts for November’s Singles Day or 11:11 – the world’s biggest shopping event and key event in its focus growth market of China.


Former dairy industry leader John Luxton passes
17 Nov 2021  

Former dairy industry leader John Luxton passes

Former dairy industry leader and minister of agriculture John Luxton has passed away, aged 75.


Townshend off Tatua board after social media posts
17 Nov 2021  

Townshend off Tatua board after social media posts

Tatua director Ross Townshend has resigned from the Waikato dairy co-operative’s board with immediate effect.


HELL Pizza raises $70k for food charities
17 Nov 2021  

HELL Pizza raises $70k for food charities

HELL Pizza has raised $70,000 to support 15 food rescue organisations around the country.


Food fair cancels due to Covid
17 Nov 2021   /

Food fair cancels due to Covid

The Kāpiti Food Fair has been cancelled due to Covid uncertainty.


Milford ups My Food Bag stake
16 Nov 2021   /

Milford ups My Food Bag stake

Milford Asset Management has increased its holdings in meal kit company My Food Bag to 8.79%.


Just Life Group confirms final dividend
16 Nov 2021  

Just Life Group confirms final dividend

Tony Falkenstein’s Just Life Group will pay a final dividend of 1.4 centre a share for the year ended 30 June 2021.


New drinks delivery service targets parties, events
16 Nov 2021   /

New drinks delivery service targets parties, events

An e-commerce business that provides a tailored drinks delivery service for parties, weddings and events is gearing up for summer after its initial Auckland launch in August was thwarted by the city going in level 4 lockdown.


First pear drop takes NZ’s best cider title
16 Nov 2021  

First pear drop takes NZ’s best cider title

A bottle-fermented pear cider has been named the best cider in the country at the New Zealand Fruit Wine & Cider Awards in Hawke’s Bay.


Saint Clair, Whitehaven Wines win gold
16 Nov 2021   /

Saint Clair, Whitehaven Wines win gold

Saint Clair has won a gold medal and the trophy for the best wine from New Zealand at the Hong Kong International Wine and Spirits Competition.


Lower North Island food outlets named locations of interest
15 Nov 2021  

Lower North Island food outlets named locations of interest

New food and grocery outlets have been added to the Ministry of Health’s locations of interest as Covid-19 continues to creep south.


Fishing company catches $25k fine, forfeits boat
15 Nov 2021  

Fishing company catches $25k fine, forfeits boat

A Southland fishing company has been fined $18,000 and their boat skipper $6,750 for set netting in marine protected areas, along with removing fins from sharks and discarding the bodies at sea.


Zero alcohol beer sales boom – NZABC
15 Nov 2021  

Zero alcohol beer sales boom – NZABC

A 322% increase in the sale of zero-alcohol beer was seen in the span of a year from June 2020-June 2021, according to the NZ Alcohol Beverages Council.


RJ’s in licorice recall following sugar scare
15 Nov 2021  

RJ’s in licorice recall following sugar scare

Confectionery and licorice manufacturer RJ’s New Zealand is recalling its 500g Black Knight Medley Licorice sold at retailers nationwide between 26 October 2021 – 5 November 2021.


Alliance’s Pure South wins triple gold at World Steak Challenge
15 Nov 2021   /

Alliance’s Pure South wins triple gold at World Steak Challenge

The Alliance Group’s Pure South Handpicked 55 Day Aged Beef has won three gold medals in the prestigious World Steak Challenge.


Bidfood, Mainfreight, Toll to trial 100% electric truck
12 Nov 2021   /

Bidfood, Mainfreight, Toll to trial 100% electric truck

Bidfood, Mainfreight and Toll are among a select group to trial the new FUSO eCanter fully electric truck.


F&B startups secure $3.7m
12 Nov 2021   /

F&B startups secure $3.7m

New Zealand food and beverage startups managed to secure about $3.7m in early stage investment during the first half of 2021.


Hospitality NZ launches ‘We’re Ready’ campaign
12 Nov 2021  

Hospitality NZ launches ‘We’re Ready’ campaign

Hospitality venues and accommodation operators will next week start a campaign to re-open their doors.


WasteMINZ partners with NZ food waste organisation
12 Nov 2021  

WasteMINZ partners with NZ food waste organisation

Waste Management Institute New Zealand has partnered with NZ Food Waste Champions 12.3 to reduce the amount of food thrown away.


Countdown project sees new fish name enter Māori dictionary
12 Nov 2021  

Countdown project sees new fish name enter Māori dictionary

Deep sea cod has been given a Māori name, Moramora, which has been added to official te reo, following an an initiative between Countdown, te reo Māori advocacy group Ōkupu, MORE »


NZ Pork urges Kiwis to check Xmas ham origin
11 Nov 2021   /

NZ Pork urges Kiwis to check Xmas ham origin

New Zealanders should check where their pork is from in the run-up to Christmas, says New Zealand Pork.


How F&B will benefit from NZ-UK FTA – ANZ breaks it down
11 Nov 2021   /

How F&B will benefit from NZ-UK FTA – ANZ breaks it down

New Zealand exports to the UK could increase by 40% with food and beverage the big winners, according to ANZ research.


Mike Brown joins Cooperative Business board
11 Nov 2021  

Mike Brown joins Cooperative Business board

Marlborough Grape Growers Cooperative chief executive Mike Brown has been elected to the Cooperative Business New Zealand board.


$6.6m acquisition of Orangewood good to go – Seeka
11 Nov 2021   /

$6.6m acquisition of Orangewood good to go – Seeka

Seeka says all the conditions of its $6.55m deal to acquire Kerikeri-based kiwifruit grower Orangewood Limited have now been met.


Rockit’s branded tram turns Hong Kong heads
11 Nov 2021   /

Rockit’s branded tram turns Hong Kong heads

Rockit Global has used a branded tram in Hong Kong in a new campaign in the territory.


Fonterra capital structure vote 9 December
10 Nov 2021  

Fonterra capital structure vote 9 December

Fonterra’s proposed changes to its capital structure will be put to a shareholder vote on 9 December.


Primary industries’ greenhouse gas emissions flat
10 Nov 2021   /

Primary industries’ greenhouse gas emissions flat

Greenhouse gas emissions from agriculture, fishing, and forestry for the June 2021 quarter was flat at 9,069 kilotonnes, just 0.9% up on the same period last year.


Environment ministry launches emissions calculator
10 Nov 2021  

Environment ministry launches emissions calculator

The Ministry for the Environment has launched an online calculator for food producers to obtain an estimate of their farm’s greenhouse gas emissions.


Hospitality awards go virtual
10 Nov 2021   /

Hospitality awards go virtual

Hospitality New Zealand will hold its 2021 Lion Hospitality Awards for Excellence event online this year on 23 November due to Covid restrictions.


Supermarkets swing behind vaccination
10 Nov 2021   /

Supermarkets swing behind vaccination

Foodstuffs supermarkets have teamed up with Canterbury District Health Board’s vaccination team to host community clinics.


Jim Delegat moves in exec reshuffle
9 Nov 2021   /

Jim Delegat moves in exec reshuffle

The chair of winemaker Delegat Group, Jim Delegat, is moving from the role of executive chairman to executive director from 1 February 2022.


Ingham’s Waitoa claims NZ’s first carbon zero free range chicken
9 Nov 2021   /

Ingham’s Waitoa claims NZ’s first carbon zero free range chicken

Waitoa says its free range chicken is the first in New Zealand to become Toitū Envirocare certified carbon zero.


No evidence of Covid transmission via food, packaging – report
9 Nov 2021   /

No evidence of Covid transmission via food, packaging – report

There is no evidence of Covid-19 transmission via food or food packaging, says a new report.


More Countdown stores go cage-free in egg aisle
9 Nov 2021  

More Countdown stores go cage-free in egg aisle

Countdown says its supermarkets at Ferrymead, Ponsonby, Kilbirnie, Petone and Takapuna have started stocking cage-free eggs only.


FSANZ seeks submissions on enzyme
9 Nov 2021  

FSANZ seeks submissions on enzyme

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


Domino’s joins Better Chicken Commitment
8 Nov 2021   /

Domino’s joins Better Chicken Commitment

Domino’s Pizza has signed the global Better Chicken Commitment.


Expo NZ Pavilion attracts 160k visitors in first month
8 Nov 2021  

Expo NZ Pavilion attracts 160k visitors in first month

More than 160,000 people have visited the New Zealand Pavilion at Expo 2020 Dubai since it opened on 30 September.


Marlborough’s Highfield TerraVin vineyard for sale
8 Nov 2021   /

Marlborough’s Highfield TerraVin vineyard for sale

Marlborough’s Highfield TerraVin vineyard, cellar door, and restaurant, designed in part by Sir Michael Fowler, is for sale.


MIA scholarship applications open
8 Nov 2021   /

MIA scholarship applications open

The Meat Industry Association has opened applications for its 2022 scholarships.


Taranaki F&B summer pop-up
8 Nov 2021   /

Taranaki F&B summer pop-up

More than 20 Taranaki food and beverage producers are coming together to sell products as part of a Taste of Taranaki pop-up in Eltham for the summer. The temporary market MORE »


Sanford COO Clement Chia resigns
5 Nov 2021   /

Sanford COO Clement Chia resigns

Sanford’s chief operating officer, Clement Chia, has resigned after seven years with the business.


Chelsea recalls raw, brown sugar batches due to low level lead
5 Nov 2021  

Chelsea recalls raw, brown sugar batches due to low level lead

Chelsea Sugar is recalling specific batches of its Chelsea, Pams and Woolworths brand Raw and Brown Sugar due to low level lead contamination.


Apples and Pears appoints CEO
5 Nov 2021   /

Apples and Pears appoints CEO

New Zealand Apples and Pears Inc has appointed Terry Meikle its chief executive.


Industry steeling for “substantial” labour shortage – Zespri
5 Nov 2021   /

Industry steeling for “substantial” labour shortage – Zespri

Zespri says the industry is now planning for a substantial labour shortage for the 2022 season.


B+LNZ awards finalists unveiled
5 Nov 2021   /

B+LNZ awards finalists unveiled

Spring Valley Enterprises, AgResearch, and a Silver Fern Farms booking app are among 24 finalists in the inaugural Beef + Lamb New Zealand Awards.


Baker ordered to pay $300k in staff arrears, penalties
4 Nov 2021   /

Baker ordered to pay $300k in staff arrears, penalties

The owner of Dunedin-based Romeeco Bakery has been ordered to pay $299,038 in arrears and penalties after a Labour Inspectorate investigation.


Hands up for Sprout Accelerator 2022
4 Nov 2021   /

Hands up for Sprout Accelerator 2022

The Sprout Accelerator has put out a final call for cutting-edge businesses to register for global connections, mentorship, and the chance to pitch for up to $1m in investment.


Board changes at NZ King Salmon to help develop China
4 Nov 2021   /

Board changes at NZ King Salmon to help develop China

New Zealand King Salmon has appointed Carol Chen to its board.


Pak’canSave returns, Foodstuffs to donate $100k
4 Nov 2021   /

Pak’canSave returns, Foodstuffs to donate $100k

Foodstuffs-owned Pak’nSave is running its Pak’canSave initiative for two weeks from 1st until the 14th November.


Plant & Food Research’s McKenna wins innovation award
4 Nov 2021   /

Plant & Food Research’s McKenna wins innovation award

Plant & Food Research’s Cathy McKenna has won the 2021 Kiwifruit Innovation Award for her work to create an effective armoured scale insect management programme for Gold3 – or SunGold – Kiwifruit.


Beef + Lamb NZ Inc appoints CEO
3 Nov 2021   /

Beef + Lamb NZ Inc appoints CEO

Beef + Lamb New Zealand Inc has promoted its general manager of marketing Kit Arkwright to chief executive.


Seeka secures another $38m for expansion, acquisitions
3 Nov 2021   /

Seeka secures another $38m for expansion, acquisitions

New Zealand’s largest kiwifruit grower says it has negotiated an increased debt facility of $190m, up from $152m.


East Imperial puts boots on the ground in US
3 Nov 2021   /

East Imperial puts boots on the ground in US

Premium mixer company East Imperial has appointed Mark Zonghetti as head of sales for North America.


Without law change, mandating staff vaccination “risky” – HortNZ
3 Nov 2021  

Without law change, mandating staff vaccination “risky” – HortNZ

Without a law change, it is risky for employers to mandate vaccination in any workplace, says Horticulture New Zealand.


Ampol seeks ComCom approval for $2bn Z Energy takeover
3 Nov 2021   /

Ampol seeks ComCom approval for $2bn Z Energy takeover

Australian petrol company Ampol has applied for Commerce Commission approval for its $2bn purchase of Z Energy.


My Food Bag ex-COO joins auto startup
3 Nov 2021   /

My Food Bag ex-COO joins auto startup

My Food Bag’s ex-chief operating officer, Richard Wafer, has joined Trade Me-backed, auto-repair comparision startup My Auto Shop.


New boss for Coffee Supreme
2 Nov 2021   /

New boss for Coffee Supreme

After 18 months without a chief executive, Coffee Supreme has promoted group commercial director Jesse Newson into the role.


Two new directors for Moana New Zealand
2 Nov 2021   /

Two new directors for Moana New Zealand

Māori Fisheries Trust Te Ohu Kaimoana and Moana New Zealand have appointed two new directors to the Moana New Zealand Board.


Hospo suffers in “disappointing” alert level decision
2 Nov 2021   /

Hospo suffers in “disappointing” alert level decision

The inability of restaurants to open before step 3 of the Covid-19 alert level system is disappointing for the industry, says the Restaurant Association.


Little Elephant launches $230k capital raise for expansion
2 Nov 2021   /

Little Elephant launches $230k capital raise for expansion

Functional beverage startup Little Elephant Tonics is seeking up to $230,000 in capital to help fund exports to the US and Australia.


SeaDragon secures $1.5m facility from majority shareholder
2 Nov 2021   /

SeaDragon secures $1.5m facility from majority shareholder

Omega fish oils refiner SeaDragon says it has signed a new secured loan agreement of up to $1.5m with its majority shareholder, Pescado Holdings.


F&B founders named 2021 Women of Influence finalists
1 Nov 2021  

F&B founders named 2021 Women of Influence finalists

Food and beverage founders have been named finalists for the 2021 Women of Influence awards, organised by Westpac and publisher Stuff.


Christchurch supermarkets latest Covid locations of interest
1 Nov 2021  

Christchurch supermarkets latest Covid locations of interest

Food and grocery outlets from Northland to Christchurch are now locations of interest in relations to the current Delta outbreak, according to the Ministry of Health.


Food Hui 2021 kicks-off
1 Nov 2021   /

Food Hui 2021 kicks-off

The annual Eat New Zealand and Restaurant Association Food Hui is under way.


Fix & Fogg, Spring Sheep, Delivereasy recognised in Deloitte Fast 50
1 Nov 2021  

Fix & Fogg, Spring Sheep, Delivereasy recognised in Deloitte Fast 50

Food firms Fix & Fogg and Spring Sheep Milk have made the Deloitte Fast 50 index, coming in at rank 22 and 24 respectively.


Food sector rolls out rapid antigen testing
1 Nov 2021  

Food sector rolls out rapid antigen testing

A shipment of 300,000 rapid antigen tests has arrived in New Zealand and is now being rolled out across some of the country’s largest businesses as part of a government-approved trial.


Onions NZ eyes new markets on back of  $6m investment
29 Oct 2021   /

Onions NZ eyes new markets on back of $6m investment

Onions New Zealand says the government’s commitment to invest $2.83m to enhance the competitive advantage of the country’s onions producers will help transform the industry.


RSE trial leads to wider quarantine-free travel
29 Oct 2021   /

RSE trial leads to wider quarantine-free travel

The horticulture and wine grape industries have welcomed the evolution of quarantine-free travel following a trial for Recognised Seasonal Employer scheme workers from the Pacific.


Brewers call for beer tax cut
29 Oct 2021   /

Brewers call for beer tax cut

The Brewers Association of New Zealand has called on the government to freeze excise on beer in Budget 2022 and introduce a new lower rate on keg beer.


Hospitality NZ launches Koha gift card
29 Oct 2021  

Hospitality NZ launches Koha gift card

A digital gift card for use in hospitality venues across the country is being launched today by Hospitality New Zealand.


Entries open for FoodStarter 2022  
29 Oct 2021   /

Entries open for FoodStarter 2022  

Ministry of Awesome, Foodstuffs South Island, Foodstuffs North Island, New Zealand Food Innovation Network and Strategy Creative.  


Coca-Cola’s designated driver is back
29 Oct 2021  

Coca-Cola’s designated driver is back

Coca-Cola’s Designated Driver programme returns this summer with licensed bars and restaurants across the country invited to sign up for the scheme.


Christchurch Covid community cases
28 Oct 2021  

Christchurch Covid community cases

Two cases from one household have been detected in the city.


BerriQi powder in the pipeline
28 Oct 2021  

BerriQi powder in the pipeline

Plant & Food Research and nutraceutical company Anagenix are working on a powder version of its BerriQi boysenberry and apple juice supplement, which may offset the effects of severe air MORE »


New director for BurgerFuel
28 Oct 2021   /

New director for BurgerFuel

BurgerFuel Group has appointed its former chief operating officer Tyrone Foley as a director, effective from today.


Covid-19 commercial rent relief support measures refined
28 Oct 2021  

Covid-19 commercial rent relief support measures refined

The government has confirmed a package of changes to improve rent relief measures for both landlords and tenants as part of the Covid-19 Response (Management Measures) Legislation Bill.


Manawatū food innovation makes finals
28 Oct 2021  

Manawatū food innovation makes finals

Two food and agritech concepts have made it through to the final of the Manawatū start-up support programme, Innovate.


Reducing tourist numbers could hurt food exports – report
27 Oct 2021   /

Reducing tourist numbers could hurt food exports – report

Any government move to reduce international visitor numbers post-Covid to concentrate on higher spending arrivals could affect Kiwi food exports, says a new study.


Exporters keep chin up despite Covid challenges
27 Oct 2021  

Exporters keep chin up despite Covid challenges

Some 78% of New Zealand exporters citing increased costs and unpredictable transport options as the number one barrier to exporting, according to the latest ExportNZ-DHL Export Barometer


Last call for Sprout x AWS HortTech Challenge
27 Oct 2021  

Last call for Sprout x AWS HortTech Challenge

Sprout and Amazon Web Services are on the hunt for entrepreneurs and start-ups who are looking to solve a problem or disrupt an existing business model in the horticultural industry, using digital tools and the latest in technology.


Pāmu, Westpac agree $85m sustainability-linked loan
27 Oct 2021   /

Pāmu, Westpac agree $85m sustainability-linked loan

New Zealand’s biggest farming business Pāmu is borrowing $85m from Westpac via a three-year sustainability-linked loan.


Kiwifruit spray submission deadline extended
27 Oct 2021   /

Kiwifruit spray submission deadline extended

More time has been added for submissions on the potential phase-out of hydrogen cyanamide, an active ingredient in sprays commonly used by kiwifruit growers.


Tokyo Foods seaweed salad recall
27 Oct 2021  

Tokyo Foods seaweed salad recall

Tokyo Foods is recalling all batches and all dates of Nobu brand Seaweed Salad/Goma Wakame due to the presence of an undeclared allergen, namely soy.


Fonterra hikes milk payout forecast to record level
26 Oct 2021  

Fonterra hikes milk payout forecast to record level

Dairy giant Fonterra has hiked its 2021/22 farmgate milk price range to $7.90 – $8.90 per kg of milk solids, with a midpoint of $8.40 per kg, up from $8.


South Island Countdown location of interest
26 Oct 2021  

South Island Countdown location of interest

The latest locations of interest in connection with the Delta outbreak include a raft of food retailers including the first South Island locations in the current outbreak


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

Westland Milk decision in Court of Appeal this week

An appeal related to the Overseas Investment Office decision to approve the sale of Westland Milk Products to Chinese conglomerate Yili is set to start on Wednesday.


Olam Food Ingredients rebrands
26 Oct 2021  

Olam Food Ingredients rebrands

Olam Food Ingredients has rebranded itself as ‘ofi’.


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

Burke’s Brewing among winners at NZ Beer Awards 2021

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


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

A2 Milk responds to more class action moves

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


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

Restaurant Brands: Solid Q3 despite NZ Covid impacts

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


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

Seeka upgrades profit guidance, expects $7m legal payout

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


‘New generation’ New World for Flaxmere
22 Oct 2021  

‘New generation’ New World for Flaxmere

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


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

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

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


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

NZ food leaders lined up for APEC CEO Summit 2021

Fonterra chief operating officer Fraser Whinerary and former Kono chief executive Rachel Taulelei join a heavy-hitting line up of keynote speakers at this year’s APEC CEO Summit, being hosted from Auckland, New Zealand.


Dad’s Pies takeover application tweaked
21 Oct 2021   /

Dad’s Pies takeover application tweaked

George Weston Foods has made a change to its Commerce Commission application to acquire 100% of the share of pastry and pie rival, Dad’s Pies.


Alliance secures M&S Singapore deal
21 Oct 2021  

Alliance secures M&S Singapore deal

Alliance Group has extended its partnership with global retail giant Marks & Spencer landing a deal to supply a range of value-add beef and lamb to its Singapore division.


Domino’s opens first container store
21 Oct 2021   /

Domino’s opens first container store

Domino’s Pizza Enterprises has opened a container store in Tawa, near Wellington, in what it says is the first of many across its 10 global markets.


Chia Sisters in brand refresh
21 Oct 2021   /

Chia Sisters in brand refresh

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


Food Hui 2021 goes online
21 Oct 2021   /

Food Hui 2021 goes online

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


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

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

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


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

Silver Fern Farms raises minimum wage rate by 10%

Silver Fern Farms and the New Zealand Meat Workers Union (NZMWU) have agreed an increase in the minimum hourly rate paid at the meat processor to $24 per hour – an increase of almost 10%.


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

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

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


Supie sees sales surge 1700%
20 Oct 2021   /

Supie sees sales surge 1700%

Online grocery startup Supie says it has seen demand for its services boom since Auckland moved to Covid-19 alert level 4 in mid-August.


FGC sets new dates for conference
20 Oct 2021   /

FGC sets new dates for conference

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


Terra Vitae Vineyards dips into the red
19 Oct 2021   /

Terra Vitae Vineyards dips into the red

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


Business support package welcome – RA
19 Oct 2021   /

Business support package welcome – RA

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


Mainfreight’s NZ country manager resigns
19 Oct 2021   /

Mainfreight’s NZ country manager resigns

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


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

McDonald’s partners with AgResearch in regenerative trial

Fast food chain McDonald’s and science provider AgResearch have joined forces on a regenerative farming trial that aims to improve soil health and environmental performance.


Fonterra joins Medical Nutrition International Industry
19 Oct 2021  

Fonterra joins Medical Nutrition International Industry

Dairy company Fonterra has joined the Medical Nutrition International Industry (MNI), which represents companies that offer specialised nutrition solutions and services designed to meet the needs of patients. 


130k jabs delivered on Super Saturday
18 Oct 2021  

130k jabs delivered on Super Saturday

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


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

Sam Neill ‘s Gibbston vineyard on the block

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


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

Hospitality vital to social mental health and wellbeing – survey

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


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

Govt seeks refining food production ideas in waste consultation

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


New Countdown opens in Hastings
18 Oct 2021  

New Countdown opens in Hastings

A new 3,860 square metre Countdown has opened in Hastings, developed on the same site as the original store built more than 30 years ago.


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

Z outlets to change ownership in $2bn deal

Z Energy’s portfolio of 481 New Zealand petrol stations is set to go into new ownership after a $2bn takeover offer from Australian petrol company was recommended by its board of directors.


Scales appoints operations and sustainability manager
15 Oct 2021   /

Scales appoints operations and sustainability manager

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


Foodstuffs responds to Sealord category deletion claims
15 Oct 2021   /

Foodstuffs responds to Sealord category deletion claims

Foodstuffs North Island has rejected claims that the impact of its frozen fish product review would result in more space in its freezers for overseas products at the expense of New Zealand ones.


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

Sara Lee pricetag confirmed at $100.25m

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


Fonterra to push foodservice to $5bn
15 Oct 2021  

Fonterra to push foodservice to $5bn

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


Comvita Wellness Lab recognised in design award
15 Oct 2021  

Comvita Wellness Lab recognised in design award

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


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

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

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


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

SeaDragon retreats from $1k minimum shareholding condition

Omega fish oils refiner SeaDragon says it will no longer try to sell the stock of shareholders holding less than $1,000 worth of shares.


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

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

Law firm Simpson Grierson’s latest M&A report puts a value of US$1.057bn on FountainVest Partners’ purchase of NZ pet food company Ziwi Peak – the third largest New Zealand deal this year.


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

Kellogg’s $48m innovation investment in numbers

An A$45m (NZ$47.7m) investment into innovation over the past 15 years in Australasia has seen cereal and snack company Kellogg New Zealand remove more than 700 tonnes of sugar and 300 tonnes of salt from their foods.


Menulog launches 2021 Restaurant Awards
14 Oct 2021   /

Menulog launches 2021 Restaurant Awards

Online food delivery platform Menulog says it is using its annual Restaurant Awards to support hospitality businesses and celebrate restaurants across the country battling Covid-era conditions.


Foley Wines lines up pinot vineyard deal
13 Oct 2021   /

Foley Wines lines up pinot vineyard deal

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


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

September card spend edges up, grocery falters

The easing of Covid-19 alert levels everywhere apart from Auckland saw retail card spending edge up 0.9% or $45m compared with August to hit $5.15bn, according to Stats NZ.


Salmonella ECS for chicken, egg suppliers
13 Oct 2021   /

Salmonella ECS for chicken, egg suppliers

The government has announced that commercial chicken operators must meet extra rules from 6 October to help eliminate Salmonella Enteritidis from the chicken supply chain


Hospitality NZ welcomes visa extensions
13 Oct 2021   /

Hospitality NZ welcomes visa extensions

Hospitality New Zealand has welcomed the Government’s move to extend Working Holiday and SSE work visas by six months to allow onshore migrants to help fill labour shortages over summer.


KFC offers chicken box incentive for vaccination
13 Oct 2021   /

KFC offers chicken box incentive for vaccination

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


Restaurant Association backs 90% vaccination campaign

Restaurant Association backs 90% vaccination campaign

The Restaurant Association is backing a Covid-19 vaccination campaign launched by some of Wellington’s most popular restaurants and bars to encourage staff and customers to get their jabs.


Comvita signals ‘strong’ Q1 earnings
12 Oct 2021   /

Comvita signals ‘strong’ Q1 earnings

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


ComCom releases Tegel Growers Assoc prelim issues
12 Oct 2021   /

ComCom releases Tegel Growers Assoc prelim issues

The Commerce Commission has published a statement of preliminary issues relating to the New Zealand Tegel Growers Association application to collectively negotiate conditions around its supply arrangement with Tegel Foods.


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

Help for Hospo distributes $60k to date

The Help for Hospo fund is supporting hospitality workers in need, distributing privately donated funds to those needing additional help beyond the wage subsidy and other means.


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

Meadow Fresh makes recycled plastic moves for milk bottle

Goodman Fielder is reducing the amount of virgin plastic originating from Meadow Fresh brand milk bottles by including recycled plastic content in its containers.


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

Terra Vitae confirms Villa Maria shareholding, Indevin board appt

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


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

PledgeMe push for brownie and kefir co’s

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


“Unusual” year for Blue Sky Pastures
11 Oct 2021  

“Unusual” year for Blue Sky Pastures

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


Just Life warns of lockdown impacts
11 Oct 2021   /

Just Life warns of lockdown impacts

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


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

Nestlé’s KitKat V arrives in NZ

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


Rockit sales surge during China festival
11 Oct 2021  

Rockit sales surge during China festival

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


New premium grocer opens doors
11 Oct 2021   /

New premium grocer opens doors

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


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

Kāpiti, Wairarapa olive oil makers sweep major awards

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


FSANZ calls for genetically modified food feedback
8 Oct 2021  

FSANZ calls for genetically modified food feedback

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


More supermarkets join locations of interest
8 Oct 2021   /

More supermarkets join locations of interest

Dozens of grocery and supermarket stores have been listed this week as locations of interest in connection with the Delta outbreak in Auckland and Waikato.


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

Hospo “furious” at legal risk over vaccine certificates

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


Mr Apple executive joins NZAPI board
8 Oct 2021   /

Mr Apple executive joins NZAPI board

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


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

Food sector giants urge approval of rapid antigen tests

Foodstuffs North Island, Woolworths New Zealand, and Mainfreight are among a group of the country’s largest companies calling for emergency approval of rapid antigen tests.


Just Life expands supplements footprint
7 Oct 2021   /

Just Life expands supplements footprint

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


Comvita launches Expo 2020 experience
7 Oct 2021   /

Comvita launches Expo 2020 experience

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


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

T&G Global launches healthier Halloween campaign

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


AGMARDT, Moana industry scholarships open
7 Oct 2021  

AGMARDT, Moana industry scholarships open

Applications for the 2022 AGMARDT Leadership Scholarships are open.


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

Vaccine passports should be extended to workplaces – EMA

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


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

Ngāi Tahu signs aquaculture agreement, eyes marine farming

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


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

Retail spending hit, fears for Xmas grow

Nationwide average retail spending was down by at least 15% in August and down by 16% in September, according to Retail New Zealand’s latest Retail Radar report.


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

Three-quarters of fruit delivered to Northern Hemisphere – Zespri

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


Pāua fishery to reopen after earthquake closure
6 Oct 2021   /

Pāua fishery to reopen after earthquake closure

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


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

Hospo pleads for targetted help after “devastating” Auckland decision

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


Legacy food firms up for sale
5 Oct 2021  

Legacy food firms up for sale

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


Strong spending rebound outside Auckland – BNZ
5 Oct 2021   /

Strong spending rebound outside Auckland – BNZ

Card spending across the country rebounded to just 5% below pre-lockdown levels in the week to Tuesday 28 September – the first full week of Covid-19 alert level 3.


Kiwifruit Breeding Centre launches
5 Oct 2021   /

Kiwifruit Breeding Centre launches

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


NZ wines lauded in New World awards
5 Oct 2021   /

NZ wines lauded in New World awards

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


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

GIDI funding “significant boost” to ending coal – SFF

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


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

Chicken farmers seek provisional permission to negotiate with Tegel

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


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

Indevin “excited by opportunities” after completing Villa Maria purchase

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


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

NZ Winegrowers, DairyNZ make Biosecurity Awards shortlist

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


B+LNZ delays inaugural awards
4 Oct 2021   /

B+LNZ delays inaugural awards

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


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

Zespri warns chemical ban likely to hurt revenue

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


Villa Maria sale value revealed
1 Oct 2021   /

Villa Maria sale value revealed

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


Freshmax takes control of BerryCo
1 Oct 2021   /

Freshmax takes control of BerryCo

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


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

Red meat exports jump as China demand surges

The value of New Zealand’s red meat exports topped $650m in August 2021, up 26% on the same month last year, says the Meat Industry Association.


T&G Global, Lincoln University partner on career pathways
1 Oct 2021   /

T&G Global, Lincoln University partner on career pathways

T&G Global and Lincoln University are joining forces to offer students a hands-on learning experience and pathway into employment in the horticulture industry.


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

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

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


NZ rock oyster industry revival being scoped
30 Sep 2021   /

NZ rock oyster industry revival being scoped

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


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

Sweet success for researchers seeking cause of Unique Mānuka Factor

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


Brewers urge govt, consumers to support hospo

Brewers urge govt, consumers to support hospo

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


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

Hospitality Awards sets new date, venue for postponed event

The 2021 Hospitality Awards for Excellence will be held on 23 November at Auckland Museum, as long as the city is at Covid-19 alert level 1.


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

Hospo, retail groups reject “ludicrous” Covid testing suggestion

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


Govt moves to help businesses resolve rent disputes
29 Sep 2021  

Govt moves to help businesses resolve rent disputes

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


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

Dairies, service stations another way for cheaper groceries

New Zealand’s 4,000-plus owner-operated dairies and service stations are a way for both cheaper groceries, says the Dairy and Business Owners Group.


Tegel recalls batch of Classic Chicken Burgers
29 Sep 2021  

Tegel recalls batch of Classic Chicken Burgers

Tegel Foods Ltd is recalling a specific batch of its Classic Chicken Burgers due to the presence of an undeclared allergen, gluten, and an incorrect claim about gluten.


Kiwi spirits on the rise
29 Sep 2021  

Kiwi spirits on the rise

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


Top food industry events postponed
28 Sep 2021   /

Top food industry events postponed

The gala dinner for Massey University’s New Zealand Food Awards and the Grocery Charity Ball have been pushed back due to the Delta outbreak.


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

No further Covid found on kiwifruit – Zespri

Kiwifruit exporter Zespri says it continues to work constructively with authorities following a positive test result for Covid-19 in China on a sample of fruit from the Bay of Plenty.


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

Arrival dates, criteria set for RSE workers

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


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

Fewer than a quarter of RA members support vaccine passport

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


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

Fonterra’s Anchor launches new brand campaign

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


ANZCO founder Sir Graeme joins Nats board
28 Sep 2021   /

ANZCO founder Sir Graeme joins Nats board

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


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

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

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


$2.5m snapper revenue boost for Sanford
27 Sep 2021  

$2.5m snapper revenue boost for Sanford

Listed seafood company Sanford is in line for an additional $2.5m of revenue after the Ministry for Primary Industries increase the commercial catch limit for snapper in the SNA8 fishery off the North Island’s west coast.


Zespri scrambles after kiwifruit Covid alert in China
27 Sep 2021   /

Zespri scrambles after kiwifruit Covid alert in China

Zespri says it has launched its emergency management plans and is co-operating with the relevant government agencies after a sample of its kiwifruit from the Bay of Plenty tested positive for Covid-19 in China.


Brewers, produce groups appoint leaders
27 Sep 2021  

Brewers, produce groups appoint leaders

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


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

Delegat to invest $30m to drive growth

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


New catch limits for 15 fish stocks
24 Sep 2021   /

New catch limits for 15 fish stocks

Hoki, blue cod, hapuku and bass are among the fish species to have their catch limits reduced in new rules announced today. The changes affect 15 fish stocks around the country MORE »


Fast food marketing during pandemic attracts criticism
24 Sep 2021   /

Fast food marketing during pandemic attracts criticism

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


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

George Weston Foods, NZTE win at 2021 Diversity Awards

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


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

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

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


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

Sanford taps ex-Cavalier CEO Paul Alston to be CFO

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


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

Lockdowns creating challenges and opportunities – Restaurant Brands

Ongoing lockdowns in Australia and New Zealand are creating challenges including increasing operating costs, says Restaurant Brands. “However, there have been opportunities with increased focus on takeout and delivery channels MORE »


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

Consumers support split up of supermarket duopoly – survey

An overwhelming majority of consumers believe they pay too much for goods at supermarkets and the current duopoly should be split up, according to a survey commissioned by lobby group Monopoly Watch NZ.


Restaurant Association releases phase 1 of  recovery roadmap
23 Sep 2021  

Restaurant Association releases phase 1 of recovery roadmap

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


Ebos appoints animal care CEO
23 Sep 2021   /

Ebos appoints animal care CEO

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


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

Progress too slow in circular economy transition – report

New Zealand is missing out on economic gains because it has been too slow to transition to a low carbon circular economy, according to a new report from the Sustainable Business Network.


Govt urged to implement beverage container return scheme
22 Sep 2021  

Govt urged to implement beverage container return scheme

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


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

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

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


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

Griffin’s adds Snax to Pink Ribbon range

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


Date change for food and beer fest
22 Sep 2021  

Date change for food and beer fest

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


Meal planning business MenuAid launches
21 Sep 2021   /

Meal planning business MenuAid launches

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


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

Countdown, Pak’nSave latest supermarket locations of interest

Countdown Botany Downs and Pak’nSave Sylvia Park are among the latest Auckland retailers added to the Ministry of Health’s locations of interest in connection with the city’s Covid outbreak.


NZABC backs safeguards for use of social influencers
21 Sep 2021  

NZABC backs safeguards for use of social influencers

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


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

Beverage cartons, coffee cups recycler secures funding

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


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

Bostock, blackcurrant powder among organic award winners

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


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

MPI seeks feedback on Draft IHS for ruminant meat

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


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

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

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


Food retailers added to locations of interests
20 Sep 2021   /

Food retailers added to locations of interests

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


Testing indicates no salmonella spread – EPF
20 Sep 2021  

Testing indicates no salmonella spread – EPF

The Egg Producers Federation says it believes an outbreak of salmonella enteritidis on three layer farms earlier this year is contained and will be eliminated.


Whole kids smoothie drops recall
20 Sep 2021  

Whole kids smoothie drops recall

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


TGA seeks collective bargaining clearance for Tegel growers
20 Sep 2021  

TGA seeks collective bargaining clearance for Tegel growers

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


New Countdown for Halswell resi scheme
20 Sep 2021  

New Countdown for Halswell resi scheme

Countdown is set to build a 3,490 square metre green star-rated supermarket in a 3.4-hectare residential development in Halswell, Christchurch – the supermarket chain’s largest development to date.


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

Ardern to join inaugural UN Food Systems Summit

Prime minister Jacinda Ardern is one of more than 90 world leaders who are set to participate in the historic UN Food Systems Summit next week.


NewLynn Countdown attack review agreed
17 Sep 2021  

NewLynn Countdown attack review agreed

A co-ordinated review of events leading to the terrorist attack that saw seven people injured at Auckland’s LynnMall Countdown on 3 September is to take place.


Permitted workers required to show Covid test evidence
17 Sep 2021  

Permitted workers required to show Covid test evidence

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


Exporter MIQ pilot signed-off
17 Sep 2021   /

Exporter MIQ pilot signed-off

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


Turk’s Poultry Farm in nibbles recall
17 Sep 2021  

Turk’s Poultry Farm in nibbles recall

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


FSANZ calls for new GM corn comment
17 Sep 2021   /

FSANZ calls for new GM corn comment

Food Standards Australia New Zealand is calling for comment on an application to allow the sale and use of food made from a genetically modified corn.


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

Fonterra cuts coal greenhouse gas emissions by 11%

Fonterra says it cut its greenhouse gas emissions from coal by 11% in one year thanks to the conversion to renewable wood pellets at its Te Awamutu site.


Gilmours site location of interest
16 Sep 2021   /

Gilmours site location of interest

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


Clarity urged on wage subsidy eligibility
16 Sep 2021  

Clarity urged on wage subsidy eligibility

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


Govt delays climate change emissions reduction plan
16 Sep 2021  

Govt delays climate change emissions reduction plan

The plan was expected to be released by this December.


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

Pals wins two gongs at World Beverage Innovation Awards

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


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

Seeka makes $6.6m offer to buy kiwifruit grower

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


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

ComCom warns packaging company over recyclable cup claims

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


Good Spirits Hospitality gets loan extension
15 Sep 2021   /

Good Spirits Hospitality gets loan extension

Good Spirits Hospitality says it has reached an agreement with its lender Pacific Dawn to extend the date for repayment of its facility until 31 December 2022. 


FSNI distribution centre wins top sustainability award
15 Sep 2021   /

FSNI distribution centre wins top sustainability award

Foodstuffs North Island’s Auckland Airport distribution centre has won the New Zealand Sustainability Project of the Year at this week’s Royal Institute of Chartered Surveyors Awards.


Longer Auckland lockdown triggers biz support
14 Sep 2021  

Longer Auckland lockdown triggers biz support

The decision to keep Auckland at Covid-19 alert level 4 has triggered a third round of the wage subsidy scheme, which will open for applications at 9am this Friday.


New supermarket locations of interest
14 Sep 2021   /

New supermarket locations of interest

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


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

Scales’ Mr Apple CEO banks $416k

The chief executive of Mr Apple, Andrew van Workum, has sold more than 80,000 shares in parent company Scales Corporation, raising $415,918 in the process, according to an NZX filing.


Comvita, Scales make director changes
14 Sep 2021  

Comvita, Scales make director changes

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


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

NZ fleet needed to help exporters – Maritime Union

New Zealand needs a coastal shipping fleet for domestic and regional services and a nationally co-ordinated system for chartering international vessels to overcome current international supply chain issues, according to the Maritime Union.


Decision due today on alert levels
13 Sep 2021  

Decision due today on alert levels

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


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

Farro among food retailers added to locations of interest

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


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

Overall August spend down, grocery up – Stats NZ

Retail card spending in New Zealand fell 19.8% in August compared with July reflecting reduced spending as the country went into lockdown mid-month, according to Stats NZ.


Restaurant Association welcomes Delta decisions…
13 Sep 2021  

Restaurant Association welcomes Delta decisions…

The Restaurant Association has welcomed two Delta-era government decisions, namely to extend the resurgence support payment scheme and to confirm customer-facing hospitality staff can receive priority vaccinations.


…but targeted support needed for struggling hospo
13 Sep 2021  

…but targeted support needed for struggling hospo

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


Increased demand for Covid support – IRD
13 Sep 2021  

Increased demand for Covid support – IRD

Inland Revenue is seeing increased demand for resurgence support payments and other assistance schemes that it administers due to the Delta outbreak, according to revenue minister David Parker.


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

Plant & Food secures $20m from Endeavour Fund

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


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

Govt backs robotic asparagus harvester with $2.6m

The government’s Sustainable Food and Fibre Futures fund is contributing $2.6m towards a $5m project to develop a commercial-scale autonomous robotic asparagus harvester.


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

Auckland CBD misses out on $750m due to Covid

Latest spending figures released today by Heart of the City confirm a loss of nearly $750m of consumer spending since the first border closure in February 2020, which equates to an average of $560,000 per business.


Countdown LynnMall reopening planned today
10 Sep 2021  

Countdown LynnMall reopening planned today

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


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

Cassels lone Kiwi win at World Beer Awards

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


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

Synlait signs $30m S&L deal

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


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

Lion fined $10k for breaching overseas investment law

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


Countdown resumes regular trading hours
9 Sep 2021   /

Countdown resumes regular trading hours

The return to alert level two means all Countdown stores outside of Auckland will move back to their regular trading hours from today, 9 September.


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

East Coromandel scallop fishery to close for two years

The Ministry for Primary Industries will close the east Coromandel scallop fishery for two years following a request from the Ngāti Hei Trust, which has concerns around the sustainability of stocks.


Red Bull appoints new media agency
9 Sep 2021   /

Red Bull appoints new media agency

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


Less food thrown away during lockdown – study
9 Sep 2021  

Less food thrown away during lockdown – study

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


Restaurant Association calls for operations lockout subsidy
8 Sep 2021   /

Restaurant Association calls for operations lockout subsidy

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


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

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

The government is investing $6.68m in a $16.7m genetics programme to lower the beef sector’s greenhouse gas emissions by delivering cows with a smaller environmental hoof-print.


Brewers seek tax relief on destroyed product
8 Sep 2021  

Brewers seek tax relief on destroyed product

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


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

Foodstuffs stores outside Auckland move to new level 2 conditions

All Foodstuffs stores outside of the Auckland boundary are operating under new Covid-19 alert level 2 conditions from midnight Tuesday 7 September.


T&G launches Envy full moon campaign in Asia
8 Sep 2021   /

T&G launches Envy full moon campaign in Asia

T&G Global has launched an integrated marketing campaign in key Asian markets to encourage consumers to celebrate full moon festivities with Envy apples as mid-autumn festivities approach.


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

UK free trade deal “making progress” – MFAT

The Ministry of Foreign Affairs and Trade has said it is making continued progress towards a free trade agreement with the United Kingdom. A deal was meant to be concluded at the end of August.


Countdown LynnMall scene examination complete
7 Sep 2021  

Countdown LynnMall scene examination complete

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


Good Spirits appoints new director
7 Sep 2021  

Good Spirits appoints new director

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


Country of origin labelling update
7 Sep 2021   /

Country of origin labelling update

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


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

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

A quarterly review of all shares in the ASX to recalibrate the S&P Dow Jones Indices has seen New Zealand dairy companies A2 Milk and Synlait earmarked for removal from separate lists.


Lion to shrink plastic packaging
7 Sep 2021   /

Lion to shrink plastic packaging

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


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

T&G in global Jazz push first

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


Good Spirits director departs after 8 months
6 Sep 2021  

Good Spirits director departs after 8 months

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


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

Food firms finalists in NZ International Business Awards

Both high profile and emerging food firms are among the 53 finalists named in the New Zealand International Business Awards 2021, run by New Zealand Trade and Enterprise.


Dairy pushes export prices higher
6 Sep 2021  

Dairy pushes export prices higher

Export prices for goods rose 8.3% on the previous quarter in the three months to June 2021, while import prices rose 4.8%, according to Stats NZ.


Vegie Delight mince recall
6 Sep 2021  

Vegie Delight mince recall

Life Health Foods NZ is recalling a specific batch of its Vegie Delights brand Savoury Vegie Mince due to the presence of an undeclared allergen, namely gluten, and an incorrect claim about gluten.


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

Supply chain “holding up well” – NZFGC

New Zealand’s grocery supply chain is holding up very well despite the increased pressure of the lockdowns and the closure of some supermarkets in Auckland, according to NZFGC boss Katherine Rich.


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

Talley’s aiming for more than 80% staff vaccinated

Talley’s chief executive Tony Hazlett says the company is aiming to have more than 80% of its staff vaccinated as soon as possible and it is liaising with local district health boards to organise vaccination drives on-site.


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

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

Ngāi Tahu Investment now holds a 19.9% stake in seafood company Sanford, making it the largest single shareholder in what is New Zealand’s largest seafood company.


July red meat exports jump 29%
3 Sep 2021   /

July red meat exports jump 29%

New Zealand exported red meat and co-products worth $870m during July 2021 – a 29% increase on the same month last year, according to the latest analysis from the Meat Industry Association.


Countdown pledges priority hour for Auckland essential workers
3 Sep 2021   /

Countdown pledges priority hour for Auckland essential workers

Countdown stores throughout the Auckland region, from Pōkeno to Warworth, will open their doors to medical personnel, MIQ and emergency workers from 7am to 8am every day.


Applications open for next round of wage subsidy
3 Sep 2021  

Applications open for next round of wage subsidy

Businesses affected by the latest Covid-19 alert level lockdowns can apply for the next instalment of the government’s reactivated wage subsidy from today, Friday 3 September.


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

Whitestone offers free cheese for vaccinators to help rollout

Otago cheese producer Whitestone has made an offer to provide free cheese to healthcare professionals in a bid to encourage staff to man a proposed drive-through Covid-19 vaccination centre in Oamaru.


Domino’s partners with Sallies again for kindness campaign
3 Sep 2021  

Domino’s partners with Sallies again for kindness campaign

Domino’s is again working with The Salvation Army this time on a Slice of Kindness campaign to support 2,000 Kiwi families with free pizza.


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

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

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


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

MOH adds around 40 supermarkets to locations of interest

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


Mainfreight update sees profit jump 83%
2 Sep 2021  

Mainfreight update sees profit jump 83%

Global transport and logistics company Mainfreight reported a 43% jump in group revenue and an 83% leap in profit before tax in a 22-week trading update released yesterday.


Comvita launches share buy-back scheme
2 Sep 2021   /

Comvita launches share buy-back scheme

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


Bonamia testing process for oysters strengthened
1 Sep 2021   /

Bonamia testing process for oysters strengthened

Biosecurity New Zealand says it is strengthening its testing processes for the oyster parasite Bonamia ostreae after a review found that human error contributed to incorrectly interpreted results being reported for Foveaux Strait in March.


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

Union urges centralised bargaining in ComCom grocery submission

First Union has highlighted centralised wage bargaining “as a key tool to constrain excess supermarket profitability and secure decent work for everyone in the supply chain,” in its submission to the Commerce Commission’s market study into the grocery sector.


Nelson to leave MPI to lead DOC
1 Sep 2021  

Nelson to leave MPI to lead DOC

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


Updated Wellington food directory relaunches for level 3
1 Sep 2021  

Updated Wellington food directory relaunches for level 3

The team behind Visa Wellington On a Plate, supported by WellingtonNZ, have relaunch At Yours, the region-wide directory of eateries offering takeaway meals and delivery at Level 3.


New November date for Food Hui
1 Sep 2021  

New November date for Food Hui

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


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

Falkenstein’s JLG lifts profit 13%

Tony Falkenstein’s Just Life Group has reported net profit of $3.3m for the year to June 2021, up 12.9% on the previous period.


Good Spirits narrows loss in another challenging year
31 Aug 2021   /

Good Spirits narrows loss in another challenging year

Good Spirits Hospitality has reported a provisional net loss after tax of $670,000 for the year to June 2021, better than the $5.8m loss it made in FY20. Total revenue was down MORE »


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

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

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


SFF achieves top environmental certification
31 Aug 2021   /

SFF achieves top environmental certification

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


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

Govt injects $7m into food security networks

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


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

ComCom issues anti-collusion reminder for essential services

The Commerce Commission has reminded all businesses supplying essential services in the current nationwide Covid-19 lockdown of their obligations under the Commerce Act.


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

Foodstuffs makes $320k worth of lockdown donations

Foodstuffs is making a number of product donations.


Marlborough Wine Estates appoints UK distributor
30 Aug 2021   /

Marlborough Wine Estates appoints UK distributor

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


MHM Automation profit boost
30 Aug 2021  

MHM Automation profit boost

MHM Automation, which services the global dairy, meat, horticulture and food processing sectors, delivered an after-tax profit of $4.1 in its annual results to 30 June 2021.


Cathedral Cove Naturals recalls chocolate coconut yoghurt
30 Aug 2021  

Cathedral Cove Naturals recalls chocolate coconut yoghurt

Cathedral Cove Naturals is recalling all batches and all dates up to and including 21/10/2021 of its Cathedral Cove Naturals brand chocolate coconut yoghurt.


New World opens new Canterbury store
30 Aug 2021  

New World opens new Canterbury store

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


Sportsfuel acquires Nothing Naughty
27 Aug 2021   /

Sportsfuel acquires Nothing Naughty

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


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

Kaimoana top 2020 export at $311m for Māori authorities

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


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

NZ beef pricing “strong” despite volatility – Rabobank

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


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

Lockdown surge in beer sales unsustainable – Brewers Association

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


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

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

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


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

Batchwell cracks $1m in cap raise

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


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

Countdown’s close contact count rises to 1900 staff

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


July seafood exports jump 29%
26 Aug 2021  

July seafood exports jump 29%

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


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

Bakery, coffee sales change has MTA boiling

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


Fond Foods name change
26 Aug 2021  

Fond Foods name change

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


Edmonds and Chelsea back Baking for Better campaign
26 Aug 2021  

Edmonds and Chelsea back Baking for Better campaign

Baking ingredient companies Edmonds and Chelsea Sugar have teamed up with The Salvation Army and television presenter Hilary Barry on a campaign Baking for Better.


More supermarkets join Covid locations of interest
25 Aug 2021   /

More supermarkets join Covid locations of interest

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


Pork scratchings recalled due to possible Salmonella
25 Aug 2021  

Pork scratchings recalled due to possible Salmonella

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


Eating out boosts Q2 retail sales
25 Aug 2021   /

Eating out boosts Q2 retail sales

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


Resurgence Support Payment opens for businesses
25 Aug 2021  

Resurgence Support Payment opens for businesses

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


NZ ice cream award dates moved
25 Aug 2021   /

NZ ice cream award dates moved

The NZ Ice Cream Manufacturers Association has moved the dates for the 2021 New Zealand Ice Cream Awards, shifting judging to the beginning of November.


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

Shoppers supportive of new Covid-19 safety measures – Foodstuffs

A Foodstuffs survey found that New Zealanders are supportive of the Ministry of Health’s requirement that people aged 12 and over must wear a face covering when visiting any essential services and for essential workers to be prioritised for the Covid vaccination.


Blis Technologies CMO resigns
24 Aug 2021   /

Blis Technologies CMO resigns

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


Calbee potato chips recalled
24 Aug 2021  

Calbee potato chips recalled

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


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

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

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


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

APEC economies commit to 10-year food security roadmap

Agriculture and food ministers from APEC economies have committed to delivering a new roadmap to guide efforts to boost food security over the next ten years, according to agriculture minister Damien O’Connor.


Grain and seed IHS submissions invited
24 Aug 2021   /

Grain and seed IHS submissions invited

Biosecurity New Zealand has called for comments on a proposed change to the import health standard for importing grain and seeds for consumption, feed, or processing.


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

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

Buy NZ Made is urging shoppers to shop online from food and beverage companies, buy vouchers or place an order that can be shipped when the country moves down alert levels.


Govt restarts childcare scheme for frontline workers
23 Aug 2021   /

Govt restarts childcare scheme for frontline workers

The government is restarting childcare for workers in Alert Level 4 businesses and services, which was available during last year’s national lockdown, education minister Chris Hipkins has confirmed.


Food Network calls for donations
23 Aug 2021  

Food Network calls for donations

The New Zealand Food Network is calling for food, hospitality and event businesses with significant food surplus set to go to waste to donate it for redistribution, following the extension on Friday of alert level 4 restrictions.


Zespri grower roadshows postponed
23 Aug 2021   /

Zespri grower roadshows postponed

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


New plans for Visa Wellington On a Plate
23 Aug 2021  

New plans for Visa Wellington On a Plate

Visa Wellington On a Plate’s intends to restart Burger and Cocktail Wellington at Level 2 for those venues who choose or are able to take part, after the event was scuppered by alert level 4 lockdown.


NZ Food Awards finalists announced
23 Aug 2021  

NZ Food Awards finalists announced

Finalists for New Zealand Food Awards 2021 include established players in the industry, such as Wattie’s and Whittaker’s, and emerging businesses like beverage company Soochi and vegetable crusader Food Nation.


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

Seeka interim profit jumps, FY guidance up

New Zealand’s largest kiwifruit grower, Seeka, posted a sharp rise in net profit before tax in the six months ended 30 June, up 77% to $30.8m compared with the same six months last year.


Dairies call for police support, vaccinations
20 Aug 2021   /

Dairies call for police support, vaccinations

The Dairy and Business Owners Group is calling for enhanced police support and Covid-19 vaccination prioritisation for essential workers at the country’s convenience retailers.


Henry’s ramps up online deliveries
20 Aug 2021  

Henry’s ramps up online deliveries

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


DB Breweries brand manager departs
20 Aug 2021  

DB Breweries brand manager departs

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


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

ComCom approves Fonterra’s milk price forecast

Fonterra’s calculation of the base milk price it will pay farmers in the 2020/21 dairy season is consistent with the Dairy Industry Restructuring Act (DIRA), says the Commerce Commission.


FoodHQ opens strategic thinking scholarship
17 Aug 2021  

FoodHQ opens strategic thinking scholarship

Applications are open for a FoodHQ’s Agrifood Strategic Thinking Scholarship designed to help emerging leaders within the NZ agrifood sector develop strategic thinking skills.


Kiwifruit NZ board seat confirmed
17 Aug 2021   /

Kiwifruit NZ board seat confirmed

Incumbent Kiwifruit New Zealand director Colin Olesen is to serve a second three-year term on the body’s board. KNZ said that when nominations for the election closed on Monday 9 MORE »


Comvita’s Wellness Lab shortlisted for design gong
17 Aug 2021  

Comvita’s Wellness Lab shortlisted for design gong

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


Raw milk recall after Listeria detected
16 Aug 2021   /

Raw milk recall after Listeria detected

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


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

Zespri, Plant & Food confirm kiwifruit centre JV

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


D’Esposito departs Takitimu Seafoods
16 Aug 2021  

D’Esposito departs Takitimu Seafoods

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


Organic sav vineyard for sale
16 Aug 2021   /

Organic sav vineyard for sale

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


Four Square opens at Diamond Harbour
16 Aug 2021  

Four Square opens at Diamond Harbour

The store at the Church Bay retail development is owned by Laura Palmer and James Grant, who previously ran the town’s On the Spot store.


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

Greenpeace targets Talley’s ship in bottom trawling protest

A Talley’s ship, the Amaltal Explorer, was confronted by Greenpeace activists protesting against bottom trawling as it headed out of port in Dunedin yesterday.


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

NZ potato industry valued at $1.16bn

The value of the New Zealand potato industry sits at $1.16bn, up 58% since targets were set in 2013, according to Potatoes New Zealand.


Primary production workforce inquiry opens for public submissions
13 Aug 2021  

Primary production workforce inquiry opens for public submissions

The Primary Production Committee is calling for public submissions on its inquiry into the future of the workforce needs in the primary industries of New Zealand.


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

Raglan Food Co makes Forbes Asia 100 to Watch

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


New members for NZACS
13 Aug 2021  

New members for NZACS

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


Paroa Bay oyster recall extended
13 Aug 2021  

Paroa Bay oyster recall extended

The recall of Paroa Bay brand raw oysters has been extended to include distribution to Countdown supermarkets throughout the North Island and Ocean Seafoods in Opotiki.


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

Organic apple exports to China jump 136% – Bostock

Organic apple grower Bostock New Zealand says it has seen a 136% increase in organic apple sales this year across its direct retail programmes in China.


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

New e-forklifts to cut emissions – DB Breweries

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


Culture&Theory takes out Tegel appointment
12 Aug 2021   /

Culture&Theory takes out Tegel appointment

Poultry company Tegel has appointed agency Culture&Theory to help drive further growth of its Take Outs range which has more varieties in the pipeline.


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

F&B firms, organisations shortlisted for Sustainable Business Awards

Chia Sisters, Fonterra, Foodstuffs and the New Zealand Food Network are among the food and beverage sector organisations shortlisted in the 2021 Sustainable Business Awards.


More fruit and veges being consumed – survey
12 Aug 2021  

More fruit and veges being consumed – survey

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


Pantry stocking continues in July – Stats NZ
11 Aug 2021  

Pantry stocking continues in July – Stats NZ

New Zealanders spent $77m – or 0.9% – more using their credit and debit cards in July 2021 compared with the previous month, Stats NZ said today, with total card spending hitting $8.53bn.


Paroa Bay Oysters alert
11 Aug 2021   /

Paroa Bay Oysters alert

Paroa Bay Oysters is recalling specific batches of Paroa Bay brand Raw Fresh and other oysters due to them being suspected in causing cases of foodborne illness.


Mung bean sprout Listeria warning
11 Aug 2021  

Mung bean sprout Listeria warning

New Zealand Food Safety is advising the public to return Living Foods’ Spring Life brand mung bean sprouts and sweet mango mesclun salad as they may contain Listeria bacteria.


Ceres Organics fritter mix recall
11 Aug 2021  

Ceres Organics fritter mix recall

Ceres Enterprise is recalling specific batches of its Fritter Mix due to the presence of an undeclared allergen, namely gluten, and an incorrect claim about gluten.


Canterbury tops NZ wine tasting comp
11 Aug 2021  

Canterbury tops NZ wine tasting comp

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


Tegel signals chicken price rise
10 Aug 2021   /

Tegel signals chicken price rise

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


Hastings preps for NZ Apples and Pears conference
10 Aug 2021  

Hastings preps for NZ Apples and Pears conference

Growers, suppliers, industry leaders and government stakeholders from around the country will this week gather at Toi Toi event centre in Hastings for the NZ Apples and Pears 2021 conference.


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

NZFGC submits on animal product, wine regs redesign

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


Ingham’s offers paid vaccination leave