Arnott’s brings Bluey to the biscuit aisle, Asahi launches a Major Major flavour, San Pellegrino has an Essenza range extension, and Whittaker’s Miraka Kirīmi goes on sale for the first time.
Chocolate makers and chocolatiers are being called on to submit entries for the biennial NZ Chocolate Awards.
“We’re adding value back into a category that has had a lot of price and quality erosion,” says co-founder Roman Jewell after securing a significant range extension in Australia.
The global ice cream company starts to make ground in NZ following its 2019 entry via the $380m Tip Top deal with Fonterra, and then the pandemic hitting.
Native Sparkling, Tom & Luke, Angela Clifford and Auld Farm Distillery all took home well-earned silverware from export and arable awards.
Griffin’s leverages Cookie Bear into crackers, Hellers extends its Meals Made Easy range, and Moa’s RTD brand Hey Hey adds a new flavour.
The confectionery giant aims to replace churn with category growth in the current inflationary environment.
Native Sparkling goes non-alc, Lewis Road Creamery gets comfortable, Whittaker’s adds an oat milk option, and Burger Fuel’s all wild at heart.
Some 290 entries spanning ice creams, gelatos, sorbets and dairy-free frozen products have been received for the NZ Ice Cream & Gelato Awards being judged on Saturday.
The FMCG giant’s new NZ boss says it is buckling up for at least another year of uncertainty as the trend for value driving sales ramps up.
Three NZ food firms have been picked to take part in a product innovation drive for launch into the Australian market.
Martha’s Backyard is recalling a specific batch of Jif brand creamy peanut butter due to the possible presence of Salmonella. Affected product should not be consumed.
The biscuit firm’s founders exit, leaving the investor mulling options – could a sale be on the cards?
Confectionery giant Mars New Zealand saw its sales slip marginally in 2021, as the company took a number of measures to reshape its New Zealand presence and portfolio.
Nut butter company Fix & Fogg is closing its Wellington shopfront, known as the Eva Street window.
Rangatira Investments is looking to raise $50m to support the on-going growth of the firm which owns food manufacturer Mrs Higgins.
Independent cracker manufacturer Penati is feeling the squeeze with premium cracker sales weakening as consumers tighten their purse strings and input costs go up.
The Australian and New Zealand division of Kellogg will not comment on the potential implications, if any, of the breakup of the group.
Davis Trading Company is recalling specific dates of Hanami brand Prawn Crackers in two flavours comprising Nori Seaweed and Garlic & Pepper Shrimp respectively.
The owner of biscuit brand Mrs Higgins says it will report net profit after tax of $9.1m for the year to March 2022, down 8% from the previous year.
Griffin’s brings out two new ToffeePops flavours for winter, East Imperial launches its first natural low-calorie tonic water, and My Food Bag marks Matariki.
The world-famous doughnut brand shows signs of recovery in NZ after being pummelled by the pandemic.
The new campaign sees Kiwi actor Karl Urban playing time travelling founder J.H. Whittaker.
The harvest of New Zealand-grown peanut crops in Northland is nearing completion with the final results including an all-important taste test to follow.
Mrs Higgins is recalling a specific batch of its shortbread cookies as the product may contain foreign matter, namely white plastic.
Field trials of peanut crops will be expanded to seven site across Northland next year, as part of the $1m project looking into the feasibility of commercially growing the nuts in New Zealand.
The two F&B giants are changing products and packaging in NZ to deliver on health and sustainability targets.
The NZ division of the global confectionary giant managed to increase sales, offsetting rising costs and Covid disruptions.
First half EBIT jumps 79% but NZ’s largest seafood company is battling supply side challenges as Covid hits production and staffing levels.
The snack company is looking for investors to unlock plans to quadruple revenue over the next three years.
A functional collagen beauty snack hits NZ shores, Lyre’s adds a winter warmer, Fix & Fogg goes beyond nuts, and Mondelēz continues the Caramilk innovation.
Woolworths NZ is recalling specific batches of its Countdown brand Choc Berry Mix due to the presence of an undeclared allergen, namely milk.
“It gives us about five times the footprint and capacity… and that matches our ambitions for 180 Degrees,” says NZ country manager Mike Cullerne.
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.
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.
“The solar power generated from our new panels mean it will take 10.3 seconds of sun to produce one jar of Pic’s peanut butter,” says founder Pic Picot.
A family-owned food firm remains at the top of the annual list of New Zealand’s most trusted brands, while 2022 also saw an F&B newcomer enter the top twenty.
The global FMCG giant ups the ante by restricting F&B marketing to under 16s, ahead of an industry standard of 13 years.
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.
Foodstuffs finishes its biscuit category review, keeping some well-known New Zealand names and adding new international brands.
Mondelēz looks to Tip Top for its latest Cadbury innovation, Abe’s Bagels goes sweet, while Domino’s beefs up its extra value range.
Investment in sales and marketing rose by more than $7m, contributing to flat pretax profit in 2021.
The Wellington snack company is expanding its Upcycled Grain Project brand with US growth ramping up.
Former Unilever Baltics GM Cameron Heath relocates to Auckland this month to lead the company’s NZ business.
Rural Delivery takes a look at Tasman Bay Food Co’s sustainability practices.
Ferrero is extending its recall of Kinder chocolate products due to possible contamination with salmonella bacteria.
Bootleg Jerky Company has taken out the People’s Choice accolade at the Westpac Auckland Business Awards 2021, north and west region.
Ferrero International is recalling Kinder Surprise chocolate eggs from New Zealand shelves because of potential contamination with salmonella bacteria.
The Nelson nut butter company is throwing its support behind a Plant and Food Research-led feasibility study to see if almonds can be grown sustainably in Hawke’s Bay.
Ola Berezhnaia’s Datella is hoping to grow in more supermarkets and build a following for date spreads.
Proper Snack Foods GM Andy Leonard says challenging shipping and rising costs provided extra motivation to establish manufacturing across the ditch.
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.
Registration has opened for the Vegan Society Aotearoa’s inaugural Chocolate Awards.
Whittaker’s gets behind Operation Nest Egg with Kiwis for Kiwi.
“If you go in undercooked you could just come unstuck” – Fix & Fogg founder Roman Jewell on ramping up its US presence.
Premium Wellington chocolate company Baron Hasselhoff’s is eyeing another capital raise to expand into a new factory and grow its national and international sales.
Michelle Cassettari takes the helm of the NZ business – the first woman to hold the position.
Christchurch’s snack bar company Crafty Weka has been named as one of the Best Backpacking Foods of 2022 by US publication Backpacker.
After 18 years with her family business, Hirst Tristam is taking on a GM role at another F&B business.
Griffin’s Easter take on MallowPuffs, a mash-up from Pic’s and New World, and new offerings from Chantal Organics and Mitchells Nutrition.
GM Matt Williams says the company is eyeing a fundraise to fuel expansion and help satisfy the double-digit sales growth of its premium bars.
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.
Arnott’s releases its most indulgent Tim Tams to date, Whittaker’s adds caramelised white chocolate, and there are new offers from Kellogg’s and Mondelēz.
South Island Office’s growing dessert and baked goods group adds the Cadbury brand to the fold with a fresh ANZ licensing agreement.
Are NFTs an opportunity for food and beverage firms? Kristina Ivanova’s plant-based snack maker jumps in.
Nut butter baron Pic Picot is pushing ahead with his mission to develop homegrown peanuts by bringing forward a project to support marketing opportunities for the spread.
The Chocolate Station at Blenheim Railway Station offers more than 100 craft chocolate product lines produced by chocolatiers from Ne Zealand and the Pacific.
Organic food producer Chantal Organics and Auckland bakery Bread & Butter have partnered to support Auckland City Mission’s efforts to help people this Christmas.
This week, Tom & Luke cut the sugar, Pic’s takes off, and Alexandra’s dials up the convenience.
George Weston Food says it is making the investment in current or planned activities across New Zealand and Australia.
The beverage giant has filled the vacancy at the top of its Australian and New Zealand business.
Nestlé New Zealand has transitioned to 100% renewable electricity with the rest of the global FMCG giant working towards a 2025 target.
A push across the ditch in 2018 has seen the premium popcorn business grow 50% year-on-year.
Chocolate maker Whittaker’s has been crowned exporter of the year at the 2021 ExportNZ ASB Wellington Export Awards.
The Dunedin chocolate maker plans to boost production and sales, and launch a new entry product to help it expand north following a $500k capital raise.
While 2021 hasn’t all gone to plan, Mondelēz NZ’s MD says it will still be a strong year with growth to follow and a possible global opportunity for a Kiwi confectionery favourite.
Confectionery and licorice manufacturer RJ’s New Zealand is recalling its 500g Black Knight Medley Licorice sold at retailers nationwide between 26 October 2021 – 5 November 2021.
The speciality food business will discontinue its keto bread but will build on the momentum it has discovered after diversifying into keto cookies.
The Mother Earth owner says its acquisition of Sunsol and Lucky is a “leap forward” in a key international market for the Hamilton-based business.
The baking behemoth that also owns pie company Big Ben secures sign-off from the Commerce Commission to buy rival Dad’s Pies.
The owner of Dunedin-based Romeeco Bakery has been ordered to pay $299,038 in arrears and penalties after a Labour Inspectorate investigation.
Milk 2.0 has overhauled Natural Abundance’s portfolio and built up distribution after buying the snack company.
Cookie Time will ramp up distribution of the boutique brand into mainstream grocery retail across the country.
The Auckland herbs and spices manufacturer has expanded into ready-to-make baking mixes with the buy-out.
Both Nestlé and Blis Technology have made internal appointments to fill vacancies at the top of their ranks.
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.
The Auckland food firm has clinched a deal to get its snack bars into Woolworths stores across Australia and has ambitions for its premium breakfast cereals to follow.
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.
The Nelson snack food startup is scaling up and chasing US export growth following a $2.5m capital raise.
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.
Marina Hirst Tristram and Ainslie Pomeroy’s company inks a deal that will see its Juicies go on sale in around 900 stores across the ditch.
The company behind Marcel’s Pancakes has doubled in size in four years, growing its retail presence across Asia Pacific – a strategy accelerated by the pandemic.
The new business would be a top three wholesale pie company in NZ but it wouldn’t weaken competition, says George Weston Foods.
KitKat V will be on New Zealand shop shelves from October 11 for a limited time.
Both firms manufacture and supply savoury pies and sausage rolls in NZ.
There’s a new lager for the vaccine-hesitant, Mars revamps one of its classics, and Horleys jumps on the marine collagen bandwagon.
The sharp fall in tourism trail sales in NZ has prompted the Christchurch company to test the international appetite for its granola snack bars.
Shrimps, eggs, and Cadbury Dairy Milk are the latest products to get a plant-based overhaul by the FMCG behemoths.
Owner Arturo Luna is preparing to push the brand in retail, but it comes as prices rise for ingredients.
Global food businesses Mars and McDonald’s have accelerated their greenhouse gas emissions (GHG) strategies, both pledging to move to net z
George Weston Foods has won the supreme award at the 2021 Diversity Awards New Zealand.
The deal opens access to the US market for the Auckland-based company’s gluten-free, keto and paleo products.
Four months on from its acquisition of 180 Degrees, Arnott’s is dodging Delta disruption and preparing to push the premium cracker brand.
Burrito business has partnered with Focus Distribution for a push into service station pie warmers.
The new part-recycled packaging for Cadbury Dairy Milk family blocks will hit New Zealand shelves next year.
The Griffins Food Company has added Snax Himalayan Pink Salt Crackers to its 2021 Pink Ribbon range.
The ingredient supplier will ramp up its retail range as well as push its B2B business from its expanded base.
Shortlisted for the EY Entrepreneur of the Year award, Matthew Bennett says his snacks company is expecting significant growth from across the Tasman this year.
The chocolate company tested a limited run of its Peanut Slab in compostable wrappers as part of its move to 100% sustainable packaging by 2025.
The Tip Top bread owner boosts production to meet surging lockdown demand, but it comes as costs escalate across the group.
The Christchurch investor follows its $30m purchase of Original Foods by acquiring the iconic dessert maker.
Five Eight Distribution Ltd is recalling specific batches of Mr Porky brand Original Scratchings and Crispy Strips due to the possible presence of Salmonella.
With the foodservice channel shut, manufacturers are looking to supermarkets to pick up the slack.
The baker sells its contract to produce bread for the Goodman Fielder subsidiary to focus on its own brands like Rebel Bakehouse.
The boutique chocolatier is using the pause in international tourism to undertake an overhaul of its Blenheim factory and strengthen its direct-to-consumer channels.
The humble lump is paying dividends for the global giant in New Zealand with a new launch about to be unwrapped.
The chocolatier led by the granddaughter of Ernest Adams is expanding production after seeing revenue jump by 30%.
The $30m-plus Countdown to be developed in Auckland’s Manukau is the North Island’s first Green Star-rated store.
Uncertainty over “restrictive” new buying practices and competition from the feed wheat industry has seen the nation’s arable growers cut back on sowing the wheat used for bread, according to Federated Farmers.
An initiative to support the refugee community in New Zealand with training in commercial baking has won a $20,000 grant.
After 25 years, there’s still plenty of room for growth, says general manager Wade Gillooly.
Finding growth means driving existing brands like Old El Paso but could also see new products brought down under from the United States.
NZ Natural Pet Food Company founders Amber Cordero and Jacqueline Taylor are among four finalists from the food sector.
The former Designworks CEO is behind the new Good Farmers collective, which brings its first product to market this week.
The South Island remains the home of country’s tastiest toastie for the third year in a row, with relatively new Blenheim outfit Mollies Bar & Eatery taking out the 2021 Great New Zealand Toastie Takeover competition.
Hastie is back at the firm he founded 19 years ago, and he has growth on his mind for his tea and biscuit business.
Wellington nut butter company has confirmed its partnership with US retail giant Whole Foods Market which will see its product stocked in its network of 500 stores.
US food giant General Mills has appointed of Matthew Salter as its new managing director for Australia and New Zealand.
The health snack firm partners with a supplement company controlled by richlisters the Mowbray family.
The jerky startup has secured funding for a new facility to help more than double production.
The Auckland company is producing a raft of new products, including its first 100% New Zealand grown muesli.
Kinder’s first biscuit hits New Zealand supermarket shelves, Silver Fern Farms responds to venison demand, Speight’s moves to summit the no-alcohol beer trend, and its (another) wrap at Farrah’s.
The New Zealand Food & Grocery Council said it will support its members to transition to the mandatory addition of folic acid to bread by 2023, following the governments announcement yesterday.
Bakers will have two years to start adding the B vitamin folic acid to their non-organic bread-making wheat flour.
New Zealand confectionery company RJ’s said its products will be produced without palm oil from this week.
Family-owned Devonport Chocolates has launched an Anniversary Selection pack to celebrate 30 years of business this month.
Growing consumer demand and more interest from supermarkets is paving the way for expansion for gluten free pioneer Pavillion Foods.
Who ate all the pies? Non-meat eaters are changing the market and helping to drive innovation and new products, says Goodtime Pie Co.
The investor also says that its kiwifruit venture will soon start bearing fruit.
Global confectionery giant Nestlé is launching a plant-based alternative to its iconic KitKat chocolate bar into the international market.
Air New Zealand is trialling new snacks on its domestic flights.