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Red meat exports top $3bn in Q1 – MIA
17 May 2022   /

Red meat exports top $3bn in Q1 – MIA

Quarterly exports up 17% year on year, however March picture mixed as China restrictions continue and processors struggle with staffing at home.


FPI – Annual food price increase eases to 6.4%
12 May 2022   /

FPI – Annual food price increase eases to 6.4%

Price rises for cheddar cheese, milk, and eggs meant annual food inflation remained high in April, although eased from the 10-year record reported for March.


How has on-premise performed since Covid restrictions were lifted?
12 May 2022   /

How has on-premise performed since Covid restrictions were lifted?

Covid-19 concerns continue to dissipate, but venues and suppliers must now reckon with a reduction in disposable income.


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.


IRI: Price inflation pushes April supermarket sales
9 May 2022   /

IRI: Price inflation pushes April supermarket sales

The latest four-week period sees accelerated dollar growth this year as inflation continues unabated.


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.


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.


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.


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.


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.


FPI: Another decade-high jump at 7.6% for March year
13 Apr 2022  

FPI: Another decade-high jump at 7.6% for March year

Fruit and vegetable prices jumped 18% over the year with meat, poultry, and fish prices up almost 9%.


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.


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.


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.


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.


Grocery Market Overview: Dairy drives growth as annual supermarket spend nears $17bn
4 Apr 2022   /

Grocery Market Overview: Dairy drives growth as annual supermarket spend nears $17bn

But rising costs are forcing consumers to re-think how they spend, says IRI.


Omicron hits supply but high prices drive value of red meat exports up 21%
28 Mar 2022   /

Omicron hits supply but high prices drive value of red meat exports up 21%

Strong international prices pushed the value of New Zealand’s meat exports over $1.1bn in February, up 21% on the same month last year, according to the Meat Industry Association. The MORE »


Price hikes, Omicron push Feb grocery sales to $1.3bn – IRI
14 Mar 2022   /

Price hikes, Omicron push Feb grocery sales to $1.3bn – IRI

IRI’s Grocery Market Overview attributes price rises as the major driver behind February’s 5.8% increase in sales value.


FPI: Food price hike highest in over a decade
11 Mar 2022   /

FPI: Food price hike highest in over a decade

Food prices continue their upward trajectory, with fruit and vegetables jumping 17% on a year ago.


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.


Which F&B group spent the most on NZ advertising in 2021?
3 Mar 2022   /

Which F&B group spent the most on NZ advertising in 2021?

Well known food and beverage brands feature prominently in top 20 biggest advertising spenders, according to Nielsen Ad Intel.


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.


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.


Spirits, RTDs, low alcohol enjoy growth, while wine goes flat
25 Feb 2022   /

Spirits, RTDs, low alcohol enjoy growth, while wine goes flat

Consumers are shifting from the middle ground and becoming more adventurous.


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.


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.


58% of hospo owners preparing for insolvency – survey
15 Feb 2022   /

58% of hospo owners preparing for insolvency – survey

Half the industry has seen revenue plummet by more than 40% since NZ shifted to red, says Hospitality NZ.


Annual food price rise highest in over a decade
14 Feb 2022   /

Annual food price rise highest in over a decade

Annual food prices rose in 5.9% with widespread increases seen in January.


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.


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.


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.


Value over volume drives record meat exports to $10bn – MIA  
4 Feb 2022   /

Value over volume drives record meat exports to $10bn – MIA  

New Zealand’s red meat exports reached $10bn in 2021 despite Covid challenges and some softening in the major China market, says the Meat Industry Association.


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.


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.


Who topped IRI’s annual top 25 FMCG manufacturers list?
22 Nov 2021   /

Who topped IRI’s annual top 25 FMCG manufacturers list?

There’s an F&B leader at the top of IRI’s latest list of FMCG manufacturers.


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.


Perspectives: Smart labels and allergy sensors – how to ensure the future of food is ethical
15 Nov 2021   /

Perspectives: Smart labels and allergy sensors – how to ensure the future of food is ethical

In a future where every moment of a crop’s lifecycle and detailed records of what moves on and off supermarket shelves is collected and collated, how do we ensure these systems meet ethical standards?


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.


FPI: Food prices fall for first time since Feb
11 Nov 2021   /

FPI: Food prices fall for first time since Feb

Food prices eased marginally in October however the annual growth rate was well-above the long-term average, says Stats NZ.


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.


Lockdown rebound hits F&B spend in October
10 Nov 2021   /

Lockdown rebound hits F&B spend in October

New Zealanders spent 9.5% more on their credit and debit card in October 2021 than in September as Covid-19 alert levels eased across large parts of the country, however the increase did not benefit the grocery sector, according to Stats NZ.


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.


Meat, wine exports jump despite Covid, supply chain headwinds
9 Nov 2021   /

Meat, wine exports jump despite Covid, supply chain headwinds

New Zealand’s meat and wine exports have enjoyed a strong September 2021 quarter with the value of the former surging.


Chicken and egg: FPI increases for sixth consecutive month
14 Oct 2021   /

Chicken and egg: FPI increases for sixth consecutive month

Seasonally adjusted food prices were up 0.9% on the month prior in September as higher priced chicken and eggs came home to roost.


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.


F&B exports to China: lobster leaps as meat, dairy enjoy strong H1
11 Oct 2021   /

F&B exports to China: lobster leaps as meat, dairy enjoy strong H1

Food exports were strong in H1 but it’s an uneven recovery from Covid for infant formula, cherries and some seafood.


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.


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.


Digital disruption is here, retailers must brace for change – Westpac
29 Sep 2021   /

Digital disruption is here, retailers must brace for change – Westpac

Digital disruption is bringing massive change to retail, with the tracking of food an important driver, says a new report from the bank.


Food prices rise for fifth consecutive month
13 Sep 2021   /

Food prices rise for fifth consecutive month

Food prices rose for the fifth consecutive month in August mainly due to higher prices for meat, poultry and fish, and restaurant meals and ready-to-eat food, according to Stats NZ.


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.


Chris Quin on Foodstuffs’ category reset and its ‘phygital’ future
10 Sep 2021  

Chris Quin on Foodstuffs’ category reset and its ‘phygital’ future

A three year project to rebuild FSNI’s supply chain was delivered just in time for Delta, and sets the co-op up for an increasingly digital future.


Food firms dominate Kiwi co-op rankings
10 Sep 2021   /

Food firms dominate Kiwi co-op rankings

Fonterra, Zespri, and Foodstuffs are heavyweights in NZ’s top 30 co-operative rankings.


Lockdown spending winners and losers
6 Sep 2021  

Lockdown spending winners and losers

The amount of money flowing through retailers tills fell by more than a third following the start of the a snap lockdown in mid August, with alert level trading restrictions dictating the winners and losers of the stay-at-home orders.


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.


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.


Food spend second biggest riser in lockdown, restaurants suffer most – BNZ
2 Sep 2021   /

Food spend second biggest riser in lockdown, restaurants suffer most – BNZ

The increase in spending on food was second only to IT equipment and software after the country went into its snap lockdown in mid-August.


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.


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.


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.


Produce pushes July food prices up
13 Aug 2021   /

Produce pushes July food prices up

Food prices rose 1.3% in July compared with the previous month, mainly influenced by fruit and vege price hikes.


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.


June exports beef up to hit record
27 Jul 2021   /

June exports beef up to hit record

The value of NZ exports continues to climb hitting a new high of $6bn in June this year.


Vegetable prices jump 15% – the sharpest rise in four years
13 Jul 2021   /

Vegetable prices jump 15% – the sharpest rise in four years

Capsicum prices jumped 27% to a weighted average price of $24.16 per kilogram, an all-time high.


Wild weather drives supermarket spend to biggest June riser
12 Jul 2021   /

Wild weather drives supermarket spend to biggest June riser

Supermarkets saw the biggest rise in Kiwi spending in June 2021 as wild weather drove people to stock up and stay indoors, according to Stats NZ.


May meat exports top $877m
8 Jul 2021  

May meat exports top $877m

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


Paymark Q2 retail spend strong
8 Jul 2021   /

Paymark Q2 retail spend strong

Core retail spend has been consistently above 2019 and 2020 in recent months coming in at $10.9bn in the June quarter, according to Paymark.


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

NZ finishes full dairy season up 1.5% – Fonterra

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


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

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

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


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

Eating out helps out – GDP up 1.6% in Q1

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


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

Non-alcoholic drinks biggest mover in May food prices

Food price rose 0.4% in May compared with the month prior when rising prices for tomatoes and cucumbers contributed to a 1.1% jump, according to Stats NZ.


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

Specialised food spend up, supermarket down – Stats NZ

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


Meat, dairy sales volumes grow in Q1
10 Jun 2021  

Meat, dairy sales volumes grow in Q1

Manufacturing sales volumes reached a record peak of $27bn in the March quarter, up 0.4% or $113m from the December 2020 quarter, according to Stats NZ.


Beef + Lamb sees strong 2020 US performance
10 Jun 2021  

Beef + Lamb sees strong 2020 US performance

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


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

April red meat sector exports stable at $863m

New Zealand red meat exports remained steady in April with a total of $863m worth of meat and co-products exported to global markets, according to the latest analysis from MIA.


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

Meat, dairy exports fall in March year

Total exports of goods and services fell $14.3bn or 16.5%, to $72.6bn in the year ending March 2021, as visibility of the full Covid-19 affected year emerged, according to Stats NZ.


“Rock solid” demand underpinning food exports to US
31 May 2021   /

“Rock solid” demand underpinning food exports to US

Increased volatility and global supply chain disruption are dogging exports to the US, but strong demand for NZ products including beef and wine are supporting long-term growth.


Dairy drags April exports
27 May 2021  

Dairy drags April exports

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


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

Stats NZ: Q1 retail spend up, food down

Higher retail spending on electronic items and outdoor recreational goods this summer helped boost overall spending in the March 2021 quarter, according to Stats NZ.


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

FPI: Produce pushes April food prices up 1.1%

Rising prices for tomatoes and cucumbers were the main contributors to a 1.1% rise in food prices in April 2021, according to Stats NZ.


How prepared were F&B companies for the pandemic?
12 May 2021  

How prepared were F&B companies for the pandemic?

More than 60% of food industry executives did not have an adequate plan to deal with the impacts of Covid-19, says a new US-based study.


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

More liquor, less grocery spend in April – Stats NZ

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


Gold kiwifruit overtakes green
10 May 2021  

Gold kiwifruit overtakes green

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


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

Sheep meat exports reach $4bn – Stats NZ

The number of sheep in New Zealand in June 2020 was 26 million, down 3% on the same month in 2019, according to final agricultural production figures from Stats NZ.


Easter spend a tale of two islands
4 May 2021  

Easter spend a tale of two islands

Spending over the Easter period more than doubled compared to the same period of last year, although growth in the North Island outstripped the South Island.


Organics plan to scale-up $723m NZ sector
15 Apr 2021   /

Organics plan to scale-up $723m NZ sector

A strategy is in the pipeline to help accelerate an already-booming industry.


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

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

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


Which F&B tycoons made the 2021 Forbes Rich List?
8 Apr 2021  

Which F&B tycoons made the 2021 Forbes Rich List?

From spring water chiefs to supermarket dynasties – the annual rankings are a smorgasboard of F&B billionaires.


Red meat exports steady at $907m
6 Apr 2021  

Red meat exports steady at $907m

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


Primary sector economies take top spots – ASB regional rankings
30 Mar 2021   /

Primary sector economies take top spots – ASB regional rankings

The bank described the December 2020 quarter results as a tale of two islands as the north continued to outperform the south.


Food sector jobs down in Feb
30 Mar 2021   /

Food sector jobs down in Feb

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


Food price inflation slows as value of meat, poultry, fish fall
12 Mar 2021  

Food price inflation slows as value of meat, poultry, fish fall

Restaurant meals and foods such as Thai and Indian helped lift prices in Feb but it was the slowest growth for 18 months.


Supermarket spending falls in Feb – Stats NZ
11 Mar 2021   /

Supermarket spending falls in Feb – Stats NZ

Spending on food fell in February 2021 due to Covid-19 restrictions, says Stats NZ.


Falling prices suppress dairy, meat manufacturing
10 Mar 2021   /

Falling prices suppress dairy, meat manufacturing

Dairy and meat product manufacturing fell 3.2% to $288m in the December 2020 quarter, says Stats NZ.


Covid, African Swine sees 14% decline in red meat exports
9 Mar 2021   /

Covid, African Swine sees 14% decline in red meat exports

New Zealand’s red meat exports fell to $743.3m in January 2021, a 14% drop on compared to the same month a year ago.


Strong sales for Marlborough vineyards in 2020 – Colliers
3 Mar 2021  

Strong sales for Marlborough vineyards in 2020 – Colliers

The number of vineyard sales almost doubled compared to 2019, says the agent.


Increase in alcohol on shelves ‘concerning’ – Alcohol Healthwatch
1 Mar 2021  

Increase in alcohol on shelves ‘concerning’ – Alcohol Healthwatch

There was a substantial increase in the amount of alcohol on the shelves in the second half of 2020, according to Stats NZ.


Wine, spirits volumes rise, beer falls except for high strength
26 Feb 2021   /

Wine, spirits volumes rise, beer falls except for high strength

Last year’s record wine result was in contrast to falls in each of the previous two years.


Dairy, meat lead value of Jan exports down
26 Feb 2021   /

Dairy, meat lead value of Jan exports down

It was the fifth consecutive month where dairy exports were less than the corresponding month a year ago.


Low prices push dairy, meat exports down
18 Dec 2020  

Low prices push dairy, meat exports down

Stats NZ says NZ meat exporters were selling more for less.


Almost 80% single-serve drinks in NZ supermarkets are sugary, study finds
18 Dec 2020  

Almost 80% single-serve drinks in NZ supermarkets are sugary, study finds

Researchers are calling for the government to intervene, and say industry pledges are not enough.


Global F&B rankings for 2020 revealed
17 Dec 2020  

Global F&B rankings for 2020 revealed

Did a global pandemic end Nestlé’s reign at the top of the international F&B power list?


New Zealanders binning $3bn of food every year
17 Dec 2020  

New Zealanders binning $3bn of food every year

The new research found leftovers to be the most common food item being thrown out.


1% fall in primary sector exports for FY21 “better than expected”
16 Dec 2020  

1% fall in primary sector exports for FY21 “better than expected”

NZ’s food is still highly sought around the world, says MPI director-general Ray Smith.


Strawberry prices crushed 43% as exports fall
14 Dec 2020   /

Strawberry prices crushed 43% as exports fall

As air freight costs soared due to Covid-19 border closures, so did the price of exporting.


Q2 hospitality sales plummet 40%
14 Dec 2020  

Q2 hospitality sales plummet 40%

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


Stats NZ: Solid November spend for consumables
11 Dec 2020   /

Stats NZ: Solid November spend for consumables

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


Stats NZ: September surge boosted by dairy, meat, grocery records
10 Dec 2020   /

Stats NZ: September surge boosted by dairy, meat, grocery records

Dairy and meat product manufacturing volumes, and wholesale grocery and liquor value saw huge lifts in the Sept quarter.


Dairy exports suffer 16% value hit
3 Dec 2020  

Dairy exports suffer 16% value hit

Both dairy and meat exports have taken a dive in the September quarter.


Booming NZ brewing sector worth $2.7bn despite Covid woes
2 Dec 2020  

Booming NZ brewing sector worth $2.7bn despite Covid woes

The industry supported more than 7000 jobs and paid $470m in annual wages, says NZIER.


Pic’s picks off Whittakers in new Brand Reputation Index
27 Nov 2020  

Pic’s picks off Whittakers in new Brand Reputation Index

The likes of Pic’s Peanut Butter and Whittakers have taken the top spots.


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

Value of food exports drop in Oct – Stats NZ

Some dairy products were down $198m.


Supermarkets strong in record Q3 retail sales results
24 Nov 2020  

Supermarkets strong in record Q3 retail sales results

NZ’s retail sector is on the road to recovery, according to the latest figures from Stats NZ.


Dairy producers pay falls 13% dip in Sept quarter – Stats NZ
19 Nov 2020  

Dairy producers pay falls 13% dip in Sept quarter – Stats NZ

Gains made in the March and June quarters have been impacted by the fall.


High supply sees fruit, vege prices drop – Stats NZ
16 Nov 2020  

High supply sees fruit, vege prices drop – Stats NZ

The department says prices tend to fall in October as fruit and vegetables follow seasonal trend.


Oct food and beverage spend second highest in 20 years – Stats NZ
11 Nov 2020  

Oct food and beverage spend second highest in 20 years – Stats NZ

Supermarket and grocery store spending in October 2020 increased by $137m, or 7.8%, compared to the same month last year.


Record blueberry consumption after 15.2% jump
11 Nov 2020  

Record blueberry consumption after 15.2% jump

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


Q3 red meat exports to US leap 50% to $400m
5 Nov 2020  

Q3 red meat exports to US leap 50% to $400m

The Meat Industry Association says a decline in China prompted a “re-balancing” to other export markets.


Milk production lifts by 1.6% as US, EU exports grow
2 Nov 2020   /

Milk production lifts by 1.6% as US, EU exports grow

Fonterra released its Global Dairy Update last week with the latest data.


Value of dairy exports takes $97m hit
28 Oct 2020  

Value of dairy exports takes $97m hit

The value of New Zealand’s dairy product exports in September 2020 fell from the same month in 2019.


NZ wine exports up 11% in 2020
28 Oct 2020  

NZ wine exports up 11% in 2020

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


Vege prices jump 18% to push CPI up
27 Oct 2020  

Vege prices jump 18% to push CPI up

Higher vegetable prices have contributed to a 0.7% increase in the Consumers Price Index (CPI.


Research: Women under-represented in meat sector
15 Oct 2020  

Research: Women under-represented in meat sector

New research suggests women are under-represented in, and even prevented from, aspiring to higher levels of business in the industry.


August sees tomato prices spike 38%
11 Sep 2020  

August sees tomato prices spike 38%

Covid-19 has driven the price of tomatoes to an all-time high, according to Stats NZ.