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Tuesday 28 June 2022

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Circular Economy: Green tech startup aims to turn commercial food waste into commerce
16 Jun 2022   /

Circular Economy: Green tech startup aims to turn commercial food waste into commerce

Rescued commodities platform pilot scheme has already got the backing of Citizen Collective, Chia Sisters and others.


Package-converting SaveBOARD plant officially opens
16 Jun 2022   /

Package-converting SaveBOARD plant officially opens

SaveBOARD’s Te Rapa factory has been officially opened by Hamilton Mayor Paula Southgate and Hamilton West MP Dr Gaurav Sharm


Silver Fern Farms secures $320m green loan
10 Jun 2022   /

Silver Fern Farms secures $320m green loan

Silver Fern Farms has entered into a $320m sustainability-linked working capital financing facility.


Expanded decarbonisation fund opens for application
9 Jun 2022   /

Expanded decarbonisation fund opens for application

Industrial businesses can now apply for support from the expanded Government Investment in Decarbonising Industry (GIDI) Fund.


Govt welcomes He Waka Eke Noa report
9 Jun 2022  

Govt welcomes He Waka Eke Noa report

The government says He Waka Eke Noa – Primary Sector Climate Action Partnership’s proposals on tackling greenhouse gas emissions are a welcome contribution to the debate.


He Waka Eke Noa moots farm-level levy as ETS alternative
8 Jun 2022   /

He Waka Eke Noa moots farm-level levy as ETS alternative

The partnership says its proposal will help farmers and growers transition to lower-emissions food production while maintaining viable businesses.


Emissions Reduction Plan welcomed by food stakeholders – with caveats
17 May 2022  

Emissions Reduction Plan welcomed by food stakeholders – with caveats

Food system stakeholders have broadly welcomed the new plan but have called for more detail around the almost-$3bn allocated on initiatives over the next four years.


Food, freight, fuel focus for F&B in govt’s Emissions Reduction Plan
16 May 2022   /

Food, freight, fuel focus for F&B in govt’s Emissions Reduction Plan

The govt wants to accelerate the decarbonisation of freight and encourage the use of more electric trucks.


Govt sets first three emissions budgets
9 May 2022   /

Govt sets first three emissions budgets

Climate Change Minister James Shaw has unveiled New Zealand’s first three emissions budgets, calling them “another milestone on the journey toward a zero-carbon future”.


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.


Govt climate change plan: Primary, fisheries industries need to adapt
28 Apr 2022  

Govt climate change plan: Primary, fisheries industries need to adapt

New Zealand’s fisheries and land-based primary industries are two of the most exposed sectors to climate change and the failure of firms to adapt will impact their viability, says the government’s proposed plan to deal with the issue.


Power play: Pic’s joins Tasman’s solar powered F&B posse
28 Apr 2022   /

Power play: Pic’s joins Tasman’s solar powered F&B posse

“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.


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.


Food firms bag $8.8m to decarbonise
27 Apr 2022   /

Food firms bag $8.8m to decarbonise

DB Breweries, ANZCO and Southern Paprika are among the latest recipients of the $69m GIDI fund, boosting food firms’ total support to $46m.


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.


MG Marketing’s $22m warehouse, banana ripening project goes solar
21 Apr 2022   /

MG Marketing’s $22m warehouse, banana ripening project goes solar

The fruit and vege co-op will slash 40% from the power bill at its new warehouse and banana ripening facility, and is considering retro-fitting other buildings in its portfolio.


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.


Watch: Tasman Bay Food’s sustainability practices

Watch: Tasman Bay Food’s sustainability practices

Rural Delivery takes a look at Tasman Bay Food Co’s sustainability practices.


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.


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.


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.


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.


Perspectives: Food for thought in IPCC report
5 Apr 2022   /

Perspectives: Food for thought in IPCC report

One of the biggest individual contributions people can make is eating a diet rich in plant-based food, with moderate intake of meat and dairy.


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.


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.


Watch: Transforming Recycling
28 Mar 2022   /

Watch: Transforming Recycling

Transforming recycling with the government’s Container Return Scheme.


…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.


Watch: The cost of greener shipping
23 Mar 2022   /

Watch: The cost of greener shipping

The cost of greener shipping, from the Financial Times.


Perspectives: The Chia Sisters on the latest IPCC  Report and how F&B can take action
22 Mar 2022   /

Perspectives: The Chia Sisters on the latest IPCC Report and how F&B can take action

We have a narrow window of opportunity to change the alarming outlook, write Florence and Chloe van Dyke.


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.


Govt’s ‘beverage container tax’ slammed
15 Mar 2022   /

Govt’s ‘beverage container tax’ slammed

There’s criticism of the government’s proposed container return scheme, but beverage giant Coca-Cola looks to support it under certain conditions.


Watch: The Sustainable Vegetable Systems Project
15 Mar 2022  

Watch: The Sustainable Vegetable Systems Project

Potatoes NZ takes a look at the Sustainable Vegetable Systems Project, which aims to protect water quality in vegetable growing systems.


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.


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.


Watch: Is shrimp a sustainable catch?
8 Mar 2022   /

Watch: Is shrimp a sustainable catch?

Shrimp: a sustainable catch? From Financial Times’ Food Revolution series


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.


Perspectives: NZ is already adapting to changing climate conditions – just not enough
4 Mar 2022   /

Perspectives: NZ is already adapting to changing climate conditions – just not enough

The IPCC report highlights that more transformative change is needed from NZ’s food and fibre sector as global temperatures continue to rise.


Zespri creates sustainability board
4 Mar 2022   /

Zespri creates sustainability board

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


IPCC: Climate change will disrupt food production, increase insecurity
1 Mar 2022   /

IPCC: Climate change will disrupt food production, increase insecurity

Climate change will disrupt food production and increase food insecurity for millions of people, according to the latest Intergovernmental Panel on Climate Change (IPCC) report.


Watch: DairyNZ’s less-methane work
1 Mar 2022   /

Watch: DairyNZ’s less-methane work

DairyNZ gives us the lowdown on its less-methane work and how it hopes to reduce emissions to help New Zealand meet its greenhouse gas targets.


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.


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.


Watch: How alternative ag-emissions pricing works
18 Feb 2022   /

Watch: How alternative ag-emissions pricing works

Beef + Lamb New Zealand lays out its alternatives to the government’s emissions trading scheme.


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.


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.


Fruit eco-sticker startup aims for bite of US$50bn market
9 Feb 2022   /

Fruit eco-sticker startup aims for bite of US$50bn market

A trial of the eco-stickers will start in July.


Global food firms among climate change progress  ‘exaggerators’ – study
8 Feb 2022   /

Global food firms among climate change progress ‘exaggerators’ – study

F&B giants are given a “very low” integrity rating when it comes to reporting and delivering on climate targets.


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.


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.


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.


GWF investing “hundreds of millions” into sustainability
2 Dec 2021   /

GWF investing “hundreds of millions” into sustainability

George Weston Food says it is making the investment in current or planned activities across New Zealand and Australia.


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.


Nestlé NZ goes 100% renewable electricity, hybrid vehicle fleet slated for 2023
29 Nov 2021   /

Nestlé NZ goes 100% renewable electricity, hybrid vehicle fleet slated for 2023

Nestlé New Zealand has transitioned to 100% renewable electricity with the rest of the global FMCG giant working towards a 2025 target.


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.


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.


NZ meat outlook positive but agile leadership needed – Rabobank
22 Nov 2021  

NZ meat outlook positive but agile leadership needed – Rabobank

Agility and resilience are watchwords for meat producers in a rapidly evolving market still suffering Covid-19 challenges.


Festival of carbon-zero NZ food to run with inaugural Auckland agrifood summit
17 Nov 2021   /

Festival of carbon-zero NZ food to run with inaugural Auckland agrifood summit

A festival of carbon-zero New Zealand food will run alongside a new event in Auckland next year addressing the world’s agrifood climate challenge.


COP26 pledge “massive structural risk for NZ food and fibre” – KPMG’s Proudfoot
12 Nov 2021   /

COP26 pledge “massive structural risk for NZ food and fibre” – KPMG’s Proudfoot

New Zealand’s signing of the US/EU Global Methane Pledge at COP26 could become a “massive structural risk to our food and fibre sector,” says KPMG’s Ian Proudfoot.


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.


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.


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.


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 supply chain strategy, food waste proposals – govt seeks emissions feedback
13 Oct 2021   /

New supply chain strategy, food waste proposals – govt seeks emissions feedback

A freight and supply chain strategy, developing a circular economy and bioeconomy, and further reducing and separating food waste are among new low-emission initiatives the government is seeking feedback on.


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.


Mars follows McDonald’s with 2050 carbon zero pledge, plans to push suppliers too
6 Oct 2021   /

Mars follows McDonald’s with 2050 carbon zero pledge, plans to push suppliers too

Global food businesses Mars and McDonald’s have accelerated their greenhouse gas emissions (GHG) strategies, both pledging to move to net z


Synlait Swappa Bottle supermarket pilot starts
5 Oct 2021   /

Synlait Swappa Bottle supermarket pilot starts

Consumer demand and the bedding down of new processes will dictate the next steps following the four-week trial.


Global food firms and the SDGs – Fonterra, Zespri ranked
4 Oct 2021   /

Global food firms and the SDGs – Fonterra, Zespri ranked

The 350 biggest global food firms are assessed on their environmental, nutritional and social impact. Who is leading and who is lagging? 


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.


Food firms secure $19m to decarbonise
1 Oct 2021   /

Food firms secure $19m to decarbonise

Meadow Mushrooms, Talley’s and Mataura Valley Milk among latest recipients of $70m GIDI fund.


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.


Cadbury claims recycled plastic packaging first
22 Sep 2021   /

Cadbury claims recycled plastic packaging first

The new part-recycled packaging for Cadbury Dairy Milk family blocks will hit New Zealand shelves next year.


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.


Regulation, compostable packaging, container return scheme priorities in new plastics plan
17 Sep 2021   /

Regulation, compostable packaging, container return scheme priorities in new plastics plan

Regulated product stewardship of plastic packaging, exploring compostable packaging options, and a potential container return scheme are part of the government’s new national plastics plan. 


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.


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.


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.


Countdown cuts baddies in own brand products
13 Sep 2021  

Countdown cuts baddies in own brand products

The reformulation of Countdown’s own brand products sees 141 tonnes of sugar removed over three years.


Delta sales spike sees Coffee Supreme fast-track paper packaging
10 Sep 2021   /

Delta sales spike sees Coffee Supreme fast-track paper packaging

The company had to airfreight its new paper-recyclable bags to New Zealand after online lockdown sales skyrocketed.


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.


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.


Otis puts money where its mouth is with 1% fund launch
6 Sep 2021   /

Otis puts money where its mouth is with 1% fund launch

The plant-based milk business will ring-fence 1% of sales revenue to invest into making oats a “viable and exciting” alternative for farmers to grow.


Perspectives: What we learned from a compostable packaging trial – Whittaker’s
3 Sep 2021   /

Perspectives: What we learned from a compostable packaging trial – Whittaker’s

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.


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. 


Goodman Fielder moves to cardboard bread tags
13 Aug 2021   /

Goodman Fielder moves to cardboard bread tags

The transition starts with Nature’s Fresh loaves one day a week, but is soon to be followed by Molenberg, Vogel’s and Freya’s.


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.


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.


IPCC: Crops, livestock, fisheries at risk from climate change
10 Aug 2021   /

IPCC: Crops, livestock, fisheries at risk from climate change

The world’s main sources of food will suffer if temperatures keep rising, increasing insecurity and wiping billions off the global food economy.


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

Industry, environmental groups at loggerheads over bottom trawling

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


Wellington meat trays sorted
2 Aug 2021   /

Wellington meat trays sorted

Wellington City Council’s recycling facility now has an optical sorter, capable of diverting over seven million meat and other clear plastic trays from the region’s landfills and overseas processors each year.


Fonterra to ditch coal at Stirling site
28 Jul 2021   /

Fonterra to ditch coal at Stirling site

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


EnviroWaste joins NZ Food Network
28 Jul 2021  

EnviroWaste joins NZ Food Network

The new partnership will see EnviroWaste working with its large food production clients to actively divert edible food to NZFN before processing any remaining food in a sustainable way.


Pita Pit Join Forces With CarbonClick
28 Jul 2021  

Pita Pit Join Forces With CarbonClick

Starting in term 3 this year, Pita Pit is making all their Ka Ora, Ka Ako healthy school lunches climate positive by partnering with CarbonClick.


Waitaki in Tetra Pak recycling pilot
27 Jul 2021   /

Waitaki in Tetra Pak recycling pilot

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


Consumers, companies and sustainability
27 Jul 2021   /

Consumers, companies and sustainability

Almost half of global consumers believe companies are responsible for increasing the amount of packaging that is recycled, the newly-released Mintel Sustainability Barometer.


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

Govt invests $1.56m in food waste projects

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


Global food waste “bigger than we thought” at 40% – report
22 Jul 2021  

Global food waste “bigger than we thought” at 40% – report

Over a billion tonnes more food is being wasted globally than previously estimated, according to a new report.


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

KiwiHarvest, Wanakup, Hilton score food waste funding

Queenstown’s Hilton Hotel, perishable food rescuers KiwiHarvest and Wanaka reusable cup service Wanakup, were among nine applicants that would receive QLDC funding for waste reduction projects.


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

HortNZ sees potential GAP in freshwater, carbon changes

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


Frucor Suntory in native tree planting drive
19 Jul 2021  

Frucor Suntory in native tree planting drive

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


RMA replacement must consider food security – HortNZ
6 Jul 2021  

RMA replacement must consider food security – HortNZ

The legislation that replaces the Resource Management Act must ensure that New Zealand can sustainably grow fresh, healthy food for domestic consumption, according to Horticulture New Zealand.


Lion claws back carbon emissions
5 Jul 2021   /

Lion claws back carbon emissions

Lion reveals 2020 sustainability scorecard and commits to action on value chain carbon emissions.


Biopak launches new composting network
2 Jul 2021  

Biopak launches new composting network

Sustainable packaging manufacturer BioPak has launched a new not-for-profit compost network which it says aims to provide a solution to doubling landfill levies.


Plastics ban: A sticky issue for industry
29 Jun 2021   /

Plastics ban: A sticky issue for industry

The packaging and produce sectors were blindsided by government’s 2023 plastic fruit stickers deadline, warn on costs, complexity.


Plastics ban: Supermarket sweep already under way
29 Jun 2021   /

Plastics ban: Supermarket sweep already under way

New Zealand’s two major supermarket groups say they are already taking steps to transition away from unnecessary and unwanted plastic use ahead of the government’s new measures to clamp down on single-use and difficult-to-recycle plastic by 2025.


NZ to ban hard to recycle packaging, raft of single-use plastic items…
28 Jun 2021   /

NZ to ban hard to recycle packaging, raft of single-use plastic items…

The government is banning difficult to recycle food and drink packaging and a raft of single-use plastics by 2025.


Emissions transition could cost food processing up to $200m annually
10 Jun 2021  

Emissions transition could cost food processing up to $200m annually

The industry needs to convert the equivalent energy used by one or two very large dairy factories every year to meet the 2050 net zero emissions goal.


Mixed reception from industry for climate change report
10 Jun 2021  

Mixed reception from industry for climate change report

The Climate Change Commission’s final report has been met with mixed reaction from food industry groups.


Environmental hubs get $6.4m goverment grant
10 Jun 2021  

Environmental hubs get $6.4m goverment grant

Environmental programmes across the country are in line for a $6.4m grant from the Ministry for the Environment, according to Secretary for the Environment Vicky Robertson.


Compostable packaging plan on the way – Packaging Forum
8 Jun 2021  

Compostable packaging plan on the way – Packaging Forum

A New Zealand packaging industry group has moved to galvanise action on compostable packaging by launching consultation on what it calls one of the sector’s most pressing issues.


Ethical F&B products attract best premiums in overseas markets – NZTE
4 Jun 2021   /

Ethical F&B products attract best premiums in overseas markets – NZTE

NZ exports with an environmental focus can command the best potential returns, according to new research.


Goodman Fielder launches new green goals, targets 2040 for net zero emissions
4 Jun 2021  

Goodman Fielder launches new green goals, targets 2040 for net zero emissions

Food giant Goodman Fielder has introduced a new sustainability strategy that will see it use 100% recyclable packaging by 2025 and halve its food waste by 2030.


…as Lewis Road crosses fingers for UK trade agreement
3 Jun 2021  

…as Lewis Road crosses fingers for UK trade agreement

The owner of Lewis Road Creamery can see the company repeating its US export success in the UK – but will await the outcome of current trade negotiations before making MORE »


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

Countdown distributes record $75k Growing for Good grants

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


Pact to eliminate plastic waste by 2025 launched
19 May 2021  

Pact to eliminate plastic waste by 2025 launched

A collection of businesses, NGOs and governments from across New Zealand, Australia and the Pacific Islands have joined together to back an ambitious range of targets to eliminate plastic waste from supply chains by 2025.


AGMARDT Food & Fibre Challenge round two opens
18 May 2021  

AGMARDT Food & Fibre Challenge round two opens

AGMARDT has opened the second round of its Food & Fibres Aotearoa New Zealand Challenge, which offers the winners funding of between $200,000 and $500,000.


E Tipu 2021: Green goes mainstream for investors
17 May 2021   /

E Tipu 2021: Green goes mainstream for investors

With even institutional investors wanting green metrics, there has been a convergence of mainstream and impact investment in the agrifoodtech community.


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

Carbon zero debut for hemp nutrient firm Greenfern

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


E Tipu 2021: “Our food system is broken” – Polman
12 May 2021  

E Tipu 2021: “Our food system is broken” – Polman

The former Unilever CEO declares the world’s food system “broken from all dimensions” – but also suggests ways of fixing it.


E Tipu 2021: Geoff Ross on tailwinds, customers  and connections
12 May 2021  

E Tipu 2021: Geoff Ross on tailwinds, customers and connections

Consumers globally want to connect with the source of their food and fibre, so if you’re selling a food product get in top of it, stat.


Southern hemisphere silicone recycling scheme first
12 May 2021  

Southern hemisphere silicone recycling scheme first

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


Boma NZ’s E Tipu 2021 is a go
11 May 2021  

Boma NZ’s E Tipu 2021 is a go

Described as the biggest food and fibre event of the year, the Boma NZ Agri Summit kicks-off in Christchurch this morning.


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

Are you NZ’s next sustainability champion?

Nominations are now open for the Change Maker category of the Sustainable Business Awards which seeks to find a “trailblazing” young person who is leading the way on environmental sustainability in Aotearoa.


NZ fisheries group hits back at “Netflix misinformation”
6 May 2021  

NZ fisheries group hits back at “Netflix misinformation”

The report pushing the sustainability of the nation’s deepwater fishing industry follows a Netflix documentary on the impact of commercial fishing.


Synlait tightens emissions targets
30 Apr 2021   /

Synlait tightens emissions targets

Synlait Milk has reset its 2018 inaugural emissions reduction targets.


DB brews up new 2030 sustainability targets
28 Apr 2021  

DB brews up new 2030 sustainability targets

The beer producer sets itself new sustainability targets as it builds on its ambition to halve its emissions by 2030.


Frucor Suntory commits to clean-up
27 Apr 2021  

Frucor Suntory commits to clean-up

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


KitKat to go carbon neutral by 2025
22 Apr 2021   /

KitKat to go carbon neutral by 2025

Nestle has pledged that its popular chocolate brand, KitKat, will become carbon neutral by 2025.


Sustainable Macca’s patty pilot claims success
21 Apr 2021  

Sustainable Macca’s patty pilot claims success

The partners behind a year-long trial to produce a sustainable beef patty for McDonalds in New Zealand are claiming success.


Watch: Moana NZ, Sanford back Māui dolphins drone project
21 Apr 2021  

Watch: Moana NZ, Sanford back Māui dolphins drone project

The fishing companies have thrown their support behind a new project using drones to help efforts to bring the species back from the edge of extinction.


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

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

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


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

Zero Waste Network pushes for beverage container return scheme

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


Royal Canin launches pet food recycling
20 Apr 2021  

Royal Canin launches pet food recycling

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


‘Carrot and stick’ required for global food system overhaul
19 Apr 2021  

‘Carrot and stick’ required for global food system overhaul

Left to their own devices, global food manufacturers prioritised profit over the environment, says a new study.


Countdown, Fonterra add weight to freight debate
19 Apr 2021  

Countdown, Fonterra add weight to freight debate

The duo join partners to plot a low emissions future for New Zealand’s freight sector.


Grounded Packaging launches carbon-negative ‘plastic’
19 Apr 2021  

Grounded Packaging launches carbon-negative ‘plastic’

New carbon-negative sugarcane-based packaging gives food manufacturers an alternative to plastic.


Govt must act to save productive land – HortNZ
16 Apr 2021  

Govt must act to save productive land – HortNZ

The Government must act now to retain remaining highly productive land for fruit and vegetables.


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

Agtech firms take up sustainability challenge for Earth Day 2021

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


Westland presses go on $3.2m Hokitika project
15 Apr 2021  

Westland presses go on $3.2m Hokitika project

The project will reduce the factory’s carbon emissions by 7%.


Online supermarket startup slates May for Auckland debut
14 Apr 2021  

Online supermarket startup slates May for Auckland debut

Supie wants to strip out waste and benefit local producers by going direct to the consumer.


Perspectives: Time for some agility around changes to daily bag limits
14 Apr 2021  

Perspectives: Time for some agility around changes to daily bag limits

Seafood NZ argues that law changes to reduce recreational bag limits must be made.


HortNZ welcomes council support for vegetable growing
14 Apr 2021  

HortNZ welcomes council support for vegetable growing

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


Coal boiler ban and co-investment as govt pushes decarbonisation
9 Apr 2021  

Coal boiler ban and co-investment as govt pushes decarbonisation

The government has moved to ban new low to medium temperature coal burners from next year.


GoodFor chases growth with $1.5m capital raise
7 Apr 2021  

GoodFor chases growth with $1.5m capital raise

The package-free grocery store network is planning to expand.


Beef+Lamb NZ ramps up online presence to promote red meat
7 Apr 2021  

Beef+Lamb NZ ramps up online presence to promote red meat

As alternative proteins increase in popularity, the organisation launches a new website to promote NZ red meat facts.


DB brews Export sustainability improvements
7 Apr 2021   /

DB brews Export sustainability improvements

DB Breweries has overhauled the packaging of its Export beer brand as it works towards a goal of halving its carbon footprint by 2030.


Climate Action Toolbox launches to help SMEs
7 Apr 2021  

Climate Action Toolbox launches to help SMEs

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


Kiwifruit Vine Health boss moves to top MPI role
6 Apr 2021   /

Kiwifruit Vine Health boss moves to top MPI role

The chief executive of Kiwifruit Vine Health is leaving the biosecurity organisation after three years to take up a top job with the Ministry for Primary Industries.


Fonterra commits to ending coal use
1 Apr 2021  

Fonterra commits to ending coal use

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


Leaft launches $20m plant protein programme with SFF Futures backing
31 Mar 2021   /

Leaft launches $20m plant protein programme with SFF Futures backing

The plant protein startup secures $8m from MPI for a five-year R&D programme.


Rāhui to protect Bluff oysters from Foveaux Strait parasite
31 Mar 2021  

Rāhui to protect Bluff oysters from Foveaux Strait parasite

The no take zone does not affect the availability of Bluff oysters.


B+LNZ worries over methane emissions targets
30 Mar 2021  

B+LNZ worries over methane emissions targets

The industry group says there are “limits to what the sector can continue to achieve”.


RA opposes proposed LPG, gas ban
30 Mar 2021  

RA opposes proposed LPG, gas ban

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


How do Frucor’s 2030 sustainability targets measure up?
26 Mar 2021  

How do Frucor’s 2030 sustainability targets measure up?

Reducing waste, carbon emissions, water usage, sugar and non-recyclable packaging form the backbone of Frucor Suntory’s ten-year sustainability plans.


Fisheries management report gets lukewarm industry welcome
25 Mar 2021  

Fisheries management report gets lukewarm industry welcome

The seafood industry promises constructive engagement on some of the report’s “challenging” recommendations.


Nestlé Australia in recycled wrapper first
23 Mar 2021   /

Nestlé Australia in recycled wrapper first

The KitKat wrapper was produced by collecting and processing waste soft plastic.


Mars Wrigley makes Skittles sustainability move
18 Mar 2021  

Mars Wrigley makes Skittles sustainability move

The US-based multinational manufacturer enters a partnership to develop biodegradable packing.


Insect protein sector investment creating demand buzz – report
17 Mar 2021   /

Insect protein sector investment creating demand buzz – report

Significant investment has set the scene for global demand for insect ingredients, says Rabobank.


Govt urged to ban ‘throw away’ paper, plastic products
17 Mar 2021  

Govt urged to ban ‘throw away’ paper, plastic products

Our Seas Our Future is calling on prime minister Jacinda Ardern to ban single-use paper and plastic products.


Listen to B+LNZ webinar on Climate Change Commission

Listen to B+LNZ webinar on Climate Change Commission

“B+LNZ is continuing to meet with scientists and the Commission to inform the submission we’ll make on the draft advice, on behalf of our levy payers.”


Fishing firm reports endangered bird catch
10 Mar 2021   /

Fishing firm reports endangered bird catch

A small family fishing company has self-reported the capture of 18 endangered black petrels and two flesh-footed shearwaters.


HortNZ to discuss Climate Change Commission feedback
10 Mar 2021  

HortNZ to discuss Climate Change Commission feedback

The Commission released its draft advice to the Government on climate change action and is now consulting on it.


Greens push to stop “dirty” bottom trawling
8 Mar 2021   /

Greens push to stop “dirty” bottom trawling

The Green Party is calling on the Government to urgently stop “dirty, degrading fishing practices” in areas most vulnerable to destruction.


Ocean acidification causes hearing loss in fish
4 Mar 2021   /

Ocean acidification causes hearing loss in fish

If fish morphology is unable to adapt, then there could be serious consequences for the structure and function of future aquatic communities.


Countdown doubles Growing For Good grants to $50K
4 Mar 2021   /

Countdown doubles Growing For Good grants to $50K

In its third year, Growing for Good grants aimed inspire New Zealand kids to learn about and preserve the environment.


Organic products bill a boost for exporters – GE Free NZ
1 Mar 2021  

Organic products bill a boost for exporters – GE Free NZ

The Organic Products Bill is going through its final stages in parliament.


Lawson’s Dry Hill goes carbon zero
1 Mar 2021   /

Lawson’s Dry Hill goes carbon zero

Marlborough wine producer Lawson’s Dry Hill has achieved carbon zero status.


NZFGC opposes mandatory phase out of plastic packaging
14 Dec 2020  

NZFGC opposes mandatory phase out of plastic packaging

The council urges the Govt to ensure other options are also available.


Climate change threat to Hawke’s Bay food supply – report
6 Nov 2020  

Climate change threat to Hawke’s Bay food supply – report

Hawke’s Bay has a “short window of time” to act against climate change.


Again Again eyes expansion with $750k raise
5 Nov 2020  

Again Again eyes expansion with $750k raise

A reusable cup company has launched its $750,000 crowdfunded equity raise to back an expansion of its cup service, and expand its product range to replace other single-use plastics.


Programme launches for virtual zero-waste event
20 Oct 2020  

Programme launches for virtual zero-waste event

The five-day event is being held next month.