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Thursday 21 October 2021

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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, transport targets, food waste proposals – govt seeks emissions feedback
13 Oct 2021   /

New supply chain strategy, transport targets, 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.


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.