Rescued commodities platform pilot scheme has already got the backing of Citizen Collective, Chia Sisters and others.
SaveBOARD’s Te Rapa factory has been officially opened by Hamilton Mayor Paula Southgate and Hamilton West MP Dr Gaurav Sharm
Silver Fern Farms has entered into a $320m sustainability-linked working capital financing facility.
Industrial businesses can now apply for support from the expanded Government Investment in Decarbonising Industry (GIDI) Fund.
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.
The partnership says its proposal will help farmers and growers transition to lower-emissions food production while maintaining viable businesses.
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.
The govt wants to accelerate the decarbonisation of freight and encourage the use of more electric trucks.
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 is expanding its on-farm trials of methane reducing Asparagopsis seaweed.
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.
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.
“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.
Nestlé’s coffee capsule brand Nespresso has achieved global certification as a B Corp.
DB Breweries, ANZCO and Southern Paprika are among the latest recipients of the $69m GIDI fund, boosting food firms’ total support to $46m.
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.
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.
The Ministry for the Environment has issued its 2022 guide for organisations to measure and report on emissions.
Rural Delivery takes a look at Tasman Bay Food Co’s sustainability practices.
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.
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.
The Ministry for the Environment has released its position statement on compostable packaging as part of the government’s National Plastics Action Plan.
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.
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.
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’s Toi Toi brand is sponsoring the Birds New Zealand society to survey remote areas of the country and gather bird observation data.
Transforming recycling with the government’s Container Return Scheme.
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.
The cost of greener shipping, from the Financial Times.
We have a narrow window of opportunity to change the alarming outlook, write Florence and Chloe van Dyke.
Beef + Lamb New Zealand is urging the government to put limits on the ability of fossil fuel companies to plant trees on productive farmland.
There’s criticism of the government’s proposed container return scheme, but beverage giant Coca-Cola looks to support it under certain conditions.
Potatoes NZ takes a look at the Sustainable Vegetable Systems Project, which aims to protect water quality in vegetable growing systems.
Watties and Verkerks are among the top five most complained about companies when it comes to packaging, according to Consumer NZ.
Dairy giant Danone has become the largest certified B Corporation food and drink company in Australia and New Zealand.
Shrimp: a sustainable catch? From Financial Times’ Food Revolution series
Again Again is holding a free seminar on moving to reuse as a systemic replacement to single-use container packaging.
The IPCC report highlights that more transformative change is needed from NZ’s food and fibre sector as global temperatures continue to rise.
Zespri has created a board specifically to focus on its sustainability goals.
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.
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.
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 climate tech firm Aera VC has raised US$30m to invest in startups tackling sustainability across all sectors including food.
Beef + Lamb New Zealand lays out its alternatives to the government’s emissions trading scheme.
Fast-food and tetra pak cartons destined for the landfill are being converted into building supplies, thanks to Freightways investment.
Pressure is mounting on the government to support a global treaty to protect the oceans.
A trial of the eco-stickers will start in July.
F&B giants are given a “very low” integrity rating when it comes to reporting and delivering on climate targets.
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 Beverages has released new sustainability targets for its New Zealand and Australian operations.
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.
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.
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.
George Weston Food says it is making the investment in current or planned activities across New Zealand and Australia.
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 New Zealand has transitioned to 100% renewable electricity with the rest of the global FMCG giant working towards a 2025 target.
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.
Submissions for the government’s Emissions Reduction Plan must be lodged by tomorrow, Wednesday 24 November.
Agility and resilience are watchwords for meat producers in a rapidly evolving market still suffering Covid-19 challenges.
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.
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.
Waste Management Institute New Zealand has partnered with NZ Food Waste Champions 12.3 to reduce the amount of food thrown away.
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.
The Ministry for the Environment has launched an online calculator for food producers to obtain an estimate of their farm’s greenhouse gas emissions.
Waitoa says its free range chicken is the first in New Zealand to become Toitū Envirocare certified carbon zero.
The government is seeking feedback on proposals for a new waste strategy and options for legislation.
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.
Goodman Fielder is reducing the amount of virgin plastic originating from Meadow Fresh brand milk bottles by including recycled plastic content in its containers.
Global food businesses Mars and McDonald’s have accelerated their greenhouse gas emissions (GHG) strategies, both pledging to move to net z
Consumer demand and the bedding down of new processes will dictate the next steps following the four-week trial.
The 350 biggest global food firms are assessed on their environmental, nutritional and social impact. Who is leading and who is lagging?
Silver Fern Farms says securing a $1m grat from the government will help the company end coal use by 2030.
Meadow Mushrooms, Talley’s and Mataura Valley Milk among latest recipients of $70m GIDI fund.
Air New Zealand is testing new eco-serviceware for its international inflight food offerings.
The new part-recycled packaging for Cadbury Dairy Milk family blocks will hit New Zealand shelves next year.
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.
The Kiwi Bottle Drive has launched an ad campaign to encourage the government to immediately implement a beverage container return scheme.
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 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.
The plan was expected to be released by this December.
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.
The reformulation of Countdown’s own brand products sees 141 tonnes of sugar removed over three years.
The company had to airfreight its new paper-recyclable bags to New Zealand after online lockdown sales skyrocketed.
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.
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.
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.
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.
Silver Fern Farms says it has achieved Toitū enviromark diamond certification, the highest New Zealand-based environmental certification.
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.
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.
DB Breweries says it will cut its carbon emissions by 184 tonnes a year by using a new fleet of electric forklifts.
The world’s main sources of food will suffer if temperatures keep rising, increasing insecurity and wiping billions off the global food economy.
The seafood industry has criticised environmental groups for calling on bottom trawling to be banned.
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 is to stop using coal at its Stirling cheese plant in Otago, moving to wood biomass to fire the site by August 2022.
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.
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.
The Waitaki Resource Recovery Trust has partnered with packaging giant Tetra Pak to create a trial collection point for a recycling initiative.
Almost half of global consumers believe companies are responsible for increasing the amount of packaging that is recycled, the newly-released Mintel Sustainability Barometer.
The government is pumping a total of $1.56m into five projects to help address food waste.
Over a billion tonnes more food is being wasted globally than previously estimated, according to a new report.
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.
Government policy on freshwater and greenhouse gases must support the horticulture industry and not add unnecessary cost and compliance, according to HortNZ.
Frucor Suntory staff have planted 600 native trees near the company’s Wiri distribution centre.
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 reveals 2020 sustainability scorecard and commits to action on value chain carbon emissions.
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.
The packaging and produce sectors were blindsided by government’s 2023 plastic fruit stickers deadline, warn on costs, complexity.
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.
The government is banning difficult to recycle food and drink packaging and a raft of single-use plastics by 2025.
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.
The Climate Change Commission’s final report has been met with mixed reaction from food industry groups.
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.
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.
NZ exports with an environmental focus can command the best potential returns, according to new research.
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.
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 added $25,000 to the annual grants total which saw $75,000 awarded to 71 schools and early childhood centres across the country.
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 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.
With even institutional investors wanting green metrics, there has been a convergence of mainstream and impact investment in the agrifoodtech community.
Greenfern Industries has been named New Zealand’s first Toitū carbonzero certified medicinal cannabis and industrial hemp company.
The former Unilever CEO declares the world’s food system “broken from all dimensions” – but also suggests ways of fixing it.
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.
A new silicone recycling scheme, said to be a first for the southern hemisphere, has been launched by eco friendly product retailer Much Cupboard.
Described as the biggest food and fibre event of the year, the Boma NZ Agri Summit kicks-off in Christchurch this morning.
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.
The report pushing the sustainability of the nation’s deepwater fishing industry follows a Netflix documentary on the impact of commercial fishing.
Synlait Milk has reset its 2018 inaugural emissions reduction targets.
The beer producer sets itself new sustainability targets as it builds on its ambition to halve its emissions by 2030.
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.
Nestle has pledged that its popular chocolate brand, KitKat, will become carbon neutral by 2025.
The partners behind a year-long trial to produce a sustainable beef patty for McDonalds in New Zealand are claiming success.
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.
Consumers should give up meat on World Earth Day, even if only for a day, says the New Zealand Vegetarian Society.
“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 has launched a recycling programme to reduce the environmental impact of pet food bags and pouches.
Left to their own devices, global food manufacturers prioritised profit over the environment, says a new study.
The duo join partners to plot a low emissions future for New Zealand’s freight sector.
New carbon-negative sugarcane-based packaging gives food manufacturers an alternative to plastic.
The Government must act now to retain remaining highly productive land for fruit and vegetables.
Agtech firm WayBeyond is taking up the sustainability challenge for Earth Day 2021.
The project will reduce the factory’s carbon emissions by 7%.
Supie wants to strip out waste and benefit local producers by going direct to the consumer.
Seafood NZ argues that law changes to reduce recreational bag limits must be made.
Horticulture New Zealand is welcoming Horizons Regional Council’s decision to adopt recommendations on its Plan Change 2.
The government has moved to ban new low to medium temperature coal burners from next year.
The package-free grocery store network is planning to expand.
As alternative proteins increase in popularity, the organisation launches a new website to promote NZ red meat facts.
DB Breweries has overhauled the packaging of its Export beer brand as it works towards a goal of halving its carbon footprint by 2030.
The Climate Action Toolbox has been launched to help small businesses reduce their carbon emissions.
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.
The co-op says it will remove coal from its sites, as it continues its transition to renewable energy.
The plant protein startup secures $8m from MPI for a five-year R&D programme.
The no take zone does not affect the availability of Bluff oysters.
The industry group says there are “limits to what the sector can continue to achieve”.
Restaurant Association of New Zealand is opposing a proposed ban on new gas or LPG connections by 2025.
Reducing waste, carbon emissions, water usage, sugar and non-recyclable packaging form the backbone of Frucor Suntory’s ten-year sustainability plans.
The seafood industry promises constructive engagement on some of the report’s “challenging” recommendations.
The KitKat wrapper was produced by collecting and processing waste soft plastic.
The US-based multinational manufacturer enters a partnership to develop biodegradable packing.
Significant investment has set the scene for global demand for insect ingredients, says Rabobank.
Our Seas Our Future is calling on prime minister Jacinda Ardern to ban single-use paper and plastic products.
“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.”
A small family fishing company has self-reported the capture of 18 endangered black petrels and two flesh-footed shearwaters.
The Commission released its draft advice to the Government on climate change action and is now consulting on it.
The Green Party is calling on the Government to urgently stop “dirty, degrading fishing practices” in areas most vulnerable to destruction.
If fish morphology is unable to adapt, then there could be serious consequences for the structure and function of future aquatic communities.
In its third year, Growing for Good grants aimed inspire New Zealand kids to learn about and preserve the environment.
The Organic Products Bill is going through its final stages in parliament.
Marlborough wine producer Lawson’s Dry Hill has achieved carbon zero status.
The council urges the Govt to ensure other options are also available.
Hawke’s Bay has a “short window of time” to act against climate change.
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.
The five-day event is being held next month.