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Thursday 21 October 2021

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$1bn boost for NZ after securing ‘historic’ FTA with United Kingdom
21 Oct 2021   /

$1bn boost for NZ after securing ‘historic’ FTA with United Kingdom

The deal will eliminate tariffs on all NZ honey, wine, kiwifruit, onions, and a range of dairy and meat products.


Alliance secures M&S Singapore deal
21 Oct 2021  

Alliance secures M&S Singapore deal

Alliance Group has extended its partnership with global retail giant Marks & Spencer landing a deal to supply a range of value-add beef and lamb to its Singapore division.


Chia Sisters in brand refresh
21 Oct 2021   /

Chia Sisters in brand refresh

Nelson natural drinks company Chia Sisters has completed brand refresh for its entire range of pressed juices, smoothies, sparkling and superfood drinks.


NZKS Blue Endeavour hearing kicks-off
18 Oct 2021  

NZKS Blue Endeavour hearing kicks-off

A hearing into NZ King Salmon’s plan to develop the country’s first open-water salmon farm kicks-off today – with rivals expected to watch closely.


T&G issues profit warning
18 Oct 2021   /

T&G issues profit warning

The produce giant warns its FY21 profit could fall as much as 76% from the $16.6m it posted in 2020.


RubyRed: Zespri rebrands its red kiwifruit
18 Oct 2021   /

RubyRed: Zespri rebrands its red kiwifruit

Zespri RubyRed will hit the shelves in commercial volumes in March with around 250,000 trays expected.


Fonterra to push foodservice to $5bn

Fonterra to push foodservice to $5bn

Dairy company Fonterra wants to increase the value of its $3bn foodservice business, Anchor Food Professionals, to $5bn.


Little Beauties takes flight after capital raise
14 Oct 2021  

Little Beauties takes flight after capital raise

The Nelson snack food startup is scaling up and chasing US export growth following a $2.5m capital raise.


Comvita signals ‘strong’ Q1 earnings
12 Oct 2021   /

Comvita signals ‘strong’ Q1 earnings

Comvita has reported its first quarter EBITDA improved by 10.6% compared with Q1 last year.


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

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

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


Crafty Weka plugs lost tourism sales with export drive
7 Oct 2021   /

Crafty Weka plugs lost tourism sales with export drive

The sharp fall in tourism trail sales in NZ has prompted the Christchurch company to test the international appetite for its granola snack bars.


“Beverage is a hard game” – AF Drinks’ Lisa King
6 Oct 2021   /

“Beverage is a hard game” – AF Drinks’ Lisa King

The business founder on expanding into export, building a global brand, and whether she’d ever sell her non-alcoholic drinks firm to an alcohol company.


Blue Frog Breakfast to take a bite of nascent Aus premium market
5 Oct 2021  

Blue Frog Breakfast to take a bite of nascent Aus premium market

The cereals business is nearing $5m in total sales underpinning its Australian premiumisation strategy.


CoralTree turns to succession to drive new growth
4 Oct 2021  

CoralTree turns to succession to drive new growth

Under new leadership, the apple cider vinegar company is planning a domestic drive and looking for new export opportunities.


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? 


“Time to tick” – The Good Oil owner preps plant protein play, new $2m factory
1 Oct 2021   /

“Time to tick” – The Good Oil owner preps plant protein play, new $2m factory

The Canterbury-based company is testing market opportunities for New Zealand soybean protein and new foods.


Kiwi F&B on the menu at Expo 2020
1 Oct 2021  

Kiwi F&B on the menu at Expo 2020

Fonterra, Comvita and Zespri are three of the big New Zealand food firms looking to boost their exposure in the United Arab Emirates through Expo 2020 Dubai, which launched overnight after a year’s Covid delay.


Red meat exports jump as China demand surges
1 Oct 2021   /

Red meat exports jump as China demand surges

The value of New Zealand’s red meat exports topped $650m in August 2021, up 26% on the same month last year, says the Meat Industry Association.


King Salmon posts $5.6m H1 loss, upbeat on H2 improvements
30 Sep 2021   /

King Salmon posts $5.6m H1 loss, upbeat on H2 improvements

With demand now exceeding supply and fish sizes recovering, the salmon company signals a second half revival.


Production falls, NZ$ to drag red meat exports to $8bn – B+LNZ
30 Sep 2021   /

Production falls, NZ$ to drag red meat exports to $8bn – B+LNZ

The global economic and foodservice recovery is underpinning strong demand, but the high Kiwi dollar will eat into export returns.


“We need to dominate in the omni-channel paradigm” – Silver Fern Farms on its US strategy
29 Sep 2021   /

“We need to dominate in the omni-channel paradigm” – Silver Fern Farms on its US strategy

The meat exporter is driving into e-commerce in the US and is looking to join big online marketplaces like Amazon.


No further Covid found on kiwifruit – Zespri
28 Sep 2021   /

No further Covid found on kiwifruit – Zespri

Kiwifruit exporter Zespri says it continues to work constructively with authorities following a positive test result for Covid-19 in China on a sample of fruit from the Bay of Plenty.


NZ Natural Pet Food Co’s export bet
27 Sep 2021  

NZ Natural Pet Food Co’s export bet

The Coromandel startup hit the market with a dual launch in Singapore and NZ four years ago, but it’s the US where it’s now going for growth.


Speciality bread business Venerdi goes stateside
23 Sep 2021   /

Speciality bread business Venerdi goes stateside

The deal opens access to the US market for the Auckland-based company’s gluten-free, keto and paleo products.


No return to pre-pandemic pricing for food exporters, importers – Toll Group GM
21 Sep 2021   /

No return to pre-pandemic pricing for food exporters, importers – Toll Group GM

Even when Covid-era shipping disruption is unwound, it appears unlikely that pricing will return to 2019 levels.


Bidders line up for billion-dollar Ziwi
20 Sep 2021   /

Bidders line up for billion-dollar Ziwi

Chinese private equity players FountainVest and Boyu have been linked to $1bn-plus bids for Ziwi.


East Imperial’s “golden opportunity”
17 Sep 2021   /

East Imperial’s “golden opportunity”

The premium mixer business is making major inroads in retail, preparing to put boots on the ground in the US, and is about to go live on Amazon.


Ardern to join inaugural UN Food Systems Summit
17 Sep 2021   /

Ardern to join inaugural UN Food Systems Summit

Prime minister Jacinda Ardern is one of more than 90 world leaders who are set to participate in the historic UN Food Systems Summit next week.


Exporter MIQ pilot signed-off
17 Sep 2021   /

Exporter MIQ pilot signed-off

The government has approved a managed isolation and quarantine allocation pilot for exporters.


Raglan Food launches into Pacific
15 Sep 2021  

Raglan Food launches into Pacific

Raglan Food Co has launched into the Pacific Islands and is eyeing entry into the Middle East with grocery heavyweight Spinneys following expansion in Asia.


Scale-up to kick off at Spring Sheep
14 Sep 2021   /

Scale-up to kick off at Spring Sheep

The company’s new CEO Nick Hammond talks culture, scale-up challenges, China, and the prospects for growth.


Comvita, Scales make director changes
14 Sep 2021  

Comvita, Scales make director changes

Manuka honey exporter Comvita has appointed a trio of new board directors, namely Bridget Coates, Yawen Wu and chief executive David Banfield.


NZ fleet needed to help exporters – Maritime Union
14 Sep 2021  

NZ fleet needed to help exporters – Maritime Union

New Zealand needs a coastal shipping fleet for domestic and regional services and a nationally co-ordinated system for chartering international vessels to overcome current international supply chain issues, according to the Maritime Union.


T&G launches Envy full moon campaign in Asia
8 Sep 2021   /

T&G launches Envy full moon campaign in Asia

T&G Global has launched an integrated marketing campaign in key Asian markets to encourage consumers to celebrate full moon festivities with Envy apples as mid-autumn festivities approach.


UK free trade deal “making progress” – MFAT
8 Sep 2021  

UK free trade deal “making progress” – MFAT

The Ministry of Foreign Affairs and Trade has said it is making continued progress towards a free trade agreement with the United Kingdom. A deal was meant to be concluded at the end of August.


Baking boom helps Heilala Vanilla rise
7 Sep 2021   /

Baking boom helps Heilala Vanilla rise

With housebound consumers picking up the pinny, the global vanilla extract exporter has seen its channels change and sales lift.


T&G in global Jazz push first
7 Sep 2021   /

T&G in global Jazz push first

T&G Global has launched the first global marketing campaign for its Jazz apple brand following a recent brand refresh.


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.


Nibblish gets teeth into Australian market
6 Sep 2021   /

Nibblish gets teeth into Australian market

Shortlisted for the EY Entrepreneur of the Year award, Matthew Bennett says his snacks company is expecting significant growth from across the Tasman this year.


Food firms finalists in NZ International Business Awards
6 Sep 2021   /

Food firms finalists in NZ International Business Awards

Both high profile and emerging food firms are among the 53 finalists named in the New Zealand International Business Awards 2021, run by New Zealand Trade and Enterprise.


Dairy pushes export prices higher
6 Sep 2021  

Dairy pushes export prices higher

Export prices for goods rose 8.3% on the previous quarter in the three months to June 2021, while import prices rose 4.8%, according to Stats NZ.


NZ F&B at Expo 2020 – validate, enter or grow in the UAE
3 Sep 2021   /

NZ F&B at Expo 2020 – validate, enter or grow in the UAE

A month out from Expo 2020, NZ trade commissioner for the UAE, Kevin McKenna, tells the Ticker about the opportunities for Kiwi food and beverage exporters.


July red meat exports jump 29%
3 Sep 2021   /

July red meat exports jump 29%

New Zealand exported red meat and co-products worth $870m during July 2021 – a 29% increase on the same month last year, according to the latest analysis from the Meat Industry Association.


T&G’s VentureFruit takes root
2 Sep 2021   /

T&G’s VentureFruit takes root

The new international genetics and variety management business says it has around 50 premium apple, pear and berry projects lined up.


Ngāi Tahu fishes for “significant” Sanford stake
1 Sep 2021   /

Ngāi Tahu fishes for “significant” Sanford stake

The iwi investor is trying to buy a chunk of the seafood company, although it says it has “no current intention” to launch a takeover.


NZ wine exports fall for first time in 26 years
31 Aug 2021  

NZ wine exports fall for first time in 26 years

A smaller vintage sees the value of exports drop 3% just as industry achieves its 10-year $2bn goal.


…while Marlborough Wine Estates dips into the red
31 Aug 2021  

…while Marlborough Wine Estates dips into the red

The Otu Estate owner counts the cost of a smaller 2021 harvest and investment into growing its branded wine sales.


Perspectives: Moving from volume to value – how do we make it happen?
31 Aug 2021  

Perspectives: Moving from volume to value – how do we make it happen?

What does a move from volume to value look like in practice, and how do we go about achieving it?


Kuriger gets agri, Grigg takes trade and export in National Party reshuffle
31 Aug 2021  

Kuriger gets agri, Grigg takes trade and export in National Party reshuffle

The National Party has appointed new spokespeople to a range of portfolios related to New Zealand’s food system.


Marlborough Wine Estates appoints UK distributor
30 Aug 2021   /

Marlborough Wine Estates appoints UK distributor

Marlborough Wine Estates Group has appointed the Hayward Bros as the UK distributor for its OTU Estate brand.


Kaimoana top 2020 export at $311m for Māori authorities
27 Aug 2021   /

Kaimoana top 2020 export at $311m for Māori authorities

Kaimoana (seafood), including fish, crayfish, and mussels was the Māori authorities’ top commodities export in 2020 at $311m. 


A2 Milk net profit plunges 79%, strategy review underway
26 Aug 2021  

A2 Milk net profit plunges 79%, strategy review underway

The prolonged impact of Covid-19 and a rapidly changing China market has prompted the company to launch a growth strategy review.


Comvita posts $9.5m profit, resumes dividend
26 Aug 2021   /

Comvita posts $9.5m profit, resumes dividend

A turnaround is taking hold at the honey company, which is focussed on growth in the world’s two biggest honey markets, China and the US.


July seafood exports jump 29%
26 Aug 2021  

July seafood exports jump 29%

Exports of fish, crustaceans, and molluscs were up $35m or 29% in July to reach $155m, according to Stats NZ.


Scales upgrades FY guidance after solid H1
25 Aug 2021  

Scales upgrades FY guidance after solid H1

Diversified focus put agribusiness on track to to deliver full year net profit of between $32 – $37m.


Mainfreight boss warns of lockdown export, warehouse crunch
24 Aug 2021   /

Mainfreight boss warns of lockdown export, warehouse crunch

The snap lockdown has piled more pressure on already congested supply chains, says the company’s MD, Don Braid.


Apples, wine, honey exports win in proposed UK free trade deal
24 Aug 2021   /

Apples, wine, honey exports win in proposed UK free trade deal

Apple wine and honey tariffs to be slashed, but no particulars yet for the red meat sector.


Grove avocado oil presses on in Asia
23 Aug 2021   /

Grove avocado oil presses on in Asia

With China and Korea its number one and two markets, Grove is looking to Thailand and Vietnam for further growth.


New plant milk export squashes produce waste
17 Aug 2021   /

New plant milk export squashes produce waste

A New Zealand chef who pioneered the development of avocado milk has teamed up with a buttercup squash grower to develop a new plant-milk destined for export markets in Asia.


Low hanging F&B opportunities in UAE – NZTE research
16 Aug 2021   /

Low hanging F&B opportunities in UAE – NZTE research

The United Arab Emirates presents a fertile market for New Zealand food and beverage exports particularly for fruit and honey products, according to new research from New Zealand Trade and Enterprise.


Ārepa eyes ‘billion dollar’ prize in export drive
12 Aug 2021   /

Ārepa eyes ‘billion dollar’ prize in export drive

Zac Robinson and Angus Brown are preparing for a $5m capital raise to take Ārepa’s nootropic drinks to the world.


Organic apple exports to China jump 136% – Bostock
12 Aug 2021   /

Organic apple exports to China jump 136% – Bostock

Organic apple grower Bostock New Zealand says it has seen a 136% increase in organic apple sales this year across its direct retail programmes in China.


T&G Global hopes to bear fruit from genetics, variety venture
9 Aug 2021   /

T&G Global hopes to bear fruit from genetics, variety venture

The produce giant’s new business has launched with two initial partnerships.


NZTE appoints first Pacific trade commissioner
9 Aug 2021   /

NZTE appoints first Pacific trade commissioner

New Zealand Trade and Enterprise has appointed David Dewar the first New Zealand Trade Commissioner to the Pacific, based in Fiji.


MIA launches worker shortage campaign
6 Aug 2021   /

MIA launches worker shortage campaign

The Meat Industry Association has launched a campaign to help address the industry’s chronic shortage of employees – currently standing at around 2,000 people.


T&G Global interim profit drops 63%
5 Aug 2021  

T&G Global interim profit drops 63%

Summer storms, supply chain disruption and labour shortages all weigh on first half performance.


Health food firm hit with $377k fine
5 Aug 2021  

Health food firm hit with $377k fine

NZHFC made representations such as “100% New Zealand” knowing the royal jelly ingredient was from China, finds a court.


June red meat exports close to $1bn
3 Aug 2021  

June red meat exports close to $1bn

Exports from the New Zealand red meat sector reached $937m in June, up 16% year-on-year, according to the Meat Industry Association.


Bootleggers mixers secures Aus export deal
3 Aug 2021   /

Bootleggers mixers secures Aus export deal

Bootleggers tonic and mixers brand is set to launch into Australia following the appointment of a local sales agent and the securing a contract to supply what it says is the country’s largest liquor retailer.


Rachel Taulelei exiting Kono, new venture in the wings
2 Aug 2021   /

Rachel Taulelei exiting Kono, new venture in the wings

Taulelei is teaming up with brand specialist Tabitha Harris to launch a new venture focusing on “business design through story, strategy and brand”.


Fix & Fogg reigns supreme at business awards
2 Aug 2021   /

Fix & Fogg reigns supreme at business awards

Wellington nut butter maker Fix & Fogg was named the supreme prize winner at the Wellington Gold Awards on Thursday night.


Maritime Union calls for New Zealand shipping congestion solutions
29 Jul 2021  

Maritime Union calls for New Zealand shipping congestion solutions

The Maritime Union of New Zealand has called for “innovative responses” to ongoing shipping congestion that is causing delays in New Zealand’s supply chain.


Rachel Taulelei on Kono’s post pandemic plans
27 Jul 2021   /

Rachel Taulelei on Kono’s post pandemic plans

A year on from its purchase of Hop Federation, the Ticker talks to Kono’s CEO about the brewery’s integration, exporting during a pandemic and whether more acquisitions are on the cards.


June exports beef up to hit record
27 Jul 2021   /

June exports beef up to hit record

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


NZTE sees healthy Japan F&B opportunities
22 Jul 2021   /

NZTE sees healthy Japan F&B opportunities

Japanese demand for premium products, products that are safe, sustainable, and trustworthy fits NZ’s F&B profile.


Reefton Distilling Co appoints top talent to plot global growth
20 Jul 2021   /

Reefton Distilling Co appoints top talent to plot global growth

Patsy Bass, co-founder of West Coast spirits powerhouse Reefton Distilling Co, hires two senior executives to lead the company’s drive into export markets.


NZ hort value tops $6.7bn in “most bizarre” year – HortNZ
20 Jul 2021  

NZ hort value tops $6.7bn in “most bizarre” year – HortNZ

The total value of exports reached $4.55bn in the year to March, up 8.3%.


Dancing Sands plants first US flag, preps to expand in 2022
19 Jul 2021   /

Dancing Sands plants first US flag, preps to expand in 2022

The Golden Bay craft gin maker has made it into the “notoriously difficult to enter” North American market.


Exporter and MIQ changes needed – Auckland chamber
16 Jul 2021  

Exporter and MIQ changes needed – Auckland chamber

Auckland Chamber of Commerce chief executive Michael Barnett has called on the government to release more MIQ rooms for New Zealand exporters returning from offshore travel – or allow them to skip it altogether.


B+LNZ upbeat on US demand
9 Jul 2021  

B+LNZ upbeat on US demand

Beef + Lamb New Zealand is confident US demand for meat protein will remain high through 2021 as demand from the recovering foodservice sector continues to challenge available supplies.


Soochi secures seed funding, makes supermarket move
8 Jul 2021  

Soochi secures seed funding, makes supermarket move

Functional food startup Soochi plans to pioneer a ‘prejuvenation’ drinks category in Asia Pacific after hitting two milestones this month: signing off seed funding and launching into Foodstuffs supermarkets.


May meat exports top $877m
8 Jul 2021  

May meat exports top $877m

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


Gluten free pioneer Pavillion Foods preps for expansion
6 Jul 2021   /

Gluten free pioneer Pavillion Foods preps for expansion

Growing consumer demand and more interest from supermarkets is paving the way for expansion for gluten free pioneer Pavillion Foods.


Honey exports on track for 13% growth
5 Jul 2021  

Honey exports on track for 13% growth

Honey exports are on track to rise 13% to $480m in 2020-21 according to MPI’s latest Situation and Outlook for Primary Industries.


‘Container chaos’ to continue – ANZ
1 Jul 2021   /

‘Container chaos’ to continue – ANZ

Covid-19 induced congestion in the global shipping industry is likely to continue well into 2022, with skyrocketing costs hitting New Zealand primary producers hard, according to ANZ.


Raglan Food Co aims for change one plant-based product at a time
1 Jul 2021  

Raglan Food Co aims for change one plant-based product at a time

The seven-year old company formerly known as Raglan Coconut Yoghurt is on a mission to change the world one plant-based product at a time.


Pure Food Co looks to go global in search of silver dollar
30 Jun 2021   /

Pure Food Co looks to go global in search of silver dollar

The fortified foods firm plans to double production and boost exports to Australia while it explores markets further afield.


“Exponential growth” sees Rockit land in Tairāwhiti Gisborne
30 Jun 2021   /

“Exponential growth” sees Rockit land in Tairāwhiti Gisborne

Miniature apple company Rockit Global has expanded its footprint from Hawke’s Bay to Gisborne where it will now establish a management team, and potentially a new packhouse.


The Flying Winemaker lifts off in China
30 Jun 2021  

The Flying Winemaker lifts off in China

The Flying Winemaker group has signed a distribution deal which will see its wine sold in foodservice outlets across Mainland China.


Dairy drives up May exports
28 Jun 2021   /

Dairy drives up May exports

Monthly goods exports were up $461m to $5.9bn after a 12% rise in dairy products in the month of May, according to StatsNZ.


Chia Sisters’ growth agenda
25 Jun 2021  

Chia Sisters’ growth agenda

“We’re right on the cusp of growth which is always a challenging time to navigate,” says new GM Bonnie Slade.


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

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

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


Ports audit results released, interactive export map unveiled
24 Jun 2021   /

Ports audit results released, interactive export map unveiled

An interactive map showing import and export, and financial data for each New Zealand port has been released alongside a report from the Auditor-General’s with the results of the 2019/20 audit of port companies.


Cell-cultured meat – opportunities and threats for NZ’s food sector
23 Jun 2021  

Cell-cultured meat – opportunities and threats for NZ’s food sector

The future of meat prices and production are likely to be challenged by the emergence of a cultivated meat sector on track to become a US$25bn global industry by 2030, according to a new report from McKinsey.


Unlock capacity constraints to seize export opportunity – NZTE’s Craig Armstrong
22 Jun 2021   /

Unlock capacity constraints to seize export opportunity – NZTE’s Craig Armstrong

New Zealand’s food industry is in a prime position to capitalise on Covid-era export opportunities but must overcome capacity challenges on home soil first.


NZ over-reliant on global shipping operators – union
22 Jun 2021   /

NZ over-reliant on global shipping operators – union

New Zealand is over-reliant on global shipping operators leaving the country’s imports and exports exposed, says the Maritime Union.


First UK, next EU – could 2021 be a watershed year for food exporters?
21 Jun 2021  

First UK, next EU – could 2021 be a watershed year for food exporters?

New Zealand’s food exporters can expect a free trade agreement in principle with the UK in August and “substantive progress” on an EU deal by the end of the year, says trade and export growth minister Damien O’Connor.


NZ food & fibre exports to hit $49bn in 2022
18 Jun 2021  

NZ food & fibre exports to hit $49bn in 2022

New Zealand’s food and fibre sector is predicted to post a 3.4% rise in export revenue to hit a record $49.1bn for the year ended June 2022.


Moana NZ upbeat despite ‘significant headwinds’ for Sealord
17 Jun 2021  

Moana NZ upbeat despite ‘significant headwinds’ for Sealord

The fisheries company expects to come in ahead of $26m full year profit guidance despite disruption at Sealord.


Supply chain congestion continues – NZTE
17 Jun 2021  

Supply chain congestion continues – NZTE

Supply chains continue to suffer from severe congestion globally according to New Zealand Trade & Enterprises latest bi-monthly update for May, although some headroom in seafreight to Australia may be on the horizon.


Fatigue, FOMO wrack food and fibre – KPMG
16 Jun 2021   /

Fatigue, FOMO wrack food and fibre – KPMG

Export disruptions, labour shortages and regulatory pressures are hurting morale in the sector.


FFNZ 2021: Kiwi Quinoa takes flight to Australia
14 Jun 2021   /

FFNZ 2021: Kiwi Quinoa takes flight to Australia

The Taihape-based food firm will start exporting to Australia after securing a deal with distributor Scalzo.


Smaller harvest means tough decisions – NZ Wine
14 Jun 2021  

Smaller harvest means tough decisions – NZ Wine

A smaller than hoped for 2021 harvest means many New Zealand wineries will face tough decisions over who they can supply in their key markets, according to NZ Wine.


Avocado earnings jump 47% to reach “extraordinary” $227m
11 Jun 2021   /

Avocado earnings jump 47% to reach “extraordinary” $227m

The growth is being driven by a big increase in exports to Australia – but that may not last, says NZ Avocado.


Beef + Lamb sees strong 2020 US performance
10 Jun 2021  

Beef + Lamb sees strong 2020 US performance

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


Food exporters feel the squeeze as shipping disruptions continue
8 Jun 2021   /

Food exporters feel the squeeze as shipping disruptions continue

Competition for container space is fierce, driving up costs alongside congestion and uncertain scheduling.


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

April red meat sector exports stable at $863m

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


APEC trade ministers pledge action on agri tariffs
8 Jun 2021  

APEC trade ministers pledge action on agri tariffs

The Asia Pacific Economic Cooperation ministers responsible for trade have acknowledged the need for action to address trade tariffs in the agricultural sector at the 12th World Trade Organisation ministerial conference.


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.


…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 »


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

Meat, dairy exports fall in March year

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


Cookie Time sees online sales surge 500% in major export market
2 Jun 2021  

Cookie Time sees online sales surge 500% in major export market

Christchurch-based family business Cookie Time believes it has “cracked the code” to exporting its iconic homemade cookies into the world’s third largest economy of Japan.


O’Connor leads virtual trade mission to Japan
2 Jun 2021  

O’Connor leads virtual trade mission to Japan

Trade minister Damien O’Connor will lead a ‘virtual’ trade mission to Japan this week to promote New Zealand’s relationship with one of its largest trading partners.


Kiwi wine company’s big play for Japan’s luxury market
1 Jun 2021   /

Kiwi wine company’s big play for Japan’s luxury market

Dionysus Investments says it is at the start of an ‘ultra premium’ Asia strategy.


Nods from Queenstown to food standards, supply chain woes, secure trade lanes
1 Jun 2021   /

Nods from Queenstown to food standards, supply chain woes, secure trade lanes

Jacinda Ardern and Scott Morrison have concluded their meeting at the resort – was there anything in it for food and beverage?


As NZ backs Aus in China trade dispute, a warning for F&B from another sector
1 Jun 2021   /

As NZ backs Aus in China trade dispute, a warning for F&B from another sector

Can the country’s food exporters learn lessons from another sector heavily exposed to a single source of income?


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

“Rock solid” demand underpinning food exports to US

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


Pic’s wins with NZ-grown peanut trial
28 May 2021   /

Pic’s wins with NZ-grown peanut trial

Pic Picot is a step closer to selling a 100% Kiwi peanut butter following the completion of a successful crop trial.


Zespri posts record returns as profit leaps 45%
28 May 2021  

Zespri posts record returns as profit leaps 45%

The kiwifruit giant said it delivered record per tray returns across all categories in the 2020/2021 season.


Exporting on a wing and a prayer – Cobb Vantress ploughs $7m+ into Asian flights
28 May 2021   /

Exporting on a wing and a prayer – Cobb Vantress ploughs $7m+ into Asian flights

NZ’s bird flu free status attracted US poultry giant Cobb Vantress to set up here but the distance from major markets has been costly during the pandemic.


NZ hemp meat trailblazer targets $20m export-led expansion
27 May 2021   /

NZ hemp meat trailblazer targets $20m export-led expansion

Sustainable Foods is planning to have Plan*t products in Australia and Asia by the end of the year.


Dairy drags April exports
27 May 2021  

Dairy drags April exports

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


Consultation starts on wine export evaluation
25 May 2021  

Consultation starts on wine export evaluation

New Zealand Food Safety is reviewing how wine for export is determined to be free from obvious fault.


New look for Luv’ya apples and pears
24 May 2021   /

New look for Luv’ya apples and pears

Nelson Tasman grower and exporter, Luv’ya, has announced a brand refresh for its entire range of apples and pears.


Sanford subdued as Covid continues to bite
21 May 2021  

Sanford subdued as Covid continues to bite

Seafood company reports 15% drop in net profit at the half year as it continues to battle with Covid-19 disruption to freight and foodservice.


New $40m Rockit HQ launchpad for 70% sales surge – CEO
20 May 2021  

New $40m Rockit HQ launchpad for 70% sales surge – CEO

Miniature apple company Rockit Global is ready to cut the red ribbon on its new circa $40m global headquarters following a bumper harvest.


Food exports on track for “record breaking” 2021 – Westpac
18 May 2021   /

Food exports on track for “record breaking” 2021 – Westpac

Strong global demand and restricted supply have resulted in sweet spot for NZ commodities pushing up prices and export volumes.


Pals packs a punch in Australia
17 May 2021  

Pals packs a punch in Australia

Young Kiwi drinks company Pals expands its push into Australia after rapid growth in New Zealand.


“The world’s our oyster” – Natural Pet Food’s Neil Hinton on KKR deal
14 May 2021   /

“The world’s our oyster” – Natural Pet Food’s Neil Hinton on KKR deal

The CEO says global investor KKR will accelerate the premium pet food firm’s international expansion.


PM to lead trade delegation to Aus, signals shift from low skilled migrants
14 May 2021   /

PM to lead trade delegation to Aus, signals shift from low skilled migrants

Prime minister Jacinda Ardern will lead a trade mission to Australia in early July.


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.


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.


Ōpōtiki rolls out welcome mat for OPAC
11 May 2021   /

Ōpōtiki rolls out welcome mat for OPAC

Seeka has been officially welcomed to Ōpōtiki to celebrate its purchase of Ōpōtiki Packing and Cool Storage.


Red meat exports top $1bn as China recovery gains momentum…
10 May 2021  

Red meat exports top $1bn as China recovery gains momentum…

China’s recovery from the Covid-19 pandemic helped lift red meat exports over $1bn in March 2021, says the Meat Industry Association.


…but exporters still face “challenging” times, despite food strength
10 May 2021  

…but exporters still face “challenging” times, despite food strength

Kiwi exporters are operating in a turbulent environment but food exporters are proving a bright spot, says trade minister Damien O’Connor.


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

Sheep meat exports reach $4bn – Stats NZ

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


Dairy lobbies for tariff free UK FTA
10 May 2021   /

Dairy lobbies for tariff free UK FTA

The Dairy Companies Association of New Zealand is calling for a trade deal with the UK which comprehensively removes agricultural tariffs.


Online farmers’ market Maker2U eyes UK launch
7 May 2021   /

Online farmers’ market Maker2U eyes UK launch

Maker2U will launch its online farmers’ market sister-website in the UK later this year.


Zeijoa expands distribution across the ditch
6 May 2021  

Zeijoa expands distribution across the ditch

Australia is the biggest export destination for New Zealand feijoas and there is real possibility for expansion, says New Zealand’s largest feijoa exporter.


NZ International Business Awards 2021 entries open
6 May 2021   /

NZ International Business Awards 2021 entries open

Nomination’s have opened for the annual award with new categories for 2021.


Global disruptions mean death of ‘business as usual’ for exporters – B+LNZ
5 May 2021   /

Global disruptions mean death of ‘business as usual’ for exporters – B+LNZ

Food exporters have been warned not to fall back on a ‘business as usual’ approach following the disruption Covid-19 because there is more to come.


Show me the money – NZ’s play for the high-value nutrition market
4 May 2021   /

Show me the money – NZ’s play for the high-value nutrition market

Higher margin evidence-based health and wellness products present a huge opportunity to change the value of New Zealand’s agriculture and food sectors.


NZ AgriFood Week kicks off for 2021
3 May 2021  

NZ AgriFood Week kicks off for 2021

Delegates from around the country are converging on the Manawatu for the 2021 New Zealand Agrifood Week.


Perspectives: The shape of exports and how they shape us
3 May 2021  

Perspectives: The shape of exports and how they shape us

Producing further up the value chain will be a way of boosting export values, according to Infometrics economist Andrew Beattie.


New T&G Envy orchard gets go-ahead
30 Apr 2021  

New T&G Envy orchard gets go-ahead

OIO approves T&G Global purchase of an 11-hectare Hawke’s Bay site to grow more Envy apples.


Goat farm investment gets OIO green-light
30 Apr 2021  

Goat farm investment gets OIO green-light

A Taiwan-listed multinational pharmaceutical company is to invest $3.5m to convert a Waikato dairy farm to goat milk production.


Rabobank hikes milk price forecast, predicts bumper season
30 Apr 2021  

Rabobank hikes milk price forecast, predicts bumper season

Rabobank has hiked its farmgate milk price forecast by 60 cents to $7.60 kg/MS for the 2020/21 season.


Food investments on the menu as Oriens targets $80m follow-on fund
29 Apr 2021  

Food investments on the menu as Oriens targets $80m follow-on fund

The Rockit Global private equity backer will soon be on the hunt for F&B investments.


Synlait launches premium product,  lines up Asian customer
29 Apr 2021  

Synlait launches premium product, lines up Asian customer

The dairy company says its new premium ingredients offering is for consumers seeking “sustainably, ethically and equitably produced” products.


EPA seeks glyphosate info after honey worries
29 Apr 2021  

EPA seeks glyphosate info after honey worries

The Environmental Protection Authority is calling for information on the use of the herbicide glyphosate in New Zealand in a move that could have ramifications for New Zealand $490m honey MORE »


NZ cheesemakers to EU: hands off ‘halloumi’
29 Apr 2021  

NZ cheesemakers to EU: hands off ‘halloumi’

New Zealand cheesemakers are up in arms over the European Commission’s continuing campaign to restrict the use of common names in international cheesemaking, with halloumi the latest target.


PURE NZ Ice Cream goes international with first export deal
28 Apr 2021  

PURE NZ Ice Cream goes international with first export deal

The Wānaka producer secures entry into Japan with distributor Horizon Farms.


Blis Technologies shakes up Aussie sales strategy
28 Apr 2021  

Blis Technologies shakes up Aussie sales strategy

New approach in Australia means ramping up online sales and securing a new distributor.


Food comprises 50% of Emirates SkyCargo’s 2020 load
28 Apr 2021  

Food comprises 50% of Emirates SkyCargo’s 2020 load

New Zealand food products comprised more than half of the 8,000 tonnes of cargo shipped by Emirates SkyCargo in 2020.


T&G Global starts shipping Envy
27 Apr 2021  

T&G Global starts shipping Envy

Five ships carrying 28,000 cartons of T&G Global’s Envy apples are on their way to Asia.


PharmaZen Q1 sales strangled by expansion plan delays
23 Apr 2021   /

PharmaZen Q1 sales strangled by expansion plan delays

Christchurch biotechnology company PharmaZen has suffered a difficult first quarter dogged by delays to its $8m capital investment programme and resultant capacity constraints. In its annual report the company, which MORE »


Smaller vintage to dent $2bn wine export market
21 Apr 2021  

Smaller vintage to dent $2bn wine export market

Wineries will have to pick and choose who to supply as the smaller vintage compounds already low stock levels.


The top problems faced by F&B exporters – report
21 Apr 2021  

The top problems faced by F&B exporters – report

Gaining brand awareness and establishing relationships are the top barriers Kiwi food and beverage exporters face.


Avocados on track for smashing season as persimmon sales perk up
20 Apr 2021  

Avocados on track for smashing season as persimmon sales perk up

Forecasts for the next avocado crop are bullish, while growing sales sees persimmons as the new kid on the chopping block.


Port congestion affecting red meat exporters – B&LNZ
16 Apr 2021   /

Port congestion affecting red meat exporters – B&LNZ

Beef and Lamb New Zealand is advising red meat processors and exporters to manage livestock volumes as current global supply chain issues caused by Covid-19 are causing bottlenecks.


Top of the South untapped F&B export potential tops $19bn
15 Apr 2021  

Top of the South untapped F&B export potential tops $19bn

Exporters can grow sectors such as wine or explore new opportunities for peanut butter or ice cream, says a new report.


Fed Farmers ‘surprised’ at live export ban
15 Apr 2021  

Fed Farmers ‘surprised’ at live export ban

The Government will phase out the export of livestock by sea.


Comvita upgrades guidance after strong Q3
14 Apr 2021   /

Comvita upgrades guidance after strong Q3

Manuka honey company Comvita has revised its earnings forecast up on the back of strong growth in China and the US.


Entries open for Hawke’s Bay Export Awards
13 Apr 2021  

Entries open for Hawke’s Bay Export Awards

Companies from Gisborne to Pahiatua can apply.


T&G to debut Australian blueberries in December
12 Apr 2021  

T&G to debut Australian blueberries in December

The new blueberry varieties will be able to be grown year round in Australia.


NZTE launches supply chain analysis
12 Apr 2021  

NZTE launches supply chain analysis

New Zealand Trade and Enterprise has launched the first of its bi-monthly updates on freight and supply chain.


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.


Vegans question need for dairy exports
7 Apr 2021   /

Vegans question need for dairy exports

The Vegan Society Aotearoa New Zealand is questioning the need for dairy exports as the industry’s affect on the environment continues to be in the spotlight.


PharmaZen profit up 30%, Covid delays hit factory development
6 Apr 2021  

PharmaZen profit up 30%, Covid delays hit factory development

Annual profit rises to $5.2m, but Covid delays push out development of a new Rolleston factory.


Red meat exports steady at $907m
6 Apr 2021  

Red meat exports steady at $907m

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


Silver Fern Farms profit steady despite pandemic
1 Apr 2021  

Silver Fern Farms profit steady despite pandemic

The meat company saw net profit dip to $65m, skirting any deep impact from the pandemic.


Milk production increases, Feb exports up
1 Apr 2021  

Milk production increases, Feb exports up

New Zealand milk production increased 3% on a litres basis in February 2021, compared to February last year.


Egmont Honey expands as sales process gathers pace
31 Mar 2021   /

Egmont Honey expands as sales process gathers pace

Manuka honey business Egmont Honey is launching a new health supplement range in Australia with major retailer Coles.


NZ venison producers set sights on US market
30 Mar 2021   /

NZ venison producers set sights on US market

Almost $1m will be spent on venison marketing and promotion in the US.


Zespri vote looms as counterfeit kiwifruit plantings grow
24 Mar 2021   /

Zespri vote looms as counterfeit kiwifruit plantings grow

Zespri is progressing its plan to move against the unlawful growing of kiwifruit in China as illegal plantings increase.


Seafood, dairy products see goods export up $233m in Dec quarter
19 Mar 2021   /

Seafood, dairy products see goods export up $233m in Dec quarter

Goods exports were up $233m in the December quarter, driven by an increase in fish, crustaceans, and molluscs, as well as milk powder, butter and cheese, according to Stats NZ.


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

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

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


MPI looks at export potential of hemp
4 Mar 2021   /

MPI looks at export potential of hemp

The Ministry for Primary Industries has identified hemp as having export market opportunities.


Deer farmers can “bank” on positive chilled season – DINZ
2 Mar 2021   /

Deer farmers can “bank” on positive chilled season – DINZ

Rising prices for venison in Europe will help boost the market, says Deer Industry NZ.


More support for exporters -Auckland Business Chamber

More support for exporters -Auckland Business Chamber

Freight costs were up 150-200%, labour costs had increased and the exchange rate had risen sharply.


Daigou disruption sees A2 Milk profit, shares tumble
1 Mar 2021  

Daigou disruption sees A2 Milk profit, shares tumble

The company suffered a 35% drop in interim profit in what it described as a “challenging” first half year.


Comvita turnaround puts it back in the black
26 Feb 2021   /

Comvita turnaround puts it back in the black

The honey company took “radical” steps to recover from a $13m interim loss.


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

Dairy, meat lead value of Jan exports down

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


Honey export revenue reaches $425m – MPI
22 Feb 2021   /

Honey export revenue reaches $425m – MPI

Ongoing strong demand and expansion into new markets could see another successful year for NZ honey exports.


Low prices push dairy, meat exports down
18 Dec 2020  

Low prices push dairy, meat exports down

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


Demand strong, particularly from Europe – Zespri
17 Dec 2020  

Demand strong, particularly from Europe – Zespri

A difficult 2020 has seen the the industry demonstrate its resilience, says Zespri chair Bruce Cameron.


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

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

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


Cherries, blueberries, lamb in Air NZ Christmas cargo rush
16 Dec 2020  

Cherries, blueberries, lamb in Air NZ Christmas cargo rush

Air NZ’s cargo business will deliver around five million kilograms of food over summer.


B+LNZ: Summer lamb and sheep exports to drop
15 Dec 2020  

B+LNZ: Summer lamb and sheep exports to drop

Lamb and sheep export volumes are expected to drop this summer as drought results in lower animal weight and stock rebuild activity.


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

Strawberry prices crushed 43% as exports fall

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


Will food exporters benefit from RCEP? Here’s MFAT’s take
9 Dec 2020  

Will food exporters benefit from RCEP? Here’s MFAT’s take

It was India’s participation that made the deal attractive to start with, which is no more.


New ExportNZ chair: F&B “strong” despite Covid disruptions
7 Dec 2020   /

New ExportNZ chair: F&B “strong” despite Covid disruptions

Export boss David Boyd says New Zealand exports have been “remarkably resilient”.


F&B priority sector for NZTE in 2020/21
7 Dec 2020  

F&B priority sector for NZTE in 2020/21

The country’s food and beverage producers will be a focus for support to help the country recover from the Covid-19 pandemic, says NZTE.


Exporters get one-stop-shop for biosecurity threats
4 Dec 2020  

Exporters get one-stop-shop for biosecurity threats

Online tool identifies pests, threats for exporters selling Kiwi produce to the world


Dairy exports suffer 16% value hit
3 Dec 2020  

Dairy exports suffer 16% value hit

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


Summer export boost for southern produce
3 Dec 2020  

Summer export boost for southern produce

Christchurch Airport will see a boost in cargo flights this summer following more Government support for the International Air Freight Capacity (IAFC) scheme.


Silver Fern Farms in Xmas gift to US consumers
3 Dec 2020  

Silver Fern Farms in Xmas gift to US consumers

The meat processor says the move means customers in the US will get meat before Christmas.


October red meat exports down 18% – MIA

October red meat exports down 18% – MIA

The MIA says the drop reflects the high prices NZ’s red meat was commanding last year.


NZ wine exports hit $2bn milestone
1 Dec 2020  

NZ wine exports hit $2bn milestone

New Zealand Winegrowers say exports to key international markets have increased “beyond expectations”.


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

Value of food exports drop in Oct – Stats NZ

Some dairy products were down $198m.


Foodservice slowdown to hit demand for beef, lamb – report
24 Nov 2020  

Foodservice slowdown to hit demand for beef, lamb – report

Lower demand for red meat is set to put pressure on prices, says agribusiness bankers Rabobank.


Pork producer calls for labelling change despite Covid delay
18 Nov 2020  

Pork producer calls for labelling change despite Covid delay

Harrington’s Smallgoods is urging the Government to make country-of-origin labelling a priority.


Sanford puts Tauranga facility on market
18 Nov 2020  

Sanford puts Tauranga facility on market

The land and buildings are fully leased to Cold Storage Nelson.


F&B industry welcomes RCEP
17 Nov 2020  

F&B industry welcomes RCEP

Horticulture NZ says there are “immediate” benefits to the new agreement.


Primary, meat industries to profit from RCEP
17 Nov 2020  

Primary, meat industries to profit from RCEP

Jacinda Ardern says New Zealand’s primary industries will “directly benefit” from the new trade deal.


Govt investigating reports of Covid-19 on NZ meat in China
17 Nov 2020  

Govt investigating reports of Covid-19 on NZ meat in China

Chinese authorities say the virus has been detected on beef and tripe and packaging from NZ, Brazil and Bolivia.


Eat The Kiwi scoops Hong Kong online grocery award
16 Nov 2020  

Eat The Kiwi scoops Hong Kong online grocery award

It was recognised in the 2020 Hong Kong Dining Awards.


Strawberry industry hopes Kiwis will buy export excess
16 Nov 2020  

Strawberry industry hopes Kiwis will buy export excess

Strawberry exports have been restricted due to the Covid-19 pandemic.


Northland berry business first to repay PGF loan
13 Nov 2020  

Northland berry business first to repay PGF loan

It’s the first of around 100 PGF loans and equity investments worth over $600m to be paid back.


Protestors at live export ship in Napier
9 Nov 2020  

Protestors at live export ship in Napier

A protest against a live animal export ship bound for China took place in Napier at the weekend.


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

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

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


Live animal exports petition presented
4 Nov 2020  

Live animal exports petition presented

The petition has been signed by over 11,700 people.


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

Value of dairy exports takes $97m hit

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


NZ wine exports up 11% in 2020
28 Oct 2020  

NZ wine exports up 11% in 2020

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