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Tuesday 26 October 2021

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PM: Mandatory vaccination for workplaces requiring it of customers
26 Oct 2021  

PM: Mandatory vaccination for workplaces requiring it of customers

Staff vaccination will soon be compulsory for hospitality, events, and other close-contact businesses.


Govt unveils Covid plan, doubles RSP,  $60m for hard-hit Auckland
22 Oct 2021  

Govt unveils Covid plan, doubles RSP, $60m for hard-hit Auckland

The government is boosting payments to businesses affected by the Delta outbreak as the country transitions to a new Covid-19 Protection Framework.


“Great result” – food sector lauds NZ-UK FTA
22 Oct 2021   /

“Great result” – food sector lauds NZ-UK FTA

Plaudits are rolling in for the government’s in-principle free trade agreement with the United Kingdom, which could result in a $1bn boost to GDP.


Seeka upgrades profit guidance, expects $7m legal payout
22 Oct 2021   /

Seeka upgrades profit guidance, expects $7m legal payout

New Zealand’s largest kiwifruit grower has upgraded its profit guidance for FY21.


$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.


Supermarkets holding “consumers and suppliers to ransom” – NZFGC, Consumer NZ
20 Oct 2021   /

Supermarkets holding “consumers and suppliers to ransom” – NZFGC, Consumer NZ

In an open letter to Parliament, the unlikely allies call on MPs to support a “strong intervention” into NZ’s grocery market.


$100 ‘dine & discover’ vouchers in Nats new recovery plan
20 Oct 2021   /

$100 ‘dine & discover’ vouchers in Nats new recovery plan

The National Party has launched its Back in Business recovery plan it says will “save livelihoods and unleash our economy”.


Business support package welcome – RA
19 Oct 2021   /

Business support package welcome – RA

The Restaurant Association has welcomed a move by the government to introduce an enhanced business support package.


Govt seeks refining food production ideas in waste consultation
18 Oct 2021   /

Govt seeks refining food production ideas in waste consultation

The government is seeking feedback on proposals for a new waste strategy and options for legislation.


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

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

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


Hospitality NZ welcomes visa extensions
13 Oct 2021   /

Hospitality NZ welcomes visa extensions

Hospitality New Zealand has welcomed the Government’s move to extend Working Holiday and SSE work visas by six months to allow onshore migrants to help fill labour shortages over summer.


8500+ visa holders granted extension to help summer harvest
12 Oct 2021  

8500+ visa holders granted extension to help summer harvest

The government has extended working holiday and supplementary seasonal employment work visas by six months.


How much should the fishing industry pay for on-board cameras? Govt seeks feedback
12 Oct 2021  

How much should the fishing industry pay for on-board cameras? Govt seeks feedback

Views are being sought on the industry’s bill for the $68m scheme.


ComCom releases Tegel Growers Assoc prelim issues
12 Oct 2021   /

ComCom releases Tegel Growers Assoc prelim issues

The Commerce Commission has published a statement of preliminary issues relating to the New Zealand Tegel Growers Association application to collectively negotiate conditions around its supply arrangement with Tegel Foods.


Auckland to stay at level 3 settings for another week
11 Oct 2021  

Auckland to stay at level 3 settings for another week

Northland and Waikato might be able to move to level 2 this Thursday midnight.


Dad’s Pies acquisition ‘not a competition threat’ – GWF
11 Oct 2021   /

Dad’s Pies acquisition ‘not a competition threat’ – GWF

The new business would be a top three wholesale pie company in NZ but it wouldn’t weaken competition, says George Weston Foods.


Govt meets business leaders over workplace rapid Covid testing
8 Oct 2021   /

Govt meets business leaders over workplace rapid Covid testing

The government is meeting business leaders today to discuss a rollout of rapid antigen tests to help keep workplaces safe.


Food sector giants urge approval of rapid antigen tests
7 Oct 2021  

Food sector giants urge approval of rapid antigen tests

Foodstuffs North Island, Woolworths New Zealand, and Mainfreight are among a group of the country’s largest companies calling for emergency approval of rapid antigen tests.


Pāua fishery to reopen after earthquake closure
6 Oct 2021   /

Pāua fishery to reopen after earthquake closure

Kaikōura’s pāua fishery, which has been closed since the November 2016 earthquakes disrupted local seabeds, is to reopen.


Hospo pleads for targetted help after “devastating” Auckland decision
5 Oct 2021   /

Hospo pleads for targetted help after “devastating” Auckland decision

Targetted support for the hospitality sector is desperately needed if businesses in Auckland are to survive, say industry groups.


Auckland to stay at level 3, NZ transitions from elimination
4 Oct 2021  

Auckland to stay at level 3, NZ transitions from elimination

PM Jacinda Ardern outlines the government’s new three-step plan to ease restrictions in the city.


Waikato supermarkets scramble in snap lockdown
4 Oct 2021   /

Waikato supermarkets scramble in snap lockdown

Stores have reduced hours and shifted to level 3 protocols after parts of the region entered lockdown overnight.


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.


17,000 food, accommodation migrant workers could be eligible for residency – govt
30 Sep 2021  

17,000 food, accommodation migrant workers could be eligible for residency – govt

The 2021 Resident Visa could allow around 17,000 workers in the food and accommodation sectors to stay in NZ.


Self-iso pilot for business travel opens for application, costs $1000pp
30 Sep 2021  

Self-iso pilot for business travel opens for application, costs $1000pp

Businesses can now apply to take part in the government’s self-isolation pilot scheduled to start in October.


Brewers urge govt, consumers to support hospo

Brewers urge govt, consumers to support hospo

The Brewers Association of New Zealand is calling on the government to provide targeted support for hospitality.


Govt moves to help businesses resolve rent disputes
29 Sep 2021  

Govt moves to help businesses resolve rent disputes

Measures are being taken to help businesses resolve disputes over commercial rent, says the government.


150 business travellers to test self-isolation border trial
28 Sep 2021  

150 business travellers to test self-isolation border trial

The pilot will allow a short business trip overseas for fully-vaccinated people but they must self-isolate for 14 days when they return to New Zealand.


Arrival dates, criteria set for RSE workers
28 Sep 2021   /

Arrival dates, criteria set for RSE workers

One-way, quarantine-free travel for Recognised Seasonal Employer (RSE) workers from Vanuatu will be allowed from 4 October, says the government.


New catch limits for 15 fish stocks
24 Sep 2021   /

New catch limits for 15 fish stocks

Hoki, blue cod, hapuku and bass are among the fish species to have their catch limits reduced in new rules announced today. The changes affect 15 fish stocks around the country MORE »


Consumers support split up of supermarket duopoly – survey
23 Sep 2021   /

Consumers support split up of supermarket duopoly – survey

An overwhelming majority of consumers believe they pay too much for goods at supermarkets and the current duopoly should be split up, according to a survey commissioned by lobby group Monopoly Watch NZ.


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.


Auckland to move to level 3 midnight tonight
21 Sep 2021  

Auckland to move to level 3 midnight tonight

PM Jacinda Ardern says the rest of NZ will remain at level 2 but the indoor cap of 50 people will lift to 100.


Testing indicates no salmonella spread – EPF
20 Sep 2021  

Testing indicates no salmonella spread – EPF

The Egg Producers Federation says it believes an outbreak of salmonella enteritidis on three layer farms earlier this year is contained and will be eliminated.


TGA seeks collective bargaining clearance for Tegel growers
20 Sep 2021  

TGA seeks collective bargaining clearance for Tegel growers

The Commerce Commission has received an application from the New Zealand Tegel Growers Association seeking authorisation for collective bargaining with Tegel Foods.


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. 


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.


Suppliers like Pic Picot welcome supermarket grocery code pledge but ‘devil in the detail’
16 Sep 2021   /

Suppliers like Pic Picot welcome supermarket grocery code pledge but ‘devil in the detail’

Food firms want wide stakeholder buy-in to a code that provides a framework for behaviour and confidence for investment decisions.


Clarity urged on wage subsidy eligibility
16 Sep 2021  

Clarity urged on wage subsidy eligibility

Hospitality New Zealand has called on the government to provide clarity over eligibility for the wage subsidy.


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 rejects excessive profit; promises grocery code, land covenant removal
15 Sep 2021   /

FSNI rejects excessive profit; promises grocery code, land covenant removal

CEO Chris Quin says the co-op will make changes but he disputes ComCom’s estimate of the supermarket group’s profitability.


FSNI  in “epic flip flop” – NZFGC’s Katherine Rich
15 Sep 2021   /

FSNI in “epic flip flop” – NZFGC’s Katherine Rich

NZFGC’s boss says FSNI has thrice refused to sign up to a code of conduct, but Rich welcomed a “first step” towards a more competitive market.


More pain for hospo with Auckland level 4 extension
14 Sep 2021   /

More pain for hospo with Auckland level 4 extension

The extension of Auckland’s level 4 lockdown for at least a week increases the likelihood of more hospitality operators going out of business, says Hospitality New Zealand.


Longer Auckland lockdown triggers biz support
14 Sep 2021  

Longer Auckland lockdown triggers biz support

The decision to keep Auckland at Covid-19 alert level 4 has triggered a third round of the wage subsidy scheme, which will open for applications at 9am this Friday.


New supermarket locations of interest
14 Sep 2021   /

New supermarket locations of interest

The latest update to Delta locations of interest in Auckland sees more supermarkets added to the Ministry of Health’s list.


Decision due today on alert levels
13 Sep 2021  

Decision due today on alert levels

Cabinet will decide this afternoon whether to reduce the Covid-19 alert level 4 setting for Auckland.


Restaurant Association welcomes Delta decisions…
13 Sep 2021  

Restaurant Association welcomes Delta decisions…

The Restaurant Association has welcomed two Delta-era government decisions, namely to extend the resurgence support payment scheme and to confirm customer-facing hospitality staff can receive priority vaccinations.


…but targeted support needed for struggling hospo
13 Sep 2021  

…but targeted support needed for struggling hospo

The Restaurant Association and Hospitality New Zealand are calling on the government to provide targeted support for struggling hospitality businesses.


Increased demand for Covid support – IRD
13 Sep 2021  

Increased demand for Covid support – IRD

Inland Revenue is seeing increased demand for resurgence support payments and other assistance schemes that it administers due to the Delta outbreak, according to revenue minister David Parker.


Govt backs robotic asparagus harvester with $2.6m
10 Sep 2021  

Govt backs robotic asparagus harvester with $2.6m

The government’s Sustainable Food and Fibre Futures fund is contributing $2.6m towards a $5m project to develop a commercial-scale autonomous robotic asparagus harvester.


Lion fined $10k for breaching overseas investment law
9 Sep 2021   /

Lion fined $10k for breaching overseas investment law

Beverage business Lion New Zealand has been fined $10,000 for breaching the Overseas Investment Act when it bought a South Island leasehold farm in 2017.


East Coromandel scallop fishery to close for two years
9 Sep 2021   /

East Coromandel scallop fishery to close for two years

The Ministry for Primary Industries will close the east Coromandel scallop fishery for two years following a request from the Ngāti Hei Trust, which has concerns around the sustainability of stocks.


Govt pours millions into food projects aiming to transform industry
8 Sep 2021  

Govt pours millions into food projects aiming to transform industry

Smart food packaging, a NZ tree syrup industry, and open ocean aquaculture secure significant research funding.


Restaurant Association calls for operations lockout subsidy
8 Sep 2021   /

Restaurant Association calls for operations lockout subsidy

The Restaurant Association is urging the government to come up with targeted support that reflects the dire situation of its members. 


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.


Brewers seek tax relief on destroyed product
8 Sep 2021  

Brewers seek tax relief on destroyed product

The Brewers Association of New Zealand has called on the government to allow for refund or remission of excise tax on returned product that is wasted as a result of Covid-19 lockdowns.


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.


Hospitality, events still suffer at ‘level 2.5’ – industry
7 Sep 2021   /

Hospitality, events still suffer at ‘level 2.5’ – industry

The 50-person limit on indoor venues will hurt already struggling operators, say industry groups.


Country of origin labelling update
7 Sep 2021   /

Country of origin labelling update

The Commerce Commission has updated its information regarding country of origin labelling as part of the Consumer Information Standards (Origin of Food) Regulations 2021.


NZ to move to level 2 midnight Tuesday, except for Auckland
6 Sep 2021  

NZ to move to level 2 midnight Tuesday, except for Auckland

However, the move comes with new restrictions including lower caps on the number of customers a venue can host.


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.


Applications open for next round of wage subsidy
3 Sep 2021  

Applications open for next round of wage subsidy

Businesses affected by the latest Covid-19 alert level lockdowns can apply for the next instalment of the government’s reactivated wage subsidy from today, Friday 3 September.


Hospitality NZ pleads for help as operators reach “breaking point”
2 Sep 2021   /

Hospitality NZ pleads for help as operators reach “breaking point”

Many hospitality businesses will fail due to the lockdown unless the government provides targeted support, says Hospitality New Zealand.


Bonamia testing process for oysters strengthened
1 Sep 2021   /

Bonamia testing process for oysters strengthened

Biosecurity New Zealand says it is strengthening its testing processes for the oyster parasite Bonamia ostreae after a review found that human error contributed to incorrectly interpreted results being reported for Foveaux Strait in March.


Nelson to leave MPI to lead DOC
1 Sep 2021  

Nelson to leave MPI to lead DOC

Penny Nelson is leaving the Ministry for Primary industries to become the Department of Conservation’s director-general and chief executive.


Level 3 to last at least a week for NZ south of Auckland – PM
31 Aug 2021  

Level 3 to last at least a week for NZ south of Auckland – PM

Northland can move to level 3 this Thursday but Auckland will stay in level 4 lockdown until 14 September.


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.


Govt injects $7m into food security networks
31 Aug 2021  

Govt injects $7m into food security networks

The government has provided an extra $7m for food security networks operating at Covid-19 alert level 4.


PM: Govt in “really close contact” with supermarkets over lockdown challenges
30 Aug 2021   /

PM: Govt in “really close contact” with supermarkets over lockdown challenges

The government is in “really close contact” with the country’s supermarkets to support them through lockdown challenges, says PM Jacinda Ardern.


NZ south of Auckland to move to level 3 at midnight Tuesday
27 Aug 2021  

NZ south of Auckland to move to level 3 at midnight Tuesday

However, Auckland could stay at level 4 for a further two weeks.


Bakery, coffee sales change has MTA boiling
26 Aug 2021   /

Bakery, coffee sales change has MTA boiling

The Motor Trade Association has expressed its frustration at a rule change made by the Ministry for Business, Innovation and Employment that prevents service stations selling hot drinks and bakery food.


Resurgence Support Payment opens for businesses
25 Aug 2021  

Resurgence Support Payment opens for businesses

The government’s Covid-19 Resurgence Support Payment is now open for application.


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.


NZ stays at level 4 until Friday, Auckland until next Tuesday
24 Aug 2021  

NZ stays at level 4 until Friday, Auckland until next Tuesday

PM Jacinda Ardern says there are 14,000+ contacts, some of whom are in the South Island.


APEC economies commit to 10-year food security roadmap
24 Aug 2021  

APEC economies commit to 10-year food security roadmap

Agriculture and food ministers from APEC economies have committed to delivering a new roadmap to guide efforts to boost food security over the next ten years, according to agriculture minister Damien O’Connor.


Govt restarts childcare scheme for frontline workers
23 Aug 2021   /

Govt restarts childcare scheme for frontline workers

The government is restarting childcare for workers in Alert Level 4 businesses and services, which was available during last year’s national lockdown, education minister Chris Hipkins has confirmed.


PM: Nation to stay in level 4 lockdown until Tuesday night
20 Aug 2021  

PM: Nation to stay in level 4 lockdown until Tuesday night

We do not yet know the full scale of this Delta outbreak, says Jacinda Ardern.


“We’ve been down this track before” – food sector responds to level 4 demands
18 Aug 2021  

“We’ve been down this track before” – food sector responds to level 4 demands

Retailers and manufacturers stand up lockdown protocols to cater for customers and protect workers.


Delta Covid cases rise to 10, hospo outlets places of interest
18 Aug 2021  

Delta Covid cases rise to 10, hospo outlets places of interest

Coromandel’s Star and Garter Hotel is among more than a dozen hospitality, tourism, and retail outlets named locations of interest.


Govt activates wage subsidy, resurgence support for businesses
18 Aug 2021  

Govt activates wage subsidy, resurgence support for businesses

The government will activate the Covid-19 Resurgence Support Payment (RSP) and the Wage Subsidy Scheme (WSS) to support businesses during the nationwide lockdown.


Primary industries “well placed” to deal with lockdown – MPI’s Smith
18 Aug 2021   /

Primary industries “well placed” to deal with lockdown – MPI’s Smith

More than 180 primary sector leaders joined a virtual meeting with agriculture minister Damien O’Connor this morning.


ComCom approves Fonterra’s milk price forecast
17 Aug 2021   /

ComCom approves Fonterra’s milk price forecast

Fonterra’s calculation of the base milk price it will pay farmers in the 2020/21 dairy season is consistent with the Dairy Industry Restructuring Act (DIRA), says the Commerce Commission.


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.


Industry relief, qualified welcome for plan to re-open border
13 Aug 2021   /

Industry relief, qualified welcome for plan to re-open border

Business travel, the ability to access skilled staff, and the hospitality sector will all benefit from a successful implementation.


NZ potato industry valued at $1.16bn
13 Aug 2021   /

NZ potato industry valued at $1.16bn

The value of the New Zealand potato industry sits at $1.16bn, up 58% since targets were set in 2013, according to Potatoes New Zealand.


Primary production workforce inquiry opens for public submissions
13 Aug 2021  

Primary production workforce inquiry opens for public submissions

The Primary Production Committee is calling for public submissions on its inquiry into the future of the workforce needs in the primary industries of New Zealand.


Businesses invited to test travel pilot to prep for border re-opening – PM
12 Aug 2021   /

Businesses invited to test travel pilot to prep for border re-opening – PM

New Zealand will start a phased border re-opening in early 2022, says Jacinda Ardern.


Investor Q&A: NZGCP’s Aspire Fund
10 Aug 2021   /

Investor Q&A: NZGCP’s Aspire Fund

With deployments in ventures like Rockit and Sunfed, NZ Growth Capital Partners outlines what it looks for in food and agritech.


New regs on stream for whitebait season
9 Aug 2021  

New regs on stream for whitebait season

The 2021 whitebaiting season is about to kick off with new regulations rolling out over three whitebaiting seasons following two years of public engagement.


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.


Plant & Food’s David Hughes on the institute’s post-Covid commercial push
4 Aug 2021   /

Plant & Food’s David Hughes on the institute’s post-Covid commercial push

CEO David Hughes is looking for partners in emerging areas such as orchard automation and urban horticulture.


RSE relief for industry, hopes for thousands of seasonal workers…
3 Aug 2021   /

RSE relief for industry, hopes for thousands of seasonal workers…

The horticulture and viticulture sectors are breathing a collective sigh of relief at the government’s decision to streamline the entry of seasonal workers from the Pacific.


“We support any move to improve grower returns” – HortNZ on ComCom report
30 Jul 2021   /

“We support any move to improve grower returns” – HortNZ on ComCom report

HortNZ will support “any move to ensure that growers get a better return on their investment, so that they will continue to invest in fruit and vegetable growing meaning New Zealanders can eat healthy, locally produced food”. 


Rebalance of supplier, supermarket bargaining power required – report
29 Jul 2021   /

Rebalance of supplier, supermarket bargaining power required – report

Separating NZ’s supermarket duopoly from wholesaler subsidiaries like Gilmours could help suppliers, says the Commerce Commission’s grocery sector draft report.


ComCom: Supermarket shake-up needed
29 Jul 2021   /

ComCom: Supermarket shake-up needed

A third major player could be introduced to compete with Foodstuffs and Countdown, according to the strongest draft report recommendation.


Kiwis will flock to a new supermarket brand – expert
29 Jul 2021   /

Kiwis will flock to a new supermarket brand – expert

The introduction of a new, lower priced competitor into the grocery market would see shoppers abandon stalwarts Countdown and Foodstuffs in droves, according to one industry expert.


ComCom: Grocery duopoly not working for suppliers or consumers
29 Jul 2021   /

ComCom: Grocery duopoly not working for suppliers or consumers

The Commerce Commission backs a mandatory industry code of conduct and allowing suppliers to bargain collectively with supermarkets.


MPI’s failure to prosecute mass chicken deaths “unacceptable” – SAFE
29 Jul 2021   /

MPI’s failure to prosecute mass chicken deaths “unacceptable” – SAFE

SAFE has accused the Ministry for Primary Industries of “failing in its duty to enforce animal welfare” by not prosecuting a farm where a power outage suffocated and killed 180,000 chickens.


NZFGC ups ante, highlights “extreme demands” on eve of ComCom report
28 Jul 2021   /

NZFGC ups ante, highlights “extreme demands” on eve of ComCom report

NZFGC boss Katherine Rich repeats calls for a mandatory Grocery Code of Conduct on the eve of the draft ComCom report being released.


Hawke’s Bay’s $18m Foodeast – ‘where the magic will happen’
26 Jul 2021  

Hawke’s Bay’s $18m Foodeast – ‘where the magic will happen’

The new innovation hub will fill a “glaring gap in the food bowl of New Zealand,” says the project’s boss.


Salmonella poultry testing extended
26 Jul 2021  

Salmonella poultry testing extended

New Zealand Food Safety is extending a programme of testing to determine the extent of Salmonella Enteritidis in poultry flocks in New Zealand and to reduce the risk to consumers.  


Sick leave doubled to 10 days a year
26 Jul 2021  

Sick leave doubled to 10 days a year

Legislation doubling employees’ minimum sick leave entitlement to 10 days came into effect on Saturday 24 July.


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.


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.


Feedback sought on catch limits for east coast tarakihi
20 Jul 2021  

Feedback sought on catch limits for east coast tarakihi

Fisheries New Zealand is inviting feedback on proposed changes to catch limits and settings for tarakihi stocks on New Zealand’s east coast.


ComCom preparing to release draft grocery sector report

ComCom preparing to release draft grocery sector report

A draft report as part of a year-long review of NZ’s highly concentrated grocery sector will be made public next Thursday morning.


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.


Visa changes bring certainty for businesses – industry
16 Jul 2021   /

Visa changes bring certainty for businesses – industry

Changes to the essential skills visa will bring more certainty to accommodation and hospitality businesses struggling to fill vacancies, say industry groups.


Parts of economy too reliant on low skilled, foreign workers – Robertson
14 Jul 2021   /

Parts of economy too reliant on low skilled, foreign workers – Robertson

Too many jobs are being created in the low-wage economy, says the finance minister.


Restaurant director fined for exploiting worker
14 Jul 2021  

Restaurant director fined for exploiting worker

The director of Auckland restaurant Kiran Cuisine has been ordered to pay full arrears of $75,026.18 in unpaid minimum wage, leave, and holiday pay to a former employee, as well as a further $50,000 in penalties.


FMA clears Fonterra on write-downs
12 Jul 2021   /

FMA clears Fonterra on write-downs

The Financial Markets Authority has found no evidence to press forward with action against Fonterra regarding the timing of accounting write-downs for Beingmate Baby and Child Food Co and the China Farm assets.


FGC to support members on folic acid plan
9 Jul 2021  

FGC to support members on folic acid plan

The New Zealand Food & Grocery Council said it will support its members to transition to the mandatory addition of folic acid to bread by 2023, following the governments announcement yesterday.


Plant & Food Research details strategy
9 Jul 2021  

Plant & Food Research details strategy

Plant & Food Research has published a new statement of corporate intent describing its strategy, key initiatives and performance measures for 2021/22. It also forecasts activity out to 2023/24.


Govt to help industry make $1.6m transition to mandatory folic acid
8 Jul 2021  

Govt to help industry make $1.6m transition to mandatory folic acid

Bakers will have two years to start adding the B vitamin folic acid to their non-organic bread-making wheat flour.


ComCom updates Fonterra milk price calculation framework
7 Jul 2021   /

ComCom updates Fonterra milk price calculation framework

The Commerce Commission has updated its approach paper outlining the framework it applies when reviewing both how Fonterra sets its annual base milk price and the Milk Price Manual used to set the base milk price.


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.


Inquiry welcome, industry transition “challenging” – Seafood NZ
5 Jul 2021   /

Inquiry welcome, industry transition “challenging” – Seafood NZ

Seafood NZ has welcomed the government’s inquiry into foreign workers but warns getting more Kiwis involved in the sector will be a challenge.


Govt launches inquiry into migrant labour in seafood sector
2 Jul 2021   /

Govt launches inquiry into migrant labour in seafood sector

Former Sanford COO Greg Johansson will help conduct the inquiry.


Plastics ban: A welcome and a worry from FGC
29 Jun 2021   /

Plastics ban: A welcome and a worry from FGC

The association welcomes government’s moves to phase out problem plastics and some single-use plastics within four years, but warns that a smooth transition by some food producers could be hindered by global freight issues.


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

Plastics ban: A sticky issue for industry

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


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

Plastics ban: Supermarket sweep already under way

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


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

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

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


…while the UK details its ban on unhealthy food advertising
28 Jun 2021   /

…while the UK details its ban on unhealthy food advertising

The UK government has released more detail around its plans to ban online adverts of unhealthy food and restrict advertising on TV until after 9pm.


NZFGC submits organics feedback
25 Jun 2021   /

NZFGC submits organics feedback

MPI is consulting on issues such as the requirement for evaluation of organic food producers, proposed organic management plans, and the need for a listed public register of organics companies.


Feedback sought on fisheries catch limits
24 Jun 2021  

Feedback sought on fisheries catch limits

Fisheries New Zealand is calling for feedback on proposed changes to catch limits and other settings across a range of fisheries for the new fishing year, beginning 1 October.


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.


Trawl fishing limited, scallop dredging frozen in new Hauraki Gulf proposals
22 Jun 2021  

Trawl fishing limited, scallop dredging frozen in new Hauraki Gulf proposals

Fisheries management is one of eight areas of focus in the new strategy released on Tuesday morning.


Bycatch reduction, fishing vessel cameras will help protect albatross – govt
22 Jun 2021  

Bycatch reduction, fishing vessel cameras will help protect albatross – govt

The government says reducing bycatch and the rollout of cameras on to shopping vessels will arrest a decline in the Antipodean albatross population, which is falling by 5% per year.


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.


Govt invests $68m for fishing cameras, requires all catch brought to shore
18 Jun 2021  

Govt invests $68m for fishing cameras, requires all catch brought to shore

The government has committed $68m to fit up to 300 inshore commercial fishing vessels with on-board cameras by 2024 and will also require all catch to return to shore.


Hawke’s Bay shellfish warning
18 Jun 2021   /

Hawke’s Bay shellfish warning

The Ministry for Primary Industries has warned the public against collecting shellfish in Hawke’s Bay due to high toxin levels detected in shellfish samples from Pania Reef.


SFF Futures investments top $111m across 138 projects
17 Jun 2021  

SFF Futures investments top $111m across 138 projects

Food firms like Pic’s Peanut Butter have helped chip in $139m taking total investment to quarter of a billion dollars.


SFF Futures backs $22m project
17 Jun 2021  

SFF Futures backs $22m project

The Sustainable Food and Fibre Futures fund is contributing $8.98m to a $22.23m project to investigate plantain’s potential to help farmers protect waterways and improve freshwater quality.


Govt’s 2019 tarakihi decision wrong – High Court
17 Jun 2021   /

Govt’s 2019 tarakihi decision wrong – High Court

Forest & Bird has won a High Court legal decision confirming tarakihi catch limit decisions must put sustainability before the commercial interests of the fishing industry.


Apple industry winter employee funding
15 Jun 2021  

Apple industry winter employee funding

NZ Apples and Pears Inc is encouraging apple industry employers to draw on new government funding to keep their workers employed during the winter season.


$50k HVN funding puts plums in spotlight
15 Jun 2021   /

$50k HVN funding puts plums in spotlight

The High-Value Nutrition Ko Ngā Kai Whai Painga National Science Challenge has provided a $50,000 development grant to Hastings-based research and project management collaborator Foot Steps to investigate the Damson plum.


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.


Deer milk trial secures $244k from HVN
9 Jun 2021   /

Deer milk trial secures $244k from HVN

A clinical trial that could underpin the development of deer milk as a new industry in New Zealand has secured $244,000 of funding from the HVN Challenge.


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.


Covid exposes NZ fisheries’ dependence on foreign labour – govt
4 Jun 2021  

Covid exposes NZ fisheries’ dependence on foreign labour – govt

Covid-19 has highlighted the dependence of parts of the fishing sector on foreign workers, says the government.


New whitebaiting rules to help stocks – govt
3 Jun 2021  

New whitebaiting rules to help stocks – govt

New whitebaiting rules will help preserve stocks of the delicacy, says acting conservation minister Ayesha Verrall.


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.


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?


OIO approves $3.5m New Plymouth sale
1 Jun 2021  

OIO approves $3.5m New Plymouth sale

The Overseas Investment Office has given the green-light to the sale of a New Plymouth goat farm to a partnership owned by descendants of American Peter H Kuyper.


EDNZ 2021: What the govt gets right – and wrong – for food producers
31 May 2021   /

EDNZ 2021: What the govt gets right – and wrong – for food producers

NZ’s strict controls are a double-edged sword for global food companies looking to invest, says Gelita.


Marae food safety tool kit pilot launched
27 May 2021  

Marae food safety tool kit pilot launched

Te Kete Haumaru Kai – the Food Safety Kit – pilot has been launched at Moerewa’s Te Rito Marae, by minister for food safety Dr Ayesha Verrall.


Consumers more aware of rights, wary of salespeople – survey
26 May 2021  

Consumers more aware of rights, wary of salespeople – survey

Consumers are becoming more aware of their rights and more sceptical of information provided by salespeople, according to a government survey.


New public-private effort on digital uptake for SMEs
26 May 2021  

New public-private effort on digital uptake for SMEs

A new public-private partnership has been launched to improve access to digital technology and training for small businesses, to take advantage of new opportunities through e-commerce.


Sick leave doubles to 10 days
25 May 2021   /

Sick leave doubles to 10 days

The government has passed the Holidays (Increasing Sick Leave) Amendment Bill, doubling employees’ minimum sick leave entitlement to 10 days each year.


Budget 2021: Industry welcomes funding, with caveats
24 May 2021  

Budget 2021: Industry welcomes funding, with caveats

The Ticker talks to industry leaders for their take on the government’s Budget 2021.


Budget 2021: Food Innovation Network secures $18m
21 May 2021  

Budget 2021: Food Innovation Network secures $18m

Finance minister Grant Robertson says a new transformation plan is being developed for the food and beverage sector.


Budget 2021: Food industry wishlist
20 May 2021  

Budget 2021: Food industry wishlist

Industry players want today’s Budget to support them through the transition to a post-Covid environment.


Shiok Meats eyes Kiwi and Aussie BBQ’s for its cell-grown shrimp
19 May 2021  

Shiok Meats eyes Kiwi and Aussie BBQ’s for its cell-grown shrimp

The Singapore-based cultured food startup has reached out to NZ food regulators ahead of its planned product launch.


No going back to cheap migrant labour for industries like horticulture – govt
18 May 2021  

No going back to cheap migrant labour for industries like horticulture – govt

The pandemic has highlighted NZ’s reliance on temporary migrant labour, says the government.


Inquiry opens into future primary industry workforce needs
18 May 2021  

Inquiry opens into future primary industry workforce needs

Parliament’s Primary Production Committee has initiated a select committee inquiry into the future of the workforce needs in the country’s primary industries.


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.


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.


Govt gives helping hand for food & fibre skills
14 May 2021  

Govt gives helping hand for food & fibre skills

The government has established six new Workforce Development Councils, including one for people, food and fibre. to support the vocational education system.


Merchant card fees to be cut
13 May 2021   /

Merchant card fees to be cut

The Government is set to introduce new legislation to restrict merchant fees, in a move which could save businesses up to $74m each year.


Māori business identifier goes live
13 May 2021  

Māori business identifier goes live

An initiative which allows Māori businesses to identify themselves Māori business on the New Zealand Business Number register has gone live.


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.


Food innovation funding ready to roll – MPI
11 May 2021   /

Food innovation funding ready to roll – MPI

MPI is seeking more applicants from the food sector for SFF Futures funding.


Industries welcome RSE boost, concerns over costs continue
11 May 2021   /

Industries welcome RSE boost, concerns over costs continue

But there are concerns over the costs of the scheme for employers.


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.


Q&A: Dean Tilyard on Finistere’s new $40m  Aotearoa Fund
10 May 2021  

Q&A: Dean Tilyard on Finistere’s new $40m Aotearoa Fund

The Ticker sits down with Finistere’s investment manager to find out what NZ opportunities he will be looking for.


…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.


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.


OANZ puts call out for MPI organics workshop
10 May 2021   /

OANZ puts call out for MPI organics workshop

Organics Aotearoa New Zealand is urging its member to attend upcoming Ministry for Primary Industries organic regulation and standards workshops.


NZ, the emerging protein sector and the future – report
7 May 2021   /

NZ, the emerging protein sector and the future – report

Aotearoa risks being left behind by its international peers in the increasingly competitive emerging protein sector.


Perspectives: Agrifood, innovation and Manawatu’s global goal
6 May 2021  

Perspectives: Agrifood, innovation and Manawatu’s global goal

CEDA boss Linda Stewart on how AgriFood Week supports Manawatu’s ambition to be one of the world’s top three agrihubs by 2025.


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.


Year-round shellfish ban begins at Auckland
4 May 2021  

Year-round shellfish ban begins at Auckland

The gathering shellfish is no longer permitted at east Auckland’s Cockle Bay/Tuwakamana beach.


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.


Southland scoped for salmon farming
30 Apr 2021  

Southland scoped for salmon farming

The Cawthron Institute to work with Fisheries NZ and DOC on assessment.


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.


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 »


Food waste roadmap plots route to 2030
29 Apr 2021  

Food waste roadmap plots route to 2030

Researchers and campaigners call on government to use plan to halve food waste by 2030.


Foodstuffs rejects exploitation and duopoly claims in grocery probe…
27 Apr 2021   /

Foodstuffs rejects exploitation and duopoly claims in grocery probe…

The supermarket giant says it is “surprised” at the allegations because it values its suppliers.


…as the FGC hits back at ‘incomplete, incorrect, and unsubstantiated’ claims
27 Apr 2021   /

…as the FGC hits back at ‘incomplete, incorrect, and unsubstantiated’ claims

The government’s probe into the $21bn grocery sector heats up as rivals open fire in cross-submissions.


Frozen potato chips inquiry – dumping yes, threat no
23 Apr 2021   /

Frozen potato chips inquiry – dumping yes, threat no

The dumping of frozen fries from Europe is not a threat to local industry, says a draft government report.


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.


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.


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.”


Hospo staff on Govt’s oversupply list
19 Apr 2021  

Hospo staff on Govt’s oversupply list

Cafe workers, fast food cooks and kitchen hands are now on the Government’s oversupply list for all regions except Queenstown Lakes and Mackenzie Districts.


California’s Finistere targets NZ food tech startups with $40m fund
16 Apr 2021  

California’s Finistere targets NZ food tech startups with $40m fund

The vehicle has attracted a $14m commitment from New Zealand Growth Capital Partners.


Iwi beverage business wins $54k R&D funding boost
16 Apr 2021   /

Iwi beverage business wins $54k R&D funding boost

The funding will see the functional drink company deep dive into indigenous ingredients.


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.


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

Organics plan to scale-up $723m NZ sector

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


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%.


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.


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.


Plant-based ice cream start-up makes accelerator finals
13 Apr 2021   /

Plant-based ice cream start-up makes accelerator finals

A new plant-based ice cream is one of five business start-ups moving through to the final stage of Venture Taranaki’s business accelerator, the PowerUp Ideas Competition.


MPI seeks feedback on NZ Food Notice changes
13 Apr 2021  

MPI seeks feedback on NZ Food Notice changes

The Ministry for Primary Industries is seeking feedback on proposals to amend the New Zealand (Maximum Residue Levels for Agricultural Compounds) Food Notice.


NZ ‘silenced’ in trans-Tasman GE Forum – GE Free NZ
13 Apr 2021  

NZ ‘silenced’ in trans-Tasman GE Forum – GE Free NZ

NZ’s ministerial engagement in the trans-Tasman GE Food Standards approval process has been silenced, says GE Free NZ.


Jaded shoppers take aim at supermarkets – Consumer NZ
9 Apr 2021  

Jaded shoppers take aim at supermarkets – Consumer NZ

The results of survey will feed into ComCom’s probe of the country’s $21bn grocery sector.


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.


Hospitality NZ welcomes extension to immigration bill
9 Apr 2021   /

Hospitality NZ welcomes extension to immigration bill

Chief executive Julie White said the extension would help struggling businesses find trained staff.


Govt funds food & fibre mentoring, career development and innovation
8 Apr 2021  

Govt funds food & fibre mentoring, career development and innovation

The government is continuing to plough money and resources into the food and fibre workforce.


HortNZ: Incentives, investment needed for low emissions future
6 Apr 2021  

HortNZ: Incentives, investment needed for low emissions future

The industry association says horticulture can play a key role in the country’s climate change strategy.


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.


Extended immigration powers will help labour shortages – Govt
6 Apr 2021  

Extended immigration powers will help labour shortages – Govt

Temporary Covid-19 immigration powers will be extended to May 2023, in part to help industries facing labour shortages.


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.


HortNZ “thrilled” to back biosecurity bill
29 Mar 2021   /

HortNZ “thrilled” to back biosecurity bill

If passed, the legislation would require that all aircrafts entering NZ provide biosecurity information to people onboard by both a video and in writing.


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.


Industry breaks promises in tarakihi deal – Forest and Bird
25 Mar 2021  

Industry breaks promises in tarakihi deal – Forest and Bird

Forest and Bird has accused the inshore tarakihi fishing industry of failing to adhere to voluntary measures it promised in a 2019 tarakihi catch limit deal.


HortNZ:  Food security just as important as housing
24 Mar 2021  

HortNZ: Food security just as important as housing

The association fears new housing policy will see productive growing land lost to urban creep.


Iwi requests closure of Coromandel coast to scallop harvesting
24 Mar 2021  

Iwi requests closure of Coromandel coast to scallop harvesting

Ngāti Hei Trust has asked the government to close parts of the eastern Coromandel coast for two years.


Govt unveils support package for hort sector
23 Mar 2021  

Govt unveils support package for hort sector

The Government has introduced a wellbeing support package for hard-hit fruit growers.


SAFE calls out Govt on chickens
23 Mar 2021   /

SAFE calls out Govt on chickens

The Government is “failing to stop the suffering of hundreds of millions of chickens”, says animal rights group SAFE.


New food alliance launched to increase food security

New food alliance launched to increase food security

Aotearoa Food Rescue Alliance has been established to increase food security and reduce food waste.


Govt failing horticulture sector – Nats
18 Mar 2021   /

Govt failing horticulture sector – Nats

The Government is failing to support New Zealand’s horticulture sector as it faces a worker shortage crisis, according to the National Party.


Govt defers Intensive Winter Grazing regulations
18 Mar 2021  

Govt defers Intensive Winter Grazing regulations

The Government has deferred the introduction of Intensive Winter Grazing practice regulations for a year.


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.


Commercial whitebait venture secures $2m govt investment
16 Mar 2021  

Commercial whitebait venture secures $2m govt investment

Whitebait farming could soon become a reality with a $7m project garnering government support.


First Look: MPI’s proposed organic certification process for F&B
16 Mar 2021   /

First Look: MPI’s proposed organic certification process for F&B

Organic food businesses will have to take part in a five-step process in order to gain organic certification under new proposals.


Which Covid-induced shopping habits does Foodstuffs think are here to stay?
12 Mar 2021  

Which Covid-induced shopping habits does Foodstuffs think are here to stay?

The supermarket giant is already seeing a reversal in some lockdown shopping trends – with others becoming more entrenched.


ACT calls out Govt’s “dismal failure” to support growers
12 Mar 2021   /

ACT calls out Govt’s “dismal failure” to support growers

“Hundreds of millions of dollars of losses for apple, wine and other growers was a near certainty.”


Brewers Association wants excise tax cut by 50%
12 Mar 2021   /

Brewers Association wants excise tax cut by 50%

The Brewers Association of New Zealand is calling on the Government to half the rate of excise tax paid on kegs.


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.


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.


Significant evidence of exploitation of food producers – NZFGC
1 Mar 2021   /

Significant evidence of exploitation of food producers – NZFGC

In its submission to ComCom, the NZFGC says there is also considerable use of buyer power to exclude competition.


Govt opens Covid business support package
23 Feb 2021   /

Govt opens Covid business support package

The Government has activated the Resurgence Support Payment, in its latest round of Covid-19 support packages.


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.


INZ “disrupting” NZ’s food supply chain – ACT
22 Feb 2021   /

INZ “disrupting” NZ’s food supply chain – ACT

Immigration New Zealand is doing more harm than good when it comes to the horticulture sector and the Recognised Seasonal Employer scheme, according to the ACT Party. “A completely inflexible MORE »


Govt extends visitor visas
22 Feb 2021   /

Govt extends visitor visas

The Government has eased visa restrictions for visitors already in New Zealand as the Covid-19 pandemic continues to cause havoc overseas.


Kiwifruit sector agrees to $40m settlement over Psa
17 Feb 2021  

Kiwifruit sector agrees to $40m settlement over Psa

The sector had brought a claim for $450m plus interest.


HortNZ calls on Govt to protect productive land
17 Feb 2021  

HortNZ calls on Govt to protect productive land

Horticulture New Zealand is calling on the Government to establish protection for highly productive land.


Natural Health Products NZ slams ‘shockingly out of date’ legislation
18 Dec 2020  

Natural Health Products NZ slams ‘shockingly out of date’ legislation

The industry body aired its frustrations at a committee meeting on Thursday.


Nash to decide future of NZ Food Innovation Network
16 Dec 2020  

Nash to decide future of NZ Food Innovation Network

The shape and funding of the national network, which has helped brands like Otis Oat Milk, is under review.


Grocery sector probe timeline questioned by MBIE
16 Dec 2020  

Grocery sector probe timeline questioned by MBIE

The ministry warns that ComCom’s market study of supermarkets is likely to take longer than a year.


SFF Futures backs $25m grower and farm initiative
16 Dec 2020  

SFF Futures backs $25m grower and farm initiative

The Future Ready Farms programme is being led by Ballance Agri-Nutrients.


New research aims to boost longevity of bees for growers
15 Dec 2020  

New research aims to boost longevity of bees for growers

New research backed by MPI could help bee hives live longer and be more efficient.


Merchant, card fees could be chopped in new Govt review
11 Dec 2020  

Merchant, card fees could be chopped in new Govt review

Stuart Nash says smaller businesses are predominantly bearing the brunt of merchant service fees.


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.


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


Govt diversity drive to benefit Māori F&B firms
4 Dec 2020  

Govt diversity drive to benefit Māori F&B firms

The government sets supplier diversity target for its $42bn goods and services budget.


Seafood NZ likes new school of thought for pregnancy diets
4 Dec 2020  

Seafood NZ likes new school of thought for pregnancy diets

It follows new food safety guidance issued by the government.


Diet diversity prompts updated food safety guidance
3 Dec 2020  

Diet diversity prompts updated food safety guidance

The new research covers food groups ranging from seafood to berries.


Kiwis offered $1000 seasonal work incentive
1 Dec 2020   /

Kiwis offered $1000 seasonal work incentive

Up to $200 a week for accommodation costs is on offer, plus a $1000 payment for some.


Summer RSE worker decision a “positive start”
30 Nov 2020   /

Summer RSE worker decision a “positive start”

Growers are relieved by the government’s announcement that a cohort of Registered Seasonal Employer workers will arrive in the New Year.


New Year border exemption for Pacific RSE workers
27 Nov 2020   /

New Year border exemption for Pacific RSE workers

Horticulture and wine growers across the country will see labour shortages ease.


Ardern: No RSE worker entry before Christmas
25 Nov 2020  

Ardern: No RSE worker entry before Christmas

In a blow to the horticulture sector, the PM says this year’s seasonal labour shortage will not be solved before Christmas.


Pest potential: New facility to research green seaweed
23 Nov 2020  

Pest potential: New facility to research green seaweed

A $13m funding boost has seen a new aquaculture facility open in Tauranga which will explore the various benefits of green seaweed, a prominent pest in the local harbour.  As MORE »


ACT slams Govt’s RSE response as Aus dangles cash for Kiwi workers
19 Nov 2020  

ACT slams Govt’s RSE response as Aus dangles cash for Kiwi workers

The Australian government says it will give Kiwi workers $2000 to take up a short-term contract there.


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.


Govt launches review into NZ supermarket prices
18 Nov 2020  

Govt launches review into NZ supermarket prices

The Commerce Commission will conduct the investigation to see if Kiwis are paying more than they should be.


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.


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.


HortNZ seeks “constructive” relationship with Govt
12 Nov 2020  

HortNZ seeks “constructive” relationship with Govt

Horticulture New Zealand says it is keen to work constructively with the new Government, including minister Damien O’Conner who has been given the new trade and export growth portfolio.


Petition urges support for plant-based agri
10 Nov 2020  

Petition urges support for plant-based agri

With the likes of Sir David Attenborough advocating for it, plant-based eating is becoming less of a trend, and more of a to-do.


New Govt ministers unveiled
3 Nov 2020  

New Govt ministers unveiled

David Parker has been appointed minister of the newly named Ministry for Oceans and Fisheries, formerly known as the Ministry of Fisheries.


Fisheries Ministry name change ‘fantastic’ for sea – Greenpeace
3 Nov 2020   /

Fisheries Ministry name change ‘fantastic’ for sea – Greenpeace

It was announced yesterday by Jacinda Ardern that the title would be changed.


Horticultural initiative gets $1.6m PGF loan
2 Nov 2020   /

Horticultural initiative gets $1.6m PGF loan

Tairāwhiti’s Wi Pere Trust is receiving a PDU loan from the latest round of Provincial Growth Funding.


Iwi-owned processor secures $1.2m for expansion
6 Oct 2020  

Iwi-owned processor secures $1.2m for expansion

An iwi-owned Taranaki food processing company has secured a $1.2m Provincial Growth Fund loan to expand its operations to Whanganui.


Fonterra posts $1.3bn turnaround, reports $659m profit
18 Sep 2020  

Fonterra posts $1.3bn turnaround, reports $659m profit

Fonterra has posted an after tax profit of $659m for the year to July 2020, a $1.3bn turnaround from the $605m loss it made the previous year.


Data highlights impact of Auckland lockdown
16 Sep 2020  

Data highlights impact of Auckland lockdown

Economic activity across Auckland and the country has bounced back to levels experienced under Covid-19 alert level 1, says finance minister Grant Robertson.


Nelson Food Factory opens
15 Jun 2020   /

Nelson Food Factory opens

A new hub for budding food businesses in the Nelson region has launched. The Food Factory aimed to provide entrepreneurs with a collaborative environment to develop their products, under-secretary for MORE »