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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.


Grocery market review process “incredibly corrosive” – FSSI CEO Steven Anderson
21 Oct 2021   /

Grocery market review process “incredibly corrosive” – FSSI CEO Steven Anderson

FSSI’s boss blames the grocery market review process for having “significantly damaged a large number” of supplier and retailer relationships.


Giesen and the Strange Nature of its fast-growing 0% range
21 Oct 2021   /

Giesen and the Strange Nature of its fast-growing 0% range

The winemaker is bringing forward a multi-million dollar investment into its low and no alcohol range, which has raced ahead of sales forecasts.


Sustainable Foods plants seed for $1.5m raise
21 Oct 2021   /

Sustainable Foods plants seed for $1.5m raise

The hemp meat trailblazer is looking to drive growth both here and overseas.


Zespri slashes 2022 SunGold licences
21 Oct 2021   /

Zespri slashes 2022 SunGold licences

The quantity of SunGold Kiwifruit licence to be released in 2022 has been slashed in half to 350 hectares.


Thursday 21 October
21 Oct 2021  

Thursday 21 October

A daily roundup of national and international food and beverage industry news, views and analysis.


Foodstuffs hits back at category review criticism
20 Oct 2021   /

Foodstuffs hits back at category review criticism

FSNI claims it is becoming more customer driven but some suppliers will suffer significant shelf-space reductions.


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.


Pure Delish gets “big break” with Woolworths Australia
20 Oct 2021   /

Pure Delish gets “big break” with Woolworths Australia

The Auckland food firm has clinched a deal to get its snack bars into Woolworths stores across Australia and has ambitions for its premium breakfast cereals to follow.


Freightways buys ProducePronto for $10m
20 Oct 2021   /

Freightways buys ProducePronto for $10m

The latest deal sees Freightways expand its grip over the express chilled and frozen food transport sector following 2020’s Big Chill purchase.


Wednesday 20 October
20 Oct 2021  

Wednesday 20 October

A daily roundup of national and international food and beverage industry news, views and analysis.


“We probably seem a bit mad” – Almighty MD on Melbourne launch
19 Oct 2021  

“We probably seem a bit mad” – Almighty MD on Melbourne launch

The Auckland-based business is not just launching into Australia, it is entering lockdown-prone Melbourne via foodservice and independent retail.


Receivers close the books on Nosh Group – how much did it finally owe?
19 Oct 2021   /

Receivers close the books on Nosh Group – how much did it finally owe?

More than four years after premium supermarket chain Nosh went under, the receivers have published their final report.


Covid health boom fuels Nuzest Life
19 Oct 2021   /

Covid health boom fuels Nuzest Life

The pandemic has delivered the supplement and health food firm new consumers who have pushed up global revenue by 50%.


Zealandia Honey’s $8,888 limited release
19 Oct 2021   /

Zealandia Honey’s $8,888 limited release

Is it food or is it art? Either way, a jar of Mars ZH21 could be yours for a cool $8,888.


Tuesday 19 October
19 Oct 2021  

Tuesday 19 October

A daily roundup of national and international food and beverage industry news, views and analysis.


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.


My Food Bag sales up, but so are costs
18 Oct 2021  

My Food Bag sales up, but so are costs

The meal kit company says it raised prices this month to offset increased ingredients and labour costs.


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.


Monday 18 October
18 Oct 2021  

Monday 18 October

A daily roundup of national and international food and beverage industry news, views and analysis.


Domino’s in 200 outlet drive for bigger slice of QSR market
15 Oct 2021  

Domino’s in 200 outlet drive for bigger slice of QSR market

The “aggressive growth strategy” comes as a global delivery trends build here, according to New Zealand MD Cameron Toomey.


‘To get beyond your own backyard is a battle’ – Ch’i MD on hits and misses
15 Oct 2021  

‘To get beyond your own backyard is a battle’ – Ch’i MD on hits and misses

The iconic Kiwi drinks firm looks to increase Australian sales from 25% to 80% of its revenue.


Supermarket groups swing in behind Super Saturday’s Vaxathon
15 Oct 2021   /

Supermarket groups swing in behind Super Saturday’s Vaxathon

Countdown and Foodstuffs are supporting Super Saturday’s Vaxathon to help drive up the country’s vaccination rate.


Fresh Cuts: Product launches for the week to 15 October
15 Oct 2021   /

Fresh Cuts: Product launches for the week to 15 October

It is a chocolate heavy line-up this week with Wellington Chocolate Factory, Bennetto, Whittaker’s and Nestlé all in on the act.


Friday 15 October
15 Oct 2021  

Friday 15 October

A daily roundup of national and international food and beverage industry news, views and analysis.


“We are not the third player” – Four Candles’ MD on new grocery banner’s plans
14 Oct 2021   /

“We are not the third player” – Four Candles’ MD on new grocery banner’s plans

More stores? Yes. Smashing NZ’s supermarket duopoly? Not us, says the new entrant’s co-founder, Chris Fisher.


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.


Food sector groups secure approval for rapid antigen tests
14 Oct 2021   /

Food sector groups secure approval for rapid antigen tests

Foodstuffs North Island, Countdown and Mainfreight are among more than 25 companies who have received the green light to introduce rapid antigen testing this month.


Chicken and egg: FPI increases for sixth consecutive month
14 Oct 2021   /

Chicken and egg: FPI increases for sixth consecutive month

Seasonally adjusted food prices were up 0.9% on the month prior in September as higher priced chicken and eggs came home to roost.


Thursday 14 October
14 Oct 2021  

Thursday 14 October

A daily roundup of national and international food and beverage industry news, views and analysis.


Tasman Bay Food finds juice with Woolworths Australia
13 Oct 2021  

Tasman Bay Food finds juice with Woolworths Australia

Marina Hirst Tristram and Ainslie Pomeroy’s company inks a deal that will see its Juicies go on sale in around 900 stores across the ditch.


LeaderBrand looks for gains from mega-greenhouse pilot
13 Oct 2021   /

LeaderBrand looks for gains from mega-greenhouse pilot

The Gisborne business is pumping millions into its pilot undercover growing project to test the environmental and productivity gains it can unlock.


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

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

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


Wednesday 13 October
13 Oct 2021  

Wednesday 13 October

A daily roundup of national and international food and beverage industry news, views and analysis.


‘New Zealand has to get in the race’ – NZFF’s Justin Riley

‘New Zealand has to get in the race’ – NZFF’s Justin Riley

Investor and customer interest is being lined up for the $50m Southland oat milk factory, keeping it on track for a 2022 opening.


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.


Van Dyck scale-up supports Marcel’s Pancakes retail push
12 Oct 2021  

Van Dyck scale-up supports Marcel’s Pancakes retail push

The company behind Marcel’s Pancakes has doubled in size in four years, growing its retail presence across Asia Pacific – a strategy accelerated by the pandemic.


Tuesday 12 October
12 Oct 2021  

Tuesday 12 October

A daily roundup of national and international food and beverage industry news, views and analysis.


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.


Food moves: Asahi poaches PepsiCo’s Celoni, exec moves at Lion, Domino’s
11 Oct 2021  

Food moves: Asahi poaches PepsiCo’s Celoni, exec moves at Lion, Domino’s

Asahi Beverages has appointed PepsiCo ANZ boss Danny Celoni the new chief executive of its Australian brewer, Carlton & United Breweries.


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.


Dozens of supermarkets, grocers new locations of interest as Covid cases grow
11 Oct 2021  

Dozens of supermarkets, grocers new locations of interest as Covid cases grow

Dozens of supermarkets and grocers have been named locations of interest in connection with the current Covid outbreak centered on Auckland.


Monday 11 October
11 Oct 2021  

Monday 11 October

A daily roundup of national and international food and beverage industry news, views and analysis.


George Weston Foods seeks ComCom clearance to acquire Dad’s Pies
8 Oct 2021   /

George Weston Foods seeks ComCom clearance to acquire Dad’s Pies

Both firms manufacture and supply savoury pies and sausage rolls in NZ.


Zeffer canning line adds “string to bow”
8 Oct 2021  

Zeffer canning line adds “string to bow”

A close-to million dollar investment into a new canning line releases a packaging bottle neck and opens up contract manufacturing opportunities.


Patchy recovery in China daigou demand – report
8 Oct 2021   /

Patchy recovery in China daigou demand – report

What does shifting demand mean for the future of the informal channel, which plays a big role for NZ brands such as A2 Milk?


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.


Fresh Cuts: Product launches for the week to 8 October
8 Oct 2021  

Fresh Cuts: Product launches for the week to 8 October

There’s a new lager for the vaccine-hesitant, Mars revamps one of its classics, and Horleys jumps on the marine collagen bandwagon.


Friday 8 October
8 Oct 2021  

Friday 8 October

A daily roundup of national and international food and beverage industry news, views and analysis.


New NZ home for Vitasoy Australia
7 Oct 2021   /

New NZ home for Vitasoy Australia

Pavé clinches the contract to manage New Zealand sales for the plant-milk giant in the fast-growing category.


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.


Food moves at FoodBowl, Ferrero and AGMARDT
7 Oct 2021  

Food moves at FoodBowl, Ferrero and AGMARDT

Chocolate company Ferrero makes two appointments across its Asia Pacific operations, The FoodBowl announces Alexandra Allan’s replacement and AGMARDT names a new chair.


Nestlé, Mondelēz pump out plant-based innovation
7 Oct 2021   /

Nestlé, Mondelēz pump out plant-based innovation

Shrimps, eggs, and Cadbury Dairy Milk are the latest products to get a plant-based overhaul by the FMCG behemoths.


Thursday 7 October
7 Oct 2021  

Thursday 7 October

A daily roundup of national and international food and beverage industry news, views and analysis.


“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.


A2 Milk to “vigorously defend” class action
6 Oct 2021   /

A2 Milk to “vigorously defend” class action

A2 “considers that it complied with disclosures notifications at all time,” following a class claim filing in Australia alleging misleading or deceptive conduct.


Price rise, retail push for Arturo Luna’s Remarkable Tortillas

Price rise, retail push for Arturo Luna’s Remarkable Tortillas

Owner Arturo Luna is preparing to push the brand in retail, but it comes as prices rise for ingredients.


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

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

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


Wednesday 6 October
6 Oct 2021  

Wednesday 6 October

A daily roundup of national and international food and beverage industry news, views and analysis.


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.


Speirs Foods trading profit wilts 74% under Covid
5 Oct 2021   /

Speirs Foods trading profit wilts 74% under Covid

Lockdowns, lower demand for bulk products, and labour costs all eat into the supermarket salad supplier’s bottom line.


Ngāi Tahu Holdings posts record profit after seafood returns “with a vengeance”
5 Oct 2021  

Ngāi Tahu Holdings posts record profit after seafood returns “with a vengeance”

Seafood has “sprung back with a vengeance” helping the iwi’s operating performance, says company chair Mark Tume.


Synlait Swappa Bottle supermarket pilot starts
5 Oct 2021   /

Synlait Swappa Bottle supermarket pilot starts

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


Fishing scam leads to $1m in fines for seafood company owner
5 Oct 2021   /

Fishing scam leads to $1m in fines for seafood company owner

The commercial scam was responsible for almost $1m worth of black market pāua and crayfish from the Chatham Islands.


Tuesday 5 October
5 Oct 2021  

Tuesday 5 October

A daily roundup of national and international food and beverage industry news, views and analysis.


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.


Kellogg’s NZ boss Tamara Howe on fads, food renovation and gluten free
4 Oct 2021   /

Kellogg’s NZ boss Tamara Howe on fads, food renovation and gluten free

The head of the US giant’s Kiwi business on its $45m investment in innovation, supply chain ‘whack-a-mole’, and is she applying for Kellogg’s top ANZ job?


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.


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? 


Monday 4 October
4 Oct 2021  

Monday 4 October

A daily roundup of national and international food and beverage industry news, views and analysis.


“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.


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.


Circle K in “multi-million dollar” NZ franchise drive
1 Oct 2021   /

Circle K in “multi-million dollar” NZ franchise drive

Franchising drive aims to convert 2% of NZ’s 5,000 convenience stores to Circle K banner.


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.


Fresh Cuts: Product launches for the week to 1 October
1 Oct 2021  

Fresh Cuts: Product launches for the week to 1 October

Kiwi beverage producers prepare for a thirsty summer ahead as new-look Six Barrel Soda syrups enter the market, Good George feels the passion with a sour beer and Reefton Distilling Co. cherry picks its latest gin release.


Friday 1 October
1 Oct 2021  

Friday 1 October

A daily roundup of national and international food and beverage industry news, views and analysis.


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.


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.


No Ugly seeks funding for functional expansion
30 Sep 2021   /

No Ugly seeks funding for functional expansion

After a rollercoaster 2020, No Ugly is gearing up for growth undertaking a $2m capital raise as it looks to transition from a functional beverage business to a broader health and wellness company.


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.


Thursday 30 September
30 Sep 2021  

Thursday 30 September

A daily roundup of national and international food and beverage industry news, views and analysis.


“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.


Digital disruption is here, retailers must brace for change – Westpac
29 Sep 2021   /

Digital disruption is here, retailers must brace for change – Westpac

Digital disruption is bringing massive change to retail, with the tracking of food an important driver, says a new report from the bank.


Perspectives: Why global food prices are higher today than for most of modern history
29 Sep 2021  

Perspectives: Why global food prices are higher today than for most of modern history

Global food prices are creeping towards record highs due to a combination of fuel prices, bad weather and Covid-19, according to University of Warwick global sustainable development


Wednesday 29 September
29 Sep 2021  

Wednesday 29 September

A daily roundup of national and international food and beverage industry news, views and analysis.


A closer look: Synlait shutters Talbot Forest factory for two years
28 Sep 2021  

A closer look: Synlait shutters Talbot Forest factory for two years

The loss-making speciality cheese plant is to close until FY24 after dragging down Synlait’s consumer food division.


Covid disruption behind local packaging push
28 Sep 2021  

Covid disruption behind local packaging push

Packaging specialist Pakworld has had a bump in business as food firms look for local alternatives to importing materials because of Covid-19 disruption to global supply chains.


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.


Tuesday 28 September
28 Sep 2021  

Tuesday 28 September

A daily roundup of national and international food and beverage industry news, views and analysis.


Synlait posts $28.5m loss,  taps Grant Watson to be new CEO
27 Sep 2021  

Synlait posts $28.5m loss, taps Grant Watson to be new CEO

Miraka’s boss will join struggling Synlait in January to try and bring the dairy business back into the black by FY23.


Kono seeks COO – not CEO – with Taulelei departure
27 Sep 2021  

Kono seeks COO – not CEO – with Taulelei departure

The parent company of Nelson-based food and beverage exporter Kono is looking to fill the newly created role of chief operating officer, instead of recruiting a new chief executive to replace Rachel Taulelei.


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.


Monday 27 September
27 Sep 2021  

Monday 27 September

A daily roundup of national and international food and beverage industry news, views and analysis.


Me Today warns of lower King Honey sales after China inventory surprise
24 Sep 2021  

Me Today warns of lower King Honey sales after China inventory surprise

The healthcare and wellness company says sales of King Honey product will be “considerably less” than expected.


A closer look: Ingredients dip but Covid drives Fonterra’s consumer brands
24 Sep 2021  

A closer look: Ingredients dip but Covid drives Fonterra’s consumer brands

Covid-19 has changed consumer behaviour helping to drive Fonterra’s consumer brands, says CEO Miles Hurrell.


Genoese cuts costs by going local
24 Sep 2021   /

Genoese cuts costs by going local

The pesto maker has managed to save up 40% in raw material expenses by bringing its basil growing to New Zealand.


Fresh Cuts: Product launches for the week to 24 September
24 Sep 2021  

Fresh Cuts: Product launches for the week to 24 September

Moa Brewing Co says Hey Hey to the RTD category, Rockburn Wines shares a Stolen Kiss and Griffin’s adds Snax to its Pink Ribbon range.


Friday 24 September
24 Sep 2021  

Friday 24 September

A daily roundup of national and international food and beverage industry news, views and analysis.


Fonterra moots Chile exit, Aus IPO to put higher value NZ dairy centre stage
23 Sep 2021  

Fonterra moots Chile exit, Aus IPO to put higher value NZ dairy centre stage

A strategy reset will see billions invested in “differentiating NZ milk on the world stage” to drive the co-op up the value chain.


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.


Sanford to pay $531k following death of fishing crewman
23 Sep 2021  

Sanford to pay $531k following death of fishing crewman

Th fishing company pleaded guilty to a charge of exposing workers to risk of death or serious injury.


Kiwifruit season could be short nearly a quarter of workers – Zespri
23 Sep 2021  

Kiwifruit season could be short nearly a quarter of workers – Zespri

Labour shortages, increased kiwifruit supply, and shipping disruptions are leading to the one of the most challenging seasons in decades, says Zespri.


Thursday 23 September
23 Sep 2021  

Thursday 23 September

A daily roundup of national and international food and beverage industry news, views and analysis.


Arnott’s ready to ramp 180 Degrees, despite Delta delay
22 Sep 2021   /

Arnott’s ready to ramp 180 Degrees, despite Delta delay

Four months on from its acquisition of 180 Degrees, Arnott’s is dodging Delta disruption and preparing to push the premium cracker brand.


Perspectives: P&F’s Professor Richard Newcomb on producing tomorrow’s food
22 Sep 2021  

Perspectives: P&F’s Professor Richard Newcomb on producing tomorrow’s food

Digitised food, urban farms and ocean protein could play a greater role in future food production, says Plant & Food Research chief scientist Professor Richard Newcomb.


Cartel Food adds Focus on route trade to open 1000-outlet network
22 Sep 2021   /

Cartel Food adds Focus on route trade to open 1000-outlet network

Burrito business has partnered with Focus Distribution for a push into service station pie warmers.


Cadbury claims recycled plastic packaging first
22 Sep 2021   /

Cadbury claims recycled plastic packaging first

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


Wednesday 22 September
22 Sep 2021  

Wednesday 22 September

A daily roundup of national and international food and beverage industry news, views and analysis.


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.


‘No jab, no job’ for new frontline workers at Farro
21 Sep 2021   /

‘No jab, no job’ for new frontline workers at Farro

Speciality grocery chain plans to introduce a vaccination clause in new employment frontline employment contracts in the wake of the Delta outbreak.


Auckland hospo level 3 restart for some, most face 48 days without business
21 Sep 2021   /

Auckland hospo level 3 restart for some, most face 48 days without business

Level 3 allows some doors to creak open and the increase in indoor numbers to 100 for level 2 areas is welcomed.


Ziwi goes with FountainVest
21 Sep 2021   /

Ziwi goes with FountainVest

The sale to the Chinese private equity firm provides the pet food business with access to capital and global market intelligence.


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.


Tuesday 21 September
21 Sep 2021  

Tuesday 21 September

A daily roundup of national and international food and beverage industry news, views and analysis.


Private labels add to grocery power imbalance – report
20 Sep 2021   /

Private labels add to grocery power imbalance – report

Private labels do more harm than good for both suppliers and consumers in highly concentrated markets, according to research commissioned by the NZFGC.


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.


SeaDragon pivot drives push into ingredients, functional foods, packaging
20 Sep 2021   /

SeaDragon pivot drives push into ingredients, functional foods, packaging

The omega fish oils refiner says new food ingredients and white label products are about to launch following its pivot to higher value oil sales.


Perspectives: The carbon footprint of a full English breakfast – and how to reduce it
20 Sep 2021  

Perspectives: The carbon footprint of a full English breakfast – and how to reduce it

Food production accounts for a quarter of global greenhouse gas emissions and there are some carbon culprits in the first meal of the day.


Monday 20 September
20 Sep 2021  

Monday 20 September

A daily roundup of national and international food and beverage industry news, views and analysis.


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.


Food firms push pause as Delta interrupts expansion plans
17 Sep 2021  

Food firms push pause as Delta interrupts expansion plans

Cassels Brewing, Bootleg Food, and Clevedon Buffalo are among the food firms to have their growth initiatives stalled.


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. 


Fresh Cuts: Product launches for the week to 17 September
17 Sep 2021  

Fresh Cuts: Product launches for the week to 17 September

Wellington chocolate maker Whittaker’s marks Te Wiki o te Reo Māori 2021, singer Kylie Minogue’s Rosé starts spinning around New Zealand, and drag star Elektra Shock adorns a new Small Goods brew.


Friday 17 September
17 Sep 2021  

Friday 17 September

A daily roundup of national and international food and beverage industry news, views and analysis.


Countdown follows Foodstuffs with support for grocery conduct code
16 Sep 2021   /

Countdown follows Foodstuffs with support for grocery conduct code

The supermarket group also suggests changes to planning laws and the appointment of a grocery ombudsman with oversight of the $22bn sector.


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.


How Comvita’s ‘unique’ model helped drive its $19m turnaround
16 Sep 2021   /

How Comvita’s ‘unique’ model helped drive its $19m turnaround

Comvita has released its annual report and its full of insight about how the company sees its operations and markets, including an extensive Q&A with board chair Brett Hewlett and chief executive David Banfield.


Taranaki microbrewery eyes $1.5m expansion
16 Sep 2021  

Taranaki microbrewery eyes $1.5m expansion

Three Sisters Brewery is looking to raise $1.5m to help boost production capacity tenfold, expand its retail network and enter the Australian market.


Thursday 16 September
16 Sep 2021  

Thursday 16 September

A daily roundup of national and international food and beverage industry news, views and analysis.


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.


Olam Food Ingredients details Waikato dairy plan, makes key hires
15 Sep 2021   /

Olam Food Ingredients details Waikato dairy plan, makes key hires

Olam Food Ingredients has confirmed plans to develop a new dairy-processing facility in Waikato after exiting its ownership of Open Country Dairy earlier this year.


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.


Wednesday 15 September
15 Sep 2021  

Wednesday 15 September

A daily roundup of national and international food and beverage industry news, views and analysis.


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.


Supply chain snarls NPD at Ceres
14 Sep 2021   /

Supply chain snarls NPD at Ceres

Ceres Organics has temporarily halted new product development as it battles a “broken” global supply chain and prioritises filling empty supermarket shelves.


Perspectives: Greenhouse gas emissions by food, countries and regions
14 Sep 2021  

Perspectives: Greenhouse gas emissions by food, countries and regions

A new framework makes it possible to compare how different food products and food-producing regions affect Earth’s climate.


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.


“We owe you a debt of gratitude” – PM to Aucklanders
14 Sep 2021  

“We owe you a debt of gratitude” – PM to Aucklanders

Auckland remains at level 4 until midnight Tuesday 21 September, the rest of NZ stays at level 2 until then.


Tuesday 14 September
14 Sep 2021  

Tuesday 14 September

A daily roundup of national and international food and beverage industry news, views and analysis.


Bakels adds $30m factory to Auckland arsenal
13 Sep 2021   /

Bakels adds $30m factory to Auckland arsenal

The ingredient supplier will ramp up its retail range as well as push its B2B business from its expanded base.


RSE relief as govt approves Oct arrivals
13 Sep 2021   /

RSE relief as govt approves Oct arrivals

The details are yet to be finalised but government confirmation that quarantine-free travel will commence in October for workers from Vanuatu, Tonga and Samoa has provided a boost to growers.


Food prices rise for fifth consecutive month
13 Sep 2021   /

Food prices rise for fifth consecutive month

Food prices rose for the fifth consecutive month in August mainly due to higher prices for meat, poultry and fish, and restaurant meals and ready-to-eat food, according to Stats NZ.


Countdown cuts baddies in own brand products
13 Sep 2021  

Countdown cuts baddies in own brand products

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


Monday 13 September
13 Sep 2021  

Monday 13 September

A daily roundup of national and international food and beverage industry news, views and analysis.


Mary Devine to take reins at Foodstuffs South Island
10 Sep 2021   /

Mary Devine to take reins at Foodstuffs South Island

The retail veteran and current Foodstuffs director will take over from Steve Anderson to be FSSI’s chief executive.


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

Delta sales spike sees Coffee Supreme fast-track paper packaging

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


Chris Quin on Foodstuffs’ category reset and its ‘phygital’ future
10 Sep 2021  

Chris Quin on Foodstuffs’ category reset and its ‘phygital’ future

A three year project to rebuild FSNI’s supply chain was delivered just in time for Delta, and sets the co-op up for an increasingly digital future.


Fresh Cuts: Product launches for the week to 10 September
10 Sep 2021  

Fresh Cuts: Product launches for the week to 10 September

Bell Tea spices up its black tea range, Yum’s new-look range has two new additions, Wellington Chocolate Factory pays homage to its Vanuatu cocoa growers and F. Whitlock & Sons gets meaty.


Food firms dominate Kiwi co-op rankings
10 Sep 2021   /

Food firms dominate Kiwi co-op rankings

Fonterra, Zespri, and Foodstuffs are heavyweights in NZ’s top 30 co-operative rankings.


Friday 10 September
10 Sep 2021  

Friday 10 September

A daily roundup of national and international food and beverage industry news, views and analysis.


Chris Quin on Foodstuffs and Delta – “You go to clarity very quickly”
9 Sep 2021   /

Chris Quin on Foodstuffs and Delta – “You go to clarity very quickly”

What Delta has meant for staffing and store challenges, vaccinations and “maskholes”, according to FSNI’s CEO.


CertusBio nets $4.6m for global growth
9 Sep 2021   /

CertusBio nets $4.6m for global growth

The foodtech startup is moving from a successful trial with Fonterra to one with US dairy company Valley Queen Cheese.


Hemp Connect pivots to supply after supermarket resistance
9 Sep 2021  

Hemp Connect pivots to supply after supermarket resistance

The business will mainly become a supplier of the superfood crop after finding it “really tough” getting traction with supermarkets.


Ārepa flies NZ flag at FoodBytes!
9 Sep 2021   /

Ārepa flies NZ flag at FoodBytes!

The nootropics venture is the only NZ startup selected from 375 applicants for Rabobank’s global food and ag innovation programme.


Thursday 9 September
9 Sep 2021  

Thursday 9 September

A daily roundup of national and international food and beverage industry news, views and analysis.


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.


Synlait looks for 150 layoffs to save up to $12m
8 Sep 2021  

Synlait looks for 150 layoffs to save up to $12m

The move to “review and reset the structure of the business” could see as many as 150 jobs go at the dairy company.


Lockdown adds to supply chain squeeze for food importers
8 Sep 2021   /

Lockdown adds to supply chain squeeze for food importers

Small food firms battling supply chain congestion for 18 months are now being squeezed “at both ends” in the latest lockdown, with concerns growing over how long they can keep going.


Senior food moves at T&G Fresh, Ngāi Tahu,  and an ex-Progressive boss’ new post
8 Sep 2021  

Senior food moves at T&G Fresh, Ngāi Tahu, and an ex-Progressive boss’ new post

Former Countdowners find new homes, while a COO and a CEO get bumped up the ranks at Ngāi Tahu.


Wednesday 8 September
8 Sep 2021  

Wednesday 8 September

A daily roundup of national and international food and beverage industry news, views and analysis.


Comvita wants to win over US with celeb-backed brand
7 Sep 2021   /

Comvita wants to win over US with celeb-backed brand

Developing a skincare brand means the honey company can promote the benefits of both mānuka and propolis to raise awareness in the US.


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.


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.


Tuesday 7 September
7 Sep 2021  

Tuesday 7 September

A daily roundup of national and international food and beverage industry news, views and analysis.


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.


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.


Staff safety focus for Countdown following attack and “aggressive” lockdown environment
6 Sep 2021  

Staff safety focus for Countdown following attack and “aggressive” lockdown environment

Countdown has called in trauma psychologists who have met with staff who were working when a terrorist carried out an attack on shoppers in Auckland’s New Lynn supermarket on Friday.


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.


Lockdown spending winners and losers
6 Sep 2021  

Lockdown spending winners and losers

The amount of money flowing through retailers tills fell by more than a third following the start of the a snap lockdown in mid August, with alert level trading restrictions dictating the winners and losers of the stay-at-home orders.


Monday 6 September
6 Sep 2021  

Monday 6 September

A daily roundup of national and international food and beverage industry news, views and analysis.


Countdown stabbings “terrorist attack” – PM
3 Sep 2021  

Countdown stabbings “terrorist attack” – PM

The attack, which left three people critically injured, was carried out by a known violent extremist, says Jacinda Ardern.


Countdown “devastated” after another supermarket attack
3 Sep 2021  

Countdown “devastated” after another supermarket attack

The group suffers a second serious attack in just four months at one of its properties after a man injures six people, three of them critically, at LynnMall, Auckland.


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.


Sustainable Foods establishes Kāpiti Food Hub

Sustainable Foods establishes Kāpiti Food Hub

The Wellington food firm establishes the hub to foster NZ’s plant-based sector after taking over a former Fonterra factory.


Food moves at Spring Sheep Milk Co, Scales and Invivo
3 Sep 2021  

Food moves at Spring Sheep Milk Co, Scales and Invivo

Internal promotions, arrivals and departures are all in today’s trio of executive food moves.


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

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

The chocolate company tested a limited run of its Peanut Slab in compostable wrappers as part of its move to 100% sustainable packaging by 2025.


Fresh Cuts: Product launches for the week to 3 September
3 Sep 2021  

Fresh Cuts: Product launches for the week to 3 September

Food and beverage firms have navigated the ongoing disruption following last month’s snap lockdown to get new products online and in store this week including Moa Brewing Company, new cross-category brand Good Farmers and Hamilton’s Good George.


Friday 3 September
3 Sep 2021  

Friday 3 September

A daily roundup of national and international food and beverage industry news, views and analysis.


Service Foods seeks war chest to gun for growth
2 Sep 2021   /

Service Foods seeks war chest to gun for growth

The acquisitive wholesaler is considering bringing in a private investor or an IPO as it looks for long-term capital.


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.


Sanford shares jump as Ngāi Tahu takes 12%
2 Sep 2021   /

Sanford shares jump as Ngāi Tahu takes 12%

Sanford’s share price jumped almost 25% yesterday as investors reacted to the news that Ngāi Tahu Investments was increasing its stake in New Zealand’s largest seafood company.


Food spend second biggest riser in lockdown, restaurants suffer most – BNZ
2 Sep 2021   /

Food spend second biggest riser in lockdown, restaurants suffer most – BNZ

The increase in spending on food was second only to IT equipment and software after the country went into its snap lockdown in mid-August.


Thursday 2 September
2 Sep 2021  

Thursday 2 September

A daily roundup of national and international food and beverage industry news, views and analysis.


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.


Tap turns on for level 3, trickle not torrent expected
1 Sep 2021  

Tap turns on for level 3, trickle not torrent expected

Foodservice distributors and suppliers have geared up again as restaurants and cafes re-open under restrictions.


Food firms’ executive merry-go-round with T&G, Delegat, Zespri jv appointments
1 Sep 2021  

Food firms’ executive merry-go-round with T&G, Delegat, Zespri jv appointments

A former Foodstuffs executive moves to T&G Fresh, Pāmu’s boss jumps ship to Delegat, and an inaugural kiwifruit jv CEO named.


Grater Goods secures first fundraise, preps for plant-based push
1 Sep 2021  

Grater Goods secures first fundraise, preps for plant-based push

Icehouse Ventures, Hillfarrance Scout Fund and ArcAngels back Christchurch plant-based startup.


Wednesday 1 September
1 Sep 2021  

Wednesday 1 September

A daily roundup of national and international food and beverage industry news, views and analysis.


Food firms grapple with vaccine rollout
31 Aug 2021   /

Food firms grapple with vaccine rollout

F&B manufacturers are keen to get essential services staff vaccinated but it’s not easy, despite government encouragement.


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?


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.


Tuesday 31 August
31 Aug 2021  

Tuesday 31 August

A daily roundup of national and international food and beverage industry news, views and analysis.


Countdown sales stutter in 2021 after lockdown boom
30 Aug 2021   /

Countdown sales stutter in 2021 after lockdown boom

Revenue was down 6% in FY21, although online sales jumped more than 30%.


Countdown opens $100m distribution centre early to help meet lockdown demand
30 Aug 2021   /

Countdown opens $100m distribution centre early to help meet lockdown demand

Countdown brings the opening of replacement centre forward eight weeks to help ease pressure in the North Island.


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.


Fable Food plots NZ future following $6.8m fundraise
30 Aug 2021   /

Fable Food plots NZ future following $6.8m fundraise

Australian alt-meat success story Fable Food is partnering with local specialist Sustainable Foods to enter NZ.


Monday 30 August
30 Aug 2021  

Monday 30 August

A daily roundup of national and international food and beverage industry news, views and analysis.


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.


Dairyworks’ Tim Carter: “We’re acting like there is Delta in the South Island”
27 Aug 2021   /

Dairyworks’ Tim Carter: “We’re acting like there is Delta in the South Island”

The Canterbury-based company has stood up a raft of ever more stringent measures to protect against the latest outbreak.


“Significant complexity” – McDonald’s among foodservice stakeholders on alert level tenterhooks
27 Aug 2021  

“Significant complexity” – McDonald’s among foodservice stakeholders on alert level tenterhooks

Outlets like the fast food giant will learn today if they can soon restart business under level 3, which some say still makes profit impossible.


Winemakers toast strong results in uncertain year
27 Aug 2021   /

Winemakers toast strong results in uncertain year

Delegat Group and Foley Wines both deliver record operational results, despite pandemic disruption.


Fresh cuts: Product launches for the week to 27 August
27 Aug 2021  

Fresh cuts: Product launches for the week to 27 August

Cardrona Distillery proudly shows its support of love, diversity and inclusion via vodka; global ice cream brand Ben & Jerry’s tops out its tubs; and Invivo toasts its eighth vintage of Graham Norton’s Own Wines.


Friday 27 August
27 Aug 2021  

Friday 27 August

A daily roundup of national and international food and beverage industry news, views and analysis.


Covid, escalating costs and cardboard bread tags – GWF’s Bosomworth
26 Aug 2021   /

Covid, escalating costs and cardboard bread tags – GWF’s Bosomworth

The Tip Top bread owner boosts production to meet surging lockdown demand, but it comes as costs escalate across the group.


NZFGC’s Rich: food firms near “tipping point” as ranks deplete,  Covid contacts hit 20k…
26 Aug 2021   /

NZFGC’s Rich: food firms near “tipping point” as ranks deplete, Covid contacts hit 20k…

The council’s CEO has warned that food manufacturing could soon be critically impacted by staff shortages.


…while SMAs step up for slammed supermarkets, deliver direct, secure vaccine priority
26 Aug 2021   /

…while SMAs step up for slammed supermarkets, deliver direct, secure vaccine priority

Sales and merchandising agencies are stepping up to help supermarkets cope with reduced staff numbers with merchandisers working overtime and select product deliveries going straight to stores


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.


Thursday 26 August
26 Aug 2021  

Thursday 26 August

A daily roundup of national and international food and beverage industry news, views and analysis.


SIO swoops on McCain’s Sara Lee in c.$100m deal
25 Aug 2021  

SIO swoops on McCain’s Sara Lee in c.$100m deal

The Christchurch investor follows its $30m purchase of Original Foods by acquiring the iconic dessert maker.


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.


South Island distributors pin hopes on level 3 for foodservice restart
25 Aug 2021   /

South Island distributors pin hopes on level 3 for foodservice restart

Distributors are seeing demand spike from retail, helping to plug the gap left by the closed foodservice channel.


Online grocery demand spikes, suppliers slammed
25 Aug 2021   /

Online grocery demand spikes, suppliers slammed

Online independents are picking up consumers from under-the-pump bricks and mortar rivals, although not all can side-step supply chain pressures.


Wednesday 25 August
25 Aug 2021  

Wednesday 25 August

A daily roundup of national and international food and beverage industry news, views and analysis.


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.


Restaurant Brands serves up strong interims
24 Aug 2021   /

Restaurant Brands serves up strong interims

First half sales jump 41% and underlying net profit doubles on the back of Covid-free trading in NZ and Californian KFC deal.


Outbreak puts 1000+ Countdown staff in isolation, more expected
24 Aug 2021   /

Outbreak puts 1000+ Countdown staff in isolation, more expected

The supermarket group expects the number of staff affected to keep rising as locations of interest and close contact lists grow.


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.


Tuesday 24 August
24 Aug 2021  

Tuesday 24 August

A daily roundup of national and international food and beverage industry news, views and analysis.


Supermarkets scramble as stores shut, staff isolate, and demand booms
23 Aug 2021   /

Supermarkets scramble as stores shut, staff isolate, and demand booms

Dozens of stores have been affected with staff being relocated to cope with demand and to try and plug gaps caused by the Delta outbreak.


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.


Service Foods bolsters board, signals growth
23 Aug 2021   /

Service Foods bolsters board, signals growth

Two KPMG alumni join the wholesaler’s board and executive team to “contribute to next phase of growth”.


Perspectives: Here’s what to do about food waste
23 Aug 2021   /

Perspectives: Here’s what to do about food waste

There are numerous techniques, technologies and policies that together could help reduce global food waste at every point in the production and consumption process.


Monday 23 August
23 Aug 2021  

Monday 23 August

A daily roundup of national and international food and beverage industry news, views and analysis.


NPD? Wait and see
20 Aug 2021   /

NPD? Wait and see

A long lockdown could play havoc with new product launches, change customer demand patterns and result in distribution delays.


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.


New products, potential acquisitions and that IPO – first My Food Bag AGM takeaways
20 Aug 2021  

New products, potential acquisitions and that IPO – first My Food Bag AGM takeaways

My Food Bag held its inaugural AGM yesterday with bosses touching on thorny issues following the group’s lacklustre IPO and updating on the group’s new product range performance.


New execs for Synlait, Fonterra
20 Aug 2021  

New execs for Synlait, Fonterra

Synlait recruits from Qatar to fill its director of operations role, while Fonterra goes internal for its new people and culture MD.


Fresh Cuts: Product launches for the week to 20 August
20 Aug 2021  

Fresh Cuts: Product launches for the week to 20 August

Oatly’s New Zealand plant-based game steps up a notch with its alt-cream now available in Aotearoa, Hubbards has teams up with Wellington’s nut butter champion Fix & Fogg, and Moa adds a new hazy to its line up.


Friday 20 August
20 Aug 2021  

Friday 20 August

A daily roundup of national and international food and beverage industry news, views and analysis.


‘Channel shuffle’ for brownies, broccolini and beer – foodservice closure forces focus change
19 Aug 2021   /

‘Channel shuffle’ for brownies, broccolini and beer – foodservice closure forces focus change

With the foodservice channel shut, manufacturers are looking to supermarkets to pick up the slack.


Masks become mandatory in supermarkets but enforcement policies differ
19 Aug 2021   /

Masks become mandatory in supermarkets but enforcement policies differ

Foodstuffs is running a ‘no mask, no entry’ policy, whereas Countdown plans to avoid any potential conflict.


Restaurants, cafes, bars and liquor stores – locations of interest balloon across Auckland
19 Aug 2021   /

Restaurants, cafes, bars and liquor stores – locations of interest balloon across Auckland

Supermarkets, restaurants, bars, and liquor stores are among dozens of locations visited by current Covid cases.


Supermarket worker vaccination plan in pipeline
19 Aug 2021   /

Supermarket worker vaccination plan in pipeline

The government is today expected to provide details on a move to bump supermarket workers up the vaccination priority list which would see jabs being given on-site.


Thursday 19 August
19 Aug 2021  

Thursday 19 August

A daily roundup of national and international food and beverage industry news, views and analysis.


“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.


Delta deals “devastating” blow to hospitality
18 Aug 2021   /

Delta deals “devastating” blow to hospitality

The hospitality sector acknowledges the necessity of the snap lockdown, which deals another blow to struggling businesses and scuppers events.


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.


Wednesday 18 August
18 Aug 2021  

Wednesday 18 August

A daily roundup of national and international food and beverage industry news, views and analysis.


“Keep calm, be kind” – Countdown to shoppers rushing supermarkets
17 Aug 2021   /

“Keep calm, be kind” – Countdown to shoppers rushing supermarkets

“Keep calm, be kind,” says Countdown, as stores are inundated across the city.


After 53 years, Breadcraft cuts ties with Quality Bakers to drive speciality brands
17 Aug 2021   /

After 53 years, Breadcraft cuts ties with Quality Bakers to drive speciality brands

The baker sells its contract to produce bread for the Goodman Fielder subsidiary to focus on its own brands like Rebel Bakehouse.


SeaDragon ditches CEO role, Nevin moves to COO
17 Aug 2021   /

SeaDragon ditches CEO role, Nevin moves to COO

The news follows Bryan Mogridge’s appointment as executive chair of the omega fish oils refiner.


Makana invests $1.2m to upgrade facilities, future-proof chocolate business
17 Aug 2021   /

Makana invests $1.2m to upgrade facilities, future-proof chocolate business

The boutique chocolatier is using the pause in international tourism to undertake an overhaul of its Blenheim factory and strengthen its direct-to-consumer channels.


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.


Tuesday 17 August
17 Aug 2021  

Tuesday 17 August

A daily roundup of national and international food and beverage industry news, views and analysis.


Bootleggers bounces back from first quarter “false starts”
16 Aug 2021   /

Bootleggers bounces back from first quarter “false starts”

With a Foodstuffs deal and imminent entry into Australia, the beverage business says its growth plans are back on track after a patchy start to the year.


Is Nestlé lining up A2 Milk?
16 Aug 2021   /

Is Nestlé lining up A2 Milk?

Suitors are reported to be weighing options around A2, but any potential offer would only be made after the milk company’s annual results next week.


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.


Perspectives: Why we need to reshape the online food environment
16 Aug 2021  

Perspectives: Why we need to reshape the online food environment

With a Covid-19 induced surge in online food delivery potentially harming national health, a group of trans-Tasman academics suggests the time is right to shape the online food environment to promote easy access to healthy and nutritious convenience food.


Monday 16 August
16 Aug 2021  

Monday 16 August

A daily roundup of national and international food and beverage industry news, views and analysis.


Cook & Nelson – how a category-challenging importer is coping with Covid impacts
13 Aug 2021   /

Cook & Nelson – how a category-challenging importer is coping with Covid impacts

The distributor scours the world for challenger brands but Covid has made importing harder and more expensive.


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.


Goodman Fielder moves to cardboard bread tags
13 Aug 2021   /

Goodman Fielder moves to cardboard bread tags

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


Produce pushes July food prices up
13 Aug 2021   /

Produce pushes July food prices up

Food prices rose 1.3% in July compared with the previous month, mainly influenced by fruit and vege price hikes.


Fresh Cuts: Product launches for the week to 13 August
13 Aug 2021  

Fresh Cuts: Product launches for the week to 13 August

Reefton Distilling Co and Swandri team up for a limited edition release, Whittaker’s new cocoa kick and Urbanaut will send you down a Mystic Portal.


Friday 13 August
13 Aug 2021  

Friday 13 August

A daily roundup of national and international food and beverage industry news, views and analysis.


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.


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.


Lump bump for Mondelēz, launch to be unwrapped
12 Aug 2021   /

Lump bump for Mondelēz, launch to be unwrapped

The humble lump is paying dividends for the global giant in New Zealand with a new launch about to be unwrapped.


Brewers pour in to Wellington’s Beervana
12 Aug 2021   /

Brewers pour in to Wellington’s Beervana

Brewers from all over New Zealand are rolling out their wares to the capital to take part in today’s trade show ahead of welcoming 16,000 thirsty punters for the 20th annual two-day Beervana beer festival in Wellington.


Thursday 12 August
12 Aug 2021  

Thursday 12 August

A daily roundup of national and international food and beverage industry news, views and analysis.


Queen Anne to reign from new base after sweets success
11 Aug 2021   /

Queen Anne to reign from new base after sweets success

The chocolatier led by the granddaughter of Ernest Adams is expanding production after seeing revenue jump by 30%.


Pacific Harvest reaps Aus demand for Kiwi seaweed
11 Aug 2021   /

Pacific Harvest reaps Aus demand for Kiwi seaweed

A burgeoning seaweed business is focused on drumming up demand for its food products before tackling the challenging issue of commercial supply in New Zealand.


Interim boss for FSANZ as Booth departs
11 Aug 2021   /

Interim boss for FSANZ as Booth departs

Adjunct Professor Mark Booth has left Food Standards Australia New Zealand to join an international management consultancy.


Wednesday 11 August
11 Aug 2021  

Wednesday 11 August

A daily roundup of national and international food and beverage industry news, views and analysis.


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

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

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


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.


Auckland F&B retail openings in the pipeline
10 Aug 2021  

Auckland F&B retail openings in the pipeline

The $30m-plus Countdown to be developed in Auckland’s Manukau is the North Island’s first Green Star-rated store.


Tuesday 10 August
10 Aug 2021  

Tuesday 10 August

A daily roundup of national and international food and beverage industry news, views and analysis.


Parkers builds out functional drink portfolio
9 Aug 2021  

Parkers builds out functional drink portfolio

The Hastings business is expanding into the functional beverage space following a challenging Covid which almost saw it close its doors.


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.


PharmaZen profit tumbles
9 Aug 2021   /

PharmaZen profit tumbles

Operating costs skyrocketed at the nutritional ingredient manufacturer during the six months to June.


Monday 9 August
9 Aug 2021  

Monday 9 August

A daily roundup of national and international food and beverage industry news, views and analysis.


Milligans to launch new brand in US, drive domestic retail
6 Aug 2021  

Milligans to launch new brand in US, drive domestic retail

The family-owned Otago firm is making a play for the US butter market and expanding its retail efforts at home.


My Food Bag in D2C product play
6 Aug 2021  

My Food Bag in D2C product play

My Food Bag has launched a range of products as part of drive into New Zealand’s $37bn retail food sector.


Abe’s Bagels on a roll, 25 years on
6 Aug 2021  

Abe’s Bagels on a roll, 25 years on

After 25 years, there’s still plenty of room for growth, says general manager Wade Gillooly.


Foodstuffs South Island’s new supply chain boss in modernisation drive
6 Aug 2021   /

Foodstuffs South Island’s new supply chain boss in modernisation drive

Foodstuffs South Island has recruited Nick Barnes as general manager of supply chain, replacing John Mullins who retired after 43 years working for the grocery group.


Fresh Cuts: Product launches for the week to 6 August
6 Aug 2021  

Fresh Cuts: Product launches for the week to 6 August

Pure Delish champions local, Esk Valley showcases its great dirt and Wellington Chocolate Factory shows us its latest squeeze.


Friday 6 August
6 Aug 2021  

Friday 6 August

A daily roundup of national and international food and beverage industry news, views and analysis.


Cropsy beats the drum for funds
5 Aug 2021   /

Cropsy beats the drum for funds

Co-founders Ali Alomari and Leila Deljkovic are sounding out investors as the startup preps for a commercial pilot in Marlborough.


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.


NZ exporters to the UK poised to be quids in post-Brexit – report
5 Aug 2021   /

NZ exporters to the UK poised to be quids in post-Brexit – report

Forget red meat and dairy, its ice-cream, gin and cereal that are best placed to take advantage of this once-in-a-generation opportunity.


Thursday 5 August
5 Aug 2021  

Thursday 5 August

A daily roundup of national and international food and beverage industry news, views and analysis.


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.


Juno Gin looks to fans to fund $100k fit-out
4 Aug 2021  

Juno Gin looks to fans to fund $100k fit-out

New Plymouth gin distiller want backing for cellar door experience that forms part of new $1m production facility.


Food Made Fair campaign highlights supply chain workers
4 Aug 2021   /

Food Made Fair campaign highlights supply chain workers

Living wages, job security and local sourcing are the pillars of the initiative.


Wednesday 4 August
4 Aug 2021  

Wednesday 4 August

A daily roundup of national and international food and beverage industry news, views and analysis.


Snacks & wraps  – General Mills’ focus for new ANZ leadership
3 Aug 2021   /

Snacks & wraps – General Mills’ focus for new ANZ leadership

Finding growth means driving existing brands like Old El Paso but could also see new products brought down under from the United States.


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.


…T&G seeks more than seasonal staff, looks to hire 150 permanent workers
3 Aug 2021   /

…T&G seeks more than seasonal staff, looks to hire 150 permanent workers

The positions were needed to help meet global demand for the grower’s apples.


Gotcha Fresh Tea targets NZ in bubble tea boom
3 Aug 2021   /

Gotcha Fresh Tea targets NZ in bubble tea boom

The Melbourne-based business is launching in New Zealand as the fast-growing bubble tea sector continues to expand.


Tuesday 3 August
3 Aug 2021  

Tuesday 3 August

A daily roundup of national and international food and beverage industry news, views and analysis.


F&B founders shortlisted for EY Entrepreneur of the Year
2 Aug 2021  

F&B founders shortlisted for EY Entrepreneur of the Year

NZ Natural Pet Food Company founders Amber Cordero and Jacqueline Taylor are among four finalists from the food sector.


Foodstuffs’ Covid FY21 results – how much money did it make?
2 Aug 2021   /

Foodstuffs’ Covid FY21 results – how much money did it make?

So, how much money did the largest supermarket group in NZ make in the year of Covid?


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”.


Monday 2 August
2 Aug 2021  

Monday 2 August

A daily roundup of national and international food and beverage industry news, views and analysis.


Sven Baker has designs on new food brand
30 Jul 2021   /

Sven Baker has designs on new food brand

The former Designworks CEO is behind the new Good Farmers collective, which brings its first product to market this week.


Finery jumps ditch with non-alcoholic cocktails
30 Jul 2021  

Finery jumps ditch with non-alcoholic cocktails

New Zealand cocktail brand Finery is looking to secure distributors in both New Zealand and Australia as the young company’s network expands through a recent supply deal with Australian liquor retailer Dan Murphy’s.


We’re not that profitable – supermarkets respond to ComCom draft report
30 Jul 2021   /

We’re not that profitable – supermarkets respond to ComCom draft report

Foodstuffs disagrees with the Commerce Commission’s estimates of its profitability.


Fresh Cuts: Product launches for the week to 30 July
30 Jul 2021  

Fresh Cuts: Product launches for the week to 30 July

Check what’s new to the market for the week up to 30 July 2021.  Cookie Time channels a Kiwi classic for a limited time, Rebel Bakehouse goes low carb, Taranaki’s MORE »


Friday 30 July
30 Jul 2021  

Friday 30 July

A daily roundup of national and international food and beverage industry news, views and analysis.


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.


Grocery market study report shows “big problems” in sector – NZFGC’s Rich
29 Jul 2021   /

Grocery market study report shows “big problems” in sector – NZFGC’s Rich

Report reflects imbalance of power in sector which has allowed retailers to push excess costs, risks, and uncertainty onto suppliers, FCG says.


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.


Thursday 29 July
29 Jul 2021  

Thursday 29 July

A daily roundup of national and international food and beverage industry news, views and analysis.


‘Chanui tea guy’ Doug Hastie returns, brews plan for new products, Aus entry
28 Jul 2021   /

‘Chanui tea guy’ Doug Hastie returns, brews plan for new products, Aus entry

Hastie is back at the firm he founded 19 years ago, and he has growth on his mind for his tea and biscuit business.


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.


Low Carb Haven rides keto wave with nearly 40k health food orders
28 Jul 2021   /

Low Carb Haven rides keto wave with nearly 40k health food orders

The fast-growing online retailer is expanding to meet booming demand for low-carb and sugar-free keto products.


Watch: Plant & Food showcases plant-based milk, protein, and innovation capabilities
28 Jul 2021   /

Watch: Plant & Food showcases plant-based milk, protein, and innovation capabilities

Plant & Food Research has launched a series of videos showcasing its abilities available for the country’s food and beverage producers.


Wednesday 28 July
28 Jul 2021  

Wednesday 28 July

A daily roundup of national and international food and beverage industry news, views and analysis.


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.


Urban winery looks north after lockdown launch
27 Jul 2021   /

Urban winery looks north after lockdown launch

Emerging Wairarapa winery Alexia hires a distributor to help push into Auckland’s premium on-premises and speciality retail trade.


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.


Tuesday 27 July
27 Jul 2021  

Tuesday 27 July

A daily roundup of national and international food and beverage industry news, views and analysis.


Sunny South joins NZ oat milk line up
26 Jul 2021   /

Sunny South joins NZ oat milk line up

New Zealand’s newest oat milk venture heads offshore to meet local demand as it waits for the proposed $50m Southland production facility.


Zespri looks to Horizon with $160m upgrade
26 Jul 2021  

Zespri looks to Horizon with $160m upgrade

Zespri says its Horizon Programme to upgrade its ageing internal systems and processes will cost about $160m over the three- to four-year life of the project. The co-op said on MORE »


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.


New people chief for A2 Milk
26 Jul 2021   /

New people chief for A2 Milk

The A2 Milk Company has filled another role in its leadership team appointing a new chief people and culture officer following the departure of Lisa Burquest in January.


Monday 26 July
26 Jul 2021  

Monday 26 July

A daily roundup of national and international food and beverage industry news, views and analysis.


My Food Bag bags DB marketing boss
23 Jul 2021   /

My Food Bag bags DB marketing boss

The meal kit firm has appointed DB Breweries’ Jo Mitchell to be its chief customer officer.


Beyond kombucha: Batchwell sets sights on gut health brand
23 Jul 2021  

Beyond kombucha: Batchwell sets sights on gut health brand

Functional drinks and an expansion out of beverages are all in the mix for the kombucha company currently raising capital.


Perspectives: What is England’s National Food Strategy and how could it change the way people eat?
23 Jul 2021  

Perspectives: What is England’s National Food Strategy and how could it change the way people eat?

The plan has drawn fire from some in the food industry there but support from others, so what is at stake?


Stars & Stripes tie-up for Fix & Fogg
23 Jul 2021   /

Stars & Stripes tie-up for Fix & Fogg

Wellington nut butter company has confirmed its partnership with US retail giant Whole Foods Market which will see its product stocked in its network of 500 stores.


Fresh Cuts: Product launches for the week to 23 July
23 Jul 2021  

Fresh Cuts: Product launches for the week to 23 July

Organic chocolate maker Bennetto Natural Foods Co puts Bird of the Year front and centre, Cookie Dough Collective takes you on a choc chip trip, Queen Anne Chocolates’ marshmallow fish bites swim to market and Lawson’s Dry Hills combines art and wine for a limited time.


Friday 23 July
23 Jul 2021  

Friday 23 July

A daily roundup of national and international food and beverage industry news, views and analysis.


Forty Thieves bolsters sales strength in domestic drive
22 Jul 2021   /

Forty Thieves bolsters sales strength in domestic drive

The company has engaged Innovative Sales & Merchandising to boost its presence in NZ’s “very competitive” nut butter category.


Allan bows out of FoodBowl, heads to Fonterra
22 Jul 2021   /

Allan bows out of FoodBowl, heads to Fonterra

FoodBowl CEO Alexandra Allan resigns after seven years with the Food Innovation Network.


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

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

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


This Local Piggy to seek funding after hyperlocal trial
22 Jul 2021  

This Local Piggy to seek funding after hyperlocal trial

This startup will seek the funding after trialling its hyperlocal online grocery service in Auckland.


Thursday 22 July
22 Jul 2021  

Thursday 22 July

A daily roundup of national and international food and beverage industry news, views and analysis.


Again Again preps version 2.0 for trial
21 Jul 2021   /

Again Again preps version 2.0 for trial

Think you know reusable takeaway coffee cup company Again Again? Think again (again).


Not ‘just another bloody e-commerce business’ – Beer Hug customers hit 10k
21 Jul 2021   /

Not ‘just another bloody e-commerce business’ – Beer Hug customers hit 10k

The online craft beer delivery service says it has broken through the barrier of being “just another bloody e-commerce business”.


Opportunities, scale and speed – Blis on its $9m Probi partnership
21 Jul 2021  

Opportunities, scale and speed – Blis on its $9m Probi partnership

Dunedin probiotics firm Blis Technologies has been given access to a raft of new global opportunities after selling a 13% stake to form a strategic partnership with Swedish giant Probi.


Countdown to launch first South Island Metro in Wānaka
21 Jul 2021   /

Countdown to launch first South Island Metro in Wānaka

Countdown is launching its first South Island Metro store in Wānaka creating 14 new jobs in the Otago town.


Wednesday 21 July
21 Jul 2021  

Wednesday 21 July

A daily roundup of national and international food and beverage industry news, views and analysis.


My Food Bag COO heads for the exit
20 Jul 2021   /

My Food Bag COO heads for the exit

My Food Bag’s chief operating officer Richard Wafer has resigned from the meal kit company.


Foodprint accelerates into Wellington
20 Jul 2021   /

Foodprint accelerates into Wellington

Michal Garvey’s Auckland-based food waste startup has signed its first cafes in the capital.


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%.


Tuesday 20 July
20 Jul 2021  

Tuesday 20 July

A daily roundup of national and international food and beverage industry news, views and analysis.


Ceres Organics looks to next 40 years with new investment to drive growth
19 Jul 2021   /

Ceres Organics looks to next 40 years with new investment to drive growth

Organics pioneer Noel Josephson has set up his nearly 40-year-old firm with new leadership and a plan to expand.


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.


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.


Monday 19 July
19 Jul 2021  

Monday 19 July

A daily roundup of national and international food and beverage industry news, views and analysis.


Tom & Luke gets a Dose of collagen with Zuru tie-up
16 Jul 2021   /

Tom & Luke gets a Dose of collagen with Zuru tie-up

The health snack firm partners with a supplement company controlled by richlisters the Mowbray family.


“For us taste is number one” – Farro boss Bryce Howard on NPD
16 Jul 2021  

“For us taste is number one” – Farro boss Bryce Howard on NPD

Taste comes above all else when it comes to getting your product stocked in Auckland specialty grocery chain Farro Fresh, according to boss Bryce Howard.


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.


Countdown backs business diversity with $1m in-house accelerator
16 Jul 2021  

Countdown backs business diversity with $1m in-house accelerator

The 12-week accelerator is focused on helping encourage a more diverse supplier base in Aotearoa.


Fresh Cuts: Product launches for the week to 16 July
16 Jul 2021  

Fresh Cuts: Product launches for the week to 16 July

Fix & Fogg sweetens up an old favourite, Cassels Brewing Company launches new eye-catching brews, Allpress moves into the capsule market and McCain brings a new pizza to New Zealand freezers.


Friday 16 July
16 Jul 2021  

Friday 16 July

A daily roundup of national and international food and beverage industry news, views and analysis.


Lion pumps millions into zero alcohol tech to tap new demand
15 Jul 2021   /

Lion pumps millions into zero alcohol tech to tap new demand

The brewer is making a big move into the no alcohol beer market, which is says will be worth $25bn globally by 2024.


Sacred Hill’s $99m debt and liabilities pile
15 Jul 2021   /

Sacred Hill’s $99m debt and liabilities pile

Winemaking group Sacred Hill was tipped into receivership after amassing debts and liabilities of $98.5m according to a report from the joint receivers who are handling the sale of the Hawke’s Bay business.


How to get funding, and what to do when you’ve got it – tips for food and agritech
15 Jul 2021  

How to get funding, and what to do when you’ve got it – tips for food and agritech

With global challenges to supply chains, productivity, climate change and food security, New Zealand’s startup ecosystem is responding with new companies emerging, networks deepening and investment broadening.


Who is in the running for the Hospitality NZ Excellence Awards?
15 Jul 2021   /

Who is in the running for the Hospitality NZ Excellence Awards?

Bar, restaurant and accommodation operators from around the country are competing to take home to top gongs from this year’s Hospitality Awards for Excellence.


Thursday 15 July
15 Jul 2021  

Thursday 15 July

A daily roundup of national and international food and beverage industry news, views and analysis.


Bootleg Jerky beefs up with new investment
14 Jul 2021  

Bootleg Jerky beefs up with new investment

The jerky startup has secured funding for a new facility to help more than double production.


Delegat signals flat profit, warns of shipping issues
14 Jul 2021   /

Delegat signals flat profit, warns of shipping issues

Delegat Group has released its unaudited numbers for the 2021 year, but warned the official numbers are likely to be worse when they come out in late August.


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.


Watch: Could dairy factories pivot to plant proteins?
14 Jul 2021   /

Watch: Could dairy factories pivot to plant proteins?

A video presentation from AgResearch senior scientist Dr Simon Loveday on whether New Zealand’s dairy companies could instead start processing plant proteins.


Wednesday 14 July
14 Jul 2021  

Wednesday 14 July

A daily roundup of national and international food and beverage industry news, views and analysis.


Tonic boom for Fever-Tree fuels future plans
13 Jul 2021  

Tonic boom for Fever-Tree fuels future plans

The London-listed beverage business is planning to shake up other mixer categories in New Zealand.


Perspectives: How technology can shift the global food system
13 Jul 2021  

Perspectives: How technology can shift the global food system

The opportunity for an intelligently connected food system is riper than ever, writes Trust Codes’ Emma Wheeler.


Happy Cow launches capital raise, Hunt and Gather secures funds
13 Jul 2021  

Happy Cow launches capital raise, Hunt and Gather secures funds

Described as a milk factory in a box, Happy Cow Milk Company, has today launched its second capital raise as it looks to scale-up its prototype into paddocks and retailers around the country.


Vegetable prices jump 15% – the sharpest rise in four years
13 Jul 2021   /

Vegetable prices jump 15% – the sharpest rise in four years

Capsicum prices jumped 27% to a weighted average price of $24.16 per kilogram, an all-time high.


Tuesday 13 July
13 Jul 2021  

Tuesday 13 July

A daily roundup of national and international food and beverage industry news, views and analysis.


Pure Delish rolls out the launches to stay ‘super premium’
12 Jul 2021   /

Pure Delish rolls out the launches to stay ‘super premium’

The Auckland company is producing a raft of new products, including its first 100% New Zealand grown muesli.


A2 in APAC restructure, reshuffle and recruitment
12 Jul 2021   /

A2 in APAC restructure, reshuffle and recruitment

Its Asia Pacific division will be split three ways in an effort to revive growth.


Mead, maps and meat – Sprout selects accelerator Cohort B
12 Jul 2021   /

Mead, maps and meat – Sprout selects accelerator Cohort B

A sparkling mead maker, a plant-based food manufacturer, and a probiotic kefir company are among twelve startups selected for Sprout’s accelerator.


Wild weather drives supermarket spend to biggest June riser
12 Jul 2021   /

Wild weather drives supermarket spend to biggest June riser

Supermarkets saw the biggest rise in Kiwi spending in June 2021 as wild weather drove people to stock up and stay indoors, according to Stats NZ.


Monday 12 July
12 Jul 2021  

Monday 12 July

A daily roundup of national and international food and beverage industry news, views and analysis.


Farro Fresh expands IRL and online
9 Jul 2021   /

Farro Fresh expands IRL and online

The speciality grocer has inked a deal that will see it open its seventh Auckland store, and is close to signing on another.


Foodtech startup pioneers kānuka ingredient with ‘instant hangi’ flavour
9 Jul 2021   /

Foodtech startup pioneers kānuka ingredient with ‘instant hangi’ flavour

A startup pioneering the transformation of native kānuka tree properties into a range of food ingredients has already attracted the attention of established food companies including Wellington’s Fix & Fogg.


Perspectives: Should some plant-based burgers be considered ‘junk food’?
9 Jul 2021  

Perspectives: Should some plant-based burgers be considered ‘junk food’?

The ultra-processed nature and long ingredient list of some plant-based burgers means they may not be as healthy as some expect, writes a nutritional biochemist.


Fresh Cuts: Product launches for the week to 9 July
9 Jul 2021  

Fresh Cuts: Product launches for the week to 9 July

Kinder’s first biscuit hits New Zealand supermarket shelves, Silver Fern Farms responds to venison demand, Speight’s moves to summit the no-alcohol beer trend, and its (another) wrap at Farrah’s.


Friday 9 July
9 Jul 2021  

Friday 9 July

A daily roundup of national and international food and beverage industry news, views and analysis.


PI Summit 2021: F&B’s tourism recovery opportunity – Sarah Meikle
8 Jul 2021  

PI Summit 2021: F&B’s tourism recovery opportunity – Sarah Meikle

New Zealand’s food and beverage industry must build up its story for the return of international visitors, says Wellington Culinary Events’ CEO.


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.


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.


Blis bump on $9m Probi partnership
8 Jul 2021  

Blis bump on $9m Probi partnership

NZX-listed probiotics firm Blis Technologies said its strategic partnership with Swedish giant Probi will open up “significant growth opportunities” and see the New Zealand firm’s products delivered to new markets around the globe.


Foodstuffs gets South Island online
8 Jul 2021   /

Foodstuffs gets South Island online

After a more than a year in development Foodstuffs South Island is to start rolling out online shopping across its New World and Pak’nSave supermarkets.


Thursday 8 July
8 Jul 2021  

Thursday 8 July

A daily roundup of national and international food and beverage industry news, views and analysis.


PI Summit 2021: “Know what customers want” – Foodstuffs’ Anderson on getting stocked
7 Jul 2021  

PI Summit 2021: “Know what customers want” – Foodstuffs’ Anderson on getting stocked

The golden rule to get your product stocked in Foodstuffs is making sure it is something that customers actually want – but a good story helps too, according to the South Island cooperative’s boss of 20 years, Steven Anderson.


PI Summit 2021: Automated orchards “still 15-20 years away” – NZ Apples & Pears
7 Jul 2021   /

PI Summit 2021: Automated orchards “still 15-20 years away” – NZ Apples & Pears

New Zealand Apples & Pears chief executive Alan Pollard says the horticulture industry is recognised globally as a leader in automated operations post-harvest but apple picking remains a stubbornly human task.


New Carrick Winery owners plan more events, new accommodation to rebuild brand
7 Jul 2021  

New Carrick Winery owners plan more events, new accommodation to rebuild brand

New Carrick Winery owners Tony and Alison Cleland say they aim to rebuild the brand and make it a winery destination for locals as well as visitors from further afield.


Wednesday 7 July
7 Jul 2021  

Wednesday 7 July

A daily roundup of national and international food and beverage industry news, views and analysis.


Behemoth Brewing seeks new Aus angle after distributor disruption
6 Jul 2021   /

Behemoth Brewing seeks new Aus angle after distributor disruption

The abrupt cancellation of a large order destined for Australia hasn’t dampened the brewer’s spirits.


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.


Not just bread and milk – Goodman Fielder targets ‘big five’ ingredients for growth
6 Jul 2021   /

Not just bread and milk – Goodman Fielder targets ‘big five’ ingredients for growth

Ingredients play follows acquisition by Singaporean conglomerate Wilmar International.


Tuesday 6 July
6 Jul 2021  

Tuesday 6 July

A daily roundup of national and international food and beverage industry news, views and analysis.


Menulog doubles down in NZ, targets top food delivery position
5 Jul 2021   /

Menulog doubles down in NZ, targets top food delivery position

The business has built up its NZ operations and doubled the number of restaurants it serves with its own delivery option.


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.


SeaDragon hits rough water, plans to stay the course
5 Jul 2021  

SeaDragon hits rough water, plans to stay the course

SeaDragon bosses remain committed to a turnaround at the omega-3 oil producer despite “unsatisfactory” full year results.


Lion claws back carbon emissions
5 Jul 2021   /

Lion claws back carbon emissions

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


Monday 5 July
5 Jul 2021  

Monday 5 July

A daily roundup of national and international food and beverage industry news, views and analysis.


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.


Pie maker’s ‘eyes opened’ to vegan, flexitarian potential
2 Jul 2021   /

Pie maker’s ‘eyes opened’ to vegan, flexitarian potential

Who ate all the pies? Non-meat eaters are changing the market and helping to drive innovation and new products, says Goodtime Pie Co.


Upstock digs into NZ grocery, targets Aus for 2022
2 Jul 2021  

Upstock digs into NZ grocery, targets Aus for 2022

Wholesale ordering app Upstock is deepening its reach into New Zealand’s retail sector via an integration with one of the country’s largest supermarket groups, before looking for new opportunities both here and across the ditch.


A2 poaches Danone marketing lead
2 Jul 2021   /

A2 poaches Danone marketing lead

The A2 Milk Company has appointed an infant nutrition marketing specialist from European food giant Danone as its new chief marketing officer.


Fresh Cuts: Product launches for the week to 2 July
2 Jul 2021  

Fresh Cuts: Product launches for the week to 2 July

What’s new to the market for the week to 2 July 2021.


Friday 2 July
2 Jul 2021  

Friday 2 July

A daily roundup of national and international food and beverage industry news, views and analysis.


B+LNZ’s Marsh appointed Agmardt GM
1 Jul 2021   /

B+LNZ’s Marsh appointed Agmardt GM

The former Fonterra and Nestlé insights manager will take over from Malcolm Nitschke in August.


Australian distiller Brunswick Aces eyes NZ expansion
1 Jul 2021   /

Australian distiller Brunswick Aces eyes NZ expansion

The Australian distiller aims to be stocked in 300 NZ outlets by the end of the year with more staff and an office planned.


‘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.


Thursday 1 July
1 Jul 2021  

Thursday 1 July

A daily roundup of national and international food and beverage industry news, views and analysis.


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.


Cheers to that – wine tech startup Marama Labs raises $1.25m
30 Jun 2021   /

Cheers to that – wine tech startup Marama Labs raises $1.25m

Wellington startup Marama Labs is charting a course for global growth after raising $1.25m for its winemaking technology.


“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.


Bangers, burgers and bees – food industry winners take a bow
30 Jun 2021  

Bangers, burgers and bees – food industry winners take a bow

From established names like chocolatier Whittaker’s and honey specialist Comvita through to hemp meat trailblazer, Plan*t, NZ food producers have been recognised in a raft of awards this week – but not always for their food.


Wednesday 30 June
30 Jun 2021  

Wednesday 30 June

A daily roundup of national and international food and beverage industry news, views and analysis.


Gilmours guns for number one with fresh expansion
29 Jun 2021   /

Gilmours guns for number one with fresh expansion

The Foodstuffs subsidiary has filled a new senior role and is launching a revamped fresh food offering in a bid to become NZ’s top foodservice wholesaler.


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.


Perspectives: Every mainland Aus state will soon allow GM crops – here’s why that’s nothing to fear
29 Jun 2021   /

Perspectives: Every mainland Aus state will soon allow GM crops – here’s why that’s nothing to fear

There are no genetically modified commercial crops in New Zealand but across the ditch, it’s a different story.


Tuesday 29 June
29 Jun 2021  

Tuesday 29 June

A daily roundup of national and international food and beverage industry news, views and analysis.


‘Simplicity, focus’ – Comvita’s David Banfield’s turnaround mantra
28 Jun 2021   /

‘Simplicity, focus’ – Comvita’s David Banfield’s turnaround mantra

It’s back to basics for the honey company, which the CEO says had become overly complex and ‘disconnected from consumers’.


‘Solid’ year for Mrs Higgins, growth expected from lobster, kiwifruit ventures – Rangatira
28 Jun 2021  

‘Solid’ year for Mrs Higgins, growth expected from lobster, kiwifruit ventures – Rangatira

The investor also says that its kiwifruit venture will soon start bearing fruit.


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.


Monday 28 June
28 Jun 2021  

Monday 28 June

A daily roundup of national and international food and beverage industry news, views and analysis.


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.


Perspectives: Hauraki Gulf changes raise challenges and opportunities
25 Jun 2021   /

Perspectives: Hauraki Gulf changes raise challenges and opportunities

Not everyone is happy with the government’s Hauraki Gulf plan released this week and there is more work to do to ensure any changes are fair for everyone, writes Seafood New Zealand chief executive Dr Jeremy Helson.


Govt indecision forcing food firms into packaging limbo – Jenkins FPS’ Lunam
25 Jun 2021  

Govt indecision forcing food firms into packaging limbo – Jenkins FPS’ Lunam

Leading packaging company JFS says government indecision and social pressures have driven food companies into a “holding pattern”.


Consumers increasingly want ‘clean’ ingredients – but what does that mean?
25 Jun 2021  

Consumers increasingly want ‘clean’ ingredients – but what does that mean?

The growing importance of quality ingredients – and increasingly so-called clean ingredients – has been explored in a new piece of research which reveals that close to two thirds of consumers consider what is in the product before they buy it.


Fresh Cuts: Product launches for the week to 25 June
25 Jun 2021  

Fresh Cuts: Product launches for the week to 25 June

What’s new to the market for the week to 25 June 2021.


Friday 25 June
25 Jun 2021  

Friday 25 June

A daily roundup of national and international food and beverage industry news, views and analysis.


Vince preps for investment as scale-up plans take shape
24 Jun 2021   /

Vince preps for investment as scale-up plans take shape

The plant-based startup is seeking investment as it targets annual sales of $1.2m after fielding enquiries from overseas.


Genesis Private Equity deepens roots in hort sector with new investments
24 Jun 2021   /

Genesis Private Equity deepens roots in hort sector with new investments

A South Island private equity firm is looking for more horticulture investments after finalising and funding a two-part deal which sees it become a major supplier and IP owner in New Zealand’s fruit tree market


Wellington hospo swings into action after Covid case visit
24 Jun 2021   /

Wellington hospo swings into action after Covid case visit

Floriditas, Lido Cafe, Highwater Eatery and One Red Dog restaurants are among the venues implementing cleaning protocols.


Q&A with Moore Wilson’s GM: Do your homework, know your customer
24 Jun 2021   /

Q&A with Moore Wilson’s GM: Do your homework, know your customer

As Wellington institution Moore Wilson’s opens an overhauled Masterton store, the Ticker asks GM Amanda Thompson about what the retailer looks for in new products, what advice she has for aspiring suppliers and what was behind the Masterton redevelopment.


Thursday 24 June
24 Jun 2021  

Thursday 24 June

A daily roundup of national and international food and beverage industry news, views and analysis.


New Zealand’s Outstanding Food Producers 2021 are….
23 Jun 2021  

New Zealand’s Outstanding Food Producers 2021 are….

From meat to mascarpone, the winners are announced with a Wairarapa business reigning supreme.


Hospitality outlets, hotel, Te Papa locations of interest in Aus Covid case
23 Jun 2021   /

Hospitality outlets, hotel, Te Papa locations of interest in Aus Covid case

Wellington’s Jack Hackett’s bar, Te Papa and a Rydges hotel are among the initial locations of interest connected to an Australian visitor who tested positive for Covid-19 upon return to Sydney.


Parrotdog cans bottles, targets 46% production increase
23 Jun 2021   /

Parrotdog cans bottles, targets 46% production increase

The brewer is ditching its retail beer bottles in favour of cans alongside a plan to lift production by almost half.


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.


Wednesday 23 June
23 Jun 2021  

Wednesday 23 June

A daily roundup of national and international food and beverage industry news, views and analysis.


Cooks Global Foods and Covid: Coffee franchise plans bounce back
22 Jun 2021   /

Cooks Global Foods and Covid: Coffee franchise plans bounce back

As lockdown restrictions ease across the globe, the Ticker talks to NZX-listed Cooks Global Foods about the relaunch of its expansion plans.


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.


Choco, coffee partnerships push Farm Fresh South growth
22 Jun 2021  

Choco, coffee partnerships push Farm Fresh South growth

A small Southland dairy operator has taken a leaf out of the Lewis Road’s play book teaming up with boutique chocolate and coffee companies to push into the flavoured milk category.


Tuesday 22 June
22 Jun 2021  

Tuesday 22 June

A daily roundup of national and international food and beverage industry news, views and analysis.


From Aotearoa to APAC – Native Sparkling moves on global ambition
21 Jun 2021  

From Aotearoa to APAC – Native Sparkling moves on global ambition

The Wellington-based beverage company completes a “milestone” launch in Japan, with more countries to follow.


TIN200: Who are NZ’s top agritech investors?
21 Jun 2021  

TIN200: Who are NZ’s top agritech investors?

The TIN New Zealand Agritech Insights Report 2021 details the leading syndicates of angel groups and local venture capital funds underpinning the growing sector.


DMS to pump $40m into Te Puke packhouse
21 Jun 2021   /

DMS to pump $40m into Te Puke packhouse

DMS Progrowers is doubling the size of its existing Te Puke packhouse investing $40m into the project.


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.


Monday 21 June
21 Jun 2021  

Monday 21 June

A daily roundup of national and international food and beverage industry news, views and analysis.


Food producing regions strongest performers – Westpac
18 Jun 2021   /

Food producing regions strongest performers – Westpac

Rural areas have done well but the year ahead may not be so rosy for some growers, says the bank.


A controversial brand fails to slow growth for Cartel Food
18 Jun 2021  

A controversial brand fails to slow growth for Cartel Food

The frozen burrito business says it has seen 60% year-on-year growth with Covid-19 boosting demand.


Eagle Brewing rebrands following racism row, keeps business in the family
18 Jun 2021  

Eagle Brewing rebrands following racism row, keeps business in the family

The craft beer company that suffered commercially from racist comments made by its former owner has rebranded in an effort to revive flagging sales.


Fresh Cuts: Product launches for the week to 18 June
18 Jun 2021  

Fresh Cuts: Product launches for the week to 18 June

What’s new to the market for the week to 18 June 2021.


Friday 18 June
18 Jun 2021  

Friday 18 June

A daily roundup of national and international food and beverage industry news, views and analysis.


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.


A view of food futures – three megatrends mean disruption for NZ food sector
17 Jun 2021   /

A view of food futures – three megatrends mean disruption for NZ food sector

A not-too-distant future where food manufacturers sell products straight to doctors or producers are paid based on nutrition has been mooted in new research that peers into the future of the sector to 2040.


Perspectives: FoodBowl’s Alexandra Allan on how we can grow the F&B industry
17 Jun 2021   /

Perspectives: FoodBowl’s Alexandra Allan on how we can grow the F&B industry

With industry transformation on the cards, FoodBowl boss Alex Allan considers what it would take to unlock F&B sector restraints.


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.


Australian supermarkets ‘red flagged’ in new food dashboard
17 Jun 2021  

Australian supermarkets ‘red flagged’ in new food dashboard

Australia’s major supermarkets have been ‘red flagged’ by a new food tool which shows them offering bigger discounts on unhealthy foods more often and more prominently.


Thursday 17 June
17 Jun 2021  

Thursday 17 June

A daily roundup of national and international food and beverage industry news, views and analysis.


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: Tips from the top – Woolworths on getting products into Countdown
16 Jun 2021   /

FFNZ 2021: Tips from the top – Woolworths on getting products into Countdown

“We are actively looking for attributes and products that will drive health and wellbeing.”


FFNZ 2021: Four from the floor
16 Jun 2021  

FFNZ 2021: Four from the floor

From those eyeing up new potential food manufacturers to sign, to those assessing the competitive landscape, the Ticker talks to four food sector specialists about what they are looking for MORE »


FFNZ 2021: Gallery – Day 3
16 Jun 2021  

FFNZ 2021: Gallery – Day 3

Hundreds of treats and tipples have been on show at Fine Food New Zealand at Auckland’s ASB Showgrounds this week.


Wednesday 16 June
16 Jun 2021  

Wednesday 16 June

A daily roundup of national and international food and beverage industry news, views and analysis.


What Costco is hunting for Auckland superstore… and the world
15 Jun 2021   /

What Costco is hunting for Auckland superstore… and the world

Costco’s NZ boss tells the Ticker what he’s searching for in Kiwi food brands to fill his first NZ store and potentially take global.


FFNZ 2021: Four from the floor
15 Jun 2021  

FFNZ 2021: Four from the floor

From what is said to be the world’s first pre and probiotic soda through to a 100% natural tea bag, the Ticker talks to four companies about what they are doing that is different this year at Fine Food New Zealand.


FFNZ 2021: Gallery – Day 2
15 Jun 2021  

FFNZ 2021: Gallery – Day 2

Day two of Fine Food New Zealand at Auckland’s ASB Showgrounds.


Nestlé breaks out plant-based KitKat
15 Jun 2021  

Nestlé breaks out plant-based KitKat

Global confectionery giant Nestlé is launching a plant-based alternative to its iconic KitKat chocolate bar into the international market.


Tuesday 15 June
15 Jun 2021  

Tuesday 15 June

A daily roundup of national and international food and beverage industry news, views and analysis.


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.


FFNZ 2021: Food Nation goes Koru Class with Air NZ deal
14 Jun 2021   /

FFNZ 2021: Food Nation goes Koru Class with Air NZ deal

Miranda Burdon’s Food Nation is continuing to pump out new products and secure new sales partnership, most latterly securing a deal with Air New Zealand.


FFNZ 2021: Ecology & Co mixes it up
14 Jun 2021   /

FFNZ 2021: Ecology & Co mixes it up

Alcohol-free distilled spirit company Ecology & Co has this week launched its first premixed drink. The company, which traditionally sells 700ml bottles of its London Dry and Asian Spice spirits MORE »


Lion NZ, Johnnie Walker join Six Barrel Soda in highball partnership
14 Jun 2021   /

Lion NZ, Johnnie Walker join Six Barrel Soda in highball partnership

Johnnie Walker has teamed up with Six Barrel Soda on a new range of whiskey highball syrup mixers.


FFNZ 2021: Gallery – Day 1
14 Jun 2021  

FFNZ 2021: Gallery – Day 1

The Ticker is at Fine Food New Zealand at Auckland’s ASB Showgrounds as thousands of visitors and hundreds of industry attendees welcome the return the event.


Monday 14 June
14 Jun 2021  

Monday 14 June

A daily roundup of national and international food and beverage industry news, views and analysis.


UK’s Meatless Farm marches on NZ market
11 Jun 2021   /

UK’s Meatless Farm marches on NZ market

The plant-based brand has snapped up shelf space and is preparing to expand further with new products and partnerships.


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.


GoodFor chases down $2m capital raise target
11 Jun 2021   / /

GoodFor chases down $2m capital raise target

Package-free grocery store GoodFor is closing in on the half-way point of its capital raise target after the offer went live to the public this week.


Sanford CFO resigns
11 Jun 2021  

Sanford CFO resigns

Katherine Turner is to leave the seafood company in September after three years in the role.


Fine Food NZ 2021 returns Sunday
11 Jun 2021  

Fine Food NZ 2021 returns Sunday

A smorgasbord of food industry producers, distributors and retailers will file through the doors of Auckland’s ASB Showgrounds on Sunday for the opening of Fine Food New Zealand 2021.


Friday 11 June
11 Jun 2021  

Friday 11 June

A daily roundup of national and international food and beverage industry news, views and analysis.


$30m and counting – Christchurch PE firm makes debut food investment
10 Jun 2021   /

$30m and counting – Christchurch PE firm makes debut food investment

South Island Office invests $30m in its first food acquisition and says there are more deals in the pipeline.


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.


Fermented foods a million dollar idea
10 Jun 2021  

Fermented foods a million dollar idea

Fermented foods company Living Goodness is looking to expand its current range of sauerkraut, slaw and kimchi by moving into the sauce and dip categories.


Thursday 10 June
10 Jun 2021  

Thursday 10 June

A daily roundup of national and international food and beverage industry news, views and analysis.


NZ avocado powder launches, eyes global opportunity
9 Jun 2021   /

NZ avocado powder launches, eyes global opportunity

New venture Ovāvo is targeting the nascent global avocado powder ingredient market.


Pollard to depart NZ Apples & Pears
9 Jun 2021  

Pollard to depart NZ Apples & Pears

NZ Apples and Pears Inc’s chief executive of nine years, Alan Pollard, is to step down from his role later this year.


Six Barrel Soda Co’s Aussie expansion plan
9 Jun 2021   /

Six Barrel Soda Co’s Aussie expansion plan

Six Barrel Soda Co is driving into Australia with a new strategy to double sales and its retail footprint across the ditch by mid-2023.


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.


Wednesday 9 June
9 Jun 2021  

Wednesday 9 June

A daily roundup of national and international food and beverage industry news, views and analysis.


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.


Seeka goes for $20m expansion, Pukenga packhouse decision delayed
8 Jun 2021  

Seeka goes for $20m expansion, Pukenga packhouse decision delayed

Kiwifuit company Seeka has delayed a decision on developing a new packhouse at Pukenga by pledging a $20m upgrade at an existing packhouse.


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

Compostable packaging plan on the way – Packaging Forum

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


Food industry stalwarts recognised in Queen’s Birthday Honours
8 Jun 2021   /

Food industry stalwarts recognised in Queen’s Birthday Honours

The Queen’s Birthday Honours list for 2021 includes some notable names from New Zealand’s food and beverage sector. Dr Kevin Marshall, the current chair of the Riddet Institute, was made a Companion of MORE »


Tuesday 8 June
8 Jun 2021  

Tuesday 8 June

A daily roundup of national and international food and beverage industry news, views and analysis.


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.


F&B a $29m winner in Snowball Effect’s first $100m
4 Jun 2021  

F&B a $29m winner in Snowball Effect’s first $100m

Food & beverage has proved to be the most popular sector for online investment marketplace Snowball Effect which said close to a third of the first $100m it has raised to date has gone to the innovative sector.


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

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

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


Perspectives: Remember when NZ used to be the world’s leading food producer?
4 Jun 2021  

Perspectives: Remember when NZ used to be the world’s leading food producer?

KPMG’s Auckland-based agri-food research & insights analyst, Jack Keeys, looks forward to look back at some of the challenges New Zealand’s food system has the opportunity to address.


Friday 4 June
4 Jun 2021  

Friday 4 June

A daily roundup of national and international food and beverage industry news, views and analysis.


Duck Island doubles down on domestic demand…
3 Jun 2021  

Duck Island doubles down on domestic demand…

Supermarket sales are on a growth trajectory with a new ice cream factory opening soon.


…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 »


Synlait sticks by FY21 guidance despite suppliers suffering flood damage
3 Jun 2021   /

Synlait sticks by FY21 guidance despite suppliers suffering flood damage

The Canterbury company says it has been challenging getting its tankers to suppliers.


NZ King Salmon warns of “problematic” H1
3 Jun 2021  

NZ King Salmon warns of “problematic” H1

New Zealand King Salmon has updated the market with what it describes as “problematic” trading in the first half of the year and issues plaguing some of its salmon stock. MORE »


Thursday 3 June
3 Jun 2021  

Thursday 3 June

A daily roundup of national and international food and beverage industry news, views and analysis.


After the deluge, days of disruption
2 Jun 2021   /

After the deluge, days of disruption

South Island food and beverage distributors have been hit by the severing of vital transport links.


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.


Doors open at new Te Tauihu Plant & Food Research facility
2 Jun 2021  

Doors open at new Te Tauihu Plant & Food Research facility

A new research facility which will unlock deeper opportunities for Nelson Tasman food producers has been opened in Riuwaka near Motueka.


Perspectives: Why sustainability is an opportunity for Kiwi F&B exporters
2 Jun 2021   /

Perspectives: Why sustainability is an opportunity for Kiwi F&B exporters

European consumers are keen to hear about the sustainability of NZ produce, writes NZTE’s regional director of Europe, Alison Adams.


Wednesday 2 June
2 Jun 2021  

Wednesday 2 June

A daily roundup of national and international food and beverage industry news, views and analysis.


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.


Me Today adds King Honey with $36m deal
1 Jun 2021   /

Me Today adds King Honey with $36m deal

Healthcare company Me Today has expanded its existing lifestyle, health and wellness businesses with the $36m purchase of manuka honey producer King Honey from Sky TV co-founder Terry Jarvis.


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?


Tuesday 1 June
1 Jun 2021  

Tuesday 1 June

A daily roundup of national and international food and beverage industry news, views and analysis.


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.


EDNZ 2021: Food sector showcased in new Taranaki Story
31 May 2021   /

EDNZ 2021: Food sector showcased in new Taranaki Story

Venture Taranaki has launched The Taranaki Story with the region’s food and hospo sectors one of the main themes of the initiative.


“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.


Pandemic drives plant-based food demand – report
31 May 2021  

Pandemic drives plant-based food demand – report

After a spike in demand during lockdown, the trend to add plant-based product to shopping carts is continuing into 2021.


Monday 31 May
31 May 2021  

Monday 31 May

A daily roundup of national and international food and beverage industry news, views and analysis.


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.


Friday 28 May
28 May 2021  

Friday 28 May

A daily roundup of national and international food and beverage industry news, views and analysis.


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.


Blis stays in the black despite “significant challenges”
27 May 2021  

Blis stays in the black despite “significant challenges”

Blis delivers earnings of $1m – at the lower end of its guidance – in its annual results.


“People are not willing to compromise” – Kerry on tastes, trends and first-mover winners
27 May 2021  

“People are not willing to compromise” – Kerry on tastes, trends and first-mover winners

Global ingredient company Kerry aims to be at the forefront of taste trends across New Zealand and Australia with the opening of a new multi-million dollar purpose-built food technology and innovation centre in Queensland.


EDNZ 2021 takes food to heart, Nash details $200m regional fund
27 May 2021  

EDNZ 2021 takes food to heart, Nash details $200m regional fund

More than 200 development professionals are converging on Palmerston North today for Economic Development New Zealand’s 2021 conference.


Thursday 27 May
27 May 2021  

Thursday 27 May

A daily roundup of national and international food and beverage industry news, views and analysis.


Chinese demand drives expansion for Alfa Pet
26 May 2021   /

Chinese demand drives expansion for Alfa Pet

The premium pet food exporter is preparing to develop a second plant and piquing interest from overseas investors.


Fonterra to contribute $12bn to economy with record milk price forecast – CEO
26 May 2021  

Fonterra to contribute $12bn to economy with record milk price forecast – CEO

Fonterra will contribute $12bn to the New Zealand economy in the next season, says the co-op’s chief executive, Miles Hurrell.


Achtung! Fully plant-based Burger King to open
26 May 2021  

Achtung! Fully plant-based Burger King to open

After dipping its toe into the meatless market, Burger King is going full veg with the opening – albeit temporarily – of an all-plant-based restaurant in Germany.


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.


Wednesday 26 May
26 May 2021  

Wednesday 26 May

A daily roundup of national and international food and beverage industry news, views and analysis.


Supie’s subs offer sells out, capital raise on cards
25 May 2021   /

Supie’s subs offer sells out, capital raise on cards

The new online grocery service will be looking for investment within a year, says founder Sarah Balle.


Clevedon Buffalo moves into the black, eyes expansion
25 May 2021  

Clevedon Buffalo moves into the black, eyes expansion

The award-winning specialist cheese producer is looking to buy its own farm and factory.


Countdown counts down to cage-free egg D-Day
25 May 2021  

Countdown counts down to cage-free egg D-Day

Countdown supermarket chain is starting to make good on its 2017 announcement that it would go cage-free in all on-shelf eggs the end of 2025.


Tuesday 25 May
25 May 2021  

Tuesday 25 May

A daily roundup of national and international food and beverage industry news, views and analysis.


Cassels brewing plan for $4m cash injection
24 May 2021   /

Cassels brewing plan for $4m cash injection

The Christchurch-based brewer is mulling selling a stake to private equity investors to help drive expansion.


Synlait’s outlook sours with up to $30m loss forecast
24 May 2021  

Synlait’s outlook sours with up to $30m loss forecast

The dairy company now forecasts a full year loss of between $20m – $30m in 2021.


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.


Food firms partner for Foodbank first
24 May 2021   /

Food firms partner for Foodbank first

Nestlé has partnered a dozen of New Zealand and Australia’s top food companies to create their first ever custom product for Foodbank.


Monday 24 May
24 May 2021  

Monday 24 May

A daily roundup of national and international food and beverage industry news, views and analysis.


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.


My Food Bag delivers on FY21 expectations
21 May 2021  

My Food Bag delivers on FY21 expectations

Meal kit company posts 24% revenue rise and assures investors it is positioned to deliver on IPO expectations.


Oatly IPO froths as share price jumps on debut
21 May 2021   /

Oatly IPO froths as share price jumps on debut

The Swedish oat milk company has become the latest plant-based IPO sensation in the US.


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.


Blis nabs Lion’s e-commerce lead
21 May 2021   /

Blis nabs Lion’s e-commerce lead

Laura Grant will join Blis’s executive team in the role of e-commerce director on 24 May 2021.


Friday 21 May
21 May 2021  

Friday 21 May

A daily roundup of national and international food and beverage industry news, views and analysis.


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.


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.


Proof is in the pudding – My Food Bag to deliver maiden NZX results
20 May 2021  

Proof is in the pudding – My Food Bag to deliver maiden NZX results

All eyes will be on the meal kit company to see if it meets its forecasts after a disappointing debut on stock exchanges on both sides of the Tasman.


After 43 years, Foodstuffs SI supply chain boss calls it a day
20 May 2021   /

After 43 years, Foodstuffs SI supply chain boss calls it a day

Foodstuffs South Island general manager of supply chain, John Mullins, is retiring after 43 years working for the grocery group.


Thursday 20 May
20 May 2021  

Thursday 20 May

A daily roundup of national and international food and beverage industry news, views and analysis.


Innovation gets faster, quality endures – Asahi’s Andrew Campbell
19 May 2021   /

Innovation gets faster, quality endures – Asahi’s Andrew Campbell

While a new drinks product appears seemingly every week, Asahi turned to quality to enter a fresh market.


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.


Bluffies firmly on the menu for sold-out annual oyster festival
19 May 2021  

Bluffies firmly on the menu for sold-out annual oyster festival

As seafood lovers head to sold-out Bluff Oyster and Food Festival, MPI widens testing for parasite found in the region.


Whittaker’s takes 2021 resilience cake
19 May 2021   /

Whittaker’s takes 2021 resilience cake

Whittaker’s has added another feather to its cap, having been named New Zealand’s Most Resilient Brand.


Wednesday 19 May
19 May 2021  

Wednesday 19 May

A daily roundup of national and international food and beverage industry news, views and analysis.


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.


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.


PepsiCo targets 2025 for 100% green packaging across entire ANZ snacks range
18 May 2021   /

PepsiCo targets 2025 for 100% green packaging across entire ANZ snacks range

Pepsico says it will be the first large food FMCG business to move to 100% recyclable, compostable or biodegradable packaging across its entire snacks range in Australasia.


Processed food ingredient market set for US$75bn boom – report
18 May 2021  

Processed food ingredient market set for US$75bn boom – report

Increasing demand for processed food from consumers seeking healthy options is set to propel the worldwide food processing ingredient industry to grow by nearly 60% by 2028.


Tuesday 18 May
18 May 2021  

Tuesday 18 May

A daily roundup of national and international food and beverage industry news, views and analysis.


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.


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.


Last call for Lion chief executive
17 May 2021   /

Last call for Lion chief executive

Stuart Irvine to stand down after more than eight years at the helm of drinks


Synlait scrambles after third exec resigns
17 May 2021   /

Synlait scrambles after third exec resigns

CFO’s departure follows that of chief executive Leon Clement and director of operations Mark Toomey.


Monday 17 May
17 May 2021  

Monday 17 May

A daily roundup of national and international food and beverage industry news, views and analysis.


“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.


E Tipu 2021: AgFunder’s hot tips for VC foodtech investment
14 May 2021   /

E Tipu 2021: AgFunder’s hot tips for VC foodtech investment

Food as medicine, medicinal plants and food personalisation are all the radar of US agrifood venture capital investor, AgFunder, as categories of opportunity.


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.


UK moves to ban adverts of unhealthy food
14 May 2021   /

UK moves to ban adverts of unhealthy food

The British government plans to ban online adverts of unhealthy food and restrict advertising on TV until after 9pm.


Friday 14 May
14 May 2021  

Friday 14 May

A daily roundup of national and international food and beverage industry news, views and analysis.


E Tipu 2021: “We don’t need to all turn vegan to make a difference” – Miranda Burdon
13 May 2021   /

E Tipu 2021: “We don’t need to all turn vegan to make a difference” – Miranda Burdon

But we do need to think about food quite differently, says Food Nation’s co-founder.


E Tipu 2021: Aquaculture at tipping point
13 May 2021   /

E Tipu 2021: Aquaculture at tipping point

Global demand for protein is set to drive a rapid transformation of the US$260bn aquaculture industry, says investor Aqua-Spark.


Asahi appoints GM for The Better Drinks Co.
13 May 2021   /

Asahi appoints GM for The Better Drinks Co.

Former Fonterra sales director will head up non-alcoholic business arm in NZ.


Good George marks ‘millionth litre’ with Hobbiton ale expansion
13 May 2021  

Good George marks ‘millionth litre’ with Hobbiton ale expansion

Good George has released a limited edition English Pale Ale to celebrate one million litres poured at the Green Dragon Inn on Hobbiton Movie Set in Waikato.


Thursday 13 May
13 May 2021  

Thursday 13 May

A daily roundup of national and international food and beverage industry news, views and analysis.


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

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

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


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

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

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


Food, Fibre and Agritech Supernode Challenge winners
12 May 2021  

Food, Fibre and Agritech Supernode Challenge winners

Real time lamb quality tool Clarospec scooped two awards including the overall winner in the on-farm systems category.


How prepared were F&B companies for the pandemic?
12 May 2021  

How prepared were F&B companies for the pandemic?

More than 60% of food industry executives did not have an adequate plan to deal with the impacts of Covid-19, says a new US-based study.


Wednesday 12 May
12 May 2021  

Wednesday 12 May

A daily roundup of national and international food and beverage industry news, views and analysis.


Countdown “shocked, devastated” at supermarket stabbings
11 May 2021   /

Countdown “shocked, devastated” at supermarket stabbings

A 42-year-old man has been charged with four counts of attempted murder.


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.


A bad day for A2 Milk
11 May 2021  

A bad day for A2 Milk

The former darling of the NZX was forced to slash its revenue forecasts and write down the value of its assets.


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.


Tuesday 11 May
11 May 2021  

Tuesday 11 May

A daily roundup of national and international food and beverage industry news, views and analysis.


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.


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.


Better late than never – Nestlé joins US$17bn plant-based dairy party
10 May 2021  

Better late than never – Nestlé joins US$17bn plant-based dairy party

Nestlé’s Launch of Wunda pea milk in Europe follows Coca-Cola expanding into oat milk in the US.


Monday 10 May
10 May 2021  

Monday 10 May

A daily roundup of national and international food and beverage industry news, views and analysis.


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.


Ex-Barkers boss to lead $50m Southland oat milk venture
7 May 2021  

Ex-Barkers boss to lead $50m Southland oat milk venture

Southlander Justin Riley returns home to bring forward Great South’s oat initiative.


Arnott’s bags NZ cracker firm 180 Degrees
7 May 2021   /

Arnott’s bags NZ cracker firm 180 Degrees

The deal catapults Australian biscuit giant Arnott’s into NZ’s premium cracker category.


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.


Friday 7 May
7 May 2021  

Friday 7 May

A daily roundup of national and international food and beverage industry news, views and analysis.


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.


Fonterra moots end of listed fund
6 May 2021  

Fonterra moots end of listed fund

Preferred option for capital structure review would dismantle or cap fund that gives outside investors access to co-op.


Dairy disruption ‘a given’ as lab innovation picks up pace
6 May 2021   /

Dairy disruption ‘a given’ as lab innovation picks up pace

New Zealand dairy giants may not be milking it for much longer, with futurist Melissa Clark-Reynolds predicting major disruption in the pipeline for the sector.


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

NZ fisheries group hits back at “Netflix misinformation”

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


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.


Thursday 6 May
6 May 2021  

Thursday 6 May

A daily roundup of national and international food and beverage industry news, views and analysis.


AgriFood Week: Brands set for ‘front of the (smart) fridge’ battle
5 May 2021   /

AgriFood Week: Brands set for ‘front of the (smart) fridge’ battle

Forget supermarket shelves, futurist Melissa Clark-Reynolds says the front of the kitchen fridge will be the battleground for brands.


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.


HortNZ appoints Nadine Tunley CEO
5 May 2021   /

HortNZ appoints Nadine Tunley CEO

The former New Zealand Apples & Pears chair will take over from Mike Chapman on 14 June.


Whitestone Cheese advances in Auckland  but retreats from Aus, US markets
5 May 2021  

Whitestone Cheese advances in Auckland but retreats from Aus, US markets

Oamaru-based artisan cheese producer Whitestone Cheese is building on their domestic market, shifting efforts from export markets.


Wednesday 5 May
5 May 2021  

Wednesday 5 May

A daily roundup of national and international food and beverage industry news, views and analysis.


KKR acquires Natural Pet Food Group
4 May 2021   /

KKR acquires Natural Pet Food Group

The deal sees Pioneer Capital exit and the food company fuelled to grow globally.


Tuesday 4 May
4 May 2021  

Tuesday 4 May

A daily roundup of national and international food and beverage industry news, views and analysis.


Zeffer takes off with Air New Zealand deal
3 May 2021   /

Zeffer takes off with Air New Zealand deal

The Hawke’s Bay cider company has partnered with the airline to become the exclusive cider on all flights.


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.


“The time is right” – Michael Allpress sells coffee company to Asahi
3 May 2021   /

“The time is right” – Michael Allpress sells coffee company to Asahi

The Japanese drinks giant says it’s impressed by the coffee maker’s premium brand and the two firms are “a great fit”.


Monday 3 May
3 May 2021  

Monday 3 May

A daily roundup of national and international food and beverage industry news, views and analysis.


Investors line up for NZ’s first carbon-neutral oat milk factory
30 Apr 2021   /

Investors line up for NZ’s first carbon-neutral oat milk factory

An investment bank has been appointed to marshal growing investor interest in the $50m Southland venture.


Foodtech venture investment jumps to $24bn in 2020 – report
30 Apr 2021   /

Foodtech venture investment jumps to $24bn in 2020 – report

Around 8,000 unique investors took part in more than 9,000 transactions in 2020.


Fisheries giants back NRDA ‘Catch a Job’ campaign
30 Apr 2021  

Fisheries giants back NRDA ‘Catch a Job’ campaign

Sealord, Sanford, and Talleys have backed the regional recruitment drive urging individuals to ‘seas the opportunity’.


Foodstuffs, Griffin’s team up for $250k charity cookie campaign
30 Apr 2021  

Foodstuffs, Griffin’s team up for $250k charity cookie campaign

Partners aim to raise $250k for Breast Cancer Foundation New Zealand


Friday 30 April
30 Apr 2021  

Friday 30 April

A daily roundup of national and international food and beverage industry news, views and analysis.


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.


Restaurant Brands sales jump 30% in Q1
29 Apr 2021  

Restaurant Brands sales jump 30% in Q1

New Zealand sales grow as the company’s Taco Bell rollout continues.


Food innovators make TIME’s top 100 most influential companies
29 Apr 2021  

Food innovators make TIME’s top 100 most influential companies

Relative newcomers rub shoulder with FMCG stalwarts in the inaugural rankings.


Thursday 29 April
29 Apr 2021  

Thursday 29 April

A daily roundup of national and international food and beverage industry news, views and analysis.


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.


Which F&B brands are Kiwi’s most trusted?
28 Apr 2021  

Which F&B brands are Kiwi’s most trusted?

A raft of iconic food firms have been recognised with Whittaker’s topping the rankings for the tenth year in a row.


DB brews up new 2030 sustainability targets
28 Apr 2021  

DB brews up new 2030 sustainability targets

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


Wednesday 28 April
28 Apr 2021  

Wednesday 28 April

A daily roundup of national and international food and beverage industry news, views and analysis.


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.


Perspectives: Unapologetically processed
27 Apr 2021  

Perspectives: Unapologetically processed

Impossible Foods’ vice president of nutrition and health, Dr Sue Klapholz, argues that in terms of nutrition, the Impossible Burger compares very favourably to beef from a cow. And when it comes to the health and sustainability of our planet and public health “there’s no contest”.


From skylights to supplements: Falkenstein’s JLG in $17m bid for About Health
27 Apr 2021   /

From skylights to supplements: Falkenstein’s JLG in $17m bid for About Health

Just Life Group is investing $17m to buy NZ supplement provider About Health.


Tuesday 27 April
27 Apr 2021  

Tuesday 27 April

A daily roundup of national and international food and beverage industry news, views and analysis.


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.


Agmardt GM Malcolm Nitschke resigns
23 Apr 2021   /

Agmardt GM Malcolm Nitschke resigns

After nearly nine years in the role, Nitschke says now is the time to call it a day.


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 »


Friday 23 April
23 Apr 2021  

Friday 23 April

A daily roundup of national and international food and beverage industry news, views and analysis.


Zespri resumes USX trading
23 Apr 2021  

Zespri resumes USX trading

Zespri resumed trading on the USX at 9am Friday 23 April. The company halted the trading of its shares on Wednesday 7 April to allow the finalisation of its 2021 MORE »


Oatly maps growth as it preps US IPO
22 Apr 2021   /

Oatly maps growth as it preps US IPO

The phenomenal rise of the Swedish oatmilk juggernaut is detailed ahead of a potential $10bn listing on the NYSE.


KitKat to go carbon neutral by 2025
22 Apr 2021   /

KitKat to go carbon neutral by 2025

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


Zespri values 2021 kiwifruit licence at up to $435m
22 Apr 2021  

Zespri values 2021 kiwifruit licence at up to $435m

The co-op says the preliminary result compared to last year’s range of $300m-$305m.


Naked Locals pledges $60k, launches charity Local Heroes range
22 Apr 2021   /

Naked Locals pledges $60k, launches charity Local Heroes range

The chilled soup brand is supporting three charities by donating 20 cents from the sale of each $5.99 packet.


Thursday 22 April
22 Apr 2021  

Thursday 22 April

A daily roundup of national and international food and beverage industry news, views and analysis.


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.


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.


Wednesday 21 April
21 Apr 2021  

Wednesday 21 April

A daily roundup of national and international food and beverage industry news, views and analysis.


Perspectives: Food innovation needed now more than ever
20 Apr 2021  

Perspectives: Food innovation needed now more than ever

Meeting climate change and environmental challenges means backing innovation, writes AgResearch’s Dr Trevor Stuthridge.


Seeka shareholders back $60m OPAC takeover
20 Apr 2021   /

Seeka shareholders back $60m OPAC takeover

Grower support and banking thresholds are the only hurdles remaining.


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.


Q&A with Frucor Suntory boss Darren Fullerton
20 Apr 2021  

Q&A with Frucor Suntory boss Darren Fullerton

A year on from taking the helm of Frucor Suntory, chief executive Darren Fullerton talks about the greatest opportunity for the FMCG giant, long-term planning and building resilience.


Tuesday 20 April
20 Apr 2021  

Tuesday 20 April

A daily roundup of national and international food and beverage industry news, views and analysis.


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

‘Carrot and stick’ required for global food system overhaul

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


Countdown, Fonterra add weight to freight debate
19 Apr 2021  

Countdown, Fonterra add weight to freight debate

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


MWE revenue warning after poor harvest
19 Apr 2021   /

MWE revenue warning after poor harvest

A poor harvest is set to put a dent in Marlborough Wine Estates’ performance this year.


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

Grounded Packaging launches carbon-negative ‘plastic’

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


Monday 19 April
19 Apr 2021  

Monday 19 April

A daily roundup of national and international food and beverage industry news, views and analysis.


Impossible Foods lines up Aus, NZ entry
16 Apr 2021  

Impossible Foods lines up Aus, NZ entry

Hot on the heels of Asia, Impossible Foods is now preparing to enter Australia and NZ with its plant-based meat products.


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.


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.


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.


Friday 16 April
16 Apr 2021  

Friday 16 April

A daily roundup of national and international food and beverage industry news, views and analysis.


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.


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%.


Brewers band together for 2021 fresh hop beers run
15 Apr 2021   /

Brewers band together for 2021 fresh hop beers run

Eight of New Zealand’s top breweries are selling a limited edition range of beers brewed using freshly-picked hops.


Thursday 15 April
15 Apr 2021  

Thursday 15 April

A daily roundup of national and international food and beverage industry news, views and analysis.


Online supermarket startup slates May for Auckland debut
14 Apr 2021  

Online supermarket startup slates May for Auckland debut

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


Alliance invests $1m for push into speciality ingredients
14 Apr 2021  

Alliance invests $1m for push into speciality ingredients

The upgrade of its Levin rendering facility will support the co-op’s drive to capture greater value from products.


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.


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.


Wednesday 14 April
14 Apr 2021  

Wednesday 14 April

A daily roundup of national and international food and beverage industry news, views and analysis.


Synlait, A2 sell-off follows Clement resignation
13 Apr 2021   /

Synlait, A2 sell-off follows Clement resignation

The dairy companies saw share prices slip following news that Synlait’s boss is leaving.


Synlait CEO resigns
13 Apr 2021   /

Synlait CEO resigns

Leon Clement will leave the listed dairy company at the end of April.


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.


KVH names new CEO
13 Apr 2021   /

KVH names new CEO

Leanne Stewart replaces outgoing CEO Stu Hutchings.


Tuesday 13 April
13 Apr 2021  

Tuesday 13 April

A daily roundup of national and international food and beverage industry news, views and analysis.


Seeka makes case for $60m OPAC acquisition
12 Apr 2021   /

Seeka makes case for $60m OPAC acquisition

Seeka’s proposed $60m purchase of rival kiwifruit company Opotiki Packing and Cool Storage would create New Zealand’s largest kiwifruit grower with annual revenue of £300m – but it is far from a done deal.


Ice-cream maker scoops Domino’s deal
12 Apr 2021  

Ice-cream maker scoops Domino’s deal

The tie-up is a shot in the arm for PURE NZ Ice Cream after its foodservice and tourism channels were hit by Covid.


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.


100k bee colonies lost in 2020 – survey
12 Apr 2021   /

100k bee colonies lost in 2020 – survey

Winter loss rates of bee colonies in New Zealand has continued to rise, with deaths increasing for the sixth year in a row.


Monday 12 April
12 Apr 2021  

Monday 12 April

A daily roundup of national and international food and beverage industry news, views and analysis.


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.


US a hot-house for plant-based food growth
9 Apr 2021   / /

US a hot-house for plant-based food growth

For the third consecutive year, the growth in sales of plant-based meat, dairy and eggs in the US outpaced conventional animal product sales.


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.


Ārepa bounces into BP, adds Coles in Aussie
9 Apr 2021  

Ārepa bounces into BP, adds Coles in Aussie

New Zealand food tech company Ārepa has clinched a deal to supply its smart drinks to BP petrol stations.


Friday 9 April
9 Apr 2021  

Friday 9 April

A daily roundup of national and international food and beverage industry news, views and analysis.


Which F&B tycoons made the 2021 Forbes Rich List?
8 Apr 2021  

Which F&B tycoons made the 2021 Forbes Rich List?

From spring water chiefs to supermarket dynasties – the annual rankings are a smorgasboard of F&B billionaires.


Perspectives: Women empowerment and peer support in the wine industry
8 Apr 2021  

Perspectives: Women empowerment and peer support in the wine industry

Women entrepreneurs are increasingly entering the wine industry, a traditionally masculine domain.


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.


Mama’s Brew Shop adds hard kombucha to retail range
8 Apr 2021  

Mama’s Brew Shop adds hard kombucha to retail range

New product being sold in Farro Fresh stores in Auckland and select New World’s around the country.


Thursday 8 April
8 Apr 2021  

Thursday 8 April

A daily roundup of national and international food and beverage industry news, views and analysis.


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

GoodFor chases growth with $1.5m capital raise

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


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

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

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


DB brews Export sustainability improvements
7 Apr 2021   /

DB brews Export sustainability improvements

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


Wednesday 7 April
7 Apr 2021  

Wednesday 7 April

A daily roundup of national and international food and beverage industry news, views and analysis.


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.


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.


Alternative proteins: Niche product to mainstream phenomenon
6 Apr 2021   /

Alternative proteins: Niche product to mainstream phenomenon

The fast-growing alternative protein market is on track to account for 11% of the global protein market by 2035.


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.


Tuesday 6 April
6 Apr 2021  

Tuesday 6 April

A daily roundup of national and international food and beverage industry news, views and analysis.


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.


NZ King Salmon weighed down by Covid
1 Apr 2021  

NZ King Salmon weighed down by Covid

The salmon farmer posts a seven month net loss of $7m, as it changes its reporting date.


Imagr to open in Amsterdam, steps up European push
1 Apr 2021   /

Imagr to open in Amsterdam, steps up European push

NZ smart cart startup says it has finalised deals with two European retailers.


Covid-19 ‘catalyst’ for healthier diets – study
1 Apr 2021  

Covid-19 ‘catalyst’ for healthier diets – study

Disruptive events can be an opportunity to achieve healthier, more sustainable dietary behaviours, says Plant & Food.


Thursday 1 April
1 Apr 2021  

Thursday 1 April

A daily roundup of national and international food and beverage industry news, views and analysis.


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.


Delegat appoints former boss as acting managing director
31 Mar 2021   /

Delegat appoints former boss as acting managing director

Former managing director Graeme Lord has stepped in as the winemaker looks to replace John Freeman, who resigned in February.


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.


T&G turns to VR to help recruit locals into jobs
31 Mar 2021   /

T&G turns to VR to help recruit locals into jobs

The producer is utilising the technology to train Hawke’s Bay locals to fill roles across its orchards, packhouses and cool stores.


Wednesday 31 March
31 Mar 2021  

Wednesday 31 March

A daily roundup of national and international food and beverage industry news, views and analysis.


Nestlé calls time on Auckland Allen’s production, 45 jobs to go
30 Mar 2021   /

Nestlé calls time on Auckland Allen’s production, 45 jobs to go

The food giant plans to relocate its Wiri confectionery manufacturing to Australia.


Primary sector economies take top spots – ASB regional rankings
30 Mar 2021   /

Primary sector economies take top spots – ASB regional rankings

The bank described the December 2020 quarter results as a tale of two islands as the north continued to outperform the south.


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”.


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.


Wednesday 30 March
30 Mar 2021  

Wednesday 30 March

A daily roundup of national and international food and beverage industry news, views and analysis.


Synlait interim profit plunges 76%, outlook remains uncertain
29 Mar 2021  

Synlait interim profit plunges 76%, outlook remains uncertain

Significant Covid-19 induced uncertainty and volatility will continue, says the milk powder producer.


Whittaker’s founder admitted to NZ Business Hall of Fame
29 Mar 2021   /

Whittaker’s founder admitted to NZ Business Hall of Fame

J.H. Whittaker has been admitted to the Young Enterprise NZ Business Hall of Fame.


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.


Monday 29 March
29 Mar 2021  

Monday 29 March

A daily roundup of national and international food and beverage industry news, views and analysis.


Seeka lines up $60m OPAC deal
26 Mar 2021   /

Seeka lines up $60m OPAC deal

The Bay of Plenty-based company is looking to expand its footprint in the kiwifruit sector.


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

How do Frucor’s 2030 sustainability targets measure up?

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


Industry on alert as oyster parasite discovered in Foveaux Strait
26 Mar 2021   /

Industry on alert as oyster parasite discovered in Foveaux Strait

MPI will begin testing oysters from the Foveaux Strait after the parasite Bonamia ostreae is found in the area.


Friday 26 March
26 Mar 2021  

Friday 26 March

A daily roundup of national and international food and beverage industry news, views and analysis.


Batchwell cracks open $1m capital raise
25 Mar 2021   /

Batchwell cracks open $1m capital raise

An aggressive growth strategy underpins the kombucha maker’s forecast 325% jump in annual revenue.


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.


Westland Milk in $40m butter expansion play
25 Mar 2021  

Westland Milk in $40m butter expansion play

The West Coast dairy company will double the capacity of its Hokitika butter manufacturing plant.


Thursday 25 March
25 Mar 2021  

Thursday 25 March

A daily roundup of national and international food and beverage industry news, views and analysis.


Scales in the frame for $200m Villa Maria purchase
24 Mar 2021   /

Scales in the frame for $200m Villa Maria purchase

The agribusiness confirms it is in the running to buy Villa Maria in what would be its first foray into wine.


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.


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.


Wednesday 24 March
24 Mar 2021  

Wednesday 24 March

A daily roundup of national and international food and beverage industry news, views and analysis.


Nestlé Australia in recycled wrapper first
23 Mar 2021   /

Nestlé Australia in recycled wrapper first

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


Synlait loses ops director back to Australia
23 Mar 2021   /

Synlait loses ops director back to Australia

Mark Toomey has resigned from the specialist diary company after just over a year in the role.


Tuesday 23 March
23 Mar 2021  

Tuesday 23 March

A daily roundup of national and international food and beverage industry news, views and analysis.


Sanford warns continuing Covid storm will hit interims
18 Mar 2021  

Sanford warns continuing Covid storm will hit interims

Lower prices and higher costs will hurt performance, says the seafood company.


Woolworths NZ appoints managing director
18 Mar 2021   /

Woolworths NZ appoints managing director

Spencer Sonn steps into the role from Woolworths Holdings South Africa.


Mars Wrigley makes Skittles sustainability move
18 Mar 2021  

Mars Wrigley makes Skittles sustainability move

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


Thursday 18 March
18 Mar 2021  

Thursday 18 March

A daily roundup of national and international food and beverage industry news, views and analysis.


Fonterra interim profit drops 22%, China divestment continues
17 Mar 2021  

Fonterra interim profit drops 22%, China divestment continues

The co-op said it was “pleased” with its results as the previous period’s earnings were inflated by asset sales.


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

Insect protein sector investment creating demand buzz – report

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


Chia Sisters gets top marks from B Corp
17 Mar 2021   /

Chia Sisters gets top marks from B Corp

The fast-growing Nelson juice company has been certified as the highest-scoring B Corp in New Zealand.


Wednesday 17 March
17 Mar 2021  

Wednesday 17 March

A daily roundup of national and international food and beverage industry news, views and analysis.


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.


Fonterra farmers survey: New capital structure – yes, outside investors – no
16 Mar 2021  

Fonterra farmers survey: New capital structure – yes, outside investors – no

The co-op’s shareholders have indicated support for an overhaul of the dairy giant’s structure.


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.


F&B firms finalists in MPI Good Employer Awards
16 Mar 2021   /

F&B firms finalists in MPI Good Employer Awards

T&G Global, Trevelyan, and Constellation Brands are among the food and beverage companies recognised.


Tuesday 16 March
16 Mar 2021  

Tuesday 16 March

A daily roundup of national and international food and beverage industry news, views and analysis.


Anderson to exit Foodstuffs South Island after 20 years at the top
15 Mar 2021   /

Anderson to exit Foodstuffs South Island after 20 years at the top

The long-time CEO will leave the South Island supermarket co-op in February next year.


Founders look to the future with new $500m food tech collective

Founders look to the future with new $500m food tech collective

Leading NZ food founders launch a new collective to grow the domestic food tech industry with an eye on long-term food stability.


Coca-Cola Oceania appoints new country lead
15 Mar 2021   /

Coca-Cola Oceania appoints new country lead

Former head of customer & commercial, Julie O’Toole, takes up a new role.


Consumers told to not eat raw mussels after two get sick
15 Mar 2021  

Consumers told to not eat raw mussels after two get sick

Consumers are being told to not eat raw mussels after two people suffered food poisoning.


Monday 15 March
15 Mar 2021  

Monday 15 March

A daily roundup of national and international food and beverage industry news, views and analysis.


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.


We shouldn’t be fined for skipper’s error – Amaltal
12 Mar 2021   /

We shouldn’t be fined for skipper’s error – Amaltal

Talley’s deep-water fishing division says it should not be fined for an error made by one of its staff.


Food price inflation slows as value of meat, poultry, fish fall
12 Mar 2021  

Food price inflation slows as value of meat, poultry, fish fall

Restaurant meals and foods such as Thai and Indian helped lift prices in Feb but it was the slowest growth for 18 months.


Friday 12 March
12 Mar 2021  

Friday 12 March

A daily roundup of national and international food and beverage industry news, views and analysis.


Savor expands hospo footprint, forgets Moa
11 Mar 2021   /

Savor expands hospo footprint, forgets Moa

Moa’s former hospitality division is adding three Auckland restaurants to its stable.


Talley’s Amaltal fined $27k for marine reserve fishing
11 Mar 2021   /

Talley’s Amaltal fined $27k for marine reserve fishing

Talley’s deep-water fishing division has been fined for illegal bottom trawling in a marine reserve.


Growers need more support for “vital role” – HortNZ
11 Mar 2021  

Growers need more support for “vital role” – HortNZ

Access to fruit and vegetables and food security was in the spotlight at Wednesday’s launch of the International Year of Fruits and Vegetables.


Thursday 11 March
11 Mar 2021  

Thursday 11 March

A daily roundup of national and international food and beverage industry news, views and analysis.


Blue Sky Pastures appoints CEO
10 Mar 2021   /

Blue Sky Pastures appoints CEO

Atkins Ranch CEO Jim Goodall will take over from Todd Grave at the meat processor.


MWE falls short of $2m fundraising target
10 Mar 2021   /

MWE falls short of $2m fundraising target

But the company says it is “delighted” to raise $1.34m, despite a deeply discounted SPP.


Brands engaged in ‘Covid-washing’ to push unhealthy food – study
10 Mar 2021  

Brands engaged in ‘Covid-washing’ to push unhealthy food – study

Brands leveraged the national Covid-19 lockdown to market unhealthy food, according to a new study.


New brand director at Pepsi
10 Mar 2021   /

New brand director at Pepsi

Tania Bui is the new brand director of CSD PepsiCo brands Pepsi Max, Pepsi, Mountain Dew and 7UP.


Wednesday 10 March
10 Mar 2021  

Wednesday 10 March

A daily roundup of national and international food and beverage industry news, views and analysis.


Ngāi Tahu takes a bite of Rockit, Punchbowl ups stake
9 Mar 2021   /

Ngāi Tahu takes a bite of Rockit, Punchbowl ups stake

Hawke’s Bay apple producer Rockit Global completes a capital raise bringing in new investor Ngâi Tahu Holdings.


Jobs safe despite $16m automation investment – Alliance
9 Mar 2021  

Jobs safe despite $16m automation investment – Alliance

Southland’s largest employer is automating its warehouse and using laser guided storage and retrieval systems.


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.


Fonterra lifts farmgate forecast – again
9 Mar 2021  

Fonterra lifts farmgate forecast – again

Fonterra has lifted its 2020/21 farmgate milk price range forecast for the second time in two months.


Tuesday 9 March
9 Mar 2021  

Tuesday 9 March

A daily roundup of national and international food and beverage industry news, views and analysis.


Monday 8 March
8 Mar 2021  

Monday 8 March

A daily roundup of national and international food and beverage industry news, views and analysis.


Thursday 4 March
4 Mar 2021  

Thursday 4 March

A daily roundup of national and international food and beverage industry news, views and analysis.


Strong sales for Marlborough vineyards in 2020 – Colliers
3 Mar 2021  

Strong sales for Marlborough vineyards in 2020 – Colliers

The number of vineyard sales almost doubled compared to 2019, says the agent.


Wednesday 3 March
3 Mar 2021  

Wednesday 3 March

A daily roundup of national and international food and beverage industry news, views and analysis.


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.


Tuesday 2 March
2 Mar 2021  

Tuesday 2 March

A daily roundup of national and international food and beverage industry news, views and analysis.


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.


Seeka doubles profit, pays down debt
1 Mar 2021   /

Seeka doubles profit, pays down debt

The Te Puke-based produce handler more than doubled its annual profit in FY20.


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.


Monday 1 March
1 Mar 2021  

Monday 1 March

A daily roundup of national and international food and beverage industry news, views and analysis.


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.


Scales sees profit squeezed after “challenging, disruptive” FY20
26 Feb 2021  

Scales sees profit squeezed after “challenging, disruptive” FY20

A “challenging and disruptive year” pushed revenue and profit down.


Wine, spirits volumes rise, beer falls except for high strength
26 Feb 2021   /

Wine, spirits volumes rise, beer falls except for high strength

Last year’s record wine result was in contrast to falls in each of the previous two years.


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.


Friday 26 February
26 Feb 2021  

Friday 26 February

A daily roundup of national and international food and beverage industry news, views and analysis.


Delegat toasts record half year
25 Feb 2021   /

Delegat toasts record half year

Strong global sales growth saw the winemaker’s interim profit leap 31% in a record-breaking run to the end of 2020.


Covid contingencies push NZ King Salmon into the red
25 Feb 2021  

Covid contingencies push NZ King Salmon into the red

Increased airfreight costs, discounting and lockdowns all ate into the salmon farmer’s profit.


Silver Fern Farms, Ziwi rack up nearly $470k total in fines
25 Feb 2021  

Silver Fern Farms, Ziwi rack up nearly $470k total in fines

The companies pleaded guilty in separate cases to pollution charges.


NZ bright spot amidst global falls for Foley Wines
25 Feb 2021   /

NZ bright spot amidst global falls for Foley Wines

US billionaire Bill Foley’s Kiwi company suffers sales falls in its largest overseas markets.


Thursday 25 February
25 Feb 2021  

Thursday 25 February

A daily roundup of national and international food and beverage industry news, views and analysis.


Wednesday 24 February
24 Feb 2021  

Wednesday 24 February

A daily roundup of national and international food and beverage industry news, views and analysis.


My Food Bag says interest “strong” after institutional  bookbuild completes
23 Feb 2021   /

My Food Bag says interest “strong” after institutional bookbuild completes

The company is on track to dual list on 5 March with a post-IPO market cap of $449m.


Tuesday 23 February
23 Feb 2021  

Tuesday 23 February

A daily roundup of national and international food and beverage industry news, views and analysis.


Moa sells loss-making craft beer business for $1.9m
22 Feb 2021   /

Moa sells loss-making craft beer business for $1.9m

The company is jettisoning its eponymous brewing business to focus on its hospitality division under the new name Savor.


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.


Monday 22 February
22 Feb 2021  

Monday 22 February

A daily roundup of national and international food and beverage industry news, views and analysis.


Friday 19 February
19 Feb 2021  

Friday 19 February

A daily roundup of national and international food and beverage news, views and analysis.


Thursday 18 February
18 Feb 2021  

Thursday 18 February

A daily roundup of national and international food and beverage news, views and analysis.


Delegat’s John Freeman resigns
17 Feb 2021  

Delegat’s John Freeman resigns

Freeman intends to relocate to Australia with his family but will remain with Delegat until late March.


Wednesday 17  February
17 Feb 2021  

Wednesday 17 February

A daily roundup of national and international food and beverage news, views and analysis.


Summer Wrap
15 Feb 2021  

Summer Wrap

A bumper summer roundup of national and international food and beverage industry news, views and analysis.


Almost 80% single-serve drinks in NZ supermarkets are sugary, study finds
18 Dec 2020  

Almost 80% single-serve drinks in NZ supermarkets are sugary, study finds

Researchers are calling for the government to intervene, and say industry pledges are not enough.


Covid-19, weather woes, M Bovis: Beef + Lamb NZ wraps 2020
18 Dec 2020  

Covid-19, weather woes, M Bovis: Beef + Lamb NZ wraps 2020

Beef +Lamb New Zealand looks back on 2020 in a final blog for the year.


Global F&B rankings for 2020 revealed
17 Dec 2020  

Global F&B rankings for 2020 revealed

Did a global pandemic end Nestlé’s reign at the top of the international F&B power list?


A2 Milk in trading halt as earnings guidance revised
17 Dec 2020  

A2 Milk in trading halt as earnings guidance revised

A2 Milk Company has stopped the trading of its shares on the NZX and ASX while it revises its earnings guidance. The dual-listed firm said this morning that the halt MORE »


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.


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.


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.


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.


SeaDragon hooks new investor as Comvita exits
15 Dec 2020  

SeaDragon hooks new investor as Comvita exits

A US-based family buys into the fish oil company in an off-market deal.


Nestlé comes to the table to tackle NZ emissions
15 Dec 2020   /

Nestlé comes to the table to tackle NZ emissions

Global giant teams up with Fonterra and DairyNZ to co-fund plantain project in effort to reduce emissions.


Seafood NZ calls time on  “challenging” 2020
15 Dec 2020  

Seafood NZ calls time on “challenging” 2020

Essential workers, online adaption, home deliveries – 2020 was a year like no other, says Seafood NZ CEO Dr Jeremy Helson.


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.


NZFGC opposes mandatory phase out of plastic packaging
14 Dec 2020  

NZFGC opposes mandatory phase out of plastic packaging

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


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.


Massey to study F&B sector mental wellbeing
14 Dec 2020  

Massey to study F&B sector mental wellbeing

A new Massey University study is surveying psychosocial risks in the workplace.


Rangatira reports “best ever” sales for Mrs Higgins
11 Dec 2020  

Rangatira reports “best ever” sales for Mrs Higgins

The investor wants to bolster the cookie maker through acquisitions in what it calls a “fragmented industry”.


Zespri goes in-house with sustainability boss shuffle
11 Dec 2020  

Zespri goes in-house with sustainability boss shuffle

Carol Ward has been appointed chief grower, industry and sustainability officer.


Competition, pricing and promotions in ComCom sights
11 Dec 2020  

Competition, pricing and promotions in ComCom sights

Preliminary issues paper released ahead of review into NZ’s highly concentrated sector


Nestlé debuts plant-based products in China
11 Dec 2020   /

Nestlé debuts plant-based products in China

The move into Asia builds on market presence in Australia, Europe and the US.


Tour operator turns to F&B for survival
11 Dec 2020  

Tour operator turns to F&B for survival

Queenstown-based Impact Escapes has launched a tea company, after Covid-19 put a halt to its tour business.


New collagen water to make splash in $2bn global market
10 Dec 2020  

New collagen water to make splash in $2bn global market

Parkers and Adashiko jv to “rejuvenate the premium bottled water industry”


Seeka signs off $27m Australian deal, lifts guidance
10 Dec 2020   /

Seeka signs off $27m Australian deal, lifts guidance

The kiwifruit exporter gets the go-ahead for a sale and leaseback deal, unlocking more profit for the year.


Steady as she goes at diversified Scales
10 Dec 2020  

Steady as she goes at diversified Scales

Diversified agribusiness group will pay 9.5c interim dividend and affirms previous guidance.


Stats NZ: September surge boosted by dairy, meat, grocery records
10 Dec 2020   /

Stats NZ: September surge boosted by dairy, meat, grocery records

Dairy and meat product manufacturing volumes, and wholesale grocery and liquor value saw huge lifts in the Sept quarter.


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.


F&B firms lead global plastic polluter rankings
9 Dec 2020  

F&B firms lead global plastic polluter rankings

Coca-Cola, Pepsi and Nestlé were named the leading plastic polluters for the third year in a row.


Marlborough Wine Estates snaps up Clarke as OTU winemaker
9 Dec 2020  

Marlborough Wine Estates snaps up Clarke as OTU winemaker

Clarke is known throughout the industry both internationally and locally.


Seafood NZ casts net for Kiwi workers
8 Dec 2020  

Seafood NZ casts net for Kiwi workers

The association has started the roll out of a series of online, digital and regionally focused advertisements.


Behemoth smashes $1.8m capital raise target
8 Dec 2020  

Behemoth smashes $1.8m capital raise target

The Auckland brewer only launched its capital raise on Snowball Effect last Monday.


Fairnham is Frucor Suntory’s new CCO
8 Dec 2020  

Fairnham is Frucor Suntory’s new CCO

Drew Fairnham has worked in the F&B industry for a number of years.


Fonterra lifts milk price  following China rebound
7 Dec 2020  

Fonterra lifts milk price following China rebound

Strong demand for NZ dairy has seen the co-op lift its milk price forecast and report Q1 earnings of $250m.


Online grocery disruptor to “even the playing field”
7 Dec 2020  

Online grocery disruptor to “even the playing field”

The Honest Grocer says it’s offering lower prices than major players.


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.


T&G adds $50m to coffers with Nelson sale
4 Dec 2020  

T&G adds $50m to coffers with Nelson sale

Sale and leaseback of Nayland site will see fresh produce giant plough $50m of firepower into its growth strategy.


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


Red meat sector sets out 10-year strategy

Red meat sector sets out 10-year strategy

The $12bn sector puts sustainable profitability and premium value at the centre of new vision.


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.


Tourism giant exits F&B sector with brewery sale
3 Dec 2020  

Tourism giant exits F&B sector with brewery sale

Queenstown-based Wayfare is selling its brewing interests to local restauranteurs.


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.


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.


Synlait water results slip in second sustainability report
3 Dec 2020  

Synlait water results slip in second sustainability report

The dairy giant’s so called off-farm water results have moved away from 2028 targets.


Booming NZ brewing sector worth $2.7bn despite Covid woes
2 Dec 2020  

Booming NZ brewing sector worth $2.7bn despite Covid woes

The industry supported more than 7000 jobs and paid $470m in annual wages, says NZIER.


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.


Moa reports interim loss, suffers 45% revenue fall to $10m
1 Dec 2020   /

Moa reports interim loss, suffers 45% revenue fall to $10m

Moa Group Limited has reported an after tax loss of $415,000 for the six months to 30 September 2020.


Unilever NZ begins four-day work week trial
1 Dec 2020  

Unilever NZ begins four-day work week trial

The consumer goods giant has 81 New Zealand-based employees.


Synlait completes $200m raise
1 Dec 2020  

Synlait completes $200m raise

The dairy company successfully raised the money after closing an oversubscribed $20m share purchase plan.


Consumer NZ spotlights  misleading claims in ‘bad taste’ awards
30 Nov 2020  

Consumer NZ spotlights misleading claims in ‘bad taste’ awards

Label claims from Nestlé, Edmonds, Lewis Road Creamery and Beehive come under scrutiny.


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.


B+L marshalls evidence for red meat pushback
30 Nov 2020  

B+L marshalls evidence for red meat pushback

Just last month the Heart Foundation put out new recommendations, advising Kiwis to eat less red meat.


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.


Flegg in first for NZ Avocado Growers Association
27 Nov 2020  

Flegg in first for NZ Avocado Growers Association

She is the first woman in the position in the organisation’s 40-years.


Pic’s picks off Whittakers in new Brand Reputation Index
27 Nov 2020  

Pic’s picks off Whittakers in new Brand Reputation Index

The likes of Pic’s Peanut Butter and Whittakers have taken the top spots.


Spirulina farm funding lays foundation for $100m sector
27 Nov 2020   /

Spirulina farm funding lays foundation for $100m sector

A two-year project will look at the viability of the industry, worth more than $100m to NZ a year.


‘Super premium’ pays dividends for Delegat
26 Nov 2020   /

‘Super premium’ pays dividends for Delegat

Online growth and investment in technology and sales teams also helped the winemaker to a record year.


Synlait bets on diversification to build value
26 Nov 2020   /

Synlait bets on diversification to build value

Diversifying its product ranges, customers and target markets has created a more sustainable business, says Synlait chief executive Leon Clement.


Hawke’s Bay growers seek iso facility for Covid-free RSE workers
26 Nov 2020  

Hawke’s Bay growers seek iso facility for Covid-free RSE workers

Hawke’s Bay horticulture and viticulture sectors worked together on a plan delivered to government last week.


Fruit supplement eyes Asian markets following funding
26 Nov 2020  

Fruit supplement eyes Asian markets following funding

New research will look into how effective the supplement is.


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.


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.


Supermarkets strong in record Q3 retail sales results
24 Nov 2020  

Supermarkets strong in record Q3 retail sales results

NZ’s retail sector is on the road to recovery, according to the latest figures from Stats NZ.


Countdown promises zero food waste, reduced emissions
23 Nov 2020  

Countdown promises zero food waste, reduced emissions

The NZ-owned company has set itself some lofty sustainability and diversity goals.


A2 Milk maintains guidance, says 2020 has ‘tested us’
19 Nov 2020  

A2 Milk maintains guidance, says 2020 has ‘tested us’

The dairy company says it expects an uptick in activity in the second half of FY21 despite continuing uncertainty.


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.


Dairy producers pay falls 13% dip in Sept quarter – Stats NZ
19 Nov 2020  

Dairy producers pay falls 13% dip in Sept quarter – Stats NZ

Gains made in the March and June quarters have been impacted by the fall.


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.


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.


Tuesday 17 November
17 Nov 2020  

Tuesday 17 November

A daily roundup of national and international food and beverage news, views and analysis.


High supply sees fruit, vege prices drop – Stats NZ
16 Nov 2020  

High supply sees fruit, vege prices drop – Stats NZ

The department says prices tend to fall in October as fruit and vegetables follow seasonal trend.


Marlborough approves $1.45m for wine trail
16 Nov 2020  

Marlborough approves $1.45m for wine trail

The Renwick wine trail is in its final stages of construction.


Monday 16 November
16 Nov 2020  

Monday 16 November

A daily roundup of national and international food and beverage news, views and analysis.


Pandemic exposes Sanford’s weaknesses as profit plummets
13 Nov 2020  

Pandemic exposes Sanford’s weaknesses as profit plummets

The NZX-listed seafood company has detailed its disappointing annual results.


F&B firms win national marketing awards
13 Nov 2020  

F&B firms win national marketing awards

Waikato wine company Invivo & Co has scooped two awards in the TVNZ-New Zealand Marketing Awards 2020.


Friday 13 November
13 Nov 2020  

Friday 13 November

A daily roundup of national and international food and beverage news, views and analysis.


Talley’s Amaltal mulls appeal against guilty verdict
12 Nov 2020  

Talley’s Amaltal mulls appeal against guilty verdict

Talley’s deep-water fishing division is considering an appeal against its conviction for illegal bottom trawling in a marine reserve.


$180m Synlait placement oversubscribed
12 Nov 2020  

$180m Synlait placement oversubscribed

Synlait Milk has added $180m to its coffers after successfully completing a discounted share placing.


Mussel firm fined $150k after worker injured
12 Nov 2020  

Mussel firm fined $150k after worker injured

North Island Mussels Limited has been fined $150,000 and ordered to pay $31,000 in reparation following a 2019 incident which saw an employee’s hand crushed.


Synlait targets $200m in equity raise
11 Nov 2020  

Synlait targets $200m in equity raise

The company will use the money to complete its investment strategy, pay down debt, and strengthen its balance sheet.


Oct food and beverage spend second highest in 20 years – Stats NZ
11 Nov 2020  

Oct food and beverage spend second highest in 20 years – Stats NZ

Supermarket and grocery store spending in October 2020 increased by $137m, or 7.8%, compared to the same month last year.


Seasonal worker shortage ‘enormous pressure point’ – ANZ
11 Nov 2020  

Seasonal worker shortage ‘enormous pressure point’ – ANZ

As prime picking time looms near the horticulture industry remains concerned about RSE shortages.


PGF invests $825k in Northland organic farm initiative
11 Nov 2020   /

PGF invests $825k in Northland organic farm initiative

The Provincial Growth Fund has earmarked $825,000 for a Māori co-operative to convert an unused Northland block into an organic farm.


Wednesday 11 November
11 Nov 2020  

Wednesday 11 November

A daily roundup of national and international food and beverage news, views and analysis.


Synlait share trading stops for expected capital raise
10 Nov 2020  

Synlait share trading stops for expected capital raise

Synlait Milk has stopped the trading of its shares in both New Zealand and Australia ahead of an announcement of a significant capital raise.


Fonterra sets out stall to combat Covid uncertainty
10 Nov 2020  

Fonterra sets out stall to combat Covid uncertainty

Fonterra is on the “home straight” of its turnaround and well-positioned to face continued Covid-19 induced global uncertainty, according to chief executive Miles Hurrell


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.


Tuesday 10 November
10 Nov 2020  

Tuesday 10 November

A daily roundup of national and international food and beverage news, views and analysis.


Villa Maria eyes land sale, capital raise to boost growth
9 Nov 2020   /

Villa Maria eyes land sale, capital raise to boost growth

Villa Maria Estate is selling off 31 hectares of land in Māngere to raise funds for global expansion.


Wyeth moves to Westland Dairy to lead growth
9 Nov 2020  

Wyeth moves to Westland Dairy to lead growth

He takes over from Shiqing Jian who has been interim chief executive.


Monday 9 November
9 Nov 2020  

Monday 9 November

A daily roundup of national and international food and beverage news, views and analysis.


Sanford warns profit could halve as Covid bites
6 Nov 2020  

Sanford warns profit could halve as Covid bites

The fishing company says it has suffered falling prices, slow sales and poor catches.


Synlait reveals new deal with mystery multinational customer
6 Nov 2020  

Synlait reveals new deal with mystery multinational customer

Synlait Milk says it has signed a new manufacturing supply deal with “an established, global category leader” but it has not named its new customer.


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

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

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


Friday 6 November
6 Nov 2020  

Friday 6 November

A daily roundup of national and international food and beverage news, views and analysis.


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.


SunGold to drive Zespri’s 10-year growth
5 Nov 2020  

SunGold to drive Zespri’s 10-year growth

It comes as demand for the variety across the globe remains strong.


Cathy Quinn joins Fonterra board
5 Nov 2020  

Cathy Quinn joins Fonterra board

Former lawyer Cathy Quinn has been appointed to Fonterra’s board of directors.


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

Again Again eyes expansion with $750k raise

A reusable cup company has launched its $750,000 crowdfunded equity raise to