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Tuesday 28 June 2022

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New Cassels CEO’s focus for growth
27 Jun 2022   /

New Cassels CEO’s focus for growth

The former GM of sales for Asahi Beverages NZ takes the reins at the Christchurch-based group.


New category for Almighty – and New Zealand
27 Jun 2022   /

New category for Almighty – and New Zealand

Its caffeinated sparkling water is a first for NZ, with the beverage business also securing new brand and distribution partnerships, as well as nearing completion of a capital raise.


Govt eyes $750m opportunity with support for Spring Sheep $20m scale-up
27 Jun 2022   /

Govt eyes $750m opportunity with support for Spring Sheep $20m scale-up

Growing sheep milk supply, new market development and NPD to build on its range of infant formula, milk powder and nutrition products are all part of $20m programme.


Monday 27 June
27 Jun 2022  

Monday 27 June

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


Suppliers, prices and inflation – what’s in store according to IRI
23 Jun 2022   /

Suppliers, prices and inflation – what’s in store according to IRI

Almost all F&B manufacturers plan to put up prices to combat rising costs, according to a survey by IRI and the NZFGC.


New positions, promotions at Fonterra sees 34-year veteran depart
23 Jun 2022   /

New positions, promotions at Fonterra sees 34-year veteran depart

The co-op is adding two new management roles and merging two business units, prompting the departure of 34-year veteran Kelvin Wickham.


Pak’nSave plugs quality as supermarkets manoeuvre in inflationary environment
23 Jun 2022   /

Pak’nSave plugs quality as supermarkets manoeuvre in inflationary environment

Foodstuffs moves to promote Pak’nSave quality as the battle for consumer dollars heats up.


Thursday 23 June
23 Jun 2022  

Thursday 23 June

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


Foodstuffs moots supplier pricing shake-up for wholesale overhaul
22 Jun 2022   /

Foodstuffs moots supplier pricing shake-up for wholesale overhaul

The co-op says differentiated cost pricing from suppliers will have to change to make wholesaling to external retailers work.


Govt to give ComCom “land war” crackdown powers to tackle duopoly
22 Jun 2022   /

Govt to give ComCom “land war” crackdown powers to tackle duopoly

David Clark wants the Commerce Commission to use proposed new information gathering powers “praoctively” and relegate restrictive land covenants to the history books.


Chatham Island Food Co reigns supreme at Outstanding NZ Food Producer Awards
22 Jun 2022  

Chatham Island Food Co reigns supreme at Outstanding NZ Food Producer Awards

It is the first time in six years that a seafood company has taken the top gong at the Outstanding NZ Food Producer Awards.


From sci-fi to sci-farm – why NZ should embrace the hybrid agriconomy
22 Jun 2022   /

From sci-fi to sci-farm – why NZ should embrace the hybrid agriconomy

Improving the sustainability and productivity of New Zealand’s food system will not be enough to fortify against challenges such as climate change and new consumer and geopolitical landscapes.


‘Better’ pea protein venture wins Supernode Challenge
22 Jun 2022  

‘Better’ pea protein venture wins Supernode Challenge

Startup SuperPro has already engaged with plant-based food firms including Off Piste Provisions and Boring Oat milk about potential NPD.


Wednesday 22 June
22 Jun 2022  

Wednesday 22 June

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


AgriSea weighs up ingredient versus beverage
21 Jun 2022   /

AgriSea weighs up ingredient versus beverage

The company is in talks with functional beverage manufacturers as it considers its next steps for its in-development seaweed beverage.


More set to follow Venues Otautahi’s lead and go local for F&B
21 Jun 2022  

More set to follow Venues Otautahi’s lead and go local for F&B

A two-year journey to overhaul purchasing processes means Venues Ōtautahi now buys 87% local, and other venues are following suit.


PM heading to Europe, Australia for trade, tourism
21 Jun 2022   /

PM heading to Europe, Australia for trade, tourism

Jacinda Ardern will leave this weekend to tout trade and tourism as NZ seeks to reconnect with overseas markets.


Perspectives: Could the blockchain restore consumer trust and food security?
21 Jun 2022   /

Perspectives: Could the blockchain restore consumer trust and food security?

After a decade of food scandals, the blockchain presents itself as a promising technology offering many features to guarantee trust, traceability, as well as product quality and food waste reduction.


Tuesday 21 June
21 Jun 2022  

Tuesday 21 June

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


Global go-getter Ārepa launches new brand identity
20 Jun 2022   /

Global go-getter Ārepa launches new brand identity

The brain food producer worked with agency Previously Unavailable and Simon Endres on the new look and positioning.


McDonald’s puts Covid in rear-view mirror with results rebound
20 Jun 2022   /

McDonald’s puts Covid in rear-view mirror with results rebound

Climbing rental income bolsters the QSR franchises’ performance to surpass pre-pandemic levels.


Pandemic pushes innovation in hospitality sector

Pandemic pushes innovation in hospitality sector

A move to digital ordering was the most popular innovation, according to a Restaurant Association survey, with Covid and convenience driving the shift.


Perspectives: Seeing ‘the wood through the trees’ – Seafood NZ on industry progress
20 Jun 2022   /

Perspectives: Seeing ‘the wood through the trees’ – Seafood NZ on industry progress

The workings of government can often be opaque but important work for the industry is under way, writes the industry body.


Monday 20 June
20 Jun 2022  

Monday 20 June

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


Food Moves: Appointments at Service Foods, NZ Food Network, Frucor, PepsiCo… and more!
17 Jun 2022   /

Food Moves: Appointments at Service Foods, NZ Food Network, Frucor, PepsiCo… and more!

Food and beverage industry appointments and people moves for the week to 17 June.


Pāmu product takes best dairy ingredient at industry ‘World Cup’
17 Jun 2022   /

Pāmu product takes best dairy ingredient at industry ‘World Cup’

A deer milk product developed by the state-owned enterprise has won a global dairy innovation accolade.


Beervana gears up for 21st celebrations
17 Jun 2022   /

Beervana gears up for 21st celebrations

Marking its 21st birthday this year, Beervana has already locked in more than 70 breweries set to take part in NZ’s biggest celebration of beer.


Fresh Cuts: What’s new for the week to 17 June?
17 Jun 2022   /

Fresh Cuts: What’s new for the week to 17 June?

Griffin’s brings out two new ToffeePops flavours for winter, East Imperial launches its first natural low-calorie tonic water, and My Food Bag marks Matariki.


Friday 17 June
17 Jun 2022  

Friday 17 June

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


Frustration as Countdown holds off in-store sampling
16 Jun 2022   /

Frustration as Countdown holds off in-store sampling

Hundreds of thousands of dollars are at stake for food firms keen to launch products in Countdown.


Agri an industry muddled by priority issues – KPMG’s Proudfoot
16 Jun 2022   /

Agri an industry muddled by priority issues – KPMG’s Proudfoot

A juxtaposition of circumstance and an industry that is muddled are the conclusions drawn by KPMG from the many sector leader conversations held in preparing its 2022 KPMG Agribusiness Agenda.


Supply chain: Maersk moves on coastal service, Marlborough agreement struck
16 Jun 2022   /

Supply chain: Maersk moves on coastal service, Marlborough agreement struck

The new service will enable a more resilient New Zealand supply chain and improve vessel schedule reliability.


Circular Economy: Green tech startup aims to turn commercial food waste into commerce
16 Jun 2022   /

Circular Economy: Green tech startup aims to turn commercial food waste into commerce

Rescued commodities platform pilot scheme has already got the backing of Citizen Collective, Chia Sisters and others.


Thursday 16 June
16 Jun 2022  

Thursday 16 June

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


Krispy Kreme’s NZ revenue on the rise
15 Jun 2022  

Krispy Kreme’s NZ revenue on the rise

The world-famous doughnut brand shows signs of recovery in NZ after being pummelled by the pandemic.


Foodstuffs: Our price rises lower than FPI’s 6.8%
15 Jun 2022   /

Foodstuffs: Our price rises lower than FPI’s 6.8%

The supermarket co-op says cost increases from suppliers also grew by almost 7%.


Startup spotlight: The challenges with chilled
15 Jun 2022   /

Startup spotlight: The challenges with chilled

Club Ramen is finding its feet in Auckland, but needs to build scale to secure chilled distribution further afield.


Last 12 standing in 2022 Food, Fibre & Agritech Supernode Challenge
15 Jun 2022  

Last 12 standing in 2022 Food, Fibre & Agritech Supernode Challenge

The shortlist includes a new pea protein venture targeting the fast-growing market in plant-based foods.


Wednesday 15 June
15 Jun 2022  

Wednesday 15 June

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


T2 sale helps Unilever brew solid 2021
14 Jun 2022  

T2 sale helps Unilever brew solid 2021

The global FMCG giant’s NZ division received a bottom line boost from the disposal of the premium tea business.


FPI: Food price inflation creeps up again to 6.8%…
14 Jun 2022   /

FPI: Food price inflation creeps up again to 6.8%…

Food price inflation is back to where it was in February – a decade long record at the time – as groceries push the index up.


…prompting Clark to keep pressure on grocery sector
14 Jun 2022   /

…prompting Clark to keep pressure on grocery sector

The government is keeping up the public pressure – as well as holding conversations behind closed doors – in its campaign to improve competition in the grocery sector.


Perspectives: Food giants reap enormous profits during times of crisis
14 Jun 2022  

Perspectives: Food giants reap enormous profits during times of crisis

The world needs more diverse, local food production, processing and markets, argues Phoebe Stephens from Canada’s University of Toronto.


Tuesday 14 June
14 Jun 2022  

Tuesday 14 June

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


“The brand can live in both channels” – Karma Drinks unlocks key accounts
13 Jun 2022  

“The brand can live in both channels” – Karma Drinks unlocks key accounts

The beverage brand has its roots in hospitality but has stepped up in supermarkets with a focus on growing volume while maintaining brand value.


Synlait loses legal lead
13 Jun 2022   /

Synlait loses legal lead

Synlait has announced the resignation of its legal director, Deborah Marris, who oversaw a number of significant transactions, including the acquisitions of Talbot Forest Cheese and Dairyworks.


Fair Pay Agreements no good for grocery – Foodstuffs, Woolworths
13 Jun 2022   /

Fair Pay Agreements no good for grocery – Foodstuffs, Woolworths

Foodstuffs and Woolworths NZ have taken a stand against the Fair Pay Agreement Bill, arguing it will lead to reduced competition, innovation, and consumer choice – as well as higher prices.


Nigella no more: Whittaker’s launches new brand campaign
13 Jun 2022   /

Nigella no more: Whittaker’s launches new brand campaign

The new campaign sees Kiwi actor Karl Urban playing time travelling founder J.H. Whittaker.


Monday 13 June
13 Jun 2022  

Monday 13 June

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


Food Moves: Countdown’s wholesale rejig lead, Frucor Suntory exec exit…  and more!
10 Jun 2022   /

Food Moves: Countdown’s wholesale rejig lead, Frucor Suntory exec exit… and more!

Meet the manager responsible for opening up Woolworths NZ’s wholesale offer more widely to third parties.


Arnott’s powers up sustainability
10 Jun 2022   /

Arnott’s powers up sustainability

Arnott’s has developed plans to install renewable solar power systems across its biggest sites in Australia, as well as its head office.


Perspectives: Unlocking lurching regulatory settings key to $3bn aquaculture opportunity
10 Jun 2022   /

Perspectives: Unlocking lurching regulatory settings key to $3bn aquaculture opportunity

Changes are needed to enable better management of existing aquaculture, and the development of open ocean aquaculture, according to Ocean and Fisheries Minister David Parker.


Fresh Cuts: What’s new for the week to 10 June?
10 Jun 2022   /

Fresh Cuts: What’s new for the week to 10 June?

Nestlé imports an international flavour, while local brands Wellington Chocolate Factory and Six Barrel Soda look closer to home for inspiration.


Friday 10 June
10 Jun 2022  

Friday 10 June

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


Parkers cans up innovation after production investment
9 Jun 2022   /

Parkers cans up innovation after production investment

Fermented drinks and canned flavoured oat milk have come out of an NPD drive at the firm, which looks likely to exit the functional beverage space.


Grocery reform: Govt moots ‘must supply’ orders for Countdown, Foodstuffs
9 Jun 2022   /

Grocery reform: Govt moots ‘must supply’ orders for Countdown, Foodstuffs

The government’s wholesale market reform could see Foodstuffs and Countdown having to inform the grocery regulator of all supply requests, and give the watchdog the power to compel supply.


Upstock stocks up on equity, moves on global growth
9 Jun 2022   /

Upstock stocks up on equity, moves on global growth

The wholesale marketplace startup has been backed by a range of early stage investors to go for growth in Australia and the US.


Perspectives: Food delivery firms may not survive the cost of living crisis
9 Jun 2022   /

Perspectives: Food delivery firms may not survive the cost of living crisis

The end of easy credit combined with falling demand and rising costs means that only the strongest in the increasingly competitive food delivery space will survive.


Thursday 9 June
9 Jun 2022  

Thursday 9 June

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


Asahi NZ bounces back with 62% profit jump
8 Jun 2022  

Asahi NZ bounces back with 62% profit jump

The Japanese brewing giant’s NZ business recovers from a tough 2020 with revenue up and costs kept under control.


Fresh Media, Raglan Food Co enter ‘foodbox-as-marketing’ fray
8 Jun 2022   /

Fresh Media, Raglan Food Co enter ‘foodbox-as-marketing’ fray

Brands are looking for new ways to reach customers to combat pandemic uncertainty around events and in-store sampling.


He Waka Eke Noa moots farm-level levy as ETS alternative
8 Jun 2022   /

He Waka Eke Noa moots farm-level levy as ETS alternative

The partnership says its proposal will help farmers and growers transition to lower-emissions food production while maintaining viable businesses.


“Aotearoa on a plate” – Air NZ’s new menu focuses on local
8 Jun 2022   /

“Aotearoa on a plate” – Air NZ’s new menu focuses on local

The airline has released details of its new menu, which includes local ingredients like Southland Lamb Prosciutto, Hawke’s Bay extra virgin olive oil and mānuka smoked free-range chicken from the Waikato.


Wednesday 8 June
8 Jun 2022  

Wednesday 8 June

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


Kiri Hannifin checking out of Countdown
7 Jun 2022   /

Kiri Hannifin checking out of Countdown

Hannifin is joining Air New Zealand in a newly created sustainability role.


IRI: Consumer demand drifts as inflation continues unabated in May
7 Jun 2022   /

IRI: Consumer demand drifts as inflation continues unabated in May

The amount of money passing through grocery tills was up again in May, although fewer goods were sold and private label sales gained market share as consumers took action on inflation, according to IRI.


Woolworths team starts wholesale fact-finding…
7 Jun 2022   /

Woolworths team starts wholesale fact-finding…

The grocery group wants to know who could be using its wholesale service so it can gauge demand, and get suppliers in line too.


…as MBIE gets ball rolling on unit pricing
7 Jun 2022   /

…as MBIE gets ball rolling on unit pricing

Feedback is sought on issues including which retailers should be subject to unit pricing, how said pricing should be displayed and what products should be exempt.


Tuesday 7 June
7 Jun 2022  

Tuesday 7 June

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


Quin on the ComCom process – the costs, draft report surprise, and the outcome
2 Jun 2022   /

Quin on the ComCom process – the costs, draft report surprise, and the outcome

Foodstuffs NZ MD compares the market study response with the co-op’s Covid crisis resourcing.


Food Moves: Lion NZ’s leadership team changes, Sealord departures, Hutchinsons hire and more…
2 Jun 2022   /

Food Moves: Lion NZ’s leadership team changes, Sealord departures, Hutchinsons hire and more…

Food and beverage industry appointments for the week to 2 June.


Fresh Cuts: What’s new for the week to 2 June?
2 Jun 2022   /

Fresh Cuts: What’s new for the week to 2 June?

Some classic Kiwi flavours come to the fore in limited edition NPD this week, ranging from Mondelēz International’s latest lump innovation and Lewis Road Creamery delivering a Matariki milk with horopito. Meanwhile AF Drinks looks to Japan for inspiration, and Goju innovates on packaging.


Thursday 2 June
2 Jun 2022  

Thursday 2 June

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


Supie goes wide for $5m funding round
1 Jun 2022   /

Supie goes wide for $5m funding round

The online supermarket startup is seeking growth capital to drive a big jump in revenue in 2023.


Moa adds new beer brand to growing portfolio
1 Jun 2022   /

Moa adds new beer brand to growing portfolio

Moa adds another brand, this time taking a crack at the internationally-dominated lager market with a NZ-centric product.


‘Weak’ EU access offer raises meat sector concerns
1 Jun 2022   /

‘Weak’ EU access offer raises meat sector concerns

MIA and B+LNZ raise concerns that the EU’s rhetoric on ambition is not being matched in an agreement governing agricultural access.


Perspectives: It’s World Milk Day but new research raises questions over NZ dairy
1 Jun 2022   /

Perspectives: It’s World Milk Day but new research raises questions over NZ dairy

A study of nitrate pollution looks at the industry’s impact on fresh water.


Wednesday 1 June
1 Jun 2022  

Wednesday 1 June

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


Cost benefit analysis: Who will foot the bill for the grocery regulator or forced divestment?
31 May 2022   /

Cost benefit analysis: Who will foot the bill for the grocery regulator or forced divestment?

Industry funding could be part of the new regulatory framework.


Foodstuffs, Countdown: Suppliers have key role to play in establishing wholesale access
31 May 2022   /

Foodstuffs, Countdown: Suppliers have key role to play in establishing wholesale access

New Zealand’s two major supermarket groups have responded to the government’s grocery policy plans by highlighting the role suppliers will play in establishing wholesale market access.


MenuAid secures $1m Sprout seed funding
31 May 2022  

MenuAid secures $1m Sprout seed funding

The seed funding gives the startup a 12 – 18 month runway as it looks to improve and deploy its tech, grow subscribers numbers and sign partnerships with Foodstuffs and Woolworths.


Goodbye T&G, hello new DC – Countdown commits to $99m Rolleston build
31 May 2022   /

Goodbye T&G, hello new DC – Countdown commits to $99m Rolleston build

The new facility will shore up its South Island chilled supply chain and comes just weeks ahead of the opening of its $150m Auckland Fresh DC.


Tuesday 31 May
31 May 2022  

Tuesday 31 May

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


Government supermarket plan revealed
30 May 2022   /

Government supermarket plan revealed

Minister David Clark says action is being taken on all of ComCom’s recommendations and further work is being done on potential store divestment.


Me Today in fresh $10m cap raise after loss widens
30 May 2022   /

Me Today in fresh $10m cap raise after loss widens

The healthcare and wellness group is downsizing its honey operations and raising cash to invest in its brands and international distribution.


Tofu Takeover: ComCom clears Sanitarium sister company’s Chalmers deal
30 May 2022   /

Tofu Takeover: ComCom clears Sanitarium sister company’s Chalmers deal

ComCom finds the acquisition was unlikely to substantially lessen competition in any New Zealand market. 


Otis adds sales agency to support scale-up
30 May 2022   /

Otis adds sales agency to support scale-up

Otis Oat Milk has appointed a New Zealand sales and merchandising agency as part of plans to rapidly scale-up its presence in the fast-growing category. The plant-based milk company, founded MORE »


Fonterra makes liquidity move after share price fall
30 May 2022  

Fonterra makes liquidity move after share price fall

Fonterra has moved to boost liquidity in its share trading platform, Fonterra Shareholders Market, in response to its sinking share price, which has wiped more than $1bn of its value since April.


Monday 30 May
30 May 2022  

Monday 30 May

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


In-store sampling is a go: WorkSafe clarifies rules
27 May 2022   /

In-store sampling is a go: WorkSafe clarifies rules

The agency makes clear its stance, allowing the promotional activity to occur in supermarkets.


Trust in supermarkets “plummets” – Consumer NZ
27 May 2022   /

Trust in supermarkets “plummets” – Consumer NZ

Supermarkets’ take an image hit during a year in which the $22bn duopoly-dominated sector was in the spotlight.


Food Moves: Sustainability starts at Countdown and Apple & Pears, Pure Food Co changes, Unilever leaver… and more!
27 May 2022   /

Food Moves: Sustainability starts at Countdown and Apple & Pears, Pure Food Co changes, Unilever leaver… and more!

Food and beverage industry appointments for the week to 27 May.


Fresh Cuts: What’s new for the week to 27 May?
27 May 2022   /

Fresh Cuts: What’s new for the week to 27 May?

British brands make a strong showing with Cornish Sea Salt Co in a Foodstuffs debut and Hendrick’s new moonshot, as Good Farmers rounds out its range.


Friday 27 May
27 May 2022  

Friday 27 May

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


Coke moves on sugar, Arnott’s acts on plastic
26 May 2022   /

Coke moves on sugar, Arnott’s acts on plastic

The two F&B giants are changing products and packaging in NZ to deliver on health and sustainability targets.


Fonterra earnings slide on macro and margin challenges
26 May 2022  

Fonterra earnings slide on macro and margin challenges

The dairy giant’s earnings are down 15% year-to-date as margins are squeezed and its overseas markets are disrupted by China lockdowns, the economic crisis in Sri Lanka and the Russia-Ukraine conflict.


Record results: Zespri revenue tops $4bn, ANZCO profit doubles
26 May 2022   /

Record results: Zespri revenue tops $4bn, ANZCO profit doubles

Food exporters toast bumper results despite supply chain challenges and labour shortages.


Mainfreight makes hay from Covid disruption
26 May 2022   /

Mainfreight makes hay from Covid disruption

The transport and logistics company delivers an 89% leap in annual net profit with record revenue topping $5bn.


Thursday 26 May
26 May 2022  

Thursday 26 May

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


NewFish catches cash in first capital raise
25 May 2022   /

NewFish catches cash in first capital raise

The biotech and future food venture gets backing from iwi, food stalwarts and NBA basketball star Steven Adams.


Mondelēz NZ navigates Covid to deliver revenue, NPAT rise
25 May 2022   /

Mondelēz NZ navigates Covid to deliver revenue, NPAT rise

The NZ division of the global confectionary giant managed to increase sales, offsetting rising costs and Covid disruptions.


DoorDash officially opens doors in NZ
25 May 2022   /

DoorDash officially opens doors in NZ

Multi-billion dollar US food delivery service DoorDash has chosen “New Zealand’s foodie capital” Wellington as its entry point into the country’s growing last-mile delivery market.


Perspectives: The opportunities for food in gamification and tech
25 May 2022   /

Perspectives: The opportunities for food in gamification and tech

KPMG’s Matthew Lancaster on the impact the technology could have in food and fibre training and education, or on cutting food waste.


Wednesday 25 May
25 May 2022  

Wednesday 25 May

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


In-store F&B sampling thrown into disarray after WorkSafe confusion
24 May 2022   /

In-store F&B sampling thrown into disarray after WorkSafe confusion

Food firms conducting the popular in-store promotion will have to think again after supermarkets suspend the activity.


Southern Pastures targeting $500m B2B sales with NZGFP – CEO Neil Senauer
24 May 2022   /

Southern Pastures targeting $500m B2B sales with NZGFP – CEO Neil Senauer

NZ Grass Fed Products, which sits alongside SP’s Lewis Road Creamery, is targeting growth through the wholesale and foodservice channels.


Sustainable Foods adds $1.25m government loan to firepower
24 May 2022   /

Sustainable Foods adds $1.25m government loan to firepower

The plant-based food manufacturer gets a loan of up to $1.25m from the government’s Regional Strategic Partnership Fund.


F&B exports front of mind for PM’s trade trip to US
24 May 2022   /

F&B exports front of mind for PM’s trade trip to US

Silver Fern Farms, Fonterra and Zespri are accompanying Jacinda Ardern, and she will attend a launch event in New York for NZ’s sustainable meat exports.


Tuesday 24 May
24 May 2022  

Tuesday 24 May

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


Bowler on MFB’s planned product scale-up, its share price, and proposed M&A
23 May 2022  

Bowler on MFB’s planned product scale-up, its share price, and proposed M&A

My Food Bag’s CEO explains why he thinks the company is undervalued, with its share price around half of what it was listed at.


Pipfruit harvest forecast revised down $105m in export earnings
23 May 2022  

Pipfruit harvest forecast revised down $105m in export earnings

The pipfruit forecast has been revised down to approximately 20.3 million boxes, representing an estimated reduction in export earnings of $105m, according to New Zealand Apples and Pears.


Ch’i switches to Federal Merchants in distribution drive
23 May 2022   /

Ch’i switches to Federal Merchants in distribution drive

The newly rebranded company behind the sparkling herbal drink inks a deal to help drive sales from new channels.


Dairy, meat lead value of April exports up – Stats NZ
23 May 2022   /

Dairy, meat lead value of April exports up – Stats NZ

Exports were up 17% compared with April last year, according to Stats NZ, with food commodities performing strongly.


Monday 23 May
23 May 2022  

Monday 23 May

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


My Food Bag product range pumps value
20 May 2022  

My Food Bag product range pumps value

The company’s Kitchen product add-ons help boost average order value as customer numbers are buffeted by Covid during FY22.


Budget 2022: “This is a clear signal of how seriously we’re taking the grocery issue” – Clark
20 May 2022   /

Budget 2022: “This is a clear signal of how seriously we’re taking the grocery issue” – Clark

The government has started its reform of the grocery sector by introducing urgent Budget night legislation to stop major supermarkets blocking competitors from accessing land for new stores.


Food Moves: Silver Fern Farms creates global marketing role, hires at Natural Pet Food, Unilever… and more!
20 May 2022   /

Food Moves: Silver Fern Farms creates global marketing role, hires at Natural Pet Food, Unilever… and more!

Food and beverage industry appointments for the week to 20 May.


Fresh Cuts: What’s new for the week to 20 May?
20 May 2022   /

Fresh Cuts: What’s new for the week to 20 May?

Sheep Dog goes nuts over whiskey,
Whittaker’s aims for a vibe, and Fix & Fogg remakes a classic.


Friday 20 May
20 May 2022  

Friday 20 May

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


Budget 2022: $11m to support grocery competition response
19 May 2022  

Budget 2022: $11m to support grocery competition response

A new team a MBIE is being established with a response to ComCom’s grocery market study one of its first priorities.


Sanford’s H1 momentum dampened by domestic challenges
19 May 2022  

Sanford’s H1 momentum dampened by domestic challenges

First half EBIT jumps 79% but NZ’s largest seafood company is battling supply side challenges as Covid hits production and staffing levels.


Pioneer brews up Coffee Supreme deal

Pioneer brews up Coffee Supreme deal

“We’re right behind Coffee Supreme’s current growth plans,” says the PE firm, which has added the business to its growing F&B portfolio.


Calls grow for government recycling reform to include circular economy solutions
19 May 2022   /

Calls grow for government recycling reform to include circular economy solutions

Otis wants recycling standardised and for Tetra Pak to be included, while Fix & Fogg, Raglan Food Co et al are backing Chia Sisters’ bottle re-use petition.


Thursday 19 May
19 May 2022  

Thursday 19 May

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


“You’re going to see a more focused business” Lion NZ’s Craig Baldie
18 May 2022  

“You’re going to see a more focused business” Lion NZ’s Craig Baldie

Lion is close to completing a reshaping of its NZ operations, allowing it to emerge from Covid concentrated on core.


A2 Milk faces NZ class action
18 May 2022   /

A2 Milk faces NZ class action

The dairy company is now facing a class action in the NZ High Court, which relates to earning disclosures in the same period as Australian claims.


NZCS lines up takeover target after upbeat Q1
18 May 2022   /

NZCS lines up takeover target after upbeat Q1

The seafood supplement specialist has booked a strong start to the year with revenue jumping 242% from the same quarter in 2021.


Maersk moves into cold store with new Waikato development
18 May 2022   /

Maersk moves into cold store with new Waikato development

The global freight giant is building its first cold storage facility in NZ on the back of strong demand from food exporters and importers.


Wednesday 18 May
18 May 2022  

Wednesday 18 May

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


Founders flip Marcel’s Pancakes to Oriens Capital
17 May 2022   /

Founders flip Marcel’s Pancakes to Oriens Capital

A “strong track record of growth” is to continue at the bakery brand under the PE firm’s new ownership.


A2 Milk CFO quits, replacement announced
17 May 2022   /

A2 Milk CFO quits, replacement announced

The dairy company taps a former colleague of boss David Bortolussi to become its new finance lead.


Red meat exports top $3bn in Q1 – MIA
17 May 2022   /

Red meat exports top $3bn in Q1 – MIA

Quarterly exports up 17% year on year, however March picture mixed as China restrictions continue and processors struggle with staffing at home.


Emissions Reduction Plan welcomed by food stakeholders – with caveats
17 May 2022  

Emissions Reduction Plan welcomed by food stakeholders – with caveats

Food system stakeholders have broadly welcomed the new plan but have called for more detail around the almost-$3bn allocated on initiatives over the next four years.


Tuesday 17 May
17 May 2022  

Tuesday 17 May

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


Nibblish looks for $4.25m to fast-track growth
16 May 2022   /

Nibblish looks for $4.25m to fast-track growth

The snack company is looking for investors to unlock plans to quadruple revenue over the next three years.


Coca-Cola Oceania’s Julie O’Toole on Covid, competition and sugar consumption
16 May 2022  

Coca-Cola Oceania’s Julie O’Toole on Covid, competition and sugar consumption

“Growth has been across the board,” says the drinks giant’s NZ boss, as the company’s market share ticks up during Covid.


Food, freight, fuel focus for F&B in govt’s Emissions Reduction Plan
16 May 2022   /

Food, freight, fuel focus for F&B in govt’s Emissions Reduction Plan

The govt wants to accelerate the decarbonisation of freight and encourage the use of more electric trucks.


Monday 16 May
16 May 2022  

Monday 16 May

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


Food Moves: Fonterra pounces on Lion’s sales head, plus changes at GWF, Prolife, Kraft Heinz …and more!
13 May 2022   /

Food Moves: Fonterra pounces on Lion’s sales head, plus changes at GWF, Prolife, Kraft Heinz …and more!

The latest food and beverage industry appointments and people moves.


The Warehouse watching govt grocery response “with interest”
13 May 2022  

The Warehouse watching govt grocery response “with interest”

The value retailer says it is “seriously considering” making more grocery options available.


NZ foodtech startup lands $1.25m from Pacific Channel VC
13 May 2022   /

NZ foodtech startup lands $1.25m from Pacific Channel VC

The oil extraction technology will be trialled with green-lipped mussel and cannabis manufacturers.


Fresh Cuts: What’s new for the week to 13 May?
13 May 2022   /

Fresh Cuts: What’s new for the week to 13 May?

A functional collagen beauty snack hits NZ shores, Lyre’s adds a winter warmer, Fix & Fogg goes beyond nuts, and Mondelēz continues the Caramilk innovation.


Friday 13 May
13 May 2022  

Friday 13 May

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


Six Barrel Soda hones D2C strategy
12 May 2022   /

Six Barrel Soda hones D2C strategy

The Wellington-based natural soda syrup company looks to D2C to drive overseas growth as it marks 10 years of business.


FPI – Annual food price increase eases to 6.4%
12 May 2022   /

FPI – Annual food price increase eases to 6.4%

Price rises for cheddar cheese, milk, and eggs meant annual food inflation remained high in April, although eased from the 10-year record reported for March.


Food sector agreements, wage exemptions, fast track residency to plug worker shortages – govt
12 May 2022   /

Food sector agreements, wage exemptions, fast track residency to plug worker shortages – govt

New sector agreements with the meat processing and seafood industries will be put in place later this year to help develop their workforces, says the government.


How has on-premise performed since Covid restrictions were lifted?
12 May 2022   /

How has on-premise performed since Covid restrictions were lifted?

Covid-19 concerns continue to dissipate, but venues and suppliers must now reckon with a reduction in disposable income.


Thursday 12 May
12 May 2022  

Thursday 12 May

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


Arnott’s NZ on track for souped up 2022 sales
11 May 2022   /

Arnott’s NZ on track for souped up 2022 sales

A “phenomenal” Q3 performance from its Campbell’s soup brand and the acquisition of 180 Degrees is boosting the company’s FY22 numbers.


“It’s a real cost to us” – FSNI’s Chris Quin on price cut pledge
11 May 2022   /

“It’s a real cost to us” – FSNI’s Chris Quin on price cut pledge

“As a result of this price rollback our stores will be selling some items below cost,” according to Foodstuff NZ boss Chris Quin.


FPI pressure from veg to ease – United Fresh
11 May 2022   /

FPI pressure from veg to ease – United Fresh

Fruit a vegetable prices were up 18% in last month’s FPI, but the pan-produce organisation said this should ease.


FoodStarter 2022 finalists: Who made the cut?
11 May 2022   /

FoodStarter 2022 finalists: Who made the cut?

Ten start-up and early stage ventures are in the running to bag national distribution with Foodstuffs – with a strong showing from plant-based products.


Wednesday 11 May
11 May 2022  

Wednesday 11 May

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


DB cracks open focus on craft innovation
10 May 2022   /

DB cracks open focus on craft innovation

The brewer is looking to tap into premiumisation and sessionability trends to drive craft beer sales at its Monteith’s and Tuatara brands.


Countdown rejects Consumer NZ supermarkets’ “super profits” petition claim
10 May 2022   /

Countdown rejects Consumer NZ supermarkets’ “super profits” petition claim

The government should regulate access to the wholesale market or set-up a state-owned wholesaler, says the consumer organisation.


‘The duopoly has had ample time to change’ – Consumer NZ CEO’s open letter on supermarket reform
10 May 2022   /

‘The duopoly has had ample time to change’ – Consumer NZ CEO’s open letter on supermarket reform

The government should regulate access to the wholesale market or set-up a state-owned wholesaler, says the consumer organisation.


Snarled supply chain, falling dairy – the impact of China’s lockdown on NZ F&B, agri
10 May 2022   /

Snarled supply chain, falling dairy – the impact of China’s lockdown on NZ F&B, agri

Shanghai port congestion could prolong elevated freight prices, while the foodservice shutdown means strong headwinds for dairy demand.


Tuesday 10 May
10 May 2022  

Tuesday 10 May

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


East Imperial grows revenue but loss widens
9 May 2022   /

East Imperial grows revenue but loss widens

As logistics challenges continue and the US market grows in importance, the NZ-founded beverage maker says it plans to start bottling in that strategic market.


Eat NZ Food Hui: ‘Early adopter’ Roebuck Farm champions local supermarket supply
9 May 2022   /

Eat NZ Food Hui: ‘Early adopter’ Roebuck Farm champions local supermarket supply

Taranaki bio-intensive market garden Roebuck Farm says it is an early adopter of local supermarket supply and is advocating for more of it to be established around New Zealand.


Govt sets first three emissions budgets
9 May 2022   /

Govt sets first three emissions budgets

Climate Change Minister James Shaw has unveiled New Zealand’s first three emissions budgets, calling them “another milestone on the journey toward a zero-carbon future”.


IRI: Price inflation pushes April supermarket sales
9 May 2022   /

IRI: Price inflation pushes April supermarket sales

The latest four-week period sees accelerated dollar growth this year as inflation continues unabated.


Monday 9 May
9 May 2022  

Monday 9 May

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


Who is assuming the risk in Countdown’s winter price freeze?
6 May 2022   /

Who is assuming the risk in Countdown’s winter price freeze?

The Great Price Winter Freeze takes in mostly private label items, with a handful of independent brands, but what will happen if costs go up?


Food Moves: Seeka CFO, Comvita CTO, account managers at PepsiCo, Dairyworks, FrucorSuntory and more…
6 May 2022   /

Food Moves: Seeka CFO, Comvita CTO, account managers at PepsiCo, Dairyworks, FrucorSuntory and more…

Food and beverage sector appointments and people moves for the week to 6 May 2022.


Fresh Cuts: What’s new for the week to 6 May?
6 May 2022   /

Fresh Cuts: What’s new for the week to 6 May?

Less is more from Abe’s, Monteith’s hazy double down, Six Barrel Soda’s 10th birthday, and Cadbury’s Boh Runga x Roses collab for Mother’s Day.


Friday 6 May
6 May 2022  

Friday 6 May

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


Arnott’s seeks 180 Degrees scale, agility with new NZ factory
5 May 2022   /

Arnott’s seeks 180 Degrees scale, agility with new NZ factory

“It gives us about five times the footprint and capacity… and that matches our ambitions for 180 Degrees,” says NZ country manager Mike Cullerne.


Tofu Takeover: ComCom’s concerns with Chalmers deal
5 May 2022   /

Tofu Takeover: ComCom’s concerns with Chalmers deal

The watchdog fears Life Health Foods’ proposed takeover of plant-based rival Chalmers Organics will substantially lessen competition.


Lim “disappointed for others” at misogynistic My Food Bag bagging
5 May 2022   /

Lim “disappointed for others” at misogynistic My Food Bag bagging

Lim says she is “disappointed” by sexist and racist remarks made by DGL chief executive Simon Henry in respect of My Food Bag’s IPO prospectus.


Northland Inc taps Callaghan Innovation’s Paul Linton to be CEO
5 May 2022   /

Northland Inc taps Callaghan Innovation’s Paul Linton to be CEO

The EDA supports numerous F&B initiatives across the region, recently partnering with Pic Picot to test the feasibility of growing peanuts commercially.


Thursday 5 May
5 May 2022  

Thursday 5 May

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


Woolworths warns Omicron costs will dent NZ profit
4 May 2022   /

Woolworths warns Omicron costs will dent NZ profit

Its New Zealand business could see H2 earnings drop almost 30% due to escalating costs, even as grocery prices rise.


“We want to triple the business in three years” – Townsend on Zeffer fundraise
4 May 2022   /

“We want to triple the business in three years” – Townsend on Zeffer fundraise

A Covid-induced strategy reset has seen cider company Zeffer put New Zealand and Australia at the centre of its plan to triple the size of the business in the next three years.


Eat NZ Food Hui 2022: Q&A with Dan Barber
4 May 2022  

Eat NZ Food Hui 2022: Q&A with Dan Barber

World renowned farm to table chef, Dan Barber, on the web of relationships in a food system and the “lunacy” of fake meat as a solution to the pitfalls of modern agriculture.


Wednesday Letter: Food Ticker is transforming – here’s our road map
4 May 2022  

Wednesday Letter: Food Ticker is transforming – here’s our road map

We soft launched Food Ticker a year ago to gauge interest in specialist NZ food and beverage industry news and insight. We’re pleased to say we’ve been warmly received.


Wednesday 4 May
4 May 2022  

Wednesday 4 May

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


Zeffer launches $1.5m capital raise
3 May 2022   /

Zeffer launches $1.5m capital raise

The company is hitting up new and existing investors in a fresh fundraising, as it secures a major new account for its 0% cider in Australia.


Farro Fresh gets Waterman Capital backing
3 May 2022   /

Farro Fresh gets Waterman Capital backing

The Auckland independent grocery chain will use the investment to expand its network, as well as upgrade existing properties.


Boring Oat Milk gears up for export

Boring Oat Milk gears up for export

Boring Oat Milk’s Morgan Maw is casting her eye around international markets to assess the next move for what is New Zealand’s first fully domestically manufactured oat milk.


Tuesday 3 May
3 May 2022  

Tuesday 3 May

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


State of Play: NZ’s first zero alcohol brewery

State of Play: NZ’s first zero alcohol brewery

“Wherever there is Heineken or Peroni Zero, there should be a State of Play IPA next to it,” founder Grant Caunter says.


NewFish launches “world first” pāua product, lands research funding
2 May 2022   /

NewFish launches “world first” pāua product, lands research funding

The biotech and future food venture debuts Pāua Saucisson and secures HVN backing to validate the known benefits of NZ’s Blackfoot Pāua.


More than 6k working holiday applicants so far, more expected with border easing
2 May 2022   /

More than 6k working holiday applicants so far, more expected with border easing

The workers will support NZ’s hospitality, horticultural and tourism sectors, says Immigration Minister Kris Faafoi.


Sponsored: Why E Tipu 2022 picked Christchurch
2 May 2022   /

Sponsored: Why E Tipu 2022 picked Christchurch

Mark your calendars for E Tipu 2022: The Boma Agri Summit, with a special ticket offer for Food Ticker readers.


Monday 2 May
2 May 2022  

Monday 2 May

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


Food Moves: Comvita, Zespri and Woolworths NZ’s senior marketing movers and more…
29 Apr 2022  

Food Moves: Comvita, Zespri and Woolworths NZ’s senior marketing movers and more…

Food and beverage sector appointments and people moves to the week of 29 April.


Sanford hooks nearly $50m from cray quota sale
29 Apr 2022  

Sanford hooks nearly $50m from cray quota sale

Seafood company Sanford is exiting two crayfish quotas, and considering the sale of a third to reinvest the cash into growing its salmon and mussel business, as well as its wildcatch division.


Restaurant Brands Q1 sales squeak up
29 Apr 2022   /

Restaurant Brands Q1 sales squeak up

NZ sales were flat as Omicron disrupted store opening hours and the sales mix, particularly in Auckland.


Fresh Cuts: What’s new for the week to 29 April?
29 Apr 2022   /

Fresh Cuts: What’s new for the week to 29 April?

Havana delivers a late summer coffee vibe, the Sara Lee & Cadbury tie-up gets in on Caramilk, Aotearoa’s first volcanic-filtered vodka, and pink ribbon biscuits are back.


Friday 29 April
29 Apr 2022  

Friday 29 April

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


Berkano Foods in plant-based price parity push
28 Apr 2022   /

Berkano Foods in plant-based price parity push

“We’re not going to disrupt the market or build market share by offering a ‘me-too’ product at the same price,” says Berkano co-founder Nicholas Harlow.


Good Spirits abandons $27m Nourish Group buy
28 Apr 2022   /

Good Spirits abandons $27m Nourish Group buy

The deal to acquire the 10-strong national portfolio falls over after failing to attract an equity backer.


Govt climate change plan: Primary, fisheries industries need to adapt
28 Apr 2022  

Govt climate change plan: Primary, fisheries industries need to adapt

New Zealand’s fisheries and land-based primary industries are two of the most exposed sectors to climate change and the failure of firms to adapt will impact their viability, says the government’s proposed plan to deal with the issue.


Power play: Pic’s joins Tasman’s solar powered F&B posse
28 Apr 2022   /

Power play: Pic’s joins Tasman’s solar powered F&B posse

“The solar power generated from our new panels mean it will take 10.3 seconds of sun to produce one jar of Pic’s peanut butter,” says founder Pic Picot.


Thursday 28 April
28 Apr 2022  

Thursday 28 April

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


Food firms bag $8.8m to decarbonise
27 Apr 2022   /

Food firms bag $8.8m to decarbonise

DB Breweries, ANZCO and Southern Paprika are among the latest recipients of the $69m GIDI fund, boosting food firms’ total support to $46m.


Wednesday Letter: FFA’s Alex Worker on reframing NZ’s food future
27 Apr 2022   /

Wednesday Letter: FFA’s Alex Worker on reframing NZ’s food future

The next chapter of New Zealand’s food-tech enabled future can be built on the shoulders of dairy and the primary industries embracing the ‘and’ ideas over the ‘or’ ideas, argues entrepreneur and Future Food Aotearoa chair Alex Worker.


Which F&B brands are ‘most trusted’ in 2022?
27 Apr 2022   /

Which F&B brands are ‘most trusted’ in 2022?

A family-owned food firm remains at the top of the annual list of New Zealand’s most trusted brands, while 2022 also saw an F&B newcomer enter the top twenty.


Wednesday 27 April
27 Apr 2022  

Wednesday 27 April

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


Perspectives: Why getting less with ‘shrinkflation’ is preferable to paying more
26 Apr 2022   /

Perspectives: Why getting less with ‘shrinkflation’ is preferable to paying more

Research shows the innate cognitive bias shoppers have towards focusing on price, no matter what.


Unilever phasing out food marketing to kids
26 Apr 2022   /

Unilever phasing out food marketing to kids

The global FMCG giant ups the ante by restricting F&B marketing to under 16s, ahead of an industry standard of 13 years.


Foodstuffs adds Kaitaia to social supermarket initiative
26 Apr 2022   /

Foodstuffs adds Kaitaia to social supermarket initiative

Foodstuffs is backing a Social Supermarket in Kaitaia, and is in talks with community partners in six other regions.


Tuesday 26 April
26 Apr 2022  

Tuesday 26 April

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


Battle in the FSNI biscuit aisle
22 Apr 2022   /

Battle in the FSNI biscuit aisle

Foodstuffs finishes its biscuit category review, keeping some well-known New Zealand names and adding new international brands.


Food Moves: Countdown’s loyalty boss, Comvita product manager, Unilever NZ head and more…
22 Apr 2022   /

Food Moves: Countdown’s loyalty boss, Comvita product manager, Unilever NZ head and more…

Food and beverage sector appointments and people moves to the week of 22 April.


Blue Sky suitor Lowe to pay up for pre-offer acquisitions
22 Apr 2022   /

Blue Sky suitor Lowe to pay up for pre-offer acquisitions

Blue Sky meats suitor Andrew Lowe is making a top up payment of close to $47,000 for shares he bought prior to launching a formal takeover offer for the Southland meat processor.


Fresh Cuts:  What’s new for the week to 22 April?
22 Apr 2022   /

Fresh Cuts: What’s new for the week to 22 April?

Mondelēz looks to Tip Top for its latest Cadbury innovation, Abe’s Bagels goes sweet, while Domino’s beefs up its extra value range.


Friday 22 April
22 Apr 2022  

Friday 22 April

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


Nestlé NZ delivers revenue rise in 2021
21 Apr 2022  

Nestlé NZ delivers revenue rise in 2021

Investment in sales and marketing rose by more than $7m, contributing to flat pretax profit in 2021.


MG Marketing’s $22m warehouse, banana ripening project goes solar
21 Apr 2022   /

MG Marketing’s $22m warehouse, banana ripening project goes solar

The fruit and vege co-op will slash 40% from the power bill at its new warehouse and banana ripening facility, and is considering retro-fitting other buildings in its portfolio.


Govt launches supply chain initiative to future-proof NZ from shocks
21 Apr 2022   /

Govt launches supply chain initiative to future-proof NZ from shocks

The government has launched its supply chain consultation document to help future-proof New Zealand against disruption.


Global alt-seafood investment doubled in 2021 – GFI
21 Apr 2022   /

Global alt-seafood investment doubled in 2021 – GFI

Alternative protein trends could promote a global transformation in the seafood industry, according to GFI.


Thursday 21 April
21 Apr 2022  

Thursday 21 April

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


“We want to be at the premiumisation party” – Kōkako on Everybird coffee
20 Apr 2022   /

“We want to be at the premiumisation party” – Kōkako on Everybird coffee

The pandemic and premiumisation prompts foodservice stalwart Kōkako to branch out into the grocery channel with a new purpose-built brand.


FSNI launches ComCom reporting dashboard to help make “the biggest difference to customers” – Quin
20 Apr 2022   /

FSNI launches ComCom reporting dashboard to help make “the biggest difference to customers” – Quin

Foodstuffs is creating its own Grocery Price Index which will be included in a new reporting dashboard to “publicly track its progress” against the Commerce Commission grocery market review recommendations.


Perspectives: Cheaper food comes with other costs – why cutting GST isn’t the answer
20 Apr 2022   /

Perspectives: Cheaper food comes with other costs – why cutting GST isn’t the answer

People must consider the impact cheap food has on the environment and whether there are better ways to help struggling families.


NZ, Singapore launch supply chain group, strengthen food, agri partnerships
20 Apr 2022   /

NZ, Singapore launch supply chain group, strengthen food, agri partnerships

A working group to help build resilience against current and future supply chain disruption has been announced as part of Prime Minister Jacinda Ardern’s trade mission to Singapore.


Wednesday 20 April
20 Apr 2022  

Wednesday 20 April

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


Rutherford & Meyer cracks scale upcycling
19 Apr 2022   /

Rutherford & Meyer cracks scale upcycling

The Wellington snack company is expanding its Upcycled Grain Project brand with US growth ramping up.


Heath takes the helm of Unilever New Zealand
19 Apr 2022   /

Heath takes the helm of Unilever New Zealand

Former Unilever Baltics GM Cameron Heath relocates to Auckland this month to lead the company’s NZ business.


Hell Pizza makes second run at Australia
19 Apr 2022   /

Hell Pizza makes second run at Australia

Queensland is initial focus for pizza franchise before a nationwide expansion is considered.


Cassels brewery founder Alasdair Cassels dies
19 Apr 2022   /

Cassels brewery founder Alasdair Cassels dies

The patriarch of family-owned Cassels Brewing Company Alasdair Cassels died of cancer over Easter weekend.


Tuesday 19 April
19 Apr 2022  

Tuesday 19 April

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


Food Moves: Callaghan’s Crone resigns, FSNI’s new commercial manager, Fonterra departure and more…
14 Apr 2022   /

Food Moves: Callaghan’s Crone resigns, FSNI’s new commercial manager, Fonterra departure and more…

Callaghan Innovation CEO Vic Crone will leave the national innovation agency in mid-July.


A closer look: NZKS overhaul will see 100 jobs go
14 Apr 2022  

A closer look: NZKS overhaul will see 100 jobs go

The salmon farmer expects many roles to go via natural attrition, as it reduces its harvest size from 8,000 to 6,500 tonnes.


Govt again threatens supermarket action as food prices surge
14 Apr 2022   /

Govt again threatens supermarket action as food prices surge

Minister David Clark feels the heat from surging food prices and says he has not ruled out going further than ComCom’s grocery market recommendations.


Fresh Cuts – What’s new for the week to 14 April?
14 Apr 2022   /

Fresh Cuts – What’s new for the week to 14 April?

DB Breweries goes back to the future with a new (old) lager, Rebel Bakehouse expands its gluten free range, Silver Fern Farms has something new for the freezer aisle and Maggi gets in on the air fryer trend.


Thursday 14 April
14 Apr 2022  

Thursday 14 April

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


Wednesday Letter: Prem Maan on why food producers must stay focused on climate change
13 Apr 2022   /

Wednesday Letter: Prem Maan on why food producers must stay focused on climate change

In the face of other challenges, some have put their environmental policies on the backburner but that is dangerous short-term thinking, writes Southern Pastures’ Prem Maan. 


NZ King Salmon posts $73m loss, launches $60m cap raise
13 Apr 2022  

NZ King Salmon posts $73m loss, launches $60m cap raise

Alongside the capital raise, the company is making structural changes to its farming model, slashing costs and shedding jobs.


FPI: Another decade-high jump at 7.6% for March year
13 Apr 2022  

FPI: Another decade-high jump at 7.6% for March year

Fruit and vegetable prices jumped 18% over the year with meat, poultry, and fish prices up almost 9%.


Hospo capacity limits to go after NZ moves to orange at midnight – Hipkins
13 Apr 2022  

Hospo capacity limits to go after NZ moves to orange at midnight – Hipkins

Bars, cafes, and restaurants will be able to fill up again with capacity and seating rules lifted, says Chris Hipkins.


NZ King Salmon trading halt, moots possible cap raise
13 Apr 2022  

NZ King Salmon trading halt, moots possible cap raise

The company says it will make a “material announcement regarding its full year results and a potential cap raise”.


Wednesday 13 April
13 Apr 2022  

Wednesday 13 April

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


Alt-meat “won’t save the planet” – report
12 Apr 2022   /

Alt-meat “won’t save the planet” – report

“What’s really needed is to transform our whole food systems, not the product,” according to IPES-Food.


Bakels wins revenue in FY21…
12 Apr 2022  

Bakels wins revenue in FY21…

The NZ divisions of the global Bakels group turned in solid performances in 2021.


…as GrainCorp cranks 2022 guidance by $120m
12 Apr 2022  

…as GrainCorp cranks 2022 guidance by $120m

Grain and edible oils business GrainCorp has lifted its earnings guidance by at least $110m on the back of significant global demand caused in part by Russia’s invasion of Ukraine.


Food and fibre workers welcomed, but make it quick and allow more – MIA, DairyNZ
12 Apr 2022   /

Food and fibre workers welcomed, but make it quick and allow more – MIA, DairyNZ

Under-pressure meat processors are among business that will benefit from an increase in the class border exceptions and caps.


Tuesday 12 April
12 Apr 2022  

Tuesday 12 April

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


Terps & Co gains ground with ‘next gen’ non-alc
11 Apr 2022   /

Terps & Co gains ground with ‘next gen’ non-alc

The Kiwi startup is winning hearts and minds – and crucial shelf space – with what it says is the world’s first full-strength non-alc terpene spirit.


Ngati Porou Seafoods expands with $7.5m Akaroa Salmon deal
11 Apr 2022   /

Ngati Porou Seafoods expands with $7.5m Akaroa Salmon deal

The iwi-controlled entity makes its first foray into aquaculture as part of a jv with private equity.


Countdown backs modern slavery consultation
11 Apr 2022   /

Countdown backs modern slavery consultation

Government proposals would require organisations to take action if they become aware of modern slavery or worker exploitation.


Wine industry must reassess supply chain assumptions, strategies – Rabobank
11 Apr 2022   /

Wine industry must reassess supply chain assumptions, strategies – Rabobank

If supply chain disruption turns structural tactical responses like pricing changes will not be sufficient.


Monday 11 April
11 Apr 2022  

Monday 11 April

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


Food Moves: Hirst Tristram’s new gig, Riley exits NZFF, NZ Story bolsters board, and more….
8 Apr 2022   /

Food Moves: Hirst Tristram’s new gig, Riley exits NZFF, NZ Story bolsters board, and more….

Food and beverage industry appointments and people moves for the week to 8 April.


Leaft Foods flies flag with $22m fundraise
8 Apr 2022   /

Leaft Foods flies flag with $22m fundraise

Investors include Rocket Lab-backer Khosla Ventures, a new Ngāi Tahu vehicle, and Kiwi-born US-based NBA star Steven Adams.


My Food Bag lifts lid on “strong” full years
8 Apr 2022  

My Food Bag lifts lid on “strong” full years

Shares rally as the meal-kit company offers an early look at revenue and EBIDTA.


Fresh Cuts: What’s new for the week to 8 April?
8 Apr 2022   /

Fresh Cuts: What’s new for the week to 8 April?

Nestlé mashes up a traditional Christmas treat for Easter, Whittaker’s helps saves kiwis, and Pic’s and Cathedral Cove Naturals save berries.


Friday 8 April
8 Apr 2022  

Friday 8 April

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


Beer Hug makes the leap across the Tasman
7 Apr 2022   /

Beer Hug makes the leap across the Tasman

The company replicates its model in Australia to open a new channel for craft beer brewers across the ditch.


Breadcraft doubles-down on value-driven categories
7 Apr 2022  

Breadcraft doubles-down on value-driven categories

The Masterton-based baker is betting on bagels for a future beyond sliced bread.


Perspectives: Workers like delivery drivers face more risk, fewer protections during Covid
7 Apr 2022   /

Perspectives: Workers like delivery drivers face more risk, fewer protections during Covid

Largely overlooked in the recent easing of Covid restrictions has been the unequal impact on marginalised groups such as gig workers, who remain voiceless and vulnerable.


New Russia tariffs could see vodka, fertiliser shortage
7 Apr 2022   /

New Russia tariffs could see vodka, fertiliser shortage

NZ shelves could run dry of vodka following the imposition of significant tariffs on Russian products.


Thursday 7 April
7 Apr 2022  

Thursday 7 April

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


Lewis Road Creamery gets new GM
6 Apr 2022   /

Lewis Road Creamery gets new GM

A new general manager is taking the reins at Lewis Road Creamery bringing years of marketing and F&B industry experience to the premium consumer dairy brand.


Supie brings forward fresh $5m fundraise
6 Apr 2022   /

Supie brings forward fresh $5m fundraise

The online grocery challenger is looking for more backers after strong growth in members and revenue over the last quarter.


Pic’s finds another high-value nut to crack
6 Apr 2022   /

Pic’s finds another high-value nut to crack

The Nelson nut butter company is throwing its support behind a Plant and Food Research-led feasibility study to see if almonds can be grown sustainably in Hawke’s Bay.


Startup spotlight: Spreading the word at Datella
6 Apr 2022   /

Startup spotlight: Spreading the word at Datella

Ola Berezhnaia’s Datella is hoping to grow in more supermarkets and build a following for date spreads.


Wednesday 6 April
6 Apr 2022  

Wednesday 6 April

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


Proper Crisps chipper on big Australian investment
5 Apr 2022   /

Proper Crisps chipper on big Australian investment

Proper Snack Foods GM Andy Leonard says challenging shipping and rising costs provided extra motivation to establish manufacturing across the ditch.


Chia Sisters’ 2030 keg and refill goal
5 Apr 2022   /

Chia Sisters’ 2030 keg and refill goal

The Nelson nutritional drinks company wants to have 50% of all sales from kegs or refillable vessels by the end of the decade.


Subway taps former Kerry exec to lead NZ-Australia
5 Apr 2022   /

Subway taps former Kerry exec to lead NZ-Australia

Shane Bracken steps up to the top job following a turbulent period for the sandwich franchise, especially in Australia.


Perspectives: Food for thought in IPCC report
5 Apr 2022   /

Perspectives: Food for thought in IPCC report

One of the biggest individual contributions people can make is eating a diet rich in plant-based food, with moderate intake of meat and dairy.


Tuesday 5 April
5 Apr 2022  

Tuesday 5 April

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


PM: No change to Covid red setting, next review before Easter
4 Apr 2022  

PM: No change to Covid red setting, next review before Easter

It means capacity limits for indoor gatherings, events and hospitality venues remain capped at 200 people.


In-demand Giesen delays Woolworths 0% launch
4 Apr 2022   /

In-demand Giesen delays Woolworths 0% launch

The company is struggling to meet demand for its zero alcohol products and could soon sign-off a new $2m+ investment.


Grocery Market Overview: Dairy drives growth as annual supermarket spend nears $17bn
4 Apr 2022   /

Grocery Market Overview: Dairy drives growth as annual supermarket spend nears $17bn

But rising costs are forcing consumers to re-think how they spend, says IRI.


Blue Sky bid “unreasonable”, undervalues business
4 Apr 2022   /

Blue Sky bid “unreasonable”, undervalues business

Independent directors and advisers say Southern Lamb’s $3 offer price falls short of recognising the full value of the Southland meat processor.


Kiwifruit demand strong, RubyRed opportunity – Rabobank
4 Apr 2022   /

Kiwifruit demand strong, RubyRed opportunity – Rabobank

NZ solidifies its position as the world’s largest kiwifruit exporter, with strong global demand indicating more headroom for growth.


Monday 4 April
4 Apr 2022  

Monday 4 April

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


Synlait strong in H1 but headwinds in the offing
1 Apr 2022  

Synlait strong in H1 but headwinds in the offing

The dairy company’s turnaround is gaining traction with its ingredients business leading growth.


Food Moves: DB’s new sales boss, Hutchinsons hire, Foodstuffs movers and more…
1 Apr 2022   /

Food Moves: DB’s new sales boss, Hutchinsons hire, Foodstuffs movers and more…

Christiaan Crous is stepping up to take on DB’s sales director role from 4 April.


Fresh Cuts: What’s new for the week to 1 April
1 Apr 2022   /

Fresh Cuts: What’s new for the week to 1 April

Fix and Fogg crowdsources a new flavour, a cola from Greece looks for traction, AF delivers zero sugar, and Moa adds a Fresh Hop hazy IPA.


NZ Winegrowers launches white wine emoji petition
1 Apr 2022   /

NZ Winegrowers launches white wine emoji petition

The association plans to petition the Unicode Consortium to develop a white wine emoji option.


Friday 1 April
1 Apr 2022  

Friday 1 April

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


“It’s been a big learning curve” – Blue Frog on the premiumisation of the Australian cereal market
31 Mar 2022   /

“It’s been a big learning curve” – Blue Frog on the premiumisation of the Australian cereal market

The Auckland business expands into hundreds more Woolworths stores as it pushes the nascent premium cereal category across the ditch.


Frucor Suntory banks on Oceania growth with new $430m factory
31 Mar 2022   /

Frucor Suntory banks on Oceania growth with new $430m factory

The Queensland factory recognises the growth Frucor Suntory believes is possible, says boss Darren Fullerton.


Perspectives: It ain’t over till it’s over – Tex Edwards on ComCom’s long game
31 Mar 2022   /

Perspectives: It ain’t over till it’s over – Tex Edwards on ComCom’s long game

ComCom’s approach to improving competition in supermarkets is more strategic than it is being given credit for, says MonopolyWatch NZ.


Dole looks for Sweetio spot as MD heads for the exit
31 Mar 2022   /

Dole looks for Sweetio spot as MD heads for the exit

Dole has delayed a full introduction of its new sweetio banana variety, while GM Steve Barton is looking to pass on baton.


Thursday 31 March
31 Mar 2022  

Thursday 31 March

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


Wednesday Letter: Investors are swinging in behind NZ’s plant-based innovators
30 Mar 2022   /

Wednesday Letter: Investors are swinging in behind NZ’s plant-based innovators

Investments in ventures like Raglan Food Co and Sustainable Foods are a vote of confidence in New Zealand’s burgeoning plant-based sector.


“We can now realise the brand’s potential” – Tesh Randall on Raglan Food’s Pioneer deal
30 Mar 2022   /

“We can now realise the brand’s potential” – Tesh Randall on Raglan Food’s Pioneer deal

Pioneer brings capital and connections to support Raglan Food’s vision to be leader in plant-based products.


Uber adds BP to NZ retail delivery partnerships
30 Mar 2022   /

Uber adds BP to NZ retail delivery partnerships

Uber expands its last-mile grocery delivery play by adding BP’s 200-strong network to its NZ footprint.


Who made the cut for the 2022 Food, Fibre & Agritech Supernode Challenge?
30 Mar 2022   /

Who made the cut for the 2022 Food, Fibre & Agritech Supernode Challenge?

Functional plant proteins, 3D printed food, and energy from waste are among the 24 ventures that will go through to an accelerator.


Wednesday 30 March
30 Mar 2022  

Wednesday 30 March

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


Private equity swoops on Raglan Food Co
29 Mar 2022   /

Private equity swoops on Raglan Food Co

An investor takes a multimillion-dollar majority stake in Sebastian Walter and Latesha Randall’s plant-based venture.


Scales CEO pay bump after strong year
29 Mar 2022  

Scales CEO pay bump after strong year

The diversified agribusiness says it is looking at a number of investments to boost its ingredients business.


Behemoth’s Ukraine Heroes beer a sell out
29 Mar 2022   /

Behemoth’s Ukraine Heroes beer a sell out

Behemoth Brewing Company is on track to raise more than $55,000 for the Red Cross after selling out of a limited edition Ukraine Heroes six-pack in less than two days.


Scallops off the menu in Northland, Coromandel
29 Mar 2022   /

Scallops off the menu in Northland, Coromandel

Depleted scallop fisheries at Northland, Hauraki Gulf and Coromandel will close on 1 April.


Tuesday 29 March
29 Mar 2022  

Tuesday 29 March

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


Bakels Edible Oils balances dairy downturn with foodservice fillip
28 Mar 2022   /

Bakels Edible Oils balances dairy downturn with foodservice fillip

The ingredient supplier dodged supply chain disruption to pick up foodservice and industrial clients left in the lurch.


Urbanaut targets provincial push for sales growth
28 Mar 2022   /

Urbanaut targets provincial push for sales growth

The brewer plans to expand its team and broaden its current Auckland-centric focus.


Foodstuffs promotions fill new South Island GM role, general counsel seat
28 Mar 2022   /

Foodstuffs promotions fill new South Island GM role, general counsel seat

20-year veteran Tim Donaldson is taking up an expanded GM role in the South Island, while up north it has gone internal to replace its long-standing legal chief.


Omicron hits supply but high prices drive value of red meat exports up 21%
28 Mar 2022   /

Omicron hits supply but high prices drive value of red meat exports up 21%

Strong international prices pushed the value of New Zealand’s meat exports over $1.1bn in February, up 21% on the same month last year, according to the Meat Industry Association. The MORE »


Monday 28 March
28 Mar 2022  

Monday 28 March

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


Food Moves: Clement takes plant-based post, a departure from Pic’s, PepsiCo promotion and more
25 Mar 2022   /

Food Moves: Clement takes plant-based post, a departure from Pic’s, PepsiCo promotion and more

Clement is taking his dairy experience to a plant-based challenger entering the export market.


Synlait shtum on $8.8m Talbot Forest court action
25 Mar 2022   /

Synlait shtum on $8.8m Talbot Forest court action

The dairy company has launched legal action against the vendors of loss-making Talbot Forest Cheese Co, which Synlait bought for close to $40m.


Govt takes stake in aquaculture venture, commits $6m
25 Mar 2022   /

Govt takes stake in aquaculture venture, commits $6m

The government has entered the mussel hatchery business acquiring equity in an iwi-run venture and committing up to $6m.


Fresh Cuts: What’s new for the week to 25 March
25 Mar 2022   /

Fresh Cuts: What’s new for the week to 25 March

Countdown and Cookie Time deliver an Easter offering, Markwell Foods’ Sambazon broadens its Açaí range, and Fever Tree fizzes with a new pink tonic.


Friday 25 March
25 Mar 2022  

Friday 25 March

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


Tofu takeover: ComCom questions Sanitarium sister company’s Chalmers deal
24 Mar 2022   /

Tofu takeover: ComCom questions Sanitarium sister company’s Chalmers deal

The competition watchdog flags concerns over Life Health Foods’ proposed takeover of plant-based rival Chalmers Organics.


Dairy-free dairy: NZ foodtech startup Miruku bags US$2.4m
24 Mar 2022   /

Dairy-free dairy: NZ foodtech startup Miruku bags US$2.4m

The venture uses molecular farming technology to cut the cows out of protein production.


Supply chain: Agility needed to counter global shocks, high prices – MOT
24 Mar 2022   /

Supply chain: Agility needed to counter global shocks, high prices – MOT

Disruption is expected to continue into 2023 with pricing to remain high for years.


Covid settings changes ‘waste of time, nonsensical’ – Hospitality NZ
24 Mar 2022   /

Covid settings changes ‘waste of time, nonsensical’ – Hospitality NZ

The changes do not go far enough to help struggling businesses, says industry groups.


Thursday 24 March
24 Mar 2022  

Thursday 24 March

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


Fix & Fogg’s steep and deep US play
23 Mar 2022   /

Fix & Fogg’s steep and deep US play

“If you go in undercooked you could just come unstuck” – Fix & Fogg founder Roman Jewell on ramping up its US presence.


PM: Vaccine passes, most mandates, QR scanning to go
23 Mar 2022  

PM: Vaccine passes, most mandates, QR scanning to go

Capacity limits for outdoor events will lift completely this weekend and increase to 200 indoors for hospitality venues.


Southern Fresh Foods’ $2m hydroponics plan
23 Mar 2022   /

Southern Fresh Foods’ $2m hydroponics plan

The project will provide Southern Fresh with year-round production of baby leaf salads, herbs, and vegetables. 


Grand plan to expand Baron Hasselhoff’s
23 Mar 2022   /

Grand plan to expand Baron Hasselhoff’s

Premium Wellington chocolate company Baron Hasselhoff’s is eyeing another capital raise to expand into a new factory and grow its national and international sales.


Wednesday 23 March
23 Mar 2022  

Wednesday 23 March

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


Perspectives: The Chia Sisters on the latest IPCC  Report and how F&B can take action
22 Mar 2022   /

Perspectives: The Chia Sisters on the latest IPCC Report and how F&B can take action

We have a narrow window of opportunity to change the alarming outlook, write Florence and Chloe van Dyke.


Innovation the good oil for NZ Hops
22 Mar 2022   /

Innovation the good oil for NZ Hops

The co-op’s innovation into hop oil is allowing it to explore new food and beverage categories.


Cassettari breaks glass ceiling to take top PepsiCo NZ role
22 Mar 2022   /

Cassettari breaks glass ceiling to take top PepsiCo NZ role

Michelle Cassettari takes the helm of the NZ business – the first woman to hold the position.


R&D key to continued growth in NZ’s $2bn alcohol exports – report
22 Mar 2022   /

R&D key to continued growth in NZ’s $2bn alcohol exports – report

R&D is the foundation that will drive NZ’s alcohol beverages sectors forward, delivering a unique offering on the world stage.


Tuesday 22 March
22 Mar 2022  

Tuesday 22 March

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


Food Moves: Southern Pastures’ new food boss,  Kraft Heinz senior recruit, East Imperial adds in US and more…
18 Mar 2022   /

Food Moves: Southern Pastures’ new food boss, Kraft Heinz senior recruit, East Imperial adds in US and more…

Neil Senauer becomes the inaugural CEO of Southern Pastures’ wholesale and foodservice business.


Shareholder questions “serious errors” in Me Today’s $36m King Honey deal
18 Mar 2022   /

Shareholder questions “serious errors” in Me Today’s $36m King Honey deal

The healthcare and wellness company has had to turn to its investors for cash after being surprised by inventory levels after its acquisition of King Honey.


Australia calling for Eden Orchards
18 Mar 2022   /

Australia calling for Eden Orchards

The Central Otago juice company is targeting Australia to double sales across four states.


It’s Otago Anniversary Day Monday – the Ticker will be back Tues 22 March
18 Mar 2022  

It’s Otago Anniversary Day Monday – the Ticker will be back Tues 22 March

It’s Otago Anniversary Day on Monday so Queenstown Lakes-based Food Ticker will be back on Tuesday 22 March.


Fresh Cuts: What’s new for the week to 18 March
18 Mar 2022   /

Fresh Cuts: What’s new for the week to 18 March

A collab-heavy week with Garage Project joining Fix & Fogg, Wellington Chocolate Factory working with Duck Island Ice Cream, and Eta tapping into Marmite.


Friday 18 March
18 Mar 2022  

Friday 18 March

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


Fonterra foodservice suffers as costs soar
17 Mar 2022  

Fonterra foodservice suffers as costs soar

A higher milk price heaped pressure on the dairy co-op’s foodservice and consumer margins, leading to a fall in interim profit.


Fonterra CFO Marc Rivers resigns
17 Mar 2022  

Fonterra CFO Marc Rivers resigns

Fonterra will shortly begin recruiting to replace Marc Rivers, who has resigned after four years with the co-op.


DoorDash coy on NZ entry
17 Mar 2022   /

DoorDash coy on NZ entry

The aggregator and delivery service says it has “nothing to report” about a New Zealand entry.


NZ-US trade: Agritech increasingly important, primary sector diversifies
17 Mar 2022   /

NZ-US trade: Agritech increasingly important, primary sector diversifies

Agriculture spins-offs such as packing and grading equipment now outstrip apple exports, while the nature of meat products has changed.


Thursday 17 March
17 Mar 2022  

Thursday 17 March

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


Pita Pit brands going from virtual to reality
16 Mar 2022   /

Pita Pit brands going from virtual to reality

The QSR franchise has used the pandemic to validate new food concepts, and is now working up a plan for a bricks and mortar rollout.


Mt Cook Alpine Salmon looks for liquidity on Catalist
16 Mar 2022   /

Mt Cook Alpine Salmon looks for liquidity on Catalist

The current shareholders will be able to cash out of the company, currently generating nearly $40m in revenue, via the new capital platform.


Wednesday Letter: Border reopenings boost for F&B exports
16 Mar 2022   /

Wednesday Letter: Border reopenings boost for F&B exports

New Zealand’s re-opening of its borders to Australian visitors in mid-April and visa waiver countries in early May will do more than just help tourism, writes the Ticker’s Paul Yandall.


Wednesday 16 March
16 Mar 2022  

Wednesday 16 March

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


Ārepa clocks up Australian accounts
15 Mar 2022   /

Ārepa clocks up Australian accounts

The innovative beverage maker plans to push up its valuation ahead of dusting off a delayed $5m capital raise.


Hirst Tristram leaving Tasman Bay Food Co MD role
15 Mar 2022   /

Hirst Tristram leaving Tasman Bay Food Co MD role

After 18 years with her family business, Hirst Tristam is taking on a GM role at another F&B business.


Impossible adds Countdown, Plan*t bags meal kits

Impossible adds Countdown, Plan*t bags meal kits

Impossible Burger Patties go on sale at supermarkets across ANZ, while My Food Bag takes alt-protein offering Plan*t national.


Govt’s ‘beverage container tax’ slammed
15 Mar 2022   /

Govt’s ‘beverage container tax’ slammed

There’s criticism of the government’s proposed container return scheme, but beverage giant Coca-Cola looks to support it under certain conditions.


Tuesday 15 March
15 Mar 2022  

Tuesday 15 March

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


Price hikes, Omicron push Feb grocery sales to $1.3bn – IRI
14 Mar 2022   /

Price hikes, Omicron push Feb grocery sales to $1.3bn – IRI

IRI’s Grocery Market Overview attributes price rises as the major driver behind February’s 5.8% increase in sales value.


Bottle drive: Govt pushes container return scheme at 20c
14 Mar 2022   /

Bottle drive: Govt pushes container return scheme at 20c

The government has laid out its proposed CRS, and claims manufacturers and retailers will be able to pass on costs to the consumer.


Manufacturing, hospo, hort to benefit from border easing – govt
14 Mar 2022   /

Manufacturing, hospo, hort to benefit from border easing – govt

But it’s no ‘silver bullet’ for industries struggling to cope with labour shortages.


Perspectives: There’s no magic way to make NZ supermarkets more competitive
14 Mar 2022   /

Perspectives: There’s no magic way to make NZ supermarkets more competitive

As ComCom has found, restructuring the country’s duopoly-dominated grocery market is much harder than it looks.


Monday 14 March
14 Mar 2022  

Monday 14 March

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


The far-reaching powers of a new grocery regulator
11 Mar 2022   /

The far-reaching powers of a new grocery regulator

There are hopes a new market watchdog could apply significant pressure on the country’s supermarket duopoly to act fairly.


Food Moves: Miraka’s new boss, NZTE’s new board, newcomers at Countdown and more…
11 Mar 2022   /

Food Moves: Miraka’s new boss, NZTE’s new board, newcomers at Countdown and more…

Karl Gradon takes up the helm at Miraka Milk, alongside other moves at NZTE, Countdown and New Fish.


FPI: Food price hike highest in over a decade
11 Mar 2022   /

FPI: Food price hike highest in over a decade

Food prices continue their upward trajectory, with fruit and vegetables jumping 17% on a year ago.


Fresh Cuts: What’s new for the week to 11 March
11 Mar 2022   /

Fresh Cuts: What’s new for the week to 11 March

Griffin’s Easter take on MallowPuffs, a mash-up from Pic’s and New World, and new offerings from Chantal Organics and Mitchells Nutrition.


Friday 11 March
11 Mar 2022  

Friday 11 March

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


Prem Maan on a ‘super-premium’ Lewis Road launch, cost inflation and raising prices
10 Mar 2022   /

Prem Maan on a ‘super-premium’ Lewis Road launch, cost inflation and raising prices

The boutique dairy firm is balancing inflationary pressure with its strategy to drive the premiumisation of commodity dairy products.


Pete’s Natural bottles up revenue growth
10 Mar 2022  

Pete’s Natural bottles up revenue growth

The beverage business enjoys a big bump in revenue with online sales tripling and retail and foodservice channels growing.


Blue Sky takeover to plug $30m capex gap – investors
10 Mar 2022   /

Blue Sky takeover to plug $30m capex gap – investors

A $30m capex requirement and a desire for long-term sustainability are the motivations for Blue Sky Pastures investors Scott O’Donnell and Andrew Lowe to launch their takeover offer.


Earthpac unwraps $2m cap raise
10 Mar 2022   /

Earthpac unwraps $2m cap raise

The company is looking for investment to scale-up production of its home compostable packaging.


Thursday 10 March
10 Mar 2022  

Thursday 10 March

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


Wednesday letter: ComCom’s competition damp squib
9 Mar 2022   /

Wednesday letter: ComCom’s competition damp squib

Despite the sound and fury, the commission’s final report arrives with a whimper when it comes to competition, writes the Ticker’s Bridget O’Connell.


“We’ll commit to next steps” – Woolworths’ Sonn, FSNI’s Quin on ComCom report
9 Mar 2022   /

“We’ll commit to next steps” – Woolworths’ Sonn, FSNI’s Quin on ComCom report

The duopoly pledge to work with the government to implement the Commerce Commission’s final recommendations.


Opposition give ComCom report tepid reception, blame govt for rising costs
9 Mar 2022   /

Opposition give ComCom report tepid reception, blame govt for rising costs

The Commerce Commission is labelled “out-of-touch” for releasing its report while supermarkets are struggling with Omicron impacts.


F&B puts in solid end to record 2021 M&A
9 Mar 2022   /

F&B puts in solid end to record 2021 M&A

A flurry of F&B-related takeovers were recorded in the final quarter of 2021, closing out a record year for mergers and acquisitions in New Zealand, according to PwC.


Wednesday 9 March
9 Mar 2022  

Wednesday 9 March

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


ComCom denies “bottling it” over supermarket split
8 Mar 2022   /

ComCom denies “bottling it” over supermarket split

Chair Anna Rawlings defends the report as “robust” and says it is up to the government to decide what to implement.


NZFGC labels ComCom report a “victory for suppliers” but notes duopoly remains
8 Mar 2022   /

NZFGC labels ComCom report a “victory for suppliers” but notes duopoly remains

NZFGC labels the grocery report a victory for suppliers, but says it is now up to the government to respond.


ComCom pushes fairer playing field for supermarket suppliers
8 Mar 2022   /

ComCom pushes fairer playing field for supermarket suppliers

Code of conduct, collective bargaining and disputes resolution scheme all recommended by Commerce Commission.


ComCom makes way for grocery challengers, stops short of radical shake-up
8 Mar 2022   /

ComCom makes way for grocery challengers, stops short of radical shake-up

The commission stepped back from measures like creating a new independent wholesaler.


Govt: We won’t rule out other options if change falters
8 Mar 2022   /

Govt: We won’t rule out other options if change falters

New Zealanders will soon benefit from a much more competitive grocery sector as a result of market study findings unveiled by the Commerce Commission, says the government.


ComCom: Formal regulation, more oversight, dispute resolution scheme for grocery sector
8 Mar 2022   /

ComCom: Formal regulation, more oversight, dispute resolution scheme for grocery sector

But its recommendations fall well short of the more radical options, such as asset divestment, explored in its draft report and inquiry hearing.


Tuesday 8 March
8 Mar 2022  

Tuesday 8 March

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


ComCom report: “We’ll turn left, or we’ll turn right” – Tex Edwards
7 Mar 2022   /

ComCom report: “We’ll turn left, or we’ll turn right” – Tex Edwards

The entrepreneur is hoping for a “table-thumping” final report on Tuesday, paving the way for a third major player in NZ’s $22bn grocery sector.


Perspectives: Will forcing the duopoly to sell assets hit NZ investment?
7 Mar 2022   /

Perspectives: Will forcing the duopoly to sell assets hit NZ investment?

Economist Cameron Bagrie rejects the argument that New Zealand’s credit rating could be hurt if the supermarket giants are forced to divest.


Blue Sky target of takeover
7 Mar 2022   /

Blue Sky target of takeover

Lamb processing company Blue Sky Meats says it is potentially the target of a takeover.


Australian obesity strategy targets F&B operations
7 Mar 2022   /

Australian obesity strategy targets F&B operations

Australian food firms face stricter rules around the availability, affordability, accessibility, and marketing of food and drinks.


Monday 7 March
7 Mar 2022  

Monday 7 March

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


“We want to become a $100m business in five years” – Maui Milk
4 Mar 2022   /

“We want to become a $100m business in five years” – Maui Milk

The sheep milk company is looking to diversify from its heavy reliance on the Chinese market, with the US, Japan and Singapore in its sights.


Fresh Cuts: What’s new for the week to 4 March
4 Mar 2022   /

Fresh Cuts: What’s new for the week to 4 March

A new oat milk range, a twist on classic gin, and brace of new hop products.


Food Moves: KBC appoints inaugural CCO, Foodstuffs, Pāmu and NZ Hops add to the board
4 Mar 2022   /

Food Moves: KBC appoints inaugural CCO, Foodstuffs, Pāmu and NZ Hops add to the board

Angela Bull joins the Foodstuffs South Island board as an independent director.


Perspectives: NZ is already adapting to changing climate conditions – just not enough
4 Mar 2022   /

Perspectives: NZ is already adapting to changing climate conditions – just not enough

The IPCC report highlights that more transformative change is needed from NZ’s food and fibre sector as global temperatures continue to rise.


Friday 4 March
4 Mar 2022  

Friday 4 March

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


Wellington Chocolate Factory’s capital plan
3 Mar 2022   /

Wellington Chocolate Factory’s capital plan

GM Matt Williams says the company is eyeing a fundraise to fuel expansion and help satisfy the double-digit sales growth of its premium bars.


Supermarket majors need to be held to account – Supie
3 Mar 2022   /

Supermarket majors need to be held to account – Supie

The gloves are off ahead of the Commerce Commission’s final report into the $22bn grocery sector to be published on Tuesday.


Which F&B group spent the most on NZ advertising in 2021?
3 Mar 2022   /

Which F&B group spent the most on NZ advertising in 2021?

Well known food and beverage brands feature prominently in top 20 biggest advertising spenders, according to Nielsen Ad Intel.


Will Domino’s really be delivering pizza by drone?
3 Mar 2022   /

Will Domino’s really be delivering pizza by drone?

NZ GM Cameron Toomey says finding people to deliver goods will get harder as the volume of delivery products increases.


Thursday 3 March
3 Mar 2022  

Thursday 3 March

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


Percasky backs ghost kitchen startup building NZ portfolio
2 Mar 2022   /

Percasky backs ghost kitchen startup building NZ portfolio

The new venture is being backed by the Christchurch investor with at least $12m ploughed into it to date.


Grove looks for growth with guacamole deal
2 Mar 2022   /

Grove looks for growth with guacamole deal

The avocado oil producer’s acquisition commercialises its waste-stream and provides an export opportunity to boot.


Warehouse, logistics absenteeism surges past 40%, manufacturers expected to be next
2 Mar 2022   /

Warehouse, logistics absenteeism surges past 40%, manufacturers expected to be next

The supply chain is being hammered with consumers warned to expect gaps.


Perspectives: Swap salmon for sardines to keep four million tonnes of fish in the sea
2 Mar 2022   /

Perspectives: Swap salmon for sardines to keep four million tonnes of fish in the sea

Dr David Willer writes sardines should replace salmon to keep fish stocks healthy.


Wednesday 2 March
2 Mar 2022  

Wednesday 2 March

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


Countdown warns of “severely limited” supply chain capacity
1 Mar 2022   /

Countdown warns of “severely limited” supply chain capacity

Essential categories and lines will be prioritised as inbound product capacity at DCs is squeezed by Omicron absenteeism.


F&B firms scramble to plug Omicron gaps
1 Mar 2022   /

F&B firms scramble to plug Omicron gaps

Omicron absenteeisms are piling pressure on supply chains, with manufacturers scrambling to retrain and redeploy staff.


Exporters applaud signing of NZ-UK FTA
1 Mar 2022   /

Exporters applaud signing of NZ-UK FTA

The deal, signed by Damien O’Connor in the UK overnight, will save NZ exporters $37m a year on tariffs.


IPCC: Climate change will disrupt food production, increase insecurity
1 Mar 2022   /

IPCC: Climate change will disrupt food production, increase insecurity

Climate change will disrupt food production and increase food insecurity for millions of people, according to the latest Intergovernmental Panel on Climate Change (IPCC) report.


Retail chain blacklists Russian vodka
1 Mar 2022   /

Retail chain blacklists Russian vodka

A major Auckland alcohol retailer is taking thousands of bottles of Russian vodka and beer from its shelves, following the country’s attack on neighbour Ukraine.


Tuesday 1 March
1 Mar 2022  

Tuesday 1 March

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


Fonterra suspends Russia dairy exports
28 Feb 2022   /

Fonterra suspends Russia dairy exports

The move is understood to affect only a small amount of product, primarily butter.


T&G’s numbers sour, stays the course on strategy
28 Feb 2022  

T&G’s numbers sour, stays the course on strategy

The produce grower and exporter suffers from a tight labour market, poor weather, and supply chain disruptions.


Restaurant Brands delivers growth despite Covid challenges
28 Feb 2022   /

Restaurant Brands delivers growth despite Covid challenges

Rising costs saw some margin erosion, particularly in Australia and New Zealand.


Watch: Are shoppers and suppliers being treated fairly by the duopoly?
28 Feb 2022  

Watch: Are shoppers and suppliers being treated fairly by the duopoly?

TVNZ’s Sunday programme takes a look at the country’s supermarket duopoly and asks if Kiwis and suppliers should be getting a better deal.


Interims: MWE overseas sales surge, Good Spirits suffers lockdown hit
28 Feb 2022   /

Interims: MWE overseas sales surge, Good Spirits suffers lockdown hit

The listed companies brush off Covid-19 chills as they look to grow via distribution deals and acquisitions.


Monday 28 February
28 Feb 2022  

Monday 28 February

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


Supply chain costs eat into record H1 Delegat case sales
25 Feb 2022   /

Supply chain costs eat into record H1 Delegat case sales

Case sales across Australia, NZ and Asia Pacific jumped 14% but it wasn’t enough to make up for increased costs.


Food Moves: Senior appointments at Kono, Reefton Distillery, a GWF promotion and more…
25 Feb 2022  

Food Moves: Senior appointments at Kono, Reefton Distillery, a GWF promotion and more…

Andy Wotton has been appointed to the new role of Kono chief operating officer.


Spirits, RTDs, low alcohol enjoy growth, while wine goes flat
25 Feb 2022   /

Spirits, RTDs, low alcohol enjoy growth, while wine goes flat

Consumers are shifting from the middle ground and becoming more adventurous.


Fresh Cuts: What’s new for the week to 25 February
25 Feb 2022   /

Fresh Cuts: What’s new for the week to 25 February

Fix & Fogg ups the ante, Blue Frog adds keto, and Giesen Wines expands its 0% offering.


Friday 25 February
25 Feb 2022  

Friday 25 February

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


NZ moves to Omicron phase 3, isolation requirements ease
24 Feb 2022  

NZ moves to Omicron phase 3, isolation requirements ease

Rapid antigen tests will also become more widely available in March.


Countdown sales top $4bn in H1 – Woolworths
24 Feb 2022  

Countdown sales top $4bn in H1 – Woolworths

Lockdowns and higher food prices pushed Countdown’s first half food sales up 8.3% to more than NZ$4bn, according to Australian parent Woolworths.


Pet food pushes Scales net profit up 39%
24 Feb 2022  

Pet food pushes Scales net profit up 39%

The company’s food ingredients business saw FY21 earnings jump 52%.


Comvita hits acquisition trail, no dice on first target
24 Feb 2022   /

Comvita hits acquisition trail, no dice on first target

The company says it wants to consolidate ownership of the mānuka honey sector to generate operating leverage and drive “higher category standards”.


Thursday 24 February
24 Feb 2022  

Thursday 24 February

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


Red Shoots’ Woolworths deal just the tonic
23 Feb 2022   /

Red Shoots’ Woolworths deal just the tonic

The beverage business wins a major distribution deal for its immunity tonic with the Australian supermarket giant.


ComCom inquiry: FSNI’s Quin sets out stall again as final report nears
23 Feb 2022   /

ComCom inquiry: FSNI’s Quin sets out stall again as final report nears

We’re doing the work, FSNI boss Chris Quin says, in the lead up to publication of the final ComCom report by 8 March.


Lion closes $20m Little Creatures as Omicron pressure mounts across group
23 Feb 2022   /

Lion closes $20m Little Creatures as Omicron pressure mounts across group

Little Creatures says operating under the red traffic light system was “uncertain and precarious”. 


Little ‘Lato follows Farro with Moore Wilson’s launch
23 Feb 2022   /

Little ‘Lato follows Farro with Moore Wilson’s launch

The boutique gelato business has secured shelf space in two of the country’s leading premium retailers.


Wednesday 23 February
23 Feb 2022  

Wednesday 23 February

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


All Black backs Sustainable Foods cap raise
22 Feb 2022  

All Black backs Sustainable Foods cap raise

Halfback TJ Perenara makes a “significant and material” investment in the plant-based business.


A closer look: A2 Milk’s products, performance and price
22 Feb 2022   /

A closer look: A2 Milk’s products, performance and price

Its Australian market share grows, but a wobbly US performance continues, and in-roads are made in China.


Relief at new Covid support, but fears not enough to prevent closures
22 Feb 2022   /

Relief at new Covid support, but fears not enough to prevent closures

It will help but many in hospitality may still have to shut, say industry groups.


Govt stumps up support for Omicron-impacted businesses
22 Feb 2022   /

Govt stumps up support for Omicron-impacted businesses

Three payments capped at $24k each will be available for hard-hit businesses.


Interims: Pāmu profit jumps, Move Logistics dips
22 Feb 2022   /

Interims: Pāmu profit jumps, Move Logistics dips

Pāmu has posted a net profit after tax of $41m for the half-year ended 31 December 2021, up from $8m in 2020 as commodity prices increase across its forestry and farming portfolio.


Tuesday 22 February
22 Feb 2022  

Tuesday 22 February

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


A2 first half profit dives, green shoots sighted
21 Feb 2022  

A2 first half profit dives, green shoots sighted

The company says the results are inline with expectations and that it has made progress on its turnaround initiatives.


Good George trials first 0% beer
21 Feb 2022   /

Good George trials first 0% beer

The brewer is testing a no-alcohol hazy in bars before deciding whether to push for a retail release.


Big Chill “surge” boosts Freightways H1 profit
21 Feb 2022   /

Big Chill “surge” boosts Freightways H1 profit

The freight carrier, which recently bought Big Chill and ProducePronto, says it is open to complementary acquisition opportunities.


Perspectives: Pandemic exposes NZ’s supply chain vulnerability – more inflation to come
21 Feb 2022   /

Perspectives: Pandemic exposes NZ’s supply chain vulnerability – more inflation to come

And there is no quick fix available to policymakers, argue AUT economists.


Monday 21 February
21 Feb 2022  

Monday 21 February

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


Lion’s message to govt: Act now to avert “major catastrophe”
18 Feb 2022   /

Lion’s message to govt: Act now to avert “major catastrophe”

The beverage giant urges Finance Minister Grant Robertson to “act swiftly, decisively and meaningfully”.


Food Moves: Promotions at Woolworths, Frucor Suntory, and a Zespri secondment goes permanent at KBC
18 Feb 2022  

Food Moves: Promotions at Woolworths, Frucor Suntory, and a Zespri secondment goes permanent at KBC

Woolworths NZ’s Sally Copland heads across the ditch for a top e-commerce role.


Seeka reports record revenue, pockets $7.6m PSA payout
18 Feb 2022  

Seeka reports record revenue, pockets $7.6m PSA payout

Listed kiwifruit company Seeka has delivered a strong set of annual results on the back of improved sales, a focus on costs, and $7.6m from the Crown’s PSA settlement.


Bluelab triumphs at NZ International Business Awards
18 Feb 2022   /

Bluelab triumphs at NZ International Business Awards

The precision growing technology business was last night named the supreme winner at the awards.


Fresh Cuts: What’s new for the week to 18 February
18 Feb 2022   /

Fresh Cuts: What’s new for the week to 18 February

Arnott’s releases its most indulgent Tim Tams to date, Whittaker’s adds caramelised white chocolate, and there are new offers from Kellogg’s and Mondelēz.


Friday 18 February
18 Feb 2022  

Friday 18 February

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


Pic’s treads Covid tightrope with NPD, export growth
17 Feb 2022   /

Pic’s treads Covid tightrope with NPD, export growth

The Nelson nut butter business looks to new SKUs and overseas expansion in its hunt for further growth.


Govt RATs access scheme ‘unreliable, unworkable’ for critical food sector…
17 Feb 2022   /

Govt RATs access scheme ‘unreliable, unworkable’ for critical food sector…

Food sector stakeholders have labelled the government’s rapid antigen test distribution plan “unreliable” as concerns grow over access to RATs.


…as Foodstuffs steps in to fill RATs gap for suppliers
17 Feb 2022   /

…as Foodstuffs steps in to fill RATs gap for suppliers

The grocery group is using its procurement heft to source more than 1 million rapid antigen tests on behalf of around 250 companies.


Chur bro! Behemoth readies Aussie re-entry
17 Feb 2022   /

Chur bro! Behemoth readies Aussie re-entry

Andrew Childs’ and Hannah Miller Childs’ Chur brand is about to re-enter Australia after cutting ties with their distributor there last year.


Thursday 17 February
17 Feb 2022  

Thursday 17 February

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


Frucor Suntory wins ‘multi-year, multi-million dollar’ Pita Pit contract
16 Feb 2022   /

Frucor Suntory wins ‘multi-year, multi-million dollar’ Pita Pit contract

The beverage maker expands into Pita Pit’s 87 outlets in a push into NZ foodservice.


The Perry Group seeks scale with mānuka honey acquisition
16 Feb 2022   /

The Perry Group seeks scale with mānuka honey acquisition

The investor expands its new mānuka honey platform with the addition of a second business.


Big Chill adds new $40m Waikato DC
16 Feb 2022   /

Big Chill adds new $40m Waikato DC

Freightways is investing $40m into a new Waikato cold store to meet growing demand for its fresh and frozen logistics business.


Black Hawk, Vitapet revenue jumps to help Ebos to record revenue
16 Feb 2022   /

Black Hawk, Vitapet revenue jumps to help Ebos to record revenue

Strong sales of its premium pet food brands has boosted revenue at Ebos Group’s animal care division.


Perspectives: Ultra-processed foods are not well sign-posted but that can change
16 Feb 2022   /

Perspectives: Ultra-processed foods are not well sign-posted but that can change

Straightforward guidance about ultra-processed foods is rare but action can be taken to ensure equitable access to healthy and sustainable foods.


Wednesday 16 February
16 Feb 2022  

Wednesday 16 February

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


New layer to SIO’s Sara Lee, Original Foods group
15 Feb 2022   /

New layer to SIO’s Sara Lee, Original Foods group

South Island Office’s growing dessert and baked goods group adds the Cadbury brand to the fold with a fresh ANZ licensing agreement.


Mama’s brews up success with hard kombucha
15 Feb 2022   /

Mama’s brews up success with hard kombucha

Alcohol is driving the West Auckland kombucha maker’s sales, as it eyes expansion overseas and a potential capital raise.


58% of hospo owners preparing for insolvency – survey
15 Feb 2022   /

58% of hospo owners preparing for insolvency – survey

Half the industry has seen revenue plummet by more than 40% since NZ shifted to red, says Hospitality NZ.


Close contact definition relaxed, return-to-work policy starts as Omicron phase 2 arrives
15 Feb 2022  

Close contact definition relaxed, return-to-work policy starts as Omicron phase 2 arrives

The shift will see more widespread use of the govt’s test to return-to-work policy for critical workers in industries such as food.


Tuesday 15 February
15 Feb 2022  

Tuesday 15 February

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


Egmont Honey targets US for new retail sweet spot
14 Feb 2022  

Egmont Honey targets US for new retail sweet spot

The Taranaki company is “making good headway” with its plan to meet a growing appetite for mānuka honey in the US, says CEO James Annabell.


Annual food price rise highest in over a decade
14 Feb 2022   /

Annual food price rise highest in over a decade

Annual food prices rose in 5.9% with widespread increases seen in January.


Alcohol excise tax warning
14 Feb 2022   /

Alcohol excise tax warning

Beverage makers say the timing could not be worse for a rise in the alcohol excise tax.


Queenstown hospo shutdown heralds Omicron “inferno”
14 Feb 2022   /

Queenstown hospo shutdown heralds Omicron “inferno”

Hospitality operators are battling to stay open – and afloat – after Covid cases force widespread closures at the resort.


Monday 14 February
14 Feb 2022  

Monday 14 February

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


Food Moves: Senior hires at Ārepa, Blis, KBC, and Lion
11 Feb 2022  

Food Moves: Senior hires at Ārepa, Blis, KBC, and Lion

Chanel Clark joins nootropics venture Ārepa as its new marketing manager.


Close contact exemption welcomed but RAT race continues
11 Feb 2022  

Close contact exemption welcomed but RAT race continues

The supply of RATs remains a concern for some industries, while NZFGC calls the exemption scheme a ‘pragmatic step’.


Latest listed: T&G guidance jumps on $80m sale, Blis books Q3 loss
11 Feb 2022   /

Latest listed: T&G guidance jumps on $80m sale, Blis books Q3 loss

T&G Global says its group profit for the 2021 financial year is now forecast to be between $12.5m – $14.5m, up from its October guidance of $4m – $10m.


Fresh Cuts: What’s new for the week to 11 February
11 Feb 2022  

Fresh Cuts: What’s new for the week to 11 February

Lion’s Steinlager goes double zero, Pic’s mixes it up with Vogel’s, Tip Top goes back to the future, and Fonterra and Foodstuffs add to their carbon zero milk offering.


Friday 11 February
11 Feb 2022  

Friday 11 February

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


Omicron keeps freeze on Duck Island retail expansion
10 Feb 2022   /

Omicron keeps freeze on Duck Island retail expansion

But a new factory boosts production five-fold, supporting plans to expand into more supermarkets.


Critical business register live today, close contact exemption scheme unveiled
10 Feb 2022  

Critical business register live today, close contact exemption scheme unveiled

Critical worker close contacts can keep going to work instead of isolating if they return a negative RAT under the new scheme.


Sanford Q1 signals start of Covid recovery, Omicron caveat…
10 Feb 2022  

Sanford Q1 signals start of Covid recovery, Omicron caveat…

Strategy refresh work continues ahead of a June announcement, as Q1 prices and volumes improve on last year.


…while NZ Coastal Seafoods’ Q4 revenue falls as it transitions from daigou
10 Feb 2022   /

…while NZ Coastal Seafoods’ Q4 revenue falls as it transitions from daigou

But the company says it is seeing benefits from a renewed focus on the domestic market and a sales drive overseas.


Warehouse demand prompts $250m Auckland schemes
10 Feb 2022   /

Warehouse demand prompts $250m Auckland schemes

Logistics providers are tapping into a global shift away by FMCG from a ‘just-in-time’ towards a ‘just-in-case’.


Thursday 10 February
10 Feb 2022  

Thursday 10 February

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


Costco pencils in Auckland opening date – border dependent
9 Feb 2022   /

Costco pencils in Auckland opening date – border dependent

However, expansion beyond Auckland will depend on its NZ debut, says the global retailer.


Lion lures Diageo boss to CEO role
9 Feb 2022   /

Lion lures Diageo boss to CEO role

Sam Fischer will join the brewing group in July tasked with delivering a new mid-term plan to return to sustainable growth.


Perspectives: AGMARDT’s Lee-Ann Marsh on taking action for the collective good
9 Feb 2022   /

Perspectives: AGMARDT’s Lee-Ann Marsh on taking action for the collective good

AGMARDT GM Lee-Ann Marsh on why we need a new mindset that transcends siloed thinking.


F&B brands star in top global rankings – report
9 Feb 2022   /

F&B brands star in top global rankings – report

Strong pandemic performances, e-commerce and sustainability initiatives have helped elevate the best brands.


Fruit eco-sticker startup aims for bite of US$50bn market
9 Feb 2022   /

Fruit eco-sticker startup aims for bite of US$50bn market

A trial of the eco-stickers will start in July.


Wednesday 9 February
9 Feb 2022  

Wednesday 9 February

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


Service Foods expands Wellington footprint
8 Feb 2022   /

Service Foods expands Wellington footprint

The purchased business will be consolidated into Service Foods’ new $36m Trentham DC.


Food exporters grapple with RATs as critical worker uncertainty continues
8 Feb 2022   /

Food exporters grapple with RATs as critical worker uncertainty continues

F&B stakeholders including HortNZ and NZKFG are still waiting to see if exporters are considered critical businesses.


Global food firms among climate change progress  ‘exaggerators’ – study
8 Feb 2022   /

Global food firms among climate change progress ‘exaggerators’ – study

F&B giants are given a “very low” integrity rating when it comes to reporting and delivering on climate targets.


Natural Abundance launches ‘world first’ packaging NFT
8 Feb 2022   /

Natural Abundance launches ‘world first’ packaging NFT

Are NFTs an opportunity for food and beverage firms? Kristina Ivanova’s plant-based snack maker jumps in.


Tuesday 8 February
8 Feb 2022  

Tuesday 8 February

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


Aquaculture venture looks to hook new investors
4 Feb 2022   /

Aquaculture venture looks to hook new investors

The current backers are seeking fresh investment to bring forward plans for an Aquaculture Centre of Excellence in the deep south.


Mixed reception to border plan from food sector groups
4 Feb 2022   /

Mixed reception to border plan from food sector groups

While it opens for more workers, it comes too late for some and does not do enough to address labour shortages for others.


Spiers Foods back in black but still “not meeting expectations”
4 Feb 2022  

Spiers Foods back in black but still “not meeting expectations”

The salad business plans to hike prices again to offset mounting cost pressures.


Value over volume drives record meat exports to $10bn – MIA  
4 Feb 2022   /

Value over volume drives record meat exports to $10bn – MIA  

New Zealand’s red meat exports reached $10bn in 2021 despite Covid challenges and some softening in the major China market, says the Meat Industry Association.


Fresh Cuts: Product launches for the week to 4 February
4 Feb 2022   /

Fresh Cuts: Product launches for the week to 4 February

Wellington Chocolate Factory is at it again, the Motueka hop takes a star turn in a new Moa hazy offering, and Arnott’s enters the gluten-free game. 


Friday 4 February
4 Feb 2022  

Friday 4 February

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


“You can’t survive with one brand” – Moa’s Stephen Smith
3 Feb 2022   /

“You can’t survive with one brand” – Moa’s Stephen Smith

The MD gives the first summer of sales for new RTD Hey Hey “a pass mark” but beer sales were flat given the good weather.


How Kraft Heinz successfully managed Omicron in Sydney
3 Feb 2022   /

How Kraft Heinz successfully managed Omicron in Sydney

With Covid cases ballooning in the city, how did the food manufacturer manage to stay open during the peak?


Foreign critical, skilled workers to skip MIQ from mid-March – PM
3 Feb 2022   /

Foreign critical, skilled workers to skip MIQ from mid-March – PM

But they will still need to go into self-isolation, says Jacinda Ardern.


Tindall’s K1W1 stumps up for Cropsy, Daisy Lab
3 Feb 2022   /

Tindall’s K1W1 stumps up for Cropsy, Daisy Lab

The Warehouse founder’s venture capital fund backs NZ ventures seeking global exposure.


Perspectives: It’s hard to stay positive but the future is bright
3 Feb 2022   /

Perspectives: It’s hard to stay positive but the future is bright

We are as frustrated as anyone about the lack of forethought and planning for the management of Omicron, writes HortNZ’s Nadine Tunley.


Thursday 3 February
3 Feb 2022  

Thursday 3 February

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


RAT race: Has govt put food executives at risk?
2 Feb 2022  

RAT race: Has govt put food executives at risk?

By requisitioning rapid antigen tests, has the government exposed food industry directors to claims of recklessness?


RATs, responsiveness top agenda for food sector in govt meeting
2 Feb 2022   /

RATs, responsiveness top agenda for food sector in govt meeting

The Kraft Heinz Company chair Mike Pretty is to share a Sydney factory Omicron case study with the government.


Mainfreight profit rockets 85%, braces for Omicron absenteeism
2 Feb 2022  

Mainfreight profit rockets 85%, braces for Omicron absenteeism

Its NZ vaccine mandate has kicked in and navigating constraints due to Omicron-enforced absenteeism is cited as its top priority.


Perspectives: Omicron will add to workforce shortages faced by key NZ industries
2 Feb 2022   /

Perspectives: Omicron will add to workforce shortages faced by key NZ industries

The Omicron wave about to wash over New Zealand will exacerbate an already tightening labour market.


Wednesday 2 February
2 Feb 2022  

Wednesday 2 February

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


Omicron lessons from Australia: “Two weeks of pain” for Queensland baker Priestley’s
1 Feb 2022  

Omicron lessons from Australia: “Two weeks of pain” for Queensland baker Priestley’s

Staff shortages slowed manufacturing, choked distribution and pushed costs sky-high for the baked goods manufacturer.


Summer boom for beverage, despite Covid concerns
1 Feb 2022   /

Summer boom for beverage, despite Covid concerns

Beverage makers report strong peak summer sales, although rising costs and event cancellations eat into performance.


Countdown in $60m Rolleston DC partner plan
1 Feb 2022   /

Countdown in $60m Rolleston DC partner plan

Proposed Rolleston development could add a fifth DC to Countdown’s national network, with focus on fresh and perishable product lines.


Food Moves: Appointments at Kellogg, Sanford, My Food Bag
1 Feb 2022  

Food Moves: Appointments at Kellogg, Sanford, My Food Bag

A new Australian New Zealand MD for Kellogg, appointments at Sanford executive leadership team, Synlait loses strategy and business transformation director, Seeka CFO to go, and My Food Bag bags supply chain lead.


Tuesday 1 February
1 Feb 2022  

Tuesday 1 February

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


NZ to stay at red “for some weeks” – PM
23 Jan 2022  

NZ to stay at red “for some weeks” – PM

Jacinda Ardern says the country will remain in red “for some weeks” to combat the spread of Omicron.


Robertson: Targeted support possible for impacted industries
23 Jan 2022  

Robertson: Targeted support possible for impacted industries

The government will consider providing more targeted help for the most affected sectors.


Thanks for reading our coverage of NZ’s dynamic F&B sector – Food Ticker restarts on 1 Feb 2022
10 Dec 2021  

Thanks for reading our coverage of NZ’s dynamic F&B sector – Food Ticker restarts on 1 Feb 2022

We’ve completed our 2021 coverage test and are pleased to confirm that we’ll be back in early 2022. Thank you for your support this year. Have a Merry Christmas and a Happy New Year – the Ticker team.


Talley’s Group sues TVNZ
10 Dec 2021   /

Talley’s Group sues TVNZ

The company says the broadcaster made a series of false and defamatory claims about its operations.


Little Beauties in ingredient NPD, secures Costco listing for snacks
10 Dec 2021   /

Little Beauties in ingredient NPD, secures Costco listing for snacks

The snack food startup adds fruit powder to its product arsenal and Costco to its customer list.


Woe, woe, woe – Christmas supply chain “chaos” warning, 2022 spillover
10 Dec 2021  

Woe, woe, woe – Christmas supply chain “chaos” warning, 2022 spillover

Food importers and exporters could close the year battling “significant supply chain chaos,” with little respite in the new year, warns ASB.


Fresh Cuts: Product launches for the week to 10 December
10 Dec 2021  

Fresh Cuts: Product launches for the week to 10 December

Triple Christmas treat from Duck Island, Goodtime Pie Co turns up the pepper, Wellington Chocolate Factory is at it again this time with Papua New Guinea beans, and Good George adds a taste of Jaffa.


Friday 10 December
10 Dec 2021  

Friday 10 December

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


Nutrition crisis: F&B firms face investor pressure for healthy food shift
9 Dec 2021   /

Nutrition crisis: F&B firms face investor pressure for healthy food shift

The world’s most powerful investors urge the global food industry to produce healthier products.


Woolworths NZ pretax profit dips in first full year of Covid
9 Dec 2021   /

Woolworths NZ pretax profit dips in first full year of Covid

Falling sales and rising operational expenses eat into pretax profit, even as it made saving on the products it sells.


NZFS launches inquiry after “concerns” over ongoing sugar recalls
9 Dec 2021   /

NZFS launches inquiry after “concerns” over ongoing sugar recalls

“We expect businesses to run recalls smoothly in the interests of food safety, and that has clearly not happened here,” says NZ Food Safety.


Sustainable Foods’ world-first milestone as cap raise readied
9 Dec 2021  

Sustainable Foods’ world-first milestone as cap raise readied

Sustainable Foods is marking a world-first milestone as it opens the door for new investors to join it on a journey to become a global plant-based food powerhouse.


Thursday 9 December
9 Dec 2021  

Thursday 9 December

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


Sealord fills Foodstuffs gap – at a price…
8 Dec 2021   /

Sealord fills Foodstuffs gap – at a price…

The seafood company secures new opportunities for product formerly destined for Foodstuffs, but not at the same price.


… while CEO Doug Paulin charts a novel vax position for staff
8 Dec 2021   /

… while CEO Doug Paulin charts a novel vax position for staff

Sealord will not make Covid-19 vaccinations compulsory for New Zealand staff, seeking instead to mirror in the workplace what could reasonably be expected in a public environment.


NZ King Salmon, Scales upgrade guidance, Delegat sanguine on FY22

NZ King Salmon, Scales upgrade guidance, Delegat sanguine on FY22

New Zealand King Salmon and Scales have upgraded their earnings forecasts citing improving conditions and strong ingredients performance respectively.


“Unjustified” – Foodstuffs’ Quin doubles down in new ComCom submission
8 Dec 2021   /

“Unjustified” – Foodstuffs’ Quin doubles down in new ComCom submission

FSNI’s CEO makes a last-ditch attempt to sway the outcome of the Commerce Commission’s market study into the retail grocery sector.


Wednesday 8 December
8 Dec 2021  

Wednesday 8 December

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


Ingredients, personal care, healthy ageing – Pāmu milks deer idea for future growth
7 Dec 2021   /

Ingredients, personal care, healthy ageing – Pāmu milks deer idea for future growth

The SOE targets the healthy ageing category for the longterm commercial success of its ‘world first’ product.


Plant-based learnings for Vince
7 Dec 2021   /

Plant-based learnings for Vince

The Northland business is on track to complete a pre-seed fundraising round that will help it ramp up production and increase direct sales.


New funding for Pic’s homegrown peanuts
7 Dec 2021   /

New funding for Pic’s homegrown peanuts

Nut butter baron Pic Picot is pushing ahead with his mission to develop homegrown peanuts by bringing forward a project to support marketing opportunities for the spread.


Southland food tourism mecca mooted
7 Dec 2021  

Southland food tourism mecca mooted

Southland could become a hot-bed of food activity under new plans to transform the region into a food destination.


Tuesday 7 December
7 Dec 2021  

Tuesday 7 December

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


Nestlé joins price rise movers
6 Dec 2021  

Nestlé joins price rise movers

The multinational hikes prices on a range of food products, joining a number of peers moving to offset rising commodity and supply chain costs.


Deep Creek upsizes brewery to meet surging export demand
6 Dec 2021  

Deep Creek upsizes brewery to meet surging export demand

The Auckland craft beer business says it is making a multi-million dollar investment into its brewery and scaling up staff numbers.


Synlait, Danone partner on $3.8m regenerative project
6 Dec 2021   /

Synlait, Danone partner on $3.8m regenerative project

The initiative with AgReseach seeks evidence that regenerative practices can make a positive difference in sustainable food production.


Zespri innovation under review
6 Dec 2021   /

Zespri innovation under review

The kiwifruit co-op is reviewing its innovation model and is calling for input from stakeholders.


JDE Coffee ready to “turn on a dime” for traffic light system
3 Dec 2021   /

JDE Coffee ready to “turn on a dime” for traffic light system

Hospitality in Auckland finally re-opens but expect the environment to be fluid, says the coffee company.


High milk prices eat into Fonterra earnings
3 Dec 2021  

High milk prices eat into Fonterra earnings

The dairy co-op’s first quarter EBIT falls 24% drop and it revises earning guidance down as its milk price forecast hits a new high.


Ikea is coming and so is its restaurant – what can NZ food suppliers expect?
3 Dec 2021   /

Ikea is coming and so is its restaurant – what can NZ food suppliers expect?

The global retail giant moved to a more locally-sourced and plant-based menu across the ditch.


Fresh Cuts: Product launches for the week to 3 December
3 Dec 2021   /

Fresh Cuts: Product launches for the week to 3 December

This week, Tom & Luke cut the sugar, Pic’s takes off, and Alexandra’s dials up the convenience.


Friday 3 December
3 Dec 2021  

Friday 3 December

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


What did Native Sparkling learn from its Japan trial, and what next?
2 Dec 2021   /

What did Native Sparkling learn from its Japan trial, and what next?

A successful trial sees the alcoholic seltzer company secure shelf space in three supermarket chains in Japan.


GWF investing “hundreds of millions” into sustainability
2 Dec 2021   /

GWF investing “hundreds of millions” into sustainability

George Weston Food says it is making the investment in current or planned activities across New Zealand and Australia.


Perspectives: A huge 2021 ends with new beginnings – NZFGC’s Katherine Rich
2 Dec 2021   /

Perspectives: A huge 2021 ends with new beginnings – NZFGC’s Katherine Rich

Covid, ComCom plus business as usual made 2021 a testing year, but NZFGC boss Katherine Rich says prioritising the creation of a Grocery Code would be a strong start in 2022.


F&B campaigns win big at NZ Marketing Awards
2 Dec 2021   /

F&B campaigns win big at NZ Marketing Awards

Campaigns from Ingham’s, DB Breweries, and Pic’s Peanut Butter are among half-a-dozen food industry winners from today’s 2021 TVNZ-NZ Marketing Awards.


Founders Advisory, F&B opportunities and product vs brand – Peter Cullinane
1 Dec 2021   /

Founders Advisory, F&B opportunities and product vs brand – Peter Cullinane

The Lewis Road founder says his new advisory firm is looking to work with F&B founders with a global proposition – often in exchange for a stake.


Hospo “crushed” after being left off govt’s $38m Auckland stimulus
1 Dec 2021  

Hospo “crushed” after being left off govt’s $38m Auckland stimulus

Exclusion from the government’s $37.5m summer reactivation scheme fro Auckland “another kick in the guts” for struggling hospo morale.


Foodstuffs details Uber Eats trial
1 Dec 2021   /

Foodstuffs details Uber Eats trial

The supermarket chain targets last minute grocery needs and top-up shop missions with delivery service.


PepsiCo names new ANZ chief executive
1 Dec 2021   /

PepsiCo names new ANZ chief executive

The beverage giant has filled the vacancy at the top of its Australian and New Zealand business.


Former Air NZ, Unilever Canada boss Chris Luxon wins National Party leadership
1 Dec 2021   /

Former Air NZ, Unilever Canada boss Chris Luxon wins National Party leadership

Prior to leading Air NZ, he was at the global FMCG giant for 18 years, and left as president and CEO of its Canada division.


Wednesday 1 December
1 Dec 2021  

Wednesday 1 December

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


Greenlea cooks up wholefoods plan
30 Nov 2021   /

Greenlea cooks up wholefoods plan

The meat processor invests in a bone broth brand to move up the value chain and into retail both at home and abroad.


Burger Fuel, Cooks Global Foods make headway in half years
30 Nov 2021   /

Burger Fuel, Cooks Global Foods make headway in half years

Burger Fuel signals a holding pattern while UK-heavy CGF rides the first wave of the global recovery.


“The more people we can spread our fermented love too, the better” – The Wild Fermentary
30 Nov 2021  

“The more people we can spread our fermented love too, the better” – The Wild Fermentary

The supreme winner of the NZ Food Awards wants to keep pushing product boundaries and bringing people into the fermentation fold.


Up to $24k transition support for Akl, Waikato, Northland businesses
30 Nov 2021  

Up to $24k transition support for Akl, Waikato, Northland businesses

Support up to $24,000 will be available for businesses in Auckland, Northland and Waikato as those regions transition to the new traffic light Covid-19 Protection Framework. The one-off transition payment MORE »


Tuesday 30 November
30 Nov 2021  

Tuesday 30 November

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


South Island to enter traffic light system at orange
29 Nov 2021   /

South Island to enter traffic light system at orange

Much of the top half of the North Island will start the new Covid-19 Protection Framework on Friday at red.


Me Today forced to raise $6m after King Honey inventory surprise
29 Nov 2021   /

Me Today forced to raise $6m after King Honey inventory surprise

The healthcare and wellness company turns to shareholders to stump up funds because of “cashflow pressure” following its King Honey acquisition.


All Good backs $50m Southland oat factory
29 Nov 2021   /

All Good backs $50m Southland oat factory

The purpose-led company commits to being a customer of New Zealand’s first purpose-built oat milk processing factory.


Nestlé NZ goes 100% renewable electricity, hybrid vehicle fleet slated for 2023
29 Nov 2021   /

Nestlé NZ goes 100% renewable electricity, hybrid vehicle fleet slated for 2023

Nestlé New Zealand has transitioned to 100% renewable electricity with the rest of the global FMCG giant working towards a 2025 target.


Perspectives: Grocery workers, Covid and mental health
29 Nov 2021  

Perspectives: Grocery workers, Covid and mental health

Grocery workers are suffering the mental health effects of customer hostility and lack of safety in their workplace.


Monday 29 November
29 Nov 2021  

Monday 29 November

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


Foodstuffs, Wattie’s make major moves in e-commerce arms race
26 Nov 2021   /

Foodstuffs, Wattie’s make major moves in e-commerce arms race

F&B players are arming themselves with shoppable recipes, fast delivery, D2C, and new meal kit offers to win more of the digital dollar.


Sauerkraut inspired by the whenua takes top title at NZ Food Awards
26 Nov 2021  

Sauerkraut inspired by the whenua takes top title at NZ Food Awards

The Wild Fermentary’s Smoky Kāpeti beats 65 other finalists to win the supreme award.


Chia Sisters, All Good Bananas, Citizen win Sustainable Business Awards
26 Nov 2021   /

Chia Sisters, All Good Bananas, Citizen win Sustainable Business Awards

Chia Sisters, All Good Bananas and Citizen have taken gongs at the Sustainable Business Awards, with the former just missing out on the supreme award.


Fresh Cuts: Product launches for the week to 26 November
26 Nov 2021   /

Fresh Cuts: Product launches for the week to 26 November

This week, Corn Thins go mini, Nestlé Scorched Almonds go salty, and dedicated Australian non-alcoholic brewery Big Drop puts its signature beers on sale in New Zealand.


Speirs signals “challenging” demand and supply dynamics
25 Nov 2021   /

Speirs signals “challenging” demand and supply dynamics

The salad supplier grapples with increasing costs and conducts a review of margins to ensure acceptable returns.


Shott Beverages targets 2022 after logistics woes delay US entry
25 Nov 2021  

Shott Beverages targets 2022 after logistics woes delay US entry

After Covid delayed its new multi-million dollar Auckland factory, the company is now battling logistics lags in order to make its long-awaited entry into the US.


F&B helps pump record Q3 M&A
25 Nov 2021  

F&B helps pump record Q3 M&A

A handful of heavyweight FMCG deals support a record quarter of M&A activity according to PwC.


Who will take tonight’s top gong? NZ Food Awards unveiled from 7pm
25 Nov 2021  

Who will take tonight’s top gong? NZ Food Awards unveiled from 7pm

The products and businesses that represent the best of Aotearoa’s food and beverage producers will be recognised at the New Zealand Food Awards.


Thursday 25 November
25 Nov 2021  

Thursday 25 November

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


Impossible Foods’ Nick Halla on what’s possible in New Zealand
24 Nov 2021   /

Impossible Foods’ Nick Halla on what’s possible in New Zealand

The plant-based giant arrives in NZ and tells the Ticker how it plans to make an impact on the market.


Australia gets serious for Serious Food Co
24 Nov 2021   /

Australia gets serious for Serious Food Co

A push across the ditch in 2018 has seen the premium popcorn business grow 50% year-on-year.


NZ-founded New Culture gets Kraft Heinz backing in US$25m raise
24 Nov 2021   /

NZ-founded New Culture gets Kraft Heinz backing in US$25m raise

The funds will be ploughed into scale-up for a US foodservice launch of animal-free mozzarella next year.


Lion Hospitality Awards for Excellence: QT Auckland reigns supreme
24 Nov 2021   /

Lion Hospitality Awards for Excellence: QT Auckland reigns supreme

White + Wong’s, The Riverhead, Karaka Café, Good George Dining Hall and Emerson’s Brewery and Taproom also won awards.


Wednesday 24 November
24 Nov 2021  

Wednesday 24 November

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


Who does My Food Bag want to buy?
23 Nov 2021   /

Who does My Food Bag want to buy?

CEO Kevin Bowler tells the Ticker what he’s looking for in any acquisition – and it may not have to be in food.


IRI – Friction, fragmentation and #fetapasta
23 Nov 2021   /

IRI – Friction, fragmentation and #fetapasta

F&B businesses should be over-investing in an omnichannel strategy to stay competitive in an increasingly digital environment, says the research consultancy.


T&G strikes Super Fund deal for Envy investment
23 Nov 2021   /

T&G strikes Super Fund deal for Envy investment

The apple exporter seeks capital to invest in meeting global demand for its Jazz and Envy apples.


Govt vaccination assessment tool for employers ready mid-December
23 Nov 2021   /

Govt vaccination assessment tool for employers ready mid-December

Employers will soon be able to use a tool from the government the assess whether they need to have their staff vaccinated.


PM: NZ moves to traffic light system midnight 2 Dec
22 Nov 2021  

PM: NZ moves to traffic light system midnight 2 Dec

Businesses will open under the new Covid-19 Protection Framework on Friday 3 December but no region will start in green.


Who topped IRI’s annual top 25 FMCG manufacturers list?
22 Nov 2021   /

Who topped IRI’s annual top 25 FMCG manufacturers list?

There’s an F&B leader at the top of IRI’s latest list of FMCG manufacturers.


Lion lifts Lindauer in premiumisation push
22 Nov 2021  

Lion lifts Lindauer in premiumisation push

The company has added Prosecco but dropped Bernadino in a drive up the value curve for its sparkling wine.


NZ meat outlook positive but agile leadership needed – Rabobank
22 Nov 2021  

NZ meat outlook positive but agile leadership needed – Rabobank

Agility and resilience are watchwords for meat producers in a rapidly evolving market still suffering Covid-19 challenges.


Monday 22 November
22 Nov 2021  

Monday 22 November

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


My Food Bag M&A on cards as H1 profit jumps 25%…
19 Nov 2021  

My Food Bag M&A on cards as H1 profit jumps 25%…

The meal kit company moots an M&A-fuelled, vertically-integrated future.


…while its new Kitchen offer hits launch targets, gathers intel for product expansion
19 Nov 2021  

…while its new Kitchen offer hits launch targets, gathers intel for product expansion

My Food Bag is planning to expand its Kitchen product range into new categories, untether orders from its meal kits, and shorten delivery times pitting it directly against supermarkets.


The Brothers Green owner shifts focus to functional foods
19 Nov 2021   /

The Brothers Green owner shifts focus to functional foods

Tāpapa NZ has stopped producing its flagship Hempy Bar in a pivot to functional foods as consumer awareness accelerates.


Fresh Cuts: Product launches for the week to 19 November
19 Nov 2021  

Fresh Cuts: Product launches for the week to 19 November

Wooden Spoon Freezery’s deer milk ice cream with Pāmu Milk, Lewis Road goes curd and tart, and Wellington Chocolate Factory fizzes with a hibiscus and blackberry offering.


Friday 19 November
19 Nov 2021  

Friday 19 November

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


Sanford preps new strategy as earnings fall 39%
18 Nov 2021  

Sanford preps new strategy as earnings fall 39%

Mussels were the hardest hit of Sanford’s three divisions, with rebuilding profitability a priority for 2022.


Covid slows H1 trading at Savor
18 Nov 2021   /

Covid slows H1 trading at Savor

The hospitality group was hit by Delta blues in first half, but a period of consolidation and cost-cutting puts in better shape for recovery.


New Zealand’s dulce de leche spreads wings
18 Nov 2021   /

New Zealand’s dulce de leche spreads wings

Milk and honey spread brand Onetai has landed in Asia and the Pacific but wants domestic sales to be the “foundation of the business”.


Hemp Connect gets “game-changing” $245k MPI backing
18 Nov 2021   /

Hemp Connect gets “game-changing” $245k MPI backing

The pilot project aims to enable locally grown hemp food products to compete with imported goods.


Countdown names five-strong FMCG cohort for $1m Kete accelerator
18 Nov 2021   /

Countdown names five-strong FMCG cohort for $1m Kete accelerator

The 12-month programme provides access to Countdown’s customer marketing and insights teams, as well as product development and manufacturing support.


Thursday 18 November
18 Nov 2021  

Thursday 18 November

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


Alt-dairy startup Daisy Lab plants seed for funding
17 Nov 2021   /

Alt-dairy startup Daisy Lab plants seed for funding

Irina Miller’s foodtech startup is seeking to develop alternative dairy proteins for a new generation of vegan foods.


Auckland border to open 15 December
17 Nov 2021  

Auckland border to open 15 December

However, people will need to be fully vaccinated or show a negative Covid test before leaving the region.


“It’s called fast moving consumer goods for a reason” – Marmont Capital on investing and scaling
17 Nov 2021   /

“It’s called fast moving consumer goods for a reason” – Marmont Capital on investing and scaling

The FMCG investor says it backs brands with a point of difference and potential to scale.


A2 Milk’s new growth strategy: People & planet top of 5 strategic priorities
17 Nov 2021  

A2 Milk’s new growth strategy: People & planet top of 5 strategic priorities

The company has unveiled its new strategy to return it to the high-growth business it was pre-Covid.


Festival of carbon-zero NZ food to run with inaugural Auckland agrifood summit
17 Nov 2021   /

Festival of carbon-zero NZ food to run with inaugural Auckland agrifood summit

A festival of carbon-zero New Zealand food will run alongside a new event in Auckland next year addressing the world’s agrifood climate challenge.


Wednesday 17 November
17 Nov 2021  

Wednesday 17 November

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


‘Cheese squeeze’ hits Waimata
16 Nov 2021   /

‘Cheese squeeze’ hits Waimata

The country’s largest independent cheese maker has been forced to end a retail product it has been making for 27 years.


OCHO’s post-fundraise plan
16 Nov 2021   /

OCHO’s post-fundraise plan

The Dunedin chocolate maker plans to boost production and sales, and launch a new entry product to help it expand north following a $500k capital raise.


T&G, Zespri, Plant & Food partner to develop regenerative hort
16 Nov 2021   /

T&G, Zespri, Plant & Food partner to develop regenerative hort

T&G Global and Zespri are partnering with Plant & Food Research to develop regenerative horticulture practices within the kiwifruit, apple and berry industries.


Hospo welcomes Waikato level 2, pleads for Auckland too
16 Nov 2021   /

Hospo welcomes Waikato level 2, pleads for Auckland too

The government must set a date for when Auckland’s borders will be lifted and hospitality venues can re-open, says Hospitality New Zealand.


Tuesday 16 November
16 Nov 2021  

Tuesday 16 November

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


Costs, prices & profit – Mondelēz’s Cara Liebrock
15 Nov 2021  

Costs, prices & profit – Mondelēz’s Cara Liebrock

While 2021 hasn’t all gone to plan, Mondelēz NZ’s MD says it will still be a strong year with growth to follow and a possible global opportunity for a Kiwi confectionery favourite.


Good Spirits toasts $27m Nourish Group acquisition
15 Nov 2021   /

Good Spirits toasts $27m Nourish Group acquisition

The Auckland pub group gobbles up Nourish in a “transformational growth opportunity” creating one of New Zealand’s largest hospitality operators.


APEC 2021: Govt, food producer partnership key to meeting challenges – FIA’s Matt Kovac
15 Nov 2021   /

APEC 2021: Govt, food producer partnership key to meeting challenges – FIA’s Matt Kovac

Food producers are increasingly putting sustainability at the core of their business but feeding populations must be a partnership between the private sector and government, says Food Industry Asia executive director Matt Kovac.


Perspectives: Smart labels and allergy sensors – how to ensure the future of food is ethical
15 Nov 2021   /

Perspectives: Smart labels and allergy sensors – how to ensure the future of food is ethical

In a future where every moment of a crop’s lifecycle and detailed records of what moves on and off supermarket shelves is collected and collated, how do we ensure these systems meet ethical standards?


Monday 15 November
15 Nov 2021  

Monday 15 November

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


“We went to a wartime setting” – Coffee Supreme’s Jesse Newson
12 Nov 2021   /

“We went to a wartime setting” – Coffee Supreme’s Jesse Newson

After 18 months of co-leadership to navigate Covid-19, the new CEO now oversees a broader channel mix at the reshaped coffee wholesaler.


New owner “wakes up” Be Nourished for plant-based push
12 Nov 2021   /

New owner “wakes up” Be Nourished for plant-based push

The fermented foods firm is looking to strengthen its domestic position with a drive into a nascent plant-based healthy food chiller category.


COP26 pledge “massive structural risk for NZ food and fibre” – KPMG’s Proudfoot
12 Nov 2021   /

COP26 pledge “massive structural risk for NZ food and fibre” – KPMG’s Proudfoot

New Zealand’s signing of the US/EU Global Methane Pledge at COP26 could become a “massive structural risk to our food and fibre sector,” says KPMG’s Ian Proudfoot.


Fresh Cuts: Product launches for the week to 12 November
12 Nov 2021   /

Fresh Cuts: Product launches for the week to 12 November

London-listed East Imperial releases a new cold-brew coffee and tonic, Pic’s doubles down on almond butter, and Huntley & Palmers cracks the sourdough market.


Friday 12 November
12 Nov 2021  

Friday 12 November

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


Ngāi Tahu’s food numbers: Seafood strong, honey and beef improving
11 Nov 2021  

Ngāi Tahu’s food numbers: Seafood strong, honey and beef improving

The iwi’s seafood business sees operating profit leap 37%, offsetting a poor FY21 for honey and farming.


Distributor Green Room Brands enters NZ with debut drinks product
11 Nov 2021   /

Distributor Green Room Brands enters NZ with debut drinks product

The UK-based distributor is bringing with it Australian functional beverage Shōjō Tonics, with more products in the pipeline.


Mainfreight makes hay as pretax profit rockets 78%
11 Nov 2021   /

Mainfreight makes hay as pretax profit rockets 78%

Supply and demand imbalance as well as a diversified global footprint work in favour of logistics company Mainfreight.


F&B campaigns lauded, Lion’s Tiny Pub wins gold Effie
11 Nov 2021   /

F&B campaigns lauded, Lion’s Tiny Pub wins gold Effie

Agencies DDB Aotearoa & Mango Communications picked up the accolade last night for the memorable promotion of Lion’s Emerson brand.


FPI: Food prices fall for first time since Feb
11 Nov 2021   /

FPI: Food prices fall for first time since Feb

Food prices eased marginally in October however the annual growth rate was well-above the long-term average, says Stats NZ.


Thursday 11 November
11 Nov 2021  

Thursday 11 November

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


Lion NZ to shutter Drinks Collective
10 Nov 2021  

Lion NZ to shutter Drinks Collective

The company is closing its restaurant and café distribution division as the beverage business seeks to “fine-tune” its focus.


Exports crucial to new $4.7bn organics strategy
10 Nov 2021   /

Exports crucial to new $4.7bn organics strategy

But more growers and farmers would need to convert to organic to hit the $4.7bn target by 2030.


Perspectives: Why we should sell food cheap, to earn more
10 Nov 2021  

Perspectives: Why we should sell food cheap, to earn more

The value proposition and opportunity cost of food sold in New Zealand is not simply the export value of that same food, says KPMG’s Jack Keeys.


Lockdown rebound hits F&B spend in October
10 Nov 2021   /

Lockdown rebound hits F&B spend in October

New Zealanders spent 9.5% more on their credit and debit card in October 2021 than in September as Covid-19 alert levels eased across large parts of the country, however the increase did not benefit the grocery sector, according to Stats NZ.


Wednesday 10 November
10 Nov 2021  

Wednesday 10 November

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


Westland to spread overseas butter footprint after $40m investment
9 Nov 2021  

Westland to spread overseas butter footprint after $40m investment

US consumers are a big focus for the dairy company’s increased volumes, and the UK is on the agenda thanks to the proposed FTA.


Meat, wine exports jump despite Covid, supply chain headwinds
9 Nov 2021   /

Meat, wine exports jump despite Covid, supply chain headwinds

New Zealand’s meat and wine exports have enjoyed a strong September 2021 quarter with the value of the former surging.


Business groups, hospo “see red” in inconsistent lockdown easing
9 Nov 2021   /

Business groups, hospo “see red” in inconsistent lockdown easing

While retail and tourist attractions will be able to open, hospitality still suffers in Covid-19 alert level 3.2.


Female food leaders dominate SheEO cohort
9 Nov 2021  

Female food leaders dominate SheEO cohort

Supie, Kete Kai and Atuhahi are among the global network’s 2021 programme.


Skyebird Foods focuses on keto cookies after bread foray
9 Nov 2021  

Skyebird Foods focuses on keto cookies after bread foray

The speciality food business will discontinue its keto bread but will build on the momentum it has discovered after diversifying into keto cookies.


Tuesday 9 November
9 Nov 2021  

Tuesday 9 November

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


Investors keen for taste of truffles as $26m venture gets ‘positive’ reception
8 Nov 2021   /

Investors keen for taste of truffles as $26m venture gets ‘positive’ reception

The New Zealand Truffle Company says it is pleased with interest from both NZ and overseas and is targeting mid-December to complete its capital raise.


Good George pushes gin as Australian “launchpad”
8 Nov 2021   /

Good George pushes gin as Australian “launchpad”

The company built its reputation on beer and cider but a move into spirits has enabled its first foray across the ditch.


Record F&B sales growth at Z Espress
8 Nov 2021  

Record F&B sales growth at Z Espress

Z Energy has seen record interim food and beverage sales at its Z Espress stations.


“Single source of truth” – FSANZ moves on branded food database for Aus
8 Nov 2021   /

“Single source of truth” – FSANZ moves on branded food database for Aus

Manufacturers and retailers will contribute food information for an online consumer database of products.


Monday 8 November
8 Nov 2021  

Monday 8 November

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


Prolife Foods beds in Australian brands in category expansion
5 Nov 2021   /

Prolife Foods beds in Australian brands in category expansion

The Mother Earth owner says its acquisition of Sunsol and Lucky is a “leap forward” in a key international market for the Hamilton-based business.


Fast 50’s Delivereasy, WOOP on the rise and rise of delivery
5 Nov 2021  

Fast 50’s Delivereasy, WOOP on the rise and rise of delivery

Covid supercharges growth for food delivery service Delivereasy and meal kit company Woop, with little sign of it slowing.


Fonterra partners with US biotech “founding father” in designer dairy push
5 Nov 2021   /

Fonterra partners with US biotech “founding father” in designer dairy push

The tie-up is part of the exporter’s expansion of its higher value active living ingredient business.


How the world views NZ F&B and what exporters can do about it
5 Nov 2021   /

How the world views NZ F&B and what exporters can do about it

Rising costs, supply chain concerns, food miles and a desire to support local are headwinds highlighted in a new report.


Fresh Cuts: Product launches for the week to 5 November
5 Nov 2021  

Fresh Cuts: Product launches for the week to 5 November

This week, Fix & Fogg trials nut butter sachets, Healtheries sources Nelson apples for new cider vinegar and Chantal Organics’ probiotic protein packs a punch.


Friday 5 November
5 Nov 2021  

Friday 5 November

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


Supie bags $2.5m seed funding, series A slated for 2022
4 Nov 2021   /

Supie bags $2.5m seed funding, series A slated for 2022

Sarah Balle’s online supermarket startup hits an early milestone with an oversubscribed seed round to help it scale.


Alfa Pet owner eyes $2m Christchurch expansion to meet premium demand
4 Nov 2021   /

Alfa Pet owner eyes $2m Christchurch expansion to meet premium demand

The company says it can’t keep up with booming demand for its treats and plans to launch into the larger format pet food market.


Tip Top owner gets ComCom go-ahead to buy Dad’s Pies
4 Nov 2021   /

Tip Top owner gets ComCom go-ahead to buy Dad’s Pies

The baking behemoth that also owns pie company Big Ben secures sign-off from the Commerce Commission to buy rival Dad’s Pies.


DB Breweries promotes Matt Wilson to MD
4 Nov 2021   /

DB Breweries promotes Matt Wilson to MD

Heineken’s DB Breweries has promoted its director of corporate affairs, Matt Wilson, to managing director.


Thursday 4 November
4 Nov 2021  

Thursday 4 November

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


GoodBuzz preps for expansion, appoints new distributor
3 Nov 2021   /

GoodBuzz preps for expansion, appoints new distributor

The kombucha maker is set to scale with new leadership, new products, a new factory and a new distributor.


And that’s a wrap – ComCom hearings close with final arguments
3 Nov 2021   /

And that’s a wrap – ComCom hearings close with final arguments

The Commerce Commission consultation conference as part of its review of competition in the $22bn retail grocery sector has come to a close, providing participants one last chance to plead their cases.


Food foray for Milk 2.0 protects against “commoditisation” of plant-based milks
3 Nov 2021   /

Food foray for Milk 2.0 protects against “commoditisation” of plant-based milks

Milk 2.0 has overhauled Natural Abundance’s portfolio and built up distribution after buying the snack company.


Food Hui: NZ food tourism starts with the food system
3 Nov 2021   /

Food Hui: NZ food tourism starts with the food system

Developing a deeper engagement with New Zealand’s food system could unlock a greater opportunity to build cross-sector connections between the food and tourism industries.


Snap lockdown for upper Far North
3 Nov 2021  

Snap lockdown for upper Far North

The top half of the Far North has gone into Covid-19 alert level 3 after two unlinked community cases were detected.


Wednesday 3 November
3 Nov 2021  

Wednesday 3 November

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


ComCom hearing: Iwi-backed grocery challenger mooted as third player
2 Nov 2021   /

ComCom hearing: Iwi-backed grocery challenger mooted as third player

Could an ‘iwi-mart’ challenge the Foodstuffs and Countdown duopoly?


Former Bidfood GM drives NZ Coastal Seafoods 76% sales surge
2 Nov 2021   /

Former Bidfood GM drives NZ Coastal Seafoods 76% sales surge

New Zealand Coastal Seafoods says a surge in quarterly revenue can be attributed to the appointment of former Bidfood general manager Peter Fletcher to chief of sales.


Food Hui: Aotearoa food system kōrero to kick-off
2 Nov 2021  

Food Hui: Aotearoa food system kōrero to kick-off

A national dialogue or kōrero on how to enhance Aotearoa New Zealand’s food system is about to commence, led by the Mana Kai Initiative.


Countdown preps ‘no jab, no job’ mandate
2 Nov 2021   /

Countdown preps ‘no jab, no job’ mandate

The supermarket chain is consulting on a proposal that will see all of its 18,000 employees subject to a vaccine mandate.


Tuesday 2 November
2 Nov 2021  

Tuesday 2 November

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


Waikato restrictions ease midnight Tuesday, Auckland next week
1 Nov 2021  

Waikato restrictions ease midnight Tuesday, Auckland next week

Retailers, museums, and zoos will be able to open as Covid restrictions loosen.


Cookie Time snaps up Em’s Power Cookies
1 Nov 2021   /

Cookie Time snaps up Em’s Power Cookies

Cookie Time will ramp up distribution of the boutique brand into mainstream grocery retail across the country.


Online grocer Geezy Go readies 20-minute delivery for NZ
1 Nov 2021   /

Online grocer Geezy Go readies 20-minute delivery for NZ

The new online supermarket has hired NZ staff and is developing its first dark store in Auckland with a second on the way.


T&G bolsters balance sheet with $80m sale and leaseback
1 Nov 2021  

T&G bolsters balance sheet with $80m sale and leaseback

The produce giant will use the cash to fuel its growth strategy, as it faces a profit squeeze from Covid-19.


Booch boom expected after supply chain disruptions – MPI
1 Nov 2021   /

Booch boom expected after supply chain disruptions – MPI

Kombucha has been flagged as a strong global growth category for the New Zealand beverage sector.


ComCom hearing: “Vigorous, almost violent” reaction expected to grocery challenger
29 Oct 2021   /

ComCom hearing: “Vigorous, almost violent” reaction expected to grocery challenger

New entrants, existing players and would-be investors are all wary of the power wielded by the grocery duopoly, the Commerce Commission hears.


Angel Food looks further abroad for bite of global dairy-free cheese market
29 Oct 2021   /

Angel Food looks further abroad for bite of global dairy-free cheese market

The company is exploring a licensing deal as it looks to leverage New Zealand’s global reputation for dairy products.


Perspectives: Eat NZ’s Angela Clifford on a unique moment in time
29 Oct 2021   /

Perspectives: Eat NZ’s Angela Clifford on a unique moment in time

The pandemic provides an opportunity to examine and set a future pathway for New Zealand’s food system.


Fresh Cuts: Product launches for the week to 29 October
29 Oct 2021  

Fresh Cuts: Product launches for the week to 29 October

This week, Griffin’s MallowPuffs get festive, Boss Coffee shares a new coffee in a can and Good Buzz’s new natural kombucha fizzes up.


Friday 29 October
29 Oct 2021  

Friday 29 October

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


Growing food inflation, import costs force Bidfood price hike
28 Oct 2021   /

Growing food inflation, import costs force Bidfood price hike

The foodservice supplier says it cannot absorb such steep cost increases and has to move them through to the market.


Lockdown drives Countdown, e-commerce Q1 sales surge
28 Oct 2021   /

Lockdown drives Countdown, e-commerce Q1 sales surge

Lockdown helped drive growth in the supermarket group’s Q1 results with e-commerce surging.


ComCom hearing: The problem with profit
28 Oct 2021   /

ComCom hearing: The problem with profit

Supermarket owners argue for a fresh calculation of profit refuting findings of excessive returns.


Peter Gordon’s Homeland launches retail range
28 Oct 2021   /

Peter Gordon’s Homeland launches retail range

The chef is using the temporary shutdown of the cooking school at his Auckland food venture to launch new products.


Thursday 28 October
28 Oct 2021  

Thursday 28 October

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


ComCom hearing: Private label harm vs help
27 Oct 2021   /

ComCom hearing: Private label harm vs help

FGC says NZ’s highly concentrated market means conflicts of interests are amplified but supermarket groups argue private labels are critical for budget consumers.


Mrs Rogers cooks up baking expansion with Hill St acquisition
27 Oct 2021   /

Mrs Rogers cooks up baking expansion with Hill St acquisition

The Auckland herbs and spices manufacturer has expanded into ready-to-make baking mixes with the buy-out.


A2 Milk reset puts China, infant formula, innovation at core
27 Oct 2021  

A2 Milk reset puts China, infant formula, innovation at core

Dairy company A2 Milk has set a target of $2bn revenue within five years by “capturing its full potential” in the China infant formula market and ramping up innovation.


Mandatory staff vaccination – a wary welcome from hospo
27 Oct 2021   /

Mandatory staff vaccination – a wary welcome from hospo

Mandating vaccination for hospitality staff is welcome but it could present challenges and extra costs, say industry groups.


Wednesday 27 October
27 Oct 2021  

Wednesday 27 October

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


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

PM: Mandatory vaccination for workplaces requiring it of customers

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


ComCom hearing: Specials used to “control suppliers”
26 Oct 2021   /

ComCom hearing: Specials used to “control suppliers”

Bloomsberry and Co founder Giles Barker says supermarkets use promotional pricing to control suppliers, rather than just to deliver value to consumers.


Joiy Wines cracks open US expansion
26 Oct 2021   /

Joiy Wines cracks open US expansion

The canned wine exporter launches a multimillion-dollar expansion into North America, after turning the head of supermarket chain Whole Foods.


Nestlé, Blis fill senior roles
26 Oct 2021   /

Nestlé, Blis fill senior roles

Both Nestlé and Blis Technology have made internal appointments to fill vacancies at the top of their ranks.


Tuesday 26 October
26 Oct 2021  

Tuesday 26 October

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


ComCom hearing: Tex comes to town
22 Oct 2021   /

ComCom hearing: Tex comes to town

Tex Edwards makes his case for a break-up of the duopoly, which he says controls all the vital infrastructure in the sector.


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

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

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


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

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

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


Food Moves: Asahi appointments, NZ Hops, Blis board changes
22 Oct 2021  

Food Moves: Asahi appointments, NZ Hops, Blis board changes

Supply chain, field sales and board changes announced at Asahi, NZ Hops and Blis.


Fresh Cuts: Product launches for the week to 22 October
22 Oct 2021   /

Fresh Cuts: Product launches for the week to 22 October

Proper Crisps releases a big hop kick with Garage Project, Mother Earth puts wellbeing first with new functional bars and Lindauer unveils a taste of Italy.


Friday 22 October
22 Oct 2021  

Friday 22 October

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


$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 cool $10m
20 Oct 2021   /

Freightways buys ProducePronto for cool $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, food waste proposals – govt seeks emissions feedback
13 Oct 2021   /

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

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


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.