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Thursday 17 June 2021

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

SFF Futures investments top $111m across 138 projects

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


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

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

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


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

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

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


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

Moana NZ upbeat despite ‘significant headwinds’ for Sealord

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


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

Australian supermarkets ‘red flagged’ in new food dashboard

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


Thursday 17 June
17 Jun 2021  

Thursday 17 June

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


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

Fatigue, FOMO wrack food and fibre – KPMG

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


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

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

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


FFNZ 2021: Four from the floor
16 Jun 2021  

FFNZ 2021: Four from the floor

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


FFNZ 2021: Gallery – Day 3
16 Jun 2021  

FFNZ 2021: Gallery – Day 3

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


Wednesday 16 June
16 Jun 2021  

Wednesday 16 June

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


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

What Costco is hunting at FFNZ for Auckland superstore… and the world

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


FFNZ 2021: Four from the floor
15 Jun 2021  

FFNZ 2021: Four from the floor

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


FFNZ 2021: Gallery – Day 2
15 Jun 2021  

FFNZ 2021: Gallery – Day 2

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


Nestlé breaks out plant-based KitKat
15 Jun 2021  

Nestlé breaks out plant-based KitKat

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


Tuesday 15 June
15 Jun 2021  

Tuesday 15 June

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


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

FFNZ 2021: Kiwi Quinoa takes flight to Australia

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


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

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

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


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

FFNZ 2021: Ecology & Co mixes it up

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


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

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

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


FFNZ 2021: Gallery – Day 1
14 Jun 2021  

FFNZ 2021: Gallery – Day 1

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


Monday 14 June
14 Jun 2021  

Monday 14 June

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


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

UK’s Meatless Farm marches on NZ market

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


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

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

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


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

GoodFor chases down $2m capital raise target

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


Sanford CFO resigns
11 Jun 2021  

Sanford CFO resigns

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


Fine Food NZ 2021 returns Sunday
11 Jun 2021  

Fine Food NZ 2021 returns Sunday

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


Friday 11 June
11 Jun 2021  

Friday 11 June

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


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

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

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


Emissions transition could cost food processing up to $200m annually
10 Jun 2021  

Emissions transition could cost food processing up to $200m annually

The industry needs to convert the equivalent energy used by one or two very large dairy factories every year to meet the 2050 net zero emissions goal.


Mixed reception from industry for climate change report
10 Jun 2021  

Mixed reception from industry for climate change report

The Climate Change Commission’s final report has been met with mixed reaction from food industry groups.


Fermented foods a million dollar idea
10 Jun 2021  

Fermented foods a million dollar idea

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


Thursday 10 June
10 Jun 2021  

Thursday 10 June

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


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

NZ avocado powder launches, eyes global opportunity

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


Pollard to depart NZ Apples & Pears
9 Jun 2021  

Pollard to depart NZ Apples & Pears

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


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

Six Barrel Soda Co’s Aussie expansion plan

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


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

Deer milk trial secures $244k from HVN

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


Wednesday 9 June
9 Jun 2021  

Wednesday 9 June

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


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

Food exporters feel the squeeze as shipping disruptions continue

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


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

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

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


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

Compostable packaging plan on the way – Packaging Forum

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


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

Food industry stalwarts recognised in Queen’s Birthday Honours

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


Tuesday 8 June
8 Jun 2021  

Tuesday 8 June

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


Ethical F&B products attract best premiums in overseas markets – NZTE
4 Jun 2021   /

Ethical F&B products attract best premiums in overseas markets – NZTE

NZ exports with an environmental focus can command the best potential returns, according to new research.


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

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

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


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

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

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


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

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

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


Friday 4 June
4 Jun 2021  

Friday 4 June

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


Duck Island doubles down on domestic demand…
3 Jun 2021  

Duck Island doubles down on domestic demand…

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


…as Lewis Road crosses fingers for UK trade agreement
3 Jun 2021  

…as Lewis Road crosses fingers for UK trade agreement

The owner of Lewis Road Creamery can see the company repeating its US export success in the UK – but will await the outcome of current trade negotiations before making MORE »


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

Synlait sticks by FY21 guidance despite suppliers suffering flood damage

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


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

NZ King Salmon warns of “problematic” H1

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


Thursday 3 June
3 Jun 2021  

Thursday 3 June

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


After the deluge, days of disruption
2 Jun 2021   /

After the deluge, days of disruption

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


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

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

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


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

Doors open at new Te Tauihu Plant & Food Research facility

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


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

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

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


Wednesday 2 June
2 Jun 2021  

Wednesday 2 June

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


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

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

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


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

Me Today adds King Honey with $36m deal

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


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

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

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


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

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

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


Tuesday 1 June
1 Jun 2021  

Tuesday 1 June

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


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

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

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


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

EDNZ 2021: Food sector showcased in new Taranaki Story

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


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

“Rock solid” demand underpinning food exports to US

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


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

Pandemic drives plant-based food demand – report

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


Monday 31 May
31 May 2021  

Monday 31 May

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


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

Pic’s wins with NZ-grown peanut trial

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


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

Zespri posts record returns as profit leaps 45%

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


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

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

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


Friday 28 May
28 May 2021  

Friday 28 May

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


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

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

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


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

Blis stays in the black despite “significant challenges”

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


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

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

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


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

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

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


Thursday 27 May
27 May 2021  

Thursday 27 May

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


Chinese demand drives expansion for Alfa Pet
26 May 2021   /

Chinese demand drives expansion for Alfa Pet

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


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

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

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


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

Achtung! Fully plant-based Burger King to open

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


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

Consumers more aware of rights, wary of salespeople – survey

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


Wednesday 26 May
26 May 2021  

Wednesday 26 May

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


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

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

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


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

Clevedon Buffalo moves into the black, eyes expansion

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


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

Countdown counts down to cage-free egg D-Day

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


Tuesday 25 May
25 May 2021  

Tuesday 25 May

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


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

Cassels brewing plan for $4m cash injection

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


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

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

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


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

Budget 2021: Industry welcomes funding, with caveats

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


Food firms partner for Foodbank first
24 May 2021   /

Food firms partner for Foodbank first

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


Monday 24 May
24 May 2021  

Monday 24 May

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


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

Budget 2021: Food Innovation Network secures $18m

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


My Food Bag delivers on FY21 expectations
21 May 2021  

My Food Bag delivers on FY21 expectations

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


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

Oatly IPO froths as share price jumps on debut

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


Sanford subdued as Covid continues to bite
21 May 2021  

Sanford subdued as Covid continues to bite

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


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

Blis nabs Lion’s e-commerce lead

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


Friday 21 May
21 May 2021  

Friday 21 May

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


Budget 2021: Food industry wishlist
20 May 2021  

Budget 2021: Food industry wishlist

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


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

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

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


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

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

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


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

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

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


Thursday 20 May
20 May 2021  

Thursday 20 May

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


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

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

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


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

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

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


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

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

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


Whittaker’s takes 2021 resilience cake
19 May 2021   /

Whittaker’s takes 2021 resilience cake

Whittaker’s has added another feather to its cap, having been named New Zealand’s Most Resilient Brand.


Wednesday 19 May
19 May 2021  

Wednesday 19 May

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


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

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

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


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

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

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


PepsiCo targets 2025 for 100% green packaging across entire ANZ snacks range
18 May 2021   /

PepsiCo targets 2025 for 100% green packaging across entire ANZ snacks range

Pepsico says it will be the first large food FMCG business to move to 100% recyclable, compostable or biodegradable packaging across its entire snacks range in Australasia.


Processed food ingredient market set for US$75bn boom – report
18 May 2021  

Processed food ingredient market set for US$75bn boom – report

Increasing demand for processed food from consumers seeking healthy options is set to propel the worldwide food processing ingredient industry to grow by nearly 60% by 2028.


Tuesday 18 May
18 May 2021  

Tuesday 18 May

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


Pals packs a punch in Australia
17 May 2021  

Pals packs a punch in Australia

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


E Tipu 2021: Green goes mainstream for investors
17 May 2021   /

E Tipu 2021: Green goes mainstream for investors

With even institutional investors wanting green metrics, there has been a convergence of mainstream and impact investment in the agrifoodtech community.


Last call for Lion chief executive
17 May 2021   /

Last call for Lion chief executive

Stuart Irvine to stand down after more than eight years at the helm of drinks


Synlait scrambles after third exec resigns
17 May 2021   /

Synlait scrambles after third exec resigns

CFO’s departure follows that of chief executive Leon Clement and director of operations Mark Toomey.


Monday 17 May
17 May 2021  

Monday 17 May

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


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

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

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


E Tipu 2021: AgFunder’s hot tips for VC foodtech investment
14 May 2021   /

E Tipu 2021: AgFunder’s hot tips for VC foodtech investment

Food as medicine, medicinal plants and food personalisation are all the radar of US agrifood venture capital investor, AgFunder, as categories of opportunity.


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

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

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


UK moves to ban adverts of unhealthy food
14 May 2021   /

UK moves to ban adverts of unhealthy food

The British government plans to ban online adverts of unhealthy food and restrict advertising on TV until after 9pm.


Friday 14 May
14 May 2021  

Friday 14 May

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


E Tipu 2021: “We don’t need to all turn vegan to make a difference” – Miranda Burdon
13 May 2021   /

E Tipu 2021: “We don’t need to all turn vegan to make a difference” – Miranda Burdon

But we do need to think about food quite differently, says Food Nation’s co-founder.


E Tipu 2021: Aquaculture at tipping point
13 May 2021   /

E Tipu 2021: Aquaculture at tipping point

Global demand for protein is set to drive a rapid transformation of the US$260bn aquaculture industry, says investor Aqua-Spark.


Asahi appoints GM for The Better Drinks Co.
13 May 2021   /

Asahi appoints GM for The Better Drinks Co.

Former Fonterra sales director will head up non-alcoholic business arm in NZ.


Good George marks ‘millionth litre’ with Hobbiton ale expansion
13 May 2021  

Good George marks ‘millionth litre’ with Hobbiton ale expansion

Good George has released a limited edition English Pale Ale to celebrate one million litres poured at the Green Dragon Inn on Hobbiton Movie Set in Waikato.


Thursday 13 May
13 May 2021  

Thursday 13 May

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


E Tipu 2021: “Our food system is broken” – Polman
12 May 2021  

E Tipu 2021: “Our food system is broken” – Polman

The former Unilever CEO declares the world’s food system “broken from all dimensions” – but also suggests ways of fixing it.


E Tipu 2021: Geoff Ross on tailwinds, customers  and connections
12 May 2021  

E Tipu 2021: Geoff Ross on tailwinds, customers and connections

Consumers globally want to connect with the source of their food and fibre, so if you’re selling a food product get in top of it, stat.


Food, Fibre and Agritech Supernode Challenge winners
12 May 2021  

Food, Fibre and Agritech Supernode Challenge winners

Real time lamb quality tool Clarospec scooped two awards including the overall winner in the on-farm systems category.


How prepared were F&B companies for the pandemic?
12 May 2021  

How prepared were F&B companies for the pandemic?

More than 60% of food industry executives did not have an adequate plan to deal with the impacts of Covid-19, says a new US-based study.


Wednesday 12 May
12 May 2021  

Wednesday 12 May

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


Countdown “shocked, devastated” at supermarket stabbings
11 May 2021   /

Countdown “shocked, devastated” at supermarket stabbings

A 42-year-old man has been charged with four counts of attempted murder.


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

Food innovation funding ready to roll – MPI

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


A bad day for A2 Milk
11 May 2021  

A bad day for A2 Milk

The former darling of the NZX was forced to slash its revenue forecasts and write down the value of its assets.


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

Industries welcome RSE boost, concerns over costs continue

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


Boma NZ’s E Tipu 2021 is a go
11 May 2021  

Boma NZ’s E Tipu 2021 is a go

Described as the biggest food and fibre event of the year, the Boma NZ Agri Summit kicks-off in Christchurch this morning.


Tuesday 11 May
11 May 2021  

Tuesday 11 May

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


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

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

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


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

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

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


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

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

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


Better late than never – Nestlé joins US$17bn plant-based dairy party
10 May 2021  

Better late than never – Nestlé joins US$17bn plant-based dairy party

Nestlé’s Launch of Wunda pea milk in Europe follows Coca-Cola expanding into oat milk in the US.


Monday 10 May
10 May 2021  

Monday 10 May

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


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

NZ, the emerging protein sector and the future – report

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


Ex-Barkers boss to lead $50m Southland oat milk venture
7 May 2021  

Ex-Barkers boss to lead $50m Southland oat milk venture

Southlander Justin Riley returns home to bring forward Great South’s oat initiative.


Arnott’s bags NZ cracker firm 180 Degrees
7 May 2021   /

Arnott’s bags NZ cracker firm 180 Degrees

The deal catapults Australian biscuit giant Arnott’s into NZ’s premium cracker category.


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

Online farmers’ market Maker2U eyes UK launch

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


Friday 7 May
7 May 2021  

Friday 7 May

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


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

Perspectives: Agrifood, innovation and Manawatu’s global goal

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


Fonterra moots end of listed fund
6 May 2021  

Fonterra moots end of listed fund

Preferred option for capital structure review would dismantle or cap fund that gives outside investors access to co-op.


Dairy disruption ‘a given’ as lab innovation picks up pace
6 May 2021   /

Dairy disruption ‘a given’ as lab innovation picks up pace

New Zealand dairy giants may not be milking it for much longer, with futurist Melissa Clark-Reynolds predicting major disruption in the pipeline for the sector.


NZ fisheries group hits back at “Netflix misinformation”
6 May 2021  

NZ fisheries group hits back at “Netflix misinformation”

The report pushing the sustainability of the nation’s deepwater fishing industry follows a Netflix documentary on the impact of commercial fishing.


Zeijoa expands distribution across the ditch
6 May 2021  

Zeijoa expands distribution across the ditch

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


Thursday 6 May
6 May 2021  

Thursday 6 May

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


AgriFood Week: Brands set for ‘front of the (smart) fridge’ battle
5 May 2021   /

AgriFood Week: Brands set for ‘front of the (smart) fridge’ battle

Forget supermarket shelves, futurist Melissa Clark-Reynolds says the front of the kitchen fridge will be the battleground for brands.


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

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

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


HortNZ appoints Nadine Tunley CEO
5 May 2021   /

HortNZ appoints Nadine Tunley CEO

The former New Zealand Apples & Pears chair will take over from Mike Chapman on 14 June.


Whitestone Cheese advances in Auckland  but retreats from Aus, US markets
5 May 2021  

Whitestone Cheese advances in Auckland but retreats from Aus, US markets

Oamaru-based artisan cheese producer Whitestone Cheese is building on their domestic market, shifting efforts from export markets.


Wednesday 5 May
5 May 2021  

Wednesday 5 May

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


KKR acquires Natural Pet Food Group
4 May 2021   /

KKR acquires Natural Pet Food Group

The deal sees Pioneer Capital exit and the food company fuelled to grow globally.


Tuesday 4 May
4 May 2021  

Tuesday 4 May

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


Zeffer takes off with Air New Zealand deal
3 May 2021   /

Zeffer takes off with Air New Zealand deal

The Hawke’s Bay cider company has partnered with the airline to become the exclusive cider on all flights.


NZ AgriFood Week kicks off for 2021
3 May 2021  

NZ AgriFood Week kicks off for 2021

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


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

Perspectives: The shape of exports and how they shape us

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


“The time is right” – Michael Allpress sells coffee company to Asahi
3 May 2021   /

“The time is right” – Michael Allpress sells coffee company to Asahi

The Japanese drinks giant says it’s impressed by the coffee maker’s premium brand and the two firms are “a great fit”.


Monday 3 May
3 May 2021  

Monday 3 May

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


Investors line up for NZ’s first carbon-neutral oat milk factory
30 Apr 2021   /

Investors line up for NZ’s first carbon-neutral oat milk factory

An investment bank has been appointed to marshal growing investor interest in the $50m Southland venture.


Foodtech venture investment jumps to $24bn in 2020 – report
30 Apr 2021   /

Foodtech venture investment jumps to $24bn in 2020 – report

Around 8,000 unique investors took part in more than 9,000 transactions in 2020.


Fisheries giants back NRDA ‘Catch a Job’ campaign
30 Apr 2021  

Fisheries giants back NRDA ‘Catch a Job’ campaign

Sealord, Sanford, and Talleys have backed the regional recruitment drive urging individuals to ‘seas the opportunity’.


Foodstuffs, Griffin’s team up for $250k charity cookie campaign
30 Apr 2021  

Foodstuffs, Griffin’s team up for $250k charity cookie campaign

Partners aim to raise $250k for Breast Cancer Foundation New Zealand


Friday 30 April
30 Apr 2021  

Friday 30 April

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


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

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

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


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

Synlait launches premium product, lines up Asian customer

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


Restaurant Brands sales jump 30% in Q1
29 Apr 2021  

Restaurant Brands sales jump 30% in Q1

New Zealand sales grow as the company’s Taco Bell rollout continues.


Food innovators make TIME’s top 100 most influential companies
29 Apr 2021  

Food innovators make TIME’s top 100 most influential companies

Relative newcomers rub shoulder with FMCG stalwarts in the inaugural rankings.


Thursday 29 April
29 Apr 2021  

Thursday 29 April

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


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

PURE NZ Ice Cream goes international with first export deal

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


Which F&B brands are Kiwi’s most trusted?
28 Apr 2021  

Which F&B brands are Kiwi’s most trusted?

A raft of iconic food firms have been recognised with Whittaker’s topping the rankings for the tenth year in a row.


DB brews up new 2030 sustainability targets
28 Apr 2021  

DB brews up new 2030 sustainability targets

The beer producer sets itself new sustainability targets as it builds on its ambition to halve its emissions by 2030.


Wednesday 28 April
28 Apr 2021  

Wednesday 28 April

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


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

Foodstuffs rejects exploitation and duopoly claims in grocery probe…

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


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

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

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


Perspectives: Unapologetically processed
27 Apr 2021  

Perspectives: Unapologetically processed

Impossible Foods’ vice president of nutrition and health, Dr Sue Klapholz, argues that in terms of nutrition, the Impossible Burger compares very favourably to beef from a cow. And when it comes to the health and sustainability of our planet and public health “there’s no contest”.


From skylights to supplements: Falkenstein’s JLG in $17m bid for About Health
27 Apr 2021   /

From skylights to supplements: Falkenstein’s JLG in $17m bid for About Health

Just Life Group is investing $17m to buy NZ supplement provider About Health.


Tuesday 27 April
27 Apr 2021  

Tuesday 27 April

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


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

Frozen potato chips inquiry – dumping yes, threat no

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


AGMARDT GM Malcolm Nitschke resigns
23 Apr 2021   /

AGMARDT GM Malcolm Nitschke resigns

After nearly nine years in the role, Nitschke says now is the time to call it a day.


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

PharmaZen Q1 sales strangled by expansion plan delays

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


Friday 23 April
23 Apr 2021  

Friday 23 April

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


Zespri resumes USX trading
23 Apr 2021  

Zespri resumes USX trading

Zespri resumed trading on the USX at 9am Friday 23 April. The company halted the trading of its shares on Wednesday 7 April to allow the finalisation of its 2021 MORE »


Oatly maps growth as it preps US IPO
22 Apr 2021   /

Oatly maps growth as it preps US IPO

The phenomenal rise of the Swedish oatmilk juggernaut is detailed ahead of a potential $10bn listing on the NYSE.


KitKat to go carbon neutral by 2025
22 Apr 2021   /

KitKat to go carbon neutral by 2025

Nestle has pledged that its popular chocolate brand, KitKat, will become carbon neutral by 2025.


Zespri values 2021 kiwifruit licence at up to $435m
22 Apr 2021  

Zespri values 2021 kiwifruit licence at up to $435m

The co-op says the preliminary result compared to last year’s range of $300m-$305m.


Naked Locals pledges $60k, launches charity Local Heroes range
22 Apr 2021   /

Naked Locals pledges $60k, launches charity Local Heroes range

The chilled soup brand is supporting three charities by donating 20 cents from the sale of each $5.99 packet.


Thursday 22 April
22 Apr 2021  

Thursday 22 April

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


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

Smaller vintage to dent $2bn wine export market

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


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

The top problems faced by F&B exporters – report

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


Watch: Moana NZ, Sanford back Māui dolphins drone project
21 Apr 2021  

Watch: Moana NZ, Sanford back Māui dolphins drone project

The fishing companies have thrown their support behind a new project using drones to help efforts to bring the species back from the edge of extinction.


Wednesday 21 April
21 Apr 2021  

Wednesday 21 April

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


Perspectives: Food innovation needed now more than ever
20 Apr 2021  

Perspectives: Food innovation needed now more than ever

Meeting climate change and environmental challenges means backing innovation, writes AgResearch’s Dr Trevor Stuthridge.


Seeka shareholders back $60m OPAC takeover
20 Apr 2021   /

Seeka shareholders back $60m OPAC takeover

Grower support and banking thresholds are the only hurdles remaining.


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

Avocados on track for smashing season as persimmon sales perk up

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


Q&A with Frucor Suntory boss Darren Fullerton
20 Apr 2021  

Q&A with Frucor Suntory boss Darren Fullerton

A year on from taking the helm of Frucor Suntory, chief executive Darren Fullerton talks about the greatest opportunity for the FMCG giant, long-term planning and building resilience.


Tuesday 20 April
20 Apr 2021  

Tuesday 20 April

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


‘Carrot and stick’ required for global food system overhaul
19 Apr 2021  

‘Carrot and stick’ required for global food system overhaul

Left to their own devices, global food manufacturers prioritised profit over the environment, says a new study.


Countdown, Fonterra add weight to freight debate
19 Apr 2021  

Countdown, Fonterra add weight to freight debate

The duo join partners to plot a low emissions future for New Zealand’s freight sector.


MWE revenue warning after poor harvest
19 Apr 2021   /

MWE revenue warning after poor harvest

A poor harvest is set to put a dent in Marlborough Wine Estates’ performance this year.


Grounded Packaging launches carbon-negative ‘plastic’
19 Apr 2021  

Grounded Packaging launches carbon-negative ‘plastic’

New carbon-negative sugarcane-based packaging gives food manufacturers an alternative to plastic.


Monday 19 April
19 Apr 2021  

Monday 19 April

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


Impossible Foods lines up Aus, NZ entry
16 Apr 2021  

Impossible Foods lines up Aus, NZ entry

Hot on the heels of Asia, Impossible Foods is now preparing to enter Australia and NZ with its plant-based meat products.


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

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

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


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

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

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


Govt must act to save productive land – HortNZ
16 Apr 2021  

Govt must act to save productive land – HortNZ

The Government must act now to retain remaining highly productive land for fruit and vegetables.


Friday 16 April
16 Apr 2021  

Friday 16 April

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


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

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

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


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

Organics plan to scale-up $723m NZ sector

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


Westland presses go on $3.2m Hokitika project
15 Apr 2021  

Westland presses go on $3.2m Hokitika project

The project will reduce the factory’s carbon emissions by 7%.


Brewers band together for 2021 fresh hop beers run
15 Apr 2021   /

Brewers band together for 2021 fresh hop beers run

Eight of New Zealand’s top breweries are selling a limited edition range of beers brewed using freshly-picked hops.


Thursday 15 April
15 Apr 2021  

Thursday 15 April

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


Online supermarket startup slates May for Auckland debut
14 Apr 2021  

Online supermarket startup slates May for Auckland debut

Supie wants to strip out waste and benefit local producers by going direct to the consumer.


Alliance invests $1m for push into speciality ingredients
14 Apr 2021  

Alliance invests $1m for push into speciality ingredients

The upgrade of its Levin rendering facility will support the co-op’s drive to capture greater value from products.


Perspectives: Time for some agility around changes to daily bag limits
14 Apr 2021  

Perspectives: Time for some agility around changes to daily bag limits

Seafood NZ argues that law changes to reduce recreational bag limits must be made.


Comvita upgrades guidance after strong Q3
14 Apr 2021   /

Comvita upgrades guidance after strong Q3

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


Wednesday 14 April
14 Apr 2021  

Wednesday 14 April

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


Synlait, A2 sell-off follows Clement resignation
13 Apr 2021   /

Synlait, A2 sell-off follows Clement resignation

The dairy companies saw share prices slip following news that Synlait’s boss is leaving.


Synlait CEO resigns
13 Apr 2021   /

Synlait CEO resigns

Leon Clement will leave the listed dairy company at the end of April.


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

Plant-based ice cream start-up makes accelerator finals

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


KVH names new CEO
13 Apr 2021   /

KVH names new CEO

Leanne Stewart replaces outgoing CEO Stu Hutchings.


Tuesday 13 April
13 Apr 2021  

Tuesday 13 April

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


Seeka makes case for $60m OPAC acquisition
12 Apr 2021   /

Seeka makes case for $60m OPAC acquisition

Seeka’s proposed $60m purchase of rival kiwifruit company Opotiki Packing and Cool Storage would create New Zealand’s largest kiwifruit grower with annual revenue of £300m – but it is far from a done deal.


Ice-cream maker scoops Domino’s deal
12 Apr 2021  

Ice-cream maker scoops Domino’s deal

The tie-up is a shot in the arm for PURE NZ Ice Cream after its foodservice and tourism channels were hit by Covid.


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

T&G to debut Australian blueberries in December

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


100k bee colonies lost in 2020 – survey
12 Apr 2021   /

100k bee colonies lost in 2020 – survey

Winter loss rates of bee colonies in New Zealand has continued to rise, with deaths increasing for the sixth year in a row.


Monday 12 April
12 Apr 2021  

Monday 12 April

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


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

Jaded shoppers take aim at supermarkets – Consumer NZ

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


US a hot-house for plant-based food growth
9 Apr 2021   / /

US a hot-house for plant-based food growth

For the third consecutive year, the growth in sales of plant-based meat, dairy and eggs in the US outpaced conventional animal product sales.


Coal boiler ban and co-investment as govt pushes decarbonisation
9 Apr 2021  

Coal boiler ban and co-investment as govt pushes decarbonisation

The government has moved to ban new low to medium temperature coal burners from next year.


Ārepa bounces into BP, adds Coles in Aussie
9 Apr 2021  

Ārepa bounces into BP, adds Coles in Aussie

New Zealand food tech company Ārepa has clinched a deal to supply its smart drinks to BP petrol stations.


Friday 9 April
9 Apr 2021  

Friday 9 April

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


Which F&B tycoons made the 2021 Forbes Rich List?
8 Apr 2021  

Which F&B tycoons made the 2021 Forbes Rich List?

From spring water chiefs to supermarket dynasties – the annual rankings are a smorgasboard of F&B billionaires.


Perspectives: Women empowerment and peer support in the wine industry
8 Apr 2021  

Perspectives: Women empowerment and peer support in the wine industry

Women entrepreneurs are increasingly entering the wine industry, a traditionally masculine domain.


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

Govt funds food & fibre mentoring, career development and innovation

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


Mama’s Brew Shop adds hard kombucha to retail range
8 Apr 2021  

Mama’s Brew Shop adds hard kombucha to retail range

New product being sold in Farro Fresh stores in Auckland and select New World’s around the country.


Thursday 8 April
8 Apr 2021  

Thursday 8 April

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


GoodFor chases growth with $1.5m capital raise
7 Apr 2021  

GoodFor chases growth with $1.5m capital raise

The package-free grocery store network is planning to expand.


Beef+Lamb NZ ramps up online presence to promote red meat
7 Apr 2021  

Beef+Lamb NZ ramps up online presence to promote red meat

As alternative proteins increase in popularity, the organisation launches a new website to promote NZ red meat facts.


DB brews Export sustainability improvements
7 Apr 2021   /

DB brews Export sustainability improvements

DB Breweries has overhauled the packaging of its Export beer brand as it works towards a goal of halving its carbon footprint by 2030.


Wednesday 7 April
7 Apr 2021  

Wednesday 7 April

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


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

HortNZ: Incentives, investment needed for low emissions future

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


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

PharmaZen profit up 30%, Covid delays hit factory development

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


Alternative proteins: Niche product to mainstream phenomenon
6 Apr 2021   /

Alternative proteins: Niche product to mainstream phenomenon

The fast-growing alternative protein market is on track to account for 11% of the global protein market by 2035.


Kiwifruit Vine Health boss moves to top MPI role
6 Apr 2021   /

Kiwifruit Vine Health boss moves to top MPI role

The chief executive of Kiwifruit Vine Health is leaving the biosecurity organisation after three years to take up a top job with the Ministry for Primary Industries.


Tuesday 6 April
6 Apr 2021  

Tuesday 6 April

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


Silver Fern Farms profit steady despite pandemic
1 Apr 2021  

Silver Fern Farms profit steady despite pandemic

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


NZ King Salmon weighed down by Covid
1 Apr 2021  

NZ King Salmon weighed down by Covid

The salmon farmer posts a seven month net loss of $7m, as it changes its reporting date.


Imagr to open in Amsterdam, steps up European push
1 Apr 2021   /

Imagr to open in Amsterdam, steps up European push

NZ smart cart startup says it has finalised deals with two European retailers.


Covid-19 ‘catalyst’ for healthier diets – study
1 Apr 2021  

Covid-19 ‘catalyst’ for healthier diets – study

Disruptive events can be an opportunity to achieve healthier, more sustainable dietary behaviours, says Plant & Food.


Thursday 1 April
1 Apr 2021  

Thursday 1 April

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


Leaft launches $20m plant protein programme with SFF Futures backing
31 Mar 2021   /

Leaft launches $20m plant protein programme with SFF Futures backing

The plant protein startup secures $8m from MPI for a five-year R&D programme.


Rāhui to protect Bluff oysters from Foveaux Strait parasite
31 Mar 2021  

Rāhui to protect Bluff oysters from Foveaux Strait parasite

The no take zone does not affect the availability of Bluff oysters.


Delegat appoints former boss as acting managing director
31 Mar 2021   /

Delegat appoints former boss as acting managing director

Former managing director Graeme Lord has stepped in as the winemaker looks to replace John Freeman, who resigned in February.


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

Egmont Honey expands as sales process gathers pace

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


T&G turns to VR to help recruit locals into jobs
31 Mar 2021   /

T&G turns to VR to help recruit locals into jobs

The producer is utilising the technology to train Hawke’s Bay locals to fill roles across its orchards, packhouses and cool stores.


Wednesday 31 March
31 Mar 2021  

Wednesday 31 March

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


Nestlé calls time on Auckland Allen’s production, 45 jobs to go
30 Mar 2021   /

Nestlé calls time on Auckland Allen’s production, 45 jobs to go

The food giant plans to relocate its Wiri confectionery manufacturing to Australia.


Primary sector economies take top spots – ASB regional rankings
30 Mar 2021   /

Primary sector economies take top spots – ASB regional rankings

The bank described the December 2020 quarter results as a tale of two islands as the north continued to outperform the south.


B+LNZ worries over methane emissions targets
30 Mar 2021  

B+LNZ worries over methane emissions targets

The industry group says there are “limits to what the sector can continue to achieve”.


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

NZ venison producers set sights on US market

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


Wednesday 30 March
30 Mar 2021  

Wednesday 30 March

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


Synlait interim profit plunges 76%, outlook remains uncertain
29 Mar 2021  

Synlait interim profit plunges 76%, outlook remains uncertain

Significant Covid-19 induced uncertainty and volatility will continue, says the milk powder producer.


Whittaker’s founder admitted to NZ Business Hall of Fame
29 Mar 2021   /

Whittaker’s founder admitted to NZ Business Hall of Fame

J.H. Whittaker has been admitted to the Young Enterprise NZ Business Hall of Fame.


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

HortNZ “thrilled” to back biosecurity bill

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


Monday 29 March
29 Mar 2021  

Monday 29 March

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


Seeka lines up $60m OPAC deal
26 Mar 2021   /

Seeka lines up $60m OPAC deal

The Bay of Plenty-based company is looking to expand its footprint in the kiwifruit sector.


How do Frucor’s 2030 sustainability targets measure up?
26 Mar 2021  

How do Frucor’s 2030 sustainability targets measure up?

Reducing waste, carbon emissions, water usage, sugar and non-recyclable packaging form the backbone of Frucor Suntory’s ten-year sustainability plans.


Industry on alert as oyster parasite discovered in Foveaux Strait
26 Mar 2021   /

Industry on alert as oyster parasite discovered in Foveaux Strait

MPI will begin testing oysters from the Foveaux Strait after the parasite Bonamia ostreae is found in the area.


Friday 26 March
26 Mar 2021  

Friday 26 March

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


Batchwell cracks open $1m capital raise
25 Mar 2021   /

Batchwell cracks open $1m capital raise

An aggressive growth strategy underpins the kombucha maker’s forecast 325% jump in annual revenue.


Fisheries management report gets lukewarm industry welcome
25 Mar 2021  

Fisheries management report gets lukewarm industry welcome

The seafood industry promises constructive engagement on some of the report’s “challenging” recommendations.


Westland Milk in $40m butter expansion play
25 Mar 2021  

Westland Milk in $40m butter expansion play

The West Coast dairy company will double the capacity of its Hokitika butter manufacturing plant.


Thursday 25 March
25 Mar 2021  

Thursday 25 March

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


Scales in the frame for $200m Villa Maria purchase
24 Mar 2021   /

Scales in the frame for $200m Villa Maria purchase

The agribusiness confirms it is in the running to buy Villa Maria in what would be its first foray into wine.


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

HortNZ: Food security just as important as housing

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


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

Zespri vote looms as counterfeit kiwifruit plantings grow

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


Wednesday 24 March
24 Mar 2021  

Wednesday 24 March

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


Nestlé Australia in recycled wrapper first
23 Mar 2021   /

Nestlé Australia in recycled wrapper first

The KitKat wrapper was produced by collecting and processing waste soft plastic.


Synlait loses ops director back to Australia
23 Mar 2021   /

Synlait loses ops director back to Australia

Mark Toomey has resigned from the specialist diary company after just over a year in the role.


Tuesday 23 March
23 Mar 2021  

Tuesday 23 March

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


Sanford warns continuing Covid storm will hit interims
18 Mar 2021  

Sanford warns continuing Covid storm will hit interims

Lower prices and higher costs will hurt performance, says the seafood company.


Woolworths NZ appoints managing director
18 Mar 2021   /

Woolworths NZ appoints managing director

Spencer Sonn steps into the role from Woolworths Holdings South Africa.


Mars Wrigley makes Skittles sustainability move
18 Mar 2021  

Mars Wrigley makes Skittles sustainability move

The US-based multinational manufacturer enters a partnership to develop biodegradable packing.


Thursday 18 March
18 Mar 2021  

Thursday 18 March

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


Fonterra interim profit drops 22%, China divestment continues
17 Mar 2021  

Fonterra interim profit drops 22%, China divestment continues

The co-op said it was “pleased” with its results as the previous period’s earnings were inflated by asset sales.


Insect protein sector investment creating demand buzz – report
17 Mar 2021   /

Insect protein sector investment creating demand buzz – report

Significant investment has set the scene for global demand for insect ingredients, says Rabobank.


Chia Sisters get top marks from B Corp
17 Mar 2021   /

Chia Sisters get top marks from B Corp

The fast-growing Nelson juice company has been certified as the highest-scoring B Corp in New Zealand.


Wednesday 17 March
17 Mar 2021  

Wednesday 17 March

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


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

Commercial whitebait venture secures $2m govt investment

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


Fonterra farmers survey: New capital structure – yes, outside investors – no
16 Mar 2021  

Fonterra farmers survey: New capital structure – yes, outside investors – no

The co-op’s shareholders have indicated support for an overhaul of the dairy giant’s structure.


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

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

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


F&B firms finalists in MPI Good Employer Awards
16 Mar 2021   /

F&B firms finalists in MPI Good Employer Awards

T&G Global, Trevelyan, and Constellation Brands are among the food and beverage companies recognised.


Tuesday 16 March
16 Mar 2021  

Tuesday 16 March

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


Anderson to exit Foodstuffs South Island after 20 years at the top
15 Mar 2021   /

Anderson to exit Foodstuffs South Island after 20 years at the top

The long-time CEO will leave the South Island supermarket co-op in February next year.


Founders look to the future with new $500m food tech collective

Founders look to the future with new $500m food tech collective

Leading NZ food founders launch a new collective to grow the domestic food tech industry with an eye on long-term food stability.


Coca-Cola Oceania appoints new country lead
15 Mar 2021   /

Coca-Cola Oceania appoints new country lead

Former head of customer & commercial, Julie O’Toole, takes up a new role.


Consumers told to not eat raw mussels after two get sick
15 Mar 2021  

Consumers told to not eat raw mussels after two get sick

Consumers are being told to not eat raw mussels after two people suffered food poisoning.


Monday 15 March
15 Mar 2021  

Monday 15 March

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


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

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

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


We shouldn’t be fined for skipper’s error – Amaltal
12 Mar 2021   /

We shouldn’t be fined for skipper’s error – Amaltal

Talley’s deep-water fishing division says it should not be fined for an error made by one of its staff.


Food price inflation slows as value of meat, poultry, fish fall
12 Mar 2021  

Food price inflation slows as value of meat, poultry, fish fall

Restaurant meals and foods such as Thai and Indian helped lift prices in Feb but it was the slowest growth for 18 months.


Friday 12 March
12 Mar 2021  

Friday 12 March

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


Savor expands hospo footprint, forgets Moa
11 Mar 2021   /

Savor expands hospo footprint, forgets Moa

Moa’s former hospitality division is adding three Auckland restaurants to its stable.


Talley’s Amaltal fined $27k for marine reserve fishing
11 Mar 2021   /

Talley’s Amaltal fined $27k for marine reserve fishing

Talley’s deep-water fishing division has been fined for illegal bottom trawling in a marine reserve.


Growers need more support for “vital role” – HortNZ
11 Mar 2021  

Growers need more support for “vital role” – HortNZ

Access to fruit and vegetables and food security was in the spotlight at Wednesday’s launch of the International Year of Fruits and Vegetables.


Thursday 11 March
11 Mar 2021  

Thursday 11 March

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


Blue Sky Pastures appoints CEO
10 Mar 2021   /

Blue Sky Pastures appoints CEO

Atkins Ranch CEO Jim Goodall will take over from Todd Grave at the meat processor.


MWE falls short of $2m fundraising target
10 Mar 2021   /

MWE falls short of $2m fundraising target

But the company says it is “delighted” to raise $1.34m, despite a deeply discounted SPP.


Brands engaged in ‘Covid-washing’ to push unhealthy food – study
10 Mar 2021  

Brands engaged in ‘Covid-washing’ to push unhealthy food – study

Brands leveraged the national Covid-19 lockdown to market unhealthy food, according to a new study.


New brand director at Pepsi
10 Mar 2021   /

New brand director at Pepsi

Tania Bui is the new brand director of CSD PepsiCo brands Pepsi Max, Pepsi, Mountain Dew and 7UP.


Wednesday 10 March
10 Mar 2021  

Wednesday 10 March

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


Ngāi Tahu takes a bite of Rockit, Punchbowl ups stake
9 Mar 2021   /

Ngāi Tahu takes a bite of Rockit, Punchbowl ups stake

Hawke’s Bay apple producer Rockit Global completes a capital raise bringing in new investor Ngâi Tahu Holdings.


Jobs safe despite $16m automation investment – Alliance
9 Mar 2021  

Jobs safe despite $16m automation investment – Alliance

Southland’s largest employer is automating its warehouse and using laser guided storage and retrieval systems.


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

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

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


Fonterra lifts farmgate forecast – again
9 Mar 2021  

Fonterra lifts farmgate forecast – again

Fonterra has lifted its 2020/21 farmgate milk price range forecast for the second time in two months.


Tuesday 9 March
9 Mar 2021  

Tuesday 9 March

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


Monday 8 March
8 Mar 2021  

Monday 8 March

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


Thursday 4 March
4 Mar 2021  

Thursday 4 March

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


Strong sales for Marlborough vineyards in 2020 – Colliers
3 Mar 2021  

Strong sales for Marlborough vineyards in 2020 – Colliers

The number of vineyard sales almost doubled compared to 2019, says the agent.


Wednesday 3 March
3 Mar 2021  

Wednesday 3 March

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


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

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

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


Tuesday 2 March
2 Mar 2021  

Tuesday 2 March

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


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

Daigou disruption sees A2 Milk profit, shares tumble

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


Seeka doubles profit, pays down debt
1 Mar 2021   /

Seeka doubles profit, pays down debt

The Te Puke-based produce handler more than doubled its annual profit in FY20.


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

Significant evidence of exploitation of food producers – NZFGC

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


Monday 1 March
1 Mar 2021  

Monday 1 March

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


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

Comvita turnaround puts it back in the black

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


Scales sees profit squeezed after “challenging, disruptive” FY20
26 Feb 2021  

Scales sees profit squeezed after “challenging, disruptive” FY20

A “challenging and disruptive year” pushed revenue and profit down.


Wine, spirits volumes rise, beer falls except for high strength
26 Feb 2021   /

Wine, spirits volumes rise, beer falls except for high strength

Last year’s record wine result was in contrast to falls in each of the previous two years.


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

Dairy, meat lead value of Jan exports down

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


Friday 26 February
26 Feb 2021  

Friday 26 February

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


Delegat toasts record half year
25 Feb 2021   /

Delegat toasts record half year

Strong global sales growth saw the winemaker’s interim profit leap 31% in a record-breaking run to the end of 2020.


Covid contingencies push NZ King Salmon into the red
25 Feb 2021  

Covid contingencies push NZ King Salmon into the red

Increased airfreight costs, discounting and lockdowns all ate into the salmon farmer’s profit.


Silver Fern Farms, Ziwi rack up nearly $470k total in fines
25 Feb 2021  

Silver Fern Farms, Ziwi rack up nearly $470k total in fines

The companies pleaded guilty in separate cases to pollution charges.


NZ bright spot amidst global falls for Foley Wines
25 Feb 2021   /

NZ bright spot amidst global falls for Foley Wines

US billionaire Bill Foley’s Kiwi company suffers sales falls in its largest overseas markets.


Thursday 25 February
25 Feb 2021  

Thursday 25 February

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


Wednesday 24 February
24 Feb 2021  

Wednesday 24 February

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


My Food Bag says interest “strong” after institutional  bookbuild completes
23 Feb 2021   /

My Food Bag says interest “strong” after institutional bookbuild completes

The company is on track to dual list on 5 March with a post-IPO market cap of $449m.


Tuesday 23 February
23 Feb 2021  

Tuesday 23 February

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


Moa sells loss-making craft beer business for $1.9m
22 Feb 2021   /

Moa sells loss-making craft beer business for $1.9m

The company is jettisoning its eponymous brewing business to focus on its hospitality division under the new name Savor.


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

Honey export revenue reaches $425m – MPI

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


Monday 22 February
22 Feb 2021  

Monday 22 February

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


Friday 19 February
19 Feb 2021  

Friday 19 February

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


Thursday 18 February
18 Feb 2021  

Thursday 18 February

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


Delegat’s John Freeman resigns
17 Feb 2021  

Delegat’s John Freeman resigns

Freeman intends to relocate to Australia with his family but will remain with Delegat until late March.


Wednesday 17  February
17 Feb 2021  

Wednesday 17 February

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


Summer Wrap
15 Feb 2021  

Summer Wrap

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


Almost 80% single-serve drinks in NZ supermarkets are sugary, study finds
18 Dec 2020  

Almost 80% single-serve drinks in NZ supermarkets are sugary, study finds

Researchers are calling for the government to intervene, and say industry pledges are not enough.


Covid-19, weather woes, M Bovis: Beef + Lamb NZ wraps 2020
18 Dec 2020  

Covid-19, weather woes, M Bovis: Beef + Lamb NZ wraps 2020

Beef +Lamb New Zealand looks back on 2020 in a final blog for the year.


Global F&B rankings for 2020 revealed
17 Dec 2020  

Global F&B rankings for 2020 revealed

Did a global pandemic end Nestlé’s reign at the top of the international F&B power list?


A2 Milk in trading halt as earnings guidance revised
17 Dec 2020  

A2 Milk in trading halt as earnings guidance revised

A2 Milk Company has stopped the trading of its shares on the NZX and ASX while it revises its earnings guidance. The dual-listed firm said this morning that the halt MORE »


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

Nash to decide future of NZ Food Innovation Network

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


Grocery sector probe timeline questioned by MBIE
16 Dec 2020  

Grocery sector probe timeline questioned by MBIE

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


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

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

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


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

SFF Futures backs $25m grower and farm initiative

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


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

Cherries, blueberries, lamb in Air NZ Christmas cargo rush

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


SeaDragon hooks new investor as Comvita exits
15 Dec 2020  

SeaDragon hooks new investor as Comvita exits

A US-based family buys into the fish oil company in an off-market deal.


Nestlé comes to the table to tackle NZ emissions
15 Dec 2020   /

Nestlé comes to the table to tackle NZ emissions

Global giant teams up with Fonterra and DairyNZ to co-fund plantain project in effort to reduce emissions.


Seafood NZ calls time on  “challenging” 2020
15 Dec 2020  

Seafood NZ calls time on “challenging” 2020

Essential workers, online adaption, home deliveries – 2020 was a year like no other, says Seafood NZ CEO Dr Jeremy Helson.


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

B+LNZ: Summer lamb and sheep exports to drop

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


NZFGC opposes mandatory phase out of plastic packaging
14 Dec 2020  

NZFGC opposes mandatory phase out of plastic packaging

The council urges the Govt to ensure other options are also available.


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

Strawberry prices crushed 43% as exports fall

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


Massey to study F&B sector mental wellbeing
14 Dec 2020  

Massey to study F&B sector mental wellbeing

A new Massey University study is surveying psychosocial risks in the workplace.


Rangatira reports “best ever” sales for Mrs Higgins
11 Dec 2020  

Rangatira reports “best ever” sales for Mrs Higgins

The investor wants to bolster the cookie maker through acquisitions in what it calls a “fragmented industry”.


Zespri goes in-house with sustainability boss shuffle
11 Dec 2020  

Zespri goes in-house with sustainability boss shuffle

Carol Ward has been appointed chief grower, industry and sustainability officer.


Competition, pricing and promotions in ComCom sights
11 Dec 2020  

Competition, pricing and promotions in ComCom sights

Preliminary issues paper released ahead of review into NZ’s highly concentrated sector


Nestlé debuts plant-based products in China
11 Dec 2020   /

Nestlé debuts plant-based products in China

The move into Asia builds on market presence in Australia, Europe and the US.


Tour operator turns to F&B for survival
11 Dec 2020  

Tour operator turns to F&B for survival

Queenstown-based Impact Escapes has launched a tea company, after Covid-19 put a halt to its tour business.


New collagen water to make splash in $2bn global market
10 Dec 2020  

New collagen water to make splash in $2bn global market

Parkers and Adashiko jv to “rejuvenate the premium bottled water industry”


Seeka signs off $27m Australian deal, lifts guidance
10 Dec 2020   /

Seeka signs off $27m Australian deal, lifts guidance

The kiwifruit exporter gets the go-ahead for a sale and leaseback deal, unlocking more profit for the year.


Steady as she goes at diversified Scales
10 Dec 2020  

Steady as she goes at diversified Scales

Diversified agribusiness group will pay 9.5c interim dividend and affirms previous guidance.


Stats NZ: September surge boosted by dairy, meat, grocery records
10 Dec 2020   /

Stats NZ: September surge boosted by dairy, meat, grocery records

Dairy and meat product manufacturing volumes, and wholesale grocery and liquor value saw huge lifts in the Sept quarter.


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

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

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


F&B firms lead global plastic polluter rankings
9 Dec 2020  

F&B firms lead global plastic polluter rankings

Coca-Cola, Pepsi and Nestlé were named the leading plastic polluters for the third year in a row.


Marlborough Wine Estates snaps up Clarke as OTU winemaker
9 Dec 2020  

Marlborough Wine Estates snaps up Clarke as OTU winemaker

Clarke is known throughout the industry both internationally and locally.


Seafood NZ casts net for Kiwi workers
8 Dec 2020  

Seafood NZ casts net for Kiwi workers

The association has started the roll out of a series of online, digital and regionally focused advertisements.


Behemoth smashes $1.8m capital raise target
8 Dec 2020  

Behemoth smashes $1.8m capital raise target

The Auckland brewer only launched its capital raise on Snowball Effect last Monday.


Fairnham is Frucor Suntory’s new CCO
8 Dec 2020  

Fairnham is Frucor Suntory’s new CCO

Drew Fairnham has worked in the F&B industry for a number of years.


Fonterra lifts milk price  following China rebound
7 Dec 2020  

Fonterra lifts milk price following China rebound

Strong demand for NZ dairy has seen the co-op lift its milk price forecast and report Q1 earnings of $250m.


Online grocery disruptor to “even the playing field”
7 Dec 2020  

Online grocery disruptor to “even the playing field”

The Honest Grocer says it’s offering lower prices than major players.


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

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

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


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

F&B priority sector for NZTE in 2020/21

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


T&G adds $50m to coffers with Nelson sale
4 Dec 2020  

T&G adds $50m to coffers with Nelson sale

Sale and leaseback of Nayland site will see fresh produce giant plough $50m of firepower into its growth strategy.


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

Exporters get one-stop-shop for biosecurity threats

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


Red meat sector sets out 10-year strategy

Red meat sector sets out 10-year strategy

The $12bn sector puts sustainable profitability and premium value at the centre of new vision.


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

Govt diversity drive to benefit Māori F&B firms

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


Tourism giant exits F&B sector with brewery sale
3 Dec 2020  

Tourism giant exits F&B sector with brewery sale

Queenstown-based Wayfare is selling its brewing interests to local restauranteurs.


Dairy exports suffer 16% value hit
3 Dec 2020  

Dairy exports suffer 16% value hit

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


Diet diversity prompts updated food safety guidance
3 Dec 2020  

Diet diversity prompts updated food safety guidance

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


Synlait water results slip in second sustainability report
3 Dec 2020  

Synlait water results slip in second sustainability report

The dairy giant’s so called off-farm water results have moved away from 2028 targets.


Booming NZ brewing sector worth $2.7bn despite Covid woes
2 Dec 2020  

Booming NZ brewing sector worth $2.7bn despite Covid woes

The industry supported more than 7000 jobs and paid $470m in annual wages, says NZIER.


October red meat exports down 18% – MIA

October red meat exports down 18% – MIA

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


Moa reports interim loss, suffers 45% revenue fall to $10m
1 Dec 2020   /

Moa reports interim loss, suffers 45% revenue fall to $10m

Moa Group Limited has reported an after tax loss of $415,000 for the six months to 30 September 2020.


Unilever NZ begins four-day work week trial
1 Dec 2020  

Unilever NZ begins four-day work week trial

The consumer goods giant has 81 New Zealand-based employees.


Synlait completes $200m raise
1 Dec 2020  

Synlait completes $200m raise

The dairy company successfully raised the money after closing an oversubscribed $20m share purchase plan.


Consumer NZ spotlights  misleading claims in ‘bad taste’ awards
30 Nov 2020  

Consumer NZ spotlights misleading claims in ‘bad taste’ awards

Label claims from Nestlé, Edmonds, Lewis Road Creamery and Beehive come under scrutiny.


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

Summer RSE worker decision a “positive start”

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


B+L marshalls evidence for red meat pushback
30 Nov 2020  

B+L marshalls evidence for red meat pushback

Just last month the Heart Foundation put out new recommendations, advising Kiwis to eat less red meat.


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

New Year border exemption for Pacific RSE workers

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


Flegg in first for NZ Avocado Growers Association
27 Nov 2020  

Flegg in first for NZ Avocado Growers Association

She is the first woman in the position in the organisation’s 40-years.


Pic’s picks off Whittakers in new Brand Reputation Index
27 Nov 2020  

Pic’s picks off Whittakers in new Brand Reputation Index

The likes of Pic’s Peanut Butter and Whittakers have taken the top spots.


Spirulina farm funding lays foundation for $100m sector
27 Nov 2020   /

Spirulina farm funding lays foundation for $100m sector

A two-year project will look at the viability of the industry, worth more than $100m to NZ a year.


‘Super premium’ pays dividends for Delegat
26 Nov 2020   /

‘Super premium’ pays dividends for Delegat

Online growth and investment in technology and sales teams also helped the winemaker to a record year.


Synlait bets on diversification to build value
26 Nov 2020   /

Synlait bets on diversification to build value

Diversifying its product ranges, customers and target markets has created a more sustainable business, says Synlait chief executive Leon Clement.


Hawke’s Bay growers seek iso facility for Covid-free RSE workers
26 Nov 2020  

Hawke’s Bay growers seek iso facility for Covid-free RSE workers

Hawke’s Bay horticulture and viticulture sectors worked together on a plan delivered to government last week.


Fruit supplement eyes Asian markets following funding
26 Nov 2020  

Fruit supplement eyes Asian markets following funding

New research will look into how effective the supplement is.


Ardern: No RSE worker entry before Christmas
25 Nov 2020  

Ardern: No RSE worker entry before Christmas

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


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

Foodservice slowdown to hit demand for beef, lamb – report

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


Supermarkets strong in record Q3 retail sales results
24 Nov 2020  

Supermarkets strong in record Q3 retail sales results

NZ’s retail sector is on the road to recovery, according to the latest figures from Stats NZ.


Countdown promises zero food waste, reduced emissions
23 Nov 2020  

Countdown promises zero food waste, reduced emissions

The NZ-owned company has set itself some lofty sustainability and diversity goals.


A2 Milk maintains guidance, says 2020 has ‘tested us’
19 Nov 2020  

A2 Milk maintains guidance, says 2020 has ‘tested us’

The dairy company says it expects an uptick in activity in the second half of FY21 despite continuing uncertainty.


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

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

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


Dairy producers pay falls 13% dip in Sept quarter – Stats NZ
19 Nov 2020  

Dairy producers pay falls 13% dip in Sept quarter – Stats NZ

Gains made in the March and June quarters have been impacted by the fall.


Govt launches review into NZ supermarket prices
18 Nov 2020  

Govt launches review into NZ supermarket prices

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


F&B industry welcomes RCEP
17 Nov 2020  

F&B industry welcomes RCEP

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


Primary, meat industries to profit from RCEP
17 Nov 2020  

Primary, meat industries to profit from RCEP

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


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

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

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


Tuesday 17 November
17 Nov 2020  

Tuesday 17 November

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


High supply sees fruit, vege prices drop – Stats NZ
16 Nov 2020  

High supply sees fruit, vege prices drop – Stats NZ

The department says prices tend to fall in October as fruit and vegetables follow seasonal trend.


Marlborough approves $1.45m for wine trail
16 Nov 2020  

Marlborough approves $1.45m for wine trail

The Renwick wine trail is in its final stages of construction.


Monday 16 November
16 Nov 2020  

Monday 16 November

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


Pandemic exposes Sanford’s weaknesses as profit plummets
13 Nov 2020  

Pandemic exposes Sanford’s weaknesses as profit plummets

The NZX-listed seafood company has detailed its disappointing annual results.


F&B firms win national marketing awards
13 Nov 2020  

F&B firms win national marketing awards

Waikato wine company Invivo & Co has scooped two awards in the TVNZ-New Zealand Marketing Awards 2020.


Friday 13 November
13 Nov 2020  

Friday 13 November

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


Talley’s Amaltal mulls appeal against guilty verdict
12 Nov 2020  

Talley’s Amaltal mulls appeal against guilty verdict

Talley’s deep-water fishing division is considering an appeal against its conviction for illegal bottom trawling in a marine reserve.


$180m Synlait placement oversubscribed
12 Nov 2020  

$180m Synlait placement oversubscribed

Synlait Milk has added $180m to its coffers after successfully completing a discounted share placing.


Mussel firm fined $150k after worker injured
12 Nov 2020  

Mussel firm fined $150k after worker injured

North Island Mussels Limited has been fined $150,000 and ordered to pay $31,000 in reparation following a 2019 incident which saw an employee’s hand crushed.


Synlait targets $200m in equity raise
11 Nov 2020  

Synlait targets $200m in equity raise

The company will use the money to complete its investment strategy, pay down debt, and strengthen its balance sheet.


Oct food and beverage spend second highest in 20 years – Stats NZ
11 Nov 2020  

Oct food and beverage spend second highest in 20 years – Stats NZ

Supermarket and grocery store spending in October 2020 increased by $137m, or 7.8%, compared to the same month last year.


Seasonal worker shortage ‘enormous pressure point’ – ANZ
11 Nov 2020  

Seasonal worker shortage ‘enormous pressure point’ – ANZ

As prime picking time looms near the horticulture industry remains concerned about RSE shortages.


PGF invests $825k in Northland organic farm initiative
11 Nov 2020   /

PGF invests $825k in Northland organic farm initiative

The Provincial Growth Fund has earmarked $825,000 for a Māori co-operative to convert an unused Northland block into an organic farm.


Wednesday 11 November
11 Nov 2020  

Wednesday 11 November

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


Synlait share trading stops for expected capital raise
10 Nov 2020  

Synlait share trading stops for expected capital raise

Synlait Milk has stopped the trading of its shares in both New Zealand and Australia ahead of an announcement of a significant capital raise.


Fonterra sets out stall to combat Covid uncertainty
10 Nov 2020  

Fonterra sets out stall to combat Covid uncertainty

Fonterra is on the “home straight” of its turnaround and well-positioned to face continued Covid-19 induced global uncertainty, according to chief executive Miles Hurrell


Petition urges support for plant-based agri
10 Nov 2020  

Petition urges support for plant-based agri

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


Tuesday 10 November
10 Nov 2020  

Tuesday 10 November

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


Villa Maria eyes land sale, capital raise to boost growth
9 Nov 2020   /

Villa Maria eyes land sale, capital raise to boost growth

Villa Maria Estate is selling off 31 hectares of land in Māngere to raise funds for global expansion.


Wyeth moves to Westland Dairy to lead growth
9 Nov 2020  

Wyeth moves to Westland Dairy to lead growth

He takes over from Shiqing Jian who has been interim chief executive.


Monday 9 November
9 Nov 2020  

Monday 9 November

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


Sanford warns profit could halve as Covid bites
6 Nov 2020  

Sanford warns profit could halve as Covid bites

The fishing company says it has suffered falling prices, slow sales and poor catches.


Synlait reveals new deal with mystery multinational customer
6 Nov 2020  

Synlait reveals new deal with mystery multinational customer

Synlait Milk says it has signed a new manufacturing supply deal with “an established, global category leader” but it has not named its new customer.


Climate change threat to Hawke’s Bay food supply – report
6 Nov 2020  

Climate change threat to Hawke’s Bay food supply – report

Hawke’s Bay has a “short window of time” to act against climate change.


Friday 6 November
6 Nov 2020  

Friday 6 November

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


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

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

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


SunGold to drive Zespri’s 10-year growth
5 Nov 2020  

SunGold to drive Zespri’s 10-year growth

It comes as demand for the variety across the globe remains strong.


Cathy Quinn joins Fonterra board
5 Nov 2020  

Cathy Quinn joins Fonterra board

Former lawyer Cathy Quinn has been appointed to Fonterra’s board of directors.


Again Again eyes expansion with $750k raise
5 Nov 2020  

Again Again eyes expansion with $750k raise

A reusable cup company has launched its $750,000 crowdfunded equity raise to back an expansion of its cup service, and expand its product range to replace other single-use plastics.


Thursday 5 November
5 Nov 2020  

Thursday 5 November

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


Fonterra sustainability: Earnings up but environment work lags
4 Nov 2020  

Fonterra sustainability: Earnings up but environment work lags

The dairy co-op returns to sustainable earnings as it continues to tackle environmental challenges.


NZ King Salmon making Covid comeback
4 Nov 2020  

NZ King Salmon making Covid comeback

During the pandemic the company saw a “rapid decline” in sales.


Wednesday 4 November
4 Nov 2020  

Wednesday 4 November

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


New Govt ministers unveiled
3 Nov 2020  

New Govt ministers unveiled

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


Euro-potato chip dumping investigation begins
3 Nov 2020  

Euro-potato chip dumping investigation begins

A Government investigation into the alleged dumping of potato fries and wedges from Europe has begun.


Zespri adds trio of ships with Fresh Carriers investment
3 Nov 2020  

Zespri adds trio of ships with Fresh Carriers investment

The kiwifruit co-op is bolstering its shipping fleet by adding three new vessels.


Processed foods make up 45% of kids’ energy intake
3 Nov 2020  

Processed foods make up 45% of kids’ energy intake

Young kiwi kids are getting almost half of their energy intake from foods like bread and crackers, according to new research.


Tuesday 3 November
3 Nov 2020  

Tuesday 3 November

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


Milk production lifts by 1.6% as US, EU exports grow
2 Nov 2020   /

Milk production lifts by 1.6% as US, EU exports grow

Fonterra released its Global Dairy Update last week with the latest data.


New Northland reservoir to support local horticulture sector
2 Nov 2020  

New Northland reservoir to support local horticulture sector

A new water storage reservoir in Northland could see horticulture opportunities in the region grow.


Speight’s scoops top gong in marketing awards
2 Nov 2020   /

Speight’s scoops top gong in marketing awards

A Speight’s commercial has swept up a number of prizes at the Effies.


Monday 2 November
2 Nov 2020  

Monday 2 November

National China has vowed to cut its reliance on foreign food imports. What could that mean for NZ agricultural exports?Newshub Zespri insiders set up private equity fund to invest in MORE »


Winely raises $2m in seed round
30 Oct 2020  

Winely raises $2m in seed round

The Dunedin-based star helps winemakers automate the fermentation analysis process.


MediaWorks to pay $1k for ‘socially irresponsible’ promo
30 Oct 2020   /

MediaWorks to pay $1k for ‘socially irresponsible’ promo

One of the company’s radio stations was found to breach the Broadcasting Standards Authority.


Friday 29 October
30 Oct 2020  

Friday 29 October

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


Terra Vitae rebounds from ‘disappointing’ FY19
29 Oct 2020  

Terra Vitae rebounds from ‘disappointing’ FY19

Last year its vineyards produced 17% below the winemaker’s budgeted target.


Pak’nSave store fined $78k for misleading prices
29 Oct 2020  

Pak’nSave store fined $78k for misleading prices

There were discrepancies between what the store was advertising, and what customers were paying at the till.


Thursday 29 October
29 Oct 2020  

Thursday 29 October

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


Synlait targets consolidation ahead of growth, board chair to exit
28 Oct 2020  

Synlait targets consolidation ahead of growth, board chair to exit

Synlait Milk has set the course for a year of consolidation following a period of substantial investment.


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

Value of dairy exports takes $97m hit

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


Kiwis advised to eat less red meat, chicken
28 Oct 2020  

Kiwis advised to eat less red meat, chicken

The Heart Foundation is advising Kiwis to be more mindful about their red meat and chicken consumption.


Wednesday 28 October
28 Oct 2020  

Wednesday 28 October

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


Comvita reports ‘strong’ revenue growth, despite loss
27 Oct 2020   /

Comvita reports ‘strong’ revenue growth, despite loss

Comvita has reported “strong” results in its first quarter, posting double-digit revenue growth.


Vege prices jump 18% to push CPI up
27 Oct 2020  

Vege prices jump 18% to push CPI up

Higher vegetable prices have contributed to a 0.7% increase in the Consumers Price Index (CPI.


‘Strong’ food sector drives Taranaki economy – report
27 Oct 2020  

‘Strong’ food sector drives Taranaki economy – report

The region continues to rank as one of the highest rates of economic activity per capita in New Zealand.


Saveloys and sheep’s tongue – a look back at Kiwi food habits
27 Oct 2020  

Saveloys and sheep’s tongue – a look back at Kiwi food habits

A refreshing glimpse into past and present consumer trends reveals the food products Kiwis loved buying in a Stats NZ infographic.


Tuesday 27 October
27 Oct 2020  

Tuesday 27 October

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


Zespri launches China trial to combat SunGold plantings
23 Oct 2020  

Zespri launches China trial to combat SunGold plantings

Zespri has started a procurement trial in China to try and combat illegal plantings of its SunGold kiwifruit.


Horticultural training gets $2.2m PGF boost
23 Oct 2020   /

Horticultural training gets $2.2m PGF boost

The horticulture sector will benefit from the latest Provincial Growth Fund drop.


Help for dairy farmers switching to sheep, goat
23 Oct 2020  

Help for dairy farmers switching to sheep, goat

Waikato Milking Systems is helping farmers across New Zealand make the switch to sheep and goat milk.


Friday 23 October
23 Oct 2020  

Friday 23 October

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


Fishing crew tests positive for Covid-19 in NZ
22 Oct 2020   /

Fishing crew tests positive for Covid-19 in NZ

Eighteen fishermen have been confirmed to have Covid-19 at a managed isolation facility in Christchurch


Terra Vitae rebounds from loss to post FY20 profit
22 Oct 2020   /

Terra Vitae rebounds from loss to post FY20 profit

Terra Vitae Vineyards’ traded at an operating profit of $1.16m for the year ended June 2020.


Thursday 22 October
22 Oct 2020  

Thursday 22 October

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


NZTE launches global food and beverage campaign
21 Oct 2020   /

NZTE launches global food and beverage campaign

NZTE has launched a new global campaign to showcase the country’s food and beverage industry.


Marlborough Wine Estates posts first profitable listed year
21 Oct 2020  

Marlborough Wine Estates posts first profitable listed year

Marlborough Wine Estates has posted its first-ever profitable year as an NZX listed company.


Chocolate companies get $718k from PGF
21 Oct 2020  

Chocolate companies get $718k from PGF

Over $718k is being invested by the Provincial Growth Fund into chocolate companies in Otago and Southland.


Māori orchard projects secure almost $5m in PGF
21 Oct 2020   /

Māori orchard projects secure almost $5m in PGF

Māori development projects based in the Bay of Plenty and Tairāwhiti are set to receive nearly $5m in Provincial Growth Fund support.


Wednesday 21 October
21 Oct 2020  

Wednesday 21 October

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


Talley’s buys Dairyworks’ Deep South ice cream
20 Oct 2020  

Talley’s buys Dairyworks’ Deep South ice cream

Dairyworks has sold its Deep South ice cream brand to seafood giant Talley’s for an undisclosed sum.


Possum meat popularity drives company expansion
20 Oct 2020  

Possum meat popularity drives company expansion

A Kiwi pet food company’s foray into possum meat has seen the business expand.


Tuesday 20 October
20 Oct 2020  

Tuesday 20 October

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


Monday 19 October
19 Oct 2020  

Monday 19 October

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


Orchards to benefit from $4.1m PGF investment
16 Oct 2020  

Orchards to benefit from $4.1m PGF investment

Two apple orchards and a food and beverage company are set to benefit from a $4.1m Provincial Growth Fund investment in the Hawke’s Bay.


Friday 16 October
16 Oct 2020  

Friday 16 October

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


Research: Women under-represented in meat sector
15 Oct 2020  

Research: Women under-represented in meat sector

New research suggests women are under-represented in, and even prevented from, aspiring to higher levels of business in the industry.


Thursday 15 October
15 Oct 2020  

Thursday 15 October

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


ASX-listed HVN gets OIO green light for dairy factory
14 Oct 2020   /

ASX-listed HVN gets OIO green light for dairy factory

Happy Valley Nutrition has secured Overseas Investment Office approval to develop a dairy factory in the Waikato.


Election 2020: Labour’s plans for food and beverage
14 Oct 2020  

Election 2020: Labour’s plans for food and beverage

The party pledges support for the food sector including help to modernise the fishing industry.


Palliser Estate reports ‘higher than expected’ FY20 results
14 Oct 2020  

Palliser Estate reports ‘higher than expected’ FY20 results

Palliser Estate Wines says its FY20 results were better than expected, despite numerous Covid-19 impacts.


Wednesday 14 October
14 Oct 2020  

Wednesday 14 October

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


Kūmara at risk of climate change
6 Oct 2020  

Kūmara at risk of climate change

The majority of kūmara varieties may not survive rising global temperatures, according to new international research. Peruvian and French researchers from the International Potato Centre tested nearly 2,000 sweet potato MORE »


Ocean Fisheries ordered to pay $783k over Jubilee deaths
17 Sep 2020  

Ocean Fisheries ordered to pay $783k over Jubilee deaths

Ocean Fisheries Limited has been fined $46,000 and ordered to pay $737,325.25 in reparations to the families of three deceased fishermen.


First food and fibre centre of excellence launches
3 Sep 2020  

First food and fibre centre of excellence launches

The Government has launched the country’s first centre of excellence for the primary sector, labelling it a sign of its commitment to growers and farmers.


NZ Food Heroes Awards finalists announced
1 Sep 2020  

NZ Food Heroes Awards finalists announced

Sixty of the country’s food and beverage heroes have been selected as finalists in the 2020 New Zealand Food Awards.


Gallo Winery buys Nobilo for $202m
30 Jun 2020   /

Gallo Winery buys Nobilo for $202m

California-based Gallo Winery has bought New Zealand wine brand Nobilo for $202m from US owner Constellation Brands. Gallo Winery is one of the largest family-owned wineries in the world with MORE »


Delegat Group eyes bigger harvest
25 Jun 2020  

Delegat Group eyes bigger harvest

Wine maker Delegat Group has lifted its expectations of the size of its grape harvest and increased revenue. The good news has boosted the share price to a high of MORE »


Nelson Food Factory opens
15 Jun 2020   /

Nelson Food Factory opens

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