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Saturday 21 May 2022

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AgriTech NZ backs $340m climate action centre
19 May 2022   /

AgriTech NZ backs $340m climate action centre

AgriTechNZ has backed the government’s proposal for a $340m Centre for Climate Action on Agricultural Emissions as part of its Emissions Reduction Plan, and notes a key role to be played by agritech.


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

NZCS lines up takeover target after upbeat Q1

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


MG Marketing contestable applications open
17 May 2022  

MG Marketing contestable applications open

Fruit and vege co-operative MG Marketing has been established a contestable fund which aims to contribute towards the general improvement, capability and profile of the horticulture industry in New Zealand.


Applications open for Countdown’s $50k Growing for Good fund
16 May 2022   /

Applications open for Countdown’s $50k Growing for Good fund

Applications are now open for Countdown’s Growing for Good grants which puts $50,000 of funding up for grabs for students to combat climate change.


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

NZ foodtech startup lands $1.25m from Pacific Channel VC

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


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

FoodStarter 2022 finalists: Who made the cut?

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


Sprout Accelerator registrations open
10 May 2022   /

Sprout Accelerator registrations open

The organisation is looking for cutting-edge businesses to register for global connections, mentorship, and the chance to pitch for up to $1m in seed stage investment.


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

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

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


Startup investment tops $250m in 2021 – F&B just 4%
4 May 2022   /

Startup investment tops $250m in 2021 – F&B just 4%

Food & beverage comprised just 4% of the $257.5m invested in early stage investment in New Zealand in 2021, according to a new report.


F&B startup selected for Venture Taranaki PowerUp Kickstart
4 May 2022  

F&B startup selected for Venture Taranaki PowerUp Kickstart

A five-strong cohort of Taranaki entrepreneurs has been selected for PowerUp Kickstart, a business capability building programme and ideas competition, with one venture expected to take home $10,000 to spend on developing their enterprise.


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

Global alt-seafood investment doubled in 2021 – GFI

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


Comvita x Microsoft mixed reality goes to Asia
19 Apr 2022   /

Comvita x Microsoft mixed reality goes to Asia

Comvita’s mixed reality Mānuka honey tasting experience, developed in partnership with Microsoft, is set to become part of everyday trading at some Asia stores, following a showcase of the retail technology at New Zealand Expo in Dubai.


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

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

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


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

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

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


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

Leaft Foods flies flag with $22m fundraise

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


HVN invests $1.4m into whole milk powder study
7 Apr 2022   /

HVN invests $1.4m into whole milk powder study

A study to examine the effects of milk powder consumption on nutritional value and digestive comfort has received funding from the High-Value Nutrition Ko Ngā Kai Whai Painga National Science Challenge


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

Startup spotlight: Spreading the word at Datella

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


Bluelab expands with Autogrow buy
6 Apr 2022   /

Bluelab expands with Autogrow buy

New Zealand based agri-tech company Bluelab has acquired automation company Autogrow as part of a global strategy to expand operations into new territories and increase its range of technology offerings to customers.


NZ Winegrowers launches white wine emoji petition
1 Apr 2022   /

NZ Winegrowers launches white wine emoji petition

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


HVN pledges $980k for new honey research
1 Apr 2022   /

HVN pledges $980k for new honey research

The High-Value Nutrition National Science Challenge is contributing $980,000 into a Plant & Food Research led programme looking at native honey and what appeals to consumers.


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

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

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


Govt backs digital farm environment plan project
30 Mar 2022   /

Govt backs digital farm environment plan project

The Ministry for Primary Industries Sustainable Food and Fibre Futures fund is contributing $493,500 to a $823,500 research programme to create a digital farm environment plan.


Private equity swoops on Raglan Food Co
29 Mar 2022   /

Private equity swoops on Raglan Food Co

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


Gallagher, Royal Barenbrug Group back agritech venture
28 Mar 2022   /

Gallagher, Royal Barenbrug Group back agritech venture

Gallagher and the Royal Barenbrug Group have backed Christchurch-based agritech firm Farmote Systems.


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

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

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


WayBeyond launches new pest detection app
23 Mar 2022   /

WayBeyond launches new pest detection app

Agri-tech developer WayBeyond has launched the FarmRoad app to make it faster to detect pests and pathogens in field crops.


Innovation the good oil for NZ Hops
22 Mar 2022   /

Innovation the good oil for NZ Hops

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


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

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

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


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

Pita Pit brands going from virtual to reality

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


Paper still widely used in food manufacturing – iMonitor
16 Mar 2022   /

Paper still widely used in food manufacturing – iMonitor

Food manufacturers have a major digital gap on the production floor, according to a new report from smart manufacturing platform iMonitor.


Ārepa clocks up Australian accounts
15 Mar 2022   /

Ārepa clocks up Australian accounts

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


Seaweed trial secures nearly $1m funding
14 Mar 2022  

Seaweed trial secures nearly $1m funding

About $1m is being invested into a land-based seaweed trial beside the Firth of Thames wetland.


Watch: Burgers inspired by AI
7 Mar 2022   /

Watch: Burgers inspired by AI

Burgers inspired by Artificial Intelligence, from chef Dale Bowie and AgResearch.


Watch: Food, Fibre and Agritech Supernode Challenge 2022
4 Mar 2022  

Watch: Food, Fibre and Agritech Supernode Challenge 2022

Get your applications in all you innovators – entries to the Food, Fibre and Agritech Supernode Challenge 2022 close 20 March.


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

Will Domino’s really be delivering pizza by drone?

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


LETF jumpstarts Fonterra’s first electric tanker
25 Feb 2022   /

LETF jumpstarts Fonterra’s first electric tanker

Fonterra is to operate New Zealand’s first electric 46T milk tanker.  


Food, Fibre & Agritech Supernode Challenge 2.0 opens
23 Feb 2022   /

Food, Fibre & Agritech Supernode Challenge 2.0 opens

ChristchurchNZ has launched the its second annual Food, Fibre and Agritech Supernode Challenge.


NIWA trials autonomous fish-counting vessel
22 Feb 2022   /

NIWA trials autonomous fish-counting vessel

NIWA scientists have completed a first successful deep water test run in the Cook Strait of a six-metre-long autonomous vessel to help them count fish.


Good George trials first 0% beer
21 Feb 2022   /

Good George trials first 0% beer

The brewer is testing a no-alcohol hazy in bars before deciding whether to push for a retail release.


Bluelab triumphs at NZ International Business Awards
18 Feb 2022   /

Bluelab triumphs at NZ International Business Awards

The precision growing technology business was last night named the supreme winner at the awards.


Agri-tech on agenda for PM’s US trade visit
16 Feb 2022   /

Agri-tech on agenda for PM’s US trade visit

Prime Minister Jacinda Ardern will undertake a trade visit to the United States in May focused on New Zealand’s high-technology export sectors, including agri-tech.


Fruit eco-sticker startup aims for bite of US$50bn market
9 Feb 2022   /

Fruit eco-sticker startup aims for bite of US$50bn market

A trial of the eco-stickers will start in July.


Natural Abundance launches ‘world first’ packaging NFT
8 Feb 2022   /

Natural Abundance launches ‘world first’ packaging NFT

Are NFTs an opportunity for food and beverage firms? Kristina Ivanova’s plant-based snack maker jumps in.


Food packaging helps attract SFFF investment in hemp
8 Feb 2022   /

Food packaging helps attract SFFF investment in hemp

A multi-million-dollar investment is to look at how hemp can be made into food packaging and other innovations.


Tindall’s K1W1 stumps up for Cropsy, Daisy Lab
3 Feb 2022   /

Tindall’s K1W1 stumps up for Cropsy, Daisy Lab

The Warehouse founder’s venture capital fund backs NZ ventures seeking global exposure.


Innovation needed for NZ food shift to sustainability – OECD
1 Feb 2022  

Innovation needed for NZ food shift to sustainability – OECD

New Zealand’s food producers and manufacturers need new technologies and business models to help shift to more sustainable and healthy products, says the OECD.


Govt invests in $5m regenerative seaweed pilot
9 Dec 2021   /

Govt invests in $5m regenerative seaweed pilot

The government is investing nearly $2m into a $5m commercial regenerative seaweed farming pilot that aims to provide proof-of-concept for commercial scale production.


Ingredients, personal care, healthy ageing – Pāmu milks deer idea for future growth
7 Dec 2021   /

Ingredients, personal care, healthy ageing – Pāmu milks deer idea for future growth

The SOE targets the healthy ageing category for the longterm commercial success of its ‘world first’ product.


New funding for Pic’s homegrown peanuts
7 Dec 2021   /

New funding for Pic’s homegrown peanuts

Nut butter baron Pic Picot is pushing ahead with his mission to develop homegrown peanuts by bringing forward a project to support marketing opportunities for the spread.


Southland food tourism mecca mooted
7 Dec 2021  

Southland food tourism mecca mooted

Southland could become a hot-bed of food activity under new plans to transform the region into a food destination.


Zespri innovation under review
6 Dec 2021   /

Zespri innovation under review

The kiwifruit co-op is reviewing its innovation model and is calling for input from stakeholders.


Marlborough winner at Global Seafood Alliance awards
1 Dec 2021   /

Marlborough winner at Global Seafood Alliance awards

A Marlborough company has been recognised for its oyster farm technology, picking up the 2021 Global Aquaculture Innovation Award at the Global Seafood Alliance Awards.


Baby food startup wins inaugural innovation award
30 Nov 2021   /

Baby food startup wins inaugural innovation award

Baby food venture Norish has won the inaugural Innovate Hawke’s Bay awards.


All Good backs $50m Southland oat factory
29 Nov 2021   /

All Good backs $50m Southland oat factory

The purpose-led company commits to being a customer of New Zealand’s first purpose-built oat milk processing factory.


Sauerkraut inspired by the whenua takes top title at NZ Food Awards
26 Nov 2021  

Sauerkraut inspired by the whenua takes top title at NZ Food Awards

The Wild Fermentary’s Smoky Kāpeti beats 65 other finalists to win the supreme award.


Jeuneora hits $3.5m cap raise target
26 Nov 2021   /

Jeuneora hits $3.5m cap raise target

New Zealand beauty and supplement company Jeuneora has closed its capital raise after hitting its maximum target of $3.5m.


Impossible Foods’ Nick Halla on what’s possible in New Zealand
24 Nov 2021   /

Impossible Foods’ Nick Halla on what’s possible in New Zealand

The plant-based giant arrives in NZ and tells the Ticker how it plans to make an impact on the market.


NZ-founded New Culture gets Kraft Heinz backing in US$25m raise
24 Nov 2021   /

NZ-founded New Culture gets Kraft Heinz backing in US$25m raise

The funds will be ploughed into scale-up for a US foodservice launch of animal-free mozzarella next year.


IRI – Friction, fragmentation and #fetapasta
23 Nov 2021   /

IRI – Friction, fragmentation and #fetapasta

F&B businesses should be over-investing in an omnichannel strategy to stay competitive in an increasingly digital environment, says the research consultancy.


Countdown names five-strong FMCG cohort for $1m Kete accelerator
18 Nov 2021   /

Countdown names five-strong FMCG cohort for $1m Kete accelerator

The 12-month programme provides access to Countdown’s customer marketing and insights teams, as well as product development and manufacturing support.


Alt-dairy startup Daisy Lab plants seed for funding
17 Nov 2021   /

Alt-dairy startup Daisy Lab plants seed for funding

Irina Miller’s foodtech startup is seeking to develop alternative dairy proteins for a new generation of vegan foods.


“It’s called fast moving consumer goods for a reason” – Marmont Capital on investing and scaling
17 Nov 2021   /

“It’s called fast moving consumer goods for a reason” – Marmont Capital on investing and scaling

The FMCG investor says it backs brands with a point of difference and potential to scale.


Perspectives: Smart labels and allergy sensors – how to ensure the future of food is ethical
15 Nov 2021   /

Perspectives: Smart labels and allergy sensors – how to ensure the future of food is ethical

In a future where every moment of a crop’s lifecycle and detailed records of what moves on and off supermarket shelves is collected and collated, how do we ensure these systems meet ethical standards?


Bidfood, Mainfreight, Toll to trial 100% electric truck
12 Nov 2021   /

Bidfood, Mainfreight, Toll to trial 100% electric truck

Bidfood, Mainfreight and Toll are among a select group to trial the new FUSO eCanter fully electric truck.


F&B startups secure $3.7m
12 Nov 2021   /

F&B startups secure $3.7m

New Zealand food and beverage startups managed to secure about $3.7m in early stage investment during the first half of 2021.


Female food leaders dominate SheEO cohort
9 Nov 2021  

Female food leaders dominate SheEO cohort

Supie, Kete Kai and Atuhahi are among the global network’s 2021 programme.


Fonterra partners with US biotech “founding father” in designer dairy push
5 Nov 2021   /

Fonterra partners with US biotech “founding father” in designer dairy push

The tie-up is part of the exporter’s expansion of its higher value active living ingredient business.


Hands up for Sprout Accelerator 2022
4 Nov 2021   /

Hands up for Sprout Accelerator 2022

The Sprout Accelerator has put out a final call for cutting-edge businesses to register for global connections, mentorship, and the chance to pitch for up to $1m in investment.


Entries open for FoodStarter 2022  
29 Oct 2021   /

Entries open for FoodStarter 2022  

Ministry of Awesome, Foodstuffs South Island, Foodstuffs North Island, New Zealand Food Innovation Network and Strategy Creative.  


BerriQi powder in the pipeline
28 Oct 2021  

BerriQi powder in the pipeline

Plant & Food Research and nutraceutical company Anagenix are working on a powder version of its BerriQi boysenberry and apple juice supplement, which may offset the effects of severe air MORE »


Manawatū food innovation makes finals
28 Oct 2021  

Manawatū food innovation makes finals

Two food and agritech concepts have made it through to the final of the Manawatū start-up support programme, Innovate.


ComCom hearing: Private label harm vs help
27 Oct 2021   /

ComCom hearing: Private label harm vs help

FGC says NZ’s highly concentrated market means conflicts of interests are amplified but supermarket groups argue private labels are critical for budget consumers.


Last call for Sprout x AWS HortTech Challenge
27 Oct 2021  

Last call for Sprout x AWS HortTech Challenge

Sprout and Amazon Web Services are on the hunt for entrepreneurs and start-ups who are looking to solve a problem or disrupt an existing business model in the horticultural industry, using digital tools and the latest in technology.


Joiy Wines cracks open US expansion
26 Oct 2021   /

Joiy Wines cracks open US expansion

The canned wine exporter launches a multimillion-dollar expansion into North America, after turning the head of supermarket chain Whole Foods.


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

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

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


RubyRed: Zespri rebrands its red kiwifruit
18 Oct 2021   /

RubyRed: Zespri rebrands its red kiwifruit

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


Kellogg’s $48m innovation investment in numbers
14 Oct 2021   /

Kellogg’s $48m innovation investment in numbers

An A$45m (NZ$47.7m) investment into innovation over the past 15 years in Australasia has seen cereal and snack company Kellogg New Zealand remove more than 700 tonnes of sugar and 300 tonnes of salt from their foods.


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

LeaderBrand looks for gains from mega-greenhouse pilot

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


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

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

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


PledgeMe push for brownie and kefir co’s
12 Oct 2021   /

PledgeMe push for brownie and kefir co’s

Auckland’s The Kefir Co and Christchurch’s Badass Brownies are looking for funds via crowdfunding platform PledgeMe.


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

Nestlé, Mondelēz pump out plant-based innovation

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


Synlait Swappa Bottle supermarket pilot starts
5 Oct 2021   /

Synlait Swappa Bottle supermarket pilot starts

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


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

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

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


Food firms secure $19m to decarbonise
1 Oct 2021   /

Food firms secure $19m to decarbonise

Meadow Mushrooms, Talley’s and Mataura Valley Milk among latest recipients of $70m GIDI fund.


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

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

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


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

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

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


Cadbury claims recycled plastic packaging first
22 Sep 2021   /

Cadbury claims recycled plastic packaging first

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


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

Scale-up to kick off at Spring Sheep

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


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

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

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


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

Govt backs robotic asparagus harvester with $2.6m

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


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

CertusBio nets $4.6m for global growth

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


Ārepa flies NZ flag at FoodBytes!
9 Sep 2021   /

Ārepa flies NZ flag at FoodBytes!

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


Otis puts money where its mouth is with 1% fund launch
6 Sep 2021   /

Otis puts money where its mouth is with 1% fund launch

The plant-based milk business will ring-fence 1% of sales revenue to invest into making oats a “viable and exciting” alternative for farmers to grow.


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

T&G’s VentureFruit takes root

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


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

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

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


Batchwell cracks $1m in cap raise
26 Aug 2021   /

Batchwell cracks $1m in cap raise

Kombucha company Batchwell raised just over $1m in its equity capital raise, exceeding its minimum target of $700,000.


New plant milk export squashes produce waste
17 Aug 2021   /

New plant milk export squashes produce waste

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


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

Ārepa eyes ‘billion dollar’ prize in export drive

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


New e-forklifts to cut emissions – DB Breweries
12 Aug 2021   /

New e-forklifts to cut emissions – DB Breweries

DB Breweries says it will cut its carbon emissions by 184 tonnes a year by using a new fleet of electric forklifts.


Cropsy beats the drum for funds
5 Aug 2021   /

Cropsy beats the drum for funds

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


Countdown, Fresh Direct staffers make awards shortlist
5 Aug 2021   /

Countdown, Fresh Direct staffers make awards shortlist

Countdown’s Taryn Olsen and Fresh Direct New Zealand’s Avinash de Silva are finalists in the 2021 Chief Information Officer Awards.


Wellington meat trays sorted
2 Aug 2021   /

Wellington meat trays sorted

Wellington City Council’s recycling facility now has an optical sorter, capable of diverting over seven million meat and other clear plastic trays from the region’s landfills and overseas processors each year.


Ripple Foods raises $549k from NZ
30 Jul 2021   /

Ripple Foods raises $549k from NZ

US food-tech company Ripple Foods collected $549,450 from New Zealand wholesale investors in its oversubscribed $55m fundraising round.


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

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

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


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

Beyond kombucha: Batchwell sets sights on gut health brand

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


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

Allan bows out of FoodBowl, heads to Fonterra

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


Again Again preps version 2.0 for trial
21 Jul 2021   /

Again Again preps version 2.0 for trial

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


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

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

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


Foodprint accelerates into Wellington
20 Jul 2021   /

Foodprint accelerates into Wellington

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


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

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

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


Ripple Foods $55m fundraise goes live
16 Jul 2021   /

Ripple Foods $55m fundraise goes live

The US plant-based dairy company backed by Goldman Sachs and Prelude Ventures has opened the round to New Zealand wholesale investors.


Foodeast $18m build starts in September
16 Jul 2021   /

Foodeast $18m build starts in September

Development of Hawke’s Bay new $18m food innovation hub, ‘Foodeast’, will start in September.


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

Lion pumps millions into zero alcohol tech to tap new demand

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


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

Happy Cow launches capital raise, Hunt and Gather secures funds

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


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

Mead, maps and meat – Sprout selects accelerator Cohort B

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


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

Foodtech startup pioneers kānuka ingredient with ‘instant hangi’ flavour

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


Seeka invests $2.6m into hort tech startup
9 Jul 2021   /

Seeka invests $2.6m into hort tech startup

New Zealand’s largest kiwifruit grower, Seeka, has bought a $2.6m minority stake in hort tech startup Fruitometry.


Soochi secures seed funding, makes supermarket move
8 Jul 2021  

Soochi secures seed funding, makes supermarket move

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


Foodstuffs gets South Island online
8 Jul 2021   /

Foodstuffs gets South Island online

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


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

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

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


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

Menulog doubles down in NZ, targets top food delivery position

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


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

Upstock digs into NZ grocery, targets Aus for 2022

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


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

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

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


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

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

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


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

Genesis Private Equity deepens roots in hort sector with new investments

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


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

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

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


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

TIN200: Who are NZ’s top agritech investors?

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


Robotics unlock packhouse efficiencies at Rockit
15 Jun 2021   /

Robotics unlock packhouse efficiencies at Rockit

International food processing technology company, MHM Automation, has designed what it describes as world-leading robotic technology for apple company Rockit Global.


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.


Bell rings for new SME stock exchange
11 Jun 2021   /

Bell rings for new SME stock exchange

A new stock exchange is to be launched in New Zealand targeting small to medium-sized companies who want to access public investment but are too small to list on the NZX.


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.


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.


Pita Pit signs deal with Plexure
3 Jun 2021  

Pita Pit signs deal with Plexure

High Street quick service restaurant chain Pita Pit has signed a deal with global mobile engagement solutions provider Plexure.


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.


“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.


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

New public-private effort on digital uptake for SMEs

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


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.


Fresh produce Tech Innovation Awards finalists named
21 May 2021   /

Fresh produce Tech Innovation Awards finalists named

Five finalist have been selected in the Australia and NZ Produce Marketing Association’s second annual Tech Innovation Awards.


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.


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.


Agritech venture Vence raises $16m
17 May 2021   /

Agritech venture Vence raises $16m

New Zealand virtual fencing startup, Vence, has raised $16m which will help it prepare for its entry into the Australian and US markets.


Griffin’s takes two gongs at Foodstuffs Expo 2021
14 May 2021   /

Griffin’s takes two gongs at Foodstuffs Expo 2021

The Griffin’s Food Company took home two awards from the Foodstuffs Expo including the inaugural Foodstuffs National Partnership Award, which was launched this year.


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.


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.


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.


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

Boma NZ’s E Tipu 2021 is a go

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


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

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

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


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

NZ, the emerging protein sector and the future – report

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


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

Perspectives: Agrifood, innovation and Manawatu’s global goal

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


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.


AgriFood Week: Plant milk and the law of unintended consequences
4 May 2021   /

AgriFood Week: Plant milk and the law of unintended consequences

Transformational changes to the global food system often come with strings attached, according to Riddet Institute researchers.


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

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

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


NZ AgriFood Week kicks off for 2021
3 May 2021  

NZ AgriFood Week kicks off for 2021

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


Perspectives: 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”.


New partnership empowers primary sector progress
23 Apr 2021   /

New partnership empowers primary sector progress

The Agri Women’s Development Trust has teamed up with tech firm MEA to promote progress in New Zealand’s primary sector.


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.


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.


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

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

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


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

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

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


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.


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.


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.


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.


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.


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.


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.


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.


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.


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.


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.


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.


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.


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

Insect protein sector investment creating demand buzz – report

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


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

Chia Sisters gets top marks from B Corp

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


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.


Top 25 chosen for Food, Fibre and Agritech Supernode Challenge

Top 25 chosen for Food, Fibre and Agritech Supernode Challenge

Participants would embark on an intensive seven-week accelerator programme, after which the top eight finalists would present to a panel of experts where they would compete for a share in a prize pool of more than $130,000.


Crop registration app launched for tomato growers
5 Mar 2021   /

Crop registration app launched for tomato growers

A new purpose-built mobile Crop Registration app for tomato growers has been launched by ag-tech firm Waybeyond.


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.


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.


Canterbury comp aims for food, fibre, agri innovation
1 Dec 2020  

Canterbury comp aims for food, fibre, agri innovation

It’s one of the region’s biggest sectors, contributing 20% of GDP.