Stock with a cost value of up to $450,000 has been returned to suppliers of failed online grocery retailer Supie, as liquidators continue to seek buyers for the company’s assets.
New Zealand-founded agritech business CropX Technologies is buying Green Brain, a digital irrigation management solutions provider based in Adelaide, Australia.
The integration of artificial intelligence into food businesses is expected to accelerate in 2024.
Leaft Foods has been selected as a recipient of the Ārohia Innovation Trailblazer grant.
The Massey University distinguished professor is ranked among the world’s best after making Stanford University’s list of the most influential scientists in food science and technology.
Scientists at the AgResearch have developed ‘acoustic urine sensors’ to tackle the problem of nitrogen loss from the urine of cattle which affects water quality and leads to emissions of nitrous oxide, a potent greenhouse gas.
Alliance Group has partnered with Australian agritech firm MEQ to bring on board artificial intelligence technology designed to identify eating quality in beef and lamb across its entire plant network.
Halting work on industry transformation plans is a top three priority for the new government, with the proposal second on the coalition’s 100-day plan.
Woolworths New Zealand is aiming to transition 100% of its home delivery trucks to be electric powered by 2030.
Ready-to-drink beverage brand Pals has walked away with a commended accolade at the 21st World Beverage Innovation Awards.
The alt-protein player says it is outperforming the troubled plant-based sector with an increase in sales, despite a category-wide contraction.
The new annual fund aims to drive innovation fostering sustainable growth in the multi-billion dollar kiwifruit sector.
Paeroa-based seaweed innovator AgriSea has signed a Memorandum of Understanding with Crown Research Institute AgResearch.
A healthy smattering of food system faces have made it into Time Magazine’s 100 most influential climate leaders in business rubbing shoulders with bankers, politicians, and oil and energy tycoons.
Pals and Geisen have been shortlisted in FoodBev’s prestigious World Beverage Innovation Awards.
The founder of $100m beauty bar business Ethique has shifted her focus from waste reduction in the cosmetics industry to the $1.44tn global drinks industry.
Scott Technology’s ownership structure is staying as is – for the time being.
Supply chain software business, TradeWindow, said its lender ASB Bank has extended the interim waiver on a lending covenant breached because of the nChain deal being delayed.
Heineken has joined forces with geneticist Andrew Shelling to develop a taste kit that allows beer enthusiasts to understand the science behind their flavour preferences.
From developing cutting-edge tech to transform agri, private players are working with industry to disseminate innovation.
New Zealand technology company, AoFrio, has been named a winner at The Cool Challenge, a sustainability initiative led by the Beverage Industry Environmental Roundtable.
Listed food industry supplier MHM Automation has received a $151.4m takeover offer from US-based Bettcher Industries priced at a more than 80% premium to its shareprice.
A Chinese company with $48bn of international assets including 70 science parks is looking to New Zealand to explore the opportunity of developing a local food, health and tech incubator.
TradeWindow says it is restructuring following the delay of its $11.1m deal with nChain to settle.
“We fought so hard to introduce competition in the market so that Kiwis could get a fairer deal for their groceries,” says the online retailer’s founder.
One of the early backers of the collapsed online supermarket says there were “several factors” that scuppered the startup, but it wasn’t a lack of effort by founder Sarah Balle.
Food Standards Australia New Zealand is calling for comment on an application to permit the sale and use of food made from a new genetically modified soybean.
With AI producing results when it comes to NPD, think tank Te Puna Whakaaronui takes a look at what is happening globally and asks, ‘what should be happening in New Zealand?’
The startup behind plant-based product Vince is raising funds so it can add to its manufacturing capacity ahead of a planned supermarket launch.
Cultivated chicken, next-gen avocado, a new kind of vegetable and a raft of kitchen and cooking innovations make the publication’s top inventions of 2023.
The dairy giant’s nutrition science solutions ventures arm has been given a new name and added three investments to its portfolio.
Two food system-related capital raises are entering their final days this week.
The NZ product traceability company lands a second major coffee contract.
One of the world’s biggest and most influential food and beverage trade events showcases leading industry innovation.
The tech entrepreneur-led venture, which recently drafted in former Fix & Fogg export specialist Sarah Sherriff, is preparing for the butter big-time.
New Zealand-based agritech company Bluelab has partnered with Excel Seeds to collaborate with Malaysian government-backed thinktank MIGHT on a strawberry venture.
Sprout is searching for the next round of ventures to join its accelerator.
The agritech startup’s latest investment round is also supported by an Auckland-based deep tech investor.
Te Ara Pōtiki is seeking smart, curious applicants with data management, science, agriculture, health and safety, population studies or business backgrounds for its new global intern programme.
Ārepa is making strides across Australasia, driving into convenience with two recent account wins across the ditch after adding country managers for the two respective territories.
Two innovative New Zealand food system startups have attracted international backing as they continue on their respective commercialisation journeys – and zone in on the US.
Fonterra is stepping up its commercial probiotics game by forming a partnership with what it describes as a world-leading Irish research centre specialising in human microbiome.
The startup co-owned by Australia’s largest dairy co-op revealed the investment as stakeholders such as NZ’s FoodHQ and Miruku presented at AltProtein23 in Melbourne.
A new study shows value can be created from food waste by turning it into highly desirable nanocellulose.
Food Standards Australia New Zealand is calling for comment on an application from the Queensland University of Technology to approve a disease-resistant genetically modified banana.
Leaders from NewFish, Zespri, and Comvita will be taking the stage at High-Value Nutrition Ko Ngā Kai Whai Painga’s Foodomics 2024.
Significant environmental benefits can be gained by producing affordable, sustainable, and healthy food.
New Zealand-based agritech company Robotics Plus has commercially launched its autonomous orchard vehicle, which it has called Prospr.
Ārepa Holdings founder Angus Brown is one of five category winners in the EY Entrepreneur Of The Year 2023.
AgriTechNZ is leading a cohort of 23 delegates from 16 organisations representing innovators, researchers, investors and enablers of agricultural technologies to Ireland and the UK.
A joint venture of major New Zealand agribusiness companies and the government, is the lead investor in a US start-up developing probiotics and natural enzymes that reduces methane from cows.
A new global knowledge exchange programme to support Māori innovators in agri-food tech has been launched, expecting to place up to 15 leaders over the next three years.
Scientists at Plant & Food Research are using their expertise in horticulture to explore the production of fruit without a tree, vine, or bush – instead using lab-grown plant cells.
Plant & Food Research scientist Dr Annette Richardson has won the 2023 Kiwifruit Innovation Award for her groundbreaking work in budbreak techniques – a crucial stage in the growth cycle of kiwifruit.
The partnership with one of the world’s leading food innovation platforms will help champion Kiwi firms and tackle the challenge of scaling.
Dr Debashree Roy from the Riddet Institute at Massey University has won the Falling Walls Lab Aotearoa New Zealand competition.
The global dairy giant’s new GM of NZ and Aus, Kathy Cavill, fills the gap left by former boss Rodrigo Lima.
Farm reporting and insights platform, Trev, is chasing a $2.23m capital raise to accelerate its growth strategy.
The precision fermentation startup Fonterra co-founded with partner Royal DSM last year now has a name, a CEO, and its first funding in the bank.
Brain food brand Ārepa adds newly-released results from a study of athletes, air pollution, and peak performance to its science arsenal
Around 5,000 students at two of Auckland’s largest universities are trialling a new AI-powered food savings and rewards app to access cheap eats at 100 local food outlets.
Kiwisaver’s socially responsible investment fund, Booster Innovation Fund, has completed a $200,000 cash investment in Scentian Bio.
Pāmu is leading a joint project which aims to put an economic value on improvements made to diversity on farm.
The company’s CEO says NZ produces ‘the Ferraris of the global salmon market’ – so why can’t the country take advantage of insatiable demand?
Agritech leader Arama Kukutai is one of four alumni of Te Herenga Waka — Victoria University of Wellington selected as Distinguished Alumni Award winners for 2023.
Agritech innovator Hot Lime Labs has closed an oversubscribed funding round, banking $4m.
Fonterra’s B2B ingredients division, New Zealand Milk Products, has launched a new tool that aims to enable customers too quickly and effectively compare ingredients suitable for their specific needs.
The government has welcomed a report from the Startup Advisors Council on steps to support a thriving startup sector in New Zealand.
Vertical strawberry farming venture 26 Seasons has pushed go on its capital raise.
Supply chain technology company TradeWindow says it has concluded a strategic agreement that will see UK-headquartered technology company nChain take a 19.99% stake for $11.1m.
All systems are go to establish a fully operational Horticulture Technology Catalyst by 2024.
New Zealand-based agritech company Bluelab has signed a commercial partnership with US water specialist Micro Grow.
One of the final alumni of Foodstuffs’ now defunct Foodstarter programme is gearing up for distribution in the North Island co-operative’s stores.
Pet supplement specialist Newflands looks to break into foodservice with a unique new product for both pets and humans.
Kiwisaver’s socially responsible investment fund, Booster, has added a stake in Calocurb to its portfolio.
New Zealand product traceability company is adding $91m to its balance sheet as it expands to meet growing demand in Europe and the US.
Foodstuffs-owned Pak’nSave says its artificial intelligence-powered online mealmaker tool for customers is proving popular, being accessed by more than 33,000 people since it launched a month ago.
Dairy farm reporting software company Trev has acquired red meat specialist Cloud Farmer, a pioneer of farm recording in New Zealand.
The former Zespri boss says NZ needs new, innovative large businesses to help grow the country’s food and fibre sector.
The SFFF fund backs microalgae exploration led by NewFish and the Cawthron Institute, while a whānua-initiated kānuka smoke project also gets cash.
Foodstuffs has launched an inaugural Emerging Supplier Competition searching for new products with the potential to disrupt a category and change the way consumers shop.
Lab-grown meat techniques aren’t new but bringing them up to scale to meet demand will require further development, writes Rochester Institute of Technology’s André Hudson.
The government is seeking feedback on changes to regulations for genetically modified organisms (GMOs) that will foster research and improve health outcomes.
This week’s approval of cultivated meat for sale in the US will support the development of sustainable protein this side of the Pacific, according to future food stakeholders.
Vertical farming offers a sustainable solution that uses 98% less water than traditional agriculture and can help support food security, according to Vertical Future’s founder Jamie Burrows.
Te Puna Umanga Venture Taranaki, the regional development agency for Taranaki, has launched their Branching Out growing trials with the planting of the first crop, garlic.
New Zealand agri-science consultancy is opening a new office in Edmonton, Alberta, Canada, to cater for growth in the region.
Cawthron Institute’s CEO says refocusing investment in the ocean’s potential could result in NZ becoming climate positive in just one generation.
The co-founder of the cell-based seafood startup says the venture has hit roadblocks, requiring more patience from consumers and a lot more money from investors.
Reusable cup venture Turn Systems is one of two New Zealand startups selected in a ten-strong cohort of emerging innovators for PepsiCo’s inaugural APAC sustainability accelerator.
And a handful of food and beverage ventures make the ‘up and comers’ list too.
Current food production incentives for yield and volume need to be challenged, according to the plant-based bioactives company’s co-founder.
A culture of harmonious partnerships beats disruption when it comes to agrifoodtech, according to the co-founder of a plant trait technologies company that has transplanted from Palmerston North to California, collecting US$24m of backing along the way.
A storage space optimiser for dry good products developed by Gladfield Malt has applications for the dairy industry, and other food system manufacturers.
Delegates from far and wide have descended on Ōtautahi Christchurch for this year’s E Tipu IFAMA 2023 World Conference Global Forum.
Invest South and Mainland Angel Investors have invested in Frist Table, bringing the Queenstown-based venture’s capital raise to $3.5m.
A goats milk lip balm school project has picked up the Young Innovator of the Year Award at the 2023 Fieldays Innovation Awards.
Meal kit company My Food Bag says it has successfully installed automated pick technology in its distribution centres in Christchurch and Auckland.
The variety, described as a productive, large, full-flavoured, bright red juicy apple with high yield, is expected to be available to consumers from 2028.
The weather events of the summer cast a pall over discussions with food and fibre leaders feeding into KPMG’s annual deep dive.
The strict control of genetic engineering has been good for the country’s food producers, says Organics Aotearoa New Zealand (OANZ).
The strawberry grower is looking to build on current investment to raise millions more in funding.
A National government will end New Zealand’s ban on gene editing and genetic modification, according to the party’s science, innovation, and technology spokesperson, Judith Collins.
Foodstuffs-owned Pak’nSave has introduced an AI-powered mealmaker tool for customers.
Standalone business will incubate, scale and invest in nutrition science ventures via partnerships and M&A, with its first investment already inked.
The biotech nutrition company rallies a number of heavy hitters with global experience to assemble a governance board and team of advisors ahead of a growth capital round.
Venture Taranaki is facilitating a number of capability-building activities for the region’s established, early-stage and budding food and beverage enterprises throughout June and July.
The government’s Research and Development Tax Incentive has supported more than $2bn of New Zealand business innovation – an increase of around $1bn in less than nine months.
Tasmanian company The Udder Way has partnered with Waikato owned and operated Green Valley Dairies to launch a reusable milk keg for hospitality operators.
Nada Piatek’s reusable takeaway cup venture branches out from coffee to team up with Garage Project in a trial targeting the craft beer industry.
Foxton vertical farming venture 26 Seasons and Nelson’s Snap Information Technologies are both in line for RSPF loans.
The CEO tells the Ticker that the scale-up will enable the iwi-owned business to unlock investment in innovation across its whole supply chain.
A nine-strong delegation of emerging Māori food and beverage business leaders is heading to Southeast Asia in an effort to develop trade ties in the region.
The 2023 Fieldays Innovation Awards finalists have been unveiled with 49 entrants competing for prizes totaling over $60,000.
Future Drinks has secured supermarket space with a product bringing a healthier choice to the energy drinks aisle.
NewFish inks a deal with a Chicago-based ingredients innovator, opening the door to the $40bn active nutrition market in the US.
A new brand of farmed Pacific oyster, a seaweed startup, and a food handling solutions specialist are among the Kiwi ventures selected for a fledgling aquaculture accelerator with global reach.
Agriculture Minister Damien O’Connor is travelling to Washington DC to speak at the Agriculture Innovation Mission for Climate Summit being held from 8 – 10 May 2023.
Commercial vegetable growers now have access to a new digital tool designed to support decision-making and better management of common New Zealand plant diseases, including Downy Mildew.
VentureFruit has appointed Andes New Varieties Administration Chile (ANA Chile) as the ‘master licensee’ to develop hot climate apple and pear varieties with growers in South America, starting with Chile.
Ten projects have been selected in the final round of funding for rural professionals from the Our Land and Water National Science Challenge.
The hospitality technology platform First Table blows through its minimum target to take in $2.79m from investors but falls short of its $4m maximum.
New Zealand-founded agritech company CropX has raised $50m (US30m) in Series C round.
The alternative protein investment firm takes a stake in the Kiwi cauliflower ice-cream startup, as well as other food ventures overseas.
Could the future of cooking be 3D-printing? That’s what researchers at Columbia University set out to investigate in a study that involved 3D-printing a seven-ingredient, seven-layer vegan cheesecake.
Twenty fresh-faced ventures looking at food system innovations ranging from truffles to fish trimmings have been selected for the 2023 Food Fibre and Agritech Challenge.
Foodstuffs North Island, in partnership with the Food Innovation Network, is holding a series of inaugural Emerging Supplier Forums.
Impossible Foods has stopped using genetically modified soy as its main ingredient in its Impossible Burger product exported to New Zealand and Australia, says GE-Free NZ.
Countdown owner Woolworths has teamed up with Thematic to enhance customer and employee experiences in New Zealand and Australia using real-time feedback data.
Kiwi agritech companies should look to the booming aquaculture industry for growth opportunities, according to a new report.
Lab-grown meat has the potential to make our food system more sustainable, but there also needs to be political will to scale up the technology.
Hospitality technology platform First Table has passed the $1m in its capital raise after extending the length of time of the offer.
Wairau River wine owner Rose Family Estate is now virtually powered by a new rooftop solar array in what is being called a first-of-its-kind arrangement in New Zealand.
Te Puna Umanga /Venture Taranaki, the regional development agency, has opened applications for its PowerUp Business Ready programme.
Lab-grown meat is more likely to result in less protein diversity, and unforeseen social and environmental effects, rather than putting mammoths, dodos and other exotica on the menu, argues James Cook University’s Hallam Stevens.
Alt-meat sales were flat but plant-based milk continued to grow and new categories like salmon and schnitzel emerged.
The GM says Fonterra is looking to “push the boundaries” of its $1.2bn Anchor brand, and grow its footprint in South East Asia and China.
Two heavyweights of global food and health have moved to put a stake in the ground around food safety issues in the emerging cell-based food sector.
The Fonterra veteran of 30-years will replace David Hughes to lead the Crown Research Institute.
Supply chain technology company TradeWindow has agreed to sell a 19.99% stake to strategic investor nChain for $11.1m.
Vertical farming venture Greengrower is producing and supplying leafy greens to the grocery and foodservice channels.
Hospitality technology platform First Table is live with its $1.5m capital raise.
Auckland’s Free Flow Manufacturing has beaten Southland to the punch, with plans to open NZ’s first dedicated plant-based milk manufacturing facility in Q4.
A new raspberry will help growers in the Pacific Northwest supply fruit for longer and manage harvests more efficiently.
The man behind the process that has led to some world-leading Kiwi food, beverage and nutraceutical products has joined an elite list of revered New Zealand scientists.
A scientifically-validated NZ food dataset is forming the backbone of a new health and wellness app developed in Germany.
Kiwi-founded agtech company WayBeyond has secured an undisclosed investment amount from BASF Venture Capital.
Tech entrepreneur Mike Casey has a vision for a fossil fuel-free food production system in NZ and has established a Central Otago cherry orchard as his proving ground.
The public’s appetite for cultivated meat will be tested as part of a year-long process that could see the approval of the first cultured product for consumption in New Zealand and Australia.
Mass digitisation is crucial for reversing the vulnerabilities faced by the global food system and ensuring access to nutritious food as a fundamental human right, according to agtech pioneer and Cropin founder, Krishna Kumar.
Ten agrifoodtech innovators including food waste venture Circlr have been selected for Sprout’s 12-week accelerator.
The firm is snapped up by acquisitive international logistics management company VerifyMe, providing the Kiwi business with a springboard into the US.
The precision fermentation start-up closes an oversubscribed funding round backed by fellow alt-diary specialist and Raglan Food co-founder Latesha Randall.
The Sustainable Business Network has launched a free online toolbox that it says makes it easy for businesses to assess the sustainability of their organisation and their supply chain.
Research, Science and Innovation Minister Dr Ayesha Verrall recently announced two new contestable funds, He tipu ka hua and He aka ka toro, that will inject up to $10m into Māori research capability.
Global investors have lined up behind the Australian alt-meat startup’s $13m series A round, despite a cool-down rippling through the plant-based meat sector.
Environmental Decontamination Limited has found a way to turn thousands of tonnes of annual waste mussel shells into calcium carbonate, a high-value product used in a range of industrial products.
Hospitality software company Loaded Reports has raised $3.25m in equity and debt to help drive expansion overseas.
“The investment will help us grow our presence in the NZ market and hit some of the milestones we want to achieve this year,” says co-founder Mrinali Kumar.
The purchase of California-based precision irrigation startup comes as demand for precise watering technologies in agriculture increases.
Fonterra has signed a five-year contract to install Eroad fleet management hardware across its fleet of 500+ milk tankers.
A difficult environment with little respite ahead in 2023 prompts some F&B founders to cut their losses.
An overhaul of the awards judging and categories aims to encourage larger producers to showcase their innovation and send a message that the awards are for products and processes that are truly pushing the envelope, writes NZFIN
Hospitality technology platform First Table is preparing to hit the fundraising trail early this year.
CH4 Global says it will produce its methane-reducing seaweed feed for cattle from its EcoPark facilities in New Zealand and Australia following a deal with Ravensworth Agriculture.
Biotechnology holds solutions to both climate change and meeting the nutritional needs of a growing population, but we are far from fully realising its potential to deliver on the green transition.
A NZ firm aiming for a slice of the US$71bn global dried foods market is live with a capital raise to kick-start development of a network of innovative toll-drying hubs around the globe.
The two-year SFF Futures/AGMARDT co-funded project aims to help vineyard owners identify and replace unproductive grapevine.
Trade and Agriculture Minister Damien O’Connor will visit Europe this week to discuss the role of agriculture in climate change and food security, World Trade Organization reform, and New Zealand’s agricultural innovation.
Two New Zealand startups are debuting in the ProVeg Incubator, an alt-protein accelerator program.
This year has been a fertile one for F&B fundraising, with an array of companies successfully – and a few unsuccessfully – looking at home and abroad to fill their coffers.
The government has approved a loan of up to $1.25m to hospitality software company Loaded Reports.
Farmed fresh whitebait could be hitting the market as early as February next year, following the commencement of a scale-up project in Bluff.
A whole raft of new technologies is being developed that make a system-wide revolution in food production feasible, according to University of York academics.
New Zealand data tracking and reporting company Sumfood has developed a free app to let consumers know which supermarket has the cheapest price, per person, for groceries.
New Zealand agritech startup 26 Seasons has secured government cash to help the scale-up of its domestic vertical farming operation as it looks to close its $5.5m capital raise early next year.
NZ’s export revenue could fall by a quarter if the rise of alt-dairy sees it grow to take a 60% stake in the global dairy protein market, according to a new report.
New milk products with enhanced digestibility are expected to follow the two-year research project being funded by the dairy exporter.
The country has its first cultivated meat company – and it has gone niche to go big.
The regulatory approval of purple tomatoes in the US this September could help sway the perception of the public and policymakers to see genetically modified foods progress from the lab to the market.
The former Air NZ CEO says there’s a significant opportunity to produce more sustainable, innovative beverage containers for drinks producers and brands.
Since launching in 2014, the platform has raised tens of millions of dollars for food and beverage manufacturers and grocery retailers.
An initiative to reduce emissions by matching freight with existing capacity is among 11 transport projects to share $2.14m in government support.
Meat alternatives, coffee challengers, and inventions that help produce foods and beverages faster, quieter, tidier or more sustainably were on a hit list of Time Magazine’s top innovations of 2022.
MilkTechNZ has taken out two awards at the Waikato Chamber of Commerce Business Awards, including the Company-X Innovation Award.
Horticulture technology research organisation PlantTech Research is being put into liquidation by its shareholders, according to chair Mark Gilbert.
The unmanned vehicle aims to alleviate orchard and vineyard labour shortages and transform the industry for growers.
New Zealand Coastal Seafoods has signed a memorandum of understanding with an Asia Pacific healthcare product distributor, Ingredients Plus.
The startup aims to challenge New Zealand’s food system through its plant-based products, developed with a ‘global-from-day-one’ mindset.
Converting partly digested grass from the stomachs of slaughtered cattle into biogas that could be used to sustainably heat commercial greenhouses is the focus of a new 14-month study at Scion.
Venture Taranaki has been recognised for excellence in Economic Development at the annual Economic Development New Zealand Awards.
Biotech company Greenfern has opened its rights issue.
Palmerston North’s FoodHQ is hosting an inaugural ‘Food Innovation Big Day Out’ for the public to learn more about innovation talking place at the research centre.
Non-alcoholic spirits brand Lyre’s has launched a technology-focussed campaign, ‘Anywhere, Anytime’.
Fonterra is trialing an organic polymer battery at its Waitoa UHT plant.
Plant-based food venture VV Mylk is part of the four-strong line-up participating at the Rotorua Pitch Night on 28 September.
The Wellington wine tech startup has landed “some of the biggest wineries in the US” as customers, and secured a spot at TechCrunch Disrupt.
Callaghan Innovation’s interim chief executive Stefan Korn has been appointed to the role permanently.
The global collaboration includes Sophie’s Bionutrients and Cawthron Institute and aims to unlock microalgae’s future in food nutrition.
The Scion and AgriSea partnership has taken out the primary industries category at the Kudos Science Trust Awards this week at Claudelands Event Centre in Hamilton.
The US investor wrote the first cheque into Impossible Foods and led a $22m Series A in a Kiwi venture – what is it looking for and why NZ?
Foodprint has launched in Hamilton, enabling people in the city to buy surplus food from local eateries at 30% – 100% off the normal price, helping to reduce food waste and keep it out of landfill.
Four Square has launched a te reo Māori shopping list translator web app to support the kaupapa of Te Wiki o te Reo Māori.
Basketball star Steven Adams and Zespri boss Dan Mathieson are the latest high-profile investors to back the brain food technology venture.
Research into the value of octopus to NZ aquaculture is one of the food system projects to share more than $30m of investment.
“We see a clear opportunity to win in critical segments of the global wellbeing nutrition space,” says chief innovation and brand officer, Komal Mistry-Mehta.
A new report aims to provide actionable insight for agritech stakeholders looking at opportunities in the sector – and busts some myths along the way.
WheyTech Bionics NZ is developing what could be the first New Zealand-made sweetener to market – and one that diabetics could also use.
The second New Zealand Food Waste Summit is heading to Wellington on 29 September, bringing together players from across the food chain to brainstorm how innovation can reduce food waste while also addressing food security.
High value innovation is alive and well in NZ but increased collaboration could unlock a greater international opportunity, says NZFIN’s boss.
The dairy industry is on the cusp of change with global giants like Fonterra looking to develop fermentation-derived proteins and synthetic milk starting to arrive.
The Financial Times takes a look at fermented, animal-free proteins.
The joint venture aims to commercialise precision fermentation IP developed in partnership with Royal DSM.
The precision fermentation startup has been selected to share just over a $1m in funding from the bank.
Lion said it is now seeing more than 1,000 monthly orders through the new customer portal and app it launched last year.
New Zealand agritech startup 26 Seasons is looking for $5.5m to expand its domestic vertical farming operation and establish a footprint abroad for its premium strawberries.
Three pilot projects in Paeroa, Taranaki and Wānaka have each received a share of $8m to revitalise te Taiao and share their pathway with others seeking to revitalise te Taiao in their places.
Meal kit company My Food Bag has invested $5m into picking technology that it says will create operating efficiencies and and unlock growth via customisation and its grocery offer.
Plant & Food Research and Zespri’s RubyRed innovation has been recognised in this year’s KiwiNet Awards which celebrate scientific discoveries being successfully commercialised within NZ’s universities and other research organisations.
A fishing technology venture developed by Sealord Group, Moana New Zealand, Sanford, and Plant & Food Research has received government backing as it moves to commercialise.
The seaweed company secures backing from the government’s Regional Strategic Partnership Fund for a $1.5m expansion of its Waikato plant.
Many consumers believe fake meats are better for health and the environment, but is that true? The view from across the ditch.
AgriSea CEO Clare Bradley says the company’s NZ Hi-Tech Award win is proof of the benefits that come from combining indigenous knowledge with mainstream science and biotechnology.
F&B firms are expected to be among the clients of the new advisory firm Sherriff has set up with ex-Icebreaker colleague and Goodman Fielder CFO Dave Anderson.
A Dunedin startup and researchers from Oxford University are separately devising eco-labelling algorithms – with the NZ venture starting with the muesli bar category.
AgriSea has been named Hi-Tech Kamupene Māori o te Tau – Māori Company of the Year at the 2022 Hi-Tech Awards.
A new piece of patent-pending kit will unlock domestic capacity, while an international opportunity is also being assessed.
Protecting NZ fisheries and land-based primary industries loom large in list of economic and financial system actions.
“It is extremely important for New Zealand to develop future capability in cellular agriculture and exploit new commercial opportunities,” Riddet Institute director Harjinder Singh says.
Food rescue app Foodprint has expanded launching in Christchurch on Monday 25 July.
A 3D printing venture, e-commerce platform, and robotic silo sensors are among the nine ventures to make the latest Sprout accelerator cohort.
Vegetable mince brand Vince and QB’s Snacks are on track for national New World ranging after taking out the annual competition.
“Nobody else knows the biochemistry of milk as well as our ecosystem does,” says precision fermentation startup co-founder Irina Miller.
The RSPF investment will support development of a factory for sustainable plastics venture, Plentyful.
The renewed interest in space can only benefit agriculture here on Earth by providing new opportunities to improve food.
Booster has added a stake in CellCo to its Booster Innovation Fund portfolio.
The New Zealand Food Innovation Network is launching a series of online webinars designed specifically to give entrepreneurs the essential knowledge needed to start a successful food or beverage business.
The Christchurch company says it has successfully commercialised a new collagen powder in a potential game-changing achievement for the business.
Clean-tech startup Cetogenix has raised $4.5m in seed funding for its organic waste to renewable energy venture.
Delivering value does not always have to be a price play even in an inflationary environment, the research consultancy suggests.
Three NZ food firms have been picked to take part in a product innovation drive for launch into the Australian market.
The annual New Zealand Institute of Food Science and Technology award for significant contribution to food safety, sponsored by MPI, went to The New Zealand Institute for Plant and Food Research’s Food Safety and Preservation Team.
More than $15m was invested in 2021 in NZ TIN200-related agritech companies, like vineyard data venture Cropsy.
Booster has added a stake in Hot Lime Labs to its innovation fund portfolio with a $361,000 investment into the startup.
The investment will see the Nelson brewer capture and re-use its CO2 emissions, giving it surety of supply and reducing its carbon footprint.
Future food technologies are an opportunity for traditional food and fibre.
Its caffeinated sparkling water is a first for NZ, with the beverage business also securing new brand and distribution partnerships, as well as nearing completion of a capital raise.
Growing sheep milk supply, new market development and NPD to build on its range of infant formula, milk powder and nutrition products are all part of $20m programme.
Improving the sustainability and productivity of New Zealand’s food system will not be enough to fortify against challenges such as climate change and new consumer and geopolitical landscapes.
Startup SuperPro has already engaged with plant-based food firms including Off Piste Provisions and Boring Oat milk about potential NPD.
The company is in talks with functional beverage manufacturers as it considers its next steps for its in-development seaweed beverage.
A move to digital ordering was the most popular innovation, according to a Restaurant Association survey, with Covid and convenience driving the shift.
A deer milk product developed by the state-owned enterprise has won a global dairy innovation accolade.
Rescued commodities platform pilot scheme has already got the backing of Citizen Collective, Chia Sisters and others.
Club Ramen is finding its feet in Auckland, but needs to build scale to secure chilled distribution further afield.
The shortlist includes a new pea protein venture targeting the fast-growing market in plant-based foods.
The harvest of New Zealand-grown peanut crops in Northland is nearing completion with the final results including an all-important taste test to follow.
Fermented drinks and canned flavoured oat milk have come out of an NPD drive at the firm, which looks likely to exit the functional beverage space.
The wholesale marketplace startup has been backed by a range of early stage investors to go for growth in Australia and the US.
New Zealand foodtech startup NewFish has signed a premium foodservice distribution agreement with Auckland-based The Produce Company.
The government is investing $4m over four years from the Ministry of Primary Industries’ Sustainable Food and Fibre Futures Fund to expand a biosecurity readiness and response app developed by Onside.
Economic development agency Venture Taranaki is set to launch 10 new food and fibre investment opportunities focused on diversifying the region’s opportunities.
The online supermarket startup is seeking growth capital to drive a big jump in revenue in 2023.
The seed funding gives the startup a 12 – 18 month runway as it looks to improve and deploy its tech, grow subscribers numbers and sign partnerships with Foodstuffs and Woolworths.
Hundreds of New Zealand companies are set to benefit from the launch of two new grants aimed at fuelling firms that want to innovate, says Research, Science and Innovation Minister Megan Woods.
KPMG’s Matthew Lancaster on the impact the technology could have in food and fibre training and education, or on cutting food waste.
Nominations for the 2022 New Zealand Kiwifruit Innovation Award are now open.
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.
The seafood supplement specialist has booked a strong start to the year with revenue jumping 242% from the same quarter in 2021.
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 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.
The oil extraction technology will be trialled with green-lipped mussel and cannabis manufacturers.
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.
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.
The EDA supports numerous F&B initiatives across the region, recently partnering with Pic Picot to test the feasibility of growing peanuts commercially.
Food & beverage comprised just 4% of the $257.5m invested in early stage investment in New Zealand in 2021, according to a new report.
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.
Alternative protein trends could promote a global transformation in the seafood industry, according to GFI.
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.
Callaghan Innovation CEO Vic Crone will leave the national innovation agency in mid-July.
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.
Investors include Rocket Lab-backer Khosla Ventures, a new Ngāi Tahu vehicle, and Kiwi-born US-based NBA star Steven Adams.
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
Ola Berezhnaia’s Datella is hoping to grow in more supermarkets and build a following for date spreads.
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.
The association plans to petition the Unicode Consortium to develop a white wine emoji option.
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.
Functional plant proteins, 3D printed food, and energy from waste are among the 24 ventures that will go through to an accelerator.
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.
An investor takes a multimillion-dollar majority stake in Sebastian Walter and Latesha Randall’s plant-based venture.
Gallagher and the Royal Barenbrug Group have backed Christchurch-based agritech firm Farmote Systems.
The venture uses molecular farming technology to cut the cows out of protein production.
Agri-tech developer WayBeyond has launched the FarmRoad app to make it faster to detect pests and pathogens in field crops.
The co-op’s innovation into hop oil is allowing it to explore new food and beverage categories.
Agriculture spins-offs such as packing and grading equipment now outstrip apple exports, while the nature of meat products has changed.
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.
Food manufacturers have a major digital gap on the production floor, according to a new report from smart manufacturing platform iMonitor.
The innovative beverage maker plans to push up its valuation ahead of dusting off a delayed $5m capital raise.
About $1m is being invested into a land-based seaweed trial beside the Firth of Thames wetland.
Burgers inspired by Artificial Intelligence, from chef Dale Bowie and AgResearch.
Get your applications in all you innovators – entries to the Food, Fibre and Agritech Supernode Challenge 2022 close 20 March.
NZ GM Cameron Toomey says finding people to deliver goods will get harder as the volume of delivery products increases.
Fonterra is to operate New Zealand’s first electric 46T milk tanker.
ChristchurchNZ has launched the its second annual Food, Fibre and Agritech Supernode Challenge.
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.
The brewer is testing a no-alcohol hazy in bars before deciding whether to push for a retail release.
The precision growing technology business was last night named the supreme winner at the awards.
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.
A trial of the eco-stickers will start in July.
Are NFTs an opportunity for food and beverage firms? Kristina Ivanova’s plant-based snack maker jumps in.
A multi-million-dollar investment is to look at how hemp can be made into food packaging and other innovations.
The Warehouse founder’s venture capital fund backs NZ ventures seeking global exposure.
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.
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.
The SOE targets the healthy ageing category for the longterm commercial success of its ‘world first’ product.
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 could become a hot-bed of food activity under new plans to transform the region into a food destination.
The kiwifruit co-op is reviewing its innovation model and is calling for input from stakeholders.
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 venture Norish has won the inaugural Innovate Hawke’s Bay awards.
The purpose-led company commits to being a customer of New Zealand’s first purpose-built oat milk processing factory.
The Wild Fermentary’s Smoky Kāpeti beats 65 other finalists to win the supreme award.
New Zealand beauty and supplement company Jeuneora has closed its capital raise after hitting its maximum target of $3.5m.
The plant-based giant arrives in NZ and tells the Ticker how it plans to make an impact on the market.
The funds will be ploughed into scale-up for a US foodservice launch of animal-free mozzarella next year.
F&B businesses should be over-investing in an omnichannel strategy to stay competitive in an increasingly digital environment, says the research consultancy.
The 12-month programme provides access to Countdown’s customer marketing and insights teams, as well as product development and manufacturing support.
Irina Miller’s foodtech startup is seeking to develop alternative dairy proteins for a new generation of vegan foods.
The FMCG investor says it backs brands with a point of difference and potential to scale.
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 and Toll are among a select group to trial the new FUSO eCanter fully electric truck.
New Zealand food and beverage startups managed to secure about $3.7m in early stage investment during the first half of 2021.
Supie, Kete Kai and Atuhahi are among the global network’s 2021 programme.
The tie-up is part of the exporter’s expansion of its higher value active living ingredient business.
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.
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Two food and agritech concepts have made it through to the final of the Manawatū start-up support programme, Innovate.
FGC says NZ’s highly concentrated market means conflicts of interests are amplified but supermarket groups argue private labels are critical for budget consumers.
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.
The canned wine exporter launches a multimillion-dollar expansion into North America, after turning the head of supermarket chain Whole Foods.
The winemaker is bringing forward a multi-million dollar investment into its low and no alcohol range, which has raced ahead of sales forecasts.
Zespri RubyRed will hit the shelves in commercial volumes in March with around 250,000 trays expected.
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.
The Gisborne business is pumping millions into its pilot undercover growing project to test the environmental and productivity gains it can unlock.
Investor and customer interest is being lined up for the $50m Southland oat milk factory, keeping it on track for a 2022 opening.
Auckland’s The Kefir Co and Christchurch’s Badass Brownies are looking for funds via crowdfunding platform PledgeMe.
Shrimps, eggs, and Cadbury Dairy Milk are the latest products to get a plant-based overhaul by the FMCG behemoths.
Consumer demand and the bedding down of new processes will dictate the next steps following the four-week trial.
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?
Meadow Mushrooms, Talley’s and Mataura Valley Milk among latest recipients of $70m GIDI fund.
Digital disruption is bringing massive change to retail, with the tracking of food an important driver, says a new report from the bank.
A strategy reset will see billions invested in “differentiating NZ milk on the world stage” to drive the co-op up the value chain.
The new part-recycled packaging for Cadbury Dairy Milk family blocks will hit New Zealand shelves next year.
The company’s new CEO Nick Hammond talks culture, scale-up challenges, China, and the prospects for growth.
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.
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.
The foodtech startup is moving from a successful trial with Fonterra to one with US dairy company Valley Queen Cheese.
The nootropics venture is the only NZ startup selected from 375 applicants for Rabobank’s global food and ag innovation programme.
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.
The new international genetics and variety management business says it has around 50 premium apple, pear and berry projects lined up.
Icehouse Ventures, Hillfarrance Scout Fund and ArcAngels back Christchurch plant-based startup.
Kombucha company Batchwell raised just over $1m in its equity capital raise, exceeding its minimum target of $700,000.
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.
Zac Robinson and Angus Brown are preparing for a $5m capital raise to take Ārepa’s nootropic drinks to the world.
DB Breweries says it will cut its carbon emissions by 184 tonnes a year by using a new fleet of electric forklifts.
Co-founders Ali Alomari and Leila Deljkovic are sounding out investors as the startup preps for a commercial pilot in Marlborough.
Countdown’s Taryn Olsen and Fresh Direct New Zealand’s Avinash de Silva are finalists in the 2021 Chief Information Officer Awards.
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.
US food-tech company Ripple Foods collected $549,450 from New Zealand wholesale investors in its oversubscribed $55m fundraising round.
The new innovation hub will fill a “glaring gap in the food bowl of New Zealand,” says the project’s boss.
Functional drinks and an expansion out of beverages are all in the mix for the kombucha company currently raising capital.
FoodBowl CEO Alexandra Allan resigns after seven years with the Food Innovation Network.
Think you know reusable takeaway coffee cup company Again Again? Think again (again).
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.
Michal Garvey’s Auckland-based food waste startup has signed its first cafes in the capital.
The 12-week accelerator is focused on helping encourage a more diverse supplier base in Aotearoa.
The US plant-based dairy company backed by Goldman Sachs and Prelude Ventures has opened the round to New Zealand wholesale investors.
Development of Hawke’s Bay new $18m food innovation hub, ‘Foodeast’, will start in September.
The brewer is making a big move into the no alcohol beer market, which is says will be worth $25bn globally by 2024.
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.
A sparkling mead maker, a plant-based food manufacturer, and a probiotic kefir company are among twelve startups selected for Sprout’s accelerator.
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.
New Zealand’s largest kiwifruit grower, Seeka, has bought a $2.6m minority stake in hort tech startup Fruitometry.
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.
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.
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.
The business has built up its NZ operations and doubled the number of restaurants it serves with its own delivery option.
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.
The fortified foods firm plans to double production and boost exports to Australia while it explores markets further afield.
Wellington startup Marama Labs is charting a course for global growth after raising $1.25m for its winemaking technology.
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
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.
The TIN New Zealand Agritech Insights Report 2021 details the leading syndicates of angel groups and local venture capital funds underpinning the growing sector.
International food processing technology company, MHM Automation, has designed what it describes as world-leading robotic technology for apple company Rockit Global.
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.
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.
New venture Ovāvo is targeting the nascent global avocado powder ingredient market.
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.
High Street quick service restaurant chain Pita Pit has signed a deal with global mobile engagement solutions provider Plexure.
Sustainable Foods is planning to have Plan*t products in Australia and Asia by the end of the year.
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.
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.
The new online grocery service will be looking for investment within a year, says founder Sarah Balle.
Five finalist have been selected in the Australia and NZ Produce Marketing Association’s second annual Tech Innovation Awards.
The Singapore-based cultured food startup has reached out to NZ food regulators ahead of its planned product launch.
With even institutional investors wanting green metrics, there has been a convergence of mainstream and impact investment in the agrifoodtech community.
New Zealand virtual fencing startup, Vence, has raised $16m which will help it prepare for its entry into the Australian and US markets.
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.
But we do need to think about food quite differently, says Food Nation’s co-founder.
Real time lamb quality tool Clarospec scooped two awards including the overall winner in the on-farm systems category.
MPI is seeking more applicants from the food sector for SFF Futures funding.
Described as the biggest food and fibre event of the year, the Boma NZ Agri Summit kicks-off in Christchurch this morning.
The Ticker sits down with Finistere’s investment manager to find out what NZ opportunities he will be looking for.
Aotearoa risks being left behind by its international peers in the increasingly competitive emerging protein sector.
CEDA boss Linda Stewart on how AgriFood Week supports Manawatu’s ambition to be one of the world’s top three agrihubs by 2025.
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.
Transformational changes to the global food system often come with strings attached, according to Riddet Institute researchers.
Higher margin evidence-based health and wellness products present a huge opportunity to change the value of New Zealand’s agriculture and food sectors.
Delegates from around the country are converging on the Manawatu for the 2021 New Zealand Agrifood Week.
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”.
The Agri Women’s Development Trust has teamed up with tech firm MEA to promote progress in New Zealand’s primary sector.
Meeting climate change and environmental challenges means backing innovation, writes AgResearch’s Dr Trevor Stuthridge.
New carbon-negative sugarcane-based packaging gives food manufacturers an alternative to plastic.
The vehicle has attracted a $14m commitment from New Zealand Growth Capital Partners.
The funding will see the functional drink company deep dive into indigenous ingredients.
Supie wants to strip out waste and benefit local producers by going direct to the consumer.
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.
For the third consecutive year, the growth in sales of plant-based meat, dairy and eggs in the US outpaced conventional animal product sales.
New Zealand food tech company Ārepa has clinched a deal to supply its smart drinks to BP petrol stations.
The government is continuing to plough money and resources into the food and fibre workforce.
New product being sold in Farro Fresh stores in Auckland and select New World’s around the country.
The package-free grocery store network is planning to expand.
Annual profit rises to $5.2m, but Covid delays push out development of a new Rolleston factory.
The fast-growing alternative protein market is on track to account for 11% of the global protein market by 2035.
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.
NZ smart cart startup says it has finalised deals with two European retailers.
The plant protein startup secures $8m from MPI for a five-year R&D programme.
The producer is utilising the technology to train Hawke’s Bay locals to fill roles across its orchards, packhouses and cool stores.
An aggressive growth strategy underpins the kombucha maker’s forecast 325% jump in annual revenue.
Zespri is progressing its plan to move against the unlawful growing of kiwifruit in China as illegal plantings increase.
The US-based multinational manufacturer enters a partnership to develop biodegradable packing.
Significant investment has set the scene for global demand for insect ingredients, says Rabobank.
The fast-growing Nelson juice company has been certified as the highest-scoring B Corp in New Zealand.
Leading NZ food founders launch a new collective to grow the domestic food tech industry with an eye on long-term food stability.
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.
A new purpose-built mobile Crop Registration app for tomato growers has been launched by ag-tech firm Waybeyond.
The shape and funding of the national network, which has helped brands like Otis Oat Milk, is under review.
The move into Asia builds on market presence in Australia, Europe and the US.
It’s one of the region’s biggest sectors, contributing 20% of GDP.