Comvita and Silver Fern Farms took home gongs from this year’s Deloitte Top 200 Awards.
The ANZ World Commodity Price Index fell 1.3% month-on-month in November, ending the recent run of stronger prices, as food commodity prices softened.
Cattle numbers fell in the year to June 2023 but the amount of wheat and barley area harvested increased, according to Stats NZ’s latest agricultural production statistics.
New Zealand Food Safety has launched a ‘Chicken Scene Investigators’ campaign for summer, encouraging consumer rigour around food safety over the warmer months.
It’s a mixed bag from the investor’s food interests, with Rangatira saying in its interims that it’s committing more to kiwifruit, lobster’s “strong”, but it’s been tough for red meat.
The company expects an improved performance after a restructure of its Australian business and debt pile.
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.
The highest-ranked entry from New Zealand’s food and beverage industry in this year’s Deloitte Fast 50 is beverage brand Ārepa.
Beef export volumes from New Zealand for September 2023 were down 5% year on year, according to Rabobank.
Alliance Group’s Pure South Handpicked 55 Day Aged Beef has been crowned the best grass-fed steak and the best ribeye steak in the world.
Poultry group Inghams had an improved year in New Zealand contributing to its Australasian turnaround, with both plumper revenue and profit in 2023.
Meat company Alliance Group plunged to an after-tax loss of $70m loss in its results to 30 September 2023 as demand and prices softened.
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 number of food and drink brands and producers are recognised for their significant growth.
Foodstuffs supermarkets and brands took home 20 medals at the Great New Zealand Sausage Competition 2023, hosted by Retail Meat NZ.
Green Meadows Beef adds pickle, Lewis Road gets a citrus twist, Tip Top and Frucor Suntory collab in the chiller, as do Ben & Jerry’s and Tony’s Chocolonely, and Good Cocktail Co’s new garnish.
More than 300 attendees celebrated achievement in the country’s red meat sector at the 2023 Beef + Lamb New Zealand Awards.
The New Zealand venison industry and aviation pioneer has died following a short illness, aged 85.
Dunedin’s Scott Technology has posted a 21% jump in group revenue to $268m, in its full year results for the year ended 31 August 2023.
Sam’s Butchery in Silverdale has been named the Supreme Winner in the 2023 Great New Zealand Sausage Competition.
The Countdown owner launches an ‘enhanced’ range of private label meat products, following a three-year review and increased investment in its North Island meat plant.
The country’s second annual rural telethon, The Big Feed, is coming back in December 2023.
Black 29 trading as Mad Samurai is recalling all batches and all dates of its Mad Samurai brand Wagyu Beef Rissoles due to the presence of an undeclared allergen, namely milk.
Southland processing company Blue Sky Meats has seen its profit normalise after a record 2022, and is banking this year’s substantially lower surplus in order to undertake capital investment.
Four New Zealand meat companies walked away from the World Steak Challenge with silverware, with Christchurch’s Anzco Foods a big winner.
The value of New Zealand red meat exports in August 2023 fell 16% on the same month last year as demand from China softened, according to the Meat Industry Association.
The Overseas Investment Office has signed off Australasian poultry group Inghams’ purchase of New Zealand’s Bromley Park Hatcheries.
Anzco Foods is the new title partner of Ironman New Zealand.
Christchurch-based Anzco Foods has gifted $225,000 to Māia Health Foundation’s Better Space Appeal.
Ingham’s says it is the first New Zealand company to meet the new, rigorous SPCA Certified animal welfare standards for barn-raised chickens.
The country’s largest meat processor reveals the emissions for the first time but it has not yet set a reduction target.
Goods exports fell $296m or 5.6% in August 2023 to $5bn, compared with August 2022 with meat and dairy behind the drop.
Pāmu is launching a seven-year $10.5m genetics programme, which aims to produce sheep with top meat quality traits, lower methane emissions, finer wool and a greater tolerance for hot weather.
Silver Fern Farm’s Net Carbon Zero Beef has been shortlisted for the Datamars Livestock Technology Award in the 2023 Beef + Lamb New Zealand Awards.
The Bakels Legendary Sausage Roll Competition is now calling for entries after a two-year hiatus due to Covid-19.
Six of the country’s finest butchers have been named as part of New Zealand’s national butchery team to will compete at the World Butchers’ Challenge which takes place in Paris in March 2025.
Agriculture and the production and export of beef and lamb should be at the heart of a new economic strategy for New Zealand, according to a manifesto from New Zealand’s red meat sector.
New Zealand red meat exports were $807m in July 2023, down 24% on a record July 2022 that was boosted by a post-Covid catch-up, according to analysis by the Meat Industry Association.
A Canterbury meat business and its owners have been fined $84,500 for the illegal sale of unregulated homekill meat through butcher shops.
The results of prestigious National Butchery Awards have been unveiled.
New Zealand’s food and fibre export earnings have been upgraded to a new record of $57.4bn.
The government has today announced its final plan to reduce agricultural emissions and future-proof NZ’s largest export sector, according to Agriculture Minister Damien O’Connor.
The country’s largest dedicated coffee chain, Columbus Coffee, is the latest brand to sign the Australia-New Zealand Better Chicken Commitment for its 75 café locations.
Food firms like Talley’s secure the lion’s share of the $33m fifth round of the Government Investment in Decarbonising Industry initiative.
Agricultural commodity prices are expected to get worse, before they get better, according to Westpac’s latest Economic Overview report.
New Zealand’s dairy and meat exports are coming under pressure with subdued demand from China playing a major role.
Private equity-controlled Mainland Poultry is undertaking a $78.9m sale and leaseback of its New Zealand land holdings freeing up capital for investment.
A Hawke’s Bay butchery has been named the Supreme Winner in both bacon and ham categories of the 100% New Zealand Bacon & Ham Awards.
A landmark new report from the WHO focuses explicitly on what the science says about how red and processed meat affects our health – and the health of the ecosystems on which we depend.
Australasian poultry group Inghams has been given the green-light by the Commerce Commission for the upstream acquisition.
The Coffee Club and chicken restaurant chain Bird On A Wire are the latest big names to sign the Australia-New Zealand Better Chicken Commitment.
P&O Cruises says it will be spending $5m on Kiwi food and beverage to supply its Pacific Explorer during its Auckland season.
The MOU reflects a shared ambition for Grand Farm and Alliance to be the leading red meat providers in China, says Alliance’s general manager of sales, Shane Kingston.
The acquisitive foodservice company continues to expand, this time picking up a Tegel subsidiary in Wellington.
The distributor is bringing the best-selling B2B bacon from the US to NZ after a new deal with food giant Hormel Foods.
Affco New Zealand has been sentenced in the Gisborne District Court for health and safety failures at its Wairoa plant.
Countdown is consulting with around 400 of its meat department team and FIRST Union on proposed changes to its North Island meat department team structure.
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.
New World Hutt City is recalling a specific batch of its New World Hutt City brand NZ Beef Prime Mince as the product may contain foreign matter, namely white plastic.
“It’s going to require some super heavy lifting from a marketing and innovation perspective out in those markets that we serve,” says growth GM Nicola Johnstone.
New World Aokautere at Palmerston North is recalling a specific batch of its New World Aokautere brand NZ Beef Prime Mince due to the possible presence of foreign matter, namely metal fragments.
After three consecutive months of year-on-year declines, New Zealand’s red meat exports stabilised in April lifting 2% on a year earlier to $996m, according to MIA.
Pak’nSave Riccarton is recalling a specific batch of its Made In-Store Pak’nSave Riccarton brand Pork Jalapeno Sausages as the product may contain foreign matter, namely green plastic.
Nostalgia is flavour of the week, with Nestlé’s new KitKat innovation and Westgold building out its infused butter range, while Angel Bay collabs on a new limited edition.
The Commerce Commission has laid out the preliminary issues in Inghams Group’s proposed purchase of $8.6m of assets from upstream player, Bromley Park Hatcheries.
There are fewer dairy cattle, sheep, and deer in New Zealand’s paddocks, according to the final results of the five-yearly Agricultural Production Census 2022 from Stats NZ.
Countdown is recalling a specific batch of its Countdown brand 5 Satay Flavoured Chicken Kebabs due to the presence of an undeclared allergen, namely soy.
The Beef + Lamb New Zealand Awards will be held at the Te Pae Christchurch Convention Centre on Thursday 19 October.
A difficult start to 2023 due to extreme weather and cost inflation will give way to a better half of the year for growers and farmers, according to Westpac.
The Australia-based poultry group says the deal would help avoid potential disruption of chicken meat in NZ, where it is the most popular animal protein available to consumers.
Christchurch-headquartered meat processor and exporter ANZCO Foods doubled its net profit before tax in the 2022 financial year.
New Zealand red meat exports in March totalled $1.1bn, a 4% decrease on March 2022, as values contracted, according to the Meat Industry Association.
The fast-tracking of the UK FTA is giving exporters hope of new avenues for growth as costs pile up at home, but there is realism around competition and market forces.
The meat processor continues to build scale with its premium product range, winning new foodservice and retail orders for Pure South Handpicked Lamb.
Beef + Lamb New Zealand is teaming up with rugby world champion Stacey Waaka to encourage Kiwi teenage girls and women to eat beef and lamb more frequently.
Premiere Beehive New Zealand has undertaken a consumer level recall of its Beehive brand, Original Precooked Sausages, due to the presence of an undeclared allergen, namely milk.
Beef + Lamb New Zealand has called for a phased implementation of an agricultural emissions framework, beginning with the establishment of a robust emissions measuring and reporting system.
Automation equipment maker Scott Technology delivered a 65% increase in first half profit following higher sales and margins.
The government’s ban on live cattle export coming into effect at the end of the month is short-sighted and a further blow to farmers, the livestock industry maintains.
A deterioration in global economic conditions saw New Zealand’s red meat exports drop by almost a fifth in February, with volumes to the UK sinking to a 35-year low.
Silver Fern Farms grew its annual profit 82% last year, triggering a $250m investment programme which will likely see an expansion of its carbon-zero products.
Scales says it is expanding its pet food and ingredients capacity in the US following strong growth in the global proteins market.
Alliance Group has appointed Willie Wiese as its new chief executive.
Gross domestic product (GDP) fell 0.6% in the December 2022 quarter, following a 1.7% rise in the September 2022 quarter, according to quarterly figures released by Stats NZ.
Open Country Dairy CEO Steve Koekemoer is stepping up to become COO of parent company, Talley’s.
Beef + Lamb New Zealand has welcomed a new report from New Zealand’s independent
food and fibre sector think tank, Te Puna Whakaaronui, on modern genetic technology.
Sanford’s limited edition seafood sausage, Proper Crisps launches a Big Cut line, and Griffin’s takes Girl Guide Biscuits pink.
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.
The first month of the year saw New Zealand red meat exports value drop 7% compared with January last year, even as the total volumes of red meat exports to all countries increased.
New Zealanders are being urged to back sheep and beef farmers as part of a new campaign designed to raise awareness about “crippling” government policies.
Goods and services exports for the December 2022 quarter totalled $24.7bn, up from $20.5bn in the December 2021 quarter, according to Stats NZ’s quarterly international trade statistics.
A record performance from its global proteins division has more than offset challenging horticulture sector conditions, pushing through a solid full year result at Scales Corporation.
New Zealand Food Safety is supporting Source and Supply Co in its recall of Hobson’s brand sandwich ham due to the possible presence of Listeria.
A review of the cluster of Mid-Canterbury cattle farms infected with Mycoplasma bovis has found the disease could be spreading via airborne transmission.
New Zealand’s red meat sector has launched a comprehensive package of proposed policy changes, ahead of the general election, aimed at growing export revenues and increasing jobs.
Ingham’s New Zealand’s Waitoa free-range chicken and Sealed Air CRYOVAC product has won a WorldStar Packaging Award.
TradeWindow has confirmed an agreement to provide its long-standing customer, Silver Fern Farms, with its Cube global trade platform.
The Mycoplasma bovis Programme, led in partnership with Ministry for Primary Industries, DairyNZ and Beef + Lamb New Zealand, continues to make progress towards the eradication of the disease from New Zealand, according to Biosecurity NZ.
Tight global beef supplies and steady demand for New Zealand beef are expected to support good farmgate prices for Kiwi beef producers, says Rabobank.
CEO Egbert Segers says the company is also considering changing its product mix to cope with the gas shortage.
Dunedin-headquartered manufacturing technology company Scott has landed a number of new key contracts, including one with global retail giant Costco Wholesale.
Gross domestic product rose by 2% in the September 2022 quarter compared with Q2, according to Stats NZ, and it was accompanied by a revision upwards for the June 2022 quarter from 1.7% to 1.9%.
The regions producing meat and dairy have fared well but those reliant on horticulture have seen mixed fortunes, according to Westpac.
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New World Ohakune is recalling specific batches of its New World Ohakune brand NZ Beef Prime Mince, NZ Pork Mince and Beef Burger Patties as the product may contain foreign matter, namely metal.
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.
NZ’s largest export, dairy, is on track to grow revenue by 6%, horticulture by 5%, and seafood by 4%.
Red meat exports for October 2022 were worth $737m, a 6% increase on the same month last year, according to the Meat Industry Association.
The foodservice distributor completed the deal in just seven days with a specific asset and growth potential catching its eye.
The association representing the red meat processing and exporting sector has called for changes to the government’s agricultural emissions pricing proposal.
The acquisitive foodservice distributor adds another butcher and its retail brand to its growing portfolio.
The country has its first cultivated meat company – and it has gone niche to go big.
Meal kit company HelloFresh has signed the Better Chicken Commitment in New Zealand.
Red meat co-operative Alliance Group has announced a record pretax profit of $117m for the year ending 30 September 2022, up 186% year-on-year.
David Surveyor will leave the co-operative next year returning to Australia after around eight years in the role.
High global prices continue to drive export growth for New Zealand red meat with the September value coming in at $777m – a 21% increase on last year, according to analysis by the Meat Industry Association.
Fonterra, Foodstuffs North Island, Silver Fern Farms and Lion will all be vying for gongs at the 2022 Deloitte Top 200 Awards.
The results are in from the National Butchery Awards which took place yesterday at the Due Drop Events Centre, in Auckland.
The Auckland-based jerky manufacturer says its new investor has not only injected growth capital it has also unlocked a 20x capacity increase.
Silver Fern Farms Co-operative is paying out an $11.2m interim dividend to shareholders – reflecting 10.1 cents a share.
The Meat Industry Association has opened the sixth round of future leaders scholarship programme, with slightly revamped criteria.
New World Te Rapa in Hamilton and Zaroa Meats in Auckland have been announced as the joint Supreme Award winners in the 2022 Great New Zealand Sausage Competition.
The grass-fed export brand will extend a project to help Kiwi farmers get premium product into the US.
Automation and robotics company Scott Technology saw strong revenue growth from its meat processing business during the year to August 2022.
Meat the Need has hit its two-year target of providing 1 million mince meals to families in need across the country.
A traditional handcrafted smallgood specialist triumphed over 62 finalists to take the top honour.
The value of beef exports to China jumped to $235m in August 2022, up 91% compared with the same month last year, according to the Meat Industry Association.
Summer testing for Mycoplasma bovis will be stepped up after New Zealand’s nationwide surveillance programme identified a new strain of the disease.
The winners in the inaugural Beef + Lamb New Zealand Awards have been announced at a gala dinner at the Napier War Memorial Centre.
Hellers has donated its two-millionth sausage for school sausage sizzle fundraisers.
Exports of livestock by sea will stop on 30 April 2023, following the pass of the Animal Welfare Amendment Bill today.
The Christchurch-based diversified agribusiness invests in pet food processing and edible by-products operations in Australia.
The updated Deer Code of Welfare is a positive forward-looking document, according to Deer Industry New Zealand.
The deer industry is marking the seventh year of a growth strategy which has resulted in the development of a successful venison market in China, and strong growth in the US.
Scott Technology has signed an $11.2m contract with Silver Fern Farms to deliver a fully automated lamb processing system for the processor’s Finegand plant in South Otago.
New Zealand’s red meat sector achieved sales of $1.1bn during July, a 26% increase on the same month last year, according to an analysis by the Meat Industry Association.
The Hellers Sharp Blacks have won third place at the World Butchers’ Challenge in Sacramento held over the weekend, after two years of Covid-19 cancellations.
Global demand for cheaper cuts of beef is expected to increase in the year ahead as rampant inflation and slowing economic growth see consumers trade down, says Rabobank.
Researchers are investigating what makes great-tasting pork as part of an innovative eating quality project, with the pork industry aiming to use the findings to develop a quality mark for pork.
New Pacific programmes for migrant workers will help relieve worker shortages in New Zealand’s meat and seafood sectors, says the government.
New agreements with the meat and seafood sectors will help address worker shortages and unlock value for the economy, says an industry group.
After a sustained turnaround, the company’s boss says growth is being hampered by a lack of workers.
Falling foodservice spend is hitting sheepmeat export volumes hard, with Rabobank identifying further downside risks for the sector.
The chief executive of Southland meat processor Blue Sky Meats Jim Goodall is leaving the business after one year in the role.
“The costs are clear, and they will ultimately be borne by consumers,” Tegel said in a submission ahead of ComCom green-lighting collective supplier bargaining.
Red meat exports in June were 15% higher than last year at $1.1bn largely driven by pricier beef to China, according to an analysis by the Meat Industry Association.
After a year of learnings in the domestic market and a close look at the US, Greenlea Premier Meats subsidiary Restore Wholefoods takes its tonic to Asia.
Arrivals are being screened at the border to catch any foot and mouth disease incursion.
Supply of Tegel’s chicken sausages, Nuggets and Louisiana and Nashville Take Outs is particularly affected.
The National Party has criticised the prime minister’s claim the that Free Trade Agreement New Zealand signed with the European Union was “arguably one of the best dairy deals that anyone has had with the EU”.
The New Zealand Society for the Prevention of Cruelty to Animals, Animals Aotearoa and The Humane League have launched the Australia-New Zealand Better Chicken Commitment.
The premium meat company’s MD is looking at how alternative proteins can play a part in the business.
Southland meat processor Blue Sky Foods has delisted from the Unlisted Stock Exchange as of 6 July 2022.
New Zealand’s red meat sector overcame a significant drop in export volumes to achieve sales of $1.1bn during May 2022 – a 28% increase on the same month last year, according to an analysis by the Meat Industry Association.
“No business is exempt from the rising costs of labour, transport, fuel and logistics,” chief executive Egbert Segers says, announcing the second 10% price rise in less than a year.
The small red meat quotas are a missed opportunity and will continue to constrain exporters, MIA says.
Former Minister for Primary Industries Nathan Guy has added chairman of the Meat Industry Association to his roster of governance responsibilities.
Meat Industry Association chief executive Sirma Karapeeva and Beef + Lamb New Zealand chief executive Sam McIvor will be in Brussels this week as negotiations between the European Union and New Zealand for a Free Trade Agreement enter a critical stage.
New World Rangiora is recalling all batches and all dates of its packed in-store Hellers brand Smoked Saveloys due to the presence of undeclared allergens, namely milk and gluten.
Export revenue from New Zealand’s food and fibre sector is expected to reach a record $52.2bn in the year to June 2022, says the government.
New Zealand’s pork industry will be in jeopardy if a new draft code of welfare for pigs gets approval, according to ACT’s Primary Industries spokesperson Mark Cameron.
Blue Sky Meats intends to delist from the USX after the close of market trading on 5 July 2022.
MIA and B+LNZ raise concerns that the EU’s rhetoric on ambition is not being matched in an agreement governing agricultural access.
Dunedin-headquartered automation and robotics company Scott Technology has signed a US$35m ($53m) deal with a Canadian beef giant.
New Zealand red meat exports hit a record $999.6m in April, up 16% on the same time last year according to the Meat Industry Association, which warned ongoing volatility in China indicates head winds in the coming months.
Food exporters toast bumper results despite supply chain challenges and labour shortages.
PM Jacinda Ardern attended the New York launch of Silver Fern Farms’ USDA-approved Net Carbon Zero By Nature 100% Grass-Fed Angus Beef.
Exports were up 17% compared with April last year, according to Stats NZ, with food commodities performing strongly.
Food and beverage industry appointments for the week to 20 May.
For the first time since Covid-19 travel restrictions were implemented, Beef + Lamb New Zealand’s leaders will be heading to key export markets to advocate on behalf of New Zealand farmers.
Quarterly exports up 17% year on year, however March picture mixed as China restrictions continue and processors struggle with staffing at home.
Food system stakeholders have broadly welcomed the new plan but have called for more detail around the almost-$3bn allocated on initiatives over the next four years.
Southern Lamb Investments has closed its full takeover offer of Blue Sky Meats Limited, with acceptances received for 74.87% of the meat processor’s shares.
Beef cattle numbers increased in 2021, while the number of sheep dipped slightly, according to Stats NZ.
The government is closely monitoring reports of a foot and mouth disease (FMD) outbreak in Indonesia, says Biosecurity New Zealand.
The value of total good exports rose strongly in March 2022, driven by increases in dairy products, beef, and aluminium.
The Commerce Commission has given the New Zealand Tegel Growers Association Incorporated clearance to collectively negotiate on behalf of its members with Tegel Foods for a ten year period.
Blue Sky meats suitor Andrew Lowe is making a top up payment of close to $47,000 for shares he bought prior to launching a formal takeover offer for the Southland meat processor.
Processing capacity at New Zealand’s plants is recovering as more people return to work after isolating or staying at home to look after family members due to Covid-19, according to meat industry stakeholders.
Southern Lamb Investment’s proposed takeover of Southland meat processor Blue Sky has backing from shareholders holding 59.27%
Under-pressure meat processors are among business that will benefit from an increase in the class border exceptions and caps.
Southern Lamb Investment’s proposed takeover of Southland meat processor Blue Sky has backing from shareholders holding 56.79%.
Bootleg Jerky Company has taken out the People’s Choice accolade at the Westpac Auckland Business Awards 2021, north and west region.
Meat works around the country are struggling to meet demand due to the government’s failure to keep pace with a vital cog in the supply chain, according to National’s agriculture spokesperson Barbara Kuriger.
Independent directors and advisers say Southern Lamb’s $3 offer price falls short of recognising the full value of the Southland meat processor.
Silver Fern Farms Ltd has lifted its annual net profit to $103.8m in the year to December, up from $65.4m the previous year, off the back of strong demand and high global prices.
Southern Lamb Investments’ takeover offer of Blue Sky Pastures has gone unconditional after receiving more than 50% share acceptances.
The Commerce Commission has extended provisional authorisation for the New Zealand Tegel Growers Association to collectively negotiate on behalf of its members with Tegel Foods.
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Food Standards Australia New Zealand wants feedback on an application for a new processing aid, cetylpyridinium chloride, in the treatment of raw poultry.
New Zealand red meat values remained strong in January despite pressure on export volumes.
Meat processors are under pressure and suffering delays because of Omicron absenteeism, according to the Meat Industry Association and Beef + Lamb New Zealand.
A $30m capex requirement and a desire for long-term sustainability are the motivations for Blue Sky Pastures investors Scott O’Donnell and Andrew Lowe to launch their takeover offer.
Meat Business Women New Zealand has appointed two new co-chairs to lead the organisation.
Animal foods can form part of a healthy, sustainable and ethical lifestyle, despite increasing claims to the contrary, says Lincoln University Professor of Livestock, Pablo Gregorini.
Lamb processing company Blue Sky Meats says it is potentially the target of a takeover.
Burgers inspired by Artificial Intelligence, from chef Dale Bowie and AgResearch.
A Rabobank report on the beef sector says global demand will keep prices high, with a raft of challenges plaguing the sector.
New Zealand Winegrowers says the freshly signed free trade agreement with Britain will support future growth and encourage exporters to focus on that market.
TEG Risk and Sustainability Services has won a gold award from the Association of Consulting and Engineering for its consulting work with food processors.
Pāmu has posted a net profit after tax of $41m for the half-year ended 31 December 2021, up from $8m in 2020 as commodity prices increase across its forestry and farming portfolio.
Listed food industry supplier MHM Automation has reported a net profit of $1.41m for the six months to December 2021, up 279% on the previous corresponding period.
Seven new scholarships have been awarded to young people considering a career in the red meat and exporting sectors.
New Zealand’s red meat exports reached $10bn in 2021 despite Covid challenges and some softening in the major China market, says the Meat Industry Association.
Global supply shortages will underpin firm commodity prices for dairy this year, while returns for kiwifruit will stay elevated thanks to strong demand, says Rabobank.
One of the world’s largest live export ships is back at Timaru port this weekend and is expected to attract protesters.
Labour shortages are the most pressing concern for the country’s primary sector but global prices should remain strong, according to ANZ’s latest Agri Focus report.
New Zealand Pork is calling on consumers to buy Kiwi-produced pork after new country of origin laws come into effect on 12 February.
The value of New Zealand’s red meat sector exports reached $693m during October, a 27% increase year-on-year, according to the Meat Industry Association.
The meat processor invests in a bone broth brand to move up the value chain and into retail both at home and abroad.
The Commerce Commission has granted provisional authorisation for the New Zealand Tegel Growers Association to collectively negotiate on behalf of its members with Tegel Foods.
The monthly value of goods exported in October 2021 rose to $5.3bn in October 2021, up 12% compared with the same month last year, according to Stats NZ.
Halal-certified red meat exports increased 13% during the 2020-21 season with most product going to non-Muslim markets, says the Meat Industry Association.
Meat processing co-operative Alliance Group has posted an operating profit of $41.9m before tax and distributions for the year ending September 30, up from $27.3m last year.
Submissions for the government’s Emissions Reduction Plan must be lodged by tomorrow, Wednesday 24 November.
Agility and resilience are watchwords for meat producers in a rapidly evolving market still suffering Covid-19 challenges.
A Beef + Lamb New Zealand and ANZCO Foods co-branded marketing campaign has lifted sales of New Zealand grass-fed beef in China.
The Alliance Group’s Pure South Handpicked 55 Day Aged Beef has won three gold medals in the prestigious World Steak Challenge.
The iwi’s seafood business sees operating profit leap 37%, offsetting a poor FY21 for honey and farming.
New Zealanders should check where their pork is from in the run-up to Christmas, says New Zealand Pork.
Waitoa says its free range chicken is the first in New Zealand to become Toitū Envirocare certified carbon zero.
Domino’s Pizza has signed the global Better Chicken Commitment.
The Meat Industry Association has opened applications for its 2022 scholarships.
Rising costs, supply chain concerns, food miles and a desire to support local are headwinds highlighted in a new report.
Spring Valley Enterprises, AgResearch, and a Silver Fern Farms booking app are among 24 finalists in the inaugural Beef + Lamb New Zealand Awards.
Beef + Lamb New Zealand Inc has promoted its general manager of marketing Kit Arkwright to chief executive.
New Zealand’s biggest farming business Pāmu is borrowing $85m from Westpac via a three-year sustainability-linked loan.
Plaudits are rolling in for the government’s in-principle free trade agreement with the United Kingdom, which could result in a $1bn boost to GDP.
Alliance Group has extended its partnership with global retail giant Marks & Spencer landing a deal to supply a range of value-add beef and lamb to its Singapore division.
Silver Fern Farms and the New Zealand Meat Workers Union (NZMWU) have agreed an increase in the minimum hourly rate paid at the meat processor to $24 per hour – an increase of almost 10%.
Fast food chain McDonald’s and science provider AgResearch have joined forces on a regenerative farming trial that aims to improve soil health and environmental performance.
The Commerce Commission has published a statement of preliminary issues relating to the New Zealand Tegel Growers Association application to collectively negotiate conditions around its supply arrangement with Tegel Foods.
Food exports were strong in H1 but it’s an uneven recovery from Covid for infant formula, cherries and some seafood.
Shipping issues, storage concerns and absenteeism created an “unusual” year for Blue Sky Pastures.
Silver Fern Farms says securing a $1m grant from the government will help the company end coal use by 2030.
The New Zealand Tegel Growers Association is asking the Commerce Commission for provisional authorisation to collectively negotiate with Tegel Foods.
The inaugural Beef + Lamb New Zealand Awards has been delayed until early next year.
The value of New Zealand’s red meat exports topped $650m in August 2021, up 26% on the same month last year, says the Meat Industry Association.
The global economic and foodservice recovery is underpinning strong demand, but the high Kiwi dollar will eat into export returns.
The meat exporter is driving into e-commerce in the US and is looking to join big online marketplaces like Amazon.
Tegel Foods Ltd is recalling a specific batch of its Classic Chicken Burgers due to the presence of an undeclared allergen, gluten, and an incorrect claim about gluten.
The Ministry for Primary Industries is inviting comments on the draft import health standard (IHS) for ruminant meat and ruminant meat products.
The Egg Producers Federation says it believes an outbreak of salmonella enteritidis on three layer farms earlier this year is contained and will be eliminated.
The Commerce Commission has received an application from the New Zealand Tegel Growers Association seeking authorisation for collective bargaining with Tegel Foods.
Food prices rose for the fifth consecutive month in August mainly due to higher prices for meat, poultry and fish, and restaurant meals and ready-to-eat food, according to Stats NZ.
The government is investing $6.68m in a $16.7m genetics programme to lower the beef sector’s greenhouse gas emissions by delivering cows with a smaller environmental hoof-print.
New Zealand exported red meat and co-products worth $870m during July 2021 – a 29% increase on the same month last year, according to the latest analysis from the Meat Industry Association.
Silver Fern Farms says it has achieved Toitū enviromark diamond certification, the highest New Zealand-based environmental certification.
Pricing for New Zealand beef remains strong despite turbulence in global beef markets, according to Rabobank’s latest Global Beef Quarterly report.
Poultry company Tegel has appointed agency Culture&Theory to help drive further growth of its Take Outs range which has more varieties in the pipeline.
New Zealand’s largest poultry supplier Tegel is raising chicken prices from mid-August.
The Meat Industry Association has launched a campaign to help address the industry’s chronic shortage of employees – currently standing at around 2,000 people.
Blue Sky Meats has appointed Sarah Brown to its board.
Exports from the New Zealand red meat sector reached $937m in June, up 16% year-on-year, according to the Meat Industry Association.
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.
Charity Meat the Need has provided more than 408,783 meals from over 883 donations in just one year.
The value of NZ exports continues to climb hitting a new high of $6bn in June this year.
New Zealand Food Safety is extending a programme of testing to determine the extent of Salmonella Enteritidis in poultry flocks in New Zealand and to reduce the risk to consumers.
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AgResearch scientists have taken their skills into the kitchen to identify the ideal cooking conditions for the ‘perfect steak,’ while also harnessing the power of Artificial Intelligence to create new food combinations and recipes.
The jerky startup has secured funding for a new facility to help more than double production.
Farmers have supported the continuation of sheepmeat and beef levies which fund industry organisation Beef + Lamb NZ following a six yearly referendum.
Alliance Group has appointed Victoria Trayner to be its first associate director.
The management and support of retail meat apprenticeships in Aotearoa has a new home, with transitional industry training organisation Competenz passing it over to training provider Skills4Work.
Silver Fern Farms co-chair Rob Hewett has announced four key sustainability goals at its annual farmer conference in Wellington.
Beef + Lamb New Zealand is confident US demand for meat protein will remain high through 2021 as demand from the recovering foodservice sector continues to challenge available supplies.
New Zealand exported red meat and co-products worth $877m during May, according to the latest analysis from the Meat Industry Association.
The Ministry for Primary Industries is calling for feedback on its draft redesign of the Animal Products Act 1999 and the Wine Act 2003.
There are only two weeks to vote in the Beef + Lamb New Zealand 2021 sheepmeat and beef levy referendum.
The US is likely to remain the largest market for wine and beef exporters over the coming 12 months, according to NZUS Council.
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.
New Zealand Food Safety has placed movement controls on a third North Island egg producer as a precautionary measure after environmental testing indicated Salmonella Enteritidis on the farm.
Beef + Lamb, DairyNZ and Federated Farmers have released what they describe as a new climate change education resource.
Manufacturing sales volumes reached a record peak of $27bn in the March quarter, up 0.4% or $113m from the December 2020 quarter, according to Stats NZ.
Beef + Lamb New Zealand has reported strong growth and increased demand for grass-fed, pasture-raised beef and lamb in the US.
New Zealand red meat exports remained steady in April with a total of $863m worth of meat and co-products exported to global markets, according to the latest analysis from MIA.
Christchurch’s Peter Timbs Meats is recalling specific batches of its cooked meat due to the possible presence of Listeria.
Increased volatility and global supply chain disruption are dogging exports to the US, but strong demand for NZ products including beef and wine are supporting long-term growth.
NZ’s bird flu free status attracted US poultry giant Cobb Vantress to set up here but the distance from major markets has been costly during the pandemic.
Salmonella Enteritidis has been detected at an Auckland poultry farm, leading NZ Food Safety to undertake tracing work and industry testing, as well as taking measures at the farm in question.
The premium pet food exporter is preparing to develop a second plant and piquing interest from overseas investors.
Industry players want today’s Budget to support them through the transition to a post-Covid environment.
Meat the Need founding partner Silver Fern Farms says over 410,000 red meat meals have been delivered to food banks in the first year of the charity.
New Zealand virtual fencing startup, Vence, has raised $16m which will help it prepare for its entry into the Australian and US markets.
Alliance Group has distributed almost $6m in loyalty payments for the first quarter – up on $4.5m paid out the same time last year when Covid-19 protocols slowed down processing.
Real time lamb quality tool Clarospec scooped two awards including the overall winner in the on-farm systems category.
Silver Fern Farms is preparing to launch their search for the future stars of the red meat industry in the coming weeks, with applications opening for the Plate to Pasture Youth Scholarships and the Silver Fern Farms Graduate Career Programme.
China’s recovery from the Covid-19 pandemic helped lift red meat exports over $1bn in March 2021, says the Meat Industry Association.
The number of sheep in New Zealand in June 2020 was 26 million, down 3% on the same month in 2019, according to final agricultural production figures from Stats NZ.
The New Zealand Meat Board is investing some of its reserves into B+L’s genetics research programme.
Rob Hewett has been appointed Silver Fern Farms Co-operative chair following the announcement on 29 April that Richard Young was standing down.
New Zealand food products comprised more than half of the 8,000 tonnes of cargo shipped by Emirates SkyCargo in 2020.
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”.
Beef + Lamb New Zealand’s Taste Pure Nature brand has enlisted the services of US-based dietician and nutrition consultant Samantha Cassetty for World Earth Day.
The partners behind a year-long trial to produce a sustainable beef patty for McDonalds in New Zealand are claiming success.
Consumers should give up meat on World Earth Day, even if only for a day, says the New Zealand Vegetarian Society.
The co-operative began processing cows and light bull at Lorneville near Invercargill this week.
It was the first time the event would take place in two years.
Beef and Lamb New Zealand is advising red meat processors and exporters to manage livestock volumes as current global supply chain issues caused by Covid-19 are causing bottlenecks.
The upgrade of its Levin rendering facility will support the co-op’s drive to capture greater value from products.
As alternative proteins increase in popularity, the organisation launches a new website to promote NZ red meat facts.
New Zealand red meat exports for February 2021 reached $906.7m, says the Meat Industry Association.
The meat company saw net profit dip to $65m, skirting any deep impact from the pandemic.
Improving commodity prices were the key reason cited by farmers expecting NZ’s agri economy to improve.
The bank described the December 2020 quarter results as a tale of two islands as the north continued to outperform the south.
The industry group says there are “limits to what the sector can continue to achieve”.
Almost $1m will be spent on venison marketing and promotion in the US.
Restaurant meals and foods such as Thai and Indian helped lift prices in Feb but it was the slowest growth for 18 months.
“B+LNZ is continuing to meet with scientists and the Commission to inform the submission we’ll make on the draft advice, on behalf of our levy payers.”
The Butcher’s Cart has launched a new website selling and delivering beef and lamb.
Atkins Ranch CEO Jim Goodall will take over from Todd Grave at the meat processor.
Dairy and meat product manufacturing fell 3.2% to $288m in the December 2020 quarter, says Stats NZ.
The next New Zealand Meat Board annual meeting will take place online at 3pm on 12 March.
Southland’s largest employer is automating its warehouse and using laser guided storage and retrieval systems.
New Zealand’s red meat exports fell to $743.3m in January 2021, a 14% drop on compared to the same month a year ago.
A lack of skilled workers in the halal sector is presenting a challenge for New Zealand’s meat sector, says the Meat Industry Association.
Rising prices for venison in Europe will help boost the market, says Deer Industry NZ.
It was the fifth consecutive month where dairy exports were less than the corresponding month a year ago.
The companies pleaded guilty in separate cases to pollution charges.
The association awarded undergraduates $5k per year and post-graduates $10k per year.
Beef +Lamb New Zealand looks back on 2020 in a final blog for the year.
Air NZ’s cargo business will deliver around five million kilograms of food over summer.
Lamb and sheep export volumes are expected to drop this summer as drought results in lower animal weight and stock rebuild activity.
Dairy and meat product manufacturing volumes, and wholesale grocery and liquor value saw huge lifts in the Sept quarter.
The family-owned Nelson meat producer issued the recall.
The $12bn sector puts sustainable profitability and premium value at the centre of new vision.
The meat processor says the move means customers in the US will get meat before Christmas.
The MIA says the drop reflects the high prices NZ’s red meat was commanding last year.
Just last month the Heart Foundation put out new recommendations, advising Kiwis to eat less red meat.
Some dairy products were down $198m.
It was a Wilson Hellaby meat processing plant up until a couple of months ago.
Lower demand for red meat is set to put pressure on prices, says agribusiness bankers Rabobank.
A new study out of the University of Otago looks at diet and how it could cause the disease.
The new tool will give New Zealand consumers and producers verified data about primary sector products.
Covid-19 food contamination has made headlines around the world, and Professor French says more research is needed.
Around 100 people will be monitored in the studies led by multiple NZ institutions.
Harrington’s Smallgoods is urging the Government to make country-of-origin labelling a priority.
Jacinda Ardern says New Zealand’s primary industries will “directly benefit” from the new trade deal.
Chinese authorities say the virus has been detected on beef and tripe and packaging from NZ, Brazil and Bolivia.
Chef Peter Gordon has just returned to New Zealand, set to open in his new community dining venture.
The 2021 Meat Industry Association Scholarships are now open for application.
As prime picking time looms near the horticulture industry remains concerned about RSE shortages.
A protest against a live animal export ship bound for China took place in Napier at the weekend.
The Meat Industry Association says a decline in China prompted a “re-balancing” to other export markets.
The Heart Foundation is advising Kiwis to be more mindful about their red meat and chicken consumption.
Plant-based food producer, NEXT! Is behind the release of the bacon-like product.
The region continues to rank as one of the highest rates of economic activity per capita in New Zealand.
Silver Fern Farms has released two new products to add to its venison range, Venison Cutlets and Venison Minute Steaks.
New research suggests women are under-represented in, and even prevented from, aspiring to higher levels of business in the industry.
Silver Fern Farms has announced its Plate to Pasture Youth Scholarships for 2020, adding two more names to the six already unveiled.