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Friday 20 May 2022

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

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

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


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

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

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


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

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

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


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

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

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


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

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

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


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

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

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


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

Perspectives: Food for thought in IPCC report

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


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

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

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


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

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

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


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

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

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


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

Wednesday Letter: Border reopenings boost for F&B exports

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


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

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

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


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

Wednesday letter: ComCom’s competition damp squib

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


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

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

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


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

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

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


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

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

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


Perspectives: Pandemic exposes NZ’s supply chain vulnerability – more inflation to come
21 Feb 2022   /

Perspectives: Pandemic exposes NZ’s supply chain vulnerability – more inflation to come

And there is no quick fix available to policymakers, argue AUT economists.


Perspectives: Ultra-processed foods are not well sign-posted but that can change
16 Feb 2022   /

Perspectives: Ultra-processed foods are not well sign-posted but that can change

Straightforward guidance about ultra-processed foods is rare but action can be taken to ensure equitable access to healthy and sustainable foods.


Perspectives: AGMARDT’s Lee-Ann Marsh on taking action for the collective good
9 Feb 2022   /

Perspectives: AGMARDT’s Lee-Ann Marsh on taking action for the collective good

AGMARDT GM Lee-Ann Marsh on why we need a new mindset that transcends siloed thinking.


Perspectives: It’s hard to stay positive but the future is bright
3 Feb 2022   /

Perspectives: It’s hard to stay positive but the future is bright

We are as frustrated as anyone about the lack of forethought and planning for the management of Omicron, writes HortNZ’s Nadine Tunley.


Perspectives: Omicron will add to workforce shortages faced by key NZ industries
2 Feb 2022   /

Perspectives: Omicron will add to workforce shortages faced by key NZ industries

The Omicron wave about to wash over New Zealand will exacerbate an already tightening labour market.


Thanks for reading our coverage of NZ’s dynamic F&B sector – Food Ticker restarts on 1 Feb 2022
10 Dec 2021  

Thanks for reading our coverage of NZ’s dynamic F&B sector – Food Ticker restarts on 1 Feb 2022

We’ve completed our 2021 coverage test and are pleased to confirm that we’ll be back in early 2022. Thank you for your support this year. Have a Merry Christmas and a Happy New Year – the Ticker team.


Perspectives: A huge 2021 ends with new beginnings – NZFGC’s Katherine Rich
2 Dec 2021   /

Perspectives: A huge 2021 ends with new beginnings – NZFGC’s Katherine Rich

Covid, ComCom plus business as usual made 2021 a testing year, but NZFGC boss Katherine Rich says prioritising the creation of a Grocery Code would be a strong start in 2022.


Perspectives: Grocery workers, Covid and mental health
29 Nov 2021  

Perspectives: Grocery workers, Covid and mental health

Grocery workers are suffering the mental health effects of customer hostility and lack of safety in their workplace.


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

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

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


Perspectives: Why we should sell food cheap, to earn more
10 Nov 2021  

Perspectives: Why we should sell food cheap, to earn more

The value proposition and opportunity cost of food sold in New Zealand is not simply the export value of that same food, says KPMG’s Jack Keeys.


Perspectives: Eat NZ’s Angela Clifford on a unique moment in time
29 Oct 2021   /

Perspectives: Eat NZ’s Angela Clifford on a unique moment in time

The pandemic provides an opportunity to examine and set a future pathway for New Zealand’s food system.


Perspectives: Why global food prices are higher today than for most of modern history
29 Sep 2021  

Perspectives: Why global food prices are higher today than for most of modern history

Global food prices are creeping towards record highs due to a combination of fuel prices, bad weather and Covid-19, according to University of Warwick global sustainable development


Perspectives: P&F’s Professor Richard Newcomb on producing tomorrow’s food
22 Sep 2021  

Perspectives: P&F’s Professor Richard Newcomb on producing tomorrow’s food

Digitised food, urban farms and ocean protein could play a greater role in future food production, says Plant & Food Research chief scientist Professor Richard Newcomb.


Perspectives: The carbon footprint of a full English breakfast – and how to reduce it
20 Sep 2021  

Perspectives: The carbon footprint of a full English breakfast – and how to reduce it

Food production accounts for a quarter of global greenhouse gas emissions and there are some carbon culprits in the first meal of the day.


Perspectives: Greenhouse gas emissions by food, countries and regions
14 Sep 2021  

Perspectives: Greenhouse gas emissions by food, countries and regions

A new framework makes it possible to compare how different food products and food-producing regions affect Earth’s climate.


Perspectives: What we learned from a compostable packaging trial – Whittaker’s
3 Sep 2021   /

Perspectives: What we learned from a compostable packaging trial – Whittaker’s

The chocolate company tested a limited run of its Peanut Slab in compostable wrappers as part of its move to 100% sustainable packaging by 2025.


Perspectives: Moving from volume to value – how do we make it happen?
31 Aug 2021  

Perspectives: Moving from volume to value – how do we make it happen?

What does a move from volume to value look like in practice, and how do we go about achieving it?


Perspectives: What is England’s National Food Strategy and how could it change the way people eat?
23 Jul 2021  

Perspectives: What is England’s National Food Strategy and how could it change the way people eat?

The plan has drawn fire from some in the food industry there but support from others, so what is at stake?


Perspectives: How technology can shift the global food system
13 Jul 2021  

Perspectives: How technology can shift the global food system

The opportunity for an intelligently connected food system is riper than ever, writes Trust Codes’ Emma Wheeler.


Perspectives: Should some plant-based burgers be considered ‘junk food’?
9 Jul 2021  

Perspectives: Should some plant-based burgers be considered ‘junk food’?

The ultra-processed nature and long ingredient list of some plant-based burgers means they may not be as healthy as some expect, writes a nutritional biochemist.


Perspectives: Every mainland Aus state will soon allow GM crops – here’s why that’s nothing to fear
29 Jun 2021  

Perspectives: Every mainland Aus state will soon allow GM crops – here’s why that’s nothing to fear

There are no genetically modified commercial crops in New Zealand but across the ditch, it’s a different story.


Perspectives: Hauraki Gulf changes raise challenges and opportunities
25 Jun 2021  

Perspectives: Hauraki Gulf changes raise challenges and opportunities

Not everyone is happy with the government’s Hauraki Gulf plan released this week and there is more work to do to ensure any changes are fair for everyone, writes Seafood New Zealand chief executive Dr Jeremy Helson.


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

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

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


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

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

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


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

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

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


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

Perspectives: The shape of exports and how they shape us

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


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

Perspectives: Food innovation needed now more than ever

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


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

Perspectives: Women empowerment and peer support in the wine industry

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


Wednesday Letter: The looming crisis of international airfreight
17 Feb 2021  

Wednesday Letter: The looming crisis of international airfreight

The clock is ticking on a lifeline for the seafood industry in a Covid-19 world, writes Seafood NZ CEO Dr Jeremy Helson.


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

Seafood NZ calls time on “challenging” 2020

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