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Saturday 21 May 2022

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Australasia’s first alternative proteins conference kicks-off
17 May 2022   /

Australasia’s first alternative proteins conference kicks-off

Australia and New Zealand’s first alternative proteins conference, AltProteins, takes place in Melbourne today.


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

FoodStarter 2022 finalists: Who made the cut?

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


Impossible Foods rejects complaint
11 May 2022   /

Impossible Foods rejects complaint

Impossible Foods says a complaint made to the Commerce Commission over the labelling of its plant-based burger product is wrong.


Tofu Takeover: ComCom’s concerns with Chalmers deal
5 May 2022   /

Tofu Takeover: ComCom’s concerns with Chalmers deal

The watchdog fears Life Health Foods’ proposed takeover of plant-based rival Chalmers Organics will substantially lessen competition.


Boring Oat Milk gears up for export

Boring Oat Milk gears up for export

Boring Oat Milk’s Morgan Maw is casting her eye around international markets to assess the next move for what is New Zealand’s first fully domestically manufactured oat milk.


Who won at the inaugural vegan chocolate awards?
3 May 2022   /

Who won at the inaugural vegan chocolate awards?

Chocolate makers from all over the world entered the Vegan Society Aotearoa’s first Vegan Chocolate Awards with the hope of becoming a winner in one of seven categories.


Berkano Foods in plant-based price parity push
28 Apr 2022   /

Berkano Foods in plant-based price parity push

“We’re not going to disrupt the market or build market share by offering a ‘me-too’ product at the same price,” says Berkano co-founder Nicholas Harlow.


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

Global alt-seafood investment doubled in 2021 – GFI

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


Alt-meat “won’t save the planet” – report
12 Apr 2022   /

Alt-meat “won’t save the planet” – report

“What’s really needed is to transform our whole food systems, not the product,” according to IPES-Food.


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

Leaft Foods flies flag with $22m fundraise

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


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.


Inaugural Vegan Chocolate Awards open for entries
1 Apr 2022   /

Inaugural Vegan Chocolate Awards open for entries

Registration has opened for the Vegan Society Aotearoa’s inaugural Chocolate Awards.


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.


“We can now realise the brand’s potential” – Tesh Randall on Raglan Food’s Pioneer deal
30 Mar 2022   /

“We can now realise the brand’s potential” – Tesh Randall on Raglan Food’s Pioneer deal

Pioneer brings capital and connections to support Raglan Food’s vision to be leader in plant-based products.


Sustainable Foods closes $2m+ fundraise
30 Mar 2022   /

Sustainable Foods closes $2m+ fundraise

Alternative protein player Sustainable Foods has closed its capital raise reaching a total of $2.15m.


Private equity swoops on Raglan Food Co
29 Mar 2022   /

Private equity swoops on Raglan Food Co

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


Kabochamilk wins at World Food Innovation awards
28 Mar 2022   /

Kabochamilk wins at World Food Innovation awards

Hawke’s Bay-based plant milk producer Kabocha Milk Co has won two awards at the the 2022 World Food Innovations in London.


Hell launches Impossible Burger Pizza 2.0
28 Mar 2022   /

Hell launches Impossible Burger Pizza 2.0

Pizza chain Hell has launched an Impossible Burger Pizza 2.0 using plant-based food company Impossible Food’s beef product.


Food Moves: Clement takes plant-based post, a departure from Pic’s, PepsiCo promotion and more
25 Mar 2022   /

Food Moves: Clement takes plant-based post, a departure from Pic’s, PepsiCo promotion and more

Clement is taking his dairy experience to a plant-based challenger entering the export market.


Tofu takeover: ComCom questions Sanitarium sister company’s Chalmers deal
24 Mar 2022   /

Tofu takeover: ComCom questions Sanitarium sister company’s Chalmers deal

The competition watchdog flags concerns over Life Health Foods’ proposed takeover of plant-based rival Chalmers Organics.


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

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

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


Impossible adds Countdown, Plan*t bags meal kits

Impossible adds Countdown, Plan*t bags meal kits

Impossible Burger Patties go on sale at supermarkets across ANZ, while My Food Bag takes alt-protein offering Plan*t national.


All Black backs Sustainable Foods cap raise
22 Feb 2022  

All Black backs Sustainable Foods cap raise

Halfback TJ Perenara makes a “significant and material” investment in the plant-based business.


Watch: Is plant-based cooling off?
22 Feb 2022  

Watch: Is plant-based cooling off?

Is plant-based meat cooling off? The Financial Times takes a look.


Anchor goes plant-based in the South Island
18 Feb 2022   /

Anchor goes plant-based in the South Island

Fonterra-owned Anchor has launched its plant-based milk bottles in supermarkets in the South Island.


ComCom outlines issues in Chalmers Organics takeover
9 Feb 2022   /

ComCom outlines issues in Chalmers Organics takeover

The Commerce Commission is considering an application by Life Health Foods NZ to purchase 100% of meat alternative manufacturer Chalmers Organics.


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

Natural Abundance launches ‘world first’ packaging NFT

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


Plant-based learnings for Vince
7 Dec 2021   /

Plant-based learnings for Vince

The Northland business is on track to complete a pre-seed fundraising round that will help it ramp up production and increase direct sales.


Ikea is coming and so is its restaurant – what can NZ food suppliers expect?
3 Dec 2021   /

Ikea is coming and so is its restaurant – what can NZ food suppliers expect?

The global retail giant moved to a more locally-sourced and plant-based menu across the ditch.


“The more people we can spread our fermented love too, the better” – The Wild Fermentary
30 Nov 2021  

“The more people we can spread our fermented love too, the better” – The Wild Fermentary

The supreme winner of the NZ Food Awards wants to keep pushing product boundaries and bringing people into the fermentation fold.


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

All Good backs $50m Southland oat factory

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


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

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

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


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

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

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


Hemp Connect gets “game-changing” $245k MPI backing
18 Nov 2021   /

Hemp Connect gets “game-changing” $245k MPI backing

The pilot project aims to enable locally grown hemp food products to compete with imported goods.


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

Alt-dairy startup Daisy Lab plants seed for funding

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


New owner “wakes up” Be Nourished for plant-based push
12 Nov 2021   /

New owner “wakes up” Be Nourished for plant-based push

The fermented foods firm is looking to strengthen its domestic position with a drive into a nascent plant-based healthy food chiller category.


Food foray for Milk 2.0 protects against “commoditisation” of plant-based milks
3 Nov 2021   /

Food foray for Milk 2.0 protects against “commoditisation” of plant-based milks

Milk 2.0 has overhauled Natural Abundance’s portfolio and built up distribution after buying the snack company.


Angel Food looks further abroad for bite of global dairy-free cheese market
29 Oct 2021   /

Angel Food looks further abroad for bite of global dairy-free cheese market

The company is exploring a licensing deal as it looks to leverage New Zealand’s global reputation for dairy products.


Sustainable Foods plants seed for $1.5m raise
21 Oct 2021   /

Sustainable Foods plants seed for $1.5m raise

The hemp meat trailblazer is looking to drive growth both here and overseas.


Covid health boom fuels Nuzest Life
19 Oct 2021   /

Covid health boom fuels Nuzest Life

The pandemic has delivered the supplement and health food firm new consumers who have pushed up global revenue by 50%.


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

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

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


Nestlé’s KitKat V arrives in NZ
11 Oct 2021   /

Nestlé’s KitKat V arrives in NZ

KitKat V will be on New Zealand shop shelves from October 11 for a limited time.


New NZ home for Vitasoy Australia
7 Oct 2021   /

New NZ home for Vitasoy Australia

Pavé clinches the contract to manage New Zealand sales for the plant-milk giant in the fast-growing category.


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

Nestlé, Mondelēz pump out plant-based innovation

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


Raglan Food launches into Pacific
15 Sep 2021  

Raglan Food launches into Pacific

Raglan Food Co has launched into the Pacific Islands and is eyeing entry into the Middle East with grocery heavyweight Spinneys following expansion in Asia.


Hemp Connect pivots to supply after supermarket resistance
9 Sep 2021  

Hemp Connect pivots to supply after supermarket resistance

The business will mainly become a supplier of the superfood crop after finding it “really tough” getting traction with supermarkets.


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

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

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


Sustainable Foods establishes Kāpiti Food Hub

Sustainable Foods establishes Kāpiti Food Hub

The Wellington food firm establishes the hub to foster NZ’s plant-based sector after taking over a former Fonterra factory.


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

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

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


Fable Food plots NZ future following $6.8m fundraise
30 Aug 2021   /

Fable Food plots NZ future following $6.8m fundraise

Australian alt-meat success story Fable Food is partnering with local specialist Sustainable Foods to enter NZ.


New plant milk export squashes produce waste
17 Aug 2021   /

New plant milk export squashes produce waste

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


Raglan Food Co makes Forbes Asia 100 to Watch
13 Aug 2021  

Raglan Food Co makes Forbes Asia 100 to Watch

The Raglan Food Co is one of three New Zealand companies who made the inaugural Forbes Asia 100 to Watch.


Food Nation wins UN plaudit
30 Jul 2021   /

Food Nation wins UN plaudit

Miranda Burdon’s Food Nation is one of fifty small- and medium-sized food enterprises from around the world named Best Small Businesses by the United Nations.


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

Ripple Foods raises $549k from NZ

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


Sunny South joins NZ oat milk line up
26 Jul 2021   /

Sunny South joins NZ oat milk line up

New Zealand’s newest oat milk venture heads offshore to meet local demand as it waits for the proposed $50m Southland production facility.


New grain legume varieties a step closer to commercial use
23 Jul 2021   /

New grain legume varieties a step closer to commercial use

Plant Research would this summer enter the final stages of development and multiplication of chickpea and soy varieties developed specifically for New Zealand’s maritime environment.


Brent King to chair Greenfern Industries
20 Jul 2021   /

Brent King to chair Greenfern Industries

New Zealand medicinal cannabis and industrial hemp start-up Greenfern Industries has appointed Brent King as its independent non-executive chair.


Entries roll in for inaugural vegan cheese awards
19 Jul 2021   /

Entries roll in for inaugural vegan cheese awards

The Vegan Society’s inaugural vegan cheeses awards attracted more than 30 entries from New Zealand plant-based cheese makers.


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.


Pie maker’s ‘eyes opened’ to vegan, flexitarian potential
2 Jul 2021   /

Pie maker’s ‘eyes opened’ to vegan, flexitarian potential

Who ate all the pies? Non-meat eaters are changing the market and helping to drive innovation and new products, says Goodtime Pie Co.


Raglan Food Co aims for change one plant-based product at a time
1 Jul 2021   /

Raglan Food Co aims for change one plant-based product at a time

The seven-year old company formerly known as Raglan Coconut Yoghurt is on a mission to change the world one plant-based product at a time.


Bangers, burgers and bees – food industry winners take a bow
30 Jun 2021  

Bangers, burgers and bees – food industry winners take a bow

From established names like chocolatier Whittaker’s and honey specialist Comvita through to hemp meat trailblazer, Plan*t, NZ food producers have been recognised in a raft of awards this week – but not always for their food.


Vince preps for investment as scale-up plans take shape
24 Jun 2021   /

Vince preps for investment as scale-up plans take shape

The plant-based startup is seeking investment as it targets annual sales of $1.2m after fielding enquiries from overseas.


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

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

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


Meatless Farm launches crowdfunding campaign
17 Jun 2021  

Meatless Farm launches crowdfunding campaign

UK plant-based meat maker Meatless Farm has launched a £5m ($9.9m) crowdfunding campaign with retail investors able to buy in for just £10.


Nestlé breaks out plant-based KitKat
15 Jun 2021  

Nestlé breaks out plant-based KitKat

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


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

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

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


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

UK’s Meatless Farm marches on NZ market

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


Fermented foods a million dollar idea
10 Jun 2021  

Fermented foods a million dollar idea

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


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

Pandemic drives plant-based food demand – report

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


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

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

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


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

Achtung! Fully plant-based Burger King to open

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


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

Oatly IPO froths as share price jumps on debut

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


Carbon zero debut for hemp nutrient firm Greenfern
14 May 2021   /

Carbon zero debut for hemp nutrient firm Greenfern

Greenfern Industries has been named New Zealand’s first Toitū carbonzero certified medicinal cannabis and industrial hemp company.


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

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

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


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

Food innovation funding ready to roll – MPI

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


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

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

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


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

NZ, the emerging protein sector and the future – report

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


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

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

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


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

AgriFood Week: Plant milk and the law of unintended consequences

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


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

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

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


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

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

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


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

Oatly maps growth as it preps US IPO

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


Impossible Foods lines up Aus, NZ entry
16 Apr 2021  

Impossible Foods lines up Aus, NZ entry

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


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

Plant-based ice cream start-up makes accelerator finals

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


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

US a hot-house for plant-based food growth

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


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

Ārepa bounces into BP, adds Coles in Aussie

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