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Thursday 21 October 2021

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Little Beauties takes flight after capital raise
14 Oct 2021  

Little Beauties takes flight after capital raise

The Nelson snack food startup is scaling up and chasing US export growth following a $2.5m capital raise.


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

Kellogg’s $48m innovation investment in numbers

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


Kāpiti, Wairarapa olive oil makers sweep major awards
11 Oct 2021   /

Kāpiti, Wairarapa olive oil makers sweep major awards

Kāpiti and Wairarapa olive oil makers have swept the annual New Zealand Extra Virgin Olive Oil Awards, winning all five major accolades.


Speirs Foods trading profit wilts 74% under Covid
5 Oct 2021   /

Speirs Foods trading profit wilts 74% under Covid

Lockdowns, lower demand for bulk products, and labour costs all eat into the supermarket salad supplier’s bottom line.


Legacy food firms up for sale
5 Oct 2021  

Legacy food firms up for sale

Two legacy food businesses have come to market in Auckland and Coromandel.


CoralTree turns to succession to drive new growth
4 Oct 2021  

CoralTree turns to succession to drive new growth

Under new leadership, the apple cider vinegar company is planning a domestic drive and looking for new export opportunities.


“Time to tick” – The Good Oil owner preps plant protein play, new $2m factory
1 Oct 2021   /

“Time to tick” – The Good Oil owner preps plant protein play, new $2m factory

The Canterbury-based company is testing market opportunities for New Zealand soybean protein and new foods.


Bostock, blackcurrant powder among organic award winners
21 Sep 2021   /

Bostock, blackcurrant powder among organic award winners

Six winners have been unveiled at the 2021 Organic New Zealand Awards.


Covid, escalating costs and cardboard bread tags – GWF’s Bosomworth
26 Aug 2021   /

Covid, escalating costs and cardboard bread tags – GWF’s Bosomworth

The Tip Top bread owner boosts production to meet surging lockdown demand, but it comes as costs escalate across the group.


Ceres Organics fritter mix recall
11 Aug 2021  

Ceres Organics fritter mix recall

Ceres Enterprise is recalling specific batches of its Fritter Mix due to the presence of an undeclared allergen, namely gluten, and an incorrect claim about gluten.


Milligans to launch new brand in US, drive domestic retail
6 Aug 2021  

Milligans to launch new brand in US, drive domestic retail

The family-owned Otago firm is making a play for the US butter market and expanding its retail efforts at home.


Abe’s Bagels on a roll, 25 years on
6 Aug 2021  

Abe’s Bagels on a roll, 25 years on

After 25 years, there’s still plenty of room for growth, says general manager Wade Gillooly.


Koo, Hugo’s, Helderberg brand recall
6 Aug 2021  

Koo, Hugo’s, Helderberg brand recall

Several importers are recalling specific batches of Koo, Hugo’s and Helderberg brand canned products due to a packaging fault.


Grove avocado oil gets Brussels stars
29 Jul 2021  

Grove avocado oil gets Brussels stars

Te Puna-based avocado oil producer, Grove, has been granted the Superior Taste Award with two stars for its Extra Virgin Avocado Oil by the International Taste Institute in Brussels, Belgium.


Hart & Soul butter chicken recall
15 Jul 2021  

Hart & Soul butter chicken recall

KJ&Co Brands is recalling a specific batch of its Hart & Soul brand All Natural Supergrain Butter Chicken due to the presence of an undeclared allergen, namely peanut.


Bootleg Jerky beefs up with new investment
14 Jul 2021  

Bootleg Jerky beefs up with new investment

The jerky startup has secured funding for a new facility to help more than double production.


Countdown in prepack salad recall
8 Jul 2021   /

Countdown in prepack salad recall

Countdown branded potato egg & bacon prepack salad with a use-by date of 13 July 2021 is being recalled as it may contain listeria bacteria.


Not just bread and milk – Goodman Fielder targets ‘big five’ ingredients for growth
6 Jul 2021   /

Not just bread and milk – Goodman Fielder targets ‘big five’ ingredients for growth

Ingredients play follows acquisition by Singaporean conglomerate Wilmar International.


Pavillion Beef and Gravy Pies recalled
1 Jul 2021  

Pavillion Beef and Gravy Pies recalled

Gluten Free Holdings is recalling a some of its Pavillion brand Beef and Gravy Pies due to the presence of an undeclared allergen, namely, milk.


‘Solid’ year for Mrs Higgins, growth expected from lobster, kiwifruit ventures – Rangatira
28 Jun 2021  

‘Solid’ year for Mrs Higgins, growth expected from lobster, kiwifruit ventures – Rangatira

The investor also says that its kiwifruit venture will soon start bearing fruit.


Back by popular demand – McCain Smiles
17 Jun 2021   /

Back by popular demand – McCain Smiles

After a 12-year hiatus, frozen food giant McCain has brought back smiles.


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.


Emissions transition could cost food processing up to $200m annually
10 Jun 2021  

Emissions transition could cost food processing up to $200m annually

The industry needs to convert the equivalent energy used by one or two very large dairy factories every year to meet the 2050 net zero emissions goal.


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.


NZ avocado powder launches, eyes global opportunity
9 Jun 2021   /

NZ avocado powder launches, eyes global opportunity

New venture Ovāvo is targeting the nascent global avocado powder ingredient market.


Food exporters feel the squeeze as shipping disruptions continue
8 Jun 2021   /

Food exporters feel the squeeze as shipping disruptions continue

Competition for container space is fierce, driving up costs alongside congestion and uncertain scheduling.


Cookie Time sees online sales surge 500% in major export market
2 Jun 2021  

Cookie Time sees online sales surge 500% in major export market

Christchurch-based family business Cookie Time believes it has “cracked the code” to exporting its iconic homemade cookies into the world’s third largest economy of Japan.


Olive Black takes gong in New York
31 May 2021   /

Olive Black takes gong in New York

Wairarapa olive oil producer Olive Black has won a gold medal at the New York International Olive Competition.


Pic’s wins with NZ-grown peanut trial
28 May 2021   /

Pic’s wins with NZ-grown peanut trial

Pic Picot is a step closer to selling a 100% Kiwi peanut butter following the completion of a successful crop trial.


Back Country and Pams in product recall
27 May 2021  

Back Country and Pams in product recall

Back Country Foods is recalling a specific batch of Back Country Cuisine brand Chicken, Corn and Noodle Soup due to the presence of an undeclared allergen, namely, sesame.


Food firms partner for Foodbank first
24 May 2021   /

Food firms partner for Foodbank first

Nestlé has partnered a dozen of New Zealand and Australia’s top food companies to create their first ever custom product for Foodbank.


Proper adds pineapple flavour to range
24 May 2021  

Proper adds pineapple flavour to range

Snack food company Proper Crisps has added a pineapple salsa flavour to its range of tortilla chips.


Whittaker’s takes 2021 resilience cake
19 May 2021   /

Whittaker’s takes 2021 resilience cake

Whittaker’s has added another feather to its cap, having been named New Zealand’s Most Resilient Brand.


Processed food ingredient market set for US$75bn boom – report
18 May 2021  

Processed food ingredient market set for US$75bn boom – report

Increasing demand for processed food from consumers seeking healthy options is set to propel the worldwide food processing ingredient industry to grow by nearly 60% by 2028.


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.


$147k investment drives Food Nation innovation
10 May 2021  

$147k investment drives Food Nation innovation

A diverse range of new processed vegetable products are now available to Kiwi consumers thanks to a $147,000 investment from the Ministry for Primary Industries.


Arnott’s bags NZ cracker firm 180 Degrees
7 May 2021   /

Arnott’s bags NZ cracker firm 180 Degrees

The deal catapults Australian biscuit giant Arnott’s into NZ’s premium cracker category.


Frozen potato chips inquiry – dumping yes, threat no
23 Apr 2021   /

Frozen potato chips inquiry – dumping yes, threat no

The dumping of frozen fries from Europe is not a threat to local industry, says a draft government report.


KitKat to go carbon neutral by 2025
22 Apr 2021   /

KitKat to go carbon neutral by 2025

Nestle has pledged that its popular chocolate brand, KitKat, will become carbon neutral by 2025.


Naked Locals pledges $60k, launches charity Local Heroes range
22 Apr 2021   /

Naked Locals pledges $60k, launches charity Local Heroes range

The chilled soup brand is supporting three charities by donating 20 cents from the sale of each $5.99 packet.


Demolition of Cadbury factory under way
20 Apr 2021  

Demolition of Cadbury factory under way

Demolition of the Cadbury site in Dunedin has begun to make space for the new billion-dollar Dunedin hospital.


Alliance invests $1m for push into speciality ingredients
14 Apr 2021  

Alliance invests $1m for push into speciality ingredients

The upgrade of its Levin rendering facility will support the co-op’s drive to capture greater value from products.


Apiculture conference to address climate change, honey market
14 Apr 2021  

Apiculture conference to address climate change, honey market

Climate change, international research trends and the changing global honey market to be discussed at the Apiculture NZ Conference.


Spiers receives $229k windfall, reschedules Rosa payments
6 Apr 2021  

Spiers receives $229k windfall, reschedules Rosa payments

Spiers Group says it received an unexpected cash dividend of $229,127 from its investment in Equipment Leasing and Finance Holdings Limited.


Nestlé calls time on Auckland Allen’s production, 45 jobs to go
30 Mar 2021   /

Nestlé calls time on Auckland Allen’s production, 45 jobs to go

The food giant plans to relocate its Wiri confectionery manufacturing to Australia.


Whittaker’s founder admitted to NZ Business Hall of Fame
29 Mar 2021   /

Whittaker’s founder admitted to NZ Business Hall of Fame

J.H. Whittaker has been admitted to the Young Enterprise NZ Business Hall of Fame.


How do Frucor’s 2030 sustainability targets measure up?
26 Mar 2021  

How do Frucor’s 2030 sustainability targets measure up?

Reducing waste, carbon emissions, water usage, sugar and non-recyclable packaging form the backbone of Frucor Suntory’s ten-year sustainability plans.


Nestlé Australia in recycled wrapper first
23 Mar 2021   /

Nestlé Australia in recycled wrapper first

The KitKat wrapper was produced by collecting and processing waste soft plastic.


Mars Wrigley makes Skittles sustainability move
18 Mar 2021  

Mars Wrigley makes Skittles sustainability move

The US-based multinational manufacturer enters a partnership to develop biodegradable packing.


Scales sees profit squeezed after “challenging, disruptive” FY20
26 Feb 2021  

Scales sees profit squeezed after “challenging, disruptive” FY20

A “challenging and disruptive year” pushed revenue and profit down.


Annies kicks off 2021 fundraising effort
25 Feb 2021  

Annies kicks off 2021 fundraising effort

Snacks producer Annies has kicked off a community fundraising initiative to help schools and non-profit organisations raise money.


Rangatira reports “best ever” sales for Mrs Higgins
11 Dec 2020  

Rangatira reports “best ever” sales for Mrs Higgins

The investor wants to bolster the cookie maker through acquisitions in what it calls a “fragmented industry”.


F&B firms lead global plastic polluter rankings
9 Dec 2020  

F&B firms lead global plastic polluter rankings

Coca-Cola, Pepsi and Nestlé were named the leading plastic polluters for the third year in a row.


Dan Carter, Kaytee Boyd talk peanuts for UNICEF
9 Dec 2020  

Dan Carter, Kaytee Boyd talk peanuts for UNICEF

Plumpy’Nut sachets are used to help nurse malnourished children back to health.


Whittaker’s schools up on Ghanian cocoa suppliers
8 Dec 2020  

Whittaker’s schools up on Ghanian cocoa suppliers

The privately-owned chocolate maker worked with local contractors in Ghana to make it happen.


Consumer NZ spotlights  misleading claims in ‘bad taste’ awards
30 Nov 2020  

Consumer NZ spotlights misleading claims in ‘bad taste’ awards

Label claims from Nestlé, Edmonds, Lewis Road Creamery and Beehive come under scrutiny.


Pic’s picks off Whittakers in new Brand Reputation Index
27 Nov 2020  

Pic’s picks off Whittakers in new Brand Reputation Index

The likes of Pic’s Peanut Butter and Whittakers have taken the top spots.


Best Foods Leftover Lunch Truck hits the road
26 Nov 2020  

Best Foods Leftover Lunch Truck hits the road

Unilever’s mayonnaise brand aims to shine a light on the $1.17bn worth of food waste in New Zealand every year.


High lamb, pork consumption linked to bowel cancer – study
24 Nov 2020  

High lamb, pork consumption linked to bowel cancer – study

A new study out of the University of Otago looks at diet and how it could cause the disease.


Potato industry welcomes fry threat investigation
6 Nov 2020  

Potato industry welcomes fry threat investigation

The New Zealand potato industry has welcomed the Government’s investigation into what it calls the “proven threat” of surplus frozen fries.  Earlier this week the Ministry for Business Innovation and MORE »


Euro-potato chip dumping investigation begins
3 Nov 2020  

Euro-potato chip dumping investigation begins

A Government investigation into the alleged dumping of potato fries and wedges from Europe has begun.


Processed foods make up 45% of kids’ energy intake
3 Nov 2020  

Processed foods make up 45% of kids’ energy intake

Young kiwi kids are getting almost half of their energy intake from foods like bread and crackers, according to new research.


Chocolate companies get $718k from PGF
21 Oct 2020  

Chocolate companies get $718k from PGF

Over $718k is being invested by the Provincial Growth Fund into chocolate companies in Otago and Southland.


Possum meat popularity drives company expansion
20 Oct 2020  

Possum meat popularity drives company expansion

A Kiwi pet food company’s foray into possum meat has seen the business expand.


Wattie’s donates 25k food cans to Salvation Army
20 Oct 2020  

Wattie’s donates 25k food cans to Salvation Army

Wattie’s is partnering with The Salvation Army to help with its ongoing need for food parcels.


Life Health Foods collabs with celeb restaurateur
16 Oct 2020  

Life Health Foods collabs with celeb restaurateur

The plant-based brand collective is collaborating with restaurateur Ganesh Raj.


Iwi-owned processor secures $1.2m for expansion
6 Oct 2020  

Iwi-owned processor secures $1.2m for expansion

An iwi-owned Taranaki food processing company has secured a $1.2m Provincial Growth Fund loan to expand its operations to Whanganui.