The production of commercial infant and toddler foods could be in for a shake-up after shortfalls between products and rules were brought to government attention.
Revenue and gross profit were up and so were payments to Australian owner Woolworths Group.
Australia’s major supermarket groups are to come under scrutiny in a senate probe of their pricing and profits.
Halting work on industry transformation plans is a top three priority for the new government, with the proposal second on the coalition’s 100-day plan.
The dates for a final 2023 virtual Code of Conduct training session have been confirmed by the New Zealand Food & Grocery Council.
The Natural Health Alliance welcomes the coalition government’s plan to repeal the Therapeutic Products Act 2023, which bundled food product compliance in with medicines and pharmaceuticals.
Food Standards Australia New Zealand is calling for comment on an application to amend the Australia New Zealand Food Standards Code to extend the use of rosemary extract as a food additive.
Auckland-based New Zealand Dispute Resolution Centre has been signed off as the provider to deliver the new dispute resolution scheme for the grocery industry.
NZ should develop aquaculture specific legislation like Norway and Tasmania to achieve sustainable growth, according to the company behind Bluff’s commercial deepwater port.
Co-founder Angus Brown says the beverage business has not been clear enough about the way it has worded its health claims.
Fisheries New Zealand has been requested to make an aquaculture decision on New Zealand King Salmon’s proposed salmon farm development in the Cook Strait.
Market commentators, food industry stakeholders and politicians speak out on the state of competition in the grocery sector following the failure of supermarket challenger Supie.
New Zealand Food Safety is consulting on the proposed changes to the import requirements for frozen berries.
Parliament’s environment watchdog, Simon Upton, has written to three farming groups, suggesting they wrongly claimed they had new science on methane emissions.
Ramped up trade, removing GST from fruit and veg, and more grocery reforms are among the food-related pledges made in the run-up to tomorrow’s general election.
The dairy quota system, which has been in place since 2007, is set to change following a review in the wake of New Zealand’s new free trade agreements.
Support for new entrants could include finance, making sure land is available, regulatory changes, incubating innovation and accelerating competition.
The Commerce Commission has published a factsheet to support the introduction of the new Grocery Supply Code, which took effect yesterday, 28 September 2023.
The Grocery Supply Code will drive food prices even higher, says the Taxpayers’ Union policy adviser, James Ross.
Auckland food importers have been fined $28,000 over failure to translate food allergen declarations into English on thousands of products.
Tomorrow is the final day to register for the New Zealand Food & Grocery Council webinar on the new Grocery Supply Code of Conduct.
Catch limits and allowances across a range of fisheries will change from 1 October 2023 as part of Fisheries New Zealand’s regular sustainability review.
A sugary beverages tax, product reformulation, and strengthened cross-agency collaboration are among the recommendations made by health officials to cut unhealthy food consumption in NZ.
NZFGC boss Raewyn Bleakley is open to exploring options when it comes to potential government regulation in the food space but wants more detail.
To solve a complex problem you need subtle and connected changes that are designed with and are acceptable to those with the most to gain.
The National Party’s Primary Sector Growth Plan which includes provisions to make fruit and vegetable growing a permitted activity, has been welcomed by Horticulture New Zealand.
Vegetables New Zealand says it supports the National Party’s pledge to introduce a National Environmental Standard to encourage food production.
Three organisations representing 95% of the New Zealand’s industrial hemp industry have come together to call on the government to make regulatory changes in support of the industry.
The National Party has pledged to “cut the red tape that’s holding back food production” in its Primary Sector Growth Plan released today.
The green light for the 10-year ACE lease makes Moana the largest inshore fishing business in the country.
New entrants to and online competitors in New Zealand’s $22bn grocery sector have been given extra leeway to comply with new unit pricing following consultation on the draft regulations.
The Ministry for Primary Industries is looking for feedback on proposed changes to the import health standards for fresh citrus.
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.
The change both supermarket groups wanted and a claim from NZFGC that retailers had been trying to take advantage of the time before the code was implemented.
NZFGC boss Raewyn Bleakley says the long-awaited code will help create “a better and fairer grocery sector”.
A petition for a values-based National Food Strategy has been presented to the government and accepted by MP for Taieri, Indrid Leary.
A bill to protect the Hauraki Gulf has passed its first reading in parliament.
Aotearoa New Zealand is failing to protect children from unhealthy food marketing on many levels when measured up against new World Health Organization guidelines, according to public health researchers.
The government has released four options that would ban bottom fishing from the vast bulk of the Hauraki Gulf as part of its ongoing plan to protect the 1.2-million-hectare marine park.
Alcohol sector stakeholders say the passing of the Sale and Supply of Alcohol (Community Participation) Bill could be devastating for breweries and tap rooms across New Zealand.
Tomorrow is the last day to sign a petition calling for the government to develop a national food strategy.
There are concerns that Labour’s proposed GST removal on fruit and veges could divert resources from the newly-established grocery watchdog’s main mission.
Fisheries New Zealand has been requested to make an aquaculture decision on a proposed marine farm within the Coromandel Marine Farm Zone (CMFZ) located in the inner Hauraki Gulf.
The government is moving ahead with plans to implement a pay gap reporting system for large organisations.
All non-organic wheat flour for bread-making must be fortified with the B-vitamin folic acid from today, according to New Zealand Food Safety.
The Brewers Association of New Zealand, Brewers Guild of New Zealand and Hospitality New Zealand have jointly called on the government to freeze excise on beer in 2023 and introduce a new lower rate on keg beer.
It includes five new seafloor protection areas to preserve habitats with bans on bottom-contact fishing methods.
Seafood NZ wants “true consultation” on proposed Hauraki Gun trawl corridors.
A members’ bill to make it easier for wineries to sell samples at the cellar door has had its first reading in Parliament.
Ngāi Tahu Seafood’s proposal to construct and operate an open ocean salmon farm off the coast of Stewart Island Rakiura has been turned down by an expert panel.
The consumer advocate asks the watchdog to investigate Woolworths and Foodstuffs for potential breaches of the Fair Trading Act.
New regulations requiring grocery retailers to consistently and clearly display pricing by weight, volume or number are coming into effect at the end of August.
Strengthened food safety requirements for importers came into effect yesterday.
All packaged alcoholic drinks sold in stores must from today, 1 August 2023, carry labels warning that alcohol can cause harm to unborn babies.
The watchdog is looking closer into whether the deal would lessen competition.
The National Party’s finance spokesperson, Nicola Willis, has claimed that Prime Minister Chris Hipkins plans to “recycle a failed old Labour policy” of removing GST from fresh fruit and vegetables ahead of the October election.
The National Party says it will establish a minister for hunting and fishing to bring forth a raft of changes, including a new Department of Conservation hut partnership.
A Waikato dairy company has been fined $32,500 over its failure to notify National Animal Identification and Tracing that it was moving 910 cattle onto its farm.
The watchdog fires off warning letters after uncovering potentially anti-competitive conduct towards Ben Nathan’s now closed online retailer, The Honest Grocer.
Hospitality New Zealand has welcomed legislation that allows venues to extend trading hours without having to apply for a special licence so patrons can watch live televised Rugby World Cup matches.
Hospitality businesses can open longer for the men’s Rugby World Cup after the Sale and Supply of Alcohol (Rugby World Cup 2023 Extended Trading Hours) Amendment Bill passed its third reading.
The Business Payment Practices Bill, which will reduce the stress and costs to small businesses of long payment wait times, has passed its third reading.
Pierre van Heerden sets out his priorities and the timetable for his first report on the state of grocery competition in NZ.
The Ministry of Business, Innovation and Employment has opened consultation on a review into anti-competitive land agreements across the wider economy.
Calls for the govt to develop a national food strategy grow, with the directors of the National Science Challenge the latest to add their voice.
The former Sanitarium executive and ex-NZFGC chair will start in the role on Thursday.
The search has started for an independent provider to weigh in on disputes between grocery suppliers and retailers, ruling on retail and wholesale claims of up to $5m.
Beneficiaries of New Zealand’s newly signed free trade agreement with the European Union have welcomed the deal, which will provide support through to the front line of food production.
The agreement – about 14 years in the making – will remove more than 91% of tariffs from its entry into force slated for 2024.
The government is seeking feedback on changes to regulations for genetically modified organisms (GMOs) that will foster research and improve health outcomes.
This week’s approval of cultivated meat for sale in the US will support the development of sustainable protein this side of the Pacific, according to future food stakeholders.
“The start date of the grocery commissioner is expected very soon,” says Commerce and Consumer Affairs Minister Duncan Webb.
Hospitality New Zealand has applied to become the bargaining agent for hospitality employers, which would see it enter negotiations on an industry pay arrangement under the Fair Pay Agreements Act.
When the long-awaited draft code was released, two things were immediately apparent – and one surprise.
Fisheries New Zealand says the role volunteer Honorary Fishery Officers play in protecting the country’s fisheries is critical.
Hospitality New Zealand is calling for the government to take a second look at the potential ramifications if the Sale and Supply of Alcohol (Community Participation) Amendment Bill becomes law.
The strict control of genetic engineering has been good for the country’s food producers, says Organics Aotearoa New Zealand (OANZ).
The 24-page document covers everything from range reviews and delistings to buy-ins and shrinkage, as well as the scale of the penalties that could be imposed.
The Sale and Supply of Alcohol Act (Community Participation) Bill could be a major blow to the country’s wine tourism, says New Zealand Winegrowers.
A National government will end New Zealand’s ban on gene editing and genetic modification, according to the party’s science, innovation, and technology spokesperson, Judith Collins.
The Commerce Commission is investigating meal-kit company HelloFresh for possible breaches of the Fair Trading Act.
New Zealand’s regulatory definition of mānuka honey has been validated following a reassessment and will not be changed, says New Zealand Food Safety deputy director-general Vincent Arbuckle.
A parliamentary petition calling for the government to develop a national food strategy goes live today. So who is behind the push to design a better food system, why do they think we need it and what would it do?
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.
The New Zealand Food and Grocery Council is pushing for changes to the proposed advertising codes, arguing that as they stand they inhibit innovation and make trans-Tasman operations unwieldy.
The government funds oversight of the sector, including the all-important Grocery Commissioner role.
The government has moved to “unleash business potential” by increasing its investment in Industry Transformation Plans, including for the horticulture sector.
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.
The Commerce Commission has published a statement of preliminary issues relating to an application from Reward Supply Co Pty Limited seeking clearance to acquire Southern Hospitality Limited.
The ANZ pet sector deal gets the green light from NZ’s competition watchdog but is still waiting for a decision from Australian regulators.
The New Zealand Food & Grocery Council has partnered with Australian consultancy, NextGen Group, to provide support for its members ahead of the launch of the new Grocery Supply Code.
The plan proposes 20 actions and initiatives that aim to strengthen NZ’s seafood sector.
A flotilla of crafts took part in Sunday’s protest, prompting industry to urge for a new “mountains-to-sea approach”.
Lab-grown meat has the potential to make our food system more sustainable, but there also needs to be political will to scale up the technology.
Grocery retailers will have 12 months to fall in line with new unit pricing measures coming into force as part of the government’s reform of the $22bn sector, according to draft regulations released today.
Prime Minister Chris Hipkins has announced several steps to introduce greater transparency around lobbying at Parliament.
Catch limits for Northland’s rock lobster fishery have been reduced by 21 tonnes.
It has already spent $7m on consent costs, but the company could still be years away and a significant investment off starting its Cook Strait aquaculture project.
Kerbside recycling changes are set to take place before the Plastic Packaging Product Stewardship Scheme work concludes, raising concerns at the NZFCG.
Existing markets will grow and doors will open in new markets as the new laws come into play, says Agriculture Minister Damien O’Connor.
The Commerce Commission has published its ‘Misuse of market power guidelines’, ahead of a law change on 5 April.
The consumer advocacy body analysed products from Countdown, New World and Pak’nSave stores in the immediate vicinity of The Warehouse stores.
Suppliers should retain control of where their products are sold as part of a reform of the grocery sector – although the same protection should be afford to the duopoly’s private label ranges.
A faster introduction of the proposed grocery supply code has been mooted, with new Commerce and Consumer Affairs Minister Duncan Webb called upon to create the first version rather than the Commerce Commission.
The government’s deferral of the CRS will ultimately cost households and communities more – not less – writes Again Again’s Nada Piatek.
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.
The Green Party has said that New Zealand is out of step with global progress following the signing of a historic United Nations Ocean Treaty.
Current food nutrition labels are not living up to their potential, write Deakin University academics, who take a look at Australia’s (and, by extension, New Zealand’s) food labelling system and how it could be more effective.
The Competition Commission has published its statement of preliminary issues relating to grocery group Woolworth’s proposed purchase of Australia’s Petspiration Group.
Woolworths’ has filed a clearance application with the Commerce Commission as part of its proposed $619m Petspiration purchase.
The group wants more work to be done of the proposed grocery wholesale supply regulatory backstop, but stopped short of asking for it to be turfed out of proposed legislation like rival Woolworths.
New Prime Minister Chris Hipkins’ reshuffle has seen the commerce and consumer affairs portfolio land outside cabinet.
MD Spencer Sonn says the government should abandon the measure because of its “unintended consequences”.
The Countdown owner wants obligations on suppliers to participate in the new wholesale regime.
“We will continue to strive to look for everything that we can do in that space,” says Hipkins of supermarket competition and regulation to bring down food prices.
The Countdown owner says resistance from a number of large global suppliers is putting the goal of the proposed wholesale regime at risk.
The new wholesaling regime should give customers access to a full range of products, even if suppliers have contracted out of the scheme, according to The Warehouse Group.
The Ministry of Business, Innovation and Employment is set to start consultation on the implementation of unit pricing, after announcing new rules in late December.
The government is investigating claims of peach dumping after Heinz Watties alleged its sales, market share and profit were all being damaged by the practice.
Legislation to modernise the way medicines, medical devices and natural health products are regulated has been introduced in Parliament.
The govt’s draft industry plan says the facilities could cater to areas such as bioactives, aquaculture, alternative proteins and sheep milk, but it’s “crucial” they are industry-led.
Minister for Food Safety Meka Whaitiri is attending the Fourth Australia and New Zealand Food Ministers’ Meeting in Melbourne today to discuss food safety, regulations and ensuring the food production systems in both countries remain relevant and fit for purpose.
New local rules are kicking in for Auckland bottle stores with future licenses not permitting exterior alcohol product advertising, in a move applauded by Alcohol Healthwatch.
The Grocery Industry Competition Bill is being introduced under urgency, with the government aiming to pass it by the middle of 2023.
The government is promising its new resource management system will provide clearer direction for farmers and the agriculture sector.
Foodstuffs North Island says it is ‘delivering at pace’ on implementing the Commerce Commission’s final recommendations from the retail grocery market survey, engaging with almost 100 retailers as part developing wholesale services.
And why the upcoming grocery industry competition bill is not about suppliers, “it is about consumers, it is about New Zealanders”.
Alcohol retailers face tougher rules under proposed government reforms that Justice Minister Kiri Allan says will remove the ability of alcohol companies and supermarkets to appeal local policies.
The Fisheries Amendment Bill has passed its final reading in Parliament.
The government is introducing tougher fishing measures to protect the vulnerable South Island Hector’s dolphins.
The proposal would see NZ farmers lead the world in reducing emissions and enhance our export brand, says PM Jacinda Ardern.
Federated Farmers has lambasted the government’s proposed agricultural emissions pricing plan, claiming it will “wipe out” parts of the food production sector.
Retail NZ wants the government to abandon the “deeply flawed” Fair Pay Agreements Bill, which has been reported back to the House of Representatives from Select Committee.
A fast-growing sustainable packaging company used by food and beverage manufacturers and one its directors, Rebecca Percasky, have been rapped over the knuckles by the Commerce Commission.
Single-use plastic cotton buds, drink stirrers and most plastic meat trays are among the products that have been banned from sale or manufacture from 1 October.
At this stage, all plastic packaging used for consumer goods sold via retail or wholesale will be included the initiative, as will liquid paperboard and compostable plastic.
Proposed legislation to allow cellar doors to charge for samples will help boost New Zealand’s wine tourism, say its advocates.
Geopolitical factors are tipping the scales in favour of real transformation in global food systems but current policy frameworks are inadequate.
The Environmental Protection Authority has released a summary report of submissions about hydrogen cyanamide, a key chemical used in the kiwifruit industry.
The updated Deer Code of Welfare is a positive forward-looking document, according to Deer Industry New Zealand.
There could be significant advantages for wholesale customers in having access to the duopoly’s private label products, says the government.
The government moves to secure the availability of NZ’s most favourable soils for food production.
An amendment bill introduced to Parliament today will provide greater economic security for New Zealanders by supporting Fonterra’s move to a new capital structure, says the government.
The supermarket group’s new wholesale business strikes a deal with Huckleberry, and says it is in talks with more than 50 other retailers and organisations.
New Zealand Food Safety is calling for public feedback on proposals to amend the New Zealand (Maximum Residue Levels for Agricultural Compounds) Food Notice.
Commerce Minister David Clark says regulations could be used to force the duopoly to provide wholesale supply at certain terms, including price and range.
NZFGC and Consumer NZ welcome the government’s wholesale intervention.
Changes to the Fair Trading Act take effect this week strengthening protections for businesses and consumers and tackling unfair business practices in Aotearoa New Zealand.
“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.
The fast-changing international trade environment and the need to future-proof the food and fibre sector have prompted a review.
“The first step of making this work is understanding the customer need from these retailers who aren’t co-op members,” says the co-op’s boss, Chris Quin.
The commerce and consumer affairs minister releases more details of the new watchdog but there’s little detail of its exact powers.
Grocery sector stakeholders have until 10 August to provide feedback on the proposed code.
Legislation that bans major supermarkets from blocking their competitors’ access to land to set up new stores has passed into law.
David Clark wants the Commerce Commission to use proposed new information gathering powers “praoctively” and relegate restrictive land covenants to the history books.
The government is keeping up the public pressure – as well as holding conversations behind closed doors – in its campaign to improve competition in the grocery sector.
Foodstuffs and Woolworths NZ have taken a stand against the Fair Pay Agreement Bill, arguing it will lead to reduced competition, innovation, and consumer choice – as well as higher prices.
The government’s release of the Indigenous Biodiversity National Policy Statement exposure draft legislation is badly timed and ill-considered, according to Beef + Lamb New Zealand.
The government’s wholesale market reform could see Foodstuffs and Countdown having to inform the grocery regulator of all supply requests, and give the watchdog the power to compel supply.
Fisheries New Zealand is inviting feedback on proposed changes to catch limits and settings for New Zealand’s east coast tarakihi stocks.
Feedback is sought on issues including which retailers should be subject to unit pricing, how said pricing should be displayed and what products should be exempt.
The government’s decision to lift excise on wine by 6.9% from 1 July – the biggest increase in 30 years – cannot be absorbed by wineries already facing big cost increases, according to New Zealand Winegrowers chief executive Philip Gregan.
Industry funding could be part of the new regulatory framework.
New Zealand’s two major supermarket groups have responded to the government’s grocery policy plans by highlighting the role suppliers will play in establishing wholesale market access.
Minister David Clark says action is being taken on all of ComCom’s recommendations and further work is being done on potential store divestment.
ComCom finds the acquisition was unlikely to substantially lessen competition in any New Zealand market.
The agency makes clear its stance, allowing the promotional activity to occur in supermarkets.
Seafood New Zealand says it is still seeking answers from the government to “the most important questions” around the technology and costs involved in the roll-out of cameras on commercial inshore fishing vessels.
A staged nationwide rollout of cameras on commercial fishing vessels is set to begin, with vessels posing the greatest risk to at-risk protected species, such as Hector’s and Māui dolphins and hoiho, to be first.
Food firms conducting the popular in-store promotion will have to think again after supermarkets suspend the activity.
The government has started its reform of the grocery sector by introducing urgent Budget night legislation to stop major supermarkets blocking competitors from accessing land for new stores.
The Commerce Commission has identified concerns around the supply of cold storage in the Waikato and Bay of Plenty region in respect of Lineage Logistics’ proposed acquisition of Cold Storage Nelson.
Online supermarket startup Supie has thrown its support behind Consumer NZ’s new petition calling for fairer supermarket prices.
The government should regulate access to the wholesale market or set-up a state-owned wholesaler, says the consumer organisation.
The government should regulate access to the wholesale market or set-up a state-owned wholesaler, says the consumer organisation.
The Brewers Association, Brewers Guild of New Zealand, and Hospitality New Zealand are calling on the government to cut its keg beer tax.
GE Free NZ is continuing its protest regarding the domestic sale of Impossible Burgers, this time writing to the Commerce Commission to make a complaint under the Fair Trading Act.
Climate Change Minister James Shaw has unveiled New Zealand’s first three emissions budgets, calling them “another milestone on the journey toward a zero-carbon future”.
Parliament’s Primary Production Committee is calling for submissions on the Fisheries Amendment Bill.
The watchdog fears Life Health Foods’ proposed takeover of plant-based rival Chalmers Organics will substantially lessen competition.
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.
Finance minister Grant Robertson has underlined the government’s commitment to boost competition following a 30-year high in inflation.
Foodstuffs is creating its own Grocery Price Index which will be included in a new reporting dashboard to “publicly track its progress” against the Commerce Commission grocery market review recommendations.
Minister David Clark feels the heat from surging food prices and says he has not ruled out going further than ComCom’s grocery market recommendations.
Government proposals would require organisations to take action if they become aware of modern slavery or worker exploitation.
Coca-Cola in New Zealand has welcomed the government’s public consultation proposal for primary schools to only offer water, milk and non-dairy milk alternatives to their students.
Food Standards Australia New Zealand is calling for comment on proposed changes to better align food classifications in the Australia New Zealand Food Standards Code with international systems.
Healthcare and pet food company Ebos Group has been cleared to buy rival company LifeHealthcare.
The Commerce Amendment Bill, which aims to deter anti-competitive conduct, has passed its third and final reading in parliament.
The government has updated guidance to businesses now that most workplaces will not require vaccine mandates from 4 April.
The government’s Fair Pay Agreements Bill has been Criticised by Retail NZ who said it would drive up consumer costs if implemented.
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.
The Commerce Commission is running a rule over competition issues that could arise from the proposed acquisition of Cold Storage Nelson by global giant Lineage Logistics.
The competition watchdog flags concerns over Life Health Foods’ proposed takeover of plant-based rival Chalmers Organics.
Industry needs support from government in the form of clear and co-ordinated policy, regulation, and incentives to help New Zealand achieve zero plastic waste.
Beef + Lamb New Zealand is urging the government to put limits on the ability of fossil fuel companies to plant trees on productive farmland.
There’s criticism of the government’s proposed container return scheme, but beverage giant Coca-Cola looks to support it under certain conditions.
The Waitangi Tribunal has been asked to consider whether the Crown is failing Māori on alcohol, as part of evidence being heard this week.
There are hopes a new market watchdog could apply significant pressure on the country’s supermarket duopoly to act fairly.
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.
The duopoly pledge to work with the government to implement the Commerce Commission’s final recommendations.
The Commerce Commission is labelled “out-of-touch” for releasing its report while supermarkets are struggling with Omicron impacts.
Chair Anna Rawlings defends the report as “robust” and says it is up to the government to decide what to implement.
NZFGC labels the grocery report a victory for suppliers, but says it is now up to the government to respond.
Code of conduct, collective bargaining and disputes resolution scheme all recommended by Commerce Commission.
The commission stepped back from measures like creating a new independent wholesaler.
New Zealanders will soon benefit from a much more competitive grocery sector as a result of market study findings unveiled by the Commerce Commission, says the government.
But its recommendations fall well short of the more radical options, such as asset divestment, explored in its draft report and inquiry hearing.
The entrepreneur is hoping for a “table-thumping” final report on Tuesday, paving the way for a third major player in NZ’s $22bn grocery sector.
The gloves are off ahead of the Commerce Commission’s final report into the $22bn grocery sector to be published on Tuesday.
New Zealand Health Products says regulatory reform is needed to fix “badly broken dietary supplement rules.”
We’re doing the work, FSNI boss Chris Quin says, in the lead up to publication of the final ComCom report by 8 March.
The Commerce Commission has formed a working group with four other regulators to identify possible cartel behaviour in global supply chains.
Beverage makers say the timing could not be worse for a rise in the alcohol excise tax.
Top New Zealand oil producer The Olive Press supports a call to extend country of origin labelling to its products.
New country of origin regulations come into force on Saturday for fresh and thawed foods.
The Commerce Commission is considering an application by Life Health Foods NZ to purchase 100% of meat alternative manufacturer Chalmers Organics.
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 Commerce Commission has granted provisional authorisation for the New Zealand Tegel Growers Association to collectively negotiate on behalf of its members with Tegel Foods.
Food Standards Australia New Zealand is calling for comment on an application to codify Very Low Energy Diets within Standard 2.9.5 – Food for Special Medical Purposes in the Australia New Zealand Food Standards Code.
The government is seeking feedback on proposals for a new waste strategy and options for legislation.
Views are being sought on the industry’s bill for the $68m scheme.
Zespri says a proposal to end the use of hydrogen cyanamide will likely hit kiwifruit industry earnings.
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The Ministry for Primary Industries is inviting comments on the draft import health standard (IHS) for ruminant meat and ruminant meat products.
Regulated product stewardship of plastic packaging, exploring compostable packaging options, and a potential container return scheme are part of the government’s new national plastics plan.
Biosecurity New Zealand has called for comments on a proposed change to the import health standard for importing grain and seeds for consumption, feed, or processing.
New Zealand Food & Grocery Council has submitted comments of the regulatory redesign of Animal Products and Wine Regulations respectively.
The 2021 whitebaiting season is about to kick off with new regulations rolling out over three whitebaiting seasons following two years of public engagement.
The seafood industry has criticised environmental groups for calling on bottom trawling to be banned.
A draft report as part of a year-long review of NZ’s highly concentrated grocery sector will be made public next Thursday morning.
The New Zealand Food & Grocery Council said it will support its members to transition to the mandatory addition of folic acid to bread by 2023, following the governments announcement yesterday.
The association welcomes government’s moves to phase out problem plastics and some single-use plastics within four years, but warns that a smooth transition by some food producers could be hindered by global freight issues.
The UK government has released more detail around its plans to ban online adverts of unhealthy food and restrict advertising on TV until after 9pm.
The Ministry for Primary Industries is calling for feedback on its draft redesign of the Animal Products Act 1999 and the Wine Act 2003.
Fisheries New Zealand is calling for feedback on proposed changes to catch limits and other settings across a range of fisheries for the new fishing year, beginning 1 October.
The government has committed $68m to fit up to 300 inshore commercial fishing vessels with on-board cameras by 2024 and will also require all catch to return to shore.
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.
The New Zealand Food & Grocery Council has released its submissions on menu labelling and the food processing aid enzyme β-Galactosidase from the Bacillus subtilis.
New whitebaiting rules will help preserve stocks of the delicacy, says acting conservation minister Ayesha Verrall.
Jacinda Ardern and Scott Morrison have concluded their meeting at the resort – was there anything in it for food and beverage?
Food Standards Australia New Zealand has released a public consultation paper on proposed changes to the regulation of electrolyte drinks.
NZ’s strict controls are a double-edged sword for global food companies looking to invest, says Gelita.
The government has passed the Holidays (Increasing Sick Leave) Amendment Bill, doubling employees’ minimum sick leave entitlement to 10 days each year.
Prime minister Jacinda Ardern will lead a trade mission to Australia in early July.
The British government plans to ban online adverts of unhealthy food and restrict advertising on TV until after 9pm.
Seafood NZ argues that law changes to reduce recreational bag limits must be made.
The Ministry for Primary Industries is seeking feedback on proposals to amend the New Zealand (Maximum Residue Levels for Agricultural Compounds) Food Notice.
NZ’s ministerial engagement in the trans-Tasman GE Food Standards approval process has been silenced, says GE Free NZ.
The results of survey will feed into ComCom’s probe of the country’s $21bn grocery sector.
Cartel conduct included price fixing, market allocation and bid rigging.
The Commerce Commission is seeking feedback on submissions received in response to its Preliminary Issues paper on its grocery sector market study.
The Government has deferred the introduction of Intensive Winter Grazing practice regulations for a year.
Industry players pushing for deregulation of gene editing risked undermining the integrity of the food system, says GE Free NZ.
Organic food businesses will have to take part in a five-step process in order to gain organic certification under new proposals.
The industry body aired its frustrations at a committee meeting on Thursday.
The Commerce Commission says it is “satisfied” with Fonterra’s milk prices.
Preliminary issues paper released ahead of review into NZ’s highly concentrated sector