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F&B growth opportunity for Taranaki
19 May 2022  

F&B growth opportunity for Taranaki

Food and beverage production, alongside farming, presents a significant growth opportunity for Taranaki, according to a new report that shows they jointly contributed $1.7bn GDP to the region’s economy in 2021.


AgResearch adds Māori Research & Partnerships group
19 May 2022  

AgResearch adds Māori Research & Partnerships group

AgResearch has established a Māori Research & Partnerships Group led by Ariana Estoras.


$1.6bn oppportunity in food production waste
13 May 2022   /

$1.6bn oppportunity in food production waste

Micro-organisms in bacteria and fungi could help transform food waste into high-value products that would boost the economy by $1.6bn a year and reduce greenhouse gas emissions.


HVN backs NZ cherry research
6 May 2022   /

HVN backs NZ cherry research

An eight-month project to explore the bioactive properties of Aotearoa cherries to better understand their potential health benefits has attracted research funding and is now underway.


Startup investment tops $250m in 2021 – F&B just 4%
4 May 2022   /

Startup investment tops $250m in 2021 – F&B just 4%

Food & beverage comprised just 4% of the $257.5m invested in early stage investment in New Zealand in 2021, according to a new report.


NewFish launches “world first” pāua product, lands research funding
2 May 2022   /

NewFish launches “world first” pāua product, lands research funding

The biotech and future food venture debuts Pāua Saucisson and secures HVN backing to validate the known benefits of NZ’s Blackfoot Pāua.


Fonterra expands seaweed trial
2 May 2022   /

Fonterra expands seaweed trial

Fonterra is expanding its on-farm trials of methane reducing Asparagopsis seaweed.


Govt invests $7.44m in apple industry ambition
27 Apr 2022   /

Govt invests $7.44m in apple industry ambition

The government is investing $7.44m to help New Zealand’s apple industry become a world leader in sustainable production practices.


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.


Almost all NZ vineyard areas sustainable – report
22 Apr 2022   /

Almost all NZ vineyard areas sustainable – report

New Zealand Winegrowers says more than 96% of all vineyard area in New Zealand is now certified as sustainable, with 10% of wineries holding organic certification.


Land use concerns raised in new environment report
14 Apr 2022   /

Land use concerns raised in new environment report

Pressures of land use change and intensification, pollution, and climate change are having a detrimental impact on the environment, according to the government’s Environment Aotearoa 2022 report released today.


Less fuel use in manufacturing helps reduce emissions
13 Apr 2022   /

Less fuel use in manufacturing helps reduce emissions

Reducing the use of fuel for manufacturing helped cut New Zealand’s emissions, according to the Greenhouse Gas Inventory report from the Ministry for the Environment.


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.


Wine industry must reassess supply chain assumptions, strategies – Rabobank
11 Apr 2022   /

Wine industry must reassess supply chain assumptions, strategies – Rabobank

If supply chain disruption turns structural tactical responses like pricing changes will not be sufficient.


HVN invests $1.4m into whole milk powder study
7 Apr 2022   /

HVN invests $1.4m into whole milk powder study

A study to examine the effects of milk powder consumption on nutritional value and digestive comfort has received funding from the High-Value Nutrition Ko Ngā Kai Whai Painga National Science Challenge


Broccoli benefits boosted
7 Apr 2022   /

Broccoli benefits boosted

A chemical compound found in abundance in vegetables like broccoli, cabbage, and kale might slow the growth of coronaviruses such as those that cause Covid-19, according to a new study.


Pic’s finds another high-value nut to crack
6 Apr 2022   /

Pic’s finds another high-value nut to crack

The Nelson nut butter company is throwing its support behind a Plant and Food Research-led feasibility study to see if almonds can be grown sustainably in Hawke’s Bay.


Kiwifruit demand strong, RubyRed opportunity – Rabobank
4 Apr 2022   /

Kiwifruit demand strong, RubyRed opportunity – Rabobank

NZ solidifies its position as the world’s largest kiwifruit exporter, with strong global demand indicating more headroom for growth.


HVN pledges $980k for new honey research
1 Apr 2022   /

HVN pledges $980k for new honey research

The High-Value Nutrition National Science Challenge is contributing $980,000 into a Plant & Food Research led programme looking at native honey and what appeals to consumers.


Border re-opening risks exacerbating worker shortages – report
31 Mar 2022   /

Border re-opening risks exacerbating worker shortages – report

The re-opening of New Zealand’s borders could make it harder for employers to fill critical worker shortages as Kiwis head overseas, according to a new report which estimates a net outflow of 16,500 people as border opened.


Overpackaging key concern for Kiwis…
24 Mar 2022   /

Overpackaging key concern for Kiwis…

Overpackaging and non-recyclable packaging is a top concern for New Zealanders, according to new research by Kantar.


Acceleration in “career waka jumping” – report
24 Mar 2022  

Acceleration in “career waka jumping” – report

New Zealand companies are seeing an acceleration of ‘career waka jumping,’ according to the 2021/22 Beyond Recruitment Economic & Labour Report.


R&D key to continued growth in NZ’s $2bn alcohol exports – report
22 Mar 2022   /

R&D key to continued growth in NZ’s $2bn alcohol exports – report

R&D is the foundation that will drive NZ’s alcohol beverages sectors forward, delivering a unique offering on the world stage.


NZ-US trade: Agritech increasingly important, primary sector diversifies
17 Mar 2022   /

NZ-US trade: Agritech increasingly important, primary sector diversifies

Agriculture spins-offs such as packing and grading equipment now outstrip apple exports, while the nature of meat products has changed.


More than 100k hives lost in winter 2021 – Biosecurity NZ
17 Mar 2022   /

More than 100k hives lost in winter 2021 – Biosecurity NZ

Biosecurity New Zealand’s annual Winter Colony Loss survey shows 13.6% of hives were lost in 2021, up 2.3% on the previous year because of growth in varroa mite and related complications.


Dairy commodity prices up, production down – Rabobank
11 Mar 2022  

Dairy commodity prices up, production down – Rabobank

Rabobank’s latest global dairy report says commodity prices are expected to remain elevated because production growth is not keeping up with demand.


F&B puts in solid end to record 2021 M&A
9 Mar 2022   /

F&B puts in solid end to record 2021 M&A

A flurry of F&B-related takeovers were recorded in the final quarter of 2021, closing out a record year for mergers and acquisitions in New Zealand, according to PwC.


Animal agriculture ‘essential’ to global food system – research
8 Mar 2022  

Animal agriculture ‘essential’ to global food system – research

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.


Strong demand means strong prices for beef – Rabobank
3 Mar 2022   /

Strong demand means strong prices for beef – Rabobank

A Rabobank report on the beef sector says global demand will keep prices high, with a raft of challenges plaguing the sector.


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.


IPCC: Climate change will disrupt food production, increase insecurity
1 Mar 2022   /

IPCC: Climate change will disrupt food production, increase insecurity

Climate change will disrupt food production and increase food insecurity for millions of people, according to the latest Intergovernmental Panel on Climate Change (IPCC) report.


Centre of Excellence and Extension for $1bn potato industry
1 Mar 2022   /

Centre of Excellence and Extension for $1bn potato industry

A new Centre of Excellence and Extension is being created in Canterbury for research into potatoes, following a memorandum of understanding between Potatoes New Zealand and Lincoln University.


Channel distortion, consumer behaviour, China – Rabobank’s 2022 warnings
25 Feb 2022   /

Channel distortion, consumer behaviour, China – Rabobank’s 2022 warnings

Food manufacturers should prepare for “highly dynamic” food markets in the year ahead as pandemic disruption to supply chains, input costs and consumer behaviour continues, says Rabobank.


NIWA trials autonomous fish-counting vessel
22 Feb 2022   /

NIWA trials autonomous fish-counting vessel

NIWA scientists have completed a first successful deep water test run in the Cook Strait of a six-metre-long autonomous vessel to help them count fish.


Babies sought for prebiotic kūmara powder trial
17 Feb 2022   /

Babies sought for prebiotic kūmara powder trial

Researchers are investigating the potential health benefits of powdered kūmara with naturally enhanced prebiotic properties, which could lead to it being developed into a baby food ingredient.


NZ labelled olive oils not always local – Consumer NZ
11 Feb 2022   /

NZ labelled olive oils not always local – Consumer NZ

Consumer NZ has found some oils labelled as New Zealand also contain imported oils.


Global food firms among climate change progress  ‘exaggerators’ – study
8 Feb 2022   /

Global food firms among climate change progress ‘exaggerators’ – study

F&B giants are given a “very low” integrity rating when it comes to reporting and delivering on climate targets.


Health experts urge action over unhealthy food, marketing to children
8 Feb 2022  

Health experts urge action over unhealthy food, marketing to children

Public health experts are throwing their weight behind recommendations to improve alcohol policy, nutrition and limit children’s exposure to the marketing of unhealthy food.


Innovation needed for NZ food shift to sustainability – OECD
1 Feb 2022  

Innovation needed for NZ food shift to sustainability – OECD

New Zealand’s food producers and manufacturers need new technologies and business models to help shift to more sustainable and healthy products, says the OECD.


Synlait, Danone partner on $3.8m regenerative project
6 Dec 2021   /

Synlait, Danone partner on $3.8m regenerative project

The initiative with AgReseach seeks evidence that regenerative practices can make a positive difference in sustainable food production.


Fewer Kiwis drinking alcohol as even older people turn away – NZABC
6 Dec 2021  

Fewer Kiwis drinking alcohol as even older people turn away – NZABC

Even older people are turning away from alcohol consumption, says the NZ Alcohol Beverages Council.


MPI invests $650k to combat pests, help aquaculture
6 Dec 2021   /

MPI invests $650k to combat pests, help aquaculture

The Ministry for Primary Industries is investing $650,000 over four years to help stamp out invasive marine pests and help the aquaculture industry.


F&B helps pump record Q3 M&A
25 Nov 2021  

F&B helps pump record Q3 M&A

A handful of heavyweight FMCG deals support a record quarter of M&A activity according to PwC.


Who topped IRI’s annual top 25 FMCG manufacturers list?
22 Nov 2021   /

Who topped IRI’s annual top 25 FMCG manufacturers list?

There’s an F&B leader at the top of IRI’s latest list of FMCG manufacturers.


NZ meat outlook positive but agile leadership needed – Rabobank
22 Nov 2021  

NZ meat outlook positive but agile leadership needed – Rabobank

Agility and resilience are watchwords for meat producers in a rapidly evolving market still suffering Covid-19 challenges.


Non-alcoholic producers losing tens of millions – report
19 Nov 2021  

Non-alcoholic producers losing tens of millions – report

The average non-alcoholic filling line spends 36 minutes per hour, or 60% of time, not filling beverages, according to OFS.


T&G, Zespri, Plant & Food partner to develop regenerative hort
16 Nov 2021   /

T&G, Zespri, Plant & Food partner to develop regenerative hort

T&G Global and Zespri are partnering with Plant & Food Research to develop regenerative horticulture practices within the kiwifruit, apple and berry industries.


Exports crucial to new $4.7bn organics strategy
10 Nov 2021   /

Exports crucial to new $4.7bn organics strategy

But more growers and farmers would need to convert to organic to hit the $4.7bn target by 2030.


No evidence of Covid transmission via food, packaging – report
9 Nov 2021   /

No evidence of Covid transmission via food, packaging – report

There is no evidence of Covid-19 transmission via food or food packaging, says a new report.


Fonterra partners with US biotech “founding father” in designer dairy push
5 Nov 2021   /

Fonterra partners with US biotech “founding father” in designer dairy push

The tie-up is part of the exporter’s expansion of its higher value active living ingredient business.


How the world views NZ F&B and what exporters can do about it
5 Nov 2021   /

How the world views NZ F&B and what exporters can do about it

Rising costs, supply chain concerns, food miles and a desire to support local are headwinds highlighted in a new report.


Plant & Food Research’s McKenna wins innovation award
4 Nov 2021   /

Plant & Food Research’s McKenna wins innovation award

Plant & Food Research’s Cathy McKenna has won the 2021 Kiwifruit Innovation Award for her work to create an effective armoured scale insect management programme for Gold3 – or SunGold – Kiwifruit.


Booch boom expected after supply chain disruptions – MPI
1 Nov 2021   /

Booch boom expected after supply chain disruptions – MPI

Kombucha has been flagged as a strong global growth category for the New Zealand beverage sector.


Reducing tourist numbers could hurt food exports – report
27 Oct 2021   /

Reducing tourist numbers could hurt food exports – report

Any government move to reduce international visitor numbers post-Covid to concentrate on higher spending arrivals could affect Kiwi food exports, says a new study.


Exporters keep chin up despite Covid challenges
27 Oct 2021  

Exporters keep chin up despite Covid challenges

Some 78% of New Zealand exporters citing increased costs and unpredictable transport options as the number one barrier to exporting, according to the latest ExportNZ-DHL Export Barometer


McDonald’s partners with AgResearch in regenerative trial
19 Oct 2021   /

McDonald’s partners with AgResearch in regenerative trial

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.


New supply chain strategy, food waste proposals – govt seeks emissions feedback
13 Oct 2021   /

New supply chain strategy, food waste proposals – govt seeks emissions feedback

A freight and supply chain strategy, developing a circular economy and bioeconomy, and further reducing and separating food waste are among new low-emission initiatives the government is seeking feedback on.


Patchy recovery in China daigou demand – report
8 Oct 2021   /

Patchy recovery in China daigou demand – report

What does shifting demand mean for the future of the informal channel, which plays a big role for NZ brands such as A2 Milk?


Kiwifruit Breeding Centre launches
5 Oct 2021   /

Kiwifruit Breeding Centre launches

Zespri and Plant & Food Research’s Kiwifruit Breeding Centre 50/50 joint venture opens its doors this week.


Global food firms and the SDGs – Fonterra, Zespri ranked
4 Oct 2021   /

Global food firms and the SDGs – Fonterra, Zespri ranked

The 350 biggest global food firms are assessed on their environmental, nutritional and social impact. Who is leading and who is lagging? 


NZ rock oyster industry revival being scoped
30 Sep 2021   /

NZ rock oyster industry revival being scoped

A project is under way to determine whether Aotearoa New Zealand’s long-defunct rock oyster industry can be revived.


Sweet success for researchers seeking cause of Unique Mānuka Factor
30 Sep 2021   /

Sweet success for researchers seeking cause of Unique Mānuka Factor

New research that has found how mānuka flowers create the Unique Mānuka Factor in honey could help New Zealand producers.


Digital disruption is here, retailers must brace for change – Westpac
29 Sep 2021   /

Digital disruption is here, retailers must brace for change – Westpac

Digital disruption is bringing massive change to retail, with the tracking of food an important driver, says a new report from the bank.


Fast food marketing during pandemic attracts criticism
24 Sep 2021   /

Fast food marketing during pandemic attracts criticism

Fast food outlets have been criticised for referencing the pandemic in social media posts.


Consumers support split up of supermarket duopoly – survey
23 Sep 2021   /

Consumers support split up of supermarket duopoly – survey

An overwhelming majority of consumers believe they pay too much for goods at supermarkets and the current duopoly should be split up, according to a survey commissioned by lobby group Monopoly Watch NZ.


Progress too slow in circular economy transition – report
22 Sep 2021   /

Progress too slow in circular economy transition – report

New Zealand is missing out on economic gains because it has been too slow to transition to a low carbon circular economy, according to a new report from the Sustainable Business Network.


Scientists aim to enhance the`human-ness’ of infant formula
22 Sep 2021  

Scientists aim to enhance the`human-ness’ of infant formula

AgResearch scientists, alongside collaborators from Massey and Monash universities, are aiming to enhance the “human-ness” of infant formula produced from New Zealand ingredients.


Private labels add to grocery power imbalance – report
20 Sep 2021   /

Private labels add to grocery power imbalance – report

Private labels do more harm than good for both suppliers and consumers in highly concentrated markets, according to research commissioned by the NZFGC.


Food firms dominate Kiwi co-op rankings
10 Sep 2021   /

Food firms dominate Kiwi co-op rankings

Fonterra, Zespri, and Foodstuffs are heavyweights in NZ’s top 30 co-operative rankings.


Plant & Food secures $20m from Endeavour Fund
10 Sep 2021   /

Plant & Food secures $20m from Endeavour Fund

The cash included $14.5m for a new research programme to help develop New Zealand’s horticultural sector to prepare for climate change.


Less food thrown away during lockdown – study
9 Sep 2021  

Less food thrown away during lockdown – study

A study led by researchers from the University of Auckland has found that less food is thrown away during lockdown.


Govt pours millions into food projects aiming to transform industry
8 Sep 2021  

Govt pours millions into food projects aiming to transform industry

Smart food packaging, a NZ tree syrup industry, and open ocean aquaculture secure significant research funding.


B+LNZ, MPI in $16.7m ‘green’ beef programme
8 Sep 2021   /

B+LNZ, MPI in $16.7m ‘green’ beef programme

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.


Perspectives: Here’s what to do about food waste
23 Aug 2021   /

Perspectives: Here’s what to do about food waste

There are numerous techniques, technologies and policies that together could help reduce global food waste at every point in the production and consumption process.


Zespri, Plant & Food confirm kiwifruit centre JV
16 Aug 2021   /

Zespri, Plant & Food confirm kiwifruit centre JV

Zespri and Plant & Food Research will launch their 50/50 joint venture Kiwifruit Breeding Centre on 1 October 2021.


More fruit and veges being consumed – survey
12 Aug 2021  

More fruit and veges being consumed – survey

More New Zealanders than ever are eating the recommended daily intake of five fruit and vegetables, according to The 5+ A Day Charitable Trust.


IPCC: Crops, livestock, fisheries at risk from climate change
10 Aug 2021   /

IPCC: Crops, livestock, fisheries at risk from climate change

The world’s main sources of food will suffer if temperatures keep rising, increasing insecurity and wiping billions off the global food economy.


Food sector finalists in KiwiNet commercialisation awards
10 Aug 2021   /

Food sector finalists in KiwiNet commercialisation awards

Food and agritech success stories are featured among sixteen finalists in the ninth annual KiwiNet Research Commercialisation Awards.


T&G Global hopes to bear fruit from genetics, variety venture
9 Aug 2021   /

T&G Global hopes to bear fruit from genetics, variety venture

The produce giant’s new business has launched with two initial partnerships.


NZ exporters to the UK poised to be quids in post-Brexit – report
5 Aug 2021   /

NZ exporters to the UK poised to be quids in post-Brexit – report

Forget red meat and dairy, its ice-cream, gin and cereal that are best placed to take advantage of this once-in-a-generation opportunity.


Plant & Food’s David Hughes on the institute’s post-Covid commercial push
4 Aug 2021   /

Plant & Food’s David Hughes on the institute’s post-Covid commercial push

CEO David Hughes is looking for partners in emerging areas such as orchard automation and urban horticulture.


Grocery market study report shows “big problems” in sector – NZFGC’s Rich
29 Jul 2021   /

Grocery market study report shows “big problems” in sector – NZFGC’s Rich

Report reflects imbalance of power in sector which has allowed retailers to push excess costs, risks, and uncertainty onto suppliers, FCG says.


ComCom: Grocery duopoly not working for suppliers or consumers
29 Jul 2021   /

ComCom: Grocery duopoly not working for suppliers or consumers

The Commerce Commission backs a mandatory industry code of conduct and allowing suppliers to bargain collectively with supermarkets.


Watch: Plant & Food showcases plant-based milk, protein, and innovation capabilities
28 Jul 2021   /

Watch: Plant & Food showcases plant-based milk, protein, and innovation capabilities

Plant & Food Research has launched a series of videos showcasing its abilities available for the country’s food and beverage producers.


Aquaculture potential highlighted in iwi MOU
28 Jul 2021  

Aquaculture potential highlighted in iwi MOU

A new Memorandum of Understanding has been described as a crucial first step towards realising the potential of aquaculture for Ngā Iwi i te Rohe o Te Waiariki.


Consumers, companies and sustainability
27 Jul 2021   /

Consumers, companies and sustainability

Almost half of global consumers believe companies are responsible for increasing the amount of packaging that is recycled, the newly-released Mintel Sustainability Barometer.


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.


Global food waste “bigger than we thought” at 40% – report
22 Jul 2021  

Global food waste “bigger than we thought” at 40% – report

Over a billion tonnes more food is being wasted globally than previously estimated, according to a new report.


SFF Futures backs hort tile drains and water quality research
20 Jul 2021   /

SFF Futures backs hort tile drains and water quality research

A new project in the Hawke’s Bay is investigating the impacts of tile drains on horticultural land in order to ascertain their effect on freshwater quality.


AgResearch gets results in the kitchen with ‘perfect steak’
15 Jul 2021  

AgResearch gets results in the kitchen with ‘perfect steak’

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.


Fonterra, AGMARDT back UV treatment tech
15 Jul 2021  

Fonterra, AGMARDT back UV treatment tech

Following an initial round of funding by AGMARDT, the trust and Fonterra are backing further research into new UV treatment technology which has the potential to significantly reduce biosecurity risk and improve animal well-being in the dairy sector.


600 plantings made to support kiwifruit pollination
13 Jul 2021   /

600 plantings made to support kiwifruit pollination

Six hundred new native plantings have been established in the Bay of Plenty to support kiwifruit pollination and encourage bio-diversity, says Plant & Food Research.


Plant & Food Research details strategy
9 Jul 2021  

Plant & Food Research details strategy

Plant & Food Research has published a new statement of corporate intent describing its strategy, key initiatives and performance measures for 2021/22. It also forecasts activity out to 2023/24.


Aquaculture, shipping on agenda at marine conference
5 Jul 2021   /

Aquaculture, shipping on agenda at marine conference

How seaweed can help the agriculture industry, green shipping and electric ferries, sea level rise, aquaculture and marine biodiversity protection are on the agenda at the New Zealand Marine Sciences Society Conference.


‘Container chaos’ to continue – ANZ
1 Jul 2021   /

‘Container chaos’ to continue – ANZ

Covid-19 induced congestion in the global shipping industry is likely to continue well into 2022, with skyrocketing costs hitting New Zealand primary producers hard, according to ANZ.


HVN backs kiwifruit sleep link study
1 Jul 2021   /

HVN backs kiwifruit sleep link study

A study examining the effects of green kiwifruit on sleep quality and the sleep-wake cycle in healthy males has been awarded HVN funding.


Consumers increasingly want ‘clean’ ingredients – but what does that mean?
25 Jun 2021  

Consumers increasingly want ‘clean’ ingredients – but what does that mean?

The growing importance of quality ingredients – and increasingly so-called clean ingredients – has been explored in a new piece of research which reveals that close to two thirds of consumers consider what is in the product before they buy it.


Fonterra, Synlait, Tip Top among food firms backing safety research
25 Jun 2021  

Fonterra, Synlait, Tip Top among food firms backing safety research

Food companies including Synlait, Fonterra, TipTop, and Hellers are backing a new project exploring an electromagnetic detection and imaging method aimed at boosting food safety systems.


Cell-cultured meat – opportunities and threats for NZ’s food sector
23 Jun 2021  

Cell-cultured meat – opportunities and threats for NZ’s food sector

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.


Food producing regions strongest performers – Westpac
18 Jun 2021   /

Food producing regions strongest performers – Westpac

Rural areas have done well but the year ahead may not be so rosy for some growers, says the bank.


HVN invests in NZ macadamia nuts project
18 Jun 2021  

HVN invests in NZ macadamia nuts project

The High-Value Nutrition (HVN) National Science Challenge is backing a new project to deepen understanding around New Zealand-grown macadamia nuts.


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.


Australian supermarkets ‘red flagged’ in new food dashboard
17 Jun 2021  

Australian supermarkets ‘red flagged’ in new food dashboard

Australia’s major supermarkets have been ‘red flagged’ by a new food tool which shows them offering bigger discounts on unhealthy foods more often and more prominently.


Fatigue, FOMO wrack food and fibre – KPMG
16 Jun 2021   /

Fatigue, FOMO wrack food and fibre – KPMG

Export disruptions, labour shortages and regulatory pressures are hurting morale in the sector.


$50k HVN funding puts plums in spotlight
15 Jun 2021   /

$50k HVN funding puts plums in spotlight

The High-Value Nutrition Ko Ngā Kai Whai Painga National Science Challenge has provided a $50,000 development grant to Hastings-based research and project management collaborator Foot Steps to investigate the Damson plum.


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.


Mixed reception from industry for climate change report
10 Jun 2021  

Mixed reception from industry for climate change report

The Climate Change Commission’s final report has been met with mixed reaction from food industry groups.


Deer milk trial secures $244k from HVN
9 Jun 2021  

Deer milk trial secures $244k from HVN

A clinical trial that could underpin the development of deer milk as a new industry in New Zealand has secured $244,000 of funding from the HVN Challenge.


Ethical F&B products attract best premiums in overseas markets – NZTE
4 Jun 2021   /

Ethical F&B products attract best premiums in overseas markets – NZTE

NZ exports with an environmental focus can command the best potential returns, according to new research.


Doors open at new Te Tauihu Plant & Food Research facility
2 Jun 2021  

Doors open at new Te Tauihu Plant & Food Research facility

A new research facility which will unlock deeper opportunities for Nelson Tasman food producers has been opened in Riuwaka near Motueka.


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.


Consumers more aware of rights, wary of salespeople – survey
26 May 2021  

Consumers more aware of rights, wary of salespeople – survey

Consumers are becoming more aware of their rights and more sceptical of information provided by salespeople, according to a government survey.


Food exports on track for “record breaking” 2021 – Westpac
18 May 2021   /

Food exports on track for “record breaking” 2021 – Westpac

Strong global demand and restricted supply have resulted in sweet spot for NZ commodities pushing up prices and export volumes.


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.


How prepared were F&B companies for the pandemic?
12 May 2021  

How prepared were F&B companies for the pandemic?

More than 60% of food industry executives did not have an adequate plan to deal with the impacts of Covid-19, says a new US-based study.


Food manufacturing energy use in the spotlight
12 May 2021   /

Food manufacturing energy use in the spotlight

Energy use in the food product manufacturing sector energy use is being put under the microscope by the Energy Efficiency & Conservation Authority.


Large birds, large features lead to higher risk of fishing vessel bycatch
12 May 2021  

Large birds, large features lead to higher risk of fishing vessel bycatch

Seabirds with a larger wingspan and bills or which have larger eyes and nostrils are more likely to end up as bycatch from the fishing industry, a new study has found.


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.


Suppliers clamour for supermarket Code of Conduct – FGC
7 May 2021  

Suppliers clamour for supermarket Code of Conduct – FGC

Some 93% of surveyed FGC members want code to address power imbalance in NZ grocery sector.


Co-ops comprise 18% of NZ GDP
7 May 2021  

Co-ops comprise 18% of NZ GDP

Research from PwC found NZ is one of the most co-operative economies globally.


NZ fisheries group hits back at “Netflix misinformation”
6 May 2021  

NZ fisheries group hits back at “Netflix misinformation”

The report pushing the sustainability of the nation’s deepwater fishing industry follows a Netflix documentary on the impact of commercial fishing.


Crayfish numbers plummet, protection uncertain
5 May 2021   /

Crayfish numbers plummet, protection uncertain

Crayfish numbers have plummeted within reserves and numbers outside reserves are likely much lower than official estimates, a new University of Auckland study shows.


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.


Drinkers becoming more moderate, still room for improvement – NZABC
3 May 2021  

Drinkers becoming more moderate, still room for improvement – NZABC

A shift in social attitudes to drinking is contributing to people being more moderate and responsible, says the New Zealand Alcohol Beverages Council.


Southland scoped for salmon farming
30 Apr 2021  

Southland scoped for salmon farming

The Cawthron Institute to work with Fisheries NZ and DOC on assessment.


Food waste roadmap plots route to 2030
29 Apr 2021  

Food waste roadmap plots route to 2030

Researchers and campaigners call on government to use plan to halve food waste by 2030.


Which F&B brands are Kiwi’s most trusted?
28 Apr 2021  

Which F&B brands are Kiwi’s most trusted?

A raft of iconic food firms have been recognised with Whittaker’s topping the rankings for the tenth year in a row.


The top problems faced by F&B exporters – report
21 Apr 2021  

The top problems faced by F&B exporters – report

Gaining brand awareness and establishing relationships are the top barriers Kiwi food and beverage exporters face.


Watch: Moana NZ, Sanford back Māui dolphins drone project
21 Apr 2021  

Watch: Moana NZ, Sanford back Māui dolphins drone project

The fishing companies have thrown their support behind a new project using drones to help efforts to bring the species back from the edge of extinction.


‘Carrot and stick’ required for global food system overhaul
19 Apr 2021  

‘Carrot and stick’ required for global food system overhaul

Left to their own devices, global food manufacturers prioritised profit over the environment, says a new study.


United Fresh to take part in UN’s Food Systems Summit
16 Apr 2021   /

United Fresh to take part in UN’s Food Systems Summit

United Fresh will lead a United Nations Independent Dialogue as part of the UN’s global initiative, the Food Systems Summit.


Top of the South untapped F&B export potential tops $19bn
15 Apr 2021  

Top of the South untapped F&B export potential tops $19bn

Exporters can grow sectors such as wine or explore new opportunities for peanut butter or ice cream, says a new report.


Opportunity in organic sector – report
13 Apr 2021  

Opportunity in organic sector – report

There is opportunity for faster growth, according to the Organic Sector Market Report 2020/21.


100k bee colonies lost in 2020 – survey
12 Apr 2021   /

100k bee colonies lost in 2020 – survey

Winter loss rates of bee colonies in New Zealand has continued to rise, with deaths increasing for the sixth year in a row.


Auckland SMEs not optimistic – survey
12 Apr 2021  

Auckland SMEs not optimistic – survey

Auckland small and medium businesses have indicated a gloomy outlook for the next six months.


Jaded shoppers take aim at supermarkets – Consumer NZ
9 Apr 2021  

Jaded shoppers take aim at supermarkets – Consumer NZ

The results of survey will feed into ComCom’s probe of the country’s $21bn grocery sector.


Which F&B tycoons made the 2021 Forbes Rich List?
8 Apr 2021  

Which F&B tycoons made the 2021 Forbes Rich List?

From spring water chiefs to supermarket dynasties – the annual rankings are a smorgasboard of F&B billionaires.


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.


Myrtle rust infection discovered on mānuka seeds
8 Apr 2021   /

Myrtle rust infection discovered on mānuka seeds

Researchers have observed myrtle rust infection on mānuka seed capsules.


Alternative proteins: Niche product to mainstream phenomenon
6 Apr 2021   /

Alternative proteins: Niche product to mainstream phenomenon

The fast-growing alternative protein market is on track to account for 11% of the global protein market by 2035.


Covid-19 ‘catalyst’ for healthier diets – study
1 Apr 2021  

Covid-19 ‘catalyst’ for healthier diets – study

Disruptive events can be an opportunity to achieve healthier, more sustainable dietary behaviours, says Plant & Food.


Primary sector economies take top spots – ASB regional rankings
30 Mar 2021   /

Primary sector economies take top spots – ASB regional rankings

The bank described the December 2020 quarter results as a tale of two islands as the north continued to outperform the south.


Fisheries management report gets lukewarm industry welcome
25 Mar 2021  

Fisheries management report gets lukewarm industry welcome

The seafood industry promises constructive engagement on some of the report’s “challenging” recommendations.


A quarter of fish in Hauraki Gulf have microplastics in their guts – NIWA
19 Mar 2021   /

A quarter of fish in Hauraki Gulf have microplastics in their guts – NIWA

Microplastic fragments can find their way through gut lining and into muscle tissue of New Zealand fish species.


Insect protein sector investment creating demand buzz – report
17 Mar 2021   /

Insect protein sector investment creating demand buzz – report

Significant investment has set the scene for global demand for insect ingredients, says Rabobank.


Founders look to the future with new $500m food tech collective

Founders look to the future with new $500m food tech collective

Leading NZ food founders launch a new collective to grow the domestic food tech industry with an eye on long-term food stability.


Kiwis cooking unhealthily due to time constraints – study
15 Mar 2021   /

Kiwis cooking unhealthily due to time constraints – study

The survey showed 34% of respondents were more likely to eat healthily if they saw the food on social media, while 29% said they did not consume sufficient fresh produce.


Neuroscientist joins NZ brain food company Ärepa
12 Mar 2021  

Neuroscientist joins NZ brain food company Ärepa

Neuroscientist professor Andrew Scholey has joined New Zealand brain food company Ārepa to lead its 2021 research programme.


Brands engaged in ‘Covid-washing’ to push unhealthy food – study
10 Mar 2021  

Brands engaged in ‘Covid-washing’ to push unhealthy food – study

Brands leveraged the national Covid-19 lockdown to market unhealthy food, according to a new study.


Designing diverse plantings to support non-bee and bee pollinators
5 Mar 2021   /

Designing diverse plantings to support non-bee and bee pollinators

Scientists from Plant & Food Research have demonstrated the concept of designing mixed species native plantings to optimise bee and non-bee crop pollinators.


Almost 80% single-serve drinks in NZ supermarkets are sugary, study finds
18 Dec 2020  

Almost 80% single-serve drinks in NZ supermarkets are sugary, study finds

Researchers are calling for the government to intervene, and say industry pledges are not enough.


New Zealanders binning $3bn of food every year
17 Dec 2020  

New Zealanders binning $3bn of food every year

The new research found leftovers to be the most common food item being thrown out.


Nestlé comes to the table to tackle NZ emissions
15 Dec 2020   /

Nestlé comes to the table to tackle NZ emissions

Global giant teams up with Fonterra and DairyNZ to co-fund plantain project in effort to reduce emissions.


New research aims to boost longevity of bees for growers
15 Dec 2020  

New research aims to boost longevity of bees for growers

New research backed by MPI could help bee hives live longer and be more efficient.


Massey to study F&B sector mental wellbeing
14 Dec 2020  

Massey to study F&B sector mental wellbeing

A new Massey University study is surveying psychosocial risks in the workplace.


Zespri, Plant & Food propose kiwifruit breeding centre jv
9 Dec 2020  

Zespri, Plant & Food propose kiwifruit breeding centre jv

The kiwifruit exporter and the Crown Research Institute already have a 30 year working relationship together under their belts.


Fonterra backs biogas research
8 Dec 2020  

Fonterra backs biogas research

The dairy co-op joins BECA, EECA and Firstgas Group in backing the research.


Kiwifruit team in top science award
7 Dec 2020  

Kiwifruit team in top science award

The Science New Zealand 2020 National Awards were held on Thursday night.


Diet diversity prompts updated food safety guidance
3 Dec 2020  

Diet diversity prompts updated food safety guidance

The new research covers food groups ranging from seafood to berries.


Taranaki looks to grow food & fibre opportunity
2 Dec 2020  

Taranaki looks to grow food & fibre opportunity

An assessment on the region’s land and climate has identified around 207,000 hectares which could be used.


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.


B+L marshalls evidence for red meat pushback
30 Nov 2020  

B+L marshalls evidence for red meat pushback

Just last month the Heart Foundation put out new recommendations, advising Kiwis to eat less red meat.


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.


Spirulina farm funding lays foundation for $100m sector
27 Nov 2020   /

Spirulina farm funding lays foundation for $100m sector

A two-year project will look at the viability of the industry, worth more than $100m to NZ a year.


Fruit supplement eyes Asian markets following funding
26 Nov 2020  

Fruit supplement eyes Asian markets following funding

New research will look into how effective the supplement is.


Global opportunities for NZ’s $2.7bn biotech sector – report
25 Nov 2020  

Global opportunities for NZ’s $2.7bn biotech sector – report

Developing new high-value dairy and nutritional products and two global opportunities identified in the landmark report.


Foodservice slowdown to hit demand for beef, lamb – report
24 Nov 2020  

Foodservice slowdown to hit demand for beef, lamb – report

Lower demand for red meat is set to put pressure on prices, says agribusiness bankers Rabobank.


Food industry’s hygiene practices will ‘minimise risk’ of Covid-19 spread
20 Nov 2020  

Food industry’s hygiene practices will ‘minimise risk’ of Covid-19 spread

Covid-19 food contamination has made headlines around the world, and Professor French says more research is needed.


Kiwifruit disease Psa focus of new research project
13 Nov 2020  

Kiwifruit disease Psa focus of new research project

A new Plant & Food Research project will investigate the bacteria.


HVN, Pūhoro partner for food innovation students
10 Nov 2020  

HVN, Pūhoro partner for food innovation students

The parnership will support Māori students in food and science innovations.


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.


Kiwifruit researchers discover key to yield
29 Oct 2020  

Kiwifruit researchers discover key to yield

Kiwifruit production could be optimised by upping the female flowers in an orchard.


Kiwis advised to eat less red meat, chicken
28 Oct 2020  

Kiwis advised to eat less red meat, chicken

The Heart Foundation is advising Kiwis to be more mindful about their red meat and chicken consumption.


Greenshell Mussels study secures $350k funding
22 Oct 2020  

Greenshell Mussels study secures $350k funding

A research collaboration between Sanford and Massey University has secured funding to evaluate the benefits of Greenshell Mussels in people living with osteoarthritis.  This project is being funded by the MORE »


Is seaweed the next superfood?
22 Oct 2020  

Is seaweed the next superfood?

The New Zealand Government is investing $3.3m in a research project to evaluate the health benefits of consuming seaweed. AgResearch scientists will team up with researchers in Singapore to look MORE »


Kiwis need more nutrition education – study
21 Oct 2020  

Kiwis need more nutrition education – study

New Zealanders need further education on the fundamentals of eating a balanced and nutritious diet.


Research: Women under-represented in meat sector
15 Oct 2020  

Research: Women under-represented in meat sector

New research suggests women are under-represented in, and even prevented from, aspiring to higher levels of business in the industry.


Massey Uni, AgResearch partner for new research facility
15 Oct 2020  

Massey Uni, AgResearch partner for new research facility

Massey University and AgResearch are developing a new joint dairy research facility in the Manawatū region.


Kūmara at risk of climate change
6 Oct 2020  

Kūmara at risk of climate change

The majority of kūmara varieties may not survive rising global temperatures, according to new international research. Peruvian and French researchers from the International Potato Centre tested nearly 2,000 sweet potato MORE »


Study could help boost production of high-grade mānuka honey
22 Sep 2020  

Study could help boost production of high-grade mānuka honey

A new study into mānuka leaves could help maximise the production of high-grade honey.