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Thursday 17 June 2021

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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.


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.