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Friday 20 May 2022

Sustainability

Applications open for Countdown’s $50k Growing for Good fund
16 May 2022   /

Applications open for Countdown’s $50k Growing for Good fund

Applications are now open for Countdown’s Growing for Good grants which puts $50,000 of funding up for grabs for students to combat climate change.


Container Return Scheme must include milk – industry groups
4 May 2022   /

Container Return Scheme must include milk – industry groups

The Zero Waste Network and The Kiwi Bottle Drive have welcomed the government’s Container Return Scheme proposal for the breadth of materials included, that is plastic, aluminum, glass and liquid packaging board.


Nespresso gets the B Corp tick
28 Apr 2022   /

Nespresso gets the B Corp tick

Nestlé’s coffee capsule brand Nespresso has achieved global certification as a B Corp.


Japan, NZ pledge sustainable food systems
26 Apr 2022   /

Japan, NZ pledge sustainable food systems

Japan and New Zealand have pledged to better understand respective priorities in agriculture, fisheries, forestry and food systems and build a closer partnership through collaboration on new ideas, technologies and solutions to common challenges.


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.


New govt emissions guidance for organisations
21 Apr 2022   /

New govt emissions guidance for organisations

The Ministry for the Environment has issued its 2022 guide for organisations to measure and report on emissions.


Watch: Tasman Bay Food’s sustainability practices

Watch: Tasman Bay Food’s sustainability practices

Rural Delivery takes a look at Tasman Bay Food Co’s sustainability practices.


Wednesday Letter: Prem Maan on why food producers must stay focused on climate change
13 Apr 2022   /

Wednesday Letter: Prem Maan on why food producers must stay focused on climate change

In the face of other challenges, some have put their environmental policies on the backburner but that is dangerous short-term thinking, writes Southern Pastures’ Prem Maan. 


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.


B2B Circular Economy Directory launched
12 Apr 2022  

B2B Circular Economy Directory launched

A new online business-to-business Circular Economy Directory has been launched by the Sustainable Business Network.


NZTE launches sustainable package guide for exporters
25 Mar 2022   /

NZTE launches sustainable package guide for exporters

New Zealand Trade and Enterprise has released new resources on sustainable packaging for exporters, in response to global trends and requirements for businesses to reduce waste and non-renewable material use.


Watch: The Sustainable Vegetable Systems Project
15 Mar 2022  

Watch: The Sustainable Vegetable Systems Project

Potatoes NZ takes a look at the Sustainable Vegetable Systems Project, which aims to protect water quality in vegetable growing systems.


Watch: Is shrimp a sustainable catch?
8 Mar 2022   /

Watch: Is shrimp a sustainable catch?

Shrimp: a sustainable catch? From Financial Times’ Food Revolution series


Zespri creates sustainability board
4 Mar 2022   /

Zespri creates sustainability board

Zespri has created a board specifically to focus on its sustainability goals.


Food forum highlights NZ’s sustainability systems
24 Feb 2022   /

Food forum highlights NZ’s sustainability systems

New Zealand’s expertise in sustainable food systems has been highlighted at Expo 2020’s Food, Agriculture and Livelihoods Business Forum in Dubai.


Asahi sets trans-Tasman sustainability targets
2 Feb 2022   /

Asahi sets trans-Tasman sustainability targets

Asahi Beverages has released new sustainability targets for its New Zealand and Australian operations.


Pals makes progress on sustainability
10 Dec 2021   /

Pals makes progress on sustainability

Beverage business Pals says its has offset its unavoidable emissions by 125% through funding New Zealand native forest projects and International Gold Standard clean technology initiatives.


APEC 2021: Govt, food producer partnership key to meeting challenges – FIA’s Matt Kovac
15 Nov 2021   /

APEC 2021: Govt, food producer partnership key to meeting challenges – FIA’s Matt Kovac

Food producers are increasingly putting sustainability at the core of their business but feeding populations must be a partnership between the private sector and government, says Food Industry Asia executive director Matt Kovac.


Pāmu, Westpac agree $85m sustainability-linked loan
27 Oct 2021   /

Pāmu, Westpac agree $85m sustainability-linked loan

New Zealand’s biggest farming business Pāmu is borrowing $85m from Westpac via a three-year sustainability-linked loan.


Baking boom helps Heilala Vanilla rise
7 Sep 2021   /

Baking boom helps Heilala Vanilla rise

With housebound consumers picking up the pinny, the global vanilla extract exporter has seen its channels change and sales lift.


Silver Fern Farms to launch carbon zero beef
9 Jul 2021   /

Silver Fern Farms to launch carbon zero beef

Silver Fern Farms co-chair Rob Hewett has announced four key sustainability goals at its annual farmer conference in Wellington.


Plastics ban: Supermarket sweep already under way
29 Jun 2021   /

Plastics ban: Supermarket sweep already under way

New Zealand’s two major supermarket groups say they are already taking steps to transition away from unnecessary and unwanted plastic use ahead of the government’s new measures to clamp down on single-use and difficult-to-recycle plastic by 2025.


SFF Futures backs $22m project
17 Jun 2021  

SFF Futures backs $22m project

The Sustainable Food and Fibre Futures fund is contributing $8.98m to a $22.23m project to investigate plantain’s potential to help farmers protect waterways and improve freshwater quality.


Invite only Feed our Future event starts
9 Jun 2021  

Invite only Feed our Future event starts

The Riddet Institute is today hosting Feed our Future: A New Zealand Sustainable Food Systems Dialogue.


Goodman Fielder launches new green goals, targets 2040 for net zero emissions
4 Jun 2021  

Goodman Fielder launches new green goals, targets 2040 for net zero emissions

Food giant Goodman Fielder has introduced a new sustainability strategy that will see it use 100% recyclable packaging by 2025 and halve its food waste by 2030.


Perspectives: Why sustainability is an opportunity for Kiwi F&B exporters
2 Jun 2021  

Perspectives: Why sustainability is an opportunity for Kiwi F&B exporters

European consumers are keen to hear about the sustainability of NZ produce, writes NZTE’s regional director of Europe, Alison Adams.


Royal Canin launches pet food recycling
20 Apr 2021  

Royal Canin launches pet food recycling

Royal Canin has launched a recycling programme to reduce the environmental impact of pet food bags and pouches.


Agtech firms take up sustainability challenge for Earth Day 2021
16 Apr 2021   /

Agtech firms take up sustainability challenge for Earth Day 2021

Agtech firm WayBeyond is taking up the sustainability challenge for Earth Day 2021.


WineWorks  goes carbonzero
16 Apr 2021  

WineWorks goes carbonzero

WineWorks is now a certified Toitū carbonzero business.


New fund to help build healthy, sustainable kai production practices
14 Apr 2021  

New fund to help build healthy, sustainable kai production practices

Te Pūtahitanga o Te Waipounamu has launched Kōanga Kai.


HortNZ: Incentives, investment needed for low emissions future
6 Apr 2021  

HortNZ: Incentives, investment needed for low emissions future

The industry association says horticulture can play a key role in the country’s climate change strategy.


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.


Kiwifruit Vine Health boss moves to top MPI role
6 Apr 2021   /

Kiwifruit Vine Health boss moves to top MPI role

The chief executive of Kiwifruit Vine Health is leaving the biosecurity organisation after three years to take up a top job with the Ministry for Primary Industries.


Hawke’s Bay farmers named sustainability ambassadors
29 Mar 2021   /

Hawke’s Bay farmers named sustainability ambassadors

Farmers Linda and Evan Potter have been named new national ambassadors for Sustainable Farming and Growing.


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

How do Frucor’s 2030 sustainability targets measure up?

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


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.


Southern Clams debuts website to showcase sustainability
11 Mar 2021   /

Southern Clams debuts website to showcase sustainability

Shellfish supplier Southern Clams has launched a new website to provide information on the seafood products it harvests.


Southern Pastures enters $50m sustainability loan
2 Mar 2021   /

Southern Pastures enters $50m sustainability loan

Southern Pastures has entered into a three-year $50m sustainability-linked farm loan with BNZ and its syndicate.


Lawson’s Dry Hill goes carbon zero
1 Mar 2021   /

Lawson’s Dry Hill goes carbon zero

Marlborough wine producer Lawson’s Dry Hill has achieved carbon zero status.


NZ gets behind ban for single-use products
19 Feb 2021  

NZ gets behind ban for single-use products

Organisations from around New Zealand are joining calls for a ban on single-use products, as the United Nations Environment Assembly gets set to discuss sustainability.


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.


NZFGC opposes mandatory phase out of plastic packaging
14 Dec 2020  

NZFGC opposes mandatory phase out of plastic packaging

The council urges the Govt to ensure other options are also available.


Watch: Zespri sustainability showcased
14 Dec 2020  

Watch: Zespri sustainability showcased

Zespri has outlined its sustainability strategy to the Sustainable Business Council.


Zespri goes in-house with sustainability boss shuffle
11 Dec 2020  

Zespri goes in-house with sustainability boss shuffle

Carol Ward has been appointed chief grower, industry and sustainability officer.


NZFGC says no to compostable plastic packaging
11 Dec 2020  

NZFGC says no to compostable plastic packaging

The association says there is “no real solution” for products to be dealt with in homes.


Consultation opens for April 2021 fishery changes
10 Dec 2020  

Consultation opens for April 2021 fishery changes

Fisheries New Zealand has opened consultation for its latest sustainability round.


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

F&B firms lead global plastic polluter rankings

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


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.


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.


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.


Best Foods Leftover Lunch Truck hits the road
26 Nov 2020  

Best Foods Leftover Lunch Truck hits the road

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


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.


Countdown promises zero food waste, reduced emissions
23 Nov 2020  

Countdown promises zero food waste, reduced emissions

The NZ-owned company has set itself some lofty sustainability and diversity goals.


Canterbury gets new food sustainability school
20 Nov 2020  

Canterbury gets new food sustainability school

Canterbury has a new postgraduate school that will focus entirely on food sustainability.


Snacking company dumps plastic for paper
20 Nov 2020  

Snacking company dumps plastic for paper

GoodnessMe is replacing some of its plastic packaging with paper.


Again Again eyes expansion with $750k raise
5 Nov 2020  

Again Again eyes expansion with $750k raise

A reusable cup company has launched its $750,000 crowdfunded equity raise to back an expansion of its cup service, and expand its product range to replace other single-use plastics.


Calls for Govt to address fisheries issues
4 Nov 2020  

Calls for Govt to address fisheries issues

A new policy looks at the issues, including dumping and environmental damage caused by bottom trawling.


Air NZ donates over 920k food items to charity
3 Nov 2020   /

Air NZ donates over 920k food items to charity

Air New Zealand’s reduced flight schedule meant there was surplus food goods.


Programme launches for virtual zero-waste event
20 Oct 2020  

Programme launches for virtual zero-waste event

The five-day event is being held next month.


UN calls on APAC to build resilient food systems
20 Oct 2020  

UN calls on APAC to build resilient food systems

The region must transform its food systems to make them more resilient, according to the Food and Agriculture Organization.


Charity urges Kiwis to waste less food
16 Oct 2020  

Charity urges Kiwis to waste less food

KiwiHarvest is calling on New Zealanders to waste less and donate food to local organisations


Election 2020: Labour’s plans for food and beverage
14 Oct 2020  

Election 2020: Labour’s plans for food and beverage

The party pledges support for the food sector including help to modernise the fishing industry.


Zespri realigns business, focuses on sustainability
2 Oct 2020  

Zespri realigns business, focuses on sustainability

Zespri says it is placing further focus on the “critical” role of innovation and realigning its business towards growth.