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Thursday 17 June 2021

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Robotics unlock packhouse efficiencies at Rockit
15 Jun 2021   /

Robotics unlock packhouse efficiencies at Rockit

International food processing technology company, MHM Automation, has designed what it describes as world-leading robotic technology for apple company Rockit Global.


Pita Pit signs deal with Plexure
3 Jun 2021  

Pita Pit signs deal with Plexure

High Street quick service restaurant chain Pita Pit has signed a deal with global mobile engagement solutions provider Plexure.


New public-private effort on digital uptake for SMEs
26 May 2021  

New public-private effort on digital uptake for SMEs

A new public-private partnership has been launched to improve access to digital technology and training for small businesses, to take advantage of new opportunities through e-commerce.


Supie’s subs offer sells out, capital raise on cards
25 May 2021   /

Supie’s subs offer sells out, capital raise on cards

The new online grocery service will be looking for investment within a year, says founder Sarah Balle.


Fresh produce Tech Innovation Awards finalists named
21 May 2021   /

Fresh produce Tech Innovation Awards finalists named

Five finalist have been selected in the Australia and NZ Produce Marketing Association’s second annual Tech Innovation Awards.


Te Hono Māori Future & Tech Summit kicks on
21 May 2021   /

Te Hono Māori Future & Tech Summit kicks on

The event brings together more than 170 participants from high value food, fibre and technology industries across NZ.


Q&A: Dean Tilyard on Finistere’s new $40m  Aotearoa Fund
10 May 2021  

Q&A: Dean Tilyard on Finistere’s new $40m Aotearoa Fund

The Ticker sits down with Finistere’s investment manager to find out what NZ opportunities he will be looking for.


Online farmers’ market Maker2U eyes UK launch
7 May 2021   /

Online farmers’ market Maker2U eyes UK launch

Maker2U will launch its online farmers’ market sister-website in the UK later this year.


AgriFood Week: Brands set for ‘front of the (smart) fridge’ battle
5 May 2021   /

AgriFood Week: Brands set for ‘front of the (smart) fridge’ battle

Forget supermarket shelves, futurist Melissa Clark-Reynolds says the front of the kitchen fridge will be the battleground for brands.


Food & Fibre supernode finalists named
5 May 2021  

Food & Fibre supernode finalists named

Ten ‘big ideas’ including sheep facial recognition software Genesmith have been named as finalists in the Food, Fibre and Agritech Supernode Challenge.


NZ AgriFood Week kicks off for 2021
3 May 2021  

NZ AgriFood Week kicks off for 2021

Delegates from around the country are converging on the Manawatu for the 2021 New Zealand Agrifood Week.


Foodtech venture investment jumps to $24bn in 2020 – report
30 Apr 2021   /

Foodtech venture investment jumps to $24bn in 2020 – report

Around 8,000 unique investors took part in more than 9,000 transactions in 2020.


New partnership empowers primary sector progress
23 Apr 2021   /

New partnership empowers primary sector progress

The Agri Women’s Development Trust has teamed up with tech firm MEA to promote progress in New Zealand’s primary sector.


California’s Finistere targets NZ food tech startups with $40m fund
16 Apr 2021  

California’s Finistere targets NZ food tech startups with $40m fund

The vehicle has attracted a $14m commitment from New Zealand Growth Capital Partners.


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.


F&B applications open for Rabobank’s FoodBytes!
15 Apr 2021  

F&B applications open for Rabobank’s FoodBytes!

NZ food and beverage start-ups are invited to apply for Rabobank’s 2021 Pitch programme for FoodBytes!


Plant-based ice cream start-up makes accelerator finals
13 Apr 2021   /

Plant-based ice cream start-up makes accelerator finals

A new plant-based ice cream is one of five business start-ups moving through to the final stage of Venture Taranaki’s business accelerator, the PowerUp Ideas Competition.


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.


T&G turns to VR to help recruit locals into jobs
31 Mar 2021   /

T&G turns to VR to help recruit locals into jobs

The producer is utilising the technology to train Hawke’s Bay locals to fill roles across its orchards, packhouses and cool stores.


Countdown introduces order retrieval units to Christchurch
30 Mar 2021  

Countdown introduces order retrieval units to Christchurch

The supermarket has introduced Order Storage Retrieval units to its Moorhouse store at Christchurch.


T&G boosts automated platform picking
16 Mar 2021  

T&G boosts automated platform picking

T&G Global is using eight new automated picking platforms this apple season to help improve productivity and safety.


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.


Jobs safe despite $16m automation investment – Alliance
9 Mar 2021  

Jobs safe despite $16m automation investment – Alliance

Southland’s largest employer is automating its warehouse and using laser guided storage and retrieval systems.


Crop registration app launched for tomato growers
5 Mar 2021   /

Crop registration app launched for tomato growers

A new purpose-built mobile Crop Registration app for tomato growers has been launched by ag-tech firm Waybeyond.


Sprout to grow under new CEO
7 Dec 2020   /

Sprout to grow under new CEO

Gil Meron, founder of Yarden Group in Israel, is taking up the role.


Canterbury comp aims for food, fibre, agri innovation
1 Dec 2020  

Canterbury comp aims for food, fibre, agri innovation

It’s one of the region’s biggest sectors, contributing 20% of GDP.


Food safety chatbot goes live
1 Dec 2020  

Food safety chatbot goes live

iMonitor says Covid-19 shined a spotlight on the importance of food safety.


Christchurch leads Pak’nSave tech wave
30 Nov 2020  

Christchurch leads Pak’nSave tech wave

Shop’nGo technology has been installed at all six of its sites in the city.


NZ wines to shine in new subscription service
27 Nov 2020  

NZ wines to shine in new subscription service

Wine Monster was founded by the team behind craft beer subscription service Beer Hug.


Countdown’s Copland scoops CIO of the Year award
26 Nov 2020  

Countdown’s Copland scoops CIO of the Year award

Countdown’s general manager of digital was named in an event at the Civic Theatre in Auckland.


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.


Eat The Kiwi scoops Hong Kong online grocery award
16 Nov 2020  

Eat The Kiwi scoops Hong Kong online grocery award

It was recognised in the 2020 Hong Kong Dining Awards.


Food tech app recognised for Covid efforts
5 Nov 2020  

Food tech app recognised for Covid efforts

Safe Food Pro has been awarded for its contribution to New Zealand’s food industry during the pandemic.


F&B digital directory wins Felix award
4 Nov 2020  

F&B digital directory wins Felix award

A digital food and beverage directory has won an award for the way it assisted the hospitality sector during the Covid-19 lockdown.


Winely raises $2m in seed round
30 Oct 2020  

Winely raises $2m in seed round

The Dunedin-based star helps winemakers automate the fermentation analysis process.


Help for dairy farmers switching to sheep, goat
23 Oct 2020  

Help for dairy farmers switching to sheep, goat

Waikato Milking Systems is helping farmers across New Zealand make the switch to sheep and goat milk.


New World shoppers to trial tech trolleys
21 Oct 2020  

New World shoppers to trial tech trolleys

New World Papakura is trialling Zoom Trolleys in-store, enabling customers to walk around the store hands-free.