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Tuesday 28 June 2022

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Supreme vegan sausage winner crowned 20th June 2022 /

Supreme vegan sausage winner crowned

Sustainable Foods’ plant-based brand Plan*t has taken out the supreme award at this year’s Vegan Sausage Awards for its sage and onion sausage.


Mike McRoberts to judge vegan sausage awards 16th June 2022 /

Mike McRoberts to judge vegan sausage awards

The fourth annual New Zealand Vegan Sausage Awards take place tomorrow Friday 17 June with vegan news anchor, Mike McRoberts, lined up as the celebrity judge. 


Otis adds sales agency to support scale-up 30th May 2022 /

Otis adds sales agency to support scale-up

Otis Oat Milk has appointed a New Zealand sales and merchandising agency as part of plans to rapidly scale-up its presence in the fast-growing category. The plant-based milk company, founded MORE »


Entries open for 2022 vegan sausage awards 26th May 2022 /

Entries open for 2022 vegan sausage awards

Entries are now open for the 2022 Vegan Sausage Awards, which take place on 17th June, at the plant-based restaurant The Butcher’s Son. 


Australasia’s first alternative proteins conference kicks-off 17th May 2022 /

Australasia’s first alternative proteins conference kicks-off

Australia and New Zealand’s first alternative proteins conference, AltProteins, takes place in Melbourne today.


Boring Oat Milk gears up for export 3rd May 2022 /

Boring Oat Milk gears up for export

Boring Oat Milk’s Morgan Maw is casting her eye around international markets to assess the next move for what is New Zealand’s first fully domestically manufactured oat milk.


Who won at the inaugural vegan chocolate awards? 3rd May 2022 /

Who won at the inaugural vegan chocolate awards?

Chocolate makers from all over the world entered the Vegan Society Aotearoa’s first Vegan Chocolate Awards with the hope of becoming a winner in one of seven categories.


Berkano Foods in plant-based price parity push 28th April 2022 /

Berkano Foods in plant-based price parity push

“We’re not going to disrupt the market or build market share by offering a ‘me-too’ product at the same price,” says Berkano co-founder Nicholas Harlow.


Alt-meat “won’t save the planet” – report 12th April 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.


Perspectives: Food for thought in IPCC report 5th April 2022 /

Perspectives: Food for thought in IPCC report

One of the biggest individual contributions people can make is eating a diet rich in plant-based food, with moderate intake of meat and dairy.


Inaugural Vegan Chocolate Awards open for entries 1st April 2022 /

Inaugural Vegan Chocolate Awards open for entries

Registration has opened for the Vegan Society Aotearoa’s inaugural Chocolate Awards.


Wednesday Letter: Investors are swinging in behind NZ’s plant-based innovators 30th March 2022 /

Wednesday Letter: Investors are swinging in behind NZ’s plant-based innovators

Investments in ventures like Raglan Food Co and Sustainable Foods are a vote of confidence in New Zealand’s burgeoning plant-based sector.


Dairy-free dairy: NZ foodtech startup Miruku bags US$2.4m 24th March 2022 /

Dairy-free dairy: NZ foodtech startup Miruku bags US$2.4m

The venture uses molecular farming technology to cut the cows out of protein production.


Watch: Is plant-based cooling off? 22nd February 2022

Watch: Is plant-based cooling off?

Is plant-based meat cooling off? The Financial Times takes a look.


Anchor goes plant-based in the South Island 18th February 2022 /

Anchor goes plant-based in the South Island

Fonterra-owned Anchor has launched its plant-based milk bottles in supermarkets in the South Island.


ComCom outlines issues in Chalmers Organics takeover 9th February 2022 /

ComCom outlines issues in Chalmers Organics takeover

The Commerce Commission is considering an application by Life Health Foods NZ to purchase 100% of meat alternative manufacturer Chalmers Organics.


Plant-based learnings for Vince 7th December 2021 /

Plant-based learnings for Vince

The Northland business is on track to complete a pre-seed fundraising round that will help it ramp up production and increase direct sales.


Ikea is coming and so is its restaurant – what can NZ food suppliers expect? 3rd December 2021 /

Ikea is coming and so is its restaurant – what can NZ food suppliers expect?

The global retail giant moved to a more locally-sourced and plant-based menu across the ditch.


All Good backs $50m Southland oat factory 29th November 2021 /

All Good backs $50m Southland oat factory

The purpose-led company commits to being a customer of New Zealand’s first purpose-built oat milk processing factory.


Impossible Foods’ Nick Halla on what’s possible in New Zealand 24th November 2021 /

Impossible Foods’ Nick Halla on what’s possible in New Zealand

The plant-based giant arrives in NZ and tells the Ticker how it plans to make an impact on the market.


NZ-founded New Culture gets Kraft Heinz backing in US$25m raise 24th November 2021 /

NZ-founded New Culture gets Kraft Heinz backing in US$25m raise

The funds will be ploughed into scale-up for a US foodservice launch of animal-free mozzarella next year.


Alt-dairy startup Daisy Lab plants seed for funding 17th November 2021 /

Alt-dairy startup Daisy Lab plants seed for funding

Irina Miller’s foodtech startup is seeking to develop alternative dairy proteins for a new generation of vegan foods.


New owner “wakes up” Be Nourished for plant-based push 12th November 2021 /

New owner “wakes up” Be Nourished for plant-based push

The fermented foods firm is looking to strengthen its domestic position with a drive into a nascent plant-based healthy food chiller category.


Food foray for Milk 2.0 protects against “commoditisation” of plant-based milks 3rd November 2021 /

Food foray for Milk 2.0 protects against “commoditisation” of plant-based milks

Milk 2.0 has overhauled Natural Abundance’s portfolio and built up distribution after buying the snack company.


‘New Zealand has to get in the race’ – NZFF’s Justin Riley 12th October 2021 /

‘New Zealand has to get in the race’ – NZFF’s Justin Riley

Investor and customer interest is being lined up for the $50m Southland oat milk factory, keeping it on track for a 2022 opening.


Nestlé’s KitKat V arrives in NZ 11th October 2021 /

Nestlé’s KitKat V arrives in NZ

KitKat V will be on New Zealand shop shelves from October 11 for a limited time.


New NZ home for Vitasoy Australia 7th October 2021 /

New NZ home for Vitasoy Australia

Pavé clinches the contract to manage New Zealand sales for the plant-milk giant in the fast-growing category.


Raglan Food launches into Pacific 15th September 2021

Raglan Food launches into Pacific

Raglan Food Co has launched into the Pacific Islands and is eyeing entry into the Middle East with grocery heavyweight Spinneys following expansion in Asia.


Otis puts money where its mouth is with 1% fund launch 6th September 2021 /

Otis puts money where its mouth is with 1% fund launch

The plant-based milk business will ring-fence 1% of sales revenue to invest into making oats a “viable and exciting” alternative for farmers to grow.


Sustainable Foods establishes Kāpiti Food Hub 3rd September 2021 /

Sustainable Foods establishes Kāpiti Food Hub

The Wellington food firm establishes the hub to foster NZ’s plant-based sector after taking over a former Fonterra factory.


Grater Goods secures first fundraise, preps for plant-based push 1st September 2021

Grater Goods secures first fundraise, preps for plant-based push

Icehouse Ventures, Hillfarrance Scout Fund and ArcAngels back Christchurch plant-based startup.


Fable Food plots NZ future following $6.8m fundraise 30th August 2021 /

Fable Food plots NZ future following $6.8m fundraise

Australian alt-meat success story Fable Food is partnering with local specialist Sustainable Foods to enter NZ.


New plant milk export squashes produce waste 17th August 2021 /

New plant milk export squashes produce waste

A New Zealand chef who pioneered the development of avocado milk has teamed up with a buttercup squash grower to develop a new plant-milk destined for export markets in Asia.


Raglan Food Co makes Forbes Asia 100 to Watch 13th August 2021

Raglan Food Co makes Forbes Asia 100 to Watch

The Raglan Food Co is one of three New Zealand companies who made the inaugural Forbes Asia 100 to Watch.


Sunny South joins NZ oat milk line up 26th July 2021 /

Sunny South joins NZ oat milk line up

New Zealand’s newest oat milk venture heads offshore to meet local demand as it waits for the proposed $50m Southland production facility.


New grain legume varieties a step closer to commercial use 23rd July 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.


Vegan cheese award winners crowned 21st July 2021

Vegan cheese award winners crowned

The supreme winner of the Vegan Society Aotearoa New Zealand inaugural Vegan Cheese Awards was Dunedin deli Let Them Eat Vegan’s Cheddar Spread.


Brent King to chair Greenfern Industries 20th July 2021 /

Brent King to chair Greenfern Industries

New Zealand medicinal cannabis and industrial hemp start-up Greenfern Industries has appointed Brent King as its independent non-executive chair.


Entries roll in for inaugural vegan cheese awards 19th July 2021 /

Entries roll in for inaugural vegan cheese awards

The Vegan Society’s inaugural vegan cheeses awards attracted more than 30 entries from New Zealand plant-based cheese makers.


Watch: Could dairy factories pivot to plant proteins? 14th July 2021 /

Watch: Could dairy factories pivot to plant proteins?

A video presentation from AgResearch senior scientist Dr Simon Loveday on whether New Zealand’s dairy companies could instead start processing plant proteins.


Raglan Food Co aims for change one plant-based product at a time 1st July 2021 /

Raglan Food Co aims for change one plant-based product at a time

The seven-year old company formerly known as Raglan Coconut Yoghurt is on a mission to change the world one plant-based product at a time.


Vince preps for investment as scale-up plans take shape 24th June 2021 /

Vince preps for investment as scale-up plans take shape

The plant-based startup is seeking investment as it targets annual sales of $1.2m after fielding enquiries from overseas.


Meatless Farm launches crowdfunding campaign 17th June 2021

Meatless Farm launches crowdfunding campaign

UK plant-based meat maker Meatless Farm has launched a £5m ($9.9m) crowdfunding campaign with retail investors able to buy in for just £10.


UK’s Meatless Farm marches on NZ market 11th June 2021 /

UK’s Meatless Farm marches on NZ market

The plant-based brand has snapped up shelf space and is preparing to expand further with new products and partnerships.


Pandemic drives plant-based food demand – report 31st 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.


NZ hemp meat trailblazer targets $20m export-led expansion 27th May 2021 /

NZ hemp meat trailblazer targets $20m export-led expansion

Sustainable Foods is planning to have Plan*t products in Australia and Asia by the end of the year.


Achtung! Fully plant-based Burger King to open 26th May 2021

Achtung! Fully plant-based Burger King to open

After dipping its toe into the meatless market, Burger King is going full veg with the opening – albeit temporarily – of an all-plant-based restaurant in Germany.


E Tipu 2021: “We don’t need to all turn vegan to make a difference” – Miranda Burdon 13th May 2021 /

E Tipu 2021: “We don’t need to all turn vegan to make a difference” – Miranda Burdon

But we do need to think about food quite differently, says Food Nation’s co-founder.


Food innovation funding ready to roll – MPI 11th May 2021 /

Food innovation funding ready to roll – MPI

MPI is seeking more applicants from the food sector for SFF Futures funding.


Better late than never – Nestlé joins US$17bn plant-based dairy party 10th May 2021

Better late than never – Nestlé joins US$17bn plant-based dairy party

Nestlé’s Launch of Wunda pea milk in Europe follows Coca-Cola expanding into oat milk in the US.


$147k investment drives Food Nation innovation 10th May 2021

$147k investment drives Food Nation innovation

A diverse range of new processed vegetable products are now available to Kiwi consumers thanks to a $147,000 investment from the Ministry for Primary Industries.


Ex-Barkers boss to lead $50m Southland oat milk venture 7th May 2021

Ex-Barkers boss to lead $50m Southland oat milk venture

Southlander Justin Riley returns home to bring forward Great South’s oat initiative.


AgriFood Week: Plant milk and the law of unintended consequences 4th 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.


Investors line up for NZ’s first carbon-neutral oat milk factory 30th April 2021 /

Investors line up for NZ’s first carbon-neutral oat milk factory

An investment bank has been appointed to marshal growing investor interest in the $50m Southland venture.


Perspectives: Unapologetically processed 27th April 2021

Perspectives: Unapologetically processed

Impossible Foods’ vice president of nutrition and health, Dr Sue Klapholz, argues that in terms of nutrition, the Impossible Burger compares very favourably to beef from a cow. And when it comes to the health and sustainability of our planet and public health “there’s no contest”.


Plant-based ice cream start-up makes accelerator finals 13th April 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.


US a hot-house for plant-based food growth 9th April 2021 / /

US a hot-house for plant-based food growth

For the third consecutive year, the growth in sales of plant-based meat, dairy and eggs in the US outpaced conventional animal product sales.


Alternative proteins: Niche product to mainstream phenomenon 6th April 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.


Nestlé debuts plant-based products in China 11th December 2020 /

Nestlé debuts plant-based products in China

The move into Asia builds on market presence in Australia, Europe and the US.


Plant-based protein opportunities for NZ – report 11th November 2020

Plant-based protein opportunities for NZ – report

Increased popularity in plant-based meat substitutes could create opportunities for producers in NZ.


Petition urges support for plant-based agri 10th November 2020

Petition urges support for plant-based agri

With the likes of Sir David Attenborough advocating for it, plant-based eating is becoming less of a trend, and more of a to-do.


‘Realistic’ meat-free bacon launched in NZ 28th October 2020

‘Realistic’ meat-free bacon launched in NZ

Plant-based food producer, NEXT! Is behind the release of the bacon-like product.


Life Health Foods collabs with celeb restaurateur 16th October 2020

Life Health Foods collabs with celeb restaurateur

The plant-based brand collective is collaborating with restaurateur Ganesh Raj.