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Thursday 21 October 2021

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Patchy recovery in China daigou demand – report 8th October 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?


NZ rock oyster industry revival being scoped 30th September 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 30th September 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 29th September 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 24th September 2021 /

Fast food marketing during pandemic attracts criticism

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


Plant & Food secures $20m from Endeavour Fund 10th September 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.


Govt pours millions into food projects aiming to transform industry 8th September 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.


Perspectives: Here’s what to do about food waste 23rd August 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.


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

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

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


Plant & Food’s David Hughes on the institute’s post-Covid commercial push 4th August 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.


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.


Fonterra, Synlait, Tip Top among food firms backing safety research 25th June 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.


HVN invests in NZ macadamia nuts project 18th June 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 17th June 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.


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

Fatigue, FOMO wrack food and fibre – KPMG

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


Ethical F&B products attract best premiums in overseas markets – NZTE 4th June 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.


Food manufacturing energy use in the spotlight 12th 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.


‘Carrot and stick’ required for global food system overhaul 19th April 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.


Myrtle rust infection discovered on mānuka seeds 8th April 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 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.


Kiwis cooking unhealthily due to time constraints – study 15th March 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.


Brands engaged in ‘Covid-washing’ to push unhealthy food – study 10th March 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 5th March 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.