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$1.6bn oppportunity in food production waste 13th May 2022 /

$1.6bn oppportunity in food production waste

Micro-organisms in bacteria and fungi could help transform food waste into high-value products that would boost the economy by $1.6bn a year and reduce greenhouse gas emissions.


HVN backs NZ cherry research 6th May 2022 /

HVN backs NZ cherry research

An eight-month project to explore the bioactive properties of Aotearoa cherries to better understand their potential health benefits has attracted research funding and is now underway.


Land use concerns raised in new environment report 14th April 2022 /

Land use concerns raised in new environment report

Pressures of land use change and intensification, pollution, and climate change are having a detrimental impact on the environment, according to the government’s Environment Aotearoa 2022 report released today.


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.


Broccoli benefits boosted 7th April 2022 /

Broccoli benefits boosted

A chemical compound found in abundance in vegetables like broccoli, cabbage, and kale might slow the growth of coronaviruses such as those that cause Covid-19, according to a new study.


HVN pledges $980k for new honey research 1st April 2022 /

HVN pledges $980k for new honey research

The High-Value Nutrition National Science Challenge is contributing $980,000 into a Plant & Food Research led programme looking at native honey and what appeals to consumers.


R&D key to continued growth in NZ’s $2bn alcohol exports – report 22nd March 2022 /

R&D key to continued growth in NZ’s $2bn alcohol exports – report

R&D is the foundation that will drive NZ’s alcohol beverages sectors forward, delivering a unique offering on the world stage.


Animal agriculture ‘essential’ to global food system – research 8th March 2022

Animal agriculture ‘essential’ to global food system – research

Animal foods can form part of a healthy, sustainable and ethical lifestyle, despite increasing claims to the contrary, says Lincoln University Professor of Livestock, Pablo Gregorini.


Centre of Excellence and Extension for $1bn potato industry 1st March 2022 /

Centre of Excellence and Extension for $1bn potato industry

A new Centre of Excellence and Extension is being created in Canterbury for research into potatoes, following a memorandum of understanding between Potatoes New Zealand and Lincoln University.


NIWA trials autonomous fish-counting vessel 22nd February 2022 /

NIWA trials autonomous fish-counting vessel

NIWA scientists have completed a first successful deep water test run in the Cook Strait of a six-metre-long autonomous vessel to help them count fish.


Babies sought for prebiotic kūmara powder trial 17th February 2022 /

Babies sought for prebiotic kūmara powder trial

Researchers are investigating the potential health benefits of powdered kūmara with naturally enhanced prebiotic properties, which could lead to it being developed into a baby food ingredient.


Global food firms among climate change progress  ‘exaggerators’ – study 8th February 2022 /

Global food firms among climate change progress ‘exaggerators’ – study

F&B giants are given a “very low” integrity rating when it comes to reporting and delivering on climate targets.


No evidence of Covid transmission via food, packaging – report 9th November 2021 /

No evidence of Covid transmission via food, packaging – report

There is no evidence of Covid-19 transmission via food or food packaging, says a new report.


How the world views NZ F&B and what exporters can do about it 5th November 2021 /

How the world views NZ F&B and what exporters can do about it

Rising costs, supply chain concerns, food miles and a desire to support local are headwinds highlighted in a new report.


Booch boom expected after supply chain disruptions – MPI 1st November 2021 /

Booch boom expected after supply chain disruptions – MPI

Kombucha has been flagged as a strong global growth category for the New Zealand beverage sector.


Reducing tourist numbers could hurt food exports – report 27th October 2021 /

Reducing tourist numbers could hurt food exports – report

Any government move to reduce international visitor numbers post-Covid to concentrate on higher spending arrivals could affect Kiwi food exports, says a new study.


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.