‘Crisis’ for New Zealand's commercial nurseries

‘Crisis’ for New Zealand’s commercial nurseries

[11 February/Stuff] New Zealand plant producers are concerned that there business is being damaged by taxpayer funded prison and community nurseries that are able to undercut commercial operators. Many nurseries have gone bust while those that remain are competing for tenders in an environment where undercutting is common and delivering...
New Zealand apple industry under threat from climate change

New Zealand apple industry under threat from climate change

[7 February/Stuff] Climate change will threaten New Zealand’s ability to grow apples which has prompted scientists to start developing new hot climate varieties. The qualities that make New Zealand apples like Jazz and Envy successful on the world stage are a result of the country’s temperate climate, and require cold...
Fishing industry letter to Stuart Nash opposes cameras on boats

Fishing industry letter to Stuart Nash opposes cameras on boats

[7 February/Radio NZ] A letter from some organisations in the fishing industry to Fisheries Minister Stuart Nash has raised concerns about the level lobbying the industry is engaging in over putting catch recording cameras on boats.  Forest and Bird says that while some in the sector have been publicly happy...
M. bovis costs to add 3.9c/kgMS to levy

M. bovis costs to add 3.9c/kgMS to levy

[12 February/Dairy News] The cost of the response to Mycoplasma Bovis to dairy farmers have been revealted, with DairyNZ announcing it is asking farmers to approve a levy of up to 3.9 cents/kg milksolids over the next two seasons to pay their share of the eradication effort. With DairyNZ’s regular...
Dairy product prices rally, led by milk powder

Dairy product prices rally, led by milk powder

[7 February/NZ Herald] The most recent Global Dairy Trade auction resulted in prices moving higher for the fifth consecutive auction. NZX dairy analyst Robert Gibson said firm demand from Asian countries is likely to have helped to support prices. The key whole milk powder price increased 8.4 percent to USD3,027. ...
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Food industry warns Gove on Brexit ‘crisis’

[11 February/BBC] The UK food industry has threatened to stop co-operating with government policy consultations, saying it is busy trying to stave off the “catastrophic impact” of a no-deal Brexit. The warning came in a letter to Environment Secretary Michael Gove from more than 30 business leaders. The government said leaving the EU with a...

European food makers call for ‘special consideration’ in event of no-deal Brexit

[07 Feb/Dairy Reporter] Representatives of the European food industry met with Michael Barnier, European Union’s chief negotiator in order to press for ‘’special consideration’’ for the industry in the event of a no-deal Brexit. Representatives included those from Copa and Cogeca, CELCAA and FoodDrinkEurope (FDE) and a follow up letter was also signed. The Brexit...

Crowdfunding for sustainable agri-food: Carrefour joins Danone backing MiiMOSA Transition

[07 Feb/Dairy Reporter] French retailer Carrefour has announced plans to back the launch of crowdfunding platform MiiMOSA. MiiMOSA aims to provide financial support for the transition to more sustainable agricultural systems such as agroecology and organic farming methods. MiiMOSA helps with the transition between systems and the support of companies such as Danone and Carrefour...

Campbell Soup drops Habit, selling its nutrition company to Viome

[07 Feb/FoodDive] Campbell Soups’ personalised nutrition company Habit, has been sold to Viome, a healthcare company that uses artificial intelligence. The financial terms of the deal have not been disclosed. Habit was formed in 2015 and up until this point Campbell Soup has been the sole investor and majority shareholder. CEO and founder of Viome,...

‘Burger’? Impossible: Ranchers lobby lawmakers to agree only animal products can be called ‘meat’: NY Times

[10 Feb/ CNBC] As plant based alternatives to meat gain momentum in their share of the market, ranchers, farmers and industry groups in the U.S. are trying to limit the use and definition of the word ‘’meat’’. Lab-grown and plant based alternatives produced by companies such as Impossible Foods and Beyond Meat have started to...

Government behind farmers’ slipping confidence — Guy

[12 February/Dairy News] The January Mid-Season Farm Confidence Survey from Federated Farmers suggest farmer confidence is at its lowest since 2009 during the Global Financial Crisis. National Agriculture spokesperson, Nathan Guy, noted that there are many international issues like Brexit and trade wars causing concern, most of the pessimism results from Government policies. He noted...

Nelson bush fire: It started here, but farmer’s spokesman says it’s too soon to say how

[7 February/Stuff] It is believed that a farmer ploughing a paddock in Pigeon Valley, about 30 kilometres from Nelson, could have sparked the Tasman wildfire. Fire authorities confirmed the fire started near Tasman Pine Forests land and Fire and Emergency New Zealand Regional Manager Rural, John Sutton, said it was highly likely that a tractor...

NZ deer milk to make it to shelves in skincare products

[12 February/Radio NZ] New Zealand brand Kōtia is set to launch a range of skincare products it has developed with deer milk this month, something it claims to be a world first. The brand’s founder, Queenstown-based Graeme Shaw, said he had spent the last six years focusing on R&D of deer milk harvest and new...

Warning for forestry exporters following ‘fantastic’ record year

[11 February/NZ Herald] The ASB Bank is issuing a warning to forestry exporters about to take notice of the global demand for logs beginning to trend downwards despite many experiencing record returns in 2018. An increased market share for New Zealand’s exporters, against declining market share for both Canada and the United States, has bolstered...

Milk miracle: New Zealand AgResearch scientists eye new baby booster

[10 February/NZ Herald] Dr Mark McCann of AgResearch refers to milk as a miracle food as he reflects on the amount of growing a human baby does in the first 1000 days of life is astounding. Mr McCann, a Senior Research Scientist, said one important part of this period was how different organs and systems...

M.bovis alert continues in Tasman as fire fight drags on

[11 February/NZ Herald] Biosecurity officials have offered assurances that they are monitoring cattle under quarantine for risk of spreading Mycoplasma bovis despite taking all steps possible to protect animals and assure their welfare as the Tasman District fires ravage the region. The Ministry for Primary Industries (MPI) said three properties involved in the eradication effort...

Crossbred wool growers need to ‘target the top’

[7 February/The Country] Colin McKenzie, CEO of Carrfields Primary Wool Group (CP Wool), says New Zealand crossbred wool is of such quality it could find a place in high-end, value-added market niches. Mr Mckenzie said that the markets for these niche products are small and we’re never going to see the whole crop used in...

Fishing industry under fire for killing endangered albatrosses

[12 February/Stuff] Conservation Minister, Eugenie Sage, believes that the fishing industry is not doing enough to stop killing endangered seabirds. Ms Sage was responding to a report that a longline fishing boat killed five critically threatened Antipodean albatross and she urged the industry to show leadership over bycatch issues. Ms Sage said the deaths had...

Challenge ahead for smaller wineries

[11 February/The Country] Rabobank’s latest Global Wine Quarterly Report has raised a warning for New Zealand’s smaller, domestic market wineries which may be finding it more difficult gaining access to distribution channels. Rabobank’s Senior Wine and Horticulture Analyst, Hayden Higgins, said the large 2018 global harvest was starting to create a fundamental shift in the...

Fonterra negotiates termination deal for Darnum JV with Beingmate

[12 February/NZ Herald] Fonterra has announced that it has taken back full ownership of the Darnum manufacturing plant in Australia, unwinding its processing joint venture with Chinese partner, Beingmate. The exact terms of the separation agreement remain confidential. A Fonterra spokeswoman said the deal had been structured to ensure no cash was paid by the...

Blockchain trialed for sea cucumber traceability in Japan

[28 January/SeafoodSource] The distributed ledge technology, Blockchain (originally created in the development of cryptocurrency) is being used by a Japanese government backed organisation to develop food traceability projects, including a tracking tool for sea cucumber. Japan has been a leader in the adoption of cryptocurrency trading and their government continues to encourage the growth by...

Lactalis buys Indian and Egyptian companies

[23 January/Dairy Reporter] Indian company Prabhat Dairy has agreed the sale of its dairy business to a subsidiary of Groupe Lactalis for INR 1,700 crore. Another Lactalis subsidiary, HALAWA JV Group, has acquired 100% of the shares of Greenland Group for Food Industries in Egypt, which was previously owned by Americana Group. Greenland owns eight...

Royal A-Ware and Glanbia Ireland to build EUR140m continental cheese facility in Ireland

[22 January/Dairy Reporter] Netherlands based cheese and dairy company, Royal A-Ware, is partnering with Glanbia Ireland, Ireland’s largest dairy processor, to build a new EUR140m continental cheese manufacturing facility in County Kilkenny, Ireland. Scheduled to be opened in 2022 the 450m litres of milk a year facility will produce continental cheeses in various formats and...

Fewer than half of consumers trust cannabis ingredients, survey finds

[24 January/FoodDive] A Culinary Visions study of 2,000 US consumers found that 45% would trust the safety of such commercially made cannabis products, 42% would rather buy from a smaller company, 29% would trust the quality when bought online, 48% of respondents were interested in trying cannabis infused baked foods and 47% would consume them...

Rabobank Lists Scenarios for U.K. Food Under No-Deal Brexit

[26 January/Bloomberg] Rabobank’s analysts have sought to predict what could happen to British and European agriculture under a no-deal Brexit. Amongst well known effects like faster UK food inflation due to a weaker pound, and spoiled produce due to border delays, the bank listed lesser publicised effects in their report including surplus grain supplies and...

FoodMaven Raises USD10m with Tao Capital and Walton Family for Food Waste Tech

[24 January/AgFunder] Food Maven, a Colorado based food waste recapturing start-up, has completed a USD10 million bridge financing round with Tao Capital Partners and members of the Walton Family. Earlier investors include former Whole Foods co-CEO Walter Robb, who joined FoodMaven the day after Amazon dismantled Whole Foods’ board. FoodMaven sells high-quality local, oversupplied and...

Obesity, under-nutrition and climate change fuel each other – report

[28 January/Radio NZ] A new international report is calling for global action over obesity, under-nutrition and climate change. The report which has been prepared by the Lancet Obesity Commission (a group established by the Lancet and co-chaired by Boyd Swinburn of Auckland University) says obesity, under-nutrition and climate change are usually viewed as separate but...

Dirty farm machinery causes spike in velvetleaf cases

[25 January/Stuff] Dirty farm machinery has been blamed for a significant jump in velvetleaf cases on Waikato farms in the past 12 months. The number of farms found to have the pest weed jumped from 36 at the start of the 2017-18 farming season to 53.  The growth in the Waikato reflects a national trend,...

Restrictions loom for river irrigators in Marlborough

[28 January/Stuff] Record-high temperatures could see water restrictions introduced in Marlborough in the near future. Data indicates that minimum flow rates for the Rai, Waihopai and Wairau Rivers’ are rapidly being approached and surface water “takes” were expected to be halted in early February. Marlborough District Council hydrologist Val Wadsworth said it was trying to...