Developing Auckland as a Silicon Valley for food

Developing Auckland as a Silicon Valley for food

[18 April/NBR] Auckland had the hallmarks of a business cluster for F&B manufacturing according to a government report. The report identified Auckland as having one-third of New Zealand’s food and beverage manufacturing firms, 23 percent of the country’s F&B manufacturing employees and half of the head offices of the largest...
Good step but ‘devil will be in the detail’

Good step but ‘devil will be in the detail’

[20 April/Otago Daily Times] An R&D tax incentive discussion document was released yesterday by Research, Science and Innovation Minister, Megan Woods. ManufacturingNZ Executive Director, Catherine Beard, said the tax incentive proposals were a positive step towards a higher innovation economy. She added the proposal could go a long way towards...
Irrigation body confident of big projects despite govt cuts

Irrigation body confident of big projects despite govt cuts

[17 April/Radio NZ] Irrigation New Zealand was confident that ending government subsidies would not spell the end of large-scale irrigation projects. They held their biennial conference last week which looked at the future of the sector. Irrigation New Zealand Chief Executive, Andrew Curtis, said the government funded entity had only...
Major report: What we’ve done to NZ’s landscape

Major report: What we’ve done to NZ’s landscape

[19 April/The Country] Almost 200 million tonnes of soil are lost in New Zealand each year, which could have consequences on our environment and economy according to a new report on New Zealand’s land from the Ministry for the Environment. The quality and quantity of our soil is crucial to...
Shareholders council puts spotlight on Fonterra’s value and capital spending

Shareholders council puts spotlight on Fonterra’s value and capital spending

[19 April/NZ Herald] The Fonterra Shareholders Council has commissioned a new study to see if Fonterra’s farmer-shareholders are better off as a result of the co-operative’s creation.  The council is comprised 25 farmer-elected representatives. Chairman, Duncan Coull, said the questions needed to be answered and farmers needed confidence that capital...
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San Francisco startup’s plant-based ‘salmon’ burger could make waves in the protein segment

[18 April/Food Dive] Terramino Foods has created a fake salmon burger out of fungi and algae, according to Fast Company. It looks, tastes and smells like salmon and is a complete protein source with omega-3 fatty acids. It however contains less fat. Terramino Foods co-founders, Kimberlie Le and Joshua Nixon, completed an accelerator program run...

Drug Made From Cannabis Plant Gets Backing From FDA Staff

[18 April/Bloomberg] A medication that could become the first derived from marijuana received backing from the staff of the Food and Drug Administration in the U.S. GW Pharmaceuticals Plc provided substantial evidence of the drug’s effectiveness, according to a report by FDA staff. The drug would treat seizures associated with epilepsy. The risk-benefit profile appeared...

HelloFresh Taps Spoiler Alert to Cut Food Waste by 65%

[17 April/AgFunder News] HelloFresh had reduced its landfill bound waste by 65 percent in less than a year. They contacted Spoiler Alert in 2017 and began a pilot with their New Jersey distribution centre in July. They had also reduced waste-hauling pickups by 44 percent and nearly doubled the percentage of unsold inventory donated to...

Hundreds of Hawke’s Bay farmers in line for Ravensdown rebate

[18 April/Hawkes Bay Today] Over 500 farmers around Hawke’s Bay were given an indication of how much they can expect to receiving from Ravensdown. They announced an early interim rebate of $17.50 cash per tonne of eligible fertiliser payable to farmer shareholders across the country. Ravensdown Chairman, John Henderson, said it demonstrated the co-operative’s strong...

Alliance Group promotes NZ meat as ‘premium fair’

[19 April/NZ Farmer] The meat processor, Alliance Group, was funding international chefs to go on farms to help promote New Zealand meat on the global stage. Chefs from the UK, Hong Kong and New Zealand toured South Island farms and visited premium restaurants recently. Alliance General Manager of Marketing, Peter Russell, said it was aiming...

Silver Fern Farm’s review will look at directors

[19 April/The Country] A review of Silver Fern Farms constitution will include looking at the tenure of directors on the board, the board size and the ratio of elected to independent directors. Silver Fern Farms Chairman, Rob Hewett, said the review was underway and that governance was the key focus. He added there was a...

Responsible irrigators should ‘tell the good news’

[19 April/The Country] Central Otago Mayor, Tim Cadogan, said that responsible irrigators needed to spread the word about good work being done in the primary sector. He added that primary and irrigation sectors were under pressure from the public to act responsibly, but did not court publicity and therefore the public did not know of...

We are growing houses instead of food – Feds

[19 April/Rural News] According a report by the Ministry for the Environment, we are losing our productive land to houses. This was the most significant point Federated Farmers took from the new report. There was a 10 percent increase in urban areas from 2002 to 2012, and a 7 percent reduction in land used for...

Climate change committee members announced

[17 April/Radio NZ] The government announced the expert committee for the Climate Change Commission. They will investigate how New Zealand will transition to a net zero emissions economy by 2025. They will also consider how agriculture can be brought into the Emissions Trading Scheme. The commission will be set up next year. Climate Change Minister,...

Minister in no rush to decide on palm oil labelling or ban PKE

[19 April/Stuff] Agriculture and Food Safety Minister, Damien O’Connor, suggested the farming industry might turn away from palm kernel expeller use without government intervention. He indicated he had not decided if mandatory palm oil labelling on food was warranted. Lewis Road Creamery Chief Executive, Peter Culliane, noted that he supported banning palm oil expeller from...

Milk prices lift in latest Global Dairy Trade auction

[18 April/NZ Farmer] Dairy prices rose 2.7 percent at the latest Global Dairy Trade auction. This was the first price increase since early February. All categories increased with the key whole milk powder price rising 0.9 percent. Skim milk powder increased 3.6 percent, butter was up 2.9 percent, anhydrous milk fat 5.3 percent, rennet casein...

Veolia promotes circular economy with launch of organic marketplace

[16 April/Food Navigator] Veolia hoped that the digital revolution would bring a potential 100 million tonnes of organic resources into the economy through the launch of BioTrading, its new organic trading platform. It said it aimed to make it easier for manufacturers to buy and sell products as well as convert waste streams into cash...

White Castle goes highbrow? Now famous slider can come with fake beef

[12 April/CNBC] Plant-based meat will be introduced into the White Castle slider. The burger uses a patty made by Impossible Foods who engineer plant-based ingredients that taste like beef. It will be named the Impossible Slider. White Castle CEO, Lisa Ingram, said plant based proteins were growing and that they felt it was a good...

Soylent meal-replacement drinks to be sold at Walmart

[11 April/Food Dive] Soylent meal replacement products will be sold at Walmart stores from this month. They will stock products in Cacao, Vanilla Latte and Coffiest varieties. Soylent is currently being sold in over 2,500 7-Eleven stores, was the number one grocery product on Amazon in January and continued to grow customer numbers on its...

DanoneWave rebrands to Danone North America and becomes largest company to receive B-Corp Certification

[12 April/Dairy Reporter] After a year as DanoneWave, the company has rebranded to Danone North America and become the largest Certified B Corporation in the world. The certification is managed by B Lab who promotes the development of innovative corporate structures. There are over 2,400 Certified B Corporations worldwide. Companies are required to complete a...

Cricket Muffins, Anyone? Canadian Food Giant Bets on Insects

[12 April/Bloomberg] Maple Leaf Foods Inc is investing in a company that saw crickets and whole-roasted insects as a more sustainable alternative to meat. Maple Leaf Foods have provided series A funding to Entomo Farms who will use the cash to expand production of cricket and mealworm ingredients. Alternative forms of protein comprised a fast-evolving...

Australian wine records tumble as exports to China crack lucrative $1 billion mark

 [16 April/ABC News] Statistics show the Australian wine industry’s exports are the highest they have been in a decade. This is due to China reinforcing itself as a boom market for the Australian product with a 51 percent yearly growth in exports to the country. According to data from Wine Australia, there was a 16...

Merino concerns

[17 April/Rural News] According to Federated Farmers High Country Industry Group Chairperson, Simon Williamson, the sale of Icebreaker to VF Corporation could leave the New Zealand merino production industry with too many eggs in one basket. Mr Williamson said the companies add up to a big chunk of where NZ Merino Company wool goes and...

Grant to help lead sector’s Brexit response

[17 April/Otago Daily Times] Southland Agribusiness Leader, Jeff Grant, was appointed to support the red meat sector’s response to Brexit. The appointment was made by Beef + Lamb New Zealand and the Meat Industry Association. Beef + Lamb New Zealand Chairman, Andrew Morrison, said that Jeff is highly experienced and had been involved in the...

Warning labels for fresh chicken needed, as people not preparing it properly

[17 April/NZ Herald] New Zealanders wanted brightly coloured warning labels on fresh chicken to warn them of the risks of the country’s largest food safety issue according to new research. A study by the University of Otago found only 15 percent of consumers were aware that most fresh chicken meat was contaminated with campylobacter. University...

Wet weather pushes vege prices up

[16 April/Otago Daily Times] Food prices in New Zealand rose 1 percent in March from February. Wet weather caused vegetable prices to rise 11 percent. After adjusting for typical changes, vegetable prices increased 9.5 percent due to rises in tomato, lettuce, cauliflower, cabbage and broccoli prices according to Statistics New Zealand. Statistics New Zealand Consumer...

Farming for climate change to rise on priority list of farmers

[16 April/NZ Farmer] Greater Wellington Regional Council’s Climate Scientist, Alex Pezza, said Wairarapa farmers needed to change their systems to cope with climate warming at a recent seminar in the Wairarapa. KPMG Farm Enterprise Specialist, Julia Jones, added that climate change was not only an inconvenient disruption, but also an opportunity. She challenged Wairarapa land...

Dairy Goat Co-operative appoints David Hemara as new chief executive

[16 April/NZ Farmer] David Hemara has been appointed as the new Chief Executive of the Dairy Goat Co-operative after Tony Giles stepped down. Mr Hemara said his focus would be to maintain the push for quality, innovation and export market development. Before stepping down, Mr Giles added that DGC’s key areas of growth were in...

Rabbit virus taking hold, says ORC

[16 April/Rural Life] Tests from samples in Otago indicated deaths have been occurring since the release of the RHDV1 K5 virus. The Otago Regional Council said patience was paying off for landowners who were waiting for the virus to take hold. ORC Director of Environmental Monitoring and Operations, Scott MacLean, said the news was good...