Wool summit to seek to offer answers for future

Wool summit to seek to offer answers for future

[14 July/Rural Life] A summit hosted by the Ministry for Primary Industries aimed to offer innovative solutions for the future of the wool industry. Prince Charles had sent a message of support to be read at the event. Agriculture Minister, Damien O’Connor, said the industry had struggled to achieve unity,...
National forest policy needed, sector body says

National forest policy needed, sector body says

[17 July/Otago Daily Times] The New Zealand Institute of Forestry proposes that the government introduce a national policy for the industry to help the Government develop sound long-term strategies for forestry development. President of the Institute, David Evison, said that unlike many countries, New Zealand had no national forest policy....
NZ Super Fund increases investment in primary sector

NZ Super Fund increases investment in primary sector

[11 July/Stuff] The NZ Super Fund has around $2.5 billion invested in New Zealand primary industries, and wanted to add more of the sector to its portfolio. Its latest investment was in New Zealand Gourmet, taking a 27 percent stake in the company. Only 6.4 percent of its total global...
Country of origin proposal scaled back

Country of origin proposal scaled back

[16 July/Stuff] A pared-back version of the proposed new country of origin law was released two weeks before the deadline for public submissions.  The new rules address mandatory country of origin labelling. The select committee considering the bill recommended limiting labelling rules to some fresh and frozen goods. They said...
Farmlands Co-operative wins KPMG Global Customer Experience Excellence (CEE) Award

Farmlands Co-operative wins KPMG Global Customer Experience Excellence (CEE) Award

[13 July/Farmlands] Farmlands was named as the New Zealand winner of KPMG’s Global Customer Experience Excellence Award. It was one of 14 winners worldwide, and joined an elite group of iconic brands that included Singapore Airlines, Emirates and Apple. Farmlands Chief Executive, Peter Reidie, said the accolade was a vote...
Latest entries

Arla introduces skyr cream cheese line: ‘We’re trying to get in early on that adoption curve…’

[13 July/Food Navigator] There has been fast growth in sales of Icelandic skyr in the yoghurt aisle. Arla Foods predicted this could result in increased skyr-infused spin-offs in other parts of stores. Arla Foods recently launched a skyr cream cheese with three times the protein and just over half the calories of regular cream cheese....

Innova sees plant-based promise in lupin, hemp and flax seed

[13 July/Food Navigator] According to Innova Market Insights, lupin, hemp and flaxseed were set to rise in popularity due to consumers looking for more unusual ingredients in dairy alternative products. Beverages were the product of choice for most manufacturers who launched dairy alternatives. Global sales of alternative dairy drinks were set to reach USD16.3 billion...

Danone, Mars, Nestle and Unilever launch sustainable food policy alliance

[13 July/Food Dive] Danone North America, Mars, Nestle USA and Unilever USA have joined together to create a Sustainable Food Policy Alliance. They said the partnership was focused on driving progress in public policies that shaped what people ate and how it impacted their health, communities, and the planet. The alliance members added that they...

FrieslandCampina Ingredients becomes first associate member of Medical Nutrition International Industry

[12 July/Dairy Reporter] The Medical Nutrition International Industry announced FrieslandCampina Ingredients has joined the organisation as an associate member. It said FrieslandCampina was a key player in the value chain of medical products, which resulted in it becoming the first company to be an associate member. The MNI had the goal of providing better care...

Cargill expands carrageenan extract portfolio for dairy desserts

[11 July/Dairy Reporter] Cargill has created a new carrageenan extract, Satiagel Seabrid, which can be used to bring creamy textures to dairy products. It is based on cultivated seaweed. Cargill said it created a supply of sustainably sourced ingredients that delivered a texture preferred by consumers. Dairy Application Specialist, Caroline Delabrousse, added from recent consumer...

US trade and immigration policies hit farmers hard

[16 July/NZ Herald] American farmers are feeling the effects of fluctuating crop prices even before the trade war with China starts to impact. Agricultural Economist, Chad Hart, said no matter where you looked in agriculture, you saw storm clouds on the horizon. President Trump’s tariffs were further effecting producers. The Department of Agriculture predicted before...

Cargill opens up Korean market with distribution partnership

[16 July/GlobalMeat News] Cargill has collaborated with South Korean meat importer and distributer, AG Meats, to roll out its ultra-premium Excel beef product in South Korea. It would be sold in Korea’s three It’s Meat stores. Food safety was a priority of Cargill, and the Excel beef underwent a seven step regulated production system to...

Nutrien Acquires Agrible for USD63m to “Create Ag Retailer of the Future”

[16 July/AgFunder News] The world’s largest fertiliser and ag retail business, Nutrien, acquired Agrible for USD63 million. Agrible is a digital agtech startup that offers decision support software tools for farmers as well as sustainability tracking for food brands. Nutrien intended to integrate Agrible’s farm management services with Nutrien Ag Solutions. President of Nutrien Retail,...

AgResearch field-testing GM ryegrass in United States

[13 July/Radio NZ] According to New Zealand scientists who were trialling a genetically modified grass in the United States, the plant could be a game changer for agriculture. Laboratory trials found the high metabolisable energy ryegrass grew up to 50 percent faster than conventional ryegrass. According to AgResearch, it stored more energy, was more resistant...

Industry to fund meat research

[11 July/Farmers Weekly] Meat companies want to know more about the attributes of New Zealand grass-fed beef. They have invited researchers and others with interest in the area to submit proposals. Meat Industry Association Chief Executive, Tim Ritchie, said the project would establish what was distinctive about New Zealand grass-fed beef and the benefits to...

Sir William joins board

[12 July/Rural Life] Former Prime Minister, Sir William English, would join the board of Mt Cook Alpine Salmon. He had been appointed effective from the start of August. Chairman, Sir Jim Bolger, said his recent retirement from politics gave him the opportunity to work in a fast growing company such as this one. Mr English...

Tolaga Bay flooding damage may take two years to fix

[15 July/Radio NZ] According to the Gisborne District Council, the damage done by recent flooding in Tologa Bay could take more than two years to fix. Around one million tonnes of forestry slash was washed from hillsides onto roads, farms and other properties in the Tolaga Bay area during two periods of heavy rain last...

North Canterbury dairy farm infected

[11 July/Stuff] A North Canterbury dairy farm was confirmed as being infected with Mycoplasma bovis. According to the Ministry for Primary Industries, it was connected through animal movements to other infected farms. So far, around 28,000 out of the expected 150,000 animals had been culled in an attempt to get rid of the disease. The...

Gumboot maker Skellerup invests $1m in US rubber company

[11 July/Stuff] Skellerup is investing $1 million into a liquid silicone rubber company, Sim Lim Technic, to help grow its overseas market. It has obtained a 35 percent stake in the company. Skellerup Chief Financial Officer, Graham Leaming, said the U.S. was the company’s biggest and fastest growth market. The move would harness its capability...

Danone reassures NZ customers after UK baby milk complaints

[17 July/Otago Daily Times] Danone was investigating reports that its Aptamil baby milk formula had made some infants unwell in Britain. The product is not sold in New Zealand. Danone said it was taking all feedback very seriously. They reassured parents the quality and safety of their products was the number one priority. The company...

Fonterra’s Aussie farmers complain Kiwi counterparts get the cream

[13 July/Stuff] Fonterra’s Australian dairy farmers are queuing up to supply the New Zealand co-operative with their milk. The amount of milk Fonterra Australia has collected increased by 400 million litres from last season, however Australian dairy farmers say they are annoyed they are being paid less than New Zealand farmers. They were paid $6.19...

Keytone Dairy completes fund raising for ASX IPO

[12 July/Dairy Reporter] Keytone Dairy Corporation, a New Zealand based manufacturer, packer and exporter of powdered dairy products, raised AUD15 million as part of its IPO for its Australian Securities Index listing. Demand for shares significantly exceeded the maximum fund raising target. Scale backs on the number of applications received had been applied. Peloton Capital...

A2 Milk heading for a record result after big sales lift

[12 July/NZ Herald] A2 Milk are on track to report another record profit next month and reported a 68 percent lift in revenue. Its revenue was said to be $922 million for the year to June 2018, up from $549.5 million in the previous year. It said it had completed its planning cycle for the...

Fonterra ‘humming’ in Greater China – Zhu

[11 July/NZ Herald] Fonterra’s top executive in China, Christina Zhu, said Fonterra’s business in China was going well despite challenges with the investment in Beingmate. Bao Xiufei had been appointed as the new General Manager for Beingmate, which Fonterra saw as a step in the right direction. Ms Zhu explained the difference between having an...

Pledges to limit Antarctic krill harvest a first step – Greenpeace

[16 July/Radio NZ] According to Greenpeace, a promise by global krill harvesting companies to stop fishing for them in large areas of the Antarctic Ocean was a positive step in a long process. New Zealand companies supported the global move to create the world’s biggest marine reserve in Antarctic waters. Greenpeace said fishing for Antarctic...

Industry letter to Government criticises fishing camera proposal

[15 July/Stuff] According to the fishing industry, a Government plan to put cameras on board commercial fishing vessels was driven by a level of hysteria around discarding fish and had been poorly thought through around what policy objectives it was trying to address. Fisheries Minister, Stuart Nash, confirmed he would push the plans to put...

Scientists question govt’s predator-free by 2050 goal

[16 July/Radio NZ] A campaign to make New Zealand predator free by 2050 has been called expensive, unworkable and unethical by a Victoria University academic. The scheme was introduced by the National led government and focusses on eliminating possums, stoats, and rats. Victoria University Scientist, Wayne Linklater, said it was poorly thought out as the...

Stock rustling takes shine off a good year for sheep farmers

[17 July/Stuff] Wairarapa farmers are becoming increasingly angered by rustlers stealing sheep, and say it is becoming noticeable in hurting their bottom lines. Gladstone sheep and beef farmer, Andrew Rayner, has had so many thefts that he now avoids putting stock in roadside paddocks. Farmers estimate that incidents are occurring about once a fortnight and...

Woodville farmer first woman elected head of Young Farmer competition

[15 July/Stuff] Woodville farmer, Rebecca Brown, has been elected chairwoman of the FMG Young Farmer of the Year committee. She was the first woman to hold the role. She said she was honoured and it showed woman could do anything. She was one of three women appointed to the board. The new members meant half...