Fingerprinting food

Fingerprinting food

(15 July/Farmers Weekly) A machine at AgResearch is helping scientists uncover the unique footprint of food. AgResearch’s Rapid Evaporative Ionisation Mass Spectrometer (REIMS) can now perform tests on meat samples and give back results within seconds, as opposed to over an hour using the previous technology. The results it give...
Plant-based food market value hits $4.5B, with sales growing 11% in the past year

Plant-based food market value hits $4.5B, with sales growing 11% in the past year

(16 June/Food Dive) Plant-based food sales have increased 11% in the past year reaching $4.5 billion market value according to The Good Food Institute and the Plant Based Foods Association (PBFA). PBFA’s senior director Julie Emmett says that retailers have described plant-based foods as a growth engine. The growth she...
Murupara and Ōpōtiki to get 'state-of-the-art' ambulances to improve rural emergency health access

Murupara and Ōpōtiki to get ‘state-of-the-art’ ambulances to improve rural emergency health access

(12 July/The Country) 14 new Volkswagen First Response units are to be distributed by St Johns Ambulances to help improve rural and remote emergency response. St John assistant director of operations Tony Devanney reported that the new vehicles are smaller than a traditional ambulance, making it ideal for narrow roads...
How cow pee insights could help NZ tackle emissions

How cow pee insights could help NZ tackle emissions

(14 July/The Country) It is now thought that urine patches could hide the secret to part of New Zealand’s greenhouse gas emissions. Massey University researcher Nicholaas Portegys is investigating how the emissions from the patches behave in the soil and how the emissions may be captured and not leak into...
Fonterra declares war on waste

Fonterra declares war on waste

(10 July/Rural News) Fonterra will stop sending waste to the landfill by 2025 it reported in a recent statement and will be using 100% recyclable, reusable or compostable packaging by then. Fonterra’s Director of sustainability Carolyn Mortland commented that 90% of Fonterra products that are sold in New Zealand are...
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US organic food market sales have cooled, report finds

(15 July/Food Dive) A new Rabobank research report found that organic foods sales in the U.S. reached $47.9 billion last year and this year that figure is expected to increase further. The report highlighted several factors contributed to this figure such as low prices for items and availability. Some of the price decline is due...

With 50M meals sold worldwide, Huel shakes up the meal replacement market

(16 July/Food Dive) Huel, the meal replacement brand founded in 2015 has seen 150% growth each year and is on track to be valued at $1.25 billion within three years. Founder Julian Hearn says that Huel is a very simple way of eating while also benefiting your nutrition and saving money. Recently, the company has...

Cultural shift needed to cut food fraud risk: ‘Put product ahead of profit’

(15 July/Food Navigator) With food fraud costing the global economy $30-40 billion annually, fraud expert and founder of Tenet Compliance & Litigation Arun Chauhan believes it is the direct result of food companies trying to improve their financial performance. Chauhan warned that financial pressure from senior boards to deliver shareholders value ahead of product is...

Baby foods contain ‘too much sugar and are incorrectly labelled’: WHO

(16 July/Food Navigator) A study by WHO Regional Office for Europe has revealed that baby foods often contain high levels of sugar and are being incorrectly labelled as suitable for infants under 6 months when in fact they are not. In a statement WHO said that babies being exposed to high levels of sugar at...

Food system overhaul needed to avoid ‘catastrophic’ climate breakdown

(16 July/Food Navigator) The ‘Our Future in the Land’ report published in the UK has illustrated areas of concern about the food sector to the Government and how it needs to go about promoting a greener economy. The report stated that the modern food and farming system have contributed to climate breakdown and the depletion...

‘Unlocking the pulp potential’: Nestlé recipe replaces refined sugar with cocoa pulp

(16 July/Food Navigator) Nestle has developed a new approach that allows it to extract cocoa pulp and use it to sweeten its chocolate products instead of refined sugar. Using only the pulp and cocoa beans, all the sugar is coming from the pulp without flavour or texture being compromised the company reports. A spokesperson for...

Evogene Amends its Collaboration Agreement with Bayer to Include Genome Editing Targets

(16 July/PR Newswire) Evogene has announced that after achieving positive results, its corn disease resistance research will be refocused on identification of genome editing targets. It is currently working alongside the Crop Science Division of Bayer to identify the required edits to improve disease resistant corn. If any promising targets are discovered, they would be...

General Mills and GoodBelly partner to launch probiotic cereal, yogurt

(12 July/Fooddive) General Mills has partnered up with GoodBelly to produce a new line of lactose-free yoghurts and a single probiotic infused cereal. General Mills is set to be responsible for the production, sales and marketing of the products. GoodBelly will bring new ideas that could potentially grow sales and rejuvenate older products. The new...

Regenerative Agriculture is having a moment and 70 Investments Worth $47.5bn are in it

(11 July/AgFunder) Last week, a report called Soil Wealth was released showing the extent of investing that has occurred around regenerative agriculture-related projects. In the U.S. alone, there are 70 investments with assets worth around $47.5 billion. The author of the report, David LeZaks says one of the reasons that there is a large number...

AeroFarms Raises $100m from ‘Patient Capital’ to Continue Steady Growth of Vertical Farming Business

(9 July/AgFunder) Jersey-based vertical farming group, AeroFarms has $100 million in late-stage funding, meaning that it has now raised a total of $230 million. The lead investor for this round was an existing investor, INGKA Group. The company expects to use the funds to expand both domestically and internationally, increase its scale and attention to...

New Index Helps Countries Boost Food Systems Sustainability

(12 July/Foodtank) In the hopes of improving diets and food systems, Biodiversity International has invented a new index, the Agrobiodiveristy Index. The index supports decision makers in the food system to make better decisions to achieve sustainability. The index refers to biodiversity, ecosystems supporting food production and local farming practices and knowledge. Based on data...

Michelob ULTRA supports farmers’ transition to organic

(11 July/AGDaily) A new initiative has been launched by Michelob Ultra Pure Gold to support barley farmers looking to turn traditional fields for cropping into an organic production. ‘Contract for Change’ will help to assist farmers over a three-year transition period, the time required to become certified organic, helping them navigate the costs and challenges...

Demetrix raises $50 million to brew cannabis

(12 July/Techcrunch) With the demand for cannabis products, both for consumer and medicinal purposes increasing, companies manufacturing them are seeing benefits. Demetrix, a start-up manufacturer of cannabinoids has just recently raised $50 million in a round of financing. The firm says that it will use the money to scale its operations and commercialize one of...

Not chickening out: McCain leads $7M investment and will manufacture plant-based Nuggs

(10 July/Fooddive) A new pea-protein nugget company, Nuggs, has just received $7 million in funding to manufacture their nuggets for McCain Foods. Nuggs said in a statement that their plant-based nuggets are higher and protein and have less calories than real chicken nuggets. Using pea-protein does however, have its down sides, with costs being rather...

Arla to trial automated 3D imagery systems to improve animal welfare

(10 July/Foodbev media) Arla will trial automated 3D imagery systems on several of its UK farms in the hope of increasing animal welfare. Herdvision, is a system that will replace human-eye assessment of cow health as it has been known that cows will tend to act differently when they know they are being observed by...

Forget Synthetic Meat, Lab Grown Dairy Is Here

(12 July/Bloomberg) With the plant-based meat industry gaining large attraction from consumers, Ryan Pandya saw an opportunity to replicate the thinking behind plant based meat, but for dairy products. The U.S. is the largest exporter of whey products and has sales estimated to be $10 billion last year and that figure set to increase by...

Traditional grocers expand plant-based meat offerings

(11 July/Grocery Dive) As the alternative meat market continues to gain popularity, major American supermarket chains are now stocking alternative meat products. In a recent report, Wholefoods was ranked as the number one retailer for buyers of meat alternative products. The ranking was based upon the amount of foot traffic stores during May 2018 to...

Tech journey discussed

(17 July/Rural Life) Tina and Duncan Mackintosh, who farm at White Rock Mains in Canterbury recently talked about their experience with technology to improve their farm systems at the recent Beef + Lamb New Zealand FarmSmart conference. The couple talked about when they introduced EID tags in 2007 to the farm which led them to...

Should NZ embrace gene editing?

(17 July/Rural news) Former NZ High Commissioner and Speaker of Parliament Sir Lockwood Smith, recently spoke at the Federated Farmers of how New Zealand is missing out on an opportunity to deal with climate change and emissions by holding out on gene editing. Smith reported that gene editing is a safe process that alters the...

Investing in the dairy herd

(15 July/Farmer Weekly) A new seven-year dairy programme called Resilient Dairy: Innovative Breeding for a Sustainable Future was launched at Fieldays. The programme will see $25.68 million invested into improving the health and wellbeing of the national dairy herd. The programme is being led by Livestock Improvement Corporation with investment from the Ministry for Primary...

PM puts faith in free trade deals

(17 July/Rural News) At the recent Federated Farmers conference, Prime Minister Jacinda Arden spoke of how New Zealand is entering a period of economic change. Ardern commented that it appears that the primary sector is being faced with all its long term challenges at one time. The Prime Minister also reported that the priority of...

Spy in the sky promises no stock upset

(16 July/Rural news) As fly-overs of farms are occurring to crack down on poor winter grazing practices, farmers are concerned that planes will be flown low by activists to scope the areas. Farmers have been reassured that no Civil Aviation Authority (CAA) rules will be breached during flyovers. Waikato businessman Angus Robson, one of the...

Vegan activists force supermarkets to up security after stickering meat products

(16 July/The Country) Supermarkets have had to increase security measures after vegan activists put protest stickers on meat products. A butchery manager at a foodstuffs supermarket says that it is a costly and wasteful thing to do and is considered vandalism. Beef + Lamb Chief Executive Rod Slater commented that at this moment it is...

Butcheries ride wave of interest in where food is produced

(15 July/Stuff) With consumers becoming more concerned about how their food is produced, the Waipawa Butchery saw an opportunity to supply local meat from a farm 15km away and it has not looked back. Two years ago, owners Duncan Smith and Annabel Tapley-Smith started supplying meat from their own farm on Patangata Station for customers...