Genetics, emissions on agenda

Genetics, emissions on agenda

[11 December/ Farmers Weekly] Papers with strong recommendations on climate change, water quality and gene technology would be presented by Environment Ministry staff to incoming Environment Minister, David Parker. The papers reflected the views of the ministry, and not necessarily Government policy. The paper noted how the latest developments in...
Farmlands invests in FarmIQ Systems

Farmlands invests in FarmIQ Systems

[6 December/ NZ Herald] Farmlands has taken a stake in farm software company FarmIQ Systems as part of a capital raising round. FarmIQ Systems joined Landcorp Farming, Silver Fern Farms Joint Ventures, and Veterinary Enterprises Group as shareholders in the company that developed and marketed software for farming and agribusiness....
US company Smartwool gets quality and back-story from New Zealand merino

US company Smartwool gets quality and back-story from New Zealand merino

[8 December/ Stuff] Leaders from Smartwool have visited the Stonyhurst farm in North Canterbury. Smartwool was a merino apparel company from the United States which sourced 95 percent of its wool from New Zealand. Smartwool Brand President, Travis Campbell said the reason the wool had always been sourced from New...
Rural schools struggle to fill key high school teaching jobs

Rural schools struggle to fill key high school teaching jobs

[7 December/ Radio NZ] Taihape Area School Principal, Richard McMillan said he would not be able to relax over summer because he has been unable to fill key positions for high school teachers at his school. Mr McMillan explained that positions for an English teacher, maths teacher, and a science...
Tourism boom ripe for picking, says wine industry

Tourism boom ripe for picking, says wine industry

[10 December/ NZ Herald] Tourism New Zealand and New Zealand Winegrowers have joined forces to support the growing trend of international visitors seeking out a “wine experience” while touring New Zealand. According to figures from the Ministry of Business, Innovation and Employment’s International Visitor Survey, about 25 percent of international...
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Local tech in $19m ‘win-win’

[9 December/ Otago Daily Times] Research from Sainsbury’s has shown the use of technology developed by Techion Group in Otago could save farmers in its supply chain about $19 million annually. Techion Founder, Greg Mirams said the involvement of the United Kingdom’s second largest supermarket would put his animal parasite diagnostics company on the map....

Auckland company Engender seeks $20m to commercialise bull sperm sexing technology

[8 December/ Stuff] Engender has announced that it would be seeking $20 million in order to commercialise its technology which would allow farmers to select the sex of their calves. Engender has pioneered new techniques to sex semen, using high-tech microfluidic and photonic chips that sorted sperm by sex. One of the likely benefits would...

Mycoplasma bovis – culling continues, MPI quashes ‘stories’

[7 December/ NZ Herald] Cattle culling has continued on the South Canterbury dairy farms infected with Mycoplasma bovis. All cows from the first two farms in the Ministry for Primary Industries’ depopulation programme had been removed for slaughter. After the infected herds had been culled, the farms would be disinfected and go into a stand...

Landcorp launches safety programme after deaths

[6 December/ Radio NZ] Landcorp had launched a health and safety programme to try and reduce the high number of deaths and accidents in the sector. The programme was a joint venture between Landcorp and Wilson Consulting Group of Australia and aimed to get farmers on short courses around the country. Landcorp Chief Executive, Steven...

Construction set to begin for new Alliance venison plant

[11 December/ NZ Farmer] Alliance Group has begun building its new venison processing plant in Southland. The project to create the $15.2 million modern facility would include improved handling operations, increased slaughtering, a wider boning room and an increased offal area. Alliance Chief Executive, David Surveyor said the new plant was a vote of confidence...

Farm sales activity hits a low

[11 December/ Farmers Weekly] Farm sales volumes for the three months to the end of October fell by 26 percent compared to the prior corresponding period. The median sale price was $24,982 per hectare for October, more than 8 percent lower than September and 3.8 percent lower than October 2016. The Real Estate Institute All-farm...

Meat, dairy soften sales total

[10 December/ NZ Herald] Data from Statistics New Zealand showed the volume of all manufacturing sales rose a seasonally adjusted 0.3 percent for the quarter, while the value increased 0.5 percent. ASB Senior Economist, Jane Turner said the increase was small compared to other periods due to the weak meat and dairy sales volumes. Ms...

Taxes on Meat Could Join Carbon and Sugar to Help Limit Emissions

[12 December/ Bloomberg] According to a report by the Farm Animal Investment Risk & Return (FAIRR) group, meat could be the next product to be taxed, following in the steps of tobacco, carbon and sugar. The tax would be based on the aim of improving public health and meeting emissions targets set in the Paris...

Personalised nutrition could reach the masses if hurdles can be overcome

[11 December/ Food Dive] According to an article on Food Business News, in order for personalised nutrition programs to develop and be available to the masses, significant changes needed to be made in terms of customer knowledge surrounding their needs, food manufacturing and distribution. One possible solution to this could be 3D printing, as emerging...

Bryan Crowley assumes CEO role at Soylent, gears up for wider bricks & mortar rollout after trial at 7-Eleven ‘blew away our expectations’

[11 December/ Food Navigator] Soylent Founder, Rob Rhinehart said he would be stepping down as chief executive officer and moving into the role of executive chairman. Soylent President, Bryan Crowley would take over the chief executive officer position. Mr Rhinehart said he was leaving the chief executive officer role to someone with more management and...

Campbell’s six food trends for 2018

[11 December/ Dairy Reporter] The chefs at Campbell’s Culinary & Baking Institute have identified their top six food trends for 2018. The chefs believed alternative foods such as lab-cultured burgers, cricket flour and ancient grains would continue to become more mainstream, while there would still be a strong interest in all things carnivore. Herbs and...

Bayer to Face EU Objections to Monsanto Deal in Coming Days

[9 December/ Bloomberg] According to people familiar with the matter, Bayer would receive a statement of objections listing reasons why the European Union’s antitrust regulator could block its proposed USD 66 billion takeover of Monsanto. The list of objections may help the companies by laying out regulators’ concerns so that they could be addressed with...

M&S launches stoneless avocados

[8 December/ EuroFruit] Marks and Spencer has launched a Spanish stoneless avocado that would be available for a limited time over the Christmas period for GBP 2 per fruit. The stoneless fruit was the result of an unpollinated blossom. The avocados came with an edible skin and measured about 8cm. Marks and Spencer Agronomist, Charlotte...

Meat giant Tyson Foods increases stake in plant-based brand Beyond Meat: a ‘fantastic alternative for consumers’

[8 December/ Food Navigator] Beyond Meat has raised USD 55 million in a financing round supported by Tyson Foods. Beyond Meat was now in around 19,000 stores with products including Beast Burgers, Beyond Chicken Strips, Beyond Beef Crumbles, and the famous Beyond Burger. Beyond Meat’s products contained no meat, with many being based on pea-protein....

EU agri-food to ‘benefit most’ from trade deal with Japan

[8 December/ Food Navigator] European Union Trade Commissioner, Cecilia Malmstrom and Japanese Foreign minister, Taro Kono have revealed that the final discussions on the EU-Japan Economic Partnership Agreement (EPA) have now been concluded. The EPA was the largest bilateral agreement ever negotiated with the European Union and would strengthen cooperation between Europe and Japan in...

Meat innovation may be boosted by novel foods law, experts say

[8 December/ Global Meat] The European Union Food Industry Association has revised their novel food regulations which would come into force from 1 January 2018. FoodDrinkEurope Communications Director, Florence Ranson said the revision of the regulations was an important element to stimulate innovation in the food industry. Ms Ranson added that the regulation included important...

Food sector breathers relief as Brexit talks to move to stage two

[8 December/ Food Navigator] The European Commission has confirmed that sufficient progress had been made with discussions over the United Kingdom’s exit from the European Union, enabling Brexit negotiations to move onto stage two, the future trading relationship. In a joint press conference, United Kingdom Prime Minister, Theresa May, and European Commission President, Jean-Claude Juncker...

Did Lion cave to a2 on milk labelling?

[8 December/ National Business Review] The a2 Milk Company has announced that it has settled the legal claims and counter claims between itself and Lion. The a2 Milk Company initiated the litigation in 2016 after Lion marketed its milk as containing a2 protein, a claim a2 believed breached its patent and misled consumers. Lion then...

Firmenich’s flavour of the year for 2018 is… FIG: ‘It represents health and authenticity’

[7 December/ Food Navigator] Firmenich has selected fig as its flavour of the year for 2018. Firmenich Flavour Division President, Chris Millington said the fig had surged in popularity in recent years thanks to its complex flavour profile, health benefits, versatility in sweet and savoury applications, and artisanal culinary associations. Mr Millington added that the...

Nestle to buy vitamin maker Atrium Innovations for $2.3 billion

[11 December/ Reuters] Nestle has announced that it has reached an agreement to buy Canadian vitamin maker Atrium Innovations for USD 2.3 billion, increasing its presence in consumer healthcare. Nestle Health Science Head, Greg Behar said the purchase of Atrium, which would have USD 700 million in sales this year, would add to earnings immediately....

Australian forestry company gears up for NZ expansion with multi-million fund

[11 December/ Stuff] New Forests, an Australian forestry company, has set aside $500 million for investing in New Zealand forestry. New Forests Australia and New Zealand Managing Director, Mark Rogers said the money had been recently raised from mainly European investors. The Forest Owners Association said the Government would be keen to use some of...

Sanford pulls out after big salmon by-catch

[6 December/ Otago Daily Times] Fish & Game has praised Sanford for voluntarily withdrawing from trawling around Banks Peninsula. Sanford’s decision was made after one of its vessels caught nearly 400 salmon as by-catch last weekend, of which 372 were escaped farm salmon and 22 were wild fish. Fish & Game Scientist, Mark Webb welcomed...

Silver Fern Farms forecasts record spend

[12 December/ NZ Herald] Silver Fern Farms has forecast a record spend on livestock of over $230 million this month. Silver Fern Farms Chief Executive, Dean Hamilton said the warm weather throughout the country had pushed stock processing levels higher than normally seen during December. Each week, Silver Fern Farms was processing more than 20,000...

Stock flood fears

[11 December/ Farmers Weekly] Meat processing plants have become very busy in the last two weeks as farmers reacted to dry conditions by unloading stock. Anzco Foods General Manager of Agriculture and Livestock, Grant Bunting said plants were working overtime and on Saturdays, while livestock backlogs were starting to build. Mr Bunting added that two...