UN climate change report ‘presents commercial opportunities for sustainable meat’: farmer

UN climate change report ‘presents commercial opportunities for sustainable meat’: farmer

[08 August/Food Navigator] A United Nations report stating that eating less meat and switching to a plant-based diet will help to reduce climate change has got a range of responses from the food industry. Some press reports have taken this to say that plant-based diets are the way forward, when...
Jacinda Ardern: New Zealand has 'potential' to be 100 per cent clean and green

Jacinda Ardern: New Zealand has ‘potential’ to be 100 per cent clean and green

[13 August/Stuff NZ] Prime Minister Jacinda Ardern states she hasn’t given up on New Zealand becoming 100 per cent clean and green, whilst farmers have acknowledged they trade on that reputation. The Prime Minister reported how the Emissions Trading Scheme needs to be designed so that farmers who are picking...
History made as iwi buys Kaitaia market gardens

History made as iwi buys Kaitaia market gardens

[13 August/The Country] Far North iwi Te Rarawa has made its biggest post-settlement purchase to date by buying Bell’s Produce, consisting more than 200 hectares of market gardens on the outskirts of Kaitaia. The produce store employs more than 100 people in peak season and is expected to provide lots...
Taskforce to look at winter grazing

Taskforce to look at winter grazing

[08 August/Rural Life] A taskforce consisting of vets, industry leaders and officials is being established by Damien O’Connor, Agriculture Minister to respond to animal welfare issues associated with winter grazing practices, which have recently been in the spotlight. Mr O’Connor said images of cows up to their knees in mud,...
NZ has ingredients for new foods

NZ has ingredients for new foods

[13 August/Farmers Weekly] Leftfield Innovation Founder Nick Pyke reports that New Zealand has a great opportunity to diversify its farming base by growing protein in pulses and grains and that might extend to edible natives. The company aims to create sustainable food production which delivers higher nutrition and value. Founder...
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Food industry warned against promoting restrictive diets after Beyoncé posts ‘dangerous’ plan

[13 August/Food Navigator] Beyoncé has recently released a new diet plan on her YouTube channel, called 22 Days Vegan Nutrition Plan which has been criticized by nutrition professionals as a potentially dangerous diet which could lead to nutritional deficiencies. The plan was created by her personal trainer, Marco Borges. The plant-based diet cuts out carbohydrates,...

Ingredia taps blockchain to track, trace and audit milk in real time

[13 August/Food Navigator] Dairy ingredients company Ingredia has partnered with tech start-up Connecting Food to track every step of production, from animal feed producer to packaging plant. The block chain based platform will trace and digitally audit ingredients in real time, across the entire supply chain. The data is ensured to remain tamperproof. Consumers are...

What impact does diet have on biodiversity loss?

[13 August/Food Navigator] A study comparing the effects of vegan, vegetarian, and omnivorous diets on biodiverse ‘hotspots’ in the tropics has been published by researchers in Scotland and Germany. Current agricultural practices are threatening the world’s biodiversity and a study revealed that high levels of plant-based diets due to greatly reduced agricultural expansion and intensification...

App developer Ubamarket wants to bring shoppers back to the supermarket

[13 August/Food Navigator] The foodservice delivery market is booming due to new technology with supermarket sales being under pressure and app developer Ubamarket wants to bring consumers back into the supermarket. Frequent fast food consumption has been clearly associated with non-communicable diseases such as diabetes, obesity and coronary heart disease. Ubamarket has found that consumers...

Food prices in Europe rising at ‘rapid rate’: Where are the most expensive countries to eat?

[12 August/Food Navigator] A study has revealed the most expensive places in Europe to buy groceries. The price of food in Europe increased by 2 percent between June 2018 and June 2019. This is driven by a multitude of factors including increased taxation, tariffs, exchange rates, political events and climate change/the weather. Switzerland is the...

Scientists turn to DNA sequencing in attempt to future-proof avocados

[12 August/Food Navigator] A study has set the stage for understanding disease resistance for avocados by revealing what could help protect the avocado economy and prevent shortages and price increases. Increased demand for the fruit in recent years has hit supply. The study reported that by understanding the avocado’s origins, scientists and farmers can adapt...

French food label exposes ultra-processed products: ‘Food is more than a sum of its nutrients’

[12 August/Food Navigator] French start-up Siga has developed a label that ranks food according to its degree of processing. The system aims to help consumers select the ‘most natural and healthy’ products on the shelf. Front of pack labelling is starting to get emphasised by health campaigners and governments to help consumers understand more about...

IBM’s AI assisted e-tongue could fight food fraud

[09 August/Food Navigator] IBM is developing robotic flavour detection technology which could help combat food fraud through combinatorial sensing. The technology, HyperTaste uses electrochemical sensors comprised of pairs of electrodes to figure out the chemical nature of a liquid and pairing it with the most chemically similar liquids in the database. IBM’s testing suggests that...

Tyson looks to robotics for the future of meatpacking

[09 August/Food Dive] Tyson Foods has opened the Tyson Manufacturing Automation Center near its headquarters in Springdale, Arkansas. The facility will develop automated and robotic solutions for the meat packer’s food production plants, particularly aimed at jobs that are physically demanding, highly repetitive or dangerous. Tyson has reported that it has invested more than USD$215...

How artificial intelligence can improve NPD and supply chain efficiency

[09 August/Food Navigator] FuturMaster has developed artificial intelligence software that, it says, can predict demand levels, improve supply chain efficiency and even forecast weather innovation will be successful. The company provides supply chain planning software for CPG clients including the likes of PepsiCo, Lactilis and Danone. It is now launching a tool that leverages AI...

Report: DuPont may sell its food additives and ingredients unit for $20B

[08 August/Food Dive] DuPont is considering selling its nutrition and biosciences business which specialises in products including sweeteners, emulsifiers, dairy cultures and dietary fibres. The operation could be sold for around USD$20 million (approx. NZD$31 million). The bioscience division has seen strong growth in areas such as probiotics and plant-based substitutes due to current consumer...

1.6M people in the US have sesame allergies, study finds

[08 August/Food Dive] A national food allergy survey estimates that as many as 0.49 percent, or 1.6 million Americans could be allergic to sesame. The U.S. Food and Drug Administration (FDA) is considering making sesame the ninth addition to the list of top allergens which could impact food companies using the seed in their products....

Nielsen: What will drive repeat purchase behavior of plant-based meat alternatives?

[08 August/Food Navigator] Although consumers can be willing to try trendy plant-based meat alternatives, there is a much harder task in convincing them to adopt these into their diet in the long-term according to Nielson. Nielson has noted that brands will need to clearly and consistently demonstrate why their product best fits the lifestyle and...

Subway partners with Beyond Meat as part of its comeback bid

[07 August/CNBC] Subway has partnered with Beyond Meat, starting with a plant-based meatball marinara sub, in the hopes it will revive its struggling business. The limited-time sandwich will be available in 685 locations in the U.S and Canada, starting in September. Sales to restaurants accounted for nearly half of Beyond’s net sales in its second...

Arizona Tea maker enters the cannabis market

[07 August/CNBC] Arizona Beverage, the creator of Arizona Tea is entering the market for vape pens and cannabis infused gummies and drinks. The company has entered into a licensing deal with Dixie Brands, a cannabis company that makes and sells drinks, gummies and topical creams laced with marijuana in order to produce goods under Arizona’s...

Nestlé launches plant-based Nescafé Gold coffee mixes

[07 August/FoodBev] As a response to growing demand for non-dairy products, Nestle have launched a new range of plant-based instant white coffees under its Nescafe Gold brand. The almond, oat and coconut soluble lattes are available exclusively from Tesco stores in the UK until February 2020, after which they will go on sale in other...

Duckweed potential: Israeli RCT backs protein-packed strain as ‘superfood’ for GI control

[06 August/Food navigator] Researchers reported in Diabetes Care that the protein-rich plant Mankai Duckweed has serious potential in the health and wellness market. Research has shown that the plant may be able to provide control over blood sugar levels after eating carbohydrates. Mankai Duckweed is grown in a closed hydroponic environment in Israel and several...

Kiverdi Uses NASA Technology To Make Protein, Fish Food, and Palm Oil from CO2

[02 August/The Spoon] Kiverdi is using carbon fermentation to create sustainable fish feed, fertiliser and palm oil. The company currently has over 46 patents granted and pending on their technology and are planning to commercialise through partnerships and enter the market over the next few years. The company currently ferments all of its protein in-house...

Prunes Are Being Rebranded as a Millennial Superfood

[02 August/Bloomberg] The California Prune Board is encouraging snack companies to use prune puree as a sugar alternative in processed foods. Prunes are now being marketed for their high level of antioxidants, aiming at millennials who are leaning towards food without preservatives and sweeteners. The US-China trade war has meant that the US is no...

Smith promises more MPI engagement

[13 August/Rural news] The Ministry for Primary Industries Director-general, Ray Smith, wants his staff to engage more with the rural sector. This is a key element in his strategic plan for the year ahead. Mr Smith reports that he has told his management team to engage more, be agile, open and proactive, and be much...

Hawke’s Bay apple industry building 1500 new beds for RSE workers

[12 August/The Country] Hawke’s Bay’s apple industry reports it is investing over $30 million into building more than 1500 new beds for Recognised Seasonal Employment workers, which they say is already helping fix the region’s housing crisis. Right now Hawke’s Bay growers are awaiting the Government’s imminent decision on whether the region will get a...

T&G challenges outweigh better apple prices

[12 August/Farmers Weekly] T & G Global’s pip fruit business has been affected by difficult weather with harvested volumes smaller than expected as well as various quality issues. Chairman Professor Klaus Josef Lutz reported that negatives were partly offset by better prices for the group’s premier Envy and Jazz apples. T & G’s overall revenues...

Northland avocado growers seek urgent appeal hearing

[10 August/The Country] Water from the Aupouri aquifer in Northland cannot be drawn for avocado plants until an appeal against granting of consents is heard, so a group of growers is seeking an urgent court hearing to challenge the appeal. Companies and individuals, collectively known as Motutangi Waiharara Water User Group, have filed an application...

Whanganui/Rangitīkei interest in hemp industry

[09 August/The Country] Gioia Damosso, Rangitikei District Council Economic Development Advisor reports that more than 100 people went to Marton’s All About Hemp information session and were keen to co-operate and grow the industry. Attendees learnt how to grow and harvest hemp and the complex legislation and regulation surrounding hemp was also explained. The aim...