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We’ve refreshed our Field Notes platform which can be found here – on our new platform you will see the top headline stories on the site and you will be able to view all stories via either the Field Notes PDF, or on the Field Notes app – an easy way to access Field Notes...

Kezzler and FrieslandCampina launch first traceability and consumer engagement system for infant formula

[03 September/Food Navigator] Norwegian-based serialization technology company Kezzler is working with Dutch dairy company FrieslandCampina to provide global traceability services for their infant formula brand, Friso. The project involves applying unique, secure and traceable identities to every single product, helping to track these from farmer to consumer, collecting data as the products go through the...

Food tourism helps farmers survive

[03 September/Farmers Weekly] Maleny Dairies in Queensland shows tourists its cows, factory and farm, making the most of food tourism by offering samples and selling their products on-site. Tourism Australia research on 15 of the country’s main tourism markets shows great food, wine and local cuisine is a now a major factor in holiday decision-making....

Ten scaling initiatives to accelerate food waste fight: WRI

[02 September/Food Navigator] A new list of ‘scaling initiatives’ has been published by World Resources Institute in an effort to accelerate the pace and geographic spread of global actions against food waste and loss. Reducing food waste and loss plays an important role in meeting the UN Sustainable Development Goals by 2030 and will help...

GM crops ‘will need to be part of the solution’

[02 September/Food Navigator] Industry group Agricultural Biotechnology Council (ABC) which promotes the use of controversial GM crops is urging Europe to embrace new crop techniques, otherwise they will fall behind the rest of the world. It has been argued that GM crops are necessary in order to feed the growing world sustainably. The report stated...

Vegan meals are ‘UK’s fastest growing take-away choice’

[02 September/Food Navigator] The British Takeaway Campaign reports, vegan takeaway orders have more than quadrupled in the last two years in the UK, making them the UK’s fastest growing take-away option. The group stated that the takeaway sector has responded with speed to the shift in consumer demand towards vegan, vegetarian and healthy options. The...

Food is ‘getting cool’: Nestlé CTO Stefan Palzer’s top 7 predictions on the future of food

[30 August/Food Navigator] Accelerating consumer trends such as veganism and environmental concerns are bringing complexity to the food industry but also plenty of opportunities, according to Stefan Palzer, Chief of Technology at Nestle. Mr Palzer stated how plant-based nutrition is rapidly growing due to changes in consumer thinking. Another one of his predictions for the...

‘Need for greater focus on fish and legumes in food at day-care institutions’: Danish study

[30 August/Food Navigator] A study commissioned by Denmark’s food administration has found that nutrient-rich protein sources such as fish, legumes and eggs should be served more frequently in day-care institutions. The food administration in Denmark released a set of nutritional guidelines for day-care institutions last year, and it was found in the study that these...

‘Mother of sustainability’ warns against climate virtue signalling

[30 August/Food Navigator] Going green is great for business amid a sea change in attitudes among consumers, reports Gro Harlem Brundtland, the Former Norwegian Prime Minister and decades-long important voice on climate change. However she states that it is important for companies to actually follow through with what they are saying, as consumers become more...

Campbell Soup hires former Chobani CFO

[30 August/Food Dive] Campbell Soup Co. has named Chobani CFO Mick Beekhuizen as its new CFO, effective next month. Mr Beekhuizen will replace Anthony DiSilvestro, who is leaving the company.  Lately, the company has focused more on snacks and its core soups while divesting its international and fresh operations in order to try and boost...

Cell-based meat and seafood producers form alliance

[30 August/Food Dive] Memphis Meats, Just, Fork & Goode, BlueNalu and Finless Foods have founded an alliance to represent the cell-based meat, poultry and seafood industry in order to advocate for their common regulatory and marketing benefit. The Alliance for Meat, Poultry & Seafood Innovation, or AMPS Innovation, will lobby in Washington, D.C., to educate...

Cargill invests $75M in pea protein maker Puris

[29 August/Food Dive] Cargill has invested another USD$75 million (approx. NZD$118 million) into Puris, pea protein producer. This funding will be used to more than double pea protein production at a 200,000 square foot factory in Minnesota. Puris creates non-GMO and organic pea protein, sourced from more than 400 US farmers. The company is also...

Study looks at keeping bias out of food industry-funded research

[28 August/Food Dive] Researchers from the University of Cambridge and the University of Queensland have found that international health researchers are often unaware that they are susceptible to conflicts of interest or unconscious biases which could affect the outcomes of their research. The researchers aim to develop guidance to help these researchers better manage such...

Chicken virus suspected on Otago farm

[03 September/The Country] Biosecurity New Zealand reports it is responding to a possible detection of a poultry virus, Infectious Bursal Disease Virus type 1, in a layer egg farm in Otago. No birds at the Mainland Poultry farm in Waikouaiti have disease symptoms and the farm itself is under voluntary biosecurity controls as a precautionary...

Swine fever: farmers urged to review biosecurity

[02 September/Rural Life] Pig farmers are being reminded to review their biosecurity protocols in the wake of the African Swine Fever outbreak, especially after concerns that it may have now hit the Philippines. In particular, farmers have been asked to look at arrangements for no-contact time and staff stand-down periods after overseas travel. Also, no...

M bovis farm test times cut

[30 August/Farmers Weekly] On-farm sampling for Mycoplasma bovis is about to become a lot less stressful for farmers due to changes in protocols and interpretation of results, helping to cut the many farms spend under active surveillance and notices of direction. Sampling criteria has now been refined by scientists, simplifying the process. Only one round...

Johne’s disease remains a problem

[29 August/Rural News] Johne’s disease remains an issue for livestock farmers New Zealand-wide and is a chronic, contagious and generally fatal disease. While the levels of this production limiting disease are low, the industry cannot afford to become complacent, reports Matt Ward, Beef + Lamb NZ’s General Manager North Island. Mr Ward states the bacteria...

Online training platform Tahi Ngātahi: A ‘game-changer’ for wool harvesting industry

[01 September/The Country] Online training platform Tahi Ngātahi, created by shearer Jock Martin, is revolutionising the way the wool harvesting industry trains its workforce. Mr Martin has been part of Otago and Southland’s wool harvesting scene for over 30 years and is a second generation shearer. Tahi Ngātahi was aiming to reduce preventable injuries by...

Could India be the next big thing for New Zealand sheep meat?

[01 September/The Country] Hopes are running high that India could be the next big thing for New Zealand sheep meat exports if the two countries form closer economic ties through the Regional Comprehensive Economic Partnership (RCEP).The meat industry has expectations that RCEP will form a platform that will allow New Zealand access to India, which...

Beef advantage will disappear

[30 August/Farmers Weekly] The significant tariff advantage beef exporters have had over their American rivals in the Japanese market since the start of this year looks likely to be short-lived. Japan’s tariff on beef imported from New Zealand and the other nine countries in the Comprehensive and Progressive Trans Pacific Partnership trade deal was slashed...

Chinese demand boosts NZ beef outlook

[30 August/Rural News Group] Continuing strong growth in Chinese demand for New Zealand beef is set support solid returns for the nation’s beef producers over the coming year according to Rabobank Sustainability and Animal Proteins Analyst Blake Holgate. Mr Holgate states that a significant recovery in US imported beef prices and slowing domestic supplies has...

Alliance spending on its plants

[29 August/Farmers Weekly] Alliance Group is investing $1.2 million in its Smithfield plant at Timaru to meet the needs of South Island farmers after Silver Fern Farms closed their plant 80km up the road in Fairton in 2017 and last week proposing to cease operations at its Fairton pelt house, the company blaming these closures...

Dairy Women’s Network launches video project ‘Our People. Their Stories’

[03 September/The Country] The Dairy Women’s Network have launched a new website, as well as an exciting storytelling project named: Our People. Their Stories. This project will use videos to create a deeper engagement with the Network members as well as the dairy industry as a whole. The first story features nine-year-old Lucy O’Reilly, and...

Farmers say we need to talk about GE

[03 September/The Country] Federated Farmers state that the steady progress AgResearch is making on field trials of environment-friendly GM ryegrass in the US should act as a push for NZ to get on with a mature national conversation about genetic modification. President Katie Milne stated that we’re currently side-lining a potential major tool that could...