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‘Don’t buy Coca-Cola if you’re not going to help us recycle!’ Coca-Cola launches recycling campaign

[10 June/Beverage Daily] Coca-Cola has launched a new recycling campaign in Belgium which uses its brand to encourage consumers to recycle their packaging. Coca-Cola has set targets to collect 100 percent of its packaging in Europe and to use at least 50 percent recycled plastic in its bottles by 2025. Its summer campaign in Belgium...

French burger fraud is ‘chapter 2’ of the horsemeat scandal, campaigners warn

[10 June/Food Navigator] Beef burgers that failed to meet legal standards were purchased by four charities tackling food poverty in France, resulting in large-scale food fraud. Using funds from the Fund for European Aid to the Most Deprived (FEAD), the charities purchased and redistributed frozen burgers, which turned out to not meet minimum legal standards...

Food companies shrink portions to target solo consumers

[07 June/Food Dive] Instead of focusing on marketing to traditional suburban family units, more companies are now catering to urban, single-person households. 35.7 million Americans live alone which means there is a huge untapped market for companies. Research by the Wall Street Journal has shown that although these individuals consume less, they are willing to...

Plastic-free trials at supermarkets don’t address the enormity of plastic pollution’: academic

[07 June/Food Navigator] Attempts by food retailers to encourage customers away from using plastic packaging won’t tackle the enormity of the plastic pollution problem, warns academic Tim Lang, who believes “strong intervention is needed to move the food system to another place’’. UK supermarket Waitrose’s latest announcement about a host of trials to test whether...

The future of snacking revealed

[07 June/Food Navigator] GoodMills Innovation has invested extensively in cereal ingredients that provide snacks with additional health benefits to enable producers to keep ahead of the rapidly changing snacking scenario. More consumers are opting to graze on snacks throughout the day to complement their daily diet. However, requirements for snacks are changing, with issues such...

Virtual reality demo shows how location can impact taste

[06 June/FoodDive] Robin Dando, an associate professor at Cornell University’s Department of Food Science and Director of the Cornell Sensory Evaluation Facility has researched how different locations affect the way things taste though using virtual reality. This is important in understanding how consumers experience eating food and also revealed that consumers are more willing to...

Munich-based YFood Labs secures €4.2 million in Series A funding to bring healthy, fast food to millennials

[06 June/EU-Startups] Munich based YFood Labs has secured 4.2 million euros (approx. NZD $7.4 million) in Series A funding, with the goal of creating nutrient rich and bringing convenient full meal solutions to millennials. The series round was led by food-tech investor Five Seasons Ventures. YFood makes a well-balanced meal in drink format to bring...

Jet.com first US partner for UK personalized nutrition company Spoon Guru

[06 June/Nutra Ingredients] British company Spoon Guru, which uses artificial intelligence to help retailers offer consumers a personalized nutrition shopping experience, has announced Walmart-owned Jet.com as its first US partner. Spoon Guru allows customers to shop specifically for their diets by using classification technology to meet user’s specific dietary needs when shopping. The company’s first...

China State-Owned Food Group COFCO Partners with Bits x Bites to Accelerate Food Tech Innovation

[05 June/AgFunder] COFCO, China’s state-owned and largest food processor and manufacturer has partnered Chinese food tech venture firm Bits x Bites. The goal of the partnership is to power the development of agriculture and food tech innovation in China by opening up COFCO’s resources to Bits x Bites portfolio companies. It also aims to bring...

Corn That Won’t Get Planted This Year Could Shatter All U.S. Records

[31 May/Bloomberg] Acres of land could be left unplanted in the U.S due to relentless rain that has swept the Midwest. Rabobank is predicting an unprecedented number of unplanted acres of corn, the most widely grown American crop. A Bloomberg survey of 10 traders and analysts indicates growers could file insurance claims for about 6...

Wool bonanza

[07 June/Farmers Weekly] New Zealand Merino Company Chief Executive John Brakenridge said if half NZ’s crossbred wool clip shifts into higher-value fine wool contracts, the economic upside will be as high as $2 billion due to increased international demand for fine wool. The Merino Company’s ethical wool brand ZQ Merino reports that they are connecting...

New machine to help export traceability

[05 June/The Scoop] AgResearch is developing a method of giving New Zealand exports a unique fingerprint that scientifically proves their provenance and could be used to deter supply-chain fraud. The method can also detect what feed a carcass was reared on. Dr Alastair Ross said the new rapid evaporative ionisation mass spectrometer (REIMS) machine being...

FIELDAYS: Sector needs empathy

[10 June/Farmers Weekly] Kellogg Rural Leader and Social Licence Consultant Penny Clark-Hall reports that one needs to value stakeholders and have empathy and respect for them even if they are challenging the rural sector, if the sector is to have a social license. Mrs Clark-Hall reports that values can be divisive, and that the sector...

Women ready to meat challenge

[05 June/Farmers Weekly] Ashley Gray, General Manager for Beef + Lamb NZ is passionate about getting women in the meat sector. Last month Mrs Gray was instrumental in launching the professional networking initiative, Meat Business Women (MBW) and is excited about the positive challenges it will have for women seeking meat industry careers. MBW wants...

Government may ban live cattle exports

[11 June/Stuff NZ] Agriculture Minister Damien O’Connor states a conditional ban on the live export of cattle is one of several options being considered as part of a review of the trade in live animals. Live cattle exports were worth $30 million last year for the country. Hon. O’Connor reports that live cattle exports may...

Pork imports from disease-affected Poland more than double in a month

[10 June/Stuff NZ] Poland has increased its exports to New Zealand by more than double, just as it has been confirmed pigs on a farm there have been found to have African Swine Fever. In April, Poland exported 307 tonnes to New Zealand up from 159 tonnes a month before. The discovery has alarmed the...

Want to feed the world? Just grab some grub

[06 June/Farmers Weekly] Auckland University of Technology Senior Lecturer and Registered Dietitian Dr Caryn Zinn is exploring how insects and other alternative proteins might be used or added to a range of specialty foods. Dr Zinn reports that conventional livestock will not be able to sustainably meet global demand for meat, so alternatives are needed...

Oceania Dairy recognised at NZ China Trade Association awards

[11 June/The Country] Oceania Dairy Ltd has received an award for investment between China and New Zealand at this year’s HSBC New Zealand China Trade Association China Business Awards. Oceania Dairy, which has a plant just north of Glenavy, is a subsidiary of Inner Mongolia Yili Industrial Group (Yili), China’s largest dairy producer. The company...

DIRA revamp disappoints

[07 June/Farmers Weekly] Changes to the Dairy Industry Restructuring Act don’t go far enough, according to Fonterra’s Shareholders Council Chairman Duncan Coull as it should have instead refocused on the future to optimise value creation from milk. Fonterra Chairman John Monaghan also rued a missed opportunity to reform dairy industry regulations for the benefit of...

Dairy law changes spur dissent

[07 June/Rural Life] Agriculture Minister Damien O’Connor yesterday announced changes to be made to the Dairy Industry Restructuring Act 2001 (DIRA) and the Dairy Industry Restructuring Raw Milk Regulations 2012. Both Fonterra Co-operative Group and Federated Farmers believe that there has been a missed opportunity in the legislation. Fonterra supports the greater pricing transparency but...

Dual cropping to increase efficiency in commercial hemp farming

[10 June/The Country] New multi-purpose hemp cropping innovations by Hemp NZ, Carrfields and NZ Yarn could place New Zealand at the forefront of innovation as they look at ways to have highly efficient use of the entire plant, resulting in higher potential returns for growers. The innovations, which are the first to be developed and...

NZ prepares for its avocado congress bid

[06 June/The Country] Jen Scoular, CEO of NZ Avocado reports that the company has been preparing its bid to host the World Avocado Congress in 2023. Last year it was held in Colombia and Mrs Scoular reports that hosting the congress would be a big benefit for New Zealand which would bring between 1000 and...

Kiwi’s quinoa dream now a reality

[12 June/Farmers Weekly] Dan and Jacqui Cottrell have been growing super food quinoa on their family farm in Taihape after discovering it on an overseas trip to Peru. 80 Percent of the world’s global supply of quinoa comes from Peru. The process has not been an easy one and has involved deciding which variety of...

Shane Jones: Farmers need townies

[11 June/The Country] Regional Economic Development Minister Shane Jones reported at the Federated Farmers’ Northland AGM about how farmers need to win over urban votes in order to maintain their influence on policy as he spoke to an audience who were feeling under threat from climate change and forestry policies. Hon. Jones spoke of how...