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Grass-fed message won’t sell NZ products but health benefits could

[08 June/Stuff NZ] Andy Elliot, Nuffield Scholar reports that exporters should be focusing on marketing their products based on their nutritional benefits, rather than New Zealand’s ‘’clean, green, grass-fed’’ message that is not unique. Mr Elliot spent much of last year studying New Zealand business models and his findings come out of the fact that...

Funds for more frequent inspections of Crown pastoral lease land

[06 June/Stuff NZ] Extra Budget funding will allow more frequent inspections of the Crown’s South Island pastoral lease land, however a tenure review specialist has stated that this should already be done using 21st century technology such as satellite data. The funding will let Land Information New Zealand (Linz) improve how it monitors and enforces...

Rural mental health lacks detail

[10 June/Farmers Weekly] Rural Health Alliance Executive Director Marie Daly is hoping that rural mental health is included in the funding allocation of $1.8 billion from the newly released budget. The mental health package is to be spread over five years and includes $455 million to expand access to primary mental health and addiction support,...

Call for compulsory quad bike rollover bars

[06 June/The Country] Worksafe has just released new quad safety recommendations endorsed by Federated Farmers which state that crush protection devices are strongly recommended. However, quad bike accident survivor and Otago Farmer Douglas Jack reports that the recommendations do not go far enough. Jack commented he only survived both accidents because of his use of...

Alliance Group fined $330,000 after worker loses finger tips in boning machine

[06 June/Stuff NZ] Alliance Group was sentenced at Invercargill District Court on Thursday and fined $331,875 as a result of the January 2018 incident at the plant in Mataura which resulted in a worker having the tips of his fingers amputated. After the incident, the worker drove himself to Gore hospital to seek medical help...

Visualisation tool enables landowners to see farms of the future

[10 June/Stuff NZ] Dunedin-based Animation Research has joined forces with Crown research institute AgResearch to turn data into a visualisation of potential land use change, helping landowners with decision-making. The technology will be shown for the first time at the National Fieldays in Hamilton. The ‘’hyper farm’’ will help landowners to visualise their landscapes under...

Sea algae research could hold solution to devastating kiwifruit disease

[10 June/Stuff NZ] University of Waikato students Claire Voogt and Taylor Farr are investigating how the natural metabolites from algae can be used to treat pathogenic bacteria. They are particularly interested in how it could treat Psa, which cost the kiwifruit industry an estimated $1 billion in exports when it was discovered on a vine...

Foreigners and corporates can get taxpayer help

[10 June/Farmers Weekly] Forestry Minister Shane Jones confirmed $2.2 million of the $118 million Billion Trees fund has been allocated, of which $1.5m is for planting native trees and the balance for exotics. Foreign and corporate landowners are eligible for taxpayer help to plant trees but the subsidy does not allow for planting whole farms....

Solving the sticky fruit stickers snag

[06 June/Farmers Weekly] Billions of fruit stickers go into the environment every year and now three 18-year-old tertiary students have an idea of how to solve this. Maggie Peacock, Sarah Wixon and Zoe Rookes have created the Uble, which is a plastic-free, biodegradable, warm water soluble alternative to the plastic fruit sticker. Miss Wixon stated...

Focusing climate change targets on farming ‘isn’t really justified’

[05 June/The Country] Setting stringent climate change targets without understanding their cost or feasibility risks is placing an unfair burden on some sectors, according to Climate Change Professor David Frame. Professor Frame states that moving the country to a net-zero carbon economy will have benefits but also real costs so it is important these are...

Costco’s coming: World’s second-largest retailer unveils NZ store

[11 June/NZ Herald] Costco Wholesale Corporation, the world’s second-largest retailer behind Walmart, has just announced it will open its first New Zealand store in Westgate. The entire project is based on about 14,000sq m which is roughly equivalent to two rugby fields, and will provide over 800 carparks as well as the equivalent of 350...

Comvita CEO Scott Coulter to step down, review of business launched

[06 June/The Country] Comvita has announced its Chief Executive Scott Coulter will be stepping down and that the company will be undertaking a strategic review of its underperforming business and its balance sheet. Comvita stated that it expects to report a $6 million loss for the year ending June 30. The company’s share price has...

Mānuka honey kills drug resistant bacteria found in cystic fibrosis

[05 June/Stuff NZ] Mānuka honey could be used in the fight against cystic fibrosis, following a study carried out by Swansea University researchers. The potential breakthrough involves using mānuka honey as an alternative remedy to treat antimicrobial resistant respiratory infections, particularly the deadly ones found in cystic fibrosis (CF) patients. Cystic Fibrosis affects more than...

$68 million boost announced for Hawke’s Bay, water the big winner

[11 June/The Country] $30.6 million has been allocated to four water security schemes across the Hawke’s Bay from the Provincial Growth Fund, with the projects to be managed by Hawke’s Bay Regional Council. The largest chunk is $14.7 million to develop a Managed Aquifer Recharge (MAR) in Central Hawke’s Bay. MAR replenishes aquifer levels by...

Genetically engineered salmon bound for US supermarkets

[10 June/Stuff NZ] AquaBounty Technologies has announced that its genetically engineered salmon could be on store shelves in the United States by the end of next year. The fish produced by the company are modified with added genes from other fish to grow about twice as fast as conventional salmon, which makes the product highly-contested....

Wellness to drive 2020s food industry

[13 June/Otago Daily Times] The 2020s are likely to be a decade where health and wellness dominates the food system, driving change across the entire supply chain. This was the predominant message from Emma Wheeler, Senior Manager at KPMG, in KPMG’s Agribusiness Agenda which was released this week. Ms Wheeler reported how increasingly consumers are...

Biosecurity remains highest priority for ag sector

[13 June/Rural Life] Biosecurity has retained the number one ranking as top priority in KPMG’s Agribusiness Agenda for the ninth consecutive year. The agenda is based on input from various industry leaders. Agriculture Minister Damien O’Connor said biosecurity also remained a priority for him as New Zealand continues to face significant challenges. The top ten...

Industry shifts from volume to value

[13 June/Rural Life] The 10th edition of the KPMG Agribusiness Agenda was launched this week at the National Fieldays, with KPMG Global Head of Agribusiness Ian Proudfoot stating that a long-term ‘’erosion of confidence’’ in the primary sector needs to be reversed. Mr Proudfoot reported that although the industry has made progress in the past...

Primary sector wants policy clarity: KPMG

[12 June/Stuff NZ] Farmers are experiencing low confidence yet at the same time as they are receiving good prices for their products. KPMG’s Agribusiness Agenda puts this down to a range of reasons. KPMG’s Global Head of Agribusiness, Ian Proudfoot reports that many of these issues are due to structural changes reshaping the agri-food sector...

Feed NZ first before offering the world

[12 June/Rural News] One key recommendation given in KPMG’s Agribusiness Agenda is that the agriculture sector must take a more active role in ensuring every New Zealander is fed properly, feeding our own country first before we offer others our goods. The KPMG Agribusiness Agenda is based on interviews with industry leaders and was released...

Progress persists amid disruption

[12 June/Farmers Weekly] Consumers are looking to food for long-term health benefits according to KPMG Senior Manager Emma Wheeler. Ms Wheeler spoke in the 2019 KPMG Agribusiness Agenda about how the health and wellness decade has begun and is bringing disruption through innovation and technological transformation. She reported how the changes are consumer driven. The...

KPMG New Zealand

[12 June 2019] With change now a constant, organisations need to remain continuously relevant to consumers, develop new capabilities and make bold commitments to thrive in an ever changing environment.  The 10th edition of the KPMG Agribusiness Agenda, Acknowledge, Evaluate, Accelerate, was released at the KPMG Leaders Breakfast, in association with Fieldays, yesterday. There were...

Tetra Pak: The future of packaging is undoubtedly digital

[31 May/Food Navigator] Recognising that digitalisation of packaging can help improve customer engagement, Tetra Pak has created the Connected Package platform to enable manufacturers to give their products a digital life. Consumers want safe, healthy food that is made from responsibly-sourced materials and where possible shipped in recyclable, environmentally-friendly packaging. In response to this barrier,...

Nestle’s new plant-based Awesome Burger wants in on the fake-meat market

[03 June/Fast Company] The world’s largest food company Nestle is launching its own meat-like plant burger. The plant-based burger has been coined the Awesome Burger, and was developed by Sweet Earth, a brand acquired by Nestle in 2017. The brand already makes more traditional veggie burgers that do not mimic meat but have added the...