Agribusiness strategy

Prestigious Trans-Tasman agribusiness awards head to New Zealand for first time

[3 July/Rabobank] The prestigious trans-Tasman Rabobank Leadership Awards – recognising outstanding leadership in the food and agricultural sector – are to be held in New Zealand this year, for the first time in the awards’ history. The two industry accolades – the Rabobank Leadership Award and the Rabobank Emerging Leader Award – are peer-nominated and...

Country of origin food labeling bill passes third reading

[29 November/NZ Herald] Following Select Committee changes, pork products have now been included in a new food-labelling bill which has passed its final reading in Parliament. The Consumers’ Right to Know (Country of Origin of Food) Bill, which requires food to carry country of origin labelling, passed its third reading with almost unanimous support from...

Finalists for 2018 New Zealand Food Awards revealed

[6 September/FMCG Business] The Finalists for the 2018 New Zealand Food Awards were revealed, and included a range of new products including Pamu deer milk powder, Ora King TYEE salmon from New Zealand King Salmon, and cultured vegan butter from Savour Ltd among others. It was the 32nd year of the awards. They showcase what...

Kiwi export foods need one brand

[27 June/Farmers Weekly] New Zealand’s farming industry faced a range of challenges and branding was key to success according to speakers at Federated Farmers’ national conference. Brand Strategist, Brian Richards, said it was critical New Zealand learnt to sell less for more and take advantage of the vote of confidence from the wider world. He...

NZ’s organic sector worth $600m

[21 June/NZ Herald] New Zealand’s organic sector grew 30 percent over the past two years to an estimated value of $600 million according to the newly released Organics Aotearoa New Zealand (OANZ) market report. The organic sector’s value lifted to $600 million in 2017 from $467 million 2015. Over that time, the value of organic...

NZ missing a trick when it comes to selling our food overseas

[18 June/Stuff] Lincoln University Agribusiness Management Senior Lecturer, Nic Lees, said the Government needed to invest in a national food brand. He added Synlait’s infant formula sold in the U.S. was branded as coming from New Zealand grass fed dairy cows, but most New Zealand products were unbranded despite research that showed western consumers viewed...

Canterbury’s CropLogic cuts more than half its staff in major restructure

[1 May/National Business Review] CropLogic, a Christchurch based agronomy services company, is reported to have cut more than half its staff in a major restructure. Managing Director, Jamie Cairns, resigned last week without giving a reason. The business is moving its head office to Australia to better target the market there. CropLogic’s technology was built...

Primary council to realise vision

[30 April/Farmers Weekly] The Government’s recently appointed Primary Sector Council will give it advice on the future direction of the primary sector. Agriculture and Rural Communities Minister, Damien O’Connor, said each sector would work with the council to address strengths, weaknesses and challenges. The council was designed to provide a shared vision of the direction...

Farmers given food for thought

[26 March/Rural Life] Professor Keith Woodford raised an idea that Hakataramea Valley farmers could market their products directly to consumers. The Hakataramea Sustainability Collective comprises farmers whose aim is to assist and encourage the protection and enhancement of the valley’s environment and promote sustainability. Mr Woodford was optimistic about the sheep industry and wasn’t concerned...

Agribusiness needs urgent vision

[6 February/Rural News] Agriculture Minister, Damien O’Connor, has returned from a recent trip to Europe with a strengthened belief that New Zealand needs a vision and strategic plan for the agribusiness sector.  Having visited a number of countries as well as the Green Week trade show in Berlin, he said the language in Europe is...

New food wave demands primary sector unity

[11 January /NZ Farmer] Meat industry leader and CEO of Waikato based Greenlea Premier Meats has called for New Zealand primary and food producers to work as one to plan how the country responds to new generation food challenges.  Mr Egan made a call for a collective initiative to develop a common vision for the...

Honour in the face of adversity

[6 January/ NZ Farmers Weekly] A number of primary sector leaders have been recognised in the New Year Honours for their service to the industry.  National President of the New Zealand Rural Support Trust, Neil Bateup, received an Officer of the NZ Order of Merit award for his services to agriculture and the community.  Mr...

Big ag shakeup

[10 November/ Farmers Weekly] Agriculture Minister Damien O’Connor said significant changes would be made to the Ministry for Primary Industries after the Government declared the super ministry, created by the previous National government in 2012, was not fit for purpose. The Labour-led Government have decided to separate aspects of the primary sector into special-purpose bodies....