Agribusiness strategy

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...

MPI escapes the knife

[19 December/Rural News] Labour has reviewed its initial plan to split the Ministry for Primary Industries into a series of separate agencies for Fisheries, Forestry, Biosecurity and Food Safety instead looking to undertake a reorganisation to create a series of portfolio entities for these activities under the MPI umbrella. Agriculture Minister, Damien O’Connor, notes that...

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....

Regulation is wanted for organic farms

[19 June/ NZ Farmers Weekly] Organic farmers are looking to the government to regulate the sector to ensure the use of the word organic is protected. The message was conveyed clearly to the Primary Production Select Committee when it made a recent visit to the Hawkes Bay and met with organic producers. CEO of Organics...

Dairy, forestry and horticulture to drive gain in primary sector

[15 June/ NZ Herald] Growth in dairy products, forestry and horticultural exports are expected to increase New Zealand’s primary sector exports in the June 2017 year by 2.4 percent, up from the 1.4 percent growth three months earlier. The latest edition of the Situation and Outlook for Primary Industries said dairy exports are expected to...

Edinburgh office means big opportunities for Abacus

[26 May/ Otago Daily Times] AbacusBio, a Dunedin-based agribusiness consulting company is opening an office in Edinburgh in June. Dr Tim Byrne has been appointed Managing Director of the UK operation. The expansion was due to existing business relationships with large UK clients, as well as the attractiveness of a larger-scale market creating many new...

Premium products the key to turning NZ into ‘restaurant of the world’

 [17 March/ Stuff] The ASB Perspective 2025 panel discussion focused on what New Zealand needs to do to become the “restaurant to the world” by 2025. KPMG Farm Enterprise Specialist Julia Jones said listening to customers in overseas markets, looking at trends like alternative proteins and synthetic non-animal milk, and moving with the times would...

Primary sector needs a new story, NZ trade envoy says

 [10 February/ Business Day: NZ Farmer] Mike Petersen, the New Zealand Government’s Special Agricultural Trade Envoy, says that the Primary Sector Story needs rewriting if farmers are to reach their full potential.  He said overseas markets saw New Zealand as quirky, if we fell off the map tomorrow, nobody would care, Mr Petersen told the...

Café Chat: The bug slider at Te Papa

 [1 February/ Stuff] For many the idea of purposely ingesting an insect might not seem appealing to many but restaurants around the country are introducing them to their menu’s.  With Te Papa presenting its Bug Lab exhibition over the next three months, the museum’s café has created its Bug Slider to explore insects as edible...

Food chain: Consumers the weak link when it comes to waste

[29 January/ Business Day] Half of the Foodstuff’s Pak ‘N Save and New World stores across the country have adopted a new waste minimisation programme which is seeing significantly less food waste going to landfill than in the past with the ultimate goal being no food waste to landfill.  Foodstuffs Sustainability Manager, Mike Sammons, said...

More kiwis willing to pay for ethical shopping

 [Agribusiness strategy/ Business Day] Sales of Fair Trade products have increased 17% in Australia and New Zealand in the past year as more consumers put their money where their mouth is when it comes to sustainable and ethical products.  Recent market research suggested that 71% of Kiwi’s say that they were willing to pay more...

Primary exports down then up

[20 December/ Rural News] Ministry for Primary Industries Sector Policy Director, Jarred Mair said New Zealand’s primary exports would decrease by $300 million to $36.7 billion next year, but would increase by 12.5 percent to $41.2 billion in 2018. Mr Mair said the drop in 2017 would be due to falling lamb and beef production...

The ups and downs of 2016 – the year in review

[20 December/ Rural News] According to Rural News, highlights of the year included the successes of Zespri and the kiwifruit sector, the rise of Lewis Road Creamery, and the deal between Silver Fern Farms and Shanghai Maling. Other highs included the sharp increase in dairy pay outs, Federated Farmers’ response to the Kaikoura earthquake, and...

NZ on road to becoming the Detroit of agriculture

 [1 December/ Business Day: NZ Farmer] Strategic Communications Consultant, Rosie Bosworth said in an opinion piece that New Zealand was in danger of becoming the ‘Detroit of Agriculture’ as production moved elsewhere. Ms Bosworth explained that New Zealand’s agricultural industry would soon become a sunset industry as it was overtaken and displaced by disruptive technologies,...

Future of Food forum next month

 [31 October/ Rural News] The Future of Food Forum between the Netherlands and New Zealand organised by the Embassy of the Netherlands will take place in Auckland next week. The forum would take advantage of the similarities between the Netherlands and New Zealand and aimed to explore new opportunities where the two countries could collaborate...

New halal food guide chases multi-billion dollar Muslim tourist market

[24 August/ NZ Herald] Tourism New Zealand has launched a halal food guide to chase the multi-billion dollar Muslim tourist market. Tourism New Zealand South and South East Asia Regional Manager, Steven Dixon said the organisation knew how important access to information about suitable dining options was to the overall experience of New Zealand’s Muslim...

Old school thinking stunts export gains

 [19 August/ Business Day: NZ Farmer] New Zealand Merino Company Chief Executive, John Brakenridge said New Zealand was stuck in the past as it was trying to produce more low cost commodities rather than promote the fine products it already had. Mr Brakenridge added that New Zealand sold commodities at an export value of around...

Kiwi cooperatives celebrate success

[13 August/ Rural News] Winners at the Co-operative Business New Zealand Annual Awards Dinner included Fonterra, Farmlands and FMG. The event was a celebration of co-operatives and recognised outstanding governance, leadership and enduring service across the sector. Co-operative Business New Zealand Chairman, Jonathan Lee said the winners demonstrated all that was good about the co-operative...

Country of Origin labels under fire

[18 July/ Farmers Weekly] New Zealand meat and dairy exporters have been fearing a proposed trial in France which could see country of origin labels required for prepared food products. The two year trial still needed to gain final government approval, but could be enforced from 1 January. Dairy Companies Association Chief Executive, Kimberly Crewther...