Agribusiness strategy

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...

Coke’s dairy move to ruffle feathers

[28 June/ Dairy News] KPMG Global Head of Agribusiness, Ian Proudfoot said Fonterra should be worried if Coca-Cola entered the market by purchasing a dairy company as they would want to be number one. Mr Proudfoot said things were changing very rapidly in food with biological, physical and digital technologies creating new opportunities and solutions....

Growth forecast for primary exports

[18 June/ Otago Daily Times] The Situation and Outlook for Primary Industries report released by the Ministry for Primary Industries (MPI) showed that primary sector exports were likely to grow 3 percent in the year to June 2017, as they did in the past year. The report added that New Zealand export growth was likely...

Key says $4.5 billion dairy export losses are being backed up by other agri-earners

[17 June/ Business Day: NZ Farmer] A Ministry for Primary Industries report showed that dairy exports were expected to decrease to $13.2 billion in 2016, compared to nearly $17.8 billion in 2014. Prime minister, John Key said the 4.6 billion loss in dairy export earnings would be absorbed by other parts of the economy. Mr...

Clean, clear, connected and imperfect: Ingredion’s food trend predictions

[Foodnavigator.com/ 13 June] Ingredion, a global ingredients solutions business, has issued its predictions of what food will look like in 2020 in a new report, 2020: The Future of Simple, Natural and Clean Label Food.  Key trends in the report include the growing desire for imperfect products as consumers, especially Millennials, grow weary with carbon...

Major parts of agriculture are in crisis

[Business Day: NZ Farmer/ 13 June] A new book, The New Zealand Land & Food Annual, from Massey University Press concludes that with the fall in dairy prices major parts of the New Zealand’s primary industries are in crisis.  The book, edited by Clare Massey (Agri-Food Director at the University), explores through a series of...

Tourism needs a flavour of kiwi

 [30 May/ Farmers Weekly] Lewis Road Creamery Founder, Peter Cullinane said New Zealand dairy companies could work collectively to promote the New Zealand brand. Mr Cullinane added that some of the huge tourism promotional budget could be flavoured with New Zealand food and beverages along with the usual scenery and activities. Mr Cullinane noted that...

The economics of legalising New Zealand’s marijuana market

[17 April/ Business Day] New Zealand Initiative Head of Research, Eric Crampton said it was possible to legalise marijuana without increasing health costs. Mr Crampton said the key would be to keep the price of marijuana the same as it currently was in the black market by implementing a large excise tax on sales. Mr...

Guy attending OECD ag conference

[8 April/ Rural News] Primary Industries Minister, Nathan Guy has visited Paris for OECD’s Committee of Agriculture Ministerial Meeting. The meeting brought together Ministers of Agriculture from OECD countries and partner economies to discuss policies to achieve more productive, sustainable and resilient global food systems. Mr Guy said he wanted to highlight that substantial reductions...

Two out of three Kiwis buying organics: latest research

 [4 April/ Organics Aotearoa New Zealand Media Release] The 2016 New Zealand Organic Market Report showed that organic grocery sales through supermarkets and specialty stores have increased by 127 percent since 2012 as a result of increased domestic demand. Organics Aotearoa New Zealand (OANZ) Chief Executive, Brendan Hoare said the increase followed a global trend...

Agri-food sector crucial for New Zealanders’ wellbeing

[22 March/ Rural News] A Lincoln University study showed New Zealand’s agri-food sector contributed towards approximately 20 percent of the country’s GDP. In 2011-12, the growing and harvesting of products contributed 6 percent of GDP, the processing of those products contributed another 6 percent of GDP, and the goods and services that those primary and...

Future farms will provide high value customers what they eat for love and joy

 [17 March/ Business Day: NZ Farmer] KPMG Global Head of Agribusiness, Ian Proudfoot said finding niche markets, disrupting existing ones, and going the extra mile were essential if New Zealand was to retain its position as a top level agricultural producer. Mr Proudfoot said constant change would be key in the rapidly changing agriculture sector....

Health Minister says no plans for NZ sugar tax

[17 March/ NZ Herald] Health Minister, Jonathan Coleman said the Government would not introduce a sugar tax on soft drinks in New Zealand. Although the UK government has decided to implement a tax, Mr Coleman said the Government had more than 20 initiatives in place to combat obesity and a sugar tax would not be...

A big week in the Manawatu

[28 February/ Business Day: NZ Farmer] The inaugural New Zealand Agri Investment Week is to be launched in the Manawatu region this month. The week would focus on New Zealand’s agricultural success by demonstrating the country’s global competitive advantage. The event would look at investment through capital raising, investment in innovation, and investment in talent....

Taranaki food industry’s golden opportunity

[25 January/ Business Day] Massey University Vice-Chancellor, Steve Maharey said it is now the time to learn how to add value to agricultural products to make them commercially viable. Mr Maharey, who spoke at the Food Futures Taranaki event, urged the Taranaki food industries to be more innovative. Mr Maharey added that it is the...

My Food Bag’s phenomenal rise: from zero to $100m revenue in three years

[10 December/ NZ Herald] My Food Bag is set to hit $100 million in annual revenue, less than three years after it began. The company is currently one of New Zealand’s fastest growing, and has almost 30,000 customers across 14 cities in New Zealand and Australia. My Food Bag Founder and Chief Executive, Cecilia Robinson...

Maori business Kono in for the long haul – 500 years, says new chief

[12 November/ Business Day] Kono New Zealand Chief Executive, Rachel Taulelei said the company has deliberately set a 500 year plan so it can leave the resources it uses in a better condition than when the business started. The company, which is owned by Wakatu Incorporation, is one of the biggest employers in the Nelson...

Maori agriculture steps up

[9 November/ NZ Farmers Weekly] A new programme intended to improve productivity on Maori owned sheep and beef stations has been initiated by the Federation of Maori Authorities (FOMA).  The programme is modelled on a seven year economic pilot done on the East Coast by Tairawhiti Land Development Trust, which saw participating farms achieve an...

Greg Muir: Farming and future of food

[6 November/ NZ Herald] In an opinion piece, Greg Muir Managing Director of Tru-Test Group, reflects on the need to plan for a vastly different farming future.  He suggests that disruptions in other industries present a solid lead to how change may impact the primary sector, as technology and business model disruptors change traditional businesses...

NZ needs to lift its international branding

[27 October/ Dairy News] John Keogh, an international brand expert and adviser to companies and governments, told the Ministry for Primary Industries PGP expo that New Zealand has a lot of work to do on its international branding.  Commenting on the Origin Green brand developed in Ireland he suggested the industry has got its act...

Diamond to form cutting edge to boost ag business

[12 October/ NZ Farmers Weekly] Agribusiness Consultant, Andy Macfarlane and ANZCO Founder, Sir Graeme Harrison have developed a plan to make Canterbury the worlds hub for agribusiness. The concept, dubbed the Canterbury Green Diamond, would emulate the United States’ Silicon Valley and would establish worldwide recognition for the regions agricultural excellence. The Green Diamond would...

Indian seed market growing

[28 September/ NZ Farmer Weekly] Carrfields Group has opened its Indian seed operation, Winseed Agri Private, giving New Zealand cropping farmers a greater opportunity to grow a wide range of crops for export to India. Carrfields Managing Director, Craig Carr said the product would develop its own brand and be packaged in India, meeting the...

Foreign buyer deals could be approved faster if OIO beefed up

[8 September/ Business Day: NZ Farmer] Finance Minister, Bill English said the government is to consider increasing staff numbers and resources at the Overseas Investment Office, speeding up the time it takes for foreigners to buy New Zealand assets. Mr English said there had been complaints of delays at the agency, but stressed that the...

Our food story must tell the truth

[24 August/ NZ Farmers Weekly] Waikato University Agribusiness Professor, Jacqueline Rowarth said New Zealand needed to improve its marketing by basing it on facts, evidence and statistics rather than hype. Ms Rowarth said consumers are increasingly focused on where their food comes from, with a global trend towards natural, organic produce.  Ms Rowarth believed New...