Future of Food

Changing the face of farming

[12 April/Farmers Weekly] Alternative proteins and genomics could change the face of New Zealand agriculture, a Ministry of Business, Innovation and Employment report suggests. However, due to New Zealand’s attitude surrounding the topic of gene editing, it may not be given a look. Studies indicate that it would improve the quality of crops as well...

Kiwi nootropic firm aiming to become ‘world’s most iconic brain health brand’

[10 April/Nutra Ingredients] Ārepa, a New Zealand food technology firm with its patented nootropic formula has a goal of becoming the world’s most well-known brain health brand. Founder Angus Brown reports that the formula was created with the help of neurologists and food technologists. It contains four main ingredients including a New Zealand pine bark...

New Culture’s cow-free cow cheese draws US backing

[09 April/NZ Herald] Kiwi start-up New Culture is developing lab-grown mozzarella. There is a growing demand for good-tasting vegan cheese that tastes good and is made for the conscious consumer. Co-founder Matt Gibson says New Culture has no direct competitors or at least none who are funded. Mr Gibson relocated from Auckland to California in...

Deer milk exposure ‘invaluable’

[1 April/Rural Life] Pamu deer milk featured on the menu in Macau at Asia’s 50 Best Restaurants awards last week. Hamish Glendinning, Pamu Business Development Manager reported that it was invaluable exposure for the product and shows the growing interest in the milk. It was used to make a panna cotta at the annual awards....

B-ewe-tiful: Turning sheep milk into liquor

[31 March/NBR] Sam Brown is the Sole Owner and Founder of New Zealand based start-up The White Sheep which uses sheep milk as the base ingredient for its gin, vodka and cream liqueur. Mr Brown’s vodka won a gold medal in the vodka category at New Zealand Spirit Awards 2019. Currently the drinks are available...

One giant leap

[29 March/Farmers Weekly] Wiebe Draijer, Rabobank Chairman reports that food producers now face challenges similar to those faced by the scientists upon Apollo 11, due to climate change effects, issues of depleted soil and nutritional problems faced by consumers. Mr Draijer states that another agricultural revolution is needed, with the world’s population expected to reach...

Wairarapa company Breadcraft launches hemp seed, cricket flour wraps

[March 29/Stuff NZ] Breadcraft has launched a range of wraps made from hemp seed and cricket flour.  The wraps have been sold under a new brand Rebel Bakehouse and are on sale in supermarkets. Hemp seed products have been appearing in protein powder since it was approved for food use last year but this is...

Hemp milk: A Hawke’s Bay company is developing it, but would you drink it?

[18 March/the Country] Kanapu, a Hawke’s Bay company, is trying to mass-produce hemp milk. Kanapu has hemp seed oil and hemp flakes set to hit the market within the next four weeks. Isaac Beach, Managing Director states that the company’s main focus for hemp is the food sector and aims to provide healthy food alternatives...

AgResearch: Foods of the future to boost brain

[10 November/New Zealand Herald] AgResearch scientists are working on programmes that have been awarded more than $21 million from the Ministry of Business, Innovation and Employment’s Endeavour Fund. Projects include investigating the potential for future foods to improve brain performance via the gut-brain axis. Programme Leader Dr Nicole Roy explained that our guts influence our...

Edible weeds the focus for Whanganui workshop

[11 November/New Zealand Herald] Julia Sich will demonstrate and teach her knowledge of herbal remedies at a health workshop in Whanganui on November 26. Ms Sich graduated with a diploma in horticulture from Massey University, and then worked at Weleda in Havelock North were she made medical remedies and teas. Ms Sich has battled health...

Chicken without the chicken flying off the shelves

[13 November/New Zealand Herald] Kiwi start-up Sunfed Meats, produces a pea-protein chicken substitute consistently sold out at stockists. Sunfed Meats is looking for investors to expand. Founder and Chief Executive Shama Sukul Lee launched a campaign to raise capital to meet the growing demand for its chicken product. A significant portion of demand is from...

UberEats is going to let you order food from ‘virtual restaurants’ that don’t exist IRL

[10 November/Mashable Australia] UberEats is now serving dishes from virtual restaurants. The new concept allows you to order from a restaurant that doesn’t have a full-fledged store presence. For example, a sandwich café could theoretically also serve a salad with relatively no change to the ingredients in its store. Through UberEast the sandwich café would...

A food future of lab grown steaks and yeast brewed milk

[10 November/Stuff] Tarata farmer Bryan Hocken says the synthetic meat revolution is another challenge for the dairy industry. However, he is not worried. He points out that in New Zealand animals are farmed outdoors all year round and grow fat on a diet dominated by grass. It’s as natural as large-scale farming gets. He believes...

Peter Jackson eyes up opportunities in leading edge food business

[19 October/Stuff] Earlier this year Sir Peter Jackson and Film Director James Cameron set up a company called PBT New Zealand. Chief Executive of the Foundation for Arable Research (FAR) Nick Pyke has confirmed this stands for ‘plant-based technology’, and that FAR is working on some projects with them. All parties involved have been tight-lipped...

Media Take: New Zealand will get blindsided by artificial meat and milk

[24 October/Stuff] Columnist, and former Federated Farmers Whanganui President Rachel Stewart said New Zealand would be left behind if the country didn’t embrace artificial meat and milk on Media Take last Tuesday. She was disturbed by Fonterra’s claim last week that the artificial meat and milk industry was not a threat when there was already...

Green Party gets it wrong on organics

 [11 April/ Rural News] Organics Aotearoa New Zealand Chair, Doug Voss said the Green Party had unacceptably misrepresented findings of the 2016 New Zealand Organic Market Report. Mr Voss added that a Green Party media release contained many factual errors. Mr Voss explained that the Green Party portrayed the New Zealand Organic Sector as going...

Report shows strong future for organic products

[8 April/ Rural News] Horticulture New Zealand Chief Executive, Mike Chapman said the 127 percent increase in organic sales through supermarkets over the last four years was good news for organic fruit and vegetable growers. Mr Chapman said the 2016 Organics Aotearoa Organic Market Report showed shoppers were thinking more about what they were putting...

NZ organic sector growing strongly: Latest research

 [7 April/ Organics Aotearoa New Zealand News Release] The 2016 New Zealand Organic Market Report showed that the domestic market for certified organic products was worth $217 million, with organic grocery sales through supermarkets increasing by 127 percent since 2012. New Zealand’s organic pastoral exports increased by over 11 percent since 2012. Organics Aotearoa New...

Lewis Road Creamery chocolate milk faces off for global food title

[7 April/ Business Day] Lewis Road Creamery’s chocolate milk has been put forward by a panel of international judges to represent New Zealand in a global competition for innovative food products. The competition would assess 84 food products from around the world. Review Publishing Managing Director said the milk was chosen for the collaboration category...

Chicken chunks made from peas bring in investors

[18 March/ Business Day: NZ Farmer] Sunfed Meats, a start-up company that made peas into chicken, has attracted $1.2 million from international angel investors. The chicken was made from yellow peas imported from Canada, but tasted and looked like chicken. Sunfed Meats Chief Executive, Shama Lee said producing meat from animals was costly and inefficient,...

Calls for wonky fruit and veg to join the ‘perfect’ shapes in supermarkets

[21 February/ Business Day] New Zealand supermarkets have not been selling oddly shaped fruit and vegetables, as they only sell A-grade fruits and vegetables at a premium price. Federation of Family Budgeting Representative, Raewyn Fox said the oddly shaped fruit and vegetables were still fit for human consumption and would help customers living on tight...

Hop shortage could result in price rise for beer

[14 February/ Business Day] Black Dog Brewery Manager, Adrian Klemp said beer prices would likely rise due to a global shortage in hops. Mr Klemp explained that the shortage was due to a number of factors, including droughts in the United States and Australia, combined with growing demand for the product. Mr Klemp added that...

Sit up, your dinner’s printed

[11 February/ Dairy News] Federated Farmers Dairy Industry Group Chairperson, Andrew Hoggard said in an opinion piece that 3D food printers are arriving on the scene and that branded consumer products could be a thing of the past. Mr Hoggard said that if the technology takes off, consumers would be going to the supermarket to...

Duck eggs hatch into growing business for Taranaki couple

 [5 February/ Business Day: NZ Farmer] Taranaki Duck Farmers, Dawn and Glen Bendall believed that duck eggs could be an alternative for those with allergies to chicken eggs. Ms Bendall said that duck eggs contained Omega 3, vitamins A, D, E and K2, and was an alkaline alternative to acidic chicken eggs. New Zealand Nutrition...