Future of Food

Forget facts and figures

(5 July/Farmers Weekly) At the recent Primary Industries Summit, Nestle’s corporate head of agriculture Hans Johr commented that the future isn’t about facts and figures and farmers must collaborate if they are to survive. Johr stated that social media has the ability to bring consumer and farmer closing together and the farmers need to be...

Government will discuss GE use

(4 July/Farmers Weekly) At the recent Primary Industries Summit in Wellington, Agriculture Minister Damien O’Connor reported that overseas consumers will ultimately determine whether New Zealand adopts Genetic Engineering (GE). New Zealand has had a long history of debating whether GE food should available in our country even though it has strong scientific backing that it...

Impossible burger becomes just… impossible

[3 July/Rural Life] The EU’s recent proposed ban on the use of terms like burger, sausage or steak to describe non-meat-based products reflects the global surge in popularity of faux-meat products. The intention of the EU agricultural committee in delineating plant-based products is to ensure consumers are protected from possible mis-labelling and confusion as these...

MPI launches investigation after Hell fake meat stunt

[3 July/The Country] The Ministry for Primary Industries (MPI) is investigating Hell Pizza after receiving a number of complaints from customers. This comes after the fast-food chain sold more than 3000 of its new Burger Pizzas last month, with most customers not realising its burger-like topping was made of Beyond Meat, a plant-based meat alternative....

With Beyond Meat rivals ‘freaking out’, the knives are out

[June 26/Stuff] Mighty Spark Foods, a US maker of lean natural meats, links and blended patties, has been reported to fill its corporate website with recipes and news about its executives and charitable work. Subsequently, came the Beyond Meat IPO which resulted in stock price to jump more than any other IPO this year. Post...

Hell Pizza at legal risk over covertly dishing up Beyond Meat burger patties – lawyer

[June 28/Stuff] Hell Pizza denies misleading customers by covertly serving fake meat, despite a lawyer’s warning the company may have breached the Fair Trading Act. The New Zealand-owned chain launched its burger pizza last Friday, with ingredients including “medium-rare burger patty”. After selling thousands of the pizzas to customers around the country, Hell revealed on...

Want to feed the world? Just grab some grub

[06 June/Farmers Weekly] Auckland University of Technology Senior Lecturer and Registered Dietitian Dr Caryn Zinn is exploring how insects and other alternative proteins might be used or added to a range of specialty foods. Dr Zinn reports that conventional livestock will not be able to sustainably meet global demand for meat, so alternatives are needed...

Hollywood heavyweight calls for more plants, less meat and dairy

[10 May/Stuff NZ] James Cameron, Oscar-winning Movie Director believes that shifting to plant-based protein and milk will help New Zealand’s transition into a low-emission economy. James Cameron and his wife Suzy Amis Cameron live on a 5000-hectare farm in south Wairarapa and grow organic fruit, nuts and vegetables. The Camerons told the summit the dairy...

Farmers need infrastructure to support new crops, Pāmu boss says

[10 May/Stuff NZ] One of the main messages at the Just transition Summit in New Plymouth on Friday was that although farmers are adapting to changing consumer demands, rapid investment needs to be made in infrastructure to make money off new crops. Pāmu Chief Executive Steve Carden reports that if processing facilities for hemp are...

Vegan company Beyond Meat nearly triples first day on stock market

[03 May/Stuff NZ] Meat alternative company Beyond Meat has had the year’s best first day for a US initial public offering after rising 163 percent from its IPO price of USD$25 (approx. NZD $38) per share to USD$65.75 (approx. NZD$99.50). This gives the company a market value around USD3.8 billion (approx. NZD$5.7 billion). Beyond Meat...

Does NZ win or lose as world agriculture gets remade for a planet of 10b?

[27 April/Stuff NZ] Raymond McCauley, Chair of Biotechnology at Silicon Valley’s Singularity University reports that the world of agriculture is about to be remade as the world prepares to feed 10 billion people by 2050 whilst looking after the planet. Mr McCauley reported there will be no choice but to turn to science to solve...

Medicinal cannabis firm Pure Cann New Zealand gets $6 million investment

[26 April/NZ Herald] Pure Cann New Zealand, a medicinal cannabis company has secured $6 million from Australia’s Cann Group for a 20 percent stake.  The investment will be made in stages depending, with an initial 10 percent given on or before August 30 and a further 10 percent when New Zealand regulations have come into...

Burger Culture introduces vegan patty to encourage less meat consumption

[24 April/Stuff NZ] Nelson burger joint Burger Culture, has added the Beyond Meat burger patty to its menu. The plant-based patty caught co-owner by surprise when he consumed it, finding that it had the taste and texture of meat so is adding it to the menu in the hopes that it will encourage consumers to...

Mila Kunis is a fan of Kiwi start up Milk 2.0

[24 April/NZ Herald] Auckland vegan milk start up Milk 2.0 has won some big-name fans in North America following a recent Ted Talks event in Vancouver. Milk 2.0 makes about 120 bottles of almond and pumpkin seed milks each week. It was one of six food and beverage companies selected from around the world to...

Whangamata man takes bet on sheep milk spirits, launches The White Sheep Co

[23 April/NZ Herald] Whangamata local Sam Brown knew he was onto something when he came up with sheep milk spirits. The White Sheep Co was founded at the start of the year and took to the market in January with a gin and cream liqueur and later a vodka, made from sheep milk. The company...

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...