Organics

Kiwi organic farmers can take US by storm through Costco

(7 July/Stuff) With Costco’s recent announcement that it will be opening a store in New Zealand it will provide a platform for organic food producers to break into the international market. Robyn O’Brien of rePlant Capital reported New Zealand organic producers have the opportunity to supply the U.S. market and that we should adopt organic...

Countdown to refuse to sell braeburn apples that aren’t organic

[23 April/The Country] Countdown has announced that they will not sell any braeburn apples that are not certified as organic. The move is to focus on making organic products more widely available and affordable for customers. The supermarket chain sells more than five million braeburn apples a year. Countdown has teamed up with Bostock New...

Organic dairying to clean river

[15 March/Farmers Weekly] An impact investment proposal has been made for 12 to 18 existing dairy farms in the Waipa River Catchment to convert to low-impact organic dairying. This has the potential to improve water quality in the Waipa-Waikato catchment and provide a good return. The proposal has been made by the Waikato River authority,...

Organic production standard Bill to be advanced

[10 December/Otago Daily Times] A national standard for organic production will be advanced as a Government Bill next year. It would give consumers confidence in organic claims and businesses certainty to invest and innovate in the growing sector, Agriculture and Food Safety Minister Damien O’Connor said.  According to the Minister, New Zealand is one of...

Organic producers call for national standard

[20 May/Radio NZ] Organic producers, importers and consumers met with the Ministry for Primary Industries to discuss whether New Zealand needed a national standard for organic products. Of the 25 countries who trade organically, New Zealand and Australia are the only two that don’t have a national standard to ensure products are organic. The Wellington...

Organic dairy could compete with alternative proteins, Tatua chairman says

[10 November/Stuff] Tatua Dairy Co-op Chairman Steve Allen says that New Zealand’s dairy industry could go 100 percent organic to compete with synthetic proteins. At a Rural Business Network meeting in Hawera, Mr Allen expressed concerns that the alternative protein industry is a threat to our primary sector. He sees non-GMO, grass-fed, chemical free beef...

US organics entrepreneur brings business boot camp to NZ

[24 October/ Buy Pure New Zealand Media Release] American Entrepreneur Gary Hirshberg is coming to New Zealand to help Kiwi natural and organics businesses learn how to create new markets for their products. Mr Hirshberg is the chairman and former CEO of Stonyfield Farm in New Hampshire, the world’s largest organic yoghurt company with more...