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Swiss start-up’s insect-derived food intent on overcoming consumer bugbear

[18 August/Food Navigator] Essento, a Swiss based start-up, is planning to make its range of insect based burgers and meatballs available to consumers through supermarkets. The products which blend products like rice, vegetables, chickpeas and flavouring with flourworms will initially be offered through seven stores in Geneva, Bern and Zurich. Co-founder of Essento, Christian Bartsch,...

Ballance returns up as farmers buy more ‘smart’ products

[28 July/ Stuff] Ballance Agri-Nutrients’ gross trading result increased from $22 million to $56.8m in the last financial year, allowing a $54m farmer shareholder return. The fertiliser company’s revenue dropped 4 percent to $805 million, and sales volume saw a 1 percent decreased; however, Chief Executive Mark Wynne said Ballance improved its performance due to...

NZ wine regions move to protected model

[ 27 July/ NZ Herald] The Geographical Indications (Wine and Spirits) Registration Act, passed in 2006, allows wine regions to register with the Intellectual Property Office New Zealand and ensure the region’s name is reserved for wine of that area. New Zealand wine regions can officially register for the protection under the legislation, which came...

Canada’s policies depress milk prices

[29 June/ Radio NZ] Ten global dairy organisations including The Dairy Companies Association of New Zealand (DCANZ) and dairy industry leaders from Argentina, Australia, EU, Mexico and the US, are urging Canada to remove milk policies they say are depressing milk prices. DCANZ said Canada’s ‘Special Milk Class 7’ policies implemented in February 2017 were...

Shed serves up lessons on value of wool

[26 June/ NZ Farmer] New Zealand wool takes centre stage every year at the Championship at Wimbledon, as all 54,000 tennis balls used at the event are covered in felt made from nine tonnes of NZ sourced wool.  The wool is woven into felt in the UK before being shipped to the Slazenger factory in...

Fishpeople wants to fix the ‘fundamentally broken’ seafood industry with increased transparency

[25 May/ Food Navigator USA] CEO of seafood company Fishpeople Seafood, Ken Plasse, believes the seafood industry is broken and crowded with businesses that fail the oceans and consumers. Mr Plasse noted the lack of transparency and poor consumer practices in the seafood industry, causing consumer distrust. Fishpeople, launched in 2012, plans to change this...

Hops production in NZ slumps by 10 percent

[22 May/ Radio NZ Country] The New Zealand Hop Co-operative says that its 18 growers, all of whom are in the Nelson region, has seen production fall around 10% to 750 tonnes.  CEO, Doug Donelan, said the crop had suffered as the the weather had not been right since spring started wet, and was compounded...

National sheep numbers drop by 5%

[11 May/ Radio NZ Rural] Statistics New Zealand figures showed a 5 percent decrease in sheep numbers, a 7 percent decrease in deer numbers, and a 2 percent rise in the number of dairy cattle in 2016. Sheep numbers have declined from an all-time high of over 70 million in 1982 to under 28 million...

Perdue pledges to advocate for trade, but will Trump listen?

 [24 March/ Food Dive] President Trump’s Agriculture Secretary nominee, Sonny Perdue, promised farm-state senators in both parties he would strongly promote international agricultural trade and create jobs in the struggling industry. President Trump’s withdrawal from the 12-country Trans-Pacific Partnership, and preference to seek bilateral instead of multi-lateral deals provides a challenge to Senator Perdue’s statements....

Blue Apron acquires grass-fed beef company

[24 March/ Food Dive] Blue Apron, a meal kit business, has acquired the BN Ranch beef business and brands. Blue Apron has had BN Ranch products on its menu for the past two years. Bill Niman, the president and founder of BN Ranch, will join Blue Apron and oversee further development of animal welfare and...

Otago winemaker signs deal for US distribution

[25 March. New Zealand Herald] Peregrine Wines has signed a deal with Vineyard Brands that will enable the full Peregrine Wines portfolio to be distributed to every state in the United States. Before Peregrine, Vineyard Brands had dealt with Villa Maria. The new distribution contract could mean a 50 percent increase in production for Peregrine...

Auckland student extols virtues of studying agriculture

[16 March/ Stuff] At a future leaders’ meeting held during a series of events including Central Districts Field Days, Mt Albert Grammar student Fatima Imran disagreed with her fellow students’ opinion that agricultural studies is a “bum” subject, and the class made her obsessed with the industry, encouraging more and more of her fellow students...

Bolthouse Farms showcases pea-based plant protein milk at Expo West ahead of summer launch

[10 March/ Food Navigator] Bolthouse Farms, a Campbell Soup Company brand, has created a plant-based milk product containing 10g of non-GMO pea protein per 8oz serving, 5g cane sugar, 50 percent more calcium than dairy milk, vitamin A, B12, D and E, and will be available in original, unsweetened, chocolate and vanilla flavours. Chief Marketing...

From marketing to taste: How virtual reality will change the food industry

 [7 March/ Dairy Reporter] Virtual reality has been introduced to the food industry, and is expected to change the way consumers taste food through use of multisensory experiences. Several food and drink manufacturers, such as premium tequila brand Patrón and French cheese manufacturer Boursin, are already using virtual reality to convey their brand message. The...

Kiwis want to know origins of their fruit and veges

[9 March/ Stuff] A new Consumer NZ and Horticulture NZ survey has found 71 per cent of the 1,000 people surveyed supported mandatory labelling of fruit and vegetables showing where they were grown. The survey also showed seventy per cent preferred to buy New Zealand grown produce, and 60 per cent said they looked for...

Crown argues it has power to revoke status of conservation land in Ruataniwha appeal

[27 February/ National Business Review] The Royal Forest & Bird Protection Society has challenged the Court of Appeal’s Department of Conservation land swap decision. The challenge was enlivened after director-general of conservation, Lou Sanson, successfully revoked the conservation status of a 22 hectare piece of Ruahine Forest Park land within the boundaries of a proposed...

Machines could replace migrant labour on farms, says minister

 [22 February/ The Daily Telegraph] UK Environment Secretary, Andrea Leadson, has said machines could reduce Britain’s reliance on seasonal European Union (EU) agricultural workers after Brexit, adding that immigration controls were an important element behind the vote to leave the EU. In addressing a UK National Farmers Union, Ms Leadson said that she is interested...

Global dairy prices decline

 [22 February/Radio New Zealand] The overnight GlobalDairyTrade auction showed 3.2 percent fall in dairy product prices, compared to a 1.3 percent drop in the previous auction. Skimmed and whole milk powder prices fell 3.8 and 3.7 percent respectively, with the farm gate payout at US$3200 per tonne of whole milk powder- approximately the farmer breakeven...

Countdown on for Hunter Downs Water irrigation scheme

[17 February/ Stuff] Hunter Downs Water (HDW) irrigation scheme managers have six weeks to sign prospective shareholders to solidify the scheme’s continuance. HDW chairman, Andrew Fraser, said for the scheme proceed there had to be sufficient support from farmers in the area. The $195 million project expects farmers to contribute 28.5 percent, with the remainder...

Bovine TB turns up in small Waikato dairy herd

[2 February/ NZ Herald] Bovine TB has been discovered in a small dairy herd near Matamata in the Waikato.  The discovery triggered a programme of responsive testing and the slaughter of a small number of calves, according to OSPRI, the national TB eradication programme manager.  The animal was found at a routine post-mortem inspection at...

KPMG Enterprise – Future of Food Seminars

KPMG Enterprise is hosting Breakfast Presentations by Ian Proudfoot, Global Head of Agribusiness in both Auckland (Friday 3 March) and Christchurch (Wednesday 29 March). If you would like to hear his insights on the future of food and beverage and the implications for New Zealand, register your interest here.

Public input called for on plans to extend Kaikoura shellfish ban

 [20 January/ Business Day: NZ Farmer] The Ministry for Primary Industries is looking to extend an emergency ban on harvesting paua and other shellfish on the badly damaged fishery around Kaikoura.  The proposal is to extend the ban for a further nine months and written submissions are being sought.  The ban was introduced on 20...

Fridge stoush looms between milk companies Fonterra and Lewis

[12 December/ Business Day: NZ Farmer] Lewis Road Creamery Co-Founder, Peter Cullinane said Fonterra was trying to push smaller suppliers to the sidelines as it had almost exclusive supermarket shelf rights. Mr Cullinane explained that store owners had told him that Fonterra were in talks to take over about 97 percent of available shelf space...

Milk collection in doubt after earthquakes

 [16 November/ NZ Herald] The North Canterbury earthquakes have resulted in some farmers having to dispose of milk and take steps to maintain production due to road closures and structural issues with farm infrastructure. Fonterra’s Farm Source Chief Operating Officer, Miles Hurrell, said it was contacting and supporting as many of its farmers in affected...