Nationwide egg shortage could hit shell-shocked Kiwis in the back pocket

Nationwide egg shortage could hit shell-shocked Kiwis in the back pocket

[14 April/Stuff NZ] A nationwide egg shortage has left free range egg suppliers scrambling to keep up with soaring demand as some supermarket stores’ shelves are left bare, which could result in an increase in prices. Countdown’s head of perishables for deli and bakery Nikhil Sawant stated there had been...
Hawke's Bay vintage one for the history books

Hawke’s Bay vintage one for the history books

[16 April/The Country] Wine growers have reaped the benefits of a long hot summer with optimal ripening conditions leading to a vintage to remember for Hawke’s Bay’s three signature varieties, chardonnay, syrah and cabernet sauvignon/merlot blends. Yields have been down, but quality has been up with smaller fruit having good...
MP Barbara Kuriger presents petition calling for better rural healthcare

MP Barbara Kuriger presents petition calling for better rural healthcare

[16 April/The Country] King Country MP Barbara Kuriger has presented a petition to Parliament’s Health Select Committee with the aim of changing the Government’s approach towards both measuring and funding rural healthcare needs. Mrs Kuriger reports that the Ministry of Health does not have proper population data for rural New...
New project to support farmers in minimising rural waste

New project to support farmers in minimising rural waste

[16 April/The Country] The Associate Minister for the Environment, Eugenie Sage, announced the launch of the New Zealand Rural Waste Minimisation Project on Thursday. Rural recycling programme Agrecovery will offer nationwide events for farmers to sustainably dispose of waste. These events will clear agrichemical and motor oil containers, unwanted agrichemicals,...
World first from Meadow Mushrooms

World first from Meadow Mushrooms

[15 April/FMCG Business] Meadow Mushrooms have created green packaging for their products made out of mushrooms as a world first. The company stopped using plastic punnets to hold their mushrooms, eliminating the equivalent of 2.5 million plastic drink bottles, in just a year and converted to bio-degradable and compostable cardboard...
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Kiwis discover insects that weren’t known in their native countries

[15 April/The Country] Scientists from the Bio-Protection Research Centre have described and named two new exotic insects present in New Zealand that weren’t previously known about even in their native countries. Two psyllids (also called jumping plant lice) Acizzia errabunda and Ctenarytaina insularis were found in the country. They are very small insects, no longer...

Stewart Island oyster farmers get $2.5m compensation after devastating parasite found

[12 April/Stuff NZ] Big Glory Bay oyster farmers on Stewart Island have been paid out nearly $2.5 million in compensation after being forced to close their businesses. Biosecurity New Zealand senior manager John Sanson reported 31 compensation claims had been received from oyster farmers at Big Glory Bay no new claims had been received since...

Controls on fruit and vegetables lifted after no new fruit flies found in Auckland

[12 April/Stuff NZ] No more Queensland fruit flies have been found on Auckland’s North Shore and controls on the movement of fruit and vegetables have been lifted. Biosecurity New Zealand made the decision after weeks of an extensive trapping and inspection program. Since the last fruit fly was found over a month ago, they are...

NAIT registration draws interest at Central Districts Field Days

[11 April/The Country] Several hundred farmers updated their NAIT details at the OSPRI stall at the Central Districts Field Days. Mr Watson, a lifestyle farmer updated his details and reported that other farmers should do the same especially after the Mycoplasma bovis outbreak. The M. bovis outbreak was made easier to track due to the...

Kiwifruit workers scramble for Te Puke accommodation amid housing ‘crisis’

[14 April/The Country] Affordable accommodation is hard to find for seasonal workers in Te Puke during the kiwifruit picking season. The Western Bay District Council announced they are increasing monitoring of freedom camping areas during the season and that those breaking the local bylaw will be fined $200. Mayor Garry Webber reported the industry needs...

Pest fly found in citrus fruit

[12 April/Farmers Weekly] Larvae of the spotted wing drosophila were found in a single orange in a citrus shipment from the United States on 08 April.  The fly is not normally associated with citrus fruit but is a serious risk to a range of fruit crops. A temporary hold has been placed on citrus consignments...

Seventy new jobs for Central Hawke’s Bay as OIO approves farm conversion to huge apple orchard

[12 April/The Country] The Overseas Investment Office (OIO) has approved Craigmore Sustainables to invest in developing an apple orchard in Hawke’s Bay. 130 hectares will be converted from pastoral farming and annual cropping into an apple orchard. The orchard is expected to be in production by mid-2020 with 73 full time employees. The investment is...

Bare land best kiwifruit option

[11 April/Farmers Weekly] Con Williams, MyFarm Investment Research head reports that bare land conversion may be a better option for SunGold Kiwifruit orchard investors. Williams reported this is due to the fact that SunGold Orchard sales values are around the million dollars a hectare mark. Three years ago planted land was fetching $525,000-$625,000 a hectare...

Seeka pumps $18m into Kerikeri kiwifruit packing facility

[11 April/The Country] Seeka has recently purchased Kerikeri kiwifruit packing facility and spent more than $18 million on it to modernise the outdated facility. Seeka purchased T&G Globals Waipapa Road packing operation in April last year and has since built a new packing shed and installed grading and sizing equipment. The upgrades are expected to...

Muzzle takes Merino prize

[12 April/Farmers Weekly] Muzzle Station in the Clarence Valley won the 2019 Marlborough Merino Association two-tooth ewe flock competition. Guy and Fiona Redfern with Colin and Tina Nimmo won the overall top prize as well as the conformation section. Their flock is made up of 1760 Merino ewes which typically clip 6.8 kilogram of 18.7...

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...

Banks claim their books solid

[12 April/Farmers Weekly] ASB and Rabobank are the two banks with the highest proportion of non-performing farm loans in New Zealand according to the Reserve Bank’s financial strength dashboard. Both ASB and Rabobank maintain their loan books remain solid. Each bank holds about 17 percent of the market’s agricultural loans. A Rabobank spokesman said the...

Supreme environmental win for Tīrau farmers

[16 April/Stuff NZ] The 2019 Waikato Ballance Farm Environment Awards Supreme Award has been won by Tīrau’s Adrian and Pauline Ball. Mr and Mrs Ball were one of five finalists for the award and have run Dennley farms for 30 years in Rangipai Road and also have a dry stock block along the Waihou River....

Farm Environment Awards supreme winner named

[12 April/Rural Life] Kepler Farm in Te Anau has been named this year’s supreme winner of the Southland Ballance Farm Environment Awards. Travis Leslie and Catriona Cunningham have been managing the beef and sheep farm since 2012. Carrying about 7300 sheep and 1650 cattle, the operation’s main focus is a terminal sire sheep flock called...

Lamb prices hold firm

[16 April/Rural News] Susan Kilsby, ANZ’s Agricultural Economist has reported that lamb prices have held up at stronger levels than those expected. The going rate is about $7/kg in the North Island and $6.60/kg in the South Island. Strong international markets have allowed the processors to keep prices strong especially due to the steady number...

Demand for NZ beef increases as swine fever hits Chinese pork production

[15 April/Stuff NZ] New Zealand’s largest export market for beef is now China, who have overtaken the United States. This is reported to be due to African swine fever (ASF) effecting the Chinese domestic pork production. More than 70 outbreaks of the virus have been confirmed in China with more than 600,000 pigs that have...

Sheep meat exports affected by Brexit

[16 April/Rural Life] Ongoing Brexit uncertainty is having a negative impact on New Zealand sheep meat exports. In January export volumes plunged 32 percent year-on-year according to Rabobank’s latest Agribusiness Monthly report. Global demand and in-market prices in New Zealand’s key export markets remain generally strong however the United Kingdom is the market causing the...

Vegan protesters charged after stopping traffic in Melbourne

 [09 March/NewsHub] 39 Vegan protestors have been charged after protesting against abattoirs at a major intersection blocking traffic in Melbourne. It has been reported they might face imprisonment for obstructing roads and resisting police. The protestors chained themselves to vans parked on tram tracks. The protest was part of a global movement calling for an...

Every little bit helps, but government action is needed to reverse low UK recycling rates

[05 April/Food Navigator] Tesco has launched a new recycling initiative that allows customers to return previously unrecyclable plastics such as potato chip packets. The supermarket has installed 10 collection booths at stores in Swindon and Bristol. The waste is to be sent to Recycling Technologies who have developed a way to turn plastics back into...

Top 20 Startups Tackling the Middle of Food’s Supply Chain in 2018

[04 April/AgFunder] A growing number of start-ups are tackling the portion of the supply chain between farmers and retailers, called “Midstream Technologies” an AgFunder investment reported stated. This includes traceability technologies, environmental sensing technology and robotics for processors. In 2018, the category gained in popularity among venture capital investors with start-ups having a 44 percent...

New plant-based beverage targets older consumers

[04 April/FoodDive] Perennial, a California-based startup, debuted its inaugural product; a plant-based, non-dairy beverage for consumers 50 years and older. The product is intended to help healthy aging by containing a combination of fibre, vitamins and plant protein which emphasizing gut, bone and brain health. The product has no lactose or cholesterol, the company stated,...

New partnership establishes the blockchain of taste

[04 April/FoodDive] Ripe.io which uses blockchain and similar distributed ledger technology to track foods through the supply chain has announced a partnership with FlavorWiki. FlavorWiki has a digital app for consumers to evaluate taste. The partnership is intended to enable consumers to find out how their products taste throughout production and the supply chain, with...

Blue Apron Taps Former Etsy Executive as CEO Replacing Brad Dickerson

[03 April/Bloomberg] Linda Findley Kozlowski replaces Brad Dickerson as the new CEO of Blue Apron Holdings Inc, a meal-kit delivery company. The incorporation soared as much as 24 percent in early trading Wednesday after the announcement, with shares now values at USD$1.20 (approx. NZD $1.80). Blue Apron also affirmed its outlook for “significant improvement” in...