Labour leader Jacinda Ardern wants royalty on commercial freshwater use to help clean up rivers

Labour leader Jacinda Ardern wants royalty on commercial freshwater use to help clean up rivers

[9 August/ NZ Herald] Jacinda Ardern is promising farmers that a Labour Party proposal to charge for freshwater will be fair and allow them to keep making a profit. Ms Ardern said Labour would charge an unspecified royalty for commercial water and use the money to clean up rivers, lakes...
Poultry suppliers quash claim of added water

Poultry suppliers quash claim of added water

[15August/Business Day] Poultry Industry Association of New Zealand Executive Director, Michael Brooks, is adamant that poultry suppliers are not pumping raw chicken with water to make it heavier following a complaint to the Commerce Commission by a home cook about the amount of water which came from his Countdown bought...
New Zealand’s rampant dairy growth drawing to a close: Rabobank

New Zealand’s rampant dairy growth drawing to a close: Rabobank

[15 August/Stuff: NZ Farmer] A new report from Rabobank New Zealand, Survive or Thrive, says the runaway growth of New Zealand’s dairy industry over the last 20 years will soon come to a standstill as environmental limits are reached. There has already been a marked slowdown in farm conversions and...
Horticulture NZ calls for food security policy

Horticulture NZ calls for food security policy

[9 August/NZ Herald] Horticulture New Zealand is advocating for a food security policy, and has launched an election manifesto outlining five key priorities for the new Government – biosecurity, food security, workforce capability, mandatory country of origin labelling, and healthy eating education. Chief Executive Mike Chapman said challenges to the...
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Mung bean protein isolate developed by Hampton Creek gets GRAS status

[10 August/Food Dive] The Food and Drug Administration has granted Hampton Creek generally recognised as safe (GRAS) status for its mung bean protein isolate (known as Jack). Hampton Creek note that Jack is the 7th protein isolate to receive GRAS status and that they are planning to use the product in their egg substitute product,...

Yili jumps on gaming bandwagon

[10 August/Dairy Reporter] Chinese dairy giant, Yili, has become the first dairy brand in China to participate in an interactive gaming event. Yili was invited to participate at the ChinaJoy digital entertainment expo were they featured the Byebye Jun brand, which has specifically designed for the new internet generation. The brand is being designed to...

Moving ‘beyond meat’: Algae is at the center of nutritional innovation

[10 August/ Food Dive- Opinion Piece] Algarithm President and POS Bio-Sciences CEO and President Dale Kelly believes algae has become a central component within the food, beverage and nutritional supplement industries as they adopt plant-based options that can meet or exceed the benefits of meat and seafood. Mr Kelly said algae offers tastier proteins and...

Meet Wim, a gadget that’ll make fast frozen yogurt on your kitchen counter

[9 August/Bloomberg] The latest machine bidding for space on the kitchen countertop is the Wim frozen yogurt maker. Similar in size to a Nespresso machine, Wim uses fast freezing technology and is aiming to become a major player in the USD60 billion global frozen desert category. The machine, created by former Google staffer (Bart Stein)...

Chobani reorganizes sales and marketing under ‘demand’ department

[9 August/ Food Dive] Chobani is restructuring traditional sales, marketing, insights, product innovation and commercial finance functions to create a demand department. The realignment is considered a way of breaking down organisational silos, increase integration and awareness across functions, and make Chobani more responsive to changes in consumer demand and an evolving customer base. Chobani...

Salmon becomes world’s first genetically-modified animal to enter food supply

[9 August/ CNBC] US firm AquaBounty Technologies has sold about 5 tonnes of genetically-modified salmon fillets to unnamed customers in Canada. This marks the first time a genetically modified animal has been sold for food on the open market. These fish can reportedly grow twice as fast as conventionally-farmed salmon, reaching adult size in 18...

Impossible Burger’s ‘secret sauce’ highlights challenges of food tech

[8 August/CNBC] The Impossible Burger’s secret sauce has raised regulatory concerns. The Food and Drug Administration (FDA) are concerned the sauce, made from soy leghemoglobin, a substance found in nature in the roots of soybean plants that the company makes in its laboratory, may be an allergen and is therefore unsafe for consumption. Impossible Foods...

Farmers avoid jail in ‘largest case of animal neglect’

[15 August/NZ Herald] Two farm managers responsible looking after two farms in Lumsden in the South Island for Castlerock Dairies Limited have appeared in the Invercargill District Court for sentencing on Animal Welfare Act charges. The charges followed the discovery of more than 900 cows that were affected by lameness after being required to undertake...

Greens in power would revisit RMA, environment laws

[15 August/The Country] The Green Party have announced that they will begin a Royal Commission of Inquiry into New Zealand’s environmental management and planning laws should they be part of the next government. Green Party Environment Spokesperson, Eugenie Sage, made the announcement in a speech to the Environmental Defence Society in Auckland. She noted that...

Less than one quarter of all Waikato dairy farms meet their effluent obligations

[14 August/Stuff: NZ Farmer] Figures released under the Official Information Act show that Waikato Regional Council inspected 1174 in the recently completed season, nearly twice as many of the previous season, and found that only 23% of farms were fully compliant while 9% were significantly non-compliant. A spokesperson for the Regional Council said that the...

Farmer hits out at both National and Labour water policies as bad for farming

[10 August/ Stuff] Canterbury Farmer John Ridgen said National’s water policy is as much of a threat to his business as Labour’s and would be lost without use of water from the Central Plains Water (CPW) scheme. Mr Ridgen said if water charges or other constraints became too onerous, he would have to convert to...

Weather hits PGW’s profit results

[9 August/ NZ Herald] PGG Wrightson Chairman Alan Lai said the company’s full-year profit was very positive. PGG Wrightson announced operating earnings before interest, tax, depreciation and amortisation of $64.5 million for the year to June, down $5.7 million on last year’s figure. After-tax net profit was $46.3 million, up from $43.8 million the previous...

Aussie alpacas stuck in NZ after quarantine mix-up

[12 August/Radio New Zealand National] A refusal by Ministry for Primary Industries to sign off on European Union import regulations has resulted in 92 Australian alpacas, worth over $1 million, being stuck in quarantine in New Zealand. The animals were sent to NZ for quarantine six months ago as EU rules do not permit the...

Doctors need connection to rural areas – Clark

[10 August/ NZ Herald] Labour’s Health Spokesperson David Clark says more effort should be made to encourage medical professionals to work in rural areas. Mr Clark said it was not uncommon for rural areas to struggle to find GPs, and nearly half the GP workforce is due to retire in the next ten years, so...

New chair for Soil & Health body

[11 August/Rural News] Graham Clarke has been selected as the new chair of the Soil & Health Association. Mr Clarke is a fourth generation farmer and until 2014 was a sheep and beef farmer in South Otago, a farm certified by BioGro. Mr Clarke said that he is passionate about sustainable food production and sees...

Japan has a beef with imports

[7 August/ Farmers Weekly] Japan virtually overnight increased tariffs on frozen beef imports from New Zealand from 38.5 percent to 50 percent effective for eight months from August 1. Japan’s move was in attempt to divert imports away to protect its beef farmers, particularly after the US had increased the volumes of middle cuts and...

Alleged wine fraud by Canterbury wine producer a threat to billion-dollar trade

[4 August/ Stuff] Southern Boundary Wines Ltd face 156 charges in a case alleging their wine carried false information about its variety, vintage or origin. The case, brought forward by the Ministry for Primary Industries, was the first time charges had been laid under New Zealand’s Wine Act. MPI also claimed the defendants destroyed or...

Kiwifruit PSA ‘ground zero’ at Te Puke

[7 August/NZ Herald] The class action suit by the 212 members of the Kiwifruit Claim against the Ministry for Primary Industries has begun in the High Court at Wellington this week. The growers say the bacteria, Pseudomonas syringae pv. actinidiae cost the industry over than $800 million and officials were negligent in allowing it in....

We’ll be back’: Greenpeace protest sets Central Plains irrigation scheme back a day

[2 August/ NZ Herald] Greenpeace activists spent a day chained to machinery and locked inside pipes at the Central Plains Water Irrigation scheme construction site near Hororata. The activists’ protests are based on their beliefs that the irrigation scheme will cause more cows and greater pollution of rivers and drinking water. Central Plains Water Scheme...

MPI says number of farms hit by cattle disease stays at two

[7 August/ NZ Herald] The Ministry for Primary Industries said it would take two to three months of testing before the two South Canterbury farms infected with Mycoplasma bovis could be declared free of the cattle disease. MPI said the two infected farms belonged to the Van Leeuwen Dairy Group. MPI’s Response Incident Controller Eve...

Mataura Valley Milk set to begin milking next year

[4 August/ Stuff] Mataura Valley Milk plans to begin milking in August next year. The company will manufacture infant milk formula mainly for export from its nutrition plant at McNab, near Gore. Manager Bernard May said a focus of management for the next six months was continuing recruitment of supplier shareholders and staff. Mr May...

Westland Milk signals higher 2018 payout

[2 August/ NZ Herald] Westland Milk Products expects to pay a higher farmgate price in the 2018 season following ten months of analysis and systems change under new management. The company has cut staff numbers to decrease costs as part of a broader restructuring to process milk and run operations more efficiently after a high-cost...

Beingmate faces delisting warning, Fonterra clarifies Anmum distribution

[3 August/ National Business Review] Beingmate Baby & Child could be delisted from the Shenzen Stock exchange if it reports further financial losses. Fonterra is monitoring Beingmate’s asset sale programme and said its Anmum brand distribution agreement with Beingmate remains unaffected. Beingmate downgraded its $10 million profit earnings forecast to a loss of at least...

Milk fat prices take a break

[3 August/ NZ Herald] ASB Senior Rural Economist Nathan Penny said a slowdown in milk fat prices is likely temporary due to surging demand and tight inventories. Prices overall decreased 1.6 percent. Butter and anhydrous milk both decreased 4.9 percent while skim milk powder fell 3 percent. Whole milk powder prices rose 1.3 percent however...