Food producers to get a taste of innovative consumer research

Food producers to get a taste of innovative consumer research

[15 October/Radio NZ] A new way to research consumer preferences could benefit New Zealand’s food producers. A laboratory funded by Massey University focused on consumer and sensory science for food. Joanne Hort, who is the Fonterra-Riddet chair in consumer and sensory science, would lead the facility and had been working...
Deal values Kiwi Tim Brown’s woollen sneaker firm at $2b

Deal values Kiwi Tim Brown’s woollen sneaker firm at $2b

[12 October/The Country] New Zealand woollen sneaker maker, Allbirds, raised USD50 million at post-money valuation of $1.4 billion. It was co-founded by Tim Brown. The funding was led by T Rowe Price Investment Management, along with Fidelity Management & Research Company, and Tiger Global. Total investments were USD75 million. Some...
Nestle set to launch A2 formula in New Zealand and Australia

Nestle set to launch A2 formula in New Zealand and Australia

[11 October/The Country] A2 Milk’s would have to contend with competition when Nestle rolled out an a1-beta free product in the next two months. It launched an A2 beta protein formula in China earlier this year. Category Business Head for Nestle, Tarun Malkani, said the product had met expectations in...
Government and industry join forces for hop venture

Government and industry join forces for hop venture

[10 October/Stuff] Taxpayer funds will be used to develop top quality hops for New Zealand’s craft beer business. They want to replicate the success of the wine industry, and make New Zealand craft beer sought after globally. Garage Project and Freestyle Farms have partnered together with the aim to develop...
Rotorua children do their bit for the landfill and environment

Rotorua children do their bit for the landfill and environment

[11 October/The Country] Eastern Suburbs Preschool students are diverting non-recyclable yoghurt pouches from landfill on behalf of the community as part of a recycling programme. The programme is led by Fonterra and TerraCycle. The preschool has a chance to win lunch bags and pencil cases made from upcycled yoghurt pouches...
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Irrigation NZ head Andrew Curtis resigns to start up consultancy

[10 October/Stuff] Irrigation New Zealand Chief Executive, Andrew Curtis, resigned after 10 years in the job. He would start up his own consultancy. He said the Government’s change of direction over irrigation had no bearing on the decision. There was uncertainty around almost a dozen large scale projects, as subsidiaries were withdrawn and farmers unwilling...

Concern for Canterbury farmers suffering anxiety or depression

[11 October/Stuff] Concerns for farmers and others in rural Canterbury mounted due to years of drought, earthquakes and the recent Mycoplasma bovis outbreak. Rural Canterbury Primary Health Organisation Consultant, Paul Wynards, said farmers were worried about Mycoplasma bovis because of the uncertainty as to when it may hit them. In 2016-2017, 22 farmers committed suicide...

Freshwater scientist slams Hawke’s Bay Regional Council over water quality

[15 October/The Country] Senior Researcher at Victoria University’s Institute for Governance and Policy Studies, Mike Joy, slammed Hawke’s Bay Regional Council about water quality in the region. The council said it was working to improve water quality. Mr Joy shared pictures of the stream, showing its issues with algae blooms. He added it was disgusting...

Irrigation NZ: Water tax ‘not workable’

[11 October/The Country] According to IrrigationNZ, the introduction of a nationwide water tax was not workable. Allowing irrigators to continue to invest In more irrigation systems rather than taxing them would result in the biggest improvements to efficiency. IrrigationNZ Chief Executive, Andrew Curtis, said a water tax had been considered in other countries, but abandoned...

Plant & Food Research has special role for native birds

[11 October/The Country] Plant & Food Research would lead a team to undertake a study to determine if native birds could function as nature’s pest control agents. They would catch and release native birds that are currently present in apple, wine grape, berry, and plum orchards and identify insect DNA from their faeces to determine...

Roundup, 1080 not on EPA’s list as it reassess chemicals for possible bans

[16 October/Stuff] The Environmental Protection Agency promised to be strict on commonly used chemicals. However, critics said they should have included glyphosate, which was the active ingredient in Roundup. It would reassess 40 chemicals of the 700 on the priority list. Most were used in agriculture. The chemicals targeted did not include neonicotinoids, which was...

Overfishing is destroying the world’s oceans. These start-ups think growing fish in a lab can help

[2 October/CNBC] Lab grown fish could soon be a reality. Finless Foods CEO, Mike Selden, said it was initially hard to generate investor interest, however there had been a spike in companies in the last few months. A few years ago, there were no companies in the sector. Finless Foods was now among one of...

TellSpec’s AI sensor detects fish fraud in real-time: ‘This technology is disruptive,’ says CEO

[8 October/Food Navigator] Fish fraud was a problem from excess water to illegal antibiotics and wrong species. TellSpec developed a tool powered by artificial intelligence to detect fraud in real time at low cost. Its CEO, Isabel Hoffman, said there were four main types of fraud in the supply chain. First, some inject fish with...

Campbell Soup may sell Fresh division to former Bolthouse CEO

[4 October/Food Dive] Campbell Soup was in talks to sell its Fresh division to a group of investors. The division had faced troubles in recent times. The investors would be led by Jeff Dunn who was previously CEO of Bolthouse Farms. Campbell Soup purchased Bolthouse for $1.55 billion in 2012, however its fresh division as...

Nestle nibbles on healthy snacking and plant-based food start-ups

[4 October/Food Dive] Nestle USA worked with three start-ups as part of the Terra Food and Agriculture Accelerator which was founded by RocketSpace and Rabobank. It first announced it would work with Terra and other collaborators in 2017 to select and coach start-ups in the food and agricultural industry. It would work with Jackson’s Honest,...

A new biotech company has raised $25 million to help unleash a ‘virgin market’ of psychedelic research

[4 October/Business Insider] A biotech company raised $25 million to finance research of psychedelics and other drugs related to depression and mental illnesses. Atai Life Scientists owned a large stake in Compass Pathways, which was backed by Peter Thiel. Atai was founded by a German entrepreneur, Christian Angermayer. He also planned to invest in research...

New Zealand Guild of Agricultural Journalists & Communicators Annual Guild Award Winners Announced

[6 October/New Zealand Guild of Agricultural Journalists & Communicators] The top award was taken out by a joint entry from two experienced New Zealand agricultural journalists at the New Zealand Guild of Agricultural Journalists and Communicators annual awards. Hugh Stringleman and Neal Wallace took out the Ministry for Primary Industries Rongo Award which recognised their...

Giving rural people’s health top priority

[8 October/Rural Life] Dunedin based osteopath, Kelly Burnett, aspired to continue helping rural people get the best out of their bodies. She has a passion for farming and the rural community and believes rural people often did not recognise themselves as the most important tool on their farm or in their business. She was unsure...

Survey shows rural people less likely to ask for help with mental health

[5 October/The Country] According to a survey by Bayer New Zealand and Country TV, seven out of 10 rural New Zealanders had felt higher stress levels over the last five years. It asked participants questions regarding their views on topics impacting New Zealand today, including rural health. Of those who reported increased stress, 54 percent...

Free software drives home farm safety message

[8 October/Stuff] Farmlands want to help make New Zealand farms the safest in the world. They looked to their 68,000 shareholders nationwide to join their quest to improve New Zealand’s poor health and safety record in the primary sector. As the first step, Farmlands want to equip all farmers with free safety software to help...

Hawke’s Bay chardonnay wins champion white wine in New World Wine Awards

[8 October/The Country] Chardonnay was coming back into the spotlight, and won at the New World Wine Awards. Chairman of Judges, Jim Harre, said while a record number of rose wines entered the awards, it was the chardonnay that pleased the judges. He noted it was a nice win from a judging point of view....

Horticulture contender relishes opportunity

[3 October/Rural Life] According to Otago Polytechnic Graduate, Morgan Hampton, contesting the title of New Zealand’s top young horticulturist was not for the faint hearted, but was a great opportunity. He owned Bluestone Gardeners and Nursery. He made it to the final of the Young Horticulturist of the Year, alongside five other competitors. The grand...

Milk production growth could impact dairy prices

[4 October/The Country] According to analysts, a strong start to the dairy season was affecting prices. At the most recent GlobalDairyTrade auction, prices fell 1.9 percent which was led by a large fall in the price of fats. Anhydrous milk fat prices were down 4.4 percent, and butter was down 5.9 percent. Whole milk powder...

Hey, the kids are alright

[5 October/Farmers Weekly] Silver Fern Farms have committed to invest in future red meat sector leaders through its Plate to Pasture Youth Scholarships, recognising and rewarding excellence. They are offering young people $5,000 to develop their red meat sector careers and capabilities in food and farming. Applications are open for people who wanted to develop...

Aucklanders jump at dairy apprenticeships

[3 October/Stuff] One in five people who wanted to take up dairy farming apprenticeships come from Auckland. A joint dairy apprenticeship scheme was launched a year ago by Federated Farmers and Primary ITO. Since then, 240 people had registered their interest, with over 40 coming from Auckland. Primary ITO Chief Executive, Linda Sissons, said many...

Biosecurity workshops for farmers in wake of survey

[2 October/Rural Life] Beef + Lamb New Zealand intend to roll out biosecurity workshops to assist farmers start and improve their on-farm biosecurity plans. More than half of New Zealand’s sheep and beef farmers had made changes to reduce the risk of their stock becoming infected with Mycoplasma bovis. Other changes included increased focus on...

Wasp could sting pest beetle population

[3 October/Stuff] Scientists said a tiny wasp could stop an Australian beetle chewing through millions of dollars in forestry profits every year. Scion, the Crown Research Institute, have applied to release a parasitoid wasp to control the eucalyptus tortoise beetle. The Environmental Protection Authority would consider the application to introduce the Eadya daenerys wasp which...

Taranaki farmers reap benefit of keen appetite for quinoa

[8 October/Radio NZ] Kate and Hamish Dunlop had the idea to start growing quinoa five years ago. They now grow the food on part of their sheep and beef farm in Taranaki. They planted their first crop three years ago, and have found it relatively easy with good yields. Mr Dunlop said it was not...

Inside Helius Therapeutics’ cannabis-manufacturing lab in East Tamaki

[9 October/NZ Herald] Southeast Auckland was chosen as the growing and transforming sight for Helius Theraputics. They were the country’s first commercial cannabis company. Leasing a 1 hectare space in East Tamaki they are creating a state of the art facility. Helius Co-founder, JP Schmidt, said they were delighted to have secured the facility that...