Developing Auckland as a Silicon Valley for food

Developing Auckland as a Silicon Valley for food

[18 April/NBR] Auckland had the hallmarks of a business cluster for F&B manufacturing according to a government report. The report identified Auckland as having one-third of New Zealand’s food and beverage manufacturing firms, 23 percent of the country’s F&B manufacturing employees and half of the head offices of the largest...
Good step but ‘devil will be in the detail’

Good step but ‘devil will be in the detail’

[20 April/Otago Daily Times] An R&D tax incentive discussion document was released yesterday by Research, Science and Innovation Minister, Megan Woods. ManufacturingNZ Executive Director, Catherine Beard, said the tax incentive proposals were a positive step towards a higher innovation economy. She added the proposal could go a long way towards...
Irrigation body confident of big projects despite govt cuts

Irrigation body confident of big projects despite govt cuts

[17 April/Radio NZ] Irrigation New Zealand was confident that ending government subsidies would not spell the end of large-scale irrigation projects. They held their biennial conference last week which looked at the future of the sector. Irrigation New Zealand Chief Executive, Andrew Curtis, said the government funded entity had only...
Major report: What we’ve done to NZ’s landscape

Major report: What we’ve done to NZ’s landscape

[19 April/The Country] Almost 200 million tonnes of soil are lost in New Zealand each year, which could have consequences on our environment and economy according to a new report on New Zealand’s land from the Ministry for the Environment. The quality and quantity of our soil is crucial to...
Shareholders council puts spotlight on Fonterra’s value and capital spending

Shareholders council puts spotlight on Fonterra’s value and capital spending

[19 April/NZ Herald] The Fonterra Shareholders Council has commissioned a new study to see if Fonterra’s farmer-shareholders are better off as a result of the co-operative’s creation.  The council is comprised 25 farmer-elected representatives. Chairman, Duncan Coull, said the questions needed to be answered and farmers needed confidence that capital...
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New Sealord fishing vessel Tokatu soon head for Nelson

[16 April/Stuff] Sealord’s new $70m fishing vehicle is nearing completion and has been given the name Tokatu. This relates the phrase he tokatu moana which means a rock that withstands the ravages of the sea. A Sealord spokeswomen said that it was a strong name for a ship built with world class technology designed to...

National takes swipe at government over axeing irrigation schemes

[12 April/Otago Daily Times] The National Party were disappointed with the Minister of Agriculture, Damien O’Connor, for not consulting properly before cancelling funding for several large proposed irrigation schemes. The government said big private irrigation schemes had to be self-financing. National’s Agricultural Spokesman, Nathan Guy, said Mr O’Connor did not consult Crown Irrigation Investments before...

New Zealand river water quality high fresh data shows, but still room for improvement

[16 April/The Country] River water quality around New Zealand has improved over the last decade according to recently released data. The National Water Quality Trends data released by Land, Air, Water Aotearoa gives data on 1500 freshwater sites that are regularly monitored for water quality. Cawthron Institute Freshwater Group Ecologist, Dr Roger Young, said the...

Spark/TVNZ rugby deal ‘kick in the guts’ for rural NZ

[16 April/NZ Herald] Spark and TVNZ have secured the rights to broadcast the Rugby World Cup next year. The deal was described as a kick in the guts for rural New Zealand as the rights were previously held by Sky TV meaning anyone with a Sky box would have access. The event will be broadcast...

Fonterra does U-turn on invoice payments to tradies

[16 April/NZ Herald] Fonterra is going to reverse their delayed payment policy that caused financial difficulties for many small suppliers and it will return to paying its small trades and services suppliers on normal business terms again. Small Business Minister, Stuart Nash, congratulated Fonterra on its policy change. He said he had personally raised the...

Farmers facing toxic swede harvest

[16 April/NZ Herald] Farmers in Southland and Otago have found themselves growing crops of potentially toxic swede, following a human error by PGG Wrightson, a seed wholesaler, which meant more than 500 farmers were inadvertently growing the same variety of swedes that were linked to the deaths of hundreds of dairy cows in 2014. Farmers...

Deer milk industry in the pipeline

[12 April/Dairy News] Landcorp is working on creating a deer milk industry. Landcorp General Manager of Dairy Operations, Mark Julian, said it was early days and that it was different to the sheep milk industry which had products on the market. He added the project was mainly research and development and that they were looking...

US position on TPP unclear, says Govt

[13 April/Otago Daily Times] According to Trade Minister, David Parker, it was still unclear whether the U.S. was committed to returning to the Trans Pacific Partnership. U.S. President, Donald Trump, told officials to look at signing the partnership. During his campaign he was against the deal calling it a disaster. He saw it as a...

MPI reassures farmers it is working as fast as possible to process cattle disease compo claims

[16 April/NZ Farmer] Thirty properties have tested positive for Mycoplasma bovis and last month the Ministry for Primary Industries decided to cull 22,000 cattle from them. The MPI reassured those farms that they were moving as fast as possible to process compensation claims. MPI Director of Response, Geoff Gywn, said they were yet to receive...

Comvita signals a takeover could be in the wind

[16 April/NZ Herald] Comvita foreshadowed that it may be the subject of a takeover offer from an unidentified third party. It emphasised the possible acquisition was an incomplete transaction proposal currently and that there was no certainty that any offer would be forthcoming. The potential takeover was disclosed alongside a downgrade to its earnings forecast....

A2 Milk Co signs exclusive deal in South Korea

[16 April/NZ Herald] The A2 Milk Company (‘a2’) has signed a distribution deal with Yujan Corp to promote and distribute a2 branded products in South Korea. The products will be sourced from New Zealand and Australia, with nutritional products produced by Synlait Milk. The company’s shares rose 16 cents. a2 Managing Director, Geoff Babidge, said...

DairyNZ: Robust science the most effective tool to protect water

[5 April/The Country] DairyNZ’s team of environmental scientists, policy advisers and sustainability were taking a solutions focused approach to help farmers meet environmental limits and improve water quality. Levies were being used to deliver science and tools that gave confidence that any required changes were sound. DairyNZ were working with regional councils, crown research institutes,...

Rural health failure: RHAANZ to shut down if not funded

[10 April/The Country] The Rural Health Alliance Aotearoa New Zealand (RHAANZ) agreed it would shut down if it did not receive government funding on Thursday. RHAANZ Chief Executive, Michelle Thompson, said they presented a bid to Rural Communities Minister Damien O’Connor in November but were yet to receive an answer. She added that more than...

First Hawke’s Bay school takes part in national 100 schools project

 [10 April/The Country] A national programme putting students from 100 primary schools onto sheep and beef farms include at least six primary schools from the East Coast region. Argyll East School and Takapau School have already had farm visits, and Poukawa East School, Mangatainoka School and Wainuioru school will have theirs in the coming months....

Poor farmer and processor relationships costing New Zealand

[10 April/NZ Farmer] Research from Lincoln University has shown poor relationships between farmers and their meat producers could be costing New Zealand. Lincoln University Senior Lecturer, Nic Lees, said improving relationships was essential and that from his survey New Zealand was missing out on higher market returns because of a lack of commitment and trust...

Icebreaker sold to VF Corporation, owner of Vans and The North Face, for $288m

[9 April/The Country] Icebreaker had been sold for $288 million, according to the Overseas Investment Office. The company was bought by VF Corporation in November last year. In their decision, the office said the new owners had the relevant experience and acumen and were of good character. Chief Executive of VF Corporation, Steve Rendle, said...

Farmlands CEO urges New Zealand to farm smarter, not harder

[4 April] Farmlands Co-operative Chief Executive, Peter Reidie, challenged rural New Zealand to meet demands of a changing consumer base. He said that the model used to drive New Zealand’s farming success in the past wasn’t going to drive success in the future. He added that NZ could not win on scale and low cost...

Progressive Engineering – Refrigeration added to package

[6 April/Rural Life] Progressive Engineering continued to diversify its business by adding refrigeration and home heating services. Managing Director, Chris Hughes, said clients had asked about on-farm refrigeration services, so they delivered. Mr Hughes added that they were backed by the people in the electrical division and that is started with qualified refrigeration engineer Ben...

Intensive beef operation producing more than just good returns

[10 April/NZ Farmer] According to Fritha Tagg, a Far North beef farmer was not afraid to use the latest technology to good advantage. Six generations had farmed the O’Callaghan farm. Technology has turned the marginal land into a first-class beef-producing farm. Rachelle O’Callaghan, who is the sixth generation on the land, said she never thought...

Campbell Soup names COO as part of sweeping reorganization

[6 April/Food Dive] The always changing food industry has caused Campbell Soup to restructure. It will improve its focus on its core soup and snacks division as well as increasing its presence in health and well-being. Campbell soup spent $5 billion to acquire Snyder’s-Lance who manufacture popular snack brands. This was the catalyst to the...

JM Smucker to buy Ainsworth Pet Nutrition for $1.7 billion, and may sell Pillsbury

[4 April/CNBC] J.M. Smucker will acquire pet food and pet snacks maker Ainsworth Pet Nutrition for around $1.7 billion. This will strengthen its pet food portfolio in the fast growing pet food market. They also planned to explore options for its U.S. baking business which includes Pillsbury and Martha White. The baking business was expected...

Alberstons to roll out Plated meal kits to hundreds of its stores by end of year

[5 April/CNBC] Alberstons planned to release its Plated meal kits to hundreds of stores this year. They acquired Plated last summer and plan to make it available through home delivery which as the reason to do the deal according to Plated Co-Founder and CEO, Josh Hix. They planned to further strengthen their partnership beyond selling...

Spanish police seize 50 tons of products at meat company

[9 April/Food Navigator] Spanish police seized 50 tonnes of meat products which included some that were expired for more than three years. Items were distributed in restaurants, hotels and schools in Mallorca. Three people were arrested and the company had stopped operations. It was possible that tainted meat had been consumed but there were no...

Amazon says food warehouse isn’t subject to FDA food rule

[10 April/Food Safety News] Amazon did not see the need to register a Kentucky food warehouse with the Food and Drug Administration. Regional Operations PR Manager for Amazon Strategic Communications, Shevaun Brown, said she did not see any problem and that food and safety were Amazon’ stop priorities. Companies that transport and store food were...