Report recommends moving Marlborough salmon farms

Report recommends moving Marlborough salmon farms

 [14 February/Radio NZ] A report has recommended that three Marlborough Sounds salmon farms should be relocated to help improve the environment. The report which made this recommendation was written by an independent advisory panel who considered submissions and public hearings on the proposal to relocate up to six Marlborough Sounds...
Dairy industry law changes ‘inevitable’: Minister

Dairy industry law changes ‘inevitable’: Minister

 [19 February/The Country] Agriculture Minister Damien O’Connor said that changes to the Dairy Industry Restructuring Act (DIRA) are inevitable based on a review of the dairy industry this year. This comes after the misinformation within the industry that the review he announced recently would be less in depth than a...
Taupo Beef and Lamb starts exporting its meat range to Japanese supermarkets

Taupo Beef and Lamb starts exporting its meat range to Japanese supermarkets

 [16 February/NZ Farmer] Taupo Beef and Lamb, a company established by farmers Mike and Sharon Barton, has begun exporting its meat range to Japan. They sent their first container load in December which went on sale at five high end supermarkets East of Tokyo. Mr Barton praised his partners for...
Farmer confidence tumbles in January on regulatory, drought fears

Farmer confidence tumbles in January on regulatory, drought fears

 [15 February/The Country] Due to the drought and uncertainty around new government policies, the latest measure of New Zealand farmer confidence has fallen significantly according to Federated Farmers. Of those surveyed, 34 percent were pessimistic about general economic conditions over the next 12 months according to the Federated Farmers’ Farm...
Lincoln to make radical changes

Lincoln to make radical changes

[19 February/The NZ Farmers Weekly] Lincoln University will undergo significant change to solve the grand challenges of the land based sector based on a report from the University’s Transformation Board. The institution aims to change from a stand-alone traditional university to an enabler of collaborative initiatives involving multiple parties and...
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Maori groups work with Japanese firm on $32m Kawerau milk processing plant

[8 February/The Country] Japanese food company Imanaka has partnered with a group of Maori organisations to develop a milk processing plant to produce high-value niche products in Kawerau. It is a $32 million project that is expected to begin early next year. Chief Executive of Kawerau Dairy, Richard Jones, said it is a group of...

Action on rural mental health wanted now

[8 February/Rural Life] Rural mental health is an issue that needs to be addressed immediately. Rural Health Alliance Aotearoa New Zealand (RHAANZ) Chief Executive, Michelle Thompson, said that although there have been positive announcements since the election, rural communities cannot wait for another government inquiry into mental health. They have plans in place, however the...

ADM is said in advanced talks to buy commodity trader Bunge

[6 February/ Bloomberg] Archer-Daniel Midland has announced that it is in advanced talks to acquire Bunge Ltd, a deal which would significantly change the commodity trading business around agriculture.  Bunge has a market value of around USD$11.5 billion and are working quickly towards finalising a deal according to sources. They noted a deal was not...

Lunchables…the next generation? Wise Apple solves pain point for parents with pre-packed lunches

[7 February/ Food Navigator USA] Wise Apple, a Chicago based start-up, has found that parents are prepared to pay for a service that delivers weekly supplies of pre-packed, nutritionally balanced kids’ lunches to their homes.  Having started out through posting a question to a Facebook group the company quickly had 400 families signed up and...

Tyson Foods invests in steam oven start-up Tovala

[7 February/ Food Dive] Tyson Foods continues to make investments in start-up companies through its Tyson Ventures branch. The latest announcement indicating it has joined a funding round in Tovala, a company that makes steam ovens and ready to cook food, although the details of the investment were not disclosed.  Tovala ovens bake and broil...

Breaking away from bad science? Mars to leave ILSI in transparency bid

[8 February/ Food Navigator] Mars has announced that it plans to quit the industry funded International Life Sciences Institute (ILSI) by the end of 2018 and will now support science regardless of the results expected.  Mars has made its science policy public in a bid to increase trust and transparency. They have committed to publish...

Plant-based dairy alternative Mooala gets USD5 million in new funding

[9 February/ Food Dive] Dallas based Mooala Brands has announced that it has raised USD5 million in a funding round to enable it to expand distribution of plant based beverages into new markets.  The company’s products include organic dairy-free beverages made from almonds and bananas and it hopes to expand distribution by 40% to over...

Coconut crisps bag Fruit Logistica prize

[9 November/ Euro Fruit] The annual Innovation Award presented at the Fruit Logistica expo has been won by German start-up company, PookSpaFoods for its range of Pook Coconut Chips.  The crisps are made from Thai coconuts without using any oil or fat and offered in three flavours.  The product can be consumed as a snack...

Nestle buys majority stake in organic food company Terrafertil

[9 February/ CNBC] Nestle has announced that it has acquired a majority stake in Terrafertil, a company that sells natural and organic plant based foods continuing its strategy to build a portfolio of products in the healthy food space.  The size of the investment or its ownership level in the business were not disclosed.  Terrafertil...

Slow internet holding back agricultural productivity, warns Ruralco

[12 February/ The Australian] Travis Dillon, the Managing Director of Ruralco, has said that substandard internet connectivity is slowing down the pace of productivity improvements across agricultural.  Slow internet was affecting the uptake of new-generation technologies that could improve the competitiveness of Australian farmers according to Mr Dillon, who suggested a better cheaper service will...

Safe Catch snaps USD5 million to extend line of mercury tested fish

[12 February/ Food Dive] California based Safe Catch has announced that it has raised USD5 million from a group of investors to expand and promote its range of tuna products which are 100% tested for mercury contamination.  Safe Catch claims it is the fastest growing shelf stable seafood firm in the US and its products...

Mycoplasma bovis: Number of infected properties rises to 23

[9 February/The Country] Twenty-three farms have now been found to be infected with the cattle disease Mycoplasma Bovis. The latest two were in Southland and South Canterbury. The Ministry for Primary Industries said all infected properties were under quarantine controls. The Ministry reiterated that all detections to date were linked to the original infected properties...

Farmer compensation for cattle disease to cost over $100m: Nathan Guy

[9 February/NZ Farmer] According to the National Primary Industries’ spokesman, Nathan Guy, compensation for farmers who were affected by the Mycoplasma bovis cattle disease could exceed $100 million. However, Mr Guy added that farmers would likely be told to learn to live with the disease once the Cabinet had decided their spending priorities. He noted...

Pay equity an issue for all rural women

[8 February/The Country] Women who were working in the rural sector needed to be included in the discussions of the reconvened Joint Working Group on Pay Equity Principles, said Rural Women New Zealand (RWNZ). The government has kept its promise to work on reducing the gender pay gap, and RWNZ Board Chair, Penny Mudford, hoped...

Labour’s 100 days fails farmers – Guy

[12 February/Rural News] According to the National Primary Industries spokesperson, Nathan Guy, Labour’s first 100 days in government has failed farmers. He said that the government had lacked any real action around the big issues facing the farming sector. He noted that the Minister Damien O’Connor is spending $17 million out of the Primary Growth...

ANZCO chairman named to replace Sir Graeme Harrison

[8 February/NZ Farmer] Founder of ANZCO Foods, Sir Graeme Harrison, will be replaced as Chairman by Kazuhiko (Sam) Misonou at the end of March. Mr Misonou joined the company board in 2013 and brought international business experience with him. In 2016, he became president of Yonekyu Inc., a Japanese meat production, marketing and sales company...

Public meeting to protest ‘huge and smelly’ Tegel chicken farm proposed near Dargaville

[13 February/ Northern Advocate] Residents around the site proposed by Tegel for a new 1.3 million bird broiler farm have organised a public meeting to discuss concerns about the farm that they describe as huge and smelly.  Tegel has lodged resource constraints for the farm which will be located south east of Dargaville but local...

Chartered accountants training up to help tackle rural stress

[13 February/ Hawkes Bay Today] Chartered Accountants Australia and New Zealand (CAANZ) has run a series of workshops for rural chartered accountants to train them to recognise and support the mental health issues faced by their client.  CAANZ Central North Island regional manager, Neal McDiarmid, said that rural accountants have close relationships with their clients...

Shaw hopes for National’s support on climate change legislation

[9 February/National Business Review] Climate Change Minister James Shaw hoped the National Party would support the government’s climate change legislation, but said it will have to meet National’s worries about its impact on the economy. Mr Shaw added that it will be a complicated decision for National to vote for the Zero Carbon bill. National...

Action urged on illegal farm dumping

[13 February/ Otago Daily Times] Fish and Game have called for an urgent audit to be performed of illegal dumps on farms following media reports suggesting Regional Councils suspect that thousands of tonnes of contaminated waste is being buried on farms every year.  The councils believe that there is little they can do about the...

Fonterra uncompetitive claims ‘false and misleading’

[12 February/ Dairy News] Fonterra has responded to claims about its business in China calling them false and misleading.  The co-operative noted that the Beingmate relationship has enabled Anmum products to now be distributed in 184 cities in China through 10,000 stores and all the major e-commerce platforms.  While Beingmate has a footprint across 80,000...

Otorohanga formula factory granted land consent

[9 February/Radio NZ] A $230 million dairy factory in King Country has been granted land consent despite local opposition. A report from the Otorohanga District Council last year said the factory should not be allowed to go ahead because it would impact the local ecology, landscape, and rural charter. However, Happy Valley Milk has now...

Dairy giant Fonterra expanding in Russian with stake in joint venture

[12 February/NZ Herald] Fonterra has attempted to expand its Russian business, only months after the new government committed to reopening free trade talks that had not been on the table since the Crimean crisis. The deal will see Fonterra take a 49 percent stake in a St Petersberg based join venture with Foodline, its primary...

Lewis Road recalls breakfast drinks over sugar labelling

[8 February/Radio NZ] Boutique dairy company Lewis Road Creamery had understated the sugar content in its new breakfast drinks. They were labelled as having 3 grams of sugar, when in reality they had about 9 grams. The drinks’ founder, Peter Cullinane, apologised for the genuine mistake and said that Lewis Road had voluntarily removed the...