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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Marvellous legumes, the powerhouse plants for pastoral production

[5 October/Stuff] Legumes are emerging as an opportunity to drive production, particularly in dryland and hill country environments. Having nodules on their roots that contain nitrogen-fixing bacteria, they can use water efficiently and are becoming increasingly important as the environmentally friendly way of introducing nitrogen to pastures. Research trials have focused on the management of...

Calf-rearing farm survey next step in ‘M. bovis’ bid

[4 October/Rural Life] A survey of 200 calf-rearing properties started as the next step in the eradication of Mycoplasma bovis. National Controller, Geoff Gwyn, said the Ministry for Primary Industries started contacting owners of the selected properties this week and the test involved a one-off nasal swab on calves. He added the properties selected were...

Alliance backed on long-term approach

[5 October/The Country] According to its Chairman, Murray Taggard, Alliance Group management received a message from suppliers to keep investing in its long term strategy. He added feedback from shareholders and suppliers was pleasantly positive. The company would release its annual financial result in November. He noted no chairman was proud of not being able...

Over half of Carbon Zero Bill submitters favour all-gases target

[5 October/The Country] Submitters favoured an all gases target for the Government’s Carbon Zero Bill, however were divided on what that should look like. Around 58 percent of submitters supported a target that would include all greenhouse gases. Around 22 percent favoured a target of net-zero emissions by 2050 for long-lived gases. Around 8 percent...

New consumer and sensory science facility on the way

[29 August/Massey University] Massey University are developing a state of the art consumer and sensory science facility to determine what drives people in their food choice behaviours. College of Sciences Pro-Vice Chancellor, Ray Geor, said the investment continued to build on the strong food science capability at Massey. The facility would increase the already strong...

Big plans for NZ avocado exports to China

[8 October/Radio NZ] New Zealand Avocado have plans to grow exports to China since securing market access. The first shipment arrived in China last week. It followed years of preparations, inspections, trialling and certification by Chinese and New Zealand authorities. New Zealand Avocado Chief Executive, Jen Scoular, said around 40,000 trays would be sent this...

Time to embrace gene editing technology, scientists say

[4 October/Stuff] According to a paper by The Royal Society Te Aparangi, removing allergens from milk and making manuka disease resistant could be potential uses of gene editing. It looked at several possible uses for New Zealand’s primary industries. Professor of Molecular Genetics at Massey University, Barry Scott, said gene editing techniques would allow more...

Investment needed for NZ red meat sector to realise sustainable advantage – industry report

[9 October/Rabobank] According to a report by Rabobank, increased investment into the ethical and sustainable aspects of New Zealand’s red meat production systems could deliver a range of benefits to the sector. It said regulation of the New Zealand agricultural sector was set to tighten over the next year due to concerns about the impact...

Kiwi company with a conscience at the forefront of the shift away from single-use plastics

[2 October/Stuff] The Ceres Organics’ classic muesli range would now come in Home Compostable Packaging. This would help reduce the amount of single-use plastic in our landfills. Consumers throw out 50 tonnes of household waste every second, and around 15.5 tonnes of waste is generated in New Zealand every year. The talks against plastic have...

Proposed pickup-only store continues Walmart’s omnichannel push

[28 September/Food Dive] Walmart submitted plans to open a grocery pickup-only store in Chicago at the site of a former supermarket. It would be called Walmart Pickup. It would be Walmart’s largest pickup-only site. The plan included 41,700 square feet of inventory space, and would have signs to direct customers through the lot to a...

Costco’s in-house poultry production signals a new supply chain approach

[24 September/Grocery Dive] According to a report by CoBank, Costco’s decision to bring its poultry production in-house was the first time it had taken one the risks associated with meat production. Its rotisserie chickens were a major driver of customer traffic, and sales had experience 8 percent annual growth since 2010. By bringing production in...

What could antimicrobial-resistant meat and poultry mean for the industry?

[27 September/Food Dive] A study of retail meat and poultry samples, and cattle faecal samples, discovered that 18 E. coli isolates were resistant to four antimicrobials. The antimicrobials were ampicillin, ceftiofur, ceftriaxone, and cefotaxime. The study was undertaken by the U.S. Food and Drug Administration, U.S. Department of Agriculture, and Texas Tech University. Researchers investigated...

a2 Milk becomes first UK fresh milk brand in a carton

[27 September/Dairy Reporter] The a2 Milk Company would sell its fresh milk brand in cartons in the UK. They would be launched at the end of September and be 100 percent recyclable. It followed a new supply relationship with Crediton Dairy Ltd to fuel growth in the UK. Crediton Dairy would be a2 Milk’s exclusive...

Cargill CEO Sees Risk to U.S. Farmers as China Shuns Soybeans

[26 September/Bloomberg] According to the CEO of Cargill, David MacLennan, the trade war with China could have a lasting impact on American agriculture if it continued. It could shift the perception of U.S. as being a reliable trade partner, and cause China to look for sources of protein other than soybeans to feed its chickens,...

Dine at Mine: The platform enabling home chefs to cash in

[27 September/The Spinoff] Dine at Mine entrepreneur, Daniel Kieser, has set up a food sharing platform, after having previously founded another successful venture called Shareclarity. He said he genuinely loved doing business. Dine at Mine allowed users to share food and was likened to Uber. It was available on the app store and allowed home...

Beeswax wrapper gives away wildflower seeds for fatter happier bees

[2 October/The Country] Ruapehu District Council Waste Minimisation Educator, Emily Jasmine, wanted to help bees in the district. She ran a workshop to make environmentally friendly beeswax wraps. It was so successful, she felt that she had to help the bees make the wax. She said bees needed to consume 3kg of honey to produce...

Tegel’s plans for mega farm scuppered by OIO decision

[1 October/Stuff] Tegel’s plans to build a farm in Northland were denied by the Overseas Investment Office. It planned to build 200 sheds on a 200 hectare block near Dargaville. Tegel Spokesman, Liam Baldwin, said it was disappointed at the outcome. He added it would have created 34 jobs and been a significant step for...

Farm deaths and injuries declining despite latest tragedy

[2 October/Stuff] According to Federated Farmers President, Katie Milne, it was a hard weekend after news that a mother and son died on a north Otago farm. They died in a tractor accident. Deaths and injuries of people working on farms had been trending downwards as the sector took the issue more seriously. Last year,...

Bovis fears after wandering cows placed with farmer’s heifers

[1 October/The Country] Federated Farmers Northland President, John Blackwell, said a ho-hum attitude to wandering stock highlighted ignorance around biosecurity. The Northland Council found cows wandering, and placed them in a nearby paddock without telling the property owner. The farmer noticed his own heifers socialising with the lost stock. Mr Blackwell added that was unacceptable...

Big southern double at NZ Merino Championships

[1 October/The Country] There were two dream wins for the south at the recent New Zealand Merino Championships in Alexandra. A female from the Alexandra area, Pagan Karauria, won the open woolhandling title for the third time in for years. She was also awarded with her Master Woolhandler award during the same weekend. Invercargill shearer,...

NZ farmer confidence slides into negative territory

[27 September/Rabobank] New Zealand farmer confidence in the primary sector fell from the previous quarter. They were now at negative levels for the first time since early 2016. Confidence rose amongst sheep and beef farmers, however fell among dairy farmers. The main reasons for the decreased confidence were concerns around Government policy and falling commodity...

Farmer group aims at land best practice

[1 October/Rural Life] A farmer led initiative was looking at ways to improve land management practices to benefit the environment and local communities. The Aparima Community Engagement represented six local catchment groups. It briefed Environment Minister, David Parker, on his its aims during his visit. The main issue to tackle included identifying best practice around...

Foreign buyers put off farms

[28 September/Farmers Weekly] Fewer international people were buying New Zealand farms, which was blamed in part on the 15 percent in the dairy farm price index last year. Westpac Senior Economist, Anne Boniface, said the tightening of rules last year was most noticeably felt in the dairy sector. The tightening of rules for foreign investors...

Maccas beef milestone

[26 September/Rural Life] Since its launch in 2009, McDonalds customers have consumed more than five million kilograms of locally sourced Angus beef patties. That is roughly the same weight as nine Airbus A380 aircraft. McDonalds were one of the first to jump on the gourmet burger trend almost a decade ago. The burgers changed with...