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Greenyard in ‘advanced’ talks to acquire Dole Foods

[19 December/Food Navigator] Belgian vegetable processor, Greenyard Foods, has confirmed that it is in talks over a potential acquisition of the Dole Food Company and while no deal has been finalised the company noted it has secured appropriate financing and is confident in its ability to finalise the transaction. If the deal completes it will...

USDA withdraws rule establishing organic livestock standards

[19 December/Food Dive] The US Agriculture Department plans to withdraw the Organic Livestock and Poultry Practices rule which establishes animal welfare standards for organic agriculture according to official documents. The USDA believes establishing the rule would exceed its statutory authority. Organic bodies immediately amended lawsuits they had already served against the USDA for delaying the...

Orkla and McDonald’s launch McVegan burger

[15 December/Food Navigator] Nordic food group, Orkla, is working with McDonalds to launch a new McVegan burger in Scandinavian markets. The burger has been designed to tap into the strong trend for plant-based foods and is based on soybean protein. The burger which was created for Nordic tastes and has been designed to be neutral...

Private equity firm KKR wins auction for Unilever’s spreads business

[15 December/Food Navigator] Unilever has received a binding offer from US buyout firm KKR of EUR6.825 billion for global spreads business. The sale of the spreads business represents a further step in reshaping and sharpening the Unilever portfolio of businesses for long term growth according to CEO, Paul Polman. The marketing leading brands, including Flora...

Successful start for Fair Milk in Switzerland

[14 December/Dairy Reporter] A newly formed Swiss Co-operative, Sauliamt Fair Milk Co-operative, has launched fair milk products in the Swiss district of Affoltern. The co-operative which has 40 members is part of the Fair Milk Project initiative being run by the European Milk Board and now sees fair milk co-operative having been set up in...

Damien O’Connor steps up fight against cattle disease with likely Cook Strait travel ban

[15 December/Stuff] Agriculture and Biosecurity Minister, Damien O’Connor, has indicated that a ban is likely to be put on cattle being transported across the Cook Strait in an effort to stop the spread of Mycoplasma Bovis. He has also indicated that farmers that have the disease may lose their anonymity. Minister O’Connor said that the...

Synlait enters fresh milk market with Foodstuffs South Island

[20 December/The Country] Synlait Milk says it will enter into the fresh milk market in early 2019 through becoming the exclusive supplier of private label fresh milk and cream to Foodstuffs South Island. The company will invest $125 million in a liquid dairy packaging plant and the products will be sold across the network of...

Prices slide at Global Dairy Trade auction, biggest drop since March

[20 December/The Country] Dairy prices fell at Wednesday’s Global Dairy Trade auction with an unexpected fall in Whole Milk Powder. The index declined 3.9% to USD2,969 with 29,592 tonnes of product being sold. The key whole milk powder price fell 2.5%. Analysts suggested that production data showing New Zealand production up by 3.4% in November...

Fonterra may bring Aussies into the fold

[15 December/NZ Herald] Fonterra Australia has announced that it is looking to formulate a co-operative solution for its Aussie suppliers who at the moment supply the company outside of its co-operative structure. The CEO of Fonterra Australia, Rene Dedoncker, said the Australian business had become stronger as the plant footprint had evolved (including the recently...

NZ wine export revenue rises to record $1.66 billion

[18 December/Radio New Zealand] The wine industry has experienced a bumper year and is optimistic about further export growth. A new report shows that a record $1.66 billion was made in wine export revenue this year with volumes rising to key markets like the US, UK and Australia. The larger operators continue to report higher...

Genetics, emissions on agenda

[11 December/ Farmers Weekly] Papers with strong recommendations on climate change, water quality and gene technology would be presented by Environment Ministry staff to incoming Environment Minister, David Parker. The papers reflected the views of the ministry, and not necessarily Government policy. The paper noted how the latest developments in genetic technology were unknown when...

Farmlands invests in FarmIQ Systems

[6 December/ NZ Herald] Farmlands has taken a stake in farm software company FarmIQ Systems as part of a capital raising round. FarmIQ Systems joined Landcorp Farming, Silver Fern Farms Joint Ventures, and Veterinary Enterprises Group as shareholders in the company that developed and marketed software for farming and agribusiness. FarmIQ Chairman, John Quirk said...

US company Smartwool gets quality and back-story from New Zealand merino

[8 December/ Stuff] Leaders from Smartwool have visited the Stonyhurst farm in North Canterbury. Smartwool was a merino apparel company from the United States which sourced 95 percent of its wool from New Zealand. Smartwool Brand President, Travis Campbell said the reason the wool had always been sourced from New Zealand was due to the...

Rural schools struggle to fill key high school teaching jobs

[7 December/ Radio NZ] Taihape Area School Principal, Richard McMillan said he would not be able to relax over summer because he has been unable to fill key positions for high school teachers at his school. Mr McMillan explained that positions for an English teacher, maths teacher, and a science teacher were advertised months ago,...

Local tech in $19m ‘win-win’

[9 December/ Otago Daily Times] Research from Sainsbury’s has shown the use of technology developed by Techion Group in Otago could save farmers in its supply chain about $19 million annually. Techion Founder, Greg Mirams said the involvement of the United Kingdom’s second largest supermarket would put his animal parasite diagnostics company on the map....

Auckland company Engender seeks $20m to commercialise bull sperm sexing technology

[8 December/ Stuff] Engender has announced that it would be seeking $20 million in order to commercialise its technology which would allow farmers to select the sex of their calves. Engender has pioneered new techniques to sex semen, using high-tech microfluidic and photonic chips that sorted sperm by sex. One of the likely benefits would...

Mycoplasma bovis – culling continues, MPI quashes ‘stories’

[7 December/ NZ Herald] Cattle culling has continued on the South Canterbury dairy farms infected with Mycoplasma bovis. All cows from the first two farms in the Ministry for Primary Industries’ depopulation programme had been removed for slaughter. After the infected herds had been culled, the farms would be disinfected and go into a stand...

Landcorp launches safety programme after deaths

[6 December/ Radio NZ] Landcorp had launched a health and safety programme to try and reduce the high number of deaths and accidents in the sector. The programme was a joint venture between Landcorp and Wilson Consulting Group of Australia and aimed to get farmers on short courses around the country. Landcorp Chief Executive, Steven...

Construction set to begin for new Alliance venison plant

[11 December/ NZ Farmer] Alliance Group has begun building its new venison processing plant in Southland. The project to create the $15.2 million modern facility would include improved handling operations, increased slaughtering, a wider boning room and an increased offal area. Alliance Chief Executive, David Surveyor said the new plant was a vote of confidence...

Farm sales activity hits a low

[11 December/ Farmers Weekly] Farm sales volumes for the three months to the end of October fell by 26 percent compared to the prior corresponding period. The median sale price was $24,982 per hectare for October, more than 8 percent lower than September and 3.8 percent lower than October 2016. The Real Estate Institute All-farm...

Meat, dairy soften sales total

[10 December/ NZ Herald] Data from Statistics New Zealand showed the volume of all manufacturing sales rose a seasonally adjusted 0.3 percent for the quarter, while the value increased 0.5 percent. ASB Senior Economist, Jane Turner said the increase was small compared to other periods due to the weak meat and dairy sales volumes. Ms...

Taxes on Meat Could Join Carbon and Sugar to Help Limit Emissions

[12 December/ Bloomberg] According to a report by the Farm Animal Investment Risk & Return (FAIRR) group, meat could be the next product to be taxed, following in the steps of tobacco, carbon and sugar. The tax would be based on the aim of improving public health and meeting emissions targets set in the Paris...

Personalised nutrition could reach the masses if hurdles can be overcome

[11 December/ Food Dive] According to an article on Food Business News, in order for personalised nutrition programs to develop and be available to the masses, significant changes needed to be made in terms of customer knowledge surrounding their needs, food manufacturing and distribution. One possible solution to this could be 3D printing, as emerging...

Bryan Crowley assumes CEO role at Soylent, gears up for wider bricks & mortar rollout after trial at 7-Eleven ‘blew away our expectations’

[11 December/ Food Navigator] Soylent Founder, Rob Rhinehart said he would be stepping down as chief executive officer and moving into the role of executive chairman. Soylent President, Bryan Crowley would take over the chief executive officer position. Mr Rhinehart said he was leaving the chief executive officer role to someone with more management and...