Posts tagged "New Zealand"

Irrigation efficiency unlikely to free up more water – study

[28 August/Radio NZ] Irrigation New Zealand remained unfazed by a report that criticised irrigation efficiency. The international report found efficiency did not free up more water for elsewhere, but only encouraged farmers to use more water themselves. It cited research from several countries. Irrigation NZ Chief Executive, Andrew Curtis, said New Zealand’s experience was different,...

Kiwi export foods need one brand

[27 June/Farmers Weekly] New Zealand’s farming industry faced a range of challenges and branding was key to success according to speakers at Federated Farmers’ national conference. Brand Strategist, Brian Richards, said it was critical New Zealand learnt to sell less for more and take advantage of the vote of confidence from the wider world. He...

Clement to take helm at Synlait

[26 June/Farmers Weekly] Leon Clement has been announced as Synlait Milk’s new chief executive and will start in August. He was previously Managing Director of Fonterra Brands. His appointment was the outcome of a global recruitment search following John Penno’s announcement to stand down. Chairman, Graeme Milne, said Leon had led major businesses internationally and...

EU and New Zealand launch trade talks in face of trade wars

[21 June/NZ Herald] Trade talks between New Zealand and the European Union have been formally launched in Wellington with the EU Trade Commissioner, Cecilia Malmstrom, saying she was confident a compromise could be reached on issues such as agriculture. Trade Minister, David Parker, hoped a trade agreement could be in place within two years. It...

Tests show beef sector so far free of serious disease affecting dairy animals

[1 April/NZ Herald] New Zealand’s beef export sector appeared to be free of Mycoplasma bovis. The Ministry for Primary Industries said there were no positive results from the testing of animals. An MPI spokeswoman said the risk of Mycoplasma bovis was different due to how beef is raised in New Zealand. She added that they...

Trio taking $5m bet on medicinal cannabis industry that doesn’t exist yet

[31 March/NZ Herald] Advertising Executive, Paul Manning, has left his role as the Managing Director of the ad agency 99 to take what is essentially a $5 million bet on an industry that doesn’t yet exist. He is joining cannabis start-up Helius Therapeutics. Mr Manning said all three men had given up salaries and high-paying...

Taranaki fishing operators welcome the code of conduct

[15 March/Stuff] According to a Taranaki fishing industry representative, a new code of conduct for the industry would put pressure on those who aren’t operating ethically and responsibly. It outlined a six point plan for the industry to follow. Egmont Seafoods Manager, Keith Mawson, said local fishing operators supported the code and that we have...

Comvita swings to first-half profit, reiterates full-year guidance

[23 February/NZ Herald] The Manuka honey company Comvita reiterated its full-year earnings despite bad weather hitting the 2018 season. They reported a net profit of $3.7 million in the six months to December 31 when compared to a $7.1 million loss in the prior period. Chief Executive, Scott Coulter, said total sales were up 44...

Onion breeding station opened in Pukekohe

[19 February/The Country] An Onion Breeding Station worth $2 million was opened in Pukekohe earlier this month. The facility has state-of-the-art sheds, crop covers and irrigation systems. It supports key markets which include Australia, New Zealand, South Africa and Brazil. Monsanto Vegetable Seeds Global Breeding Director for Large Seed/Root & Bulb/Brassica crops, Dr Yossi Shapiro,...

Cyclone delays arrival of Tongan fruit-pickers

[15 February/Radio NZ] Many Tongan workers are being held up by Cyclone Gita, which has caused concern for the apple industry as worker shortages are getting worse just as the fruit is ripe for the picking. Every year around 1500 Tongan’s come to New Zealand under the Recognised Seasonal Employer scheme to help with the...

AVOCO welcome Chinese export season

[15 February/The Country] AVOCO, an avocado export supply group, welcomed the recent announcement that New Zealand suppliers had been granted to market access to China for the 2018-19 season. They export to various Asian markets under their AVANZA brand, and have been preparing for access to China for a long time. New Zealand will be...

Major blackcurrant buyer Ribena cuts NZ contracts

[2 February/ Radio New Zealand] Buyers for the Ribena brand have decided not to renew contracts with New Zealand blackcurrant growers.  It is expected that this will have a big effect on the industry. They had previously taken more than half of New Zealand’s 8000 tonne crop. Blackcurrant industry consultant Mike Callagher said it was...

NZ avos off to China

[2 February/ Radio New Zealand] It has taken four years for New Zealand avocados to gain approval for export to China. New Zealand Avocados Chief Executive, Jen Scoular, said it had been a huge process but they’re now set to start feeding China this year. There has been a 250 percent increase in avocado imports...

Is the 20-year white gold rush over for dairy industry

[25 January/NZ Herald] Chairman of New Zealand’s second largest dairy processor, Open Country Dairy, Laurie Margrain said that the company believes milk production growth in New Zealand has peaked and that they do not believe overall milk production would rise much beyond what it is today.  Mr Margrain said that while there will always be...

Dairy prices rise after supply concerns

[18 January/The Country] The latest GlobalDairyTrade auction saw dairy commodity prices rise 4.9% as buyer concerns increased about supply levels given the dry conditions in New Zealand.  Most products showed gains, however the key whole milk powder prices showed a 5.1% increase and skim milk powder prices increased 6.5%.  Analysts said the latest result supported...

Craggy Range Winery named top winery 2017

[18 January/The Country] Craggy Range Winery is now able to add another accolade to its list of achievements having been awarded Bob Campbell’s annual Golden Grapes Award for contribution to the New Zealand wine industry and to the people of New Zealand.  Craggy Range CEO, Michael Wilding, said the winery has a clear ambition to...

Bunnings to pull Yates pesticide allegedly linked to bee deaths

[14 January/ Stuff Business] Bunnings stores across Australia and New Zealand will cease stocking the Yates Confidor product by the end of this year, given concerns that the pesticide contributes to affecting the navigation and immune systems of bees.  The company acknowledges that decision was based on precaution rather than scientific evidence, with a spokesperson...

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...

Substance underlies brand and reputation: let’s make sure we deliver on our promises to consumers

Customers at Tesco supermarkets in the UK now have the opportunity to buy Chicken from Willow Farms, beef from Boswell Farms and pork sausages from Woodside Farms, as well as vegetables and fruit from various other British sounding farms; Redmere, Suntrail, Rosedene and Nightingale Farms. It all sounds idyllic and connects the consumer to where...