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HOW ROBOTS ARE CHANGING THE BREWING INDUSTRY
Tatjana Milenovic, group vice president for ABB’s Food and Beverage division believes there is exciting potential when introducing robotics into the brewery. Continue →
MEDAL WINNERS ANNOUNCED AT 2020 OUTSTANDING NZ FOOD PRODUCER AWARDS
In a world that’s a little topsy-turvy it’s wonderful to have an opportunity to celebrate great New Zealand produce with the announcement of 2020 Outstanding NZ Food Producer Awards medal winners. Continue →
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CHAMPS OF CHEESE HIGHLIGHTS LOCAL QUALITY
After judges smelled, crumbled and tasted their way through almost 300 New Zealand cheeses, the medal winners of the NZ Champions of Cheese Awards 2020 have been announced. Continue →
SHEEP MILK SHAKES UP THE DAIRY INDUSTRY
Spring Sheep Milk Co are changing the way the world thinks about dairy for the sake of consumers, the environment and local economy. Continue →
DISINFECTION SYSTEM PROVIDING BIO-SECURITY PROTECTION
There’s no debate regarding how tough it is for farmers at the moment. Continue →
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NEW FACES FOR PĀMU
Three members of Pāmu’s Environment Reference Group (ERG) are stepping down and four new members are joining the group. Continue →
OLIVES NEW ZEALAND MEMBERS STRIKE GOLD
Five gold medals have been awarded to Olives New Zealand members after impressing the judges at the 2020 New York International Olive Oil Competition. Continue →
PRIMARY SECTOR EXPORTS SHOW RESILIENCE THROUGH COVID-19
New Zealand food has seen a strong international demand throughout the COVID-19 pandemic and agriculture minister Damien O’Connor believes this could help get more kiwis into primary sector jobs. Continue →
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KRONES VIRTUAL TRADE FAIR SHOWCASES PACKAGING SOLUTIONS
The 2020 trade fair year has so far, due to the coronavirus, been characterised by postponements and cancellations. Continue →
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SAFETY PLAN NEEDED FOR BUSINESSES REOPENING UNDER LEVEL 3
As the country moves towards alert Level 3, WorkSafe New Zealand is reminding businesses they need a COVID-19 safety plan if they are permitted to operate. Continue →
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NZ FOOD PROCESSORS READY FOR ROLE IN COVID-19 RECOVERY
New Zealand’s processed food sector is ready to support the nations recovery from the Covid-19 pandemic according to the head of food science and innovation hub, FoodHQ. Continue →
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ONLINE FOODIE VOLUNTEER ARMY FOUNDED
An online support network has been established by the New Zealand Institute of Food Science and Technology to support food producers and manufacturers during the COVID-19 pandemic. Continue →
Wedderburn customised system a ‘game changer’
Down a quiet industrial cul-de-sac in Waihi lies a New Zealand manufacturer of premier pet treats and meals – Best Mates. Continue →
STUDENTS CREATE WINNING “NON-CONTACT” STEM CAREERS EVENT
Even a nation-wide lockdown isn’t enough to stop University of Canterbury students, who adapted to the situation and created a “non-contact” online careers hub, using the latest gaming technology. Continue →
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NELSON COMPANY SUPPLIES FRONT LINE AND PUBLIC LONG LIFE FOOD
Co-owner of Nelson food producer Absolute Wilderness Freeze Dried Meals, Nathan Fa’avae, has one message for New Zealanders – Don’t panic buy, just smart buy. Continue →
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“RESET, REVIEW AND REFOCUS” TO BEAT COVID-19 FALLOUT – BUSINESS EXPERT
Host of Conquer the Crisis, Business Blueprint CEO Dale Beaumont
Business expert Keith Abraham advises businesses to use the lockdown period to “reset, review and refocus.”
The keynote speaker presented from his home-office during Conquer the Crisis, an emergency virtual conference for small to medium enterprises hosted by Business Blueprint CEO Dale Beaumont. Continue →
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GOVERNMENT AND BANKS UNITE AGAINST COVID-19
The $6.25 billion Finance Guarantee Scheme for small and medium-sized businesses has received praise from BusinessNZ.
SEE-THROUGH POLYCARBONATES RESPOND TO NEW GENERATION MACHINERY SAFETY NEEDS
Protective transparent safety screening responds to changes in production, processing and packaging as Industry 4.0 advances
Advances in engineering plastics are delivering new machinery and structural safeguarding benefits with light and extraordinarily strong see-through materials such as Wearguard polycarbonates which can be used in place of metals for outstanding protection against hazards. Continue →
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FONTERRA HELPING TO FIGHT COVID-19
Fonterra is making 250,000 litres of high-grade ethanol available to New Zealand companies to use in the production of hand sanitiser. Continue →
ROBOTICS PLUS – a Thrive Top 50 AgTech company
Kiwi company mixes it with AgTech companies that exemplify the best in agricultural innovation globally
Robotics Plus, described as a world-leading robotics and automation company developing innovation to unlock new levels of productivity in agriculture, has been named in the Thrive Top 50, an annual ranking of leading global AgTech companies exemplifying the best in agriculture innovation. Continue →
ZESPRI PROMISES SUSTAINABLE PACKAGING
World leading kiwi fruit marketer Zespri, has announced it will make all its packaging 100% reusable, recyclable or compostable by 2025. Continue →
MERCER GROUP ACQUISITION BEARS FRUIT IN INTERIM REPORT RESULTS
Christchurch-based Mercer Group Limited (MGL) is reaping the rewards of its most recent acquisition, with the company’s revenue up by 55% and net profit up 176%. Continue →
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SHOULD SPORTS TEAMS BE BACKED BY FAST FOODS AND SUGARY DRINKS?
Twelve months out from the start of America’s Cup yacht racing in Auckland, Exercise NZ has challenged whether McDonald’s should be a sponsor on the Emirates Team New Zealand boat. Continue →
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THE FOOD REVOLUTION IS (NEARLY) HERE
In the ever-competitive world of food processing, says Wiley’s chief future office Brett Wiskar, the challenges of changing conditions, be it shifting consumer trends, supply chain constraints or international relationships, are omnipresent. Continue →
INDUSTRY 4.0 – INNOVATION IN ACTION
The fourth industrial revolution is more than just about optimising production – it’s an opportunity to entirely rethink the way your business operates. Continue →
PMA A-NZ AND GS1 AUSTRALIA IMPROVING THE SAFETY OF FRESH PRODUCE
Agreement and technology will see the fresh fruit and vegetable industry better prepared for product recalls. Continue →
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NZTE BOLSTERS SUPPORT FOR BUSINESSES IMPACTED BY COVID-19
New Zealand Trade and Enterprise has launched a $4 million Export Business Continuity Service, in partnership with PwC and Deloitte, focussed on its export customers to help manage the impacts of Covid-19. Continue →
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NEW ‘APP’ TO HELP FARMERS MANAGE WEEDS
A new app developed by AgResearch is helping Farmers measure and better manage weeds on their property. Continue →
COVID-19 UPDATE FOR HORTICULTURE
Restrictions on the movement of people, and imported and exported products are starting to affect the New Zealand economy, and will have an effect on horticulture according to Horticulture New Zealand. Continue →
KIWISAVER BAN ON FOSSIL FUELS A ‘DISHONEST DISTRACTION’ – STRATERRA
The decision to prevent KiwiSaver default funds from investing in fossil fuels is being described as “virtue-signaling hypocrisy” by New Zealand’s minerals sector industry organisation Straterra. Continue →
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‘DYNAMIC TECHNOLOGIES’ ON SHOW
SMC team members from left: Colin Bradley, Ali Babaei, managing director Wayne Driver, Guiomar Fernandez and Darshan Desai
SMC officially introduced the first wireless manifold – the EX600-W – to the New Zealand market at their first ever Dynamic Technology Show in Auckland recently. Continue →
BETTER FASTING ONLY A HOP AWAY
Fasting may have got a whole lot better with food scientists discovering a New Zealand grown hops cultivar can reduce hunger pangs. Continue →
CORONAVIRUS INCREASES DEMAND FOR NEW ZEALAND ORGANIC APPLES
John Bostock with Posy Organic Apples destined for China
New Zealand’s first organic apples are in high demand in the wake of the coronavirus outbreak in China. Continue →
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FOOD AWARD FINALISTS AND WINNERS REAP REWARDS
The perks of being recognised by industry experts are on-going, say winners and finalists of the 2019 New Zealand Food Awards. Continue →
GLUTEN-FREE: THE DEMAND THAT JUST GETS BIGGER SAYS NESTLÉ
Requests for gluten-free options are among the largest special diet request in food service today. Continue →
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FONTERRA-SPONSORED RESEARCH PAVES MATERNAL/INFANT NUTRITIONAL MILK PATH IN CHINA
New Zealand’s expertise in maternal and infant health research has led to the University of Auckland’s Liggins Institute and its research transfer company, Auckland UniServices, completing its first clinical trial, the CLIMB study, in collaboration with Chongqing Medical University (CQMU), in South-Western China. Continue →
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KETO: THE STORM THAT KEEPS BUILDING
Keto has taken New Zealand by storm. The Facebook group, Keto New Zealand, has 70,000+ members and with increasing numbers of supermarkets having Keto sections, there is significant demand for Keto-friendly foods. Continue →
DIGESTIVE HEALTH: THAT GUT FEELING
Times have certainly changed. Once upon a time, gut health was thought to be the straightforward act of digestion alone. Continue →
HIGH HOPES FOR HEMP FOODS
Hemp seed has a long history of use in food. The last decade has seen a resurgence of hemp, particularly in Canada and European countries, on the back of growing interest in developing more environmentally sustainable plant-based foods. Continue →
THE CHANGING DIETARY NEEDS OF THE KIWI FOOD CONSUMER
Keto, Paleo, sugar-free, meat-free, dairy-free, vegan, gluten-free, hemp… all words that a decade ago were hardly even on the food manufacturer’s radar. Continue →
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Food rules for manufacturers, warehouses, transporters, importers and retailers
Do you know your food rules?
New Zealand Food Safety (a business unit of the Ministry for Primary Industries/MPI) helps food businesses meet food rules and integrate food safety into their business cultures. Continue →
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Sarah Jessica Parker helps Kiwis get Sauvignon Blanc clean sweep
New Zealand’s wine industry received an unlikely ally in the form of vivacious American actor, Sarah Jessica Parker, in the battle of the Southern Hemisphere wine giants in the Sydney International Wine Competition (SIWC). Continue →
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REB M STEVIA LEAF SWEETENER APPROVED
Ingredion Incorporated, a leading global provider of ingredient solutions to diversified industries, announced the Singapore Food Agency added Reb M Stevia leaf sweetener to the list of permitted food additives. Continue →
NEW ORGANIC STARCH MADE IN ASIA PACIFIC A FIRST FOR INGREDION
Ingredion, a global provider of ingredient solutions, has announced the launch of Purity Bio starches. Continue →
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HONEY OF A PRODUCT – ‘BLACK LABEL’
Midlands Apiaries, a New Zealand producer of genuine Mānuka honey, has announced its affordable ‘black label’ brand, Mount Somers, is set to be sold in New World supermarkets across the country for the very first time. Continue →
VPZ: WHEN NATURE PACKS A PUNCH
“Our biogenic packaging solutions combine the highest standards of freshness with respect for the environment and are particularly suited to the food industry.These solutions go by the name of Packnature,” says VPZ. Continue →
PETE’S NATURAL RELEASES NEW ZEALAND’S FIRST HEMP SEED-INFUSED BEVERAGE
Its Hemp Manuka Sparkling beverage was launched alongside another new drink, Lemon Manuka Switchel, at the Auckland Food Show, on 25-28 July. Continue →
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The government is investing $3 million in the creation of New Zealand’s first 100 percent recycled plastic food packaging range.
Associate Environment Minister Eugenie Sage said the grant enables Pact Group to prioritise this project ahead of many others. Continue →
Advocado- No browning for 10 Days
New avocado technology from Queensland Company
After developing what it describes as its world-first, patented ‘no browning’ Natavo Zero avocado processing technology, Naturo All Natural Technologies launched its full range of sliced, diced and smashed avocado products for the food service industry at Asia’s leading Food and Hospitality Trade Show, HOFEX, in Hong Kong, May 7-10. Continue →
The Sealed Air commitment – packaging with a focus for the future
Sealed Air boasts innovation and sustainability at the heart of its operation. Continue →
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