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Dave Pooch, Food and Agro Processing Specialist

DESCRIPTION: Dave Pooch is a senior food technologist with lots of international experience. Having started up a successful processing company he brings an entrepreneurial approach that sits well with owners of ... more
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Cumming Food Consultants Ltd

DESCRIPTION: Marion Cumming, B. Tech (Food), BBS, FNZIFST. Marion has over 35 years experience in Product and Process Development and Technical Services in New Zealand's dynamic Food Industry. Her expertise ... more
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Kids Can Cook

DESCRIPTION: A cooking competition aimed at getting primary school kids into the kitchen is coming to Auckland this August. The Kids Can Cook competition is open to children from Year 1 to Year 8 who attend a ... more
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NZ Specialty Coffee Association (NZSCA)

DESCRIPTION: The NZ Specialty Coffee Association (NZSCA), formerly the NZ Coffee Roasters Association (NZCRA), was formed in 2005 and is the national representative body for specialty coffee stakeholders in New ... more
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Kaibosh Food Rescue

DESCRIPTION: Zero food poverty, zero food waste. Kaibosh is Wellington’s only dedicated food rescue organisation (Charities Commission # CC38367). We are the link between food producers and organisations that ... more
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Kiwis lack confidence in kitchen, bored with dinner options and don't eat as family - study

Kiwis eat the same weekly meals because they can't afford to change them, rarely eat as a family and check their phones during dinner, according to a new survey. The Old El Paso study which investigated Kiwis’ eating habits also found that many of us are too nervous to try new recipes and four out of 10 (41%) serve the same 6-10 weekly meals over and over again! Nearly one-quarter of New Zealand families (24%) have an even smaller repertoire of just 1-5 routine dinner meals that are rotated every week. The Old El Paso study found that along with a lack of confidence ... more


The History of Ice Cream in New Zealand: The history of the ice cream industry in this country is fascinating  - the product that we all love, in fact was often handicapped through the years by the perception that it was frivolous and non-essential.

From the restrictive, Victorian Sunday trading laws that persisted into the 1950s, to wartime rationing of sugar and milkfat (being prosecuted for having too much cream in their ice cream!), to PM Robert Muldoon's 1979 20% sales tax on ice cream alone. Disowned by the booming dairy industry, at the mercy of the nationalised Town Milk industry, and yet dependent on both for ingredients, ice cream manufacturers had to forge their own path.

Technology, geography, politics, pricing, and archaic legislation were often against them, and eventually they had to work together to survive. The New Zealand Ice Cream Manufacturers Association was incorporated in 1927, and has represented the industry ever since.

So who would have thought, especially from today's perspective, that ice cream would come to be seen as a genuine health food?

Claimed to be "a nutritious food", with "high food content", "properties that represent the finest, invigorating vitamines for the human system", and  “extremely valuable … in some of the most serious forms of illness and in convalescence.” In fact, the original company that launched the Tip Top ice cream brand in Wellington in 1935 was called Health Foods Ltd.

At one time, it was proposed that ice cream be distributed free to all New Zealand school children, instead of milk.

And during World War II, it was thought to be so important for morale that mini ice cream factories, ice cream mix, and even ice cream trucks were shipped from New Zealand to our troops fighting in the Middle East and in the Pacific.

Read much, much more in the NZ Ice Cream Manufacturers' Assn's "History of Ice Cream in New Zealand":

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Lewis Road Creamery launches coffee and vanilla flavoured milks

Another wave of delicious milky goodness is about to hit! Lewis Road Creamery has teamed up with kiwi companies Coffee Supreme And Heilala Vanilla to bring you two new flavours. The boutique ... more

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Sanford quits tuna

Sanford, New Zealand's largest listed fishing group, will quit its underperforming Pacific tuna business and put the unit's fleet up for sale. The Auckland-based company sold its San Nanumea ... more

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Improvements in human nutrition and wellbeing to come from better designed foods

World-leading food scientists dedicated to improving health and making value-added food products will gather in Wellington in October for the 3rd International Food Structures, Digestion and Health ... more

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A night of celebration at the Romeo Bragato Wine Awards 2015

An Auckland Chardonnay and a Hawke’s Bay Cabernet Sauvignon Merlot shine at this year’s Romeo Bragato Wine Awards. Grown by Brett Donaldson, the Villa Maria Single Vineyard ... more

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Loaf launches new range of cookies

Following on from Loaf’s delicious cookie dough they’ve now released a range of cookies. Loaf’s taken kiwis all-time favourite home-baked cookies and put a range together for ... more

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Home food delivery service launches crowdfunding bid

A Kiwi home food delivery company created by an award-winning food entrepreneur is aiming to raise $800,000 via equity crowdfunding to tap into the growing demand for quick gourmet home meals. ... more

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2015 Bayer Young Viticulturist Of The Year announced

Congratulations to Caleb Dennis who became the Bayer Young Viticulturist of the Year 2015 last night. Representing Hawke’s Bay, Caleb competed in a wide range of challenges over three ... more

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FGC congratulates Sanitarium GM on scholarship

The NZ Food & Grocery Council congratulates Sanitarium General Manager Pierre van Heerden on being awarded a prestigious Prime Minister’s Business Scholarship. Mr van Heerden is one ... more

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International judges announced for 2015 Air New Zealand Wine Awards

Two highly respected international wine personalities will be joining this year’s judging panel for the country’s premier wine competition, the Air New Zealand Wine Awards. Mark ... more

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Trophies announced from the 2015 Spiegelau International Wine Competition

Trophies were announced last night at a special awards dinner to celebrate the results of the 2015 Spiegelau International Wine Competition. Held at a prestigious central Auckland location, over ... more

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Academics’ criticism of breakfast cereals irresponsible, error-ridden

A claim by university academics that breakfast cereal is associated with obesity and among “the unhealthiest food available” in New Zealand supermarkets is incorrect and irresponsible, ... more

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Nestlé's 'Choose Wellness' a great example of FGC members promoting good health

At a time when obesity is a serious issue for New Zealand, members of the NZ Food & Grocery Council continue to play their part in the solution, says NZ Food & Grocery Council Chief Executive ... more

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Kiwi developed sugar substitute to tackle obesity problem

A new low-calorie sugar alternative made entirely from fruit and developed by Kiwis, is set to offer companies around the world a natural way to reduce sugar in everyday foods and beverages such as ... more