NZIFST Conference 2016

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DESCRIPTION: EMEX is New Zealand’s premier tradeshow for the manufacturing, engineering, machinery, electronics and technology industries. Next held 31 May -2 June 2016, ASB Showgrounds, Greenlane, Auckland, ... more
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Devonport Chocolates

DESCRIPTION: Handmade New Zealand chocolates lovingly crafted from the finest of imported and New Zealand ingredients. Gourmet chocolates, truffles, chocolate tablets, truffle logs and other confectionery treats. ... more
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DESCRIPTION: Venerdi – Living, Breathing and Baking GLUTEN FREE! Venerdi is a bakery specialising in gluten-free, organic and Paleo breads and baked products. Our SPELT flour breads use an ancient grain prized ... more
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New Zealand Beverage Council - NZBC

DESCRIPTION: The New Zealand Beverage Council (formerly the NZ Juice & Beverage Assn) represents the manufacturers of New Zealand's juice, carbonated drink and bottled water brands, and their suppliers. The ... more
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Mil-tek NZ Ltd

DESCRIPTION: ENVIRONMENTAL WASTE SOLUTIONS that SAVE you on disposal costs and environmental impact. Using compressed air, Mil-tek offers a range of balers and presses for sale, lease or rent to suit ... more
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Kiwi classic breakfast cereals go gluten free

If you’re gluten free, breakfast can be your most difficult meal of the day. Well not any more. Kellogg’s is expanding its range to include for the first time gluten free versions of two of its favourite breakfast cereals – Special K Gluten Free and Corn Flakes Gluten Free. The new products hit supermarket shelves this month answering the call for gluten free breakfast cereals that taste great and deliver the same satisfying crunch. For sufferers of coeliac disease and gluten intolerance, the harsh reality is they often miss out on the chance to ... 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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2016 New Zealand Ice Cream Awards

The twentieth New Zealand Ice Cream Awards were announced in Auckland last night. The New Zealand Ice Cream Awards has attained its Platinum Anniversary - twenty years of ... more

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International campaign set to boost NZ dairy exports

A new multi-million-dollar marketing campaign has begun to educate Australian, Chinese and ultimately U.S consumers on the health benefits of New Zealand’s grass fed dairy products. The ... more

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Wellington brewery Panhead Custom Ales sold to Lion Group

Upper Hutt brewery Panhead Custom Ales has been sold to international brewing giant, Lion Group. However, former owner Mike Neilson will stay involved and plans to continue in the role. He ... more

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Fonterra's 2016/17 forecast Farmgate Milk Price

Fonterra Co-operative Group Limited today announced an opening forecast Farmgate Milk Price of $4.25 per kgMS for the 2016/17 season, an increase of 35 cents on the forecast for the current season. ... more

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Wendy's new deliciously messy BBQ Pulled Beef with Bacon Burger

Wendy’s new BBQ pulled beef with bacon burger is delicious, and a wee bit messy. New this week, the burger features award-winning 12 hour slow cooked tender pulled beef from Te Awamutu ... more

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Mark Southon set to be judge at Supreme Pie Awards

Executive Chef, Mark Southon, is set to be a judge at the 20th Bakels NZ Supreme Pie Awards. One of the finest chefs in the country, Southon won ‘Outstanding Chef of 2013’ at the 2013 ... more

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21st Symposium of Australian Gastronomy

The 21st Symposium of Australian Gastronomy will be celebrated in Melbourne, Australia, from Friday 2 to Tuesday 6 December 2016. With our guiding theme of ‘Utopian Appetites’, we are ... more

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Food safety partnership to protect $50b industry

Photo: Science and Innovation Minister Steven Joyce and Food Safety Minister Jo Goodhew at the launch of the New Zealand Food Safety Science and Research Centre at Massey University. - Massey ... more

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Taranaki farmers take out the Steak Of Origin 2016

Brendon and Hayley Robinson from Hawera have taken out the Grand Champion title at the 2016 Steak of Origin competition with their Angus X sirloin steak. The Angus X steak was deemed to be ... more

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Bakers gear up to compete in Pie Awards

Save these dates: Judging Day: 21st July Awards’ Night: 26th July Kiwis love their pies and research company Canstar Blue recently found that Steak and Cheese pies are the most popular ... more

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Entries open for the 2016 NZ Food Awards

Entries are now open for the 2016 NZ Food Awards. Visit to submit your entry. Need assistance with your entries? Come to one of our Fit for Entry Workshops ... more

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2016 KiwiNet Awards finalists showcase clever science driving business innovation

Twelve innovative researchers and cutting edge research commercialisation projects have been selected as finalists for the fourth annual KiwiNet Research Commercialisation Awards, designed to ... more

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Babich Wines passes 101 vintages

Babich Wines, one of New Zealand’s oldest wine brands, has finished harvesting its 101st vintage, just in time for the seventh annual International Sauvignon Blanc Day on May 6. Sauvignon ... more