NZIFST Conference 2016

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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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Lawson Williams Consulting Group Ltd.

DESCRIPTION: Lawson Williams was established in 1991 to provide permanent and contract recruitment services to New Zealand's specialist industry sectors, during which time we have built up an extensive knowledge ... more
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NZ FOODtechnology

DESCRIPTION: New Zealand Food Technology magazine publishes articles and case studies on the latest news in the food industry. You’ll find food and beverage industry news on export, factory, ingredients, ... more
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Farmers' Markets New Zealand

DESCRIPTION: The national organisation unifying a network of authentic Farmers’ Markets throughout New Zealand. Our vision is to… “create a clear distinction between Authentic Farmers’ Markets and other markets; ... more
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NZ in a jar: Mother Earth spreads into jam

New Zealand grows some of the world’s finest fruit, so it’s only natural that Mother Earth would use delicious, juicy New Zealand fruit in their first ever jam and marmalade range. Made in small batches and using simple recipes for a truly homemade taste, Mother Earth’s new range is packed full of high quality fruit sourced from across the country. Mother Earth Senior Brand Manager, Lyn O’Sullivan says, “Our new line-up of flavoursome jams and marmalades aligns well with our philosophy of nature at its most delicious.” “We’re ... 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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Recall: Ahia brand freshly smoked Gemfish, Blue Moki, Hoki and Salmon

Ngati Porou Fisheries Ltd is recalling its Ahia brand freshly smoked blue moki, gemfish, hoki and salmon (200g) as the products may contain Listeria. Product type Ready-to-eat hot smoked ... more

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Otago researchers design heart-healthy loaf

New Zealand researchers have used linear programming on a range of bread recipes to produce a low-cost loaf that is healthier for the heart than many commercially-available options. Bread is ... more

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Carrello del Gelato supports Wellington Children's Hospital

For the entire month of May, Wellington-based premium gelato producer Carrello Del Gelato, is running a promotion to support the Wellington Children’s Hospital. Grab a coffee from the ... more

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EU meat producers launch farm-to-fork initiative for NZ consumers

A new initiative from European Beef and Pork has been launched to help give New Zealand consumers transparency over the food safety and ethical standards of the imported products. In an age of ... more

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Food companies’ job to help consumers understand choices

The food industry is built on trust and it’s up to companies to make sure their consumers understand what they are buying, says the New Zealand Country Manager for Nestlé, Veronique ... more

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Tonnellerie de Mercurey NZ Young Winemaker 2016

Tonnellerie de Mercurey NZ Young Winemaker 2016 Blending knowledge, skill and passion for New Zealand’s premium winemaking future Entries are now open for 2016. Who will take out the ... more

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Prime Minister launches Zespri’s 2016 season in China

Prime Minister Rt Hon John Key officially launched the 2016 season for Zespri in China at an event last night, marking a new phase for Zespri’s China Strategy. Chief Executive Lain ... more

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Cereal lovers breakfast for Starship Children’s Hospital

Thanks to Kiwi cereal lovers, Starship Foundation has received a donation of nearly $7,000. Kellogg’s NZ has donated $6,700 to New Zealand’s national children’s hospital as ... more

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Growing scientific evidence demonstrates the health benefits of kiwifruit

From the digestive system to immunity and metabolic health, an increasing body of research demonstrates how beneficial kiwifruit is for human health. The latest research was presented in ... more

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NZ Food & Grocery Council elects first female chair

The New Zealand Food & Grocery Council has its first female Chair with the election today of Veronique Cremades-Mathis. Mrs Cremades-Mathis is Country Manager of Nestlé NZ. She ... more

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Lewis Road to represent NZ at SIAL

Lewis Road Creamery's chocolate milk has been put forward to represent New Zealand in a global competition for innovative food products. Held every two years, the World Tour by SIAL awards is ... more

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Sausage vs steak – does it matter?

Parents want their children to eat the same foods as the rest of family, so it can be challenging if they prefer a sausage sizzle to steak on the barbecue. Often foods which are nutritionally ... more

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More consumption of low alcohol beer will lead to reduced harm, survey shows

Many New Zealanders say harm caused by alcohol can be reduced if more people drink low-alcohol beer, a new survey shows. The Horizon survey of 1141 New Zealanders, published today by the New ... more