NZIFST Conference 2016

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Countrywide Distributors

DESCRIPTION: Countrywide Distributors is a nationwide group of food service distributors, supplying bulk food, including fresh, frozen & dry ... more
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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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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 craft butchery Magills. Supreme winner of the 2015 NZ Food Awards, a generous helping of succulent pulled beef is teamed with flavoursome smoky BBQ sauce, crunchy broccoli slaw and Wendy’s famous Manuka smoked bacon, all atop a specially developed new cornbread bun. There is also a supreme burger with the addition of a fresh, never frozen, juicy beef patty and natural cheese, and a side ... 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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Bakels NZ Supreme Pie Awards - competition fiercer than ever

Entries have now closed for the 20th Bakels NZ Supreme Pie Awards. There will be fierce competition when the 538 bakers begin perfecting their pie recipes in the hope of reigning supreme and ... more

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You're invited to celebrate 25 years of food standards setting

Food Standards Australia New Zealand is hosting a symposium to mark its 25th anniversary of national food standards setting. FSANZ Chief Executive Officer Mr Steve McCutcheon said ... more

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Food safety concerns driving Kiwis to buy local: research

Kiwi consumers are seeking out locally made food, as concerns about product safety and levels of additives in consumer goods manufactured offshore drive purchasing behaviour - according to the ... more

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Bayer Marlborough Young Viticulturist of the Year 2016 announced

Congratulations to Brenton O’Riley who became the Bayer Marlborough Young Viticulturist of the Year 2016 on Friday 24 June. O’Riley has worked at Giesen Wines for the last few ... more

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Kiwis caught out in the kitchen every week: new national food habits revealed

● Nearly 1 in 2 don’t have enough food in the fridge to prepare dinner once a week ● More than half skip meals once or twice a week because they’re time poor ... more

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Dr Mark Goodwin recognised - going 'in to bat' for the bees

Photograph courtesy Apiculture New Zealand: Dr Mark Goodwin (left) receiving the Peter Molan Award from Barry Foster of Apiculture New Zealand For almost thirty years Dr Mark Goodwin has been ... more

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Horticulture welcomes Bruce Wills as new Board member

Former Federated Farmers president Bruce Wills has been appointed to the position of independent board director for Horticulture New Zealand. The Hawke’s Bay hill country farmer was ... more

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Summerfruit NZ announces new Chairman

Chief executive Marie Dawkins and new chairman Tim Jones with Gary Bennetts at Summerfruit NZ’s conference dinner in Queenstown. - Photo by Dianne King. Summerfruit New Zealand has ... more

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Kiwi food manufacturer awarded Subway Supplier of the Year

Kiwi owned and operated frozen convenience food manufacture Leader won Oceania’s Subway Supplier of the Year at the Subway Convention in Adelaide last month. Along with taking out the ... more

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Dairy avoidance reaches dangerous levels, especially for women

A study has found for the first time that one in six adult Australians are choosing to avoid milk and dairy foods, the majority without a medical diagnosis, leading to public health concerns for ... more

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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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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