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Savannah NZ Limited

DESCRIPTION: Savannah Bio Systems Pty Ltd are suppliers of specialized functional ingredients to the food industry in Australia and New Zealand. With our Head Office in Melbourne we also have sales offices in ... more
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Chr. Hansen

DESCRIPTION: Chr. Hansen offers makers of beverages, confectionery, ice cream, prepared foods and dairy products a complete palette of natural colours. Chr. Hansen is also a global leader in cultures and ... more
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Trade Aid Chocolate Drops

DESCRIPTION: Organic, fair trade chocolate drops, made in New Zealand from ingredients hand grown by Trade Aid’s farming partners; organic cocoa from the Dominican Republic and organic sugar from Paraguay. These ... more
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The Oils & Fats Specialist Group of the New Zealand Institute of Chemistry

DESCRIPTION: The Oils & Fats Specialist Group of the New Zealand Institute of Chemistry is a special interest group that keeps its members in touch with both industrial and academic developments in the oils and ... more
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ADECRON Food Tech Consulting

DESCRIPTION: Anny Dentener-Boswell. Consultant with 30 years Award Winning Experience for Product & Process development of numerous food and dairy products. Expert FSANZ Food Standards Code & NZ Supplemented ... more
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NZ's first National Watermelon Month

National Watermelon Month will take place for the first time this year from 1 - 29 February, to celebrate one of the nation’s most popular summer fruits. Led by LeaderBrand, an innovative, Kiwi owned producer of fresh fruit and vegetables, a number of initiatives have been planned to help New Zealanders take part in the celebrations. “Nothing says summer in New Zealand like a delicious, juicy watermelon,” says Bevan Roach, LeaderBrand Marketing Manager. “It is also one of the most guilt-free foods you can get. It has excellent levels of vitamins A and C, and ... more

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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":

www.nzicecream.org.nz/history-nz.htm

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MOU signals closer collaboration for Zespri, T&G

Photo: Zespri Chairman Peter McBride (left) and T&G Global Chairman Professor Klaus Josef (right) sign the MOU at Berlin Fruit Logistica. Zespri and T&G today signed a Memorandum of ... more

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Dairy prices drop again

The ink is barely dry on Fonterra's latest farmgate milk price forecast and it is already under downward pressure after dairy prices fell for the third time in a row at this morning's ... more

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Fonterra cuts Forecast Milk Price

Fonterra Co-operative Group Limited today reduced its forecast Farmgate Milk Price for the 2015/16 season from $4.60 per kgMS to $4.15 per kgMS. When combined with the earnings per share ... more

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New Zealand wine exports reach record $1.5 billion high

New Zealand wine exports have reached a new record high of $1.54 billion for the 2015 year, up 14% on 2014 according to New Zealand Winegrowers. ‘The new record level of wine exports ... more

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PANATURA® GI - Veripan and Holista Colltech announce a breakthrough in clean label, low GI white bread

Australian-listed Holista CollTech Limited announced today a global scientific breakthrough, validated by a leading University in Sydney, a blend of natural ingredients that significantly reduces the ... more

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Chardonnay and Sparkling the stars of Gisborne wine symposium

Gisborne will play host to some of the world’s top writers and influencers at New Zealand’s first Chardonnay and Sparkling wine symposium this February, Past, Present and ... more

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Results of survey of chemicals in food from packaging reassuring

The results of a survey on packaging chemicals in food are reassuring for consumers, Food Standards Australia New Zealand Chief Executive Steve McCutcheon said today. Mr McCutcheon said the ... more

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Dairy prices dip again

Dairy prices eased for the second time this year at the overnight GlobalDairyTrade (GDT) auction, putting more downward pressure on Fonterra's farmgate milk price forecast. The GDT price index ... more

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Companies continue to reformulate to make foods healthier

Food companies are continuing to make big strides in the reformulation of popular foods to make them healthier in line with consumer demand, says Katherine Rich, Chief Executive of the New Zealand ... more

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Kiwi sugar alternative key in new product innovation

A Kiwi-Chinese joint venture which has developed a low-calorie sugar alternative made entirely from fruit will now see its ingredient added into an innovative new beverage. FMCG manufacturer ... more

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FGC welcomes investor guide to food and beverage industry

The NZ Food & Grocery Council welcomes the release of the 2015 edition of the ‘Investor’s Guide to the New Zealand Food and Beverage Industry’ by the Ministry for Business, ... more

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Pacific’s smallest nations showcase boutique products on Food and Beverage Trade Mission

They are amongst some of the smallest Pacific Island economies in the Pacific but they are resilient survivors when it comes to being successful in business on small islands. Six exporters ... more

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Health Ministry reinforces advice to avoid coconut oil

Coconut oil has been given a new black mark by the health establishment, with the Ministry of Health and its nutrition advisers the latest to advise striking it from recipes for the good of ... more