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HortNZ: Serious supermarket allegations need to be investigated

Horticulture New Zealand believes the serious allegations made by MP Shane Jones regarding supermarket chain Countdown need to be investigated by the Commerce Commission. HortNZ has not been told by any of its 5500 commercial fruit and vegetable grower members of any instances of the practices Mr Jones described in Parliament yesterday. “But we would be extremely concerned if any of our growers had been treated like that,” HortNZ chief executive Peter Silcock says. ... more

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Tax on fizzy drinks 'could save lives'

A tax on fizzy drinks could save lives and generate millions in revenue for health programmes in New Zealand. This is according to new research published in the New Zealand Medical Journal today and conducted as part of a larger study examining the effects of a range of health-related food taxes and subsidies on population health. The study is led by the National Institute for Health Innovation at the University of Auckland, in collaboration with the University of Otago, and funded by ... more

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NZ suppliers 'blackmailed' by supermarket chain - MP

MP Shane Jones has claimed in Parliament that New Zealand suppliers are being blackmailed into making payments to Australian (Woolworths) owned supermarket chain Countdown to ensure their products continue to be stocked. Under protection of parliamentary privilege in the House this afternoon, Mr Jones detailed what he called the "Countdown shakedown" and slammed it as an example of the ruthless "dingo culture" of Australian corporations. Mr Jones told Parliament he ... more

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Applications open for Keep New Zealand Beautiful and Coca-Cola Community Recycling Initiatives

Keep New Zealand Beautiful is today calling for applications for its nationwide Beverage Container Recycling Community Grants Programme for 2014. The programme, in its second year and supported by The Coca-Cola Foundation, will see a major injection of additional funds to help local communities put in place initiatives to increase beverage container recycling. Last year 16 projects nationwide benefited from this funding. The Coca-Cola Foundation has provided more than ... more

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Aussie supermarkets 'buy local', and that doesn’t include NZ

Horticulture New Zealand supports Prime Minister John Key’s efforts to raise the subject of the Australian supermarkets’ reluctance to stock processed Kiwi produce with his counterpart Tony Abbot today. “We understand that this policy only applies to the supermarket house-branded products so it is mainly about canned and frozen vegetables. “And a significant amount of that product may not be sourced from New Zealand anyway, so it is not a snub aimed only at ... more

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Supermarket stoush sours CER

It will be all smiles when Prime Minister John Key and his Australian counterpart Tony Abbott tuck into a $200 a head lunch to celebrate the closer economic relationship between their two countries this week. But behind the scenes an ugly stoush is brewing over heavy-handed tactics by Australian supermarkets toward New Zealand exports. Spurred on by an aggressive Buy Australia campaign, the big Australian supermarkets are systematically stripping their shelves of New Zealand-produced ... more

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Queensland Fruit Fly find means anxious wait for growers

New Zealand’s horticulture industry is collectively holding its breath while it waits to find out if there will be any more Queensland fruit flies found in Northland. The Ministry for Primary Industries this morning announced the detection of a single male Queensland fruit fly in a suburb of Whangarei. “This is an anxious time for all growers and the whole horticulture industry,” HortNZ president Julian Raine says. “We are watching the response ... more

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Don't blow recall out of proportion, says Food & Grocery Council

It’s important that Fonterra’s recall of a batch of cream is not blown out of proportion, says New Zealand Food & Grocery Council CEO Katherine Rich. “We need to ensure that we keep this in perspective. “Food recalls, though always disappointing and disruptive for consumers and for the companies involved, are a fact of life every day all around the world. “Even though New Zealand has one of the best food production systems in the world, our food ... more

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University of Canterbury study: food labelling 'not as effective as it should be'

Nutritional food labels are not as effective as once thought and could be impacting on the health of New Zealanders, University of Canterbury (UC) research has discovered. Consumers react better to labels which provide relatable, transparent information that is easily converted into exercise expenditure or clearly states which products are good and which are bad. The UC marketing study collected a total of 591 online responses. Participants were given an identical survey, only the way ... more

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France's Danone ends Fonterra contract, launches court action

Fonterra will "vigorously defend" court action French food giant Danone is bringing against it in the wake of the botulism scare and says it is confident of its position. Danone announced today it launched legal proceedings against Fonterra and has ended its supply contract with firm. The Paris-based company is initiating proceedings in the High Court at Auckland and arbitration proceedings in Singapore "to bring all facts to light and to obtain compensation for the ... more

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