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Nelson craft beer pioneer Terry McCashin dies

Dean McCashin, left, and Terry McCashin with glasses of two of the new Stoke beers produced McCashins' Brewery (Martin de Ruyter, STUFF). Former All Black and craft beer pioneer Terry McCashin will be remembered as a humble gentleman who took on the big brewers from a small Nelson factory. The founder of the Mac's beer brand and former All Black hooker died suddenly on Tuesday morning. He was 73. McCashin is credited with starting the craft beer revolution in New Zealand, while ... more

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Food innovation and commercialisation specialist to run FoodHQ

The current Director of Riddet Innovation, Dr Abby Thompson has accepted the role of FoodHQ Chief Executive Officer. Dr Thompson is experienced in commercially focused research and development and has led this work for the Massey Institute of Food Science and Technology. FoodHQ Board Chair Sue Foley says Dr Thompson’s credentials are unparalleled. “Abby brings with her a wealth of knowledge of the commercial and scientific sectors. She is already well known throughout both ... more

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Marc Soper wins Best Ōra King Dish New Zealand 2017

For the second year in a row, Marc Soper has won the Best Ōra King Dish New Zealand at the annual Ōra King Awards. Announced at the Ōra King Awards ceremony held in Tokyo yesterday, Marc Soper’s creation “Japanese inspired Ōra King Salmon, served with bone broth” (pictured above) was named the 2017 New Zealand winner. Leading food industry experts Lauraine Jacobs and Geoff Scott judged the New Zealand category and both attended the ... more

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Award spotlight shines on Pinot Noir NZ 2017

Photo L-R: Carla O’Neil, GM, Avenues Auckland, Philip Gregan, CEO, NZ Winegrowers, Melanie Walker, MD, Avenues, Rachael Fletcher, EO, Pinot Noir NZ, Alistair King, Pinot NZ 2017 Board member, Angela Willis, Global Events, NZ Winegrowers, Ben Glover, Chair, Pinot Noir NZ 2017. Pinot Noir NZ 2017 has received national recognition at the New Zealand Event Awards, picking up Best Business Event of the Year at the glittering ceremony held at Sky City in Auckland on Wednesday night. ... more

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Judges add international flavour to Air New Zealand Wine Awards competition

New Zealand’s premier wine competition, the Air New Zealand Wine Awards, will welcome three international judges to the 2017 team when judging kicks off on Monday at Mt Smart Stadium, Auckland. Wine producer and consultant PJ Charteris (Australia), wine writer Elaine Chukan Brown (USA), and Master of Wine and wine buyer Sarah Knowles (UK) arrive in the country over the next few days, bringing with them a wealth of international wine industry and judging experience. New Chair of ... more

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Ready ... Set .... Eat!!

This year’s Taste of Auckland in partnership with Electrolux just keeps getting better with a host of big names in the food world newly added to the line-up including Nick Honeyman from Paris Butter, Simon Gault and Giraffe, Nic Watt of True Food & Yoga and The Tasting Shed’s, Ganesh Raj. From 16-19 November, Taste of Auckland at Western Springs will become a food lover’s paradise with free live cooking demonstrations, intimate chef experiences, a gourmet ... more

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More science added to 5 A Day

Food scientist Dr Carolyn Lister has been appointed a trustee on the board of the 5+ A Day Charitable Trust. The Trust’s general manager, Paula Dudley, says Dr Lister’s appointment this month brings a new level of scientific expertise to the organisation and broadens the skillset at board level. Dr Lister, Plant & Food Research’s Phytochemical & Health Team Leader, has worked with 5+ A Day for several years and says the organisation is doing a great job of ... more

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Holly Brown appointed Zespri GM Greater China

Long-serving Zespri executive Holly Brown has been appointed to the new role of GM Greater China, with executive-level accountability for the territory of China, Hong Kong and Taiwan. Zespri Chief Executive Dan Mathieson says Ms Brown’s background in culture development, people leadership and organisational strategy sees her well placed for the new leadership role. “Holly will lead this fast-moving and increasingly-complex region through the next phase of ... more

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Hyundai hand over keys to Bayer Young Viticulturist of the Year 2017

Bayer Young Viticulturist of the Year 2017, Tim Adams has just picked up his Hyundai Santa Fe Elite from their Head Offices in Auckland. Simon Hofmann, Head of Marketing Hyundai NZ handed over the keys to a delighted Tim. This was his premium prize for winning the national finals and he will keep the Santa Fe for an entire year. The colour is appropriately named “Merlot”. Adams who works at Obsidian on Waiheke Island will enjoy driving around the island in luxury. ... more

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2018 Marlborough Wine and Food Festival

The longest running and best wine and food festival in New Zealand has announced an even bigger and better line up of chefs and bands for the event, held on Saturday 10th February 2018 at the historic Brancott Vineyard in Marlborough. The headline act has been announced with the NZ All-Stars performing the show Marley: Celebrate the Legend, who are made up of NZ music royalty with names such as Tiki Taane, Boh Runga, Fran Kora, Anna Coddington and Joel Shadbolt each taking lead ... more

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