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Lion is struggling to meet demand for beer in hot weather

Kiwis are drinking so much beer this summer that brewing giant Lion is unable to keep up with demand. Lion New Zealand spokeswoman Genevieve O'Halloran said sales were up nearly 20 per cent compared to a year ago, which was creating supply issues for North Island customers. O'Halloran said the problem was "widespread" and affected the company's soft drink deliveries as well. O'Halloran said demand for craft beer was especially strong. Lion's sale of Emerson's beer ... more

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Pumpkin and kumara prices at record level

Pumpkin prices increased 176 percent in the year to November 2017, to reach $5.78 a kilo, the highest price since the food price series began in December 1993, Stats NZ said today. Pumpkin and kumara are typically more expensive in November, but both hit record levels after larger-than-usual increases this year. “Poor growing conditions due to the wet weather early this year had a huge impact on the supply of pumpkin and kumara,” consumer prices manager said. “Pumpkin ... more

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Save the date for ‘bigger than ever’ Fine Food New Zealand trade show

Space at New Zealand’s premier food retail, food service and hospitality trade show is rapidly running out as exhibitors take advantage of the opportunity to showcase and demonstrate their products and services to industry influencers, trade buyers and key decision-makers. Scheduled for 24 to 26 June 2018, Fine Food New Zealand is the largest trade event of its kind with nearly three quarters of the available space in the ASB Showgrounds is already booked. Lorraine Smith, ... more

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New South Island supermarkets as Pak 'n Save, New World owner invests

Foodstuffs is continuing to invest in its South Island network with new openings and refurbishments. During 2017, Foodstuffs South Island has invested $17 million in a 3100-square-metre supermarket in the Prestons subdivision in northeast Christchurch. New World Prestons is expected to open in February 2018, creating 100 new jobs. A $6m refurbishment of one of its original stores, Pak 'n Save Moorhouse in Christchurch would soon be completed, Foodstuffs South Island general manager ... more

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L&P and Tip Top have teamed up to bring us a new summer ice block

We’ve frozen the best of summer, on a stick! Introducing the all NEW Fruju L&P. Tip Top is kicking off summer with a match made in heaven – the new Fruju L&P ice block. Combining one of New Zealand’s most iconic beverages with NZ’s most iconic ice block brand, Tip Top has taken two of the best summer staples and frozen them together. The ultimate in New Zealand summer refreshment, the dynamic duo are together for a limited time only. Suitable for ... more

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Butter at record $5.67 a block

Rising dairy prices have pushed food prices up 2.7 percent in the year to October 2017, Stats NZ said today. This followed a 3.0 percent increase in the year to September 2017. Butter prices led the way again – up 62 percent from the same time last year. Milk and cheese prices also increased (up 7.5 and 12 percent respectively) and had large contributions to the increase in food prices seen in the year to October 2017. “Dairy products are very widely used inputs in a number ... more

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Remedy Kombucha launches new Cherry Plum flavour

Australia’s most loved kombucha brand, Remedy, has launched a new flavour, Cherry Plum, as the latest move in their mission to give retail drinks fridges a makeover and offer consumers more real, healthy options. The new flavour pairs luscious sweet red cherry and native Aussie Kakadu plum to craft a live cultured, naturally low in sugar drink that is fruity, floral, and refreshing. Remedy Kombucha is made following a traditional fermenting process, involving sweet tea ... more

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On the go with Cookie Time, new minis to grab and go

Introducing new Grab & Go Cookie Time – a convenience serve of mini-size cookies for all on-the-go occasions. Go Cookie Time packs offer smaller size treats for tucking into handbags, briefcases, backpacks and the car glovebox. Perfect on the run to after school activities, for travelling and as handy game day, concert and festival treats. Made with real chocolate and real ingredients, with no artificial colours, flavours or preservatives. In vibrant 50g packs, with ... more

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Three new ciders from Lewis Road Orchard - summer in a bottle!

Languid afternoons and long evenings, sparkling seas and picnics under trees, good times and sunshine ... who doesn't love that summer feeling? Now, Lewis Road is capturing the best of New Zealand summer in a bottle, by expanding from pastures to orchards and launching a new range of premium apple ciders. Lewis Road Orchard Premium Apple Ciders are made with the best, certified-organic apples from Bostock's orchards in the sunshine-filled Hawke's Bay, with a delightful difference. ... more

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Kiwi cat owners among world’s most generous - research

Kiwi cats are some of the world’s most spoilt according to new research, which shows two thirds (66%) of NZ cat owners buy their feline friends, weekly treats, birthday, Christmas and even Easter gifts. The Temptations study investigated the habits of Kiwi cat owners and their attitude towards gifting presents to their pets. It found that half (55%) of cat owners give their moggys treats at least once a week, with the most common reason that they simply wanted to make their cat ... more

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