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O’Connor announces split of MPI functions

Minister for Agriculture, Biosecurity, Food Safety and Rural Communities Damien O’Connor announced today that the Ministry for Primary Industries (MPI) will reorganise its functions to create a stronger focus on core responsibilities. Mr O’Connor says government will set up four portfolio-based entities, Fisheries New Zealand, Forestry New Zealand, Biosecurity New Zealand and New Zealand Food Safety. “Our priority is to achieve greater clarity and unity of purpose ... more

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Marlborough Wines conquer Cook Strait

Nearly 40 yachts raced across Cook Strait to deliver 29 Marlborough wines to the Capital in the WineWorks Wine Race. Over 250 people were involved crewing the yachts on 1 December in one of New Zealand’s largest off shore yacht races. Waikawa Boating Club gained yacht entries from across the country, with some skippers sailing their yachts from Auckland for the annual event. Saint Clair Family Estate and Mahi Wines were well represented with both having four wines being involved ... more

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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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Seafood outlook looking rosy

The latest Situation and Outlook for Primary Industries, released yesterday by the Ministry for Primary Industries, paints a positive picture for the future of New Zealand’s commercial seafood industry. Seafood New Zealand chief executive, Tim Pankhurst, said the report reflected the industry’s own assessment; that the future of commercial seafood, both wild capture and aquaculture, was in good heart. “The report confirmed that export prices for wild capture fisheries ... more

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New Zealand Winegrowers Sommelier Scholarship recipients announced

New Zealand Winegrowers has today announced the names of two New Zealand-based sommeliers selected to participate in the 2018 New Zealand Winegrowers International Sommelier Scholarship. It’s the first time New Zealanders will take part in the scholarship programme, which allows recipients the opportunity to engage with and learn from leaders within the international wine fraternity. The successful New Zealand sommeliers are: Anna Krykunivsky - Imperium Group (Eichardt's ... more

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ServiceIQ launches new blended online learning for schools

Online learning is now more popular than ever. But paper still has its place. ServiceIQ has refreshed its hospitality products and is launching a mix of online and paper-based learning resources for schools. Cookery Schools is ServiceIQ’s suite of hospitality products redesigned and packaged as a mix of online learning and print material. For years, ServiceIQ has provided schools with quality learning products that help students gain unit standards and kick-start a ... 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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Fonterra drops forecast Farmgate Milk Price

Fonterra Co-operative Group Limited today reduced its forecast Farmgate Milk Price for the 2017/18 season from $6.75 to $6.40 per kgMS and updated the market on its financial results for the first three months of the 2018 financial year. Chairman John Wilson says the lower forecast Farmgate Milk Price reflects a prudent approach to ongoing volatility in the global dairy market. The GlobalDairyTrade price for whole milk powder is a big influencer of the Farmgate Milk Price and it has ... more

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Let Alexandra Park cook Christmas dinner on the 22nd

With the early onset of summer Alexandra Park says it has the perfect solution which will allow families to relax outside on Christmas day rather than slaving over a hot stove. That is - have someone else cook your family a sumptuous Christmas dinner on Friday, 22 December. Alexandra Park’s popular Christmas At the Races evenings have been packed out since mid-November, with the remaining evenings nearly sold out but the 22nd is still offering the best availability, says ... more

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