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Let your tastebuds dance with new Pitango Spanish Free Range Chicken Paella Soup!

Put your dancing shoes on and get ready for a party in the mouth with new Pitango Spanish Free Range Chicken Paella Soup - a deliciously flavourful dish from the home of flamenco! A hearty soup with bold flavour combinations, new Pitango Free Range Chicken Paella Soup boasts fresh free range chicken, vegetables and rice, complemented by aromatic smoked paprika and a dash of the hustle and bustle of Barcelona’s most famous street, La Rumbla. Just add a tumbler of Sangria and your ... more

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GDT auction: dairy prices fall again

International dairy prices fell for the fourth time in a row at this morning's GlobalDairyTrade auction, the GDT price index losing 3.5 per cent since the last auction in mid April. The price of whole milk powder - the key determinant for Fonterra's farmgate milk price - fell by 1.8 per cent to US$2386 a tonne. Another key product, skim milk powder, fared worse, the average price dropping by 7.5 per cent to US$2048 a tonne. The price of all other products also fell, with the exception ... more

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Wendy’s new handcrafted square range

Wendy’s Hamburgers new handcrafted square range features, you guessed it, a delicious artisan square bun. Why? Because with fresh Quality Mark sourced New Zealand beef or Ingham’s whole chicken breast, manuka smoked bacon and other freshly prepared, locally sourced ingredients, Wendy’s doesn’t cut corners on quality and you can taste the difference. Available for a limited time, in beef and bacon ($8.90) or chicken ... more

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Biggest export markets put the brakes on NZ sheep meat

Sheep meat prices have fallen by about 10 per cent over the past two months, driven by a drop in demand in China and difficult conditions in another important export market - Britain. Prices also remain under pressure for dairy products and the log trade, also through a drop-off in demand from the People's Republic. China is by far New Zealand's biggest market for sheep meat, accounting for about 30 per cent of lamb exports and about 70 per cent of its mutton exports. Murray Brown, ... more

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Muffin Break and Plunket get together

Two of New Zealand’s most popular family institutions, Muffin Break and Plunket, have teamed up to support Kiwi families. The national sponsorship agreement announced today sees Muffin Break providing much needed funds to support Plunket’s community services for families across the country. It will also provide community support, hosting Plunket coffee group sessions for new parents throughout the 39 Muffin Break bakery café locations. Muffin Break customers can ... more

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La Fourchette introduces ‘le saveurs de France’ range of limited edition macarons

Lovers of macarons and cocktails are in for a sweet treat with La Fourchette’s exclusive new range of macarons aptly named Saveurs de France (flavours of France). The six new macarons are based on popular French drinks and, perfectly timed for Mother’s Day and to support the launch, the restaurant is introducing a Saveurs de France traditional high tea. Co-owner Romain Le Gal says each of the sweet meringue-based confections represents a taste of a region of France. ... more

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Sibling cooks are number one book sellers

Kiwi cooks have a crush on For the Love of…, the newly released cookbook self-published by MasterChef 2014 winners Karena and Kasey Bird. According to Nielsen BookScan data released today (Thursday April 30) the beautifully illustrated 240 page book is the number one seller in New Zealand – for the second week in a row. Only one other cookbook made it to the top 10 – Going Paleo by My Kitchen Rules Australia judge Pete Evans. A vibrant and stylish ... more

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Restaurant rants bad for brand - PR specialist

In the past week, two stories in New Zealand’s national media have highlighted the potential dangers of restaurants taking a public stance on their customer’s behaviour. The first involved a well-known Auckland eatery ‘reviewing’ a customer after receiving a negative online review; the second saw a Wellington burger joint owner responding publicly to a private message from a parent concerned her son had become sick after eating at the establishment. However, PR ... more

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Fonterra reduces Farmgate Milk Price Forecast

Fonterra Co-operative Group Limited today reduced its forecast Farmgate Milk Price for the 2014/15 season from $4.70 per kgMS to $4.50 per kgMS. When combined with the previously announced estimated dividend range of 20-30 cents per share, this amounts to a forecast Cash Payout of $4.70 - $4.80 for the current season. Chairman John Wilson said the reduction reflected the continuing and significant volatility in international dairy commodity prices caused by over-supply in the market. ... more

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GOLD kiwifruit exports to Australia up; GREEN consistent

Industry to launch its first marketing campaign in Australia The export of New Zealand kiwifruit to Australia has begun and is showing signs of the recovery of GOLD Kiwifruit from Psa. A hot, dry New Zealand summer will see increased volumes of GOLD exported to Australia, however the volume of GREEN New Zealand kiwifruit is forecast to be similar or lower than last year. 2014 saw 285,000 cartons of GOLD exported to Australia and just over 1.35 million cartons of GREEN. ... more

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