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Fifth time on top for Patrick Lam - Bacon & Egg Pie rules Supreme

A Bacon & Egg pie has won over the hearts of judges at the 20th Bakels NZ Supreme Pie Awards. Patrick Lam of Patrick’s Pie Group Gold Star Bakery, Tauranga has taken home the much sought-after Supreme Pie Award, beating 539 other competitors. This is Patrick’s fifth Supreme Pie Award since first entering the Bakels NZ Supreme Pie Awards in 2003. To date, Patrick has won a staggering 56 pie awards, with four awards in this year’s competition: Supreme – ... more

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New Zealand Pork, Bacon & Ham Awards: Coromandel, Akaroa and Dunedin butchers come out on top

New Zealand’s best pork products have been crowned with top honours going to butcheries in Coromandel, Akaroa and Dunedin. The 9th annual 100% New Zealand Pork, Bacon & Ham Awards were held in Christchurch last night The Competitions celebrate New Zealand’s finest home-grown pork products and assist consumers to identify and appreciate sustainable pork, bacon and ham which is PigCare™ Accredited*. The Competitions support local pig farmers, who raise pork ... more

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Boysenberry may be of benefit to asthma suffers

Globally it is estimated that 150 million people are affected by asthma, with children making up around 10 percent of sufferers. In New Zealand, one of every nine adults and every seven children are prescribed asthma medication. New research suggests that regular Boysenberry consumption may improve lung function by reducing symptoms associated with inflammation of the airways, which can cause conditions such as asthma. Previous studies have found that lung function can be improved ... more

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Bayer Central Otago Young Viticulturist of the Year 2016 announced

Congratulations to Mike Winter from Amisfield who became the Bayer Central Otago Young Viticulturist of the Year 2016 on Friday 22 July. This is the third year Winter has taken out the title and he is very determined to take out the National title this year, especially as it is the last time he can compete. He will be too old next year as cut off age for the competition is 30 years old or younger on 31 December, so Winter will be putting a lot of time and effort into study and ... more

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Muffin Break’s coffee keeps customers coming back

There’s much that goes in to a cup of your favourite coffee, and most of it happens well before a shot is even pulled. And like anything worth waiting for, it’s the preparation that sets the best brews apart from those that are less than satisfactory. The holistic coffee production process is something bakery café business Muffin Break has been careful to astutely manage since it first set up shop in New Zealand in 1994. Not only is the bakery cafe’s ... more

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MPI: No food safety risk associated with fish oil supplements

The Ministry for Primary Industries (MPI) and the Ministry of Health are confident a recent study provides no evidence of a food safety risk associated with fish oil supplements currently on the New Zealand market. Jenny Reid, MPI Manager Food Science and Risk Assessment says the recently published Liggins Institute study that gave highly oxidised fish oil supplements to pregnant rats does not identify a risk to pregnant women. “The fish oil that was given to the pregnant rats ... more

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Hipgroup says BYO corkage charges can get screwed ...

Leading Auckland hospitality group Hipgroup has answered the prayers of BYO diners and will charge NO CORKAGE when it launches a BYO promotion on Monday. Cork and Fork BYO Mondays will allow customers at some of Hipgroup’s favourite dining establishments - Ortolana, Rosie, St Heliers Bay Cafe and Bistro and the Waihi Beach Hotel - to bring their own bottle of tipple and not have to fork out excessive corkage fees. “Some establishments are charging upwards of $30 to BYO ... more

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Wild Appetite launches new brands into the US

Auckland-based food manufacturer Wild Appetite has scored a major coup with US retailers with its new plastic squeeze-bottled sauces and dressings. Wild Appetite, known for its quality sauces for over 27 years, has secured its first container order for the US market following significant investment in new products, packaging and market development – specifically targeted to the American market. Executive Director of Wild Appetite, Peter McCracken says an increasingly favourable ... more

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Modern technology meets ancient tradition in top-quality European meats

Cutting edge technology ensures that European pork, beef, and pork and beef products are safe for New Zealand families without sacrificing generations of knowledge in producing succulent meat. Consumers are increasingly looking for high quality, natural foods without compromising on taste or ethical issues. The ‘We Are What We Eat’ report by Nielsen, which surveyed 30,000 people in 60 countries, found that “when it comes to the foods we eat, consumers are going ... more

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Engaging staff cuts health and safety incidents, improves productivity

Engaging staff in health and safety had a big impact on manual handling incidents and productivity at Chep NZ, Country Manager Mike O’Brien says in the latest NZ Food & Grocery Council Leaders Series video. “We’ve been on a journey over the past few years and we really identified that we had some challenges with health and safety and particularly incidents in our work environment and so we’ve really worked hard to try and reduce that over time. ... more

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