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Selaks celebrates 80 year heritage

New ‘halo tier’ range of Founders wines launched Respect for the brand’s creators and a celebration of its heritage are at the heart of the re-launch this month of a limited release range of Selaks Founders wines. Re-introduced to commemorate the celebrated brand’s 80th anniversary, Selaks Founders Wines are a rare treat only previously produced in recognition of Mate Selak’s passing in 1991. Mate was the nephew of the brand’s founder ... more

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Coeliac NZ calls for gluten free beer to remain on menu at Christmas

Coeliac NZ calls public to contribute to FSANZ new gluten free beer labelling proposal This could be the last Christmas that New Zealanders living with coeliac disease can consume beer and other alcoholic drinks safely if they don’t take action. According to Coeliac New Zealand (CNZ) the public need to make submissions to support FSANZ new proposal - to keep the gluten free label on alcoholic drinks - by 23 December 2014 to ensure the information remains on packages. Coeliac ... more

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Edesia - your online Farmers Market

A revolution in food shopping has begun Edesia Market was opened by New Zealander Craig Hopkins; for twenty years Craig was based in the Mediterranean as a Super Yacht Captain, working alongside top Chefs provisioning boats for some of the world’s most wealthy and discerning clients. Returning to New Zealand Craig wanted to use his broad range of skills in a new business with a focus on artisan NZ food. Craig researched the specialty food store and Farmers market concepts in ... more

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Westland Milk cuts dairy payout forecast

Hokitika-based Westland Milk, New Zealand's second biggest dairy cooperative after Fonterra, said it would cut its forecast farmer payout for 2014/15 by 40c a kg of milksolids to a range of $5.00 to $5.40 a kg. Advance payments to shareholders will also be adjusted to reflect the lower dairy prices and, therefore, the lower cash flows into the business, chairman Matt O'Regan said. "This will be unwelcome news for shareholders, but not unexpected," O'Regan said in a ... more

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Key Zespri senior leadership announcements

The new role of Chief Operating Officer (COO) has been created at Zespri to provide leadership on the supply side of the business and Simon Limmer has been appointed to this role. Zespri Chief Executive Lain Jager explains the COO will help to generate an ‘end-to-end’ view of the supply chain. “The new role of COO will better integrate Zespri supply as the Zespri Global Supply (ZGS) business continues to grow and new cultivars and markets are added to the ... more

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Beef prices continue to set records

Global dairy markets have plummeted but New Zealand beef prices have continued to hit record highs, while sheepmeat prices have stayed firm, Rabobank says in its latest monthly commodities report. Farmgate prices for all beef categories continued the upwards trend during October and into November. North Island bull prices late this month averaged 550c/kg - 37 per cent higher than the same week last year - and the highest on record. At the end of the New Zealand processing season, which ... more

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Tip Top set to prove ice cream improves love life / career

New Zealand’s most popular ice cream brand*, Tip Top today lifted the lid on research showing that eating ice cream does indeed lead to more positive outcomes in day-to-day life. Inspired by London’s Institute of Psychiatry research that proved eating ice cream lights up the pleasure centre of the brain**, Tip Top decided to undertake its own situational experiments to demonstrate how ice cream positively affects your brain, improves our pleasure in life and literally ... more

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Coca-Cola rewards loyal customers with MYCOKE

Coca-Cola New Zealand is introducing a new on-pack promotion to shoppers over the next 12 months with the launch of My Coke, an initiative that rewards customers by giving them unique codes with every Coke purchase, enabling them to go in the draw to win weekly and quarterly prizes. The year-long promotion is set to run from October 2014 to October 2015 and has been developed to engage new and existing consumers with Coca-Cola, and to encourage product purchase. “MYCOKE makes the ... more

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China's Lianhua takes control of Prime Range Meat

China's Lianhua Trading Group has gone to majority control of Invercargill meat processor, Prime Range Meats. Lianhua, whose parent company - Shenzen Lianhua Enterprise Development Co - has its own retail network in China, said had increased its holding to 75 per cent from 24.9 per cent. Prime Range Meats said the move meant it was "firmly hooked" into a secure supply chain in China through the parent, which has Haidilao Hot Pot Chain and McDonalds as customers. ... more

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Hawke’s Bay Chardonnay takes top spot at 2014 Air New Zealand Wine Awards

A Hawke’s Bay Chardonnay won the top prize at the 2014 Air New Zealand Wine Awards held at the Pettigrew Green Arena in Taradale last night. Vidal Estate won the prestigious Air New Zealand Champion Wine of the Show Trophy for its Vidal Legacy Hawke’s Bay Chardonnay 2013. The wine also won the Rabobank New Zealand Limited Champion Chardonnay Trophy. Vidal Estate, which is one of the oldest wineries in New Zealand, went on to win a third trophy, the Waitoa Free Range ... more

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