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Fonterra confirms forecast Farmgate Milk Price

Fonterra is required to consider its forecast Farmgate Milk Price every quarter as a condition of the Dairy Industry Restructuring Act. For this purpose, Fonterra Co-operative Group Limited today confirmed the forecast Farmgate Milk Price of $6.00 per kgMS announced in November. When combined with the forecast earnings per share range for the 2017 financial year of 50 to 60 cents, the total pay-out available to farmers in the current season is forecast to be $6.50 to $6.60 before ... more

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Dairy product prices decline after two straight gains

Dairy product prices fell at the Global Dairy Trade auction, stemming two straight gains, amid increased supply. The GDT price index fell 3.2 per cent to US$3,474, down from US$3,537 at the previous auction two weeks ago. Some 20,479 tonnes of product was sold, down from 21,273 at the previous auction. Whole milk powder slid 3.7 per cent to US$3,189 a tonne. Butter milk powder sank 12.9 percent to US$2,090 a tonne, while rennet casein dropped 5.8 per cent to US$6,135 a tonne. ... more

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World dairy prices drop 1.8pc in overnight auction

Dairy product prices eked out a gain at the Global Dairy Trade auction, bucking expectations for a decline, as both whole and skim milk powder rose. The GDT price index rose 1.3 per cent to US$3,537, up from US$3,517 at the previous auction three weeks ago. Some 21,273 tonnes of product was sold, below the 22,030 tonnes at the previous auction. Whole milk powder rose 1 per cent to US$3,314 a tonne. Lactose jumped 12.4 per cent to US$910 a tonne, while butter climbed 4.9 per cent to ... more

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Harbourside season pick for cruise passengers

Royal Caribbean International’s Travelling Corporate Chef, David Reihana, has named Harbourside’s Seafood Platter as the top pick for discerning passengers to try in Auckland Harbourside’s Head Chef Thomas Barta thoroughly impressed Royal Caribbean’s Travelling Corporate Chef David Reihana during the weekend with his Ovation of the Seas inspired Seafood Platter with its outstanding presentation and ocean of flavours. It has now been named this season’s must ... more

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New food plans make law easier for businesses

The government is proposing changes to improve the written plans that it provides for businesses to manage food safety. A consultation, released today, calls on food businesses to decide if the new version is easier to use. The plans – called template food control plans – are used by businesses like restaurants, cafes and delis to comply with the Food Act. Sally Johnston, Manager Food and Beverage at the Ministry for Primary Industries (MPI) says “since the law ... more

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Pinot Noir descends on our nationís capital

The vinous international spotlight will be on New Zealand’s capital this week with the Pinot Noir NZ 2017 celebration, described as the best Pinot Noir event on the planet. 600 of the most influential wine writers, industry experts and imbibers from twenty countries will congregate on the Wellington waterfront on Tuesday for three days packed full of inspirational speakers, tastings and an overall submergence in New Zealand’s most compelling red grape variety – ... more

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FSANZ: Call for submissions on new enzyme processing aid

Food Standards Australia New Zealand (FSANZ)  yesterday called for submissions on an application to permit the use of an enzyme (endo β(1,4) xylanase) as a processing aid. FSANZ Chief Executive Officer Steve McCutcheon said the applicant was seeking to use the processing aid to manufacture some cereal products. “FSANZ has undertaken a risk assessment and concluded there are no public health and safety concerns relating to this enzyme,” Mr McCutcheon ... more

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Wake up to the goodness of Weet-Bix Gluten Free Cinnamon & Coconut

Embrace breakfast time with a bowlful of goodness that works for you and your lifestyle with new Weet-Bix Gluten Free Cinnamon & Coconut – the deliciously good gluten-free cereal that doesn’t sacrifice taste! The perfect choice for coeliacs and those avoiding gluten, new Weet-Bix Gluten Free Cinnamon & Coconut boasts the flavourful combination of cinnamon and coconut, and is a source of daily dietary fibre. With tasty coconut, rice puffs and a hint of cinnamon, ... more

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Fonterra: turning golden butter white; white butter into gold

Fonterra’s Research and Development Centre alongside its global ingredients business, NZMP, has developed a new white butter product to meet growing demand from manufacturers in the Middle East market. Although Fonterra’s butter is renowned amongst Middle East consumers for its famous golden appearance thanks to grass fed cows, a niche segment of manufacturers prefer white butter as a processing ingredient for their food products. These Middle Eastern food ... more

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Five tips for a healthy school lunch box

Cooking up new ideas for school lunches can be a challenge, but seasonal produce provides lots of variety for a healthy lunch, says 5+ A Day. Nutrients are vital in helping children concentrate in class and getting them through the school day. Lunch time is when they refuel to boost energy levels, ready to take on the afternoon. Filling lunch boxes with pre-packaged food that is often high in saturated fat, salt and sugar, can be the easy option. But picking fresh ... more

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