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Govt to establish Food Safety Science & Research Centre

Science and Innovation Minister Steven Joyce and Food Safety Minister Nikki Kaye today announced that expressions of interest have been released for a Food Safety Science and Research Centre. Establishing a New Zealand centre of food safety science and research is one of the 29 recommendations from the Government Inquiry into the Whey Protein Concentrate (WPC) Contamination Incident, released in December last year. “The centre will ensure delivery of excellent food safety ... more

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Project management appointment to progress AgResearch campus hub plans

New Zealand’s agricultural and food innovation hubs are one step closer to reality with the appointment of a leading project management firm. AgResearch has appointed Christchurch-based The Project Office, to plan and manage the delivery of its campus plans, including the development of its parts of the Lincoln Hub, at Lincoln and the FoodHQ hub at Palmerston North. The appointment was made in consultation with partner organisations collaborating in the Hubs. AgResearch ... more

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Tiny tasters take ice cream awards very seriously

A morning spent on maths, spelling or reading. Or eating 21 icecreams. Twelve lucky children from Mount Albert Primary school earned the second option when they were selected as this year's Kid's Choice tasters for the 2014 New Zealand Ice Cream Awards. But it wasn't all scoops and sprinkles for the children, chosen from their classmates because they were "leaders and future leaders of the school", says their deputy principal Sonia Davies. Under the direction of chief judge ... more

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SUBWAY® opens new Otara store

SUBWAY® Restaurants is delighted to announce a new store opening in Otara today. Located in the Otara Shopping Centre on Fairmall Street, the new SUBWAY® Restaurant was officially opened by Auckland Mayor, Len Brown this morning. The restaurant will be the first SUBWAY® Restaurant in Otara, providing a new dining option for the local community with a range of healthier choices and low-fat options like their famous “6g of Fat or Less Range”. News of the ... more

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Prime Minister doesn't believe a 'fat tax' on sugary drinks would work

John Key is unconvinced of the merits of a "fat tax" on sugary drinks, predicting the price of Coca-Cola would have to go up "a lot" before it would affect sales. Key addressed the launch of the Wellington chapter of Entrepreneurs' Organisation (EO) this morning. He fielded questions on the damage done by obesity, and whether he would impose a levy on imported products with high sugar levels to encourage a move to more healthy options. The New Zealand Medical ... more

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Dairy prices slip 2.6 percent

Dairy product prices extended their slide to a 14-month low in the latest GlobalDairyTrade auction, paced by whole milk powder, raising speculation Fonterra Cooperative Group's forecast record milk payout may not be sustainable. The GDT price index dropped 2.6 per cent to US$4,047 a tonne, from US$4,124 a tonne two weeks ago, the fifth straight decline and the lowest since February 2013. Some 36,549 tonnes of product was sold, down from 39,653 tonnes two weeks ago. In February, ... more

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Turners and Growers buys Apollo Apples

Turners & Growers, the fruit marketer controlled by Germany's BayWa, has agreed to buy Hawke's Bay-based Apollo Apples for as much as $44.1 million as it looks to meet growing global demand. The Auckland-based company will pay $36.05 million up front for the apple grower, packer and exporter, and cool store operator, and will pay up to $8 million in the following four years if performance targets are met, T&G said in a statement. Apollo founders Bruce and Ross Beaton will stay with ... more

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NZ businesses to benefit from innovative new AIG insurance product that helps manage the cost of product recalls

In response to growing concerns over the financial impact and frequency of product recalls for food and beverage businesses in New Zealand, AIG has today launched NOVI, an innovative web-based service to help companies estimate the cost of recall incidents. “NOVI helps food and beverage manufacturers understand their exposure to a recall event, and make more informed decisions about how to manage their risk,” said Nicky Alexandru, Vice President for Crisis Management, Global ... more

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Denise Vivaldo in New Zealand: An Introduction to Professional Food Styling

A day of lively demonstrations and discussion for chefs, writers, bloggers, photographers and culinary professionals of all types Denise Vivaldo Join Denise for this one-of-a-kind seminar that will give you the tools to take your food photos from blah to beautiful. Denise’s extensive background in food styling and the culinary arts is unparalleled. Here is a rare chance to learn from the best! AGENDA Food styling demonstrations will cover plating food to show it at ... more

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Food prices drop 0.3 percent

Food prices fell 0.3 percent in March 2014, but were up 1.2 percent on a year earlier, Statistics New Zealand said today. The monthly fall follows a 1.0 percent fall in February, and a 1.2 percent rise in January. "In March, lower prices for a range of groceries, including snacks, biscuits, and cheese, were partly countered by higher prices for beef and vegetables," prices manager Chris Pike said. The 1.6 percent fall for grocery food was influenced by price falls across most ... more

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