NEWS - NEW ZEALAND FOOD & BEVERAGE
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Burger King NZ losses grow

Blackstone Group's Burger King chain in New Zealand widened its loss in 2013 as rising sales, in an increasingly crowded burger market, were offset by higher costs for raw materials and consumables, and increased property and consultancy expenses. The fast-food chain made a net loss of $4.4 million in calendar 2013, wider than the $1.9 million 2012 loss, its first year under the ownership of US private equity firm Blackstone, according to financial statements for its holding company, Tango ... more

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Win a yearís supply of bread and milk with Muffin Break!

Wouldn’t life be sweeter if we didn’t have to constantly top up the daily essentials? Think about how often you nip out here or stop in there for that frequent bread and milk grocery mission. It’s a mundane task that quickly eats into our precious time, however right now, thanks to Muffin Break it could all be taken care of. Take a moment to recharge and visit your local Muffin Break to be in the draw to win a year’s supply of bread and milk*! To enter, simply ... more

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Call for submissions on GM processing aid application

Food Standards Australia New Zealand (FSANZ) today called for submissions on an application to approve a genetically modified processing aid. FSANZ Acting Chief Executive Officer Dr Marion Healy said the application, from Novozymes Australia, was seeking approval to use a genetically modified enzyme, xylanase, for use in the bread-making industry. "The FSANZ safety assessment concluded there were no public health and safety concerns associated with the use of the enzyme,"Ě ... more

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New Zealand premium wine sales soar in the UK market

New Zealand wine has become the number 2 country of origin in the UK market for wine sold over £7 according to the latest Nielsen data (MAT 21-6-14). New Zealand now sells 18% of all wines sold in this premium price segment, having overtaken Australia and now sits behind France. The latest statistics also show New Zealand’s average price per bottle has increased to £7.34 from £6.79 – an 8.1% increase (Nielsen MAT 21-6-14). “New Zealand is ... more

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Healtheries voted one of New Zealandís most trusted brands

Healtheries has been voted one of the most trusted brands in the New Zealand Reader’s Digest 2014 Most Trusted Brands survey. For the eighth time, the company has been recognised as the most trusted vitamin and supplement brand in the annual survey. The vitamin and supplement category was included in the survey eight years ago. Healtheries Supplement senior brand manager Rachel McKendry says topping the category shows New Zealanders value the company’s quality ... more

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Craft beer industry fears tough draft rules

New Zealand's thriving craft beer industry could face "disastrous consequences" if Auckland Council implements a planned tough local alcohol policy, brewery and bar owners say. The council's alcohol policy will control the sale, supply and consumption of alcohol in the country's most populous the region. The draft policy would restrict the sale of beer with an alcohol volume of more than 6 per cent - a level many craft beers sit above. Bars open until 1am or 2am would not be ... more

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Auckland schools on the menu at The Food Show

Two Auckland high schools participating in the region wide Young Enterprise Scheme (YES) will compete for business amongst some of New Zealand’s biggest producers of artisan and speciality goods at this year’s Auckland Food Show at the ASB Showgrounds, 31 July – 3 August. YES students from Manurewa High School and Henderson High School have begun, manufacturing and marketing an exotic brand of black bulb garlic aioli and a naturally produced paleo chocolate range ... more

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Joint diabetes research to develop healthier foods

A new Massey-led joint research project with Singapore aims to identify new biological indicators of diabetes risk that will assist in the development of healthier food. The collaboration with Singapore’s Agency for Science, Technology and Research (A-Star), the University of Auckland and AgResearch has been awarded $750,000 of the Government’s $1.75 million investment for New Zealand-Singapore projects on the development of food products with validated health benefits. New ... more

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Zespri Juicy Water Fight revitalises Shanghai summer

In a marketing success for Zespri, more than 1,000 people took part in an enormous Zespri ‘Juicy Water Fight’ in Shanghai to celebrate the launch of Zespri SunGold Kiwifruit in China this season. The Juicy Water Fight was held in Shanghai’s Central Park on Saturday 19 July. Participants soaked up the festive atmosphere with live music and lots of water balloons, and enjoyed sweet Zespri SunGold Kiwifruit from New Zealand with their family and friends, says Zespri ... more

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The taste master

Sid Sahrawat brings modern Indian dining to Auckland CBD People who think they know Indian cuisine may be in for a surprise with the opening of Cassia in Auckland’s Fort Lane. Inspired by his deep affinity and love for the food of his native India, Sid Sahrawat’s contemporary Indian restaurant opens its doors today. It draws on the renowned chef’s cultural heritage growing up in Chandigarh, India combined with his passion for New Zealand produce. ... more

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