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Chinese dairy giant Bright Dairy's Pure Canterbury infant formula powder sales behind targets

Chinese dairy investor Bright Dairy appears short of its sales targets for its New Zealand-made infant formula brand sold to China's biggest cities. Bright Dairy's first investment outside China was in Synlait Milk. Canterbury Pure, made to order by Synlait, was Bright's first offshore product. The Shanghai-based Bright owns about 40 per cent of the NZX-listed Synlait and is also one of the Dunsandel-based company's customers. Pure Canterbury is being promoted to New Zealand's ... more

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Finally visitors will pay to help protect our environment

Horticulture New Zealand is delighted visitors to New Zealand will finally have to pay a share of the costs associated with protecting our nation’s borders. “The border clearance levy introduced in today’s Budget sends a signal to everyone coming here that we don’t take biosecurity lightly,” HortNZ president Julian Raine says. “This announcement backs up what New Zealand’s commercial fruit and vegetable growers have been saying for a ... more

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Singapore Airlines new Premium Economy Class to feature wide range of in-flight offerings

Customers travelling in Singapore Airlines’ new Premium Economy Class can look forward to a wide range of in-flight offerings including a Premium Economy Book the Cook service, champagne and curated wines, a specially-designed collector’s edition amenity kit and the world’s most advanced in-flight entertainment system. In addition to three main courses to choose from on board, customers can select their meals before travel by opting for the Premium Economy Book the ... more

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New method enables detection of low levels of Pesticide 1080 in just hours

SCIEX accelerates method development to screen for poisons in milk and infant formula SCIEX, a global leader in life science analytical technologies and solutions, today announced that their application team is actively developing a new method for screening of monofluoroacetic acid (MFA), also known as ‘1080’. In 2008, a melamine milk scandal posed new challenges for the China dairy industry, to which SCIEX responded with an analytical method to test for melamine ... more

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Extraordinary season for growers as industry gets back on track for growth

Zespri’s final result for 2014/15 shows an industry that is back on track and revitalized for the strong growth outlook ahead. The last season has been extraordinary, Zespri Chairman Peter McBride said, with the total fruit and service payment up 17 percent on the previous year to $939 million. Zespri’s global kiwifruit sales reached $1.568 billion, up 16 percent on 2013/14. Export earnings increased by 18 percent to $1.086 billion versus the 2013/14 season. “These ... more

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Nelson to host 2015 Air New Zealand Wine Awards dinner

Nelson, one of the country’s boutique wine producing regions, will host this year’s Air New Zealand Wine Awards dinner. The black tie awards dinner will be held on Saturday 28 November at Saxton Stadium. Many of the country’s top winemakers and industry figures attend the annual dinner to celebrate New Zealand’s best wines. Vines have been cultivated in the Nelson region since the mid-1800s but it wasn’t until the 1970s that the modern wine industry was ... more

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Dairy prices fall 2.2 percent - fifth straight fall

Dairy product prices fell for the fifth consecutive GlobalDairyTrade auction overnight, pushing the GDT Price Index to its lowest level since August 2009 and adding to the pressure on the one in four dairy farmers the Reserve Bank says have negative cash flow this season. The GDT average winning price fell 2.2 per cent to US$2,472 from US$ 2,515 at the previous auction two weeks ago. Some 26,535 tonnes of product was sold, down from 27,369 tonnes in the previous auction. Low prices are ... more

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Southland ice-cream legend back in the game

Brian Simon dreams about making icecream . And now the 79-year-old Manda and Deep South brand founder is back in the business, sort of, as the churns at the famous Rockdale Rd Ivercargill plant are turning again, thanks to Christchurch-based company Dairyworks. Brian is on-site advisor to Dairyworks which in January started producing icecream in Invercargill and is now pumping out 3000 2-litre containers a day. The icecream is sold around the South Island at the moment, with plans to ... more

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Brennan appointment 'affirms Lincoln's food science credentials'

Lincoln University Professor of Food Science Charles Brennan has been named incoming Editor-in-Chief for the Journal of Food Processing and Preservation. He will share the role with Dr Brijesh Tiwari, a senior research officer at the Teagasc Food Research Centre in Ireland. His appointment underlines the role Lincoln and its academics continue to play in the science and business of global food systems through such initiatives as the University’s Centre for Food Research and ... more

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Lighter options now at Wendy’s

Wendy’s is catering for those wanting lighter options with a new low carb burger. Wrapped in a fresh lettuce leaf, the bun-less burger features Wendy’s signature Quality Mark sourced fresh New Zealand beef or Ingham’s whole chicken breast, natural cheese, manuka smoked bacon, pickles, onions, tomato, ketchup and mayo, just minus the bread. Also new is a vegetarian salad burger with creamy guacamole, tangy sweet Thai chili sauce, natural cheese, onion, pickles, ... more

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