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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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Fonterra's CANPAC site looking to focus more on paediatrics

Fonterra is looking at realigning its packing operations at Canpac, in the Waikato, to focus more on paediatric nutritionals. This would mean Canpac would move to operating 24 hours a day, Monday-to-Friday, instead of the current seven days a week operation. The proposed changes could mean around 110 roles may not be required at the site which currently employs 330. Fonterra Director of NZ Operations, Robert Spurway said Fonterra is proposing to resize the operation to ... more

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Wrap it up with natural re-usable beeswax-and-cloth food wrap, Bee's Wrap

New reusable Bee’s Wrap lands in NZ Wrap rage – it’s a term coined to describe the levels of frustration that come from attempting to open impenetrable packaging. It is equally applicable to the levels of fury evoked at the moment when your plastic wrap fails to tear properly and sticks irritatingly to your hand rendering it entirely unfit for purpose. But plastic wrap rage could be a thing of the past with a new solution to the kitchen nightmare. ... more

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Walnuts – Super food for a healthy heart & brain

Forget that afternoon cup of coffee. Boost energy levels during the ‘afternoon slump’ by cracking into a bag of wholesome nutrient-rich walnuts. Walnuts not only taste great but are a rich source of omega-3 fatty acids and antioxidants, both of which are associated with better memory, brain and heart function. “A growing body of research suggests antioxidants and omega-3s found in foods like walnuts may help counteract cognitive degeneration and perhaps in ... more

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Whittaker’s tops Reader’s Digest Most Trusted Brands for third year running

Whittaker’s is enjoying the sweet taste of success as not only New Zealand’s most trusted brand, but also our most ‘iconic’. St John Ambulance, meantime, has topped the list of the country’s most trusted charities. To complete its annual Trust series, the latest issue of New Zealand READER’s DIGEST reveals the brands and companies that have won the crucial battle – sometimes across many generations – to build a name and a product we ... more

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New research benchmarks the service industry

New Zealand’s service industry sectors come under the microscope in a series of economic data reports published by ServiceIQ. The 11 Sector Profile Reports make up a uniquely detailed analysis of the current state of our service industry and make predictions for future trends, which were used to inform a Workforce Development Plan for the service sectors. The reports, prepared by Infometrics, use census and other data to measure the employment numbers, economic ... more

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