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Report great news for international olive oil market, says NZ importer

Auckland-based European food importing business William Aitken & Co is delighted a publication authored by several senior international medical figures in the latest prestigious Postgraduate Medical Journal encourages people to focus on eating healthy whole foods such as those found in a Mediterranean diet rather than merely counting calories. “The doctors explain that a Mediterranean diet not only reduces heart attacks and strokes but now also claim it may actually be a more ... more

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Fonterra: party at Pahiatua!

Fonterra Pahiatua is hosting a community information day this weekend to update on progress with the site’s expansion. The information day also kicks off the Co-operative’s recruitment process for approximately 50 new jobs that the expansion will create. Last December Fonterra announced a $235 million investment into a new high-efficiency milk powder plant at the Pahiatua site in the Tararua district. The new dryer, which will become the third on-site, will enable ... more

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Grape growers enjoy record harvest

Marlborough grape growers will pocket an estimated $64 million more this year than in 2013, despite being paid less per tonne for their fruit. Interim grape prices, released by New Zealand Winegrowers, show grape growers have been paid an average of $1667 per tonne of grapes this year, compared with $1677 per tonne last year - a decrease of $10 per tonne. However, with a record 329,572-tonne harvest, it can be estimated that growers' total income is about $301m - up from $236m in ... more

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FGC response to Commerce Commission report

The New Zealand Food & Grocery Council is not surprised by the Commerce Commission’s findings, given New Zealand’s current legal framework. We stand by our statements, based on information received from members earlier this year, that Countdown did ask some suppliers for payments related to trading in previous periods. It’s important to emphasise that while the Commission has concluded there were no technical breaches of any law, that doesn’t mean ... more

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Waiheke Island winemaker named first Riedel New Zealand Young Winemaker of the Year

Patrick Newton from Mudbrick Winery was crowned as the first ever Riedel New Zealand Young Winemaker of the Year during a ceremony at the Canterbury A&P Show last week. Thirty-two year old Patrick entered the competition with a 2013 chardonnay, 2013 syrah and 2013 cabernet sauvignon and was judged the top young winemaker in New Zealand by a panel of experienced international wine judges. The judging took place in October alongside the existing International Aromatic Wine ... more

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Countdown cleared of anti-competitive behaviour

The Commerce Commission has cleared supermarket group Countdown of anti-competitive behaviour. In February, former MP Shane Jones claimed in Parliament Countdown was using "Mafioso" tactics, accusing it of using blackmail and extortion against Kiwi suppliers. After days of Jones making allegations about the Australian-owned company in Parliament, Commerce Minister Craig Foss suggested an investigation into the entire "supermarket sector of New Zealand". But ... more

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Lowburn Ferry Wines flying high

Boutique Central Otago producer Lowburn Ferry Wines has capped a string of elite awards for its wines in the past fortnight with the announcement that its pinot noirs will be served in British Airways first class cabins from early next year. Lowburn Ferry Home Block Pinot Noir 2011 will be on board on British Airways flights on the Asia-Pacific sector from March and vineyard owners Jean and Roger Gibson say the association with this premier airline represents a significant endorsement for ... more

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Moa's sales rising

Moa Group has made a further $3 million loss, but a sharp rise in revenue and sales has given the company a market-leading position in New Zealand. The NZX-listed Auckland craft brewer yesterday reported a loss of $3.2m after tax for the six months September 30, compared to $3m in the same period last year, but the company was now in much better shape, chief executive Geoff Ross said. "For the next period we expect to see significant improvements in gross profit margin as we bank the ... more

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Fonterra payout cut looms as world dairy prices fall again

Fonterra looks set to drop its farmgate milk price for 2014/15 to around $4.55 to $4.85 a kg of milksolids from its current forecast of $5.30 a kg after international dairy prices resumed their decline at this morning's GlobalDairyTrade (GDT) auction, analysts said. The GDT price index fell by 3.1 per cent at the auction, dashing hopes that the market may have stabilised following on from the last two sales, which saw the market flattening out after falling by close to 50 per cent since ... more

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Lawson's Dry Hills excels wth Pinot Noir

Lawson’s Dry Hills are again hitting the headlines with another raft of gold medals and trophies, this time for Pinot Noir as well as the aromatic wines that the company is already renowned for. The list of recent accolades includes six gold medals for the Reserve Pinot Noir 2012 awarded at the following 2014 competitions: the Air New Zealand Wine Awards, Marlborough Wine Show, New Zealand International Wine Competition, Spiegelau International Wine Competition and the Easter Wine ... more

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