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New look for Māori food and drinks business Kono

Kono, a food and drinks business based in Te Tau Ihu (the top of South Island) has today launched a new look. “We’re really proud of the new face of Kono which encapsulates the power of four - four corners of beautifully woven harakeke (flax) kono from which we take our name, four iwi to whom our owners whakapapa, and ngā wāhanga e whā o te tau, giving us our four seasons,” Rachel Taulelei, Chief Executive, Kono says. “For hundreds of years, ... more

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Food Act registrations deadline looms

Companies that make non-shelf stable items and food importers, and which haven’t registered under the new Food Act, have just two weeks to do so before possibly facing fines for non-compliance, says the NZ Food and Grocery Council. This includes companies that make or process: · nuts and seeds, including businesses that roast coffee beans, roast, salt or coat nuts or seeds, or make products like nut bars or trail mix. · food for vulnerable ... more

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Christchurch welcomes another New Yorker as third deli opens in the city

Cantabrians can look forward to more New York style sandwiches and bagels as a third New York Deli opens in Christchurch. The successful deli chain’s latest location is at the new BNZ Centre. Despite taking its name from The Big Apple, New York Deli’s true home is Christchurch. Having first opened there in 2003, the company’s growth was stalled by the 2011 earthquakes. Since then, it has been focused on getting back to serving its famous sandwiches in its award winning ... more

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Food prices up 2.4 percent in May; vegetable prices up 31 percent over the year

Monthly food prices up, led by higher vegetable prices Food prices rose 2.4 percent in May 2017, with all food subgroups rising, Stats NZ said today. After seasonal adjustment, food prices rose 1.6 percent. Fruit and vegetable prices rose 8.2 percent, with higher vegetable prices up 16 percent (up 11 percent after seasonal adjustment). Prices for lettuce, tomatoes, and kumara all rose in May. Fruit prices fell 3.1 percent, with lower prices for mandarins and kiwifruit partly offset by ... more

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Moana New Zealand reports $9.9 million profit

Moana New Zealand, New Zealand’s largest Iwi-owned premium seafood company, is pleased to report a net profit of $9.9 million in the six-month period ending 31 March 2017. That is a 28 per cent ($2.1m) improvement on last year’s result for the same period. Highlights of the first half of Moana New Zealand’s financial year came through its oyster division, Ready-to-Eat meals, solid performance from finfish and an improvement in Sealord’s profit contribution. Moana ... more

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Smaller New Zealand wine vintage is full of promise

The 2017 grape harvest has come in smaller than expected according to New Zealand Winegrowers. The 2017 Vintage Survey shows the harvest totalled 396,000 tonnes, down 9% on last year said Philip Gregan, CEO of New Zealand Winegrowers. “Given strong demand in overseas markets wineries had been looking forward to a larger harvest this year. With the smaller vintage however, export volume growth is likely to be more muted in the year ahead.” Mr Gregan said the smaller ... more

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Pic's Really Good Peanut Butter spreads around the world

They like their peanuts, but peanut butter is a puzzling Western delicacy to the Chinese, according to an exporter who has just struck a deal there. Pic's Really Good Peanut Butter has been growing fast since its inception 10 years ago, when founder Pic Picot began selling it for a bit of extra income at the Nelson market. Having found its way into mainstream supermarkets in New Zealand and Australia, Pic's is now breaking into the United Kingdom, United States and Chinese markets. ... more

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Implementation Workshop: Manufacture of Dairy Based Infant Formula Products and Formulated Supplementary Foods for Young Children

MPI would like to invite manufacturers of infant formula, follow-on formula, formulated supplementary food for young children, and manufacturers of dairy based ingredients suppliers for these products to attend an implementation workshop. The workshop will include an overview of the Animal Products Notice: Manufacture of Dairy Based Infant Formula Products and Formulated Supplementary Foods for Young Children. The workshop will be a forum for manufacturers to ask questions about the ... more

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Auckland loses two pie factories

Goodman Fielder plans to close two factories in Auckland, consolidating their production to a single site and shifting its pie-making operation to Palmerston North as part of an ongoing efficiency drive in what it calls "a very competitive market". The diversified manufacturer owned by Singapore-based Wilmar International and Hong Kong-listed investment firm First Pacific Co will close its Irvines bakery at Wiri and its Hot Plate bakery in East Tamaki. The Irvines line will ... more

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Foodstuffs announces early ban on plastic microbeads for World Oceans Day

· New World, PAK’nSAVE and Four Square will be microbead free from 1 July 2017 · 12 months ahead of schedule as mandated by Government · Announcement ahead of World Oceans Day, June 8 · Suppliers jumped on board to be part of the positive environmental change For World Oceans Day Foodstuffs has announced that its supermarkets, which include New World, PAK’nSAVE and Four Square, will be microbead-free ... more

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