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Fonterra revises milk volume forecast down

Fonterra Co-operative Group Limited has reduced its milk volume forecast for the 2014-15 season to 1,532 million kgMS, reflecting the impact of dry weather on production in recent weeks. The new forecast is 3.3 per cent lower than the 1,584 million kgMS collected last season. The previous milk volume forecast, made in December last year, was 1,584 million kgMS. Group Director Co-operative Affairs Miles Hurrell said daily milk production was now 6.1 per cent lower than at the same ... more

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Lovers of Kiwi apples feel the crunch

A slow start to summer has led to a national shortage of New Zealand-grown apples, with some supermarkets able to offer only fruit imported from the United States. The dearth of new-season apples has led to empty shelves in some fresh produce departments and seen a popular drinks maker switch to apple concentrate. A representative of Pipfruit New Zealand, the organisation that supports New Zealand's apple and pear growers, said this year's apple harvest was between one and two weeks ... more

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Right Of Reply: Omega-3 content in fish oil supplements

“Consumers sold short on omega-3 oil” - Comment from the NZIC Oils and Fats Group Media release by the Liggins Insitute, Jan 21 2015: Study casts doubt on content claims for popular supplement Article in the NZ Herald, Thursday Jan 22, 2015:  Consumers sold short on omega-3 oil A group of New Zealand researchers (not professional analysts) from the Liggins Institute at the University of Auckland recently investigated both % fatty acid composition and oxidation ... more

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Loscam's new structure to support innovation

China Merchants Loscam, Asia Pacific’s leader in pallet and retail ready solutions, has announced a new structure designed to further enhance local management responsibility, strengthen the company’s research and development capabilities and more closely align itself with customer needs. Three Executive Vice Presidents will continue to lead the business in Loscam’s three key regions; Daniel Bunnett - Australia and New Zealand, Sirin Limpaitoon - South East Asia and Tai ... more

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Recall: Woolworths Homebrand Sliced Black Olives 430g

Progressive Enterprises Ltd are recalling all batches of Woolworths Homebrand Sliced Black Olives 430g glass jars as this product may contain glass. Affected product should not be consumed. Name of Product and Identification Woolworths Homebrand Sliced Black Olives 430g All Best Before dates are affected Please note: The date mark can be found on the rim of the product lid. Package Description & Size: This product is sold in a 430g glass jar. NZ Distribution: ... more

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Study casts doubt on content claims for popular supplement

Liggins Institute research shows most fish oil capsules sold in NZ have omega-3 fatty acid levels below those indicated on the label. Fish oils are amongst the most popular dietary supplements used throughout the developed world. They contain large quantities of omega-3 long-chain polyunsaturated fatty acids (n-3 PUFA), in particular eicosapentaenoic acid (EPA) and docosahexaenoic acid (DHA), which have widely reputed health benefits including reduction of inflammation and cardiovascular ... more

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Prices rise at dairy auction

Dairy prices continued to improve at this morning's GlobalDairyTrade auction, the GDT price index gaining 1 per cent since the last sale a fortnight ago. It was the third consecutive rise in prices since the last sale of 2014. Wholemilk powder - a key product for determining Fonterra's farmgate milk price - rose by 3.8 per cent since the last sale to US$2402 a tonne - but still well short of the US$3500 required for the co-operative's current forecast of $4.70 a kg to materialise. ... more

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Giapo scoops Kiwi ice cream accolade

As summer scorches on, ice cream lovers have spoken out on Trip Advisor: Auckland’s Giapo Haute Ice Cream serves the nation’s best frozen ‘creations’. TripAdvisor rates Giapo Number 1 on its list of Best Auckland Restaurants - see here. Chef Giapo Grazioli uses only natural and organic ingredients and makes his ice cream twice daily in his Queen St store, serving thousands of scoops every day. Giapo’s flavours change weekly, each one inspired by a New ... more

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Food industry called to consult on regulations

Food Safety Minister Jo Goodhew announced today that proposals for regulations under the Food Act 2014 are now open for consultation. The proposed regulations ensure our food is safe and suitable, and will apply to around 85,000 food premises, growers and food importers when the Act comes fully into force by 1 March 2016. “We want the regulations to be practical and appropriate for the wide range of businesses operating in New Zealand’s food industry, from coffee carts ... more

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Wine industry strongly opposes MPI cost recovery proposal

New Zealand Winegrowers (NZW) is strongly opposing a proposal from the Ministry for Primary Industries (MPI) to recover $2.9 million per year from the wine industry to meet the costs of its wine regulatory programme. “Wineries currently pay just over $200 million each year in excise to the government” said Steve Green, Chair of New Zealand Winegrowers. “Payments have increased by $70 million, or more than 60%, in the past decade. From our perspective requiring the ... more

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