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High value fungi may offer new industry for NZ

Scientists could open up new opportunities for the New Zealand forestry industry following recent research into the cultivation and commercialization of two edible fungi crops: saffron milk cap (Lactarius deliciosus) and Bianchetto truffle (Tuber borchii). Plant & Food Research’s Alexis Guerin and Hon. Associate Professor Wang Yun have been investigating the high-value delicacies on a farm in Lincoln with successful and tasty results. “These crops could be the next ... more

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NZ firm creates health focused flavoured milk

Christchurch-based New Zealand Dairy Brands believes it is a world leader in its sector in the production of health products with the launch of its highly innovative Go Milk flavoured milks. The range has no added sugar, a low GI (glycaemic loading) and is low fat, making it suitable for diabetics and excellent in the fight against obesity. The product was a recent finalist in the NZIFST awards in the product innovation category. Just released on New World and Pak n Save supermarket ... more

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Obliterate your thirst with new fresh-up Crisp Green Apple Fruit Drink

Treat yourself to the sweet taste of the orchard with the new and refreshingly satisfying fresh-up Crisp Green Apple Fruit Drink – the ideal thirst quencher to include as a half-time pick-me-up on the sport’s field, or at the end of a long and tiring workday when you’re in need of a little ‘Ahh’ moment. A tasty new drink from NZ’s most iconic juice brand, new fresh-up Crisp Green Apple fruit drink contains 60% juice and is the perfect way to get ... more

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Mad Butcher's owner buys Nosh

The listed investment company that owns the Mad Butcher has bought posh foodstore Nosh for an undisclosed sum. Veritas Investments told the NZX late on Friday that it had entered a conditional agreement to buy Nosh's seven stores as a going concern from Nosh Management Ltd. Five are wholly owned, one is partly-owned and one is run as a franchise. Nosh has more than 130 staff and generates $25 million in revenue a year Veritas said. All staff will be offered ongoing employment and the ... more

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Foodstuffs' Jordan: NZers' grocery habits are changing

We're eating more fresh fruit and vegetables, visiting supermarkets more often, spending more and seeking more self-service checkouts, says supermarket boss Murray Jordan. Jordan, managing director of the country's biggest supermarket chain, Foodstuffs, which owns Pak'nSave, New World, Four Square and many other brands, said those were some of the strongest emerging trends as consumers change eating and shopping habits. "People are eating more fresh produce - fish, seafood, ... more

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The Cheese Master returns!

This month, world cheese expert and expat New Zealander Juliet Harbutt will be flying in from London to conduct three courses at the NZ School of Food & Wine in the Viaduct Basin, Auckland. For lovers of food and wine, Juliet offers her 1 1/2 hour Great Cheeses of the World seminars (Sunday 14 & Monday 15 September) which give you an overview and tasting of the four most important cheese categories. For anyone who buys, sells or loves cheese - they are fun, fascinating and ... more

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A night of celebration at the Romeo Bragato Wine Awards 2014

A Hawkes Bay Chardonnay has been awarded Champion Wine of Show at this year’s Romeo Bragato Wine Awards. Grown by Phil Holden, the Vidal Legacy Hawkes Bay Chardonnay 2012 won the coveted Bragato Trophy, and the Bill Irwin Trophy for Champion Chardonnay. Chairman of judges Ben Glover said “the effortless class, poise and style of this exquisite wine shone through”. The Bragato Wine Awards, held each year as part of the New Zealand Winegrowers Romeo ... more

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Recall: Groenz Ltd French Maid brand Tartare Sauce

Groenz Ltd are initiating a recall of a single batch of French Maid brand Tartare Sauce, after discovering pieces of clear plastic in some product. Name of Product and Identification: Groenz Ltd French Maid brand Tartare Sauce Batch Code: AB2403 Best before date: 01 January 2015 Package Description & Size: This product is sold in a 2.2 kg plastic container (food service catering size). NZ Distribution: This product is sold by wholesalers and distributors ... more

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Fonterra and Beingmate initiate infant formula partnership

Key points ·  New Zealand dairy co-operative Fonterra Co-operative Group Limited and a leading Chinese infant food manufacturer Beingmate intend to form a global partnership that will help meet China's growing demand for infant formula. ·  The partnership will create a fully integrated global supply chain from the farm gate direct to China's consumers, using Fonterra's milk pools and manufacturing sites in New Zealand, Australia, and ... more

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Wild Appetite: four Ps offer food for thought

People, products, passion and profit are vital ingredients in Wild Appetite's drive for success. Adding new zest to longstanding food brand Wild Appetite has been an Auckland couple's recipe for success. Peter McCracken and wife Clare bought the 25-year-old preserves and condiments maker from its original owners, another husband and wife team, in 2009. With more than three decades' experience in the food business, McCracken says he was attracted to Wild Appetite's strong brand in the ... more

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