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Dr Mark Goodwin recognised - going 'in to bat' for the bees

Photograph courtesy Apiculture New Zealand: Dr Mark Goodwin (left) receiving the Peter Molan Award from Barry Foster of Apiculture New Zealand For almost thirty years Dr Mark Goodwin has been protecting the kingdoms of queens and the health of their loyal subjects, often during times of foreign invasion. But while the realms he has dedicated his career to are small, their influence on the world is significant. Dr Goodwin is a scientist at Plant & Food Research specialising in honey ... more

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Horticulture welcomes Bruce Wills as new Board member

Former Federated Farmers president Bruce Wills has been appointed to the position of independent board director for Horticulture New Zealand. The Hawke’s Bay hill country farmer was appointed after an extensive selection process. Bruce joins the board of seven elected grower representatives and one other independent director. He has been appointed for a three year term which starts from 1 July 2016. “I am thrilled with this appointment and I believe Bruce will ... more

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Summerfruit NZ announces new Chairman

Chief executive Marie Dawkins and new chairman Tim Jones with Gary Bennetts at Summerfruit NZ’s conference dinner in Queenstown. - Photo by Dianne King. Summerfruit New Zealand has announced that Tim Jones has been elected as the new chairman of its Board with Roger Brownlie as the new vice chairman. At the Board meeting held at the Queenstown conference last week, Gary Bennetts stepped down as chairman, but remains as a director for the next three-year term. Tim was ... more

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2016 New Zealand wine vintage supports export growth

The 2016 New Zealand grape harvest has finished, with high quality fruit being picked across the country. Producers benefited from excellent summer and early autumn weather in grape growing regions, enabling full ripening and flavour development. “Going into harvest, growers and wineries were looking for a larger vintage” said New Zealand Winegrowers CEO, Philip Gregan. “In the past year we have seen continued strong demand in our key export markets, which exacerbated ... more

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Fonterra announces leadership team

Fonterra Co-operative Group Limited today announced a senior leadership team and business unit structure that will enable the Co-operative to continue to deliver maximum value creation and strong performance. Chief Executive Theo Spierings said the Fonterra Management Team is focused on delivering Fonterra’s strategy and reaching its ambition. “This is the right step in our evolution. We’re keeping farmers at the heart of our Co-op while focusing on ... more

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Dairy product prices steady, whole milk powder drops

Dairy product prices were steady at the Global Dairy Trade auction, as a drop in whole milk powder offset gains in cheddar and butter amid concern about increasing supply. The GDT price index was unchanged in percentage terms at the previous auction two weeks ago, coming in at US$2,339, compared with US$ 2,329 at the previous auction. Some 23,089 tonnes of product was sold, down from 24,046 at the previous auction two weeks ago. Whole milk powder dropped 4.5 percent per cent to ... more

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Tip Top ice cream - available online in China

Tip Top is to trial online sales of New Zealand-made ice cream in China – the world’s biggest ice cream market. Research from Mintel shows the total market value for ice cream sales in China increased by 90% between 2008 and 2014 to reach US$11.4 billion. The take-home ice cream segment, which Tip Top is targeting, remains a relatively small part of the overall category and has room to grow. Tip Top will be sold online through Tmall, one of China’s leading ... more

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Personalising health and safety strengthened people-first culture

Personalising health and safety was one way an FMCG leader was able to strengthen the strong people-first culture in two companies he was responsible for. Craig Cotton, former Country Manager of Independent Liquor and former Chief Executive of the Better Drinks Company (and now an aspiring grocery with Foodstuffs), says in an FGC Leaders Series video that the culture around the businesses was to put people first. “To really reinforce how important the culture around our ... more

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The Chocolate and Coffee Show 2016

The Chocolate and Coffee Show - Auckland's weekend of indulgence! The Chocolate and Coffee Show will take place at The Cloud, on Auckland's waterfront Father's Day weekend, 3rd and 4th September 2016. From boutique chocolatiers and artisan coffee roasters to the bigger brands that you know and love, The Chocolate and Coffee Show is a must attend event for those who love to indulge. Meet the people who create world-class chocolate and coffee as they showcase their talents and ... more

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Tomatoes and potatoes lead food price fall in May

Food prices fell 0.5 percent in May 2016, following a 0.3 percent rise in April, Statistics New Zealand said today. The fall was mainly influenced by lower fruit and vegetable prices (down 3.7 percent after seasonal adjustment). Seasonally adjusted food prices fell 0.5 percent in May 2016. “Tomatoes and potatoes influenced the drop in vege prices,” consumer prices manager Matt Haigh said. “The average price for a kilo of tomatoes fell to $6.00 in May compared with $6.70 ... more

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