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Improvements in human nutrition and wellbeing to come from better designed foods

World-leading food scientists dedicated to improving health and making value-added food products will gather in Wellington in October for the 3rd International Food Structures, Digestion and Health Conference. Conference organising committee chair Dr Mike Boland says the emphasis in nutrition has moved over the past two decades beyond simple assessment of the amounts of nutrients in a diet to take into account the rates at which nutrients are released and are taken up by the body. ... more

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A night of celebration at the Romeo Bragato Wine Awards 2015

An Auckland Chardonnay and a Hawke’s Bay Cabernet Sauvignon Merlot shine at this year’s Romeo Bragato Wine Awards. Grown by Brett Donaldson, the Villa Maria Single Vineyard Ihumatao Chardonnay 2013 won the coveted Bragato Trophy - Champion Single Vineyard Wine and the Bill Irwin Trophy for Champion Chardonnay. “The Bragato Trophy went to this beautifully handled Chardonnay because in simple terms - it was exceptional. The wine had a sense of place and it was a ... more

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Loaf launches new range of cookies

Following on from Loaf’s delicious cookie dough they’ve now released a range of cookies. Loaf’s taken kiwis all-time favourite home-baked cookies and put a range together for those that appreciate quality baking but don’t have time to make it. The cookies taste so good you can pass them off as your own. Made from wholesome, quality ingredients just like you’ve come to expect from Loaf, using real ingredients like butter, whole eggs and chocolate and leaving ... more

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Home food delivery service launches crowdfunding bid

A Kiwi home food delivery company created by an award-winning food entrepreneur is aiming to raise $800,000 via equity crowdfunding to tap into the growing demand for quick gourmet home meals. WOOP, or World On Our Plate (woop.co.nz), offers convenient, high-quality, home-delivered meals for time-poor professionals and families that want nutritious, healthy options inspired from around the world. The new service, which delivers gourmet meals that can be made in just 15 minutes using ... more

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2015 Bayer Young Viticulturist Of The Year announced

Congratulations to Caleb Dennis who became the Bayer Young Viticulturist of the Year 2015 last night. Representing Hawke’s Bay, Caleb competed in a wide range of challenges over three days to eventually beat three other contestants and claim the title. This year, the National Final took place in Hawke’s Bay so the local contestant received a rapturous applause from the crowd when the results were announced, especially from his colleagues at Craggy Range. The standard ... more

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FGC congratulates Sanitarium GM on scholarship

The NZ Food & Grocery Council congratulates Sanitarium General Manager Pierre van Heerden on being awarded a prestigious Prime Minister’s Business Scholarship. Mr van Heerden is one of 12 senior business executives who have received a scholarship which will enable them to study at some of the world’s most prestigious business schools. Mr van Heerden will attend the Executive Certificate in Global Management at INSEAD business school, in France, as well as the Senior ... more

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Zespri calls for graduates to join its business

Following the successful launch of Zespri’s Graduate Programme last year, Zespri is again looking for graduates to join the growing business. Zespri Global Sourcing Partner Bernadette Ryan-Hopkins explains the graduate recruitment scheme will run again this year to attract top young finance and supply chain talent into the kiwifruit industry, which is one of New Zealand’s largest exporter earnings with over $1.57 billion last year in sales revenue. “Three ... more

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Call for submissions on increased limit for sweetener in chewing gum

Food Standards Australia New Zealand (FSANZ) today called for submissions on increasing the maximum permitted level for the sweetener Acesulphame potassium in chewing gum. FSANZ Chief Executive Officer Steve McCutcheon said the application sought to increase the limit for the sweetener from 2000 mg/kg to 5000 mg/kg. “The increased limit would align the Food Standards Code with regulations in several other countries including Canada and Japan,” Mr McCutcheon said. ... more

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Recall: Kaweka Food Co. and WeightWatchers brand chicken meals (specific products)

Kaweka Foods Co. is initiating a recall of four products in its Kaweka Food and WeightWatchers brand chicken meal range, after discovering that some product may contain chicken bone fragments. Name of Product and Identification:   Kaweka Food Co and WeightWatchers brand chicken meal products: Kaweka Food Co. Butter Chicken with rice 350g Kaweka Food Co. Thai Chicken with rice 350g Kaweka Food Co. Apricot Chicken with couscous 250g Weight Watchers Thai Green Chicken ... more

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Entries open for 2015 Air New Zealand Wine Awards

Entries are open for the 2015 Air New Zealand Wine Awards, a competition which celebrates excellence in New Zealand winemaking and is widely considered to be the country’s most prestigious wine competition. “This is the 40th year New Zealand Winegrowers have managed the Awards”, said Chris Yorke, New Zealand Winegrowers’ Global Marketing Director. “They are an iconic event in the industry calendar and this longevity cements the Awards’ reputation as ... more

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