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Wine industry recognises shining examples at 2016 Romeo Bragato Wine Awards

An Auckland Chardonnay and a Hawke’s Bay Cabernet Sauvignon Merlot both shone at this year’s Romeo Bragato Wine Awards. Grown by Brett Donaldson, the Villa Maria Single Vineyard Ihumatao Chardonnay 2014 won the coveted Bragato Champion Wine of the Show Trophy – Champion Single Vineyard and the Bill Irwin Trophy for Champion Chardonnay. “This Chardonnay demonstrated exceptional respect to the variety and is a shining example of what hard graft in the vineyard ... more

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Winner of 2016 Bayer Young Viticulturist of the Year announced

Congratulations to Cameron Price from Villa Maria, Hawke’s Bay who is the Bayer Young Viticulturist of the Year 2016. After a tough final Price was thrilled to receive this prestigious reward on Thursday night at the Bragato Wine Awards. “All that hard work paid off” he said. Cameron is the Vineyard Supervisor working on Villa Maria’s Ngakirikiri, Vidal and Twyford Gravels vineyards. He has been there since May this year and is enjoying the challenges of his ... more

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Peanut butter gets a slice of the action

The new kid out of the box is here. Mother Earth has combined the goodness of natural peanut butter with their popular oaty slice to create a mouth-watering new flavour – Baked Oaty Slice Peanut Butter. With peanut butter being an iconic ingredient for most Kiwis, Baked Oaty Slice Peanut Butter is set to be a crowd-favourite. Combining all the goodness of oats with the moreish savoury taste of their Mother Earth Natural peanut butter, this new addition not only tastes delicious ... more

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Fonterra increases Forecast Farmgate Milk Price for 2016/2017

Fonterra Co-operative Group Limited today increased its 2016/17 forecast Farmgate Milk Price by 50 cents to $4.75 per kgMS. When combined with the forecast earnings per share range for the 2017 financial year of 50 to 60 cents, the total payout available to farmers in the current season is forecast to be $5.25 to $5.35 before retentions. Chairman John Wilson said current global milk prices remain at unrealistically low levels, but have started to improve as global demand and ... more

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Is New Zealand food safe? A toxicologistís view

In his upcoming UC Connect public talk, University of Canterbury Professor of Toxicology Ian Shaw will explore food from a toxicologist’s perspective and focus on chemical contaminants and natural toxins in food and try to answer the question, is New Zealand food safe? Most people don’t think about food safety when they eat their dinner in a developed country like New Zealand, Professor Shaw says. “This is because we put our trust in government regulators, farmers ... more

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Moderate alcohol stance what consumers want, says DB boss

Advocating moderate alcohol consumption is an extremely important part of DB Breweries’ response to what its consumer are saying they want, says Managing Director Andy Routley. In a video interview with FGC for its Leaders Series, he says the main consumer trends influencing their business are an increasing consumer awareness of wellness, and drinking moderately. “Increasingly what consumers are telling us through their behaviours and our conversations is that they just ... more

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Central Otago gold awaits our medal winning athletes

Kiwi medal winners to be rewarded with gift from official wine sponsor New Zealand’s medal winning athletes are to receive a warm Central Otago welcome after they return home. Mt Difficulty Wines is gifting every Kiwi medallist a presentation of its limited edition Inspiration Cuvée Pinot Noir produced especially in celebration of the global sports event. “Rio has been New Zealand’s most successful Olympic Games to date, so we are thrilled to ... more

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Wine industry converges on Marlborough

Around 500 grape growers, winemakers, and industry leaders will converge in Marlborough this week to learn, discuss and network at the wine industry’s annual Romeo Bragato Conference. “In the past year we’ve seen continued strong demand in our key export markets,” said New Zealand Winegrowers CEO, Philip Gregan. “This year Bragato is all about working to protect the reputation for quality we’ve attained, and gaining a clear understanding of key ... more

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Judges wowed by New Zealand Food Awards entries

With a record number of entries in this year’s New Zealand Food Awards, the celebrity judges say they continue to be amazed by what is happening in the food scene. Product entries are up 62 per cent compared to last year, with a broad range of entrants, including a variety of primary produce such as crayfish, lamb and eggs, and artisan products such as beverages, cheese and cereals. Judging has now wrapped up, with finalists to be announced at Villa Maria Estate in Auckland, ... more

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FSANZ calls for submissions on GM potato

Food Standards Australia New Zealand (FSANZ) has called for submissions on a potato that has been genetically modified to reduce both bruising and the amount of acrylamide formed during cooking. FSANZ Chief Executive Officer Steve McCutcheon said the potato had been modified by inserting genetic sequences from this potato and wild potato varieties. “Acrylamide is a chemical that can form when certain starchy foods, like potatoes, are cooked or processed,” Mr McCutcheon ... more

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