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Top Kiwi chefs announced as judges for kids cooking competition

A cooking competition aimed at getting primary school kids into the kitchen is coming to Auckland this August. Competition organisers NZChefs are thrilled to announce that top New Zealand Chef Simon Gault has just been confirmed as a judge for the Kids Can Cook event, alongside MasterChef 2010 winner, Brett McGregor. Brett believes that fostering a love of cooking in children is important and advises youngsters who are interested in competing to “choose something that you really ... more

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My Food Bag partners with TV3's MasterChef New Zealand

Nadia Lim returns with My Food Bag to the TV programme that helped launch her career One of New Zealand’s winning MasterChefs is re-establishing her association with the popular TV cooking programme that went a long way to building her career. With the news that My Food Bag is becoming an official partner of TV3’s MasterChef New Zealand, the circle has been closed for the food brand’s dietitian and head chef Nadia Lim. Lim was a MasterChef New ... more

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Sam Hunt: the poetry and the wine

New Zealand’s favourite poet Sam Hunt has partnered with fine wine distributor and retailer La Cantina Wines to launch the Sam Hunt range of wines. These New Zealand wines feature poetry by Sam, with a verse from a different poem on each bottle. “A poem printed in a book often dies, I’ve noticed, from suffocation and neglect,” says Sam. “Alternatively, a poem told or sung - or printed on a wine label, say - stands a much greater chance of life, of getting ... more

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Coca-Cola and MYCOKE excite rugby fans with new campaign

Rugby fans purchasing Coca-Cola through to August may find they score more than just an icy cold, Coca-Cola, with the latest MYCOKE promotion offering New Zealanders the chance to attend Rugby World Cup 2015 quarter-finals in Cardiff, Wales. There are three trips to be won, each lucky winner will take two mates with them to Cardiff for a once in a life time experience watching a quarter-final. Coca-Cola is supporting this promotion with an integrated campaign across in-store point of sale, ... more

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Fonterra updates progress on business review

Fonterra Co-operative Group Limited today provided an update on the business review it announced in March this year. Fonterra Chief Executive Theo Spierings said the purpose of the review is to ensure that Fonterra is best placed to respond to a rapidly changing global environment. The initial phases had looked at the entire business in detail and had identified potential areas, including significant initiatives in procurement, business operations and working capital, where ... more

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Great line up awaits judges of international wine competition’

The fifth annual Spiegelau International Wine Competition takes place from the 14 – 16 July, in Marlborough, New Zealand. During the event, 21 judges will be faced with approximately 1300 wines from New Zealand, Australia, France, Germany, Italy, Spain, Portugal, South Africa, USA and South America. Commenting on the line up, Competition Director, Belinda Jackson says, “We strive to get a good representation from countries other than New Zealand and Australia and this year ... more

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Schweppes targets adults with sophisticated look and taste

Schweppes has announced the launch of its new traditionals range, designed to appeal to adults looking for refined packaging, quality ingredients and authentic flavours. With more than 230 years in the soft drink market, Schweppes was the first ever soda brand in the world. The new Schweppes range has been supremely crafted and celebrates the brand’s heritage as a trusted and established brand with the proudly displayed tagline “Finest sodas since 1783”. The ... more

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Café of the Year competition adds sweetener

New criteria and more prizes in fourth year New Zealand’s popular Café of the Year award is sweetening up the competition with changes to the structure and prizes of the awards. It’s the fourth year of the Restaurant Association of New Zealand sanctioned competition which selects finalists from six regions to go head to head for the title of best café in the nation. With the growth of the awards, new categories have been introduced for the ... more

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Top chef Gareth Stewart to head Nourish Group kitchens

Award winning chef and My Kitchen Rules judge, Gareth Stewart, is taking up the reigns in the Nourish Group’s kitchens. Stewart will replace Simon Gault as executive chef across the group’s nine eateries including Euro and Fish on Auckland’s Princes Wharf, Shed 5 and Pravda in Wellington, Bistro Lago in Taupo, Jervois Steak House in Auckland and Queenstown and the popular Crab Shack in Auckland and Wellington. The UK born chef joins Nourish Group after almost ... more

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Domino’s Pizza cuts additives, says customers will reap health benefits

Domino’s Pizza Enterprises Limited (Domino’s) is keeping up with changing tastes and consumer demand for natural, GMO and preservative free foods by announcing its commitment to a two year plan to remove all artificial colours, flavours and preservatives from the menu, without compromising taste. Having worked relentlessly over the past three years to reduce sodium, fats and sugars in their ingredients, Group CEO and Managing Director Don Meij said the Company is now focused ... more

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