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Meet Rebekah Savage, the Tattooed Baker

As the winner of the Weston Milling 2014 Trainee of the Year competition, Rebekah (Bex) Savage, known as The Tattooed Baker, is set to be the next big name in baking. She already has a strong Facebook following and her own clothing range, and her ultimate goal is to host a Baking TV show and produce her own recipe book. Check out Rebekah's story here. More about training, qualifications and careers in Baking at Competenz. Photo: Bex Savage, by J.Mc Photography. ... more

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Comvita traces honey back to individual hives

Food traceability is becoming an increasingly important issue for Comvita, says Brett Hewlett, chief executive of the Bay of Plenty-based honey and health products company. "Food traceability is a key consideration in global markets and Asia in particular," said Mr Hewlett. The increased focus has been driven by Comvita's acquisition of additional honey sources. Now that the company has six apiary businesses and around 30,000 hives - up from 20,000 hives last year - Comvita ... more

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Coca-Cola Life to launch in Australia & New Zealand

At Coca-Cola we are currently working towards the launch of Coca-Cola Life in Australia and New Zealand in April 2015. We will be launching a 35% less sugar and 35% kilojoule reduced formulation of Coca-Cola Life, compared to Coca-Cola, achieved by using a combination of sugar and stevia. Coca-Cola Life has been successfully launched in a number of other countries including Argentina, Chile, Mexico, GB and most recently the US. Following these launches and local consumer research, we ... more

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Massey to host $5m food safety research centre

Massey University has been selected to host the Government’s new Food Safety Science and Research Centre, which will receive $5 million in funding to deliver food safety research for the country. Science and Innovation Minister Steven Joyce and Food Safety Minister Jo Goodhew made the announcement yesterday, saying Massey was chosen to host the centre by the Science Board after a number of proposals were considered. “New Zealand’s food exports are dependent on a ... more

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Coke to introduce low calorie green fizz

With less kilojoules, less sugar and less trademark red packaging, Coca-Cola's new Life drink, sweetened with plant extract stevia, will arrive in New Zealand next year. The Herald was invited to try the new green-canned, caffeinated soda in a secret tasting yesterday, ahead of the April launch of the product here. Coke Life is sweetened with both sugar and stevia, a plant extract that is between 250 and 300 times sweeter than sugar and that health experts have credited as enabling ... more

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Kiwi apple JAZZ still tops in UK

Simon Bray's Jazz Apples finished top of the tree in the 'Tastiest Apple' category at the UK's National Fruit Show recently. Champion grower Bray, whose Jazz Apples were also voted 'The Taste of Kent Awards Garden of England Top Apple' at the show, said: "The team has worked its socks off and we are all over the moon, but the acclaim has to go to such an amazing apple variety. It's the 'special one' of the orchard. Jazz has all the attributes a grower wants and when it comes to taste, ... more

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A new cheeseboard hero from Moondarra

There’s a new cheese in the deli chiller set to take centre stage on your cheeseboard. The new Bruschetta Cream Cheese, from the makers of Moondarra cheeses, is a delicious combination of Italian flavours to tantalise your tastebuds. A soft, mild-tasting cream cheese, the Moondarra Bruschetta Cream Cheese is infused with the fresh flavours of garlic, tomato, oregano and basil. Moondarra Bruschetta Cream Cheese comes in a convenient log shape, allowing cheese lovers to ... more

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2014 New Zealand Café of the Year Awards finalists announced

Judgement day dawns for Kiwi cafés Think you can easily spot a mystery shopper? Well spare a thought for the 18 finalists of the 2014 New Zealand Café of the Year Awards announced today (Wednesday October 29). For the next four weeks, the lucky café owners will be carefully studying every customer trying to spot the discreet judges who have the enviable task of sampling the fare of each of the finalists. The competition is now in its third year and ... more

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Whittaker's tops favourite brand list

New Zealand's best-loved brands have been revealed, suggesting the average Kiwi has a very sweet-tooth. Chocolate giant Whittaker's has proven the country's favourite for the second year running according to Colmar Brunton's 2014 Most Loved Kiwi Brands survey, followed by Tip Top and Pineapple Lumps, which placed second-equal. The national carrier, Air New Zealand, was fourth followed by the national team, the All Blacks. "While the All Blacks were the second most loved ... more

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NZ Kiwifruit growers profit from Chilean woes

A catastrophic frost that devastated the Chilean kiwifruit crop this year and a bumper New Zealand harvest has led to high returns for growers. Chile produces 180,000 tonnes of kiwifruit normally, but this year's harvest plummeted to 100,000 tonnes. In contrast, New Zealand has produced 350,000 tonnes, four-fifths of which is the green variety. Zespri has revised up its forecast returns from August for October. Green kiwifruit is forecast to return $5.71 a tray, up from a $5.34 ... more

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