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Wine industry opens doors to 24 percent of New Zealandís international tourists

Touring New Zealand’s stunning wineries and vineyards has become a huge drawcard for visitors - with 24% of international holidaymakers making it part of their itinerary. Now New Zealand Winegrowers has made it even easier for tourists to explore wineries by adding a wine tourism section to their website: nzwine.com/visit, showcasing over 450 wine experiences. The new ‘Visit’ section of nzwine.com allows tourists to search wine regions using a google map ... more

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Fonterra cheeses claim awards in top international competition

Two Fonterra NZMP cheeses have scooped silver awards at the prestigious International Cheese Awards held recently at Nantwich, UK. One of the most important events in the global cheese calendar, the International Cheese Awards attracted a record 5,685 entries in categories that ranged from traditional farmhouse to speciality Scandinavian. Cheeses from the smallest boutiques to the largest cheese brands in the world vied for top honours in the Awards, now in their 120th year of ... more

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Two Marlborough Sauvignon Blanc wines deemed Exceptional

Two Marlborough Sauvignon Blancs have gone where no other Sauvignon Blanc in the world has gone, gaining 98 points out of 100 in a Decanter Wine Panel Tasting. The results of Decanter’s Premium New Zealand Sauvignon Blanc tasting have been released in the August issue of the magazine. Both Tinpot Hut Sauvignon Blanc 2016 and Auntsfield’s Single Vineyard Southern Valleys Sauvignon Blanc 2016 gained an Exceptional rating, reserved for wines that score between 98 and 100, on the ... more

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One stop source for New Zealand seafood information launched

A one-stop source for information on New Zealand seafood was launched at the New Zealand Seafood Industry conference in Wellington last week. OpenSeas is a third-party verified, broad-based transparency initiative designed to enable customers of New Zealand seafood, primarily international customers, a single, comprehensive source of information about the environmental, social and production credentials of the New Zealand seafood industry. Programme Manager, Jodie Campbell, says ... more

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Fonterra Brands Takanini hosts senior school students for a site visit

Students and teacher from Saint Kentigern College In August, Fonterra Brands Takanini hosted site visits by senior students and teachers from Rosehill College, Alfriston College and Saint Kentigern College, to give them an insight into science, technology and engineering careers in the food processing industry. NZIFST, Massey University and Futureintech helped the company with organisation and resources. The visitors met team members with science, technology and engineering ... more

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Interesting facts and figures about the 2017 Bayer Young Viticulturist of the Year National Final

With the Bayer Young Viticulturist of the Year 2017 National Final looming closer (29th August 2017 at Villa Maria) the contestants are well into study mode, researching their projects, writing budgets, revising a wide range of subjects such as pests & diseases, soil nutrition, pruning, trellising and tractor skills to name but a few. Each of them is very determined to be this year’s winner. Here are some interesting facts about the competition: · 2017 ... more

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Zespri wins top award for US trade

Zespri won the Supreme Award as well as Exporter of the Year at the AmCham-DHL Awards in Auckland last night, recognising the investment made to grow kiwifruit sales across the United States. Zespri Chief Operating Officer Simon Limmer says the company is growing strongly across North America, with most of this growth coming from the new gold variety Zespri SunGold. “On behalf of our colleagues and partners in the States, we’re thrilled that the hard work ... more

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Seafood exports set to top $2 billion

Seafood exports are predicted to hit a record $2 billion annually by 2020. That is according to the Ministry for Primary Industries 2017 Situation and Outlook report. Export revenue for the year to June 2017 is expected to be $1.8 billion, broadly in line with last year, before steadily increasing. The total annual value of the sector, including the domestic market, employment and processing is estimated at $4.2 billion by BERL. ďIt is a case of value before volume,Ē Seafood ... more

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Fonterra lifts forecast 2017-18 Farmgate Milk Price

Fonterra Co-operative Group Limited today announced an increased forecast Farmgate Milk Price for the upcoming 2018 season, to $6.75 per kilogram of milksolids (kgMS). The Co-operative also announced a forecast earnings per share range of 45 to 55 cents, making the forecast total available payout to farmers in the 2017/2018 season $7.20 to $7.30, before retentions. Guidance regarding dividend payments will be provided as part of the interim financial results and will be considered by ... more

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Cream cheese innovation at heart of new Darfield build

Dairy lovers across Asia will soon get their first taste of an innovative new cream cheese, as Fonterra announces plans for two new cream cheese plants at its Darfield site in Canterbury. The Co-operative today marked the start of the ambitious project, inviting Selwyn MP Hon. Amy Adams and Selwyn District Council Mayor Sam Broughton to join Fonterra management and staff in turning the first sod on the new build. With cream cheese undergoing a steady surge in popularity in ... more

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