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Renewable energy should be selling point, says peanut butter boss

New Zealand manufacturers should be skiting to the world about making their food and groceries with renewable energy, says Pic’s Peanut Butter CEO Pic Picot in the latest FGC Leaders Series video. “A lot of countries are making their electricity by burning fossil fuel, and I think it’s a market advantage that we’ve got in New Zealand that we don’t recognise enough.” Pic Picot founded the Nelson-based company after selling a few jars of homemade ... more

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Health and safety: taking care of your most important asset

If companies really believe people are their most important asset then they will take health and safety really seriously, says the Chair of the NZ Food & Grocery Council-led Health & Safety Working Group, Gerry Lynch. “If you care about people then you realise you have to get involved and you have to play a part and do whatever you can to ensure they don’t come to harm because it’s not acceptable that people are going home injured.” Mr Lynch was ... more

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Fonterra: organic milk price reflects demand

Following Fonterra’s recent announcement that it plans to introduce a market-linked organic milk price for its organic milk farmers, the Co-operative has forecast an opening market-linked organic milk price of $9.20 per kg milk solids for the 2016/17 season. Paul Grave, Head of Co-operative Affairs, Waikato, says while the opening forecast organic milk price is a big step up from the $5.65 per kgMS payment organic farmers currently receive (the organic fixed premium on top of ... more

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More consumption of low alcohol beer will lead to reduced harm, survey shows

Many New Zealanders say harm caused by alcohol can be reduced if more people drink low-alcohol beer, a new survey shows. The Horizon survey of 1141 New Zealanders, published today by the New Zealand Food and Grocery Council (FGC), found that almost half of respondents thought increased consumption of low-alcohol beer would bring significant public health benefits. These included a reduction in overall alcohol consumption (41%), reduced public disorder (47%) and lower rates of ... more

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Health Star Rating awareness campaign welcomed

The NZ Food and Grocery Council welcomes the launch of the new Health Promotion Agency Awareness Campaign to promote the Health Star Rating System for food products. This includes a series of short videos to explain how the Health Stars work and remind shoppers that products with a higher star rating are healthier choices within a supermarket category. Some supermarkets will have information in their aisles and others will include it in their flyers. There will also be ad-shell posters. ... more

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New Food Standards Code

Food Standards Australia New Zealand (FSANZ) today notified all stakeholders that a revised version of the Food Standards Code has now come into effect. There is no transition period between the old and the new version of the Code. FSANZ Chief Executive Officer, Steve McCutcheon, said the Code had been revised so it more closely aligns with food Acts in Australian states and territories and in New Zealand. “While the Code looks a lot different, the changes are ... more

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New law for businesses that sell food

A new law for all businesses that sell food comes into effect today. “The Food Act 2014 is designed to modernise food safety in New Zealand. It will make it easier for businesses to make sure their food is safe,” says Scott Gallacher, Deputy Director-General Regulation and Assurance, at the Ministry for Primary Industries. From today, anyone who starts a business that involves food must follow the new law. This includes anything from restaurants, to corner dairies, ... more

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Kiwifruit NZ welcomes regulations review

The regulator of the kiwifruit industry, Kiwifruit New Zealand (KNZ), has welcomed the review of the Kiwifruit Export Regulations 1999 and the release of a discussion document by the Ministry for Primary Industries (MPI) today. KNZ believes the regulations have served the industry well for 16 years but the New Zealand industry and the international fruit market are very different today than they were in 1999. With a new Chair and a new Chief Executive appointed late last year, ... more

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FSANZ Calls for comments on infant formula proposal

Food Standards Australia New Zealand is seeking comments on its proposed approach to revising infant formula requirements in the Food Standards Code. FSANZ Chief Executive Officer Mr Steve McCutcheon said although breastfeeding is the recommended way to feed a baby, a safe and nutritious substitute for breast milk is needed for babies who are not breastfed. “FSANZ is looking at clarifying some standards, bringing them up-to-date with the latest scientific evidence and ... more

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Call for submissions on new processing aid

Food Standards Australia New Zealand (FSANZ) today called for submissions on an application to permit a new processing aid. FSANZ Chief Executive Officer Steve McCutcheon said the applicant was seeking to permit the use of an agarose ion exchange resin to extract lactoferrin from milk. “This processing aid is already used elsewhere in the world to extract the lactoferrin from milk for use as an ingredient in other products,” Mr McCutcheon said. “FSANZ ... more

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