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NZ well positioned to be global player in alternative protein market - producer

Eco conscious millennial consumers are reshaping demand for alternative sources of protein according to the country’s largest manufacturer of vegetarian foods. Mark Roper spokesperson for Life Health Foods - which makes plant based Bean Supreme and recently launched Alternative Meat Co. products, says growing concern for the environment is leading this demographic to seek out other options to integrate into their diet. A nationwide survey commissioned by the company has found ... more

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FSANZ: Call for submissions on new additive category for coconut milk products

Food Standards Australia New Zealand (FSANZ) has called for submissions on an application to create a new food additive category for coconut milk products. FSANZ Chief Executive Officer Mark Booth said the Australian Food and Beverages Importers Association applied to change the Food Standards Code because of confusion about which food category coconut milk products fall into for food additive permissions. "FSANZ is proposing to create a new category to ensure regulatory ... more

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Wrong sugar content on new Lewis Road Breakfast Drink label

Lewis Road Creamery has pulled its new breakfast drinks from shelves because of a labelling mistake. The New Zealand dairy producer revealed on Wednesday night that labels on the chocolate and vanilla flavoured Breakfast Drink released last week understated how much sugar was in the "wholesome" drinks. The labels only stated added sugars, and didn't include sugar already present in milk. The drinks are being independently tested to get the true sugar content, but at this ... more

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Fonterra welcomes Government moves on climate change

Fonterra welcomes the Government’s latest move to address climate change, including its plans to establish a Climate Commission. The dairy Co-operative echoes Minister James Shaw’s belief in the importance of ensuring both a sustainable economy and stable climate for future generations. Carolyn Mortland, Fonterra’s Director of Sustainability said the Co-operative is committed to engaging with the Government on the development of a robust Zero Carbon Act, which ... more

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OíConnor announces split of MPI functions

Minister for Agriculture, Biosecurity, Food Safety and Rural Communities Damien O’Connor announced today that the Ministry for Primary Industries (MPI) will reorganise its functions to create a stronger focus on core responsibilities. Mr O’Connor says government will set up four portfolio-based entities, Fisheries New Zealand, Forestry New Zealand, Biosecurity New Zealand and New Zealand Food Safety. “Our priority is to achieve greater clarity and unity of purpose ... more

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MPI announces new Food Safety Guidance

The Ministry for Primary Industries today announced food safety guidance which will cover up to 16,000 food businesses across New Zealand. This means that all types of food businesses in New Zealand now have easy-to-follow guidance for keeping food safe. Different types of businesses have different guidance depending on the food safety risk of the food they handle. The new national programme guidance covers businesses with medium to low risk food safety issues. Because of the lower ... more

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Fonterra ordered to pay Danone $183m over infant formula scare

Fonterra Cooperative Group has been ordered to pay 105 million euros ($183 million) in damages to Danone over "food safety failures" in 2013, following arbitration in Singapore. In a statement, Danone said it "welcomes this arbitration decision as a guarantee that the lessons from the crisis will not be forgotten." The French food giant sued Fonterra, seeking damages of up to 630 million euros, over the whey protein concentrate contamination in 2013. Fonterra ... more

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Fonterra requests trading halt with Danone decision due

Fonterra Co-operative Group Limited (for itself and on behalf of Fonterra Shareholders’ Fund) has requested an immediate trading halt to be applied to their respective securities on: 1. the ASX; 2. NZX Main Board/Debt Market; and 3. the Fonterra Shareholders Market. This request has been made to give Fonterra time to consider the outcome of its arbitration with Danone regarding Fonterra’s 2013 whey protein concentrate precautionary recall. Fonterra ... more

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Consumer NZís Bad Taste Food Awards winners announced

Consumer NZ has announced this year’s recipients of the Bad Taste Food Awards. Consumer NZ chief executive Sue Chetwin said the awards were launched to highlight food companies marketing their products as healthier choices than they really are. Ms Chetwin said many of the products nominated for this year’s awards were full of sugar, yet carried claims designed to make them appeal to health-conscious consumers, such as “no artificial sweeteners”, ... more

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Food labels have minor impact

Nutrition labels showcasing healthy foods have no significant impact on New Zealanders' food choices, according to latest research. "Their effect is pretty small and limited to shoppers already interested in healthy eating," says leading nutrition expert, Professor Cliona Ni Mhurchu of the University of Auckland. However, labels affect industry behaviour, with most labelled products reformulated to make them healthier (e.g. less salt, more fibre) as a result of adoption. ... more

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