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Study confirms drinking moderately, responsibly the way to go

The NZ Alcohol Beverages Council, a new industry group formed to give a reasonable perspective in the public discussion around alcohol has given its verdict on a recent study into the impacts of over-consumption of alcohol. “While these are the usual shock-horror tactics used to try and scare people away from alcohol, the study actually confirms something we all already know – drinking moderately and responsibly is the way to go,” says Executive Director Nick Leggett. ... more

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Kiwi academics develop new food design technique

Two leading academics have developed a new food design technique to help inspire the next generation of culinary designers, and make artistic food presentation more accessible to New Zealand restaurants. The new technique developed in consultation with EPIC Otago Polytechnic R & D centre and The Food Design Institute at Otago Polytechnic allows chefs to produce large quantities of artistically designed food products by hand on a commercial scale with a small team, and at reduced ... more

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$1 million research partnership with Māori business cluster

High-Value Nutrition National Science Challenge has partnered with Nuku ki te Puku, a cluster of Māori-owned food and beverage businesses, in a $1m project to prototype how Māori businesses and some of the country’s top researchers can share science and cultural expertise to collaborate on the development of new food for health products for export. Challenge Director Joanne Todd said, “This is very much a partnership with mutual benefit. The Nuku ki te Puku business ... more

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ServiceIQ launches new blended online learning for schools

Online learning is now more popular than ever. But paper still has its place. ServiceIQ has refreshed its hospitality products and is launching a mix of online and paper-based learning resources for schools. Cookery Schools is ServiceIQ’s suite of hospitality products redesigned and packaged as a mix of online learning and print material. For years, ServiceIQ has provided schools with quality learning products that help students gain unit standards and kick-start a ... more

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Climate model gets the measure of myrtle rust

Myrtle rust never sleeps and, for a while it seems, neither did Plant & Food Research scientist Dr Rob Beresford, who spent the month of June poring through research articles, crunching data and creating mathematical formula to better gauge what the disease may mean for New Zealand. The end result of the sleep deprived month was the Myrtle Rust Risk Model, specifically designed to understand and predict how myrtle rust will behave under New Zealand conditions. The model is already ... more

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Kiwi Garden To Table charity recognised

Kiwi success story, Garden to Table, has been handpicked by global food group, Food Tank, as one of the world’s most innovative and inspiring organisations. Garden to Table is the only programme from New Zealand to be recognised in such a way, and joins 18 other cutting edge programs from around the world. Food Tank made special mention of the programme’s proven ability to make “a demonstrated difference in child health, school attendance rates, food security... in ... more

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Liverworts would rather be 'red than dead'

A Plant & Food Research project into the unique way liverworts shield themselves from extreme environments has been awarded funding for ongoing research in the latest round of Marsden Awards. Liverworts, simple plants named for some species’ liver-like shape, are closely related to the first plants to evolve on land and tackle the extreme conditions on Earth millions of years ago. More than 8000 species of liverworts have colonised all parts of the planet, surviving in ... more

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New ServiceIQ guide gives service careers a kick-start

For the first time, a comprehensive new guide that introduces young Kiwis to the many career opportunities in New Zealand’s booming service industry has been published by ServiceIQ, Industry Training Organisation (ITO) for tourism and travel, retail and retail supply chain, hospitality, aviation, and museums service sectors. Service Career Kick-Starter was launched to the whole of the country via the Sunday Star Times at the end of October. It’s packed full of helpful ... more

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Food innovation and commercialisation specialist to run FoodHQ

The current Director of Riddet Innovation, Dr Abby Thompson has accepted the role of FoodHQ Chief Executive Officer. Dr Thompson is experienced in commercially focused research and development and has led this work for the Massey Institute of Food Science and Technology. FoodHQ Board Chair Sue Foley says Dr Thompson’s credentials are unparalleled. “Abby brings with her a wealth of knowledge of the commercial and scientific sectors. She is already well known throughout both ... more

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Superior skills win gold for famous Dunedin Brewery

The very best service is on tap at one of Dunedin’s finest breweries. Top-rating Emerson’s Taproom has taken out the coveted ServiceIQ Excellence in Training and Staff Development Award at the glittering NZ Hospitality Awards 2017 event held in Wellington. Emerson’s Brewery Venue Manager Charlotte Janssen says hospitality is a profession and the goal is to have the most passionate, knowledgeable and engaged team around. Rather than taking a one-size-fits-all ... more

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