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New Zealand Winegrowers Sommelier Scholarship recipients announced

New Zealand Winegrowers has today announced the names of two New Zealand-based sommeliers selected to participate in the 2018 New Zealand Winegrowers International Sommelier Scholarship. It’s the first time New Zealanders will take part in the scholarship programme, which allows recipients the opportunity to engage with and learn from leaders within the international wine fraternity. The successful New Zealand sommeliers are: Anna Krykunivsky - Imperium Group (Eichardt's ... more

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Silver Fern Farms announces new Chief Executive

Silver Fern Farms’ Board of Directors has appointed Simon Limmer as its new Chief Executive. Silver Fern Farms Co-Chair Rob Hewett says Mr Limmer has an excellent set of skills and experience to continue the strong progress Silver Fern Farms has been making as a leading red meat food company. “The Board is excited by the leadership Simon will bring to Silver Fern Farms. Simon comes with deep commercial experience in the food, manufacturing and service sectors both here in ... more

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Wine Marlborough Cellar Door of the Year winners announced

The Wine Marlborough Cellar Door of the Year final was held at Brancott Estate Cellar Door and Restaurant last night where Bladen and Hunter’s Wines were announced joint winners of the title, with Wairau River coming in third place. Alongside Bladen, Hunter’s Wines and Wairau River, the finalists included Hans Herzog and Johanneshof Cellars. Bladen owner, Dave Macdonald also took out the title of the Wine Marlborough Cellar Door Personality of the Year alongside Brancott ... more

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Global Dairy Platform announces new Board chairman

Global Dairy Platform (GDP) has appointed Fonterra Chief Executive Officer, Theo Spierings, as GDP chairman, effective November 16, 2017. Mr. Spierings says he is pleased to be taking on the role and playing a part in maximizing the contribution dairy can make to the world. "More than ever, people are turning to dairy for nutritional security and sustainable food and every day we see the good that dairy can do. "We also recognize that the world will have more than 2 ... more

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Nelson craft beer pioneer Terry McCashin dies

Dean McCashin, left, and Terry McCashin with glasses of two of the new Stoke beers produced McCashins' Brewery (Martin de Ruyter, STUFF). Former All Black and craft beer pioneer Terry McCashin will be remembered as a humble gentleman who took on the big brewers from a small Nelson factory. The founder of the Mac's beer brand and former All Black hooker died suddenly on Tuesday morning. He was 73. McCashin is credited with starting the craft beer revolution in New Zealand, while ... 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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Marc Soper wins Best Ōra King Dish New Zealand 2017

For the second year in a row, Marc Soper has won the Best Ōra King Dish New Zealand at the annual Ōra King Awards. Announced at the Ōra King Awards ceremony held in Tokyo yesterday, Marc Soper’s creation “Japanese inspired Ōra King Salmon, served with bone broth” (pictured above) was named the 2017 New Zealand winner. Leading food industry experts Lauraine Jacobs and Geoff Scott judged the New Zealand category and both attended the ... more

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Award spotlight shines on Pinot Noir NZ 2017

Photo L-R: Carla O’Neil, GM, Avenues Auckland, Philip Gregan, CEO, NZ Winegrowers, Melanie Walker, MD, Avenues, Rachael Fletcher, EO, Pinot Noir NZ, Alistair King, Pinot NZ 2017 Board member, Angela Willis, Global Events, NZ Winegrowers, Ben Glover, Chair, Pinot Noir NZ 2017. Pinot Noir NZ 2017 has received national recognition at the New Zealand Event Awards, picking up Best Business Event of the Year at the glittering ceremony held at Sky City in Auckland on Wednesday night. ... more

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Judges add international flavour to Air New Zealand Wine Awards competition

New Zealand’s premier wine competition, the Air New Zealand Wine Awards, will welcome three international judges to the 2017 team when judging kicks off on Monday at Mt Smart Stadium, Auckland. Wine producer and consultant PJ Charteris (Australia), wine writer Elaine Chukan Brown (USA), and Master of Wine and wine buyer Sarah Knowles (UK) arrive in the country over the next few days, bringing with them a wealth of international wine industry and judging experience. New Chair of ... more

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Ready ... Set .... Eat!!

This year’s Taste of Auckland in partnership with Electrolux just keeps getting better with a host of big names in the food world newly added to the line-up including Nick Honeyman from Paris Butter, Simon Gault and Giraffe, Nic Watt of True Food & Yoga and The Tasting Shed’s, Ganesh Raj. From 16-19 November, Taste of Auckland at Western Springs will become a food lover’s paradise with free live cooking demonstrations, intimate chef experiences, a gourmet ... more

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