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Keeping it in the family

André Babich joins family wine business after 18 years in investment banking. Continuing the growth of Babich Wines, André Babich joins his father, uncle, cousin and colleagues in the family business following 18 years with Macquarie Capital. André joins in the role of Principal with a focus on key projects across the business. He is a grandson of Babich Wines’ founder, Josip Babich, a 3rd generation family participant, and an existing Director of Babich Wines. ... more

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Te Awa’s Richard Painter named as Winemaker of the Year

Photo: Richard Painter, winemaker, Te Awa Te Awa’s winemaker Richard Painter was named ‘Winemaker of the Year’ at the 2018 Royal Easter Show Wine Awards dinner last night. Painter’s Te Awa Single Estate Hawkes Bay Chardonnay 2016 won Champion Chardonnay and scooped the sought-after Champion Wine of Show trophy, thereby securing him the coveted Winemaker of the Year title. Painter said he was “honoured and proud” to be named Winemaker of the ... more

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Hollywood elite sip NZ Loveblock wine at exclusive Oscars Luncheon

Some of the biggest names in Hollywood have had a chance to sample a New Zealand-made wine at this year’s Oscar Nominees Luncheon, an event that’s widely regarded as a highlight of the awards season. The luncheon at the Beverly Hilton earlier this month featured just three wines, one of which was a premium, sauvignon blanc produced by New Zealand label, Loveblock. Approximately 175 of this year’s Academy Award nominees attended the event, including Hollywood ... more

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Brewers Association of New Zealand announces new Executive Director

The Brewers Association of New Zealand is delighted to announce the appointment of Dylan Firth as its Executive Director, based in Wellington. Rory Glass, Managing Director of Lion and Chairman of the Brewers Association, says Firth’s skills, strong networks and advocacy experience will deliver considerable value for the New Zealand brewing industry. “We are delighted to welcome Dylan to the role. He is passionate about the brewing industry and brings significant ... more

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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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