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Takeaway and tomato prices up, but chicken cheaper

Takeaway food and tomato prices rose in April, but chicken was the cheapest it has been in over 10 years, Stats NZ said today. Overall, food prices remained steady (up 0.1 percent) in April. Higher prices for ready-to-eat and grocery foods were balanced by a drop for meat and many vegetables – except for tomatoes, which more than doubled in price in just two months. Ready-to-eat food rose 0.7 percent in April, with prices rising for ethnic food (up 1.6 percent), takeaway coffee ... more

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Whairora: natural goodness made easy

Balancing the demands of today’s busy lifestyle with making healthy food choices just got easier. Whaiora is a nutritious and delicious new range of authentic, real-food smoothie blends that makes it quick and easy to get the goodness in. Whaiora is Maori for ‘the pursuit of wellbeing’, and that’s what we’re about. These smoothie blends are made from carefully-sourced fruit, vegetables, oats, milk and honey —and that’s all. They have no ... more

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Whittaker’s and BEING: create beats you can eat

In honour of NZ Music Month (May), Whittaker’s have joined forces with up-and-coming Kiwi musician/songwriter Jasmine Balmer, also known as BEING., to create New Zealand’s first edible record made of Whittaker’s chocolate. As New Zealand’s Most Trusted Brand, Whittaker’s is pleased to be part of celebrating our home-grown talent and creative spirit with a chocolate record that tastes as sweet as it sounds. BEING’s Jasmine Balmer, who ... more

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Cadbury factory shuts this week after 150 years of production at site

Production at the Cadbury factory in Dunedin will end on Friday bringing to a close 150 years of manufacturing at the site. A spokesman for Mondelez, which owns Cadbury, said final production would take place on Friday, with some of the team members finishing up then and others coming back to continue to work on decommissioning the site. Pineapple Lumps were the final product being made at the site with the other lines now in the process of being decommissioned. There were about ... more

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Mother Earth grows Vege Fruit Sticks range

The taste of vegetables just got better with the newest flavour of Vege Fruit Sticks from Mother Earth. Real pumpkin joins apple & peach in a fruit and vegetable medley that makes this a delicious new way for children to enjoy the taste of vegetables. With more vegetable content than fruit per serve, Mother Earth Vege Fruit Sticks offer parents an additional opportunity to sneak in a little more vege. Sarah Hanrahan, CEO of NZ Nutrition Foundation welcomes the addition of more ... more

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Meat and poultry lead 0.5 percent monthly fall in prices

Lower meat and poultry prices led the 0.5 percent fall in February 2018 food prices, Stats NZ said today. Beef prices fell 4.4 percent, while chicken prices fell 3.4 percent. The average price for cheapest available chicken breast was $12.83 a kilo, down from $13.94 the previous month. Grocery food prices also fell in February 2018, down 0.7 percent, with lower prices for chocolate. Fruit and vegetable prices fell 0.9 percent in the month, with no overall change after seasonal ... more

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Whittaker’s offers once in a lifetime experience this Easter

Whittaker’s is once again teaming up with Kiwis for kiwi this Easter, but this time one lucky Whittaker’s Chocolate Lover will win the unique experience of naming and releasing a baby kiwi into one of New Zealand’s protected kiwi sites, as well as a year’s supply of Whittaker’s delicious chocolate. The Great Kiwi Weight & Date Debate competition encourages Whittaker’s Chocolate Lovers who purchase a Whittaker’s Chocolate Kiwi to predict 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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Countdown rolls out new product range with designs from Brandhub

In 2016 Countdown embarked on a major re-design of their entire Fresh offering with Aucklandbased packaging agency Brandhub, to address an increasingly fragmented sub-brand offering and to convey the true quality of their own-brand products. Brandhub applied their unique “HUB” approach to the task (Hatch-Unify-Brand, a process that brings any consumer brand to life), to develop a creative yet practical strategy, a compelling story and total reinvigoration of Countdown’s ... more

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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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