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Bad Taste Food Awards open for nominations

Consumer NZ wants nominations for its Bad Taste Food Awards. Consumer NZ chief executive Sue Chetwin says the awards highlight food companies marketing their products as better choices than they really are. Ms Chetwin says Consumer NZ’s research regularly uncovers foods masquerading as nutritionally superior options, from gourmet salt to sugar-laden breakfast cereals. “We’re inviting consumers to join us in naming and shaming food marketers’ claims to ... more

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More science added to 5 A Day

Food scientist Dr Carolyn Lister has been appointed a trustee on the board of the 5+ A Day Charitable Trust. The Trust’s general manager, Paula Dudley, says Dr Lister’s appointment this month brings a new level of scientific expertise to the organisation and broadens the skillset at board level. Dr Lister, Plant & Food Research’s Phytochemical & Health Team Leader, has worked with 5+ A Day for several years and says the organisation is doing a great job of ... more

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Sweet success for New Zealand wine at the International Wine and Spirits Competition

Results released today show New Zealand wines have triumphed at the prestigious UK-based International Wine & Spirit Competition (IWSC). New Zealand scooped not only the show’s top Pinot Noir and Sauvignon Blanc Trophies, but a slew of top medals that included a record number of dessert wines. New Zealand continued its tradition of beating all international entrants to win the Pinot Noir Trophy with the Takapoto Single Vineyard Bannockburn Central Otago Pinot Noir 2012 and the ... more

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Holly Brown appointed Zespri GM Greater China

Long-serving Zespri executive Holly Brown has been appointed to the new role of GM Greater China, with executive-level accountability for the territory of China, Hong Kong and Taiwan. Zespri Chief Executive Dan Mathieson says Ms Brown’s background in culture development, people leadership and organisational strategy sees her well placed for the new leadership role. “Holly will lead this fast-moving and increasingly-complex region through the next phase of ... more

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Demand for Kidscan Food in-School programme doubles in five years

In 2005 when KidsCan started it was providing food and clothing items to 40 low decile schools, this year it’s helping 675 schools. KidsCan CEO Julie Chapman says the charity now feeds nearly 30,000 children a week in 16 regions across New Zealand, which works out (on average) to 21 percent of the KidsCan schools’ roll. That’s up from just 11% five years ago. “The increase in the need for food support is significant. If this continues, in another five years ... more

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TalentNZ: Start with skills but end with qualified

The open letter signed this week by 100 companies has been applauded by the industry training organisation for the nation’s booming service sectors, ServiceIQ. But it wants a postscript. “Tourism is New Zealand’s leading source of overseas income, yet it’s crying out for talented people,” says ServiceIQ chief executive Dean Minchington. “The same applies to hospitality and retail. An insistence on someone holding a tertiary qualification to land a ... more

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Hyundai hand over keys to Bayer Young Viticulturist of the Year 2017

Bayer Young Viticulturist of the Year 2017, Tim Adams has just picked up his Hyundai Santa Fe Elite from their Head Offices in Auckland. Simon Hofmann, Head of Marketing Hyundai NZ handed over the keys to a delighted Tim. This was his premium prize for winning the national finals and he will keep the Santa Fe for an entire year. The colour is appropriately named “Merlot”. Adams who works at Obsidian on Waiheke Island will enjoy driving around the island in luxury. ... more

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Growers of New Zealand goes live on Instagram

Global interest in the story behind healthy, fresh food has inspired Horticulture New Zealand to start an Instagram page where people can better get to know the fruit and vegetable growers of New Zealand, Horticulture New Zealand chief executive Mike Chapman says. Growers of New Zealand (@growersofnz) went live yesterday and already has sparked interest from New Zealand and around the world. Each week a grower will be profiled at work, and the seasonal crop they have been working with ... more

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Wild Fennel Co - journey adds to spice of life

This weekend marks a milestone for Dunedin gourmet food producer Wild Fennel Co as the doors open at its first store. Based in a Port Chalmers building, most well-known for featuring in Light Between Oceans, the store is the culmination of a long journey for Dan Pearson and his wife Jo. Not only are they opening the store on Saturday, but Dan will be running a stall at the Port Chalmers Seafood Festival. They are also in the finals of the gourmet category in the New Zealand Food ... more

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High-Value Nutrition researchers tackle global health issues

The country’s top scientists are taking on two major global health issues: the tsunami of diabetes in Asia and how the right nutrition can boost immunity to the flu in research supported by the High-Value Nutrition National Science Challenge. Challenge Chief Scientist Professor Martin Kussmann said, “We’re bringing together the best researchers in the country to work on some very innovative science.” Professor Sally Poppitt, director of the Human Nutrition Unit ... more

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