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Most Trusted Brands, 2017, revealed

The love affair between New Zealanders and Whittaker’s is both sweet and enduring. The results of the Reader’s Digest annual Most Trusted Brands survey are out, and for the sixth consecutive year, Whittaker’s has been voted Most Trusted Brand of all brands surveyed. The family business, which has been making high-quality chocolate for more than 120 years, was also voted Most Iconic Brand, and won the confectionery category accolade too. As one Wellingtonian male said ... more

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Hawke’s Bay to host 2017 Air New Zealand Wine Awards

Hawke’s Bay, New Zealand’s second largest wine region, will play host to the 31st Air New Zealand Wine Awards this November. The annual awards dinner will be held on Saturday 25 November at the Pettigrew Green Arena in Taradale, and will be attended by New Zealand’s top winemakers and industry figures to celebrate the country’s best wines. The Hawke’s Bay region has been producing award-winning wine since 1851. The region is best known for its ... more

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Silver lining to skills shortage

News of skills shortages, particularly a need for 200,000 more people working within the service sectors, continues to make headlines. Now, six of New Zealand’s regions have solid data for decision making as well as some concrete actions to help solve the problem. ServiceIQ has released Regional Roadmaps and Action Plans for Northland, Bay of Plenty, Queenstown-Lakes and Otago & Southland. Christchurch City also has a roadmap and plan, as does Auckland’s tourism ... more

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Cheaper party foods but healthy food prices rise

The cost of grocery foods fell in April, partly countered by higher prices for vegetables, Stats NZ said today. Overall, food prices fell 0.8 percent in April 2017. "The cost of throwing a party fell in April, with lower prices for grocery foods such as potato chips, chocolate biscuits, and crackers," consumer prices manager Matthew Haigh said. "Other party favourites, such as soft drinks, grapes, and carrots, also fell in price." Fruit and vegetable prices rose 4.2 ... more

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CEO of New Zealand’s premier Māori food and beverage business to co-lead business delegation during trade mission to Japan

Rachel Taulelei (Ngāti Raukawa, Ngāti Rarua, Ngāti Koata), CEO – Kono NZ LP (Kono) will be co-leading, with Sir Graham Harrison, the business delegation during New Zealand Prime Minster Bill English’s trade mission to Japan, from 16-18 May 2017. Kono is an associated business of Wakatū Incorporation, and is a vertically integrated, family-owned Māori food and beverage producer – an artisan producer, and exporter of award-winning wine, cider, ... more

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Industry groups welcome government's ratification of TPP

New Zealand Winegrowers warmly welcomes the government’s announcement of the ratification of the Trans-Pacific Partnership (TPP) agreement. The future growth of our industry is bound up in having free and fair access into major export markets, said Philip Gregan, CEO of New Zealand Winegrowers. “The news of the ratification of the TPP agreement signals the importance of improved market access into some of the wealthiest and fastest growing economies in the ... more

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Super new SuperBrown range from Sunrice

Brown rice is a source of protein and fibre, and with the addition of wholegrain red rice, SunRice have turned brown rice into SuperBrown. New SunRice SuperBrown cleverly combines red and brown wholegrain rice to create a simple and versatile addition to a Kiwi meal repertoire. The new SuperBrown wholegrain-packed powerhouse is a great addition to a balanced diet, a source of protein, fibre and a good source of magnesium and niacin. Rice is also versatile and gluten free. ... more

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Four out of five Kiwi Mums can't imagine life without coffee

Nearly a quarter drink more than four cups a day More than four in five Kiwi mums say they can’t imagine life without coffee, a Mother’s Day survey by The Coffee Club has revealed. The results also show that almost half (41%) of mums drink more coffee now than they did five years ago. Nearly a quarter (23%) drink more than four cups of coffee a day. The survey of more than 500 mums on Facebook found that the flat white is the coffee of choice (32%), with lattes (21%) and ... more

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Budding Kiwi wellness entrepreneur launches revolutionary frozen dessert range

Kindness is the new cool says the brains behind new plant-based Kiwi food brand Ascension Kitchen. Naturopath, nutritionist and raw foods chef Lauren Glucina is on a mission to bring plant-based food to the masses with an innovative range of organic, raw and vegan desserts under the LIVELYTM Desserts banner. The offering – that includes flavours like Espresso Zest and Banana Cacao – is kind to your body, the earth, and other sentient beings. Kiwis are demanding it. ... more

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Breeding blue cod brings new possibilities

Scientists have managed to successfully breed blue cod for the first time, a milestone that will support the development of a new aquaculture industry for New Zealand. In association with Ngāi Tahu Seafood Ltd, the Seafood Technologies team at Plant & Food Research in Nelson are investigating how to breed different species of native fish in captivity, building knowledge of the conditions required for the fish to successfully reproduce. For the first time, they have managed ... more

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