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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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The value of New Zealand-ness

How the FernMark can unlock your global food and beverage market potential By Sarah Morgan Our Ministry for Primary Industries’ goal is to double primary industry exports – from $32 billion in June 2012 to $64 billion by 2025 . Our food and beverage exports are set to account for $29.4 billion of this growth. Ambitious, yes – but we Kiwis don’t do things by halves. And the latest data on the global food and beverage market indicates it shouldn’t be ... 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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Accountability and sustainability - the seafood industry keeps its promise

The New Zealand seafood industry tonight launches the second year of a campaign that will reinforce the Promise made to the people of New Zealand in 2017. Last year, the industry admitted not always getting it right but promised to continue to raise the bar around innovation, sustainability, transparency and environmental responsibility. Seafood New Zealand chief executive, Tim Pankhurst, said the industry has a great story to tell and has made significant and genuine advances in all ... more

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Biosecurity New Zealand launched

Minister for Biosecurity Damien O’Connor launched Biosecurity New Zealand at the Zealandia Eco-Sanctuary in Wellington today. It is one of four new business units created within the Ministry for Primary Industries to create a stronger focus on key areas of work, along with Fisheries New Zealand, Forestry New Zealand and New Zealand Food Safety. “New Zealand’s unique flora and fauna are the foundation of our valued primary sector and part of who we are as Kiwis,” ... more

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Study confirms drinking moderately, responsibly the way to go

The NZ Alcohol Beverages Council, a new industry group formed to give a reasonable perspective in the public discussion around alcohol has given its verdict on a recent study into the impacts of over-consumption of alcohol. “While these are the usual shock-horror tactics used to try and scare people away from alcohol, the study actually confirms something we all already know – drinking moderately and responsibly is the way to go,” says Executive Director Nick Leggett. ... more

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Apollo Foods-Fonterra boost for NZ beverage market

Photo: Fonterra Farmers see first-hand the operations at the new plant. Two New Zealand companies have teamed up to install a state of the art technology at the Apollo plant in Whakatu, Hawke’s Bay, that will bring some of the best in fruit and dairy beverages to Kiwis’ across the country. The agreement between Fonterra Brands New Zealand and Apollo Foods, an innovative start-up company, will help both companies capitalise on the increasing global popularity for ... more

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Both lamb and beef exports expected to break $3 billion for the first time

Both beef and lamb exports are expected to break the $3 billion mark for the first time as high lamb, mutton and beef prices bump up this season’s forecast profit for sheep and beef farmers, according to Beef + Lamb New Zealand’s (B+LNZ) Mid-Season Update. The milestone for lamb exports is predicted to be reached on the back of a forecast 14 per cent increase in average export value. Meanwhile, total beef export receipts, which passed the $3 billion mark in 2014 15, are ... more

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NZ appetite suppressant pill Calocurb to launch here and in United States

A New Zealand-made diet pill is said to be a "breakthrough" in the war against obesity. The key ingredient in Calocurb, a gel capsule taken an hour before meals, is a hop flower extract developed by Plant & Food Research, and registered as Amarasate. Lab trials on human cells showed the hops extract activated the body's "stop eating signal", said Dr John Ingram, who led the research team from the Crown Research Institute. There has been one clinical trial ... more

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