Keith’s Take: Greens the only party with food policy

So it has started. The festival of spin we call an election.

Four weeks of name calling, claim and counter claim, and in the middle of it all a few moments of real policy that give us voters a hint of what it is that those parties stand for, and what influence they intend to have on our future.

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Threat to NZ salmon as virus strikes Pacific salmon

altThe viral infection of salmon, known as infectious salmon anaemia (ISA), was until recently confined to Atlantic salmon, but now that the infection has been identified in wild Pacific salmon on the American west coast it poses a serious threat to New Zealand's salmon farming industry.

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Tamara’s Thoughts: Save the world… with better packaging?

altDid you know that more than one third of the world’s food production is lost every year? Recent studies show that worldwide food loss is reaching approximately 1.3 billion tonnes per year.

However, the packaging industry claims to have some innovative solutions for this food loss problem, especially for developing countries.

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Australian watchdog warns supermarkets

In the wake of Coles' announcement that its sales grew 5.2% in the first quarter of the year, the Australian commerce watchdog, the Australian Competition and Consumer Commission (ACCC), said it was about to flex its muscles over supermarket chain abuse of commercial power.

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Cool convenience

Fresh flavours, healthy ingredients and convenience are the key drivers in the frozen foods category, ...

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  • A growing category

    FMCG talked to some of the key suppliers in the NZ juice and beverage market about the latest trends. Barker’s of Geraldine manufactures a wide range of fruit syrups still made on a corner of the family farm in South Canterbury. The range includes a number of premium squeezed syrups, not made from concentrate with the fruit pressed and processed on site in Geraldine. “The Barker’s range performed with exceptional strength boasting growth of 24% and becoming the #1 fruit syrup in TKA

  • Health & Beauty

    Are you ready for summer? Sunscreens and depilatory products will be in hot demand as the days get longer and warmer.Last year saw the launch on the Surf Life Saving 50+ Sunscreen, which was very well received by both the trade and consumers. Its fragrance free formulation is moisturising, light and non-greasy and will rub in very easily without leaving any white film on the skin.Kate Feek, senior brand manager says: “It is a concise range, offering a SPF 50+ UVA/UVB broad spectrum formulation i

  • International flavours

    What’s on trend in ethnic flavours and the international foods aisle? FMCG talks to some of the suppliers in this category.With a large number of new ethnic restaurants offering diners a more authentic experience and new flavours, consumers are becoming more experimental. And Mexican food seems to be one of the most popular new trends.Keezia Haste, senior brand manager, General Mills, comments: “What we now need to do is ensure that we capitalise on this trend in store and ensure we bring Mexica

  • Thirst quenchers

    Bottled water and sports drinks are increasing in popularity. FMCG took a snapshot of this growing category.The sports drink category was created in 1965 by scientists working for the Florida Gators football team.The Gators were suffering in Florida’s hot and humid conditions and needed more than water to replenish their bodies and receive energy. So these scientists developed the first sports drink based on water, carbohydrates and electrolytes. ‘Gatorade’ was tested on the players. The Gators

  • A saucy affair

    Exciting new sauces and condiments now mingle with iconic family favourites on our shelves. FMCG took a snapshot of the trends that drive this category.Pasta sauces still dominate the cooking sauce market, but shoppers are increasingly embracing international and ethnic sauces. Convenience is paramount, but consumers want restaurant quality flavour, say Melanie Taylor – marketing manager Dressings & Table Sauces and Jo Coutts – marketing manager Cooking Sauces at Heinz Wattie’s. “In table sauces

  • Winter warmers

    FMCG visited a popular aisle: Tea, coffee and hot beverages.Dilmah is relaunching its ‘Gourmet range’ of teas in New Zealand with new contemporary packaging to celebrate its 25th anniversary.

  • Best tressed

    New hair care products offer nourishment and a range of styling options. To find out what’s trending, FMCG talked to some of the key suppliers in New Zealand.

  • Sweet essentials

    Breakfast spreads, jams and honey remain popular with New Zealand consumers. FMCG investigated new developments and family favourites in the spreads aisle.New Zealand-based Barker’s produces both the Anathoth and Barker’s of Geraldine range of jams, marmalades and curds.THE BREAKDOWN Current MAT to 24 March 2013 Total Spreads:  $131.626mValue % Chg vs YA 1.9T. Honey:  $35.715mValue % Chg vs YA 4.0T. Jam:  $29.410mValue % Chg vs YA -1.4T. Peanut Butter:  $28.060mValue % Chg vs YA 11.6T. Vegetable

  • Rice & Pasta

    FMCG finds a few tasty new product launches on the horizon.There is no doubt that rice, noodles and pasta are very popular staple foods, not only in New Zealand, but in many countries all over the world.THE BREAKDOWN Current MAT to 24 March 2013 Total Rice:  $50.562mValue % Chg vs YA -2.1T. Instant:  $14.829mValue % Chg vs YA -5.4T. Basmati:  $8.791mValue % Chg vs YA 2.4T. Medium/Short:  $8.211mValue % Chg vs YA -2.1T. Long Grain:  $7.505mValue % Chg vs YA -12.4T. Jasmine:  $4.909mValue % Chg vs

  • Popular oils & spreads

    FMCG talked to suppliers in New Zealand about new product launches and the latest consumer trends.Oils and spreads are essential items for New Zealand shoppers. Many prefer to have a variety of oils for different recipes and cooking occasions on hand, with olive oils and rice bran oils increasing in popularity.THE BREAKDOWN Current MAT to 24 March 2013 Total Butter and Margarine:  $198.188mValue % Chg vs YA -12.0T. Butter:  $92.232mValue % Chg vs YA -14.6T. Margarine (Excl Olive):  $68.473mValue

  • Energy drinks

    Refreshment, innovation and premiumisation are among the key drivers in a category that continues to grow.

  • Soup season

    THE BREAKDOWN Current MAT to 24 February 2013Total Shelf Stable Soup:    $61.876mValue % Chg vs YA -1.5T. Canned Soup:    $25.505mValue % Chg vs YA -2.6T. Instant Soup:    $19.486mValue % Chg vs YA 3.3T. Packet Soup:    $10.478mValue % Chg vs YA -8.6T. Cereal Soup:    $4.083mValue % Chg vs YA -2.1T. Soup Mix & Pulses:    $2.325mValue % Chg vs YA 6.9T. Fresh Soup:    $14.345mValue % Chg vs YA 6.5 *Nielsen New Zealand ScanTrack (Databank Key suppliers in the soup category share their product news

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Superb vintage

A Marlborough-based winery known for producing the best Sauvignon Blanc in the world has been ...

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  • Brancott Vineyard celebrates 40th anniversary

    As the pioneers of the Marlborough wine region and its signature varietals  Sauvignon Blanc and Pinot Noir, Brancott Estate is excited to celebrate 40 years since the first planting of vines at Brancott Vineyard, home of world-renowned Brancott Estate wines.

  • Cola flavoured wine?

    Euromonitor’s monthly summary highlights the most interesting product launches, focusing on the direction the alcoholic drinks industry is taking in terms of innovative developments.First, a French revolution: Cola flavoured wine.One of the most infamous oxymorons plaguing the wine industry is the apparent gap between perceptions, research and actual purchasing patterns, especially when it comes down to the dry-to-sweet flavour spectrum.

  • Independent Liquor set to acquire The Mill

    Independent Liquor is investing in the off-premise market with an agreement to purchase The Mill, a chain of 35 liquor stores nationwide. Julian Davidson, CEO Independent Liquor, says the purchase is a good business decision that gives the company greater access to the market while also benefitting customers by ensuring they get more choice of products from different producers.

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Tip Top goes natural

Tip Top has announced one of its most significant innovations in the company’s history – ...

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  • NZ lolly maker on a roll

    Kiwi-owned Rainbow Confectionery has expanded its production capacity with the purchase of Metford Confectionery (formerly known as Prydes and Australian Sweets) in Newcastle, New South Wales, Australia.

  • Theft prevention: A practical guide to the best use of security cameras

    It is a sad fact of life that shoplifting costs stores millions of dollars every year. Reports suggest that stealing is becoming more common as the economy remains tight. One of the key defences against theft and a critical aid in prosecuting thieves is a security camera system. However, it is important that the security camera system is well thought out and correctly set up.

  • A fresh perspective

    Jeff Rogut, executive director AACS reports his findings from an overseas study tour.

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