Alibaba and blockchain technology to drive food safety and quality

 Alibaba (Australia) Company Pty. Ltd. will engage PwC firms in New Zealand, Australia and China to provide services and advice relating to Alibaba’s intention to build greater trust in food—right across the supply chain. A memorandum of understanding was signed today setting out Alibaba’s intentions and the involvement of Fonterra and NZ Post. The signing […]

Vitafoods Asia, Singapore 5-6 September 2017

Vitafoods Asia 5 – 6 September 2017 Sands Expo & Convention Centre at Marina Bay Sands, Singapore www.vitafoodsasia.com   Vitafoods Asia, now in its seventh year moves to Singapore to further broaden its appeal within the Asia Pacific region and worldwide. Singapore is actively positioning itself as the food hub of Asia and it has […]

Fonterra says UK needs open trade policy

Fonterra says UK needs open trade policy

Open markets encourage investment, increase competitiveness, and allow for more consumer choice and product innovation in the dairy industry, said Fonterra’s Trade Strategy and Stakeholder Affairs Manager, Dr Francis Reid. This was the message he delivered to an audience at the Semex Dairy Conference in Glasgow, ahead of Brexit – or the formal triggering of […]

Agrigate to revolutionise farm performance

Agrigate to revolutionise farm performance

Waikato dairy farmer Bill Aubrey believes Agrigate, the new online tool, will be revolutionary in helping farmers improve their farm performance. Developed by Fonterra Farm Source and LIC, Agrigate combines all the key data farmers need to make faster and smarter decisions on one, easy to use online dashboard. LIC Chief Executive and Agrigate Chairman […]

Patties invests in Leader Products

Patties invests in Leader Products

And creates a market-leading food manufacturing group across Australia and New Zealand. Patties Foods Limited (“Patties”), an iconic Australian food manufacturer, has announced the acquisition of Leader Products (“Leader”), a manufacturer of quick, easy, delicious frozen convenience food products based in New Zealand. Leader was established by Tony Peterson and Richard Crabb in 1998 and […]

Sustainable Foods Summit

Sustainable Foods Summit

The summit (www.sustainablefoodssummit.com) is taking place on 18-20th January 2017 in San Francisco for the seventh consecutive year. Agriculture is often cited as the cause and victim of many of the environmental and social issues facing the planet: from climate change, biodiversity loss, water scarcity to social inequality and economic migration. The opening session will […]

Measuring the benefits of cover crops in maize

Measuring the benefits of cover crops in maize

Globally there is increasing interest and research in cover crops within cropping systems. The questions New Zealand growers are asking are, ‘what benefits can they bring to our systems and how can they be practically managed’?’ Allister Holmes, FAR’s Waikato based Research and Extension Manager, says weed suppression, improved soil health and reduced erosion, nitrogen […]

Rexmoi controls temperature and humidity

Rexmoi controls temperature and humidity

Rexmoi® has now become a multipurpose tool with the ability to control temperature and humidity with applications such as drying various products, cooking at low temperatures, and controlled cooling of products. The units are sealed enclosed chambers which allows control of the atmosphere within, using smart controls and refrigeration technology. Air flow around the product […]

‘Safely.nz’ app targets better farm health and safety

‘Safely.nz’ app targets better farm health and safety

With the launch of a new app specifically tailored for New Zealand’s farms, professional services firm Crowe Horwath is making it easier and more convenient to institute sound health and safety practices in rural workplaces. Dubbed ‘Safely.nz’, the app is the result of a partnership between Crowe Horwath’s Human Resources division, Progressive Consulting, and developer […]

Vineyard device saves back, wet feet and time

Vineyard device saves back, wet feet and time

In the picture: Dr Majeed Safa, left, Department of Environmental Management technician Warwick Hill who built the prototype, and Mike Liao with the device. Lincoln engineering student Mike Liao has designed a machine to make work easier and more efficient in vineyards. It allows for grape picking, leaf clipping and pruning while sitting down. Mike says […]