Synlait purchase of Dairyworks great for industry

Synlait purchase of Dairyworks great for industry

Synlait Milk’s acquisition of Canterbury company Dairyworks is great news for the New Zealand dairy industry, says Katherine Rich. “This is an exciting development. It brings together two innovative companies and reunites a dairy industry dream team of Leon Clement...
Forcing up price of unhealthy food ‘not answer’

Forcing up price of unhealthy food ‘not answer’

The Food & Grocery Council shares concerns by Associate Health Minister Peeni Henare around diabetes and obesity, says Katherine Rich, but it doesn’t believe forcing up the price of unhealthy food and drink is the answer. Mrs Rich was asked by the NZ Herald to...

Master planning for F&B facilities

In the food & beverage industry, client requests for new products or different packaging create a constant need to update and add to existing processing facilities. The tempo of new projects can often be rapid, driven by evolving client strategies,...

From great ideas to significant operations

Working for the food and grocery sector, it’s a privilege to visit companies behind many of the products on our supermarket shelves, to meet the teams and see first-hand their heritage and innovation. Start-up stories are fascinating. From the concrete mixer that...
FGC welcomes proposals on unfair business conduct

FGC welcomes proposals on unfair business conduct

The NZ Food & Grocery Council welcomes the Government’s proposals to introduce legislation prohibiting “unconscionable”, or unfair, business conduct and protecting businesses from unfair contract terms. Chief Executive Katherine Rich says this is a pro-business...

The big packaging challenge

Today we live in a throwaway society. Every day we use stuff that can’t be re-used or recycled, so we throw it away. It’s much different to my grandmother’s generation. She saved everything, even flour bags. What couldn’t be fed to the chooks or burnt on the fire...

Best-Before Q&A

What’s your opinion on best-before dates? Best-before dates provide good information to consumers and also confidence to manufacturers that their products can be presented and judged appropriately. They tell a consumer that before a certain date the product will be in...

Tackling plastic – it’s not all bad

Plastic is everywhere. It’s used in almost every industry you can think of – construction, transportation, electronics, healthcare, and agriculture. And when you look down the supermarket aisle you can see how big a part it plays in the food and grocery sector. It’s...
Product tampering

Product tampering

FGC has twice written to the government of the day urging a review of New Zealand’s law regarding malicious tampering of food, beverages, pharmaceuticals and other consumer goods to ensure it is fit for purpose, particularly in terms of penalties. In 2015, we wrote to...
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