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...

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...

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...

It’s a challenging time to be in business

Confidence surveys show that after a positive start to the year, many businesses are struggling to deal with a combination of factors that are driving down their confidence to invest further in their own business, such as upgrading equipment or innovating. Two bank...

FMCG companies lead way on sustainability

Environmental sustainability has become a big part of most companies’ thinking and planning, and those in food and grocery are doing some of the ground-breaking work on this. Starting with the supermarket chains, everyone’s aware of their bans on the use of single-use...

Challenges from industry innovation

The global food and grocery industry demonstrated a positive direction and how it’s working in the interests of consumers at Food Industry Asia’s ‘Food for the Future Summit’ conference in Singapore last month. It attracted leaders from across the food and grocery...

Helping consumers lead healthier lives

When I know so much is being done by the dairy industry to be good stewards of the land and to produce high-quality nutritious foods, I get disappointed to read such negativity about our No 1 industry. The idea that dairy farmers are happily collecting their big...

Crafting brand transparency

Getting food labelling right is critical to any food business. Consumers rely on it and sometimes it’s a matter of life and death. Food safety in New Zealand is assumed, but there are many countries where consumers don’t have the same faith, and for good reason....
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