Top speakers one benefit of membership

Top speakers one benefit of membership

Chief among the benefits that companies get from belonging to the Food and Grocery Council is exclusive access to information, seminars and networking events. These cover anything from export, health & safety, and sales strategies, to retail data and insights,...
When alcohol clouds judgment

When alcohol clouds judgment

People often do and say silly things where alcohol is involved. I’m not meaning just those who may consume too much of it, rather those who try to make it as difficult as possible for reasonable New Zealanders who want to supply or purchase beer and wine from a...
Now They’re Attacking Our Treats

Now They’re Attacking Our Treats

Now they’re going too far. As if years of using erroneous figures as “evidence” to back calls for taxes on sugar in everyday foods and beverages wasn’t bad enough, anti-food campaigners are now turning to some of the things that bring a little joy to our lives –...
Big Change Predicted for Supermarkets

Big Change Predicted for Supermarkets

Last month I wrote about predictions by some food industry experts on the shape of the food industry in 2050. When some of panelists from our industry were asked at the Food for the Future summit in Singapore what they thought the food world would look like in 30...
Our Food Future – Plant-based Food Only?

Our Food Future – Plant-based Food Only?

No stock farms, no animal ingredients in any foods, and definitely no meat section in supermarkets. It doesn’t sound right, but according to some food industry leaders it’s what the food world could look like just 30 years from now. Last month I was at the Food for...
No Surprises as  Obesity Dominates Discussion

No Surprises as Obesity Dominates Discussion

As predicted, the food industry year is shaping up to be dominated by what more can be done to reduce obesity. This is no surprise since New Zealand’s obesity rate remains one of the highest in the developed world. It’s a problem everyone should be concerned about. As...
Has Tide on Sugar Debate Finally Turned?

Has Tide on Sugar Debate Finally Turned?

Has the tide on the sugar tax debate finally turned? Has evidence and common sense prevailed? A week can be a long time in politics, but a couple of recent events have given me hope that the tide has turned – that we may be able to stop wasting time debating a policy...

Industry Focuses on Minimising Waste Packaging

Reducing packaging waste has been a focus of grocery manufacturers for many years, and a lot of work continues to be done to consider such issues by the Food and Grocery Council’s sister bodies the Packaging Council and the Packaging Forum. It’s clear that over the...

New Govt Means Busy Year Ahead

I’m picking 2018 to be the busiest year in the food and grocery sector for some time. That’s mainly because we’ve got a new government with new policies, new ministers, and new approaches. During the election campaign, and even before it, the parties that make up the...

On the Lookout for Market Opportunities

The NZ Food & Grocery Council is always on the lookout for ways to create opportunities for member companies and the wider food sector, either in our domestic market or in an export market. One way we do this is by helping them make connections with supermarket...
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