Food & beverage reports good news

Food & beverage reports good news

The NZ Food and Grocery Council welcomes the release of the latest growth and investment reports on the food and beverage industry. The reports – Emerging Growth Opportunities in NZ Food & Beverage, Investment Opportunities in the NZ Chocolate Industry, and...
Industry to work with Govt as sugar tax off table

Industry to work with Govt as sugar tax off table

The food industry is ready to work with the Government on further ways of tackling the obesity epidemic, says FGC Chief Executive Katherine Rich. She was commenting on a report quoting Health Minister David Clark that he had no plans for a sugar tax, but was instead...
Review backs FGC’s argument: sugar taxes don’t work

Review backs FGC’s argument: sugar taxes don’t work

The findings of an independent review into the effectiveness of sugar taxes on health backs up what FGC has been saying for years – that they make little or no difference. The report finds: “No study based on actual experience with sugar taxes has identified an impact...

Vogels dearer than in UK thanks to tax

Vogels bread in New Zealand is dearer than Vogels in the UK mainly because bread here attracts tax while it doesn’t in the UK, says FGC. Katherine Rich was asked by the NZ Herald to explain the difference in the price of Vogels between the two countries. She...

Selling expired best-before products – media response

New Zealand supermarkets are legally allowed to sell products after their “best before” dates if that’s what they want to do, says FGC. Fairfax Media asked FGC if it would support a move by New Zealand supermarkets to sell food beyond its “best before” date, following...

Health Stars driving reformulation, innovation

The Health Star Rating scheme is driving positive reformulation of current foods and the innovation of new ones, says FGC. The NZ Herald asked FGC if there had been any discussions with the new Health Minister, and if FGC members would be receptive to his wish to work...

Bad Taste Food Awards disappointing and a sham

Consumer NZ’s Bad Taste Food Awards are disappointing and a sham, says FGC. Katherine Rich says some of the ‘winners’ are the very products Consumer NZ encouraged people to vote for. “They said the motivation behind the awards was to “name and shame”, and it’s clear...

Fonterra’s Open Gate initiative applauded

Fonterra is to be applauded for its latest excellent initiative in opening-up dairy farms to the public, says FGC. On Sunday 10 December, farmers in most dairying districts will open their gates to give hopefully thousands of people the chance to see first-hand the...

Industry will work with Govt on healthier food choices

The Food & Grocery Council welcomes the Government’s interest in food and beverage manufacturing, and looks forward to sharing the success of our members’ reformulation and innovation work, and working constructively to see what more can be done to help Kiwis...

Backing for policy on housing’s threat to food

The NZ Food & Grocery Council backs the call from Horticulture NZ for a national food security policy focused on the threat to food production from urban sprawl. Chief Executive Katherine Rich says concerns raised by Horticulture NZ at the effect urban...

Huge effort into reformulating food, drink

Manufacturers have put huge, ongoing effort into reformulating popular food and beverage products to remove sugar, fat or salt, Katherine Rich says. ​”Blaming the environment is an academic theory that only takes you so far. There are many people who live in the...

Moves to ban single-use plastic bags welcomed

New World and Countdown stores will be single-use plastic bag-free by the end of next year – moves that are welcomed by FGC. A survey by New World showed shoppers don’t want bags, and so the stoies will join Countdown in phasing them out. New World’s BagVote...
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