More fibre could avert disease, save millions - research

19 February 2018

If every Kiwi adult added three serves of high fibre grain food to their daily diet, it could avert 34,000 new cases of cardiovascular disease and 68,000 new cases of type 2 diabetes, and save the economy an estimated $607 million a year in healthcare costs and lost productivity

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Unilever takes aim at social media platforms

13 February 2018

Unilever, the world’s biggest grocery manufacturer, is threatening to pull its advertisements from social platforms such as Facebook and YouTube if the companies don't do more to minimise divisive content on their platforms.

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Chance to showcase products at AgriFood Week

12 February 2018

NZ AgriFood Week in March is a great opportunity for food companies to get their products in front of the 350 agrifood industry professionals expected to attend the event’s Perspective 2025 discussion panel.

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Bursting FIZZ’s bubbles

1 November 2017

Claims that a tax on sugary drinks is likely to have “a number of benefits” for the population have been shot down by an analysis of available evidence.

The claims of benefits of a tax included: increased cost of sugary drinks, cheaper bottled water and zero sugar drinks by comparison and increased availability, industry reformulating to avoid the tax, new products with less sugar, enhanced public awareness of why sugary drinks are detrimental to health.

But analysis by the Food and Grocery Council from before and after sugar taxes were introduced in Mexico in 2014, and on-the-ground experience of the New Zealand industry, tells a different story.

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Baden Ngan Kee supporters raise $17,551

The FMCG industry has raised $17,551 for the Lung Foundation New Zealand after getting in behind former Foodstuffs Merchandise Manager Baden Ngan Kee and his fight against lung cancer.

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Trans-Tasman guideline for shelf ready packaging

The Trading Partner Forum has endorsed a trans-Tasman guideline for shelf ready packaging that aims to deliver alignment on key issues, providing a consistent approach across the Australian and New Zealand industries.

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Barker's, T&G win at NZ Food Awards

16 October 2017

FGC members Barker’s of Geraldine and T&G Global scored awards at the Massey University New Zealand Food Awards.

Barker’s won a category for the third year in a row with their Squeezed Fruit Botanicals Syrup: Squeezed Lemons with Lime, Cucumber and Mint. T&G Global won with their innovative Lotatoes – potatoes with 40 per cent fewer carbs.

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Countdown appoints GM Merchandise

11 October 2017

Countdown has appointed the Head of Produce for Woolworths Australia, Scott Davidson, as its General Manager Merchandise.

Mr Davidson has been in his current role with Woolworths since December 2013 and was previously Merchandise Manager – Packaged and International Foods. He has also managed a wide range of supermarket categories for Woolworths including drinks, private brands and pet needs.

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Industry poorer for death of John MacDonald

9 October 2017

The food and grocery industry will be poorer for the passing of one of its great leaders and mentors, John MacDonald, who died last Friday, aged 80.

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‘It’s just how we do things around here’

Marketing company BrandWorld has launched a campaign about littering, using a series of videos featuring well-known Kiwis.

BrandWorld pitched and won the tender for a national campaign to lift awareness of the issue and help change behaviour.

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Kiwis love those FGC brands

12 September 2017

FGC member brands continue to score big in the popularity stakes, taking nine of the top 20 of New Zealand’s Brands I Love survey.

Whittaker’s topped the vote for the third year in a row, sharing it this year with the All Blacks.

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Trial on electrically charged water

15 August 2017

Technology that allows vegetables to be cleaned with electrically charged water before harvest is being trialled in Australia, Food Navigator-Asia reports.

The technology would also help keep irrigation pipes clean and allow growers to irrigate with water previously deemed too poor to be used on vegetables.

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Pic's scores big in UK awards

10 August 2017

Nelson-based peanut butter maker Pic’s Peanut Butter has won big at the UK’s Great Taste awards. 

Pic’s Crunchy No Salt Peanut Butter, Smooth Peanut Butter, Smooth No Salt Peanut Butter and Almond Butter all received prestigious 1-star awards after being judged alongside more than 12,000 blind-tasted products. The success follows Pic’s success last year when its Crunchy Peanut Butter received a 1-star award.

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Think you know ASEAN? Think again

24 July 2017

The complexities of ASEAN, with its 625 million people and multitude of ethnicities, calls for a granular approach to understanding market opportunities there, Nielsen reports in its latest consumer market update.

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FGC launches internship for top talent

FGC is launching an initiative to create a pipeline of top talent for the FMCG industry. The FMCG Internship Programme will be unveiled in Auckland this Thursday, 27 July. It has been developed in response to feedback from members.

The launch event will outline the opportunity, attraction, selection and recruitment process along with the training programme.

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Nanoparticles and infant formula

3 July 2017

Food Standards Australia New Zealand says a report on nanoscale particles in infant formula does not contain any new evidence, and carers of infants should not be alarmed or concerned about the safety of these products.

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Small FMCG firms tap big growth in US

15 June 2017

Despite the nearly $3 billion in declines across US retail in the first quarter due to a shift in Easter timing and changing consumer preferences, growth is not completely elusive, Nielsen reports in its latest consumer market update.

In fact, it says, some food and beverage manufacturers are finding pockets of growth, most notably small manufacturers.

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World Milk Day – The Director’s Cut

1 June 2017

“Scandal” is the only word that describes the news that a NZ Food & Grocery Council video had failed to make the final cut of a world-wide competition to find the best videos to celebrate World Milk Day, June 1. The ‘Pass the Glass’ competition was run by FrieslandCampina NV, a dairy farmer cooperative/company in The Netherlands.

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Trade matters video

2 May 2017

The New Zealand International Business Forum has released a video series that highlights how trade matters and how it impacts on the everyday lives of all New Zealanders.

The five two-minute videos comprise trade and business experts talking about different aspects of trade.

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Free industry benchmark reports

ASB and Ranqx are offering business a one-off free industry benchmark report that enables them to compare themselves to other businesses in their industry and show where they can improve their performance.

The reports allow businesses to understand their performance through customer feedback, business and financial metrics, and allow analysis and benchmarking against industry and other comparative data.

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FGC boss appointed to further ABAC term

7 April 2017

FGC Chief Executive Katherine Rich has been reappointed to the APEC Business Advisory Council (ABAC) for a further term, till December 2019. She will be joined by former BusinessNZ CEO Phil O’Reilly, and the founder of the NZ SME Business Network and Small Business Development Group chair, Tenby Powell.

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Bananas top list of Countdown’s favourites

28 February 2017

Fresh was to the fore as Countdown released its third annual Trolley Report, revealing the top 10 products that Kiwis bought in its supermarkets last year.

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Best-practice advice on palm oil transparency

30 January 2017

Environmental and scientific organisations have published a best-practice guidance on how to improve transparency in the palm oil supply chain.

A report by Oxfam, Ceres, Rainforest Alliance, Carbon Disclosure Project (CDP), Rainforest Action Network, and the Union of Concerned Scientists offers recommendations for growers, processors, traders, manufacturers and retailers.

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NZ gets Factory of the Year competition

30 January 2017

FGC is partnering with global management consultancy firm A.T. Kearney to bring the Factory of the Year competition to New Zealand.

The competition is the international standard for measuring operational performance.  It has operated in Europe for more than 25 years with participation by hundreds of both multinational and local companies.

Entries are now open, and close on 28 February.  Participation is free. It requires an investment of approximately five man days to complete the initial questionnaire.

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Tip Top turns 80 and splashes out

Congratulations to Tip Top on turning 80 years old this month.

From humble beginnings in an ice cream parlour in Wellington’s Manners St in 1936, the brand is now one of New Zealand’s recognisable and loved.

And to celebrate, they are the ones giving away the presents, giving away 80,000 ice creams every month and making all their iconic Trumpets just $2 right through summer.

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Second diversity workshop popular

26 October 2016


FGC’s second workshop on Diversity in FMCG, held in Auckland today, was another well-attended event. The workshops are aimed at encouraging more women to take on higher FMCG leadership roles in New Zealand grocery.

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Sustainability teams lead to waste, water, energy savings

19 October 2016

Establishing sustainability teams at all Inghams Enterprises’ sites across New Zealand has resulted in big savings in waste, water, and energy, says Managing Director Adrian Revell.

In the latest NZ Food and Grocery Council Leaders video he says sustainability teams at every one of the company’s sites – feed mills, hatcheries, farms, and processing plants – have a plan.

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Katherine Rich on Advisory Council on Employment of Women

6 October 2016

Katherine Rich has today been announced as one of eight people on a reformed National Advisory Council on the Employment of Women, which will address key issues facing women in work. The Minister for Women, Louise Upston, says the Council will tackle the ongoing barriers to women’s full participation in the workforce.

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Spend more time on better, not cheaper, says Sealord

4 October 2016

New Zealand FMCG companies need to spend more time doing better, not cheaper, and focusing around innovation and premiumisation, says Sealord Group General Manager NZ Stuart Yorston in an FGC video interview on sustainability through innovation.


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NZ collaboration in Asia ‘hugely important’

29 September 2016

Collaboration between New Zealand companies working in the export markets of Asia is hugely important, says Prolife Foods CEO Andrew Smith.

In a NZ Food and Grocery Council video interview on exporting opportunities within food and beverage, he says that while New Zealand companies compete “really strongly” in the domestic market they should collaborate when fighting to get into markets in Asia.

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Claims scientists paid off ‘bid to rewrite history’

20 September 2016 

FGC Chief Executive Katherine Rich has hit out at an analysis of historical sugar industry documents published in the Journal of the American Medical Association (JAMA).

She writes in Food Navigator-Asia that the analysis is an attempt to rewrite history and to create a conspiracy where none exists.

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FMCG careers expo reaps rewards

The food and grocery industry is already benefitting from its careers expo held earlier this year.

FGC Chief Executive Katherine Rich says several FMCG companies have taken on graduates as a result of contact made at the expo.

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Industry honours Wayne Sands

5 September 2016

The food and grocery industry honoured a 40-year stalwart at the weekend.

Wayne Sands was presented with a Lifetime Achiever Award at the 2016 Grocery Charity Ball in Auckland. He started working in Woolworth’s Variety Stores before eventually founding and running sales business Twin Agencies that now has a team of 200 representing market leaders that have a combined annual sales turnover of close to $200 million.

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Unilever publishes Sustainable Living Plan update

9 August 2016

Unilever has published its 5-year progress report on its Sustainable Living Plan in Australia and New Zealand. It gives a snapshot of the big gains the company has made around the world in its bid to achieve a zero carbon, zero poverty world, and shows how sustainability is helping drive growth, cut costs, mitigate risks and build trust with consumers and the community as a whole. 

The report, which is the halfway point of the company’s sustainable growth journey, backs up its aim of “making sustainable living commonplace”.

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Gotta hand it to the Aussies

Australian researchers have developed a portable and easy-to-use method to help people estimate portion size using only their hands.

Claiming to be the first-ever study to assess the accuracy of hand-based methods for measuring food portions, finger width was used as a “ruler” to gauge the dimensions of foods and glasses of liquids.

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DB issues video on sustainability

22 June 2016

FGC member DB has put together a short video to go with its 2015 sustainability report – the company’s second. The video features Managing Director Andy Routley, who starts by talking about why “doing the right thing” around sustainability is so important to their stakeholders, customers, partners, and staff.

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US dietary guidelines come under fire

The highly anticipated 2015-2020 Dietary Guidelines for Americans have come under fire since they were released in the first week of January.

Nutrition experts say that while there were useful updates from the previous (2010) guidelines, such as a specific limit on sugar intake to less than 10% of calories, a lot of the recommendations of the Scientific Advisory Committee were not included. Others said Americans needed more forceful messages

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Eating and activity guidelines for NZ adults

28 October 2015

The Government has announced new eating and activity guidelines for adults.

Associate Health Minister Hon Peseta Sam Lotu-Iiga said the guidelines combine the Ministry of Health’s updated nutrition and physical activity advice into one document for the first time.

Although primarily focused on adults, the advice complements the Government’s recently announced package of initiatives aimed at reducing childhood obesity in New Zealand, Mr Lotu-Iiga says.

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Baking, snacks industry must innovate to feed hungrier world

29 October 2015

The world’s baking and snacks industry must explore innovations in grains to meet the challenges of a growing population, according to PepsiCo's global R&D head.

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Policy will wipe out 80% of Chinese infant formula

China’s tough “one brand, one formulation” policy for its infant formula market will eliminate over 80% of domestic products on sale, according to government calculations.

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Aussies shop around for groceries, research shows

28 September 2015

Australians like to shop around when it comes to groceries. Roy Morgan Research reveals that while most of Australia’s 14.2 million grocery-buyers have a supermarket of preference where they do most of their shopping, a relatively low proportion of them do so exclusively at that chain, Food Navigator Asia reports.

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DB uses music to push message

DB has a cool take on promoting a responsible drinking message to young people. It has joined forces with a group of emerging Auckland urban artists and the Auckland Philharmonia Orchestra (APO) to release a single with the message to drink responsibly.

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Berkeley soft-drink tax 'not serving its purpose'

25 August 2015

The first-ever US soft-drink tax may not be going as well as expected, according to a recent study by economists.

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No problem so no need for mandatory CoOL in NZ

14 August 2015

New Zealand does not need to regulate on country of origin labelling because there is no evidence of a significant problem, says FGC Chief Executive Katherine Rich.

She was responding to a media inquiry after the Australian Government announced plans for a new system of country of origin food labels. Their use would initially be voluntary, but manufacturers will be forced to use them from 2016 if the states and territories agree to the proposal.

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Latest grocery trends from ECRA Convention

Each year the ECRA Retailer and Supplier Convention brings together leaders from the FMCG industry to examine, discuss and debate current and emerging trends.

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How many teaspoons of sugar do we eat?

17 August 2015

New research shows New Zealanders are not consuming as much sugar as is frequently claimed.

The Sugar Research Advisory Service says there are frequent claims in the news media that we’re eating 40 teaspoons a day. But they say national surveys find that the average adult total sugars intake is approximately 28 teaspoons a day (115g) in Australia and 26 teaspoons (109g) in New Zealand – around 20% of total energy.

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Nestle initiative furthers industry involvement

FGC member companies are involved in some great initiatives in schools and communities that are aimed at promoting healthy eating and living. They range from sponsoring a wide variety of exercise and healthy-choice education programmes, to supplying healthy breakfasts and lunches to many schools.

One of the latest is a great initiative being run by Nestle.

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Sugar tax would have to be enormous to work

A British Medical Journal discussion on pro’s and con’s of a sugar tax provides a balanced discussion, but it’s clear that such taxes would have to be enormous to have an effect.

The discussion, “Could a sugar tax help obesity?”, featured Adjunct Professor Sirpa Sarlio-Lahteenkorva, a ministerial adviser in Finland’s Ministry of Social Affairs and Health, and Jack Winkler, Emeritus Professor of Nurition Policy at London Metropolitan University.

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Reality check on call by academics for tax on food

When Benjamin Franklin said there are “only two things certain in life: death and taxes” he was spot on. After all, times were much simpler back then.

Fast forward to 2015 and he might be inclined to amend it to something like “death and Auckland University academics coming up with new taxes on everything we eat and drink”.

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Rotting teeth issue of poor parenting, says Beverage Council

The issue of young children with rotten teeth raised in the media today by Dr Rob Beaglehole is one of poor parenting – no more and no less, says the NZ Beverage Council. It said parents are, or should be, in complete control of what children of that age eat and drink.

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Call for tax on bread, cereal, meat, eggs and milk is lunacy

9 July 2015

A call by Auckland University academics to tax New Zealand families’ staple foods such as bread, milk, eggs and meat is lunacy, says NZ Food and Grocery Council Chief Executive Katherine Rich.

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MP’s baby food safety claims couldn’t be further from truth

2 July 2015

An MP's claims that the testing of baby foods in New Zealand was ‘at best, inadequate and, at worst, a sham’, couldn’t be further from the truth, says FGC Chief Executive Katherine Rich.

She was commenting on a statement issued by Green MP Steffan Browning, the Green Party spokesman for food safety on a report by the Primary Production Select Committee into allegations that New Zealand baby food contained nearly 800 times more pesticides than baby food in Europe. As expected, the committee found the allegations did not stack up.

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Reports of ban on trans fats 'not accurate'

Recent media reports that have given the impression that the United States is “banning” trans fats from the food supply completely are not accurate, says FGC CEO Katherine Rich.

The announcement is about artificial trans fats, not naturally occurring trans fats.

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Survey looks at Aussie supermarket moves

10 July 2015

A recent UBS/AFGC survey on Australian supermarkets makes some very interesting predictions on the sector over the Ditch.

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Industry Relations Working Group Sets Strategy

FGC’s Industry Relations Working Group has finalised its strategy for the coming year, which has as its objective “suppliers and retailers working together to continuously improve mutual productivity, profit and efficiency.”

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FSNI makes wholesale changes

Foodstuffs North Island boss Murray Jordan has issued an update for suppliers on the company’s wholesale strategy.

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Great news on for caffeine lovers

There's good news for those of us who enjoy their daily caffeine fix.

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Consumer Goods Forum launches Health & Wellness Toolkit

26 June 2015

The Consumer Goods Forum has launched a new Health & Wellness Toolkit and digital platform.

The Toolkit looks to:

  • help drive positive action across the industry and around the world
  • provide health and wellness ideas with simple and practical “how to” steps for those who want to advance
  • demonstrate how forum member companies are active, with each chapter including practical examples from across the industry
  • Show industry leadership in health and wellness.


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Calls for ECEs to ban unhealthy foods show many out of touch

Recent calls to ban the promotion and sale of unhealthy foods in ECE centres shows how out of touch some people are in the obesity debate, says FGC Chief Executive Katherine Rich. 

Mrs Rich was commenting on the six policies that attracted the greatest support from a panel of “public health experts” to tackle obesity in young people. The policies included ‘Ensuring schools and ECE centres are free of commercial promotion of unhealthy foods’, and ‘No sales of unhealthy foods in schools and ECE centres.’

“I wonder whether those calling for change in ECE centres aren’t aware of the New Zealand situation. ECEs generally don’t have canteens or sell food.”

Mrs Rich also addressed the remaining four policies, which included setting salt-content targets; further restrictions on marketing unhealthy food to young people, including sports sponsorship and television advertising; mandatory front-of-pack star rating of packaged foods (if not adopted by the food industry); and a 20 per cent tax on sugary drinks.

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Countdown makes changes to Store Ops

Countdown has made some changes to its store operations. Staff have been notified in a document headed People. ‘Lead and Develop our people’and ‘We love our Customers’.

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FGC welcomes Chris Quin to Foodstuffs North Island

11 May 2015

The Food & Grocery Council welcomes the appointment of Chris Quin as Managing Director of Foodstuffs North Island to replace Murray Jordan.

Chief Executive Katherine Rich says Chris Quin is a proven business leader whose appointment will be well received among the grocery supplier community. 

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10 March 2015

The New Zealand Food & Grocery Council strongly condemns the criminal who has issued blackmail threats to damage our food supply. The council has absolute confidence in the safety of the New Zealand food supply.

This is an attack on Brand New Zealand.  Our country has a reputation for producing safe, high-quality food products which are in demand around the world, and this coward’s letter doesn’t change that at all.

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Move more, eat smarter key to obesity battle says expert

Move more and eat smarter – that was the message on fighting obesity from a top US weight management expert, Professor Jim Hill, who spoke at an FGC event in Wellington.

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Kiwis don't want sugar tax, says survey

A majority of Kiwis do not want further government regulation of food or drinks, including a tax on sugar, a survey by Southern Cross Health Society has found. The survey, of 2000 people, showed that just 27% agreed there should be further government regulation of food and just 34% for more regulation of drinks.

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Grocery Charity Ball raises $252,000 for Camp Quality

The 2014 Grocery Charity Ball raised $252,000 for Camp Quality New Zealand, organisers have announced. Camp Quality is a voluntary organisation dedicated to bringing fun, hope and happiness to children aged 5-16 years living with cancer. 

The 2015 ball will be on Saturday 29 August at the Langham in Auckland. The trustees have picked Autism NZ as the beneficiary. Money raised will go to an Autism Resource Centre where sufferers can access clinical diagnostic services and associated therapies.

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And a very Merry Christmas, everyone!

Merry Christmas, everyone! This year we’ve got our own FGC Christmas video for those in the Christmas grocery spirit! Click here and hit the play button.

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FGC commends DB’s rollout of HPA alcohol moderation campaign

DB Breweries’ rollout of the Health Promotion Agency’s latest alcohol moderation campaign is to be commended, says the Food & Grocery Council. Chief Executive Katherine Rich says the HPA campaign is very clever and engaging.

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The fat lie exposed


The Food & Grocery Council has long acknowledged that obesity is an increasing problem. The issue is what we do about it.

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Inactivity, not calorie consumption, behind rising obesity in the UK


The rise in obesity amongst the UK population has been primarily caused by a decline in physical activity, according to new research by the Institute of Economic Affairs in London.

Using government figures, this study debunks the popular belief that the rise in obesity in recent decades is the result of increased calorie consumption in general, and sugar in particular.

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MBIE to invest in 'functional foods' research


The Ministry of Business, Innovation and Employment is to invest in up to three contracts to the maximum value of $400,000 each over two years to facilitate joint research collaborations between New Zealand and Japan on the topic of “functional foods”.

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Katherine Rich: A matter of balance


Over the past few weeks our sector has been in the spotlight and has had more media attention than many within our membership can recall.

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FGC statement on retrospective payments


“We’re aware of a number of incidents where our member companies have been asked for retrospective payments.

"We have raised our general concerns about this practice with the supermarket chain involved.

"This is a serious issue that is new to the New Zealand grocery sector and we view it as an unwelcome development. We have asked members to report further occurrences.”

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Tissue products investment vote of confidence for Kiwi-made

Press Release 30/01/2014

SCA Hygiene Australasia’s $60 million expansion of its toilet and towel tissue manufacturing site in Kawerau is a welcome vote of confidence in the local and national economy, says the Food & Grocery Council.

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Store culture matters, says FGC


FGC has put supermarket owners, managers, and buyers on notice following some disturbing reports of in-store behaviour towards suppliers, says CEO Katherine Rich.

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Anti-GM paper's retraction 'major blow to opponents'


pc1The retraction last week by the journal Food and Chemical Toxicology of the widely criticised anti-GM research paper commonly referred to as “the Seralini paper” no doubt left many in the science community and food industry around the world rightly asking “what took you so long?” says CEO Katherine Rich.

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Julian Baggini: Coke or milk?

jb3FGC has commissioned world-renowned philosopher and author Julian Baggini to give his unique perspective on current discussions within the food industry. In this article, he discusses a topic that is regularly raised – should healthier food automatically be cheaper.


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Reputable grocery stores not involved in sulphite findings

Press release 25/09/2013

Fresh meat sold by the mainstream grocery sector is not involved in positive tests for added sulphites, as indicated in a news report, says Food & Grocery Council Chief Executive Katherine Rich.

Last night, TV One ran a lead news item that ‘food safety experts are testing fresh meat sold in supermarkets and butcheries for a banned food preservative’ in contravention of the requirements of the Australia/New Zealand Food Code.

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FGC welcomes Bell Tea sale

Press Release 13/09/2013

bt2The NZ Food & Grocery Council welcomes the news of the sale of Bell Tea and Coffee Company and is delighted it will remain in local hands. Founded in 1898, Bell Tea is a New Zealand company that most Kiwis have grown up with.

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Food & grocery industry honours two stalwarts

Press Release 2/09/2013

The food & grocery industry honoured two of its stalwarts at the weekend. Maurice Gunnell and Don Graham, both 36-year veterans of the industry, were presented with Lifetime Achiever Awards by Prime Minister John Key at the 2013 Grocery Charity Ball in Auckland on Saturday.

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Good on ya, Coke


coThe latest suite of initiatives by Coca-Cola to help tackle obesity in New Zealand should be widely applauded, says Food & Grocery Council CEO Katherine Rich.

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Reports on preschooler TV advertising an exaggeration


sb2Reports that 60 per cent of Kiwi parents of preschoolers are concerned at the amount of TV advertising targeting their children grossly exaggerate the findings of the actual study, says Food & Grocery Council CEO Katherine Rich.

"The results of this University of Otago research study of a small survey of 80 families from Dunedin can hardly be extrapolated to suggest that all New Zealand parents of more than 300,000 children under the age of 5 think exactly the same way."

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FGC member’s complaint over olive oil TV programme upheld

wa2Food & Grocery Council member William Aitken & Co, importers of Lupi Olive Oil, has had a complaint to the Broadcasting Standards Authority (BSA) upheld.

The complaint concerned an item aired by TVNZ’s Fair Go programme, in which Lupi was subjected to tests by a sensory panel which the programme claimed was accredited by the International Olive Council (IOC).

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FGC welcomes health and safety report

flPress Release 1/05/2013

The NZ Food and Grocery Council welcomes the report of the Independent Taskforce on Workplace Health and Safety. Chief Executive Katherine Rich says the report makes some timely recommendations about how New Zealand can improve its workplace safety record.

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Health claims decision good for consumers, export manufacturers


The Government’s decision to broaden the way nutrition content and health claims are made on food products will provide a big boost for consumers and export manufacturers, says Food and Grocery Council CEO Katherine Rich.

The decision was announced today by Food Safety Minister Nikki Kaye. See details on the Beehive website here.

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Katherine Rich: The good oil


Imagine that a European country bans New Zealand lamb because of a dodgy shipment attributed to something that a couple of cowboy sheep farmers did. We would be outraged, and rightly so. Blaming a whole country and threatening to blacklist a vital industry and the thousands of farmers who rely on it for their livelihood all because of the failure of a few would be unjust, to say the least.

But that’s what’s happening over palm oil for the small run-holders in countries such as Indonesia and Malaysia, which account for 85% of the world’s production.

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Health claims decision good for consumers, exporters


A decision to regulate the way nutrition content and health claims are made on food products will provide a big boost for both consumers and export manufacturers, says Food and Grocery Council CEO Katherine Rich says.

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Recruitment: Who have you got on your books?

hmWho have you got on your books?” This usually means, “just take a quick look without any real commitment” – and a few of our competitors have been asked to go and do the same. Often there is no real brief given; sometimes a quick 10 minutes on the phone and hiring managers think this is the best approach to ‘cover the market’.

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Denmark ditches fat tax as well as plans for tax on sugar


Denmark has scrapped its controversial fat tax just one year after its implementation, after finding that its negative effect on the economy and the strain it has put on small businesses far outweigh the health benefits, the Wall Street Journal (WSJ) reports.

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Danish Government may scrap 'Fat Tax'

25 /9/2012

The Danish Government is considering scrapping its controversial ‘fat tax’ – the world’s first such tax – because it is not working, according to two authoritative websites.

Global Tax News ( reports that “empirical evidence shows that [the tax's] negative effects outweigh the benefits for the Danish Treasury”.

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Ron Vela presented with Lifetime Achiever Award


Grocery sector titan Ron Vela has been presented with the NZ Food & Grocery Council’s 2012 Lifetime Achiever Award for his outstanding contribution to the food industry.

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IOC confirms (again) that NZ olive oil testing not official

16 August 2012

TVNZ’s Fair Go programme aired (on May 16) a story on olive oil, where it tested a range of locally sourced samples. Despite being informed by FGC before the programme went to air that the chemical-testing laboratory and the sensory panel were not accredited or recognised by the International Olive Council (IOC), Fair Go broadcast the statement that,  “The sensory panel here in New Zealand is IOC accredited”.

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Aussie kids consume low levels of food colours

August 2012

Food Standards Australia New Zealand (FSANZ) has released a report which confirms that Australian children are consuming low levels of food colours.

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Recruitment: a two-way street

fhsIt’s a jungle out there. We insulate ourselves in the safety of our car and battle on the roads fighting traffic, people like us trying to get ahead. We charge around the grocery store, the trolley our chariot, as we simultaneously engage on the mobile phone. We multi-task to combat a shortage of our time, doing more with less. Faster, tougher.

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