Fonterra joins forces with DSM to accelerate transition to methane free agriculture

NEW ZEALAND – New Zealand dairy co-operative Fonterra and Royal DSM, a global science-based company, have signed a collaboration agreement to accelerate the transition to lower methane agriculture. Methane is a major challenge for the agriculture sector, particularly in New Zealand, where it makes up almost half of the nation’s greenhouse gas emissions. Finding and applying solutions that would significantly contribute to achieving Paris Agreement commitments and New Zealand Zero-Carbon goals is thus a key priority for both companies. Use of Bovaer to cut methane emissions To this end, DSM…

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New Zealand, European Commission supports Rwanda’s agriculture sector with funding

Rwanda – The Government of New Zealand has joined in as the new partner of Farm to Market Alliance (FtMA), with its multi-year commitment of NZD 6.8 million (US$4.8m) to support smallholder farmers across Africa. As part of the contribution, Rwanda is set to receive NZD 4.2 million (US$3m) in the next three years to 2023, which will enable the organization scale up its support targeting 200,000 smallholder farmers in the country’s rural areas. FtMA is a unique alliance of six organizations with the mission to develop a sustainable and…

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Richard Wyeth appointed CEO of Yili-owned Westland Dairy Company

NEW ZEALAND – Richard Wyeth, the immediate former chief executive of Taupō-based milk processor Miraka, is the new CEO of Yili-owned Westland Dairy Company. Wyeth comes to Westland dairy with over 13 years of experience in the dairy industry, including holding a role as global sales manager for dairy product manufacturer Open Country Dairy. During his tenure, at Miraka, he was able to grow the organisation to over 140 employees, producing 240m UHT units and 35,000 tonnes of powdered milk per annum, with a turnover of more than US$250m. Wyeth…

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Dairyworks divests its ice cream brand portfolio to focus on its cheese business

NEW ZEALAND – Dairyworks, a subsidiary of Synlait Milk, has sold its Deep South ice cream brand and operations to New Zealand-based food company, Talley’s Group, effective 12 November 2020, as it looks trim its portfolio and focus on its core cheese business. The 42 years old Deep South brand was acquired by Dairyworks in 2016. Dairyworks was subsequently acquired by Synlait earlier this year, following an announcement in October. “The sale of Deep South enables Dairyworks to focus on our core business, explore new market opportunities and deliver strong…

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Danone’s Karicare brand becomes first milk formula brand in New Zealand to commit to carbon neutrality

NEW ZEALAND – European multinational food company, Danone has announced that its New Zealand milk formula brand, Karicare will achieve carbon neutrality at each stage of the product lifecycle by 2030. Karicare joins other Danone brands such as Horizon Organic, evian and Volvic, which have or will become carbon neutral as it seeks to become a zero-net carbon company by 2050. According to the company, Karicare’s journey to carbon neutrality is greatly aided by its production in New Zealand, a country well-known for its efforts to reduce greenhouse gas emissions,…

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Fonterra owned Anchor launches New Zealand’s first plant-based milk bottles

NEW ZEALAND – Anchor, a key brand owned by the international exporter Fonterra Co-operative Group, is set to launch New Zealand’s first plant-based milk bottles, Blue range, with a new 2 litre bottle made from sugarcane. According to Fonterra, this aligns with their commitment to have all packaging reusable, recyclable or compostable by 2025. The sugarcane is natural, renewable and sustainably sourced in Brazil, one of the largest growers of sugarcane. In addition, the plant captures carbon dioxide from the atmosphere as it grows, resulting in a bottle that has…

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PepsiCo targets to source 100% renewable electricity by 2040, New Zealand gets a new general manager

USA – PepsiCo Inc. has announced a new target to source 100% renewable electricity across all of its company owned and controlled operations globally by 2030 and across its entire franchise and third-party operations by 2040. With PepsiCo’s scale, the transition has the potential to reduce approximately 2.5 million metric tons of greenhouse gas (GHG) emissions by 2040, the equivalent of taking more than half a million cars off the road for a full year. This announcement builds upon the company’s global efforts to increase its use of renewable energy…

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Fonterra acquires dairy processing and manufacturing subsidiary of Retail Food Group Limited

NEW ZEALAND – Retail Food Group Limited (RFG), a cafe and restaurant franchise company, has sold its dairy processing and manufacturing subsidiary Dairy Country to New Zealand-owned Fonterra Brands (Australia). RFG executive chairman Peter George said in a statement the move is part of the company’s 18-month restructure and transformation program. The company is focusing on its core franchising and coffee businesses as well as applying a new franchise system across its eight brands. “Our focus must be on our franchisees. We are only as strong as our franchisees. This…

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Fishing firm Sanford New Zealand CEO Volker Kuntzsch resigns after seven years

NEW ZEALAND – Sanford, a fishing and processing firm, has announced that its CEO of New Zealand, Volker Kuntzsch, has resigned after seven years leading the company. Chairman Rob McLeod said Volker had made a transformational impact on Sanford. “Volker has helped transform Sanford into a progressive, values-based company with an outstanding commitment to environmental sustainability and to Sanford’s people. “On behalf of the Sanford team, we are grateful to Volker for his leadership and thank him for a seven-year contribution as our chief executive.” Over those last seven years,…

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Coffeehouse chain Starbucks to launch plant-based food and beverages to menus across Asia

ASIA – Starbucks Corporation, a multinational chain of coffeehouses and roastery reserves, has announced that it will add plant-based food and beverages to menus across Asia from September, including products from Impossible Foods, Oatly and Beyond Meat Inc, as it targets more environment-conscious diners. The Seattle-based coffee chain said it was introducing products in markets such as Hong Kong, Singapore, New Zealand, Taiwan and Thailand that suit local tastes and preferences. Producing plant-based food and beverages is less demanding on the environment compared with items relying on animal agriculture, which…

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