Government’s food and fibre reset lacks a core – Keith Woodford:
The Government’s new food and fibre reset document is PR aspirational fluff. The hard work remains to be done
On July 7 Prime Minister Jacinda Ardern released the Government’s document “Fit for a Better World – Accelerating our Economic Potential”. The associated press release from the Beehive says that it provides a 10-year roadmap for the food and fibre industries’.
At the same function where this report was released, Agriculture Minister Damien O’Connor released a companion document from his Primary Sector Council of chosen industry leaders. That document is also titled “Fit for a Better World” but lacks the title extension about ‘accelerating our economic potential’. This second document is indeed a different document, singing from the same song-sheet, but with considerably different material. Very confusing indeed!
My focus here is on the Government’s version of the report because this is the one that has been signed off by Cabinet. Minsters in attendance at the release also included Stuart Nash and Shane Jones. . .
Concerns for shearing as overseas workers can’t get in – Susan Murray:
New Zealand’s traditional shearing routines could be thrown into disarray this summer if overseas shearers can’t get into the country.
The New Zealand Shearing Contractors Association said, nationally, at least two million sheep are shorn by international shearers.
The vice president, Carolyn Clegg, said farmers may have to re-design their shearing plans to avoid animal welfare issues, and it could have business implications too.
She said some lambs may not get shorn, or ewes may just get crutched, rather than fully shorn.
Taste Pure Nature one year on – Allan Barber:
A little over a year since the launch of the Taste Pure Nature country of origin brand in California, Beef + Lamb’s GM Market Development, Nick Beeby, is thrilled with the evolution of the programme. At the start a small number of meat exporters were supportive of what Beeby concedes was initially seen as a B+LNZ initiative, but 15 months later success in targeting specific consumer groups and expansion of the scheme into China have brought increased industry commitment. TPN is now viewed positively as a sector-led strategy and the meat exporters have injected huge momentum and drive in support.
Original participants included Lamb Company shareholders, Alliance, ANZCO and Silver Fern Farms, and Atkins Ranch and First Light, two exporters which stood to benefit from the tightly targeted digital strategy directed at the Conscious Foodie consumer segment in California. The initial strategy was to raise awareness and increase the preference for New Zealand grass fed, naturally raised and anti-biotic free red meat, and importantly to point consumers to where they can buy it. These strategic objectives remain the same. . .
Craggy Range Winery staff celebrate being among World’s Best Vineyards – Shannon Johnstone:
Craggy Range Winery staff celebrated with, well, a glass of lunchtime wine, as they found they were sitting at number 17 among the World’s Best Vineyards.
This year, the winery placed among some of the world’s most respected wineries such as France’s Mouton Rothschild & Château Margaux, Italy’s Antinori, the United States Opus One and Australia’s Penfold.
It is one of two New Zealand wineries to make the list alongside Rippon in Central Otago.
Craggy Range director Mary-Jeanne Peabody said they were “thrilled” to have been recognised. Last year they placed 11th. . .
HoneyLab does licensing deal with US company:– Andrew McRae:
Health product company HoneyLab is to sell seven of its products in North America through a licensing agreement with American company Taro Pharmaceuticals USA Inc.
The agreement covers the sale of its kanuka honey products for the treatment of cold-sores, rosacea and acne, a bee venom-based cosmetic range and a product for joint and muscle pain.
Taro will be able to make and sell these licenced products in the US, Canada and Israel and they will be on shelves in stores sometime in 2021. . .
ASB is pleased to announce that Ben Speedy has been appointed to the bank’s leadership team in the role of general manager, Rural.
Speedy joins ASB from his previous role as New Zealand Country Manager for Core Logic International.
Speedy grew up on a farm and started his career with BNZ after graduating from Massey University with a Bachelor of Applied Science in Farm Management and Rural Valuation, and Post-Graduate Diploma in Business Administration (Marketing).
As an Agribusiness Graduate he worked his way up to become Senior Agribusiness Manager in Hawke’s Bay. . .