Category Archives: value-added food. processed food

Farming’s unfashionable, but there’s a simple fix to make it sexy


There are huge gains to be made in pastoral farming productivity if the average performers started doing what the top 25% do according to MAF in its Briefing to Incoming Ministers. That would increase exports by $3 billion a year, … Continue reading

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Gluckman tells Auckland to get cracking


In giving a push/shove as Auckland as an innovation or knowledge city, chief science advisor Sir Peter Gluckman reckons the country could expect area like industrial design and digital and media research to have a high presence. In his ‘Auckland … Continue reading

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Stalking horse comments on innovative Auckland – Gluckman


There’s a certain amount of stalking horse-ishness to Sir Peter Gluckman’s recent ‘Auckland conversation’ (formerly known as Mayoral Conversations; speakers of repute). As the chief science advisor, Gluckman’s past kite-flying thoughts on research and other matters have generally preceded government … Continue reading

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Report brings facts for the fluffy functional foods and nutraceuticals industries


You have to give Coriolis top marks for what it has come up with in its food report for the Ministry of Economic Development on ‘Nutraceuticals & Foods for Health’. This paper hovers between information and knowledge, with enough observations … Continue reading

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Time to read fine print of manuka research project specs


The puller-togetherer of the Manuka Research Partnership Ltd is reading the fine print of the Primary Growth Partnership contract with MAF. Neil Walker has no inside knowledge on whether the consortium’s biggest player, Comvita, will or won’t get taken over … Continue reading

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Honey deal not so sweet


Sometimes it takes somebody else to bring to light the reason you’re uncomfortable with something. In this case, Wellington’s Vantage Consulting Group director David Miller has unearthed the nub of the challenge underneath the proposed buy-out of manuka honey (and … Continue reading

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Chocolate gets social media attention


Anyone that fronts up and admits they’re still learning and don’t know everything, in this case about using social media in business, gets a sticK award for honesty. Which, ironically, is part of Whittaker’s Chocolates core values, and part of … Continue reading

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High level ‘innovation’ thinking receives scant attention


At last, some slightly solid thinking about the innovation part of our economy. Sir Peter Gluckman’s under-reported speech on the ‘Globalisation of science: New Zealand’s R&D direction’ is the first tentative indication of some higher level views on how we … Continue reading

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Agricultural commodity boom no good for branding


There is one downside from New Zealand agriculture and our economic future from the recent (and its appears ongoing) surge in primary products prices. It is delay, perhaps irretrievably, of consumer-centric changes required in the way we market, as opposed … Continue reading

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There’s money in manuka honey, and trial aims to greatly increase it


There’s plenty of research on why manuka honey’s so useful from a medical and human health point of view. Equally we understand bees pretty well. The missing part of the puzzle, ironically, particularly as it is a plant that’s indigenous … Continue reading

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