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Newshub taste tests new Burger Fuel Beyond Beleaf burger

After months of trialling different products, Burger Fuel thinks they’ve nailed it. The burger chain has launched their new Beyond Beleaf burger, containing one of the Beyond vegan patties which by all accounts looks, tastes, and smells like its meaty alternative. For $10, the Beyond Beleaf burger contains the vegan party, vegan provolone cheese, vegan aioli, salad and relish on …

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Fonterra’s Eltham expansion rolls out first batch of cheese

The expansion of Fonterra’s Eltham site has reached a key milestone, with the first individually wrapped slices of cheese now coming off its new production line destined for supermarket shelves around the globe.  The new line is part of a $32 million project to bolster the site’s cheese capability, doubling the amount of the world-renowned sliced cheese that can be …

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Zero Carbon Bill: Five businesses on the road to a greener future

It’s been a big month for environmental news. Earlier in May, the UN revealed the most comprehensive health update of our planet to date. The results were painful, yet unsurprising – one million species are at risk of extinction, the biomass of wild mammals has fallen by 82 percent and land degradation has starved the productivity of 23 percent of global …

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Auckland’s soft plastics to be made into fence posts

Aucklanders will once again be able to recycle their soft plastics with new onshore processors giving bags and wrappers second lives as farming and gardening products. The Soft Plastic Recycling Scheme, run by the Packaging Forum, has set up recycling bins at 37 locations at selected Countdown, The Warehouse, and Huckleberry stores across Auckland. The scheme was suspended in December …

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New Zealand faces up to its plastic problem

Tonnes upon tonnes of plastic waste with nowhere to go — there’s no easy solution, but for one group of Kiwi businesses, simply doing nothing was not an option. Until earlier this year, even the most diligent recyclers may not have given much thought to what happens to that plastic bottle after it’s been deposited in the correct bin and …

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Food for thought at New Zealand AgriFood Week

The future of New Zealand’s food story was shaped this month as thousands walked through the gates of this year’s New Zealand AgriFood week, in association with ASB. ‘Food for Who?’ is the theme of this year’s event which runs from 11-16 March in Palmerston North, and is delivered by the Central Economic Development Agency (CEDA). ASB as the main …

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Meat that’s not meat: the impact of alternative proteins

Red meat consumption in New Zealand has fallen 57 percent in the last decade and companies like Air New Zealand have started offering meat free burger patties. But Plant and Food Research scientist Dr Jocelyn Eason told RNZ’s Sunday Morning that did not mean New Zealanders wanted to replace meat with lab-grown meat. She said consumers were increasingly becoming “flexitarian” …

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Plant protein food developments accelerating

A new food technology conference in Auckland is focused on potential threats and opportunities from rapidly developing alternative proteins. The speed of change for other protein sources for food products is vital intelligence for local producers. Science leaders say changing consumer trends offer a huge commercial opportunity for our farmers. “New Zealand farmers have faced challenges from the removal of …

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Food battle brewing, but not on supermarket shelves

Since the year started, almost every week so far, we’ve seen media coverage announcing yet another new protein-based food product hitting supermarket shelves. While the stories are hyped by media portrayal of backlash from farming groups, it masks the reality of what is actually happening in consumer food markets. While it is not visible to most of today’s food shoppers, …

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Science key to plant protein success

An upcoming food technology conference in Auckland on alternative proteins for food production will debate whether it’s a market challenge or a massive new opportunity for local producers. Science leaders here say the changing global consumer trends bring a huge commercial opportunity for New Zealand agriculture. “New Zealand has strength in protein isolation and manufacturing technologies developed through our dairy …

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Plant proteins and food exports: More depth to industry than meets the eye

TV news and social media highlight Impossible Burgers going global, and Vivera plant-based steaks are flying off Tesco’s shelves in Britain. True to form they have focused the public’s attention on threats to our agriculture exports. The issue is also being highlighted, in much more technical depth, in a national industry conference – ProteinTECH – running on 24 July in …

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Food technology and money speeding up change

An upcoming conference in Auckland on alternative proteins offering consumers new food choices will include a debate on whether new plant-based proteins will disrupt traditional meat producers’ markets or simply bring more cheaper food choices to the masses. Last week in Britain, ahead of expectations, Tesco and Dutch-based plant food company Vivera jointly announced the immediate stocking of 100% plant-based …

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100% plant-based steaks set to hit supermarket shelves

Breakthrough: Dutch company brings first plant-based steak to Tesco supermarkets Dutch food manufacturer, Vivera has just announced, as the first company in the world, it will bring a 100% plant-based steak to market. Vivera has already started production and expects to produce several million pieces in 2018. With current production of over 1 million meat replacements a week, they are …

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Plant-based proteins growing faster than predicted

What do Millennials prefer on their plate? Will they eat … less meat … or meat-less meat? Meat-less meat here in New Zealand and in key export markets … What’s the trend? The speed of technology change in alternative proteins for food is now attracting increasingly positive comments from high profile leaders across the agriculture and food export sectors. A …

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Serious potential for food production changes with protein technology

The speed of technology change in alternative proteins for food is now attracting increasingly positive comments from high profile leaders across the agriculture and food export sectors. A national conference in Auckland in July is set to bring new information for sector leaders. In this burgeoning field of food technology disruption price points are changing fast. These changes bring opportunities …

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New ProteinTECH conference is on the money

The new conference, ProteinTECH 2018, is planned for July 2018, and it couldn’t have come at a better time.   Synthetic meats and alternative protein sources are a hot topic around the globe currently, and the Innovatek team plan to open up discussions about the impact this will have on the New Zealand food and agribusiness sectors.   Federated Farmers …