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4 February 2020

Future Food Now: Asia-Pacific

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Author: Michal KlarImage Credit: Right Treat and Impossible Foods Omnipork and Impossible Foods in mainland China Global and regional plant-based brands have been expanding to new markets in Asia-Pacific for past few years, but almost no...

18 December 2019

Hooray for Sri Artham’s Plant-Based Bacon!

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When Sri Artham began experimenting with crafting bacon by mixing plant ingredients in his San Francisco kitchen in last February, he didn’t expect to become a pioneer in the plant-based pork business in just a matter of months. He was...

5 November 2019

Eat Kind Awards

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Gorilla Kitchen, Plant Blazed and Grater Goods take out annual Eat Kind Awards Animal rights organisation SAFE is celebrating World Vegan Day by recognising three of New Zealand’s best vegan eateries. SAFE’s annual EAT Kind Awards re...

26 July 2019

Speaker Profile: Andrew Watene

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Andrew Watene – A Maori perspective on Alternative Proteins, Agriculture and Innovation. As an associate director within performance consulting for KPMG he recently returned to New Zealand to join KPMG with over two decades experience in...

26 July 2019

The Year of the Rise of Fresh Produce

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TREND REPORT 2019: United Fresh (www.unitedfresh.co.nz) has over 27 years’ experience supporting and promoting the New Zealand fresh produce industry, working with the entire value chain, from seed producer and grower to consumer, provid...

26 July 2019

The Green Revolution needs more colours

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If you think there are a lot of products in the average grocery story, think again. It’s an illusion. We may have in the back of our minds that all the detergents, dish liquids, cleaners, shampoos come from just a handful of multi-nati...

24 July 2019

Speaker Profile: Daniel Eb

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In 2018 Daniel founded Dirt Road Comms to help inspire transformation of the rural New Zealand story in the digital age. The agency is a fusion of his consumer brand-building professional background and rural Northland experience. He foc...

22 July 2019

Speaker Profile: Thomas King

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Thomas King – Re-imagining meat: Australia and New Zealand’s next food frontier. Sausages made from plants, chicken grown from cells – alternatives to conventional meat are rising rapidly. The opportunity to meet global protein dem...

22 July 2019

Salmon set to surpass dairy, save the planet

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In this week’s business podcast, we look at New Zealand’s biggest salmon farmer, who has an audacious project to make aquaculture bigger than dairy. Think huge underwater salmon paddocks under the Cook Strait, and an industry with an e...

22 July 2019

Let’s save the planet

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We can. We just need to fully legalise hemp. Here’s the thing, hemp is a sustainable green gold that can feed us, clothe us, shelter us, heal us and more. Wild caught salmon is not as good, in fact… Hemp massively outperforms wild salm...

18 July 2019

Speaker Profile: Lee-Ann Marsh

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Win-win outcomes for people + planet: How the red meat sector is transforming to meet market needs. Transparency, safety, high quality nutrition, sustainable farming systems and ethical supply chains. The global market is shifting and pr...

10 July 2019

Speaker Profile: Aimee Charteris

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Smart Natural Food Systems – It can be done! Significant opportunities exist for food producers to develop smart natural food systems that produce the most delicious and nutritious natural produce that focus on the well-being of “all...

2 July 2019

Speaker Profile: Alison Dewes

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Alison is a fifth generation farmer, veterinarian and ecologist. Her experience spans Dairying in NZ and Australia, production animal medicine, business development. She previously worked for Nestle Australia in Business Development & Qu...

2 July 2019

Rod Oram: Ireland goes where NZ fears to tread

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For decades, Irish farmers, scientists and politicians have flocked to New Zealand to learn how we farm so well. They saw us as global leaders. No longer. On Monday Irish farmers featured prominently in their country’s launch of its re...

19 June 2019

Speaker Profile: Shaun Hendy

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Shaun Hendy, Director of Toha NZ, will be presenting on Science, but not as we know it! “For the last century, science has been dominated by government with very little role for the public or communities in selecting, funding or particip...

12 June 2019

Speaker Profile: Bennie Hendricks

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Bennie is the Executive General Manager of Life Health Foods, and will be presenting at ProteinTECH 2019! Bennie will share insights on what is motivating New Zealand consumers to choose more plant based foods, drawn from new local resea...

5 June 2019

Speaker Profile: Hazel MacTavish-West

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From bleeding to nut-based “fake meats”, from “mylks” to mycelia: the plant-based protein market is rapidly evolving, and predicted to be worth USD$5.2bn by 2020 (an 8.4% growth from 2015). Europe will represent 39% of that meat ...

28 May 2019

Impossible Foods raises another $300 million

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Impossible Foods said Monday it has raised $300 million in its latest funding round. The company’s announcement follows the initial public offering of Beyond Meat. Its rival’s stock has surged 173% since its debut May 2. Impossible F...

22 May 2019

ProteinTECH Speaker Profile: Nick Pyke

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Nick Pyke is a Director at AgInnovate – a consultancy service provider for agricultural businesses. Their focus is onsupporting innovation through high quality applied research designed and undertaken to ensure the outcomes from research...

22 May 2019

BurgerFuel launches plant-based beef burger

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BurgerFuel enters an exciting new frontier this week with the launch of their plant-based beef burger – the Beyond Beleaf. Utilising the next generation of meat-free protein alternatives, this 100% vegan cheeseburger containing a meat-...

14 May 2019

Burger King trialling new plant-based Whopper

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Burger King is trialling a new plant-based burger made from ingredients including soy protein, coconut oil and potato protein. The Impossible Whopper is being trialled in US city St Louis and customers have had their first taste of the b...

9 May 2019

New Zealand faces up to its plastic problem

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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 g...

1 May 2019

Farming in the Age of Disrupted Food

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Alternative proteins, plant-based diets, climate change, evolving animal ethics. Welcome to the disrupted food system. As Kiwi food producers, now is the time to ask hard questions about how we got here and where we go next. Let’s star...

1 May 2019

Opening the farm gates

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Metaphorically speaking, dairy farmers have closed their farm gates in recent times for fear of criticism, but this now needs to change, says Federated Farmers dairy vice-chairman Wayne Langford. “The farm gates need to be opened again s...

1 May 2019

Farmers must fight back now

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Farmers need to engage emotionally with their sector’s environmental critics, highlighting their links to the land, Fairlie Basin farmer Mark Adams told Beef + Lamb’s annual meeting in Timaru. “We can come across as entitled and de...

23 April 2019

Honour the Microbes and don’t Kick the Cow

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Why is it that one carrot just tastes ho-hum and another carrot seems to explode with flavour in your mouth? What’s going on? Aren’t they both just carrots? In short, your ‘wow’ response to the flavourful carrot is your body’s ...

2 April 2019

Guy Salmon: Confirmed for ProteinTECH 2019

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Climate change is a rising concern for our planet, come listen to Guy Salmon who is a confirmed speaker at ProteinTech 2019. See below for what he plans to talk about at the event: Guy is the executive director of Ecologic, a small think...

2 April 2019

Alternative proteins research published

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Beef + Lamb NZ commissioned the study to better understand the shifts in food, food production technology and consumer trends and distinguish the hype from reality. The report shows alternative proteins are likely to become a major compe...

27 March 2019

Rod Oram: MC for ProteinTECH 2019

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The global food system will change radically over the next few decades. Its goal is to deliver more and healthier food while contributing to the revitalisation of the ecosystem. Quite simply, the issues are healthy food and healthy plane...

27 March 2019

Focusing on the need for farming change

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The first woman to stand for director of the UN Food and Agriculture Organisation (FAO) says she wants to transform how richer countries farm animals, though she kept clear of suggesting any decrease in the global herd, writes Eloise Gi...

17 March 2019

Is the future of meat animal-free?

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Advances in cell culture research are moving the commercialization of clean meat closer to reality, potentially yielding significant benefits in the areas of food safety, food security, and sustainability. What is clean meat? And why is ...

6 March 2019

Alternative protein reports published

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The Ministry for Primary Industries (MPI) and Plant & Food Research have released their joint report: The evolution of plant protein – assessing consumer response. The report was commissioned to assess consumer responses to protein and...

5 March 2019

Impossible Foods launching in Singapore

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Foodies in Singapore will soon have more veggie options to look forward to with the launch of Impossible Foods’ plant-based meat in March. Following an earlier launch in Hong Kong, the United States start-up late February announced the ...

4 July 2018

Plant protein food developments accelerating

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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 ...

22 June 2018

Science key to plant protein success

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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 c...

29 May 2018

Food technology and money speeding up change

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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...

12 February 2018

New ProteinTECH conference is on the money

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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...

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24 July 2018
Auckland, NEW ZEALAND

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