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FT-Nov16 7 NEWS SNIPS Food Safety Minister Jo Goodhew says the Agricultural Compounds and Veterinary Medicines Amendment Bill will allow more innovative agricultural products to be brought to New Zealand New Zealand’s seafood industry continues to take steps to reduce its impact on the marine environment and has alleviated pressures, a government report says Many market stallholders may close down because of the cost of meeting new food safety regulations, says New Zealand First New Otago University research has revealed that 87% of New Zealanders are keen to take their restaurant leftovers home… following a Kapiti restaurant’s decision to ban them Auckland-based Titanium Park Development Ltd is selling a highly strategic 98.4ha dairy farm adjacent to Hamilton Airport at Ohaupo. N E W S CO-OPERATIVE RESEARCHERS GET REWARD DEMONISATION OF SUGAR – THAISTYLE: A series of shocking images by Thai anti-diabetes campaigners has evoked a strong reaction, with the attention-grabbing series of advertisements dubbed ‘Sweet Kills’ showing the consequences of excessive sugar consumption. The posters, showing limbs with gaping wounds running with confectionery, are expected to assist the Thai government in its battle with the disease, which is endemic in 9.6% of the population. Nutrition thinktank New Nutrition’s Julian Mellentin says the campaign is exceptional because it establishes a direct link between sugar intake and gangrene, one of the most horrific consequences of diabetes. “(The campaign designer has) created a compact and compelling visual formula showing the cause and effect of diabetes – one that is sure to make people think twice before they pick up another piece of candy.” NETHERLANDS ROYALS ADD FLAVOUR TO EVENT: A future of food forum held in Auckland earlier this month had a right royal flavour to it with the presence of King Willem-Alexander and Queen Maxima of the Netherlands. The event, run by the Embassy of the Netherlands with the assistance of Massey University and FoodHQ, looked at the many parallels between New Zealand and the Netherlands in areas such as agri-food, horticulture and trade, and discussed creating momentum for exploring new opportunities in sustainable food commerce in key global markets. Massey University director of agrifood business Professor Claire Massey says both countries have the same ambitions… to realise greater value from our primary production sectors. “We have encountered many similar problems as we have sought to accomplish this,” she says. “The visit from this high-level business delegation has provided a fantastic opportunity to hear some of the most innovative stories around food in both countries." Fonterra’s research and development team has received an innovation award for its work in milk lipids and supporting the nutritional value of maternal and paediatric nutritional products. The team received the Innovation in Food and Beverage award at the recent New Zealand Innovation Awards, which recognise top innovators in New Zealand business. Fonterra director group research and development Dr Mark Malone says the success is due to the hard work of a number of different teams who have worked together to achieve a fantastic result. “Our work on complex milk lipids, which are packed with many of the minor components found in breast milk, has been all about providing an alternative making it more similar to the composition of breast milk,” Malone says. “We have applied these findings to maternal and paediatric nutrition products to deliver more nutritional benefits that may help to support growth and cognitive development.” The work highlights Fonterra’s strength in research and development and its ability to make the goodness of dairy readily accessible to consumers, Malone says. It’s the fourth year in a row the co-operative has picked up an innovation award, including recognition for its milk fingerprinting technology in the excellence in research category last year. this year, we’ve received unprecedented interest. Avocados have just hit a nerve.” Nearly 800 avocado growers across Northland and the Bay of Plenty supply AVOCO, with 83% of fruit destined for Australia and 17% for Japan, Thailand, Singapore, India and Korea marketed under the AVANZA brand.

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