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HortNZ leads in­dus­try wide is­sues for in­dus­try good

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prize went to Al­madale Pro­duce of Feild­ing for their pota­toes. Another Feild­ing mar­ket reg­u­lar, Lan­caster Cit­rus, won the ‘best food pro­ducer from the kitchen bench’ award. More con­grat­u­la­tions go to the Mor­ris' fam­ily at Heatherdale Or­chard in Rich­mond who col­lected the ‘dirt on and off the roots’ prize with what the judges called “the per­fect showcase of pro­duce”. Kandu Or­gan­ics, from the Tau­ranga Mar­ket, won the ‘or­gan­i­cally pro­duced’ prize.

And the highly sought after ‘ugly is tasty’ award went to Auck­land tomato grow­ers, Cu­ri­ous Crop­pers. Hort NZ con­grat­u­lates all the award win­ners, thanks for be­ing great am­bas­sadors for high qual­ity lo­cal pro­duce.

RE­SOURCE MAN­AGE­MENT

Hast­ings Dis­trict Coun­cil – Hort NZ has made a sub­mis­sion to the Hast­ings Dis­trict Coun­cil op­pos­ing a sub­mis­sion from Count­down (Pro­gres­sive En­ter­prises) to make a change to the dis­trict plan which would al­low su­per­mar­kets to be built on land zoned Ru­ral or Plains Pro­duc­tion land. The Hawke's Bay Fruit­grow­ers As­so­ci­a­tion made a sim­i­lar sub­mis­sion. Hort NZ's nat­u­ral re­sources and en­vi­ron­ment man­ager Chris Keenan says Hort NZ's sub­mis­sion echoes com­ments made by lo­cal grow­ers very con­cerned any new de­vel­op­ment would be built out­side of Hast­ings on cur­rent pro­duc­tion land that is highly valu­able, scarce and un­suited to com­mer­cial con­ver­sion.

PEO­PLE

2014 Hort NZ Lead­er­ship Pro­gramme – The 13 emerg­ing in­dus­try lead­ers who will par­tic­i­pate in this year's Hort NZ lead­er­ship pro­gramme are:

Jonathan Sut­ton –

TRADE

Asia is the fastest grow­ing food mar­ket in the world and a new re­port shows New Zealand's over­all food and bev­er­age ex­port per­for­mance to Asia is thriv­ing. ‘What does Asia Want for Din­ner? Emerg­ing Mar­ket Op­por­tu­ni­ties for New Zealand Food & Bev­er­ages in East & South East Asia' is the lat­est in the Food and Bev­er­age In­for­ma­tion Project se­ries.

This com­pre­hen­sive re­port is de­signed to help your or­gan­i­sa­tion iden­tify high value, high growth po­ten­tial op­por­tu­ni­ties in fast grow­ing Asian mar­kets. It pro­vides an in depth anal­y­sis of what Asian con­sumers want, paired with what the New Zealand food and bev­er­age in­dus­try pro­duces or could pro­duce.

The re­port looks beyond New Zealand's core ex­port cat­e­gories and finds there is strong de­mand for in­fant for­mula, dairy nutri­tion­als and in­no­va­tive foods, chilled sal­mon, honey, choco­late, sparkling wine, beer, av­o­ca­dos, al­co­holic spir­its, cher­ries and more. Find the re­port on the Min­istry for Business In­no­va­tion and Em­ploy­ment (MBIE) web­site: www.med.govt.nz.

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