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