An increase in the average per litre value of bulk wine exports to the UK market has helped improve the overall performance of New Zealand’s wine exports, according to the latest data from New Zealand Winegrowers. With the per litre value of UK bulk exports up 24% so far this year, overall per litre values for NZ wine exports are the highest for two years at $8.24 for the March 2013 quarter.
Asahi-owned Independent Liquor has announced its purchase of The Mill liquor retail chain. The purchase price of the 35 store chain has not been disclosed, and the company says it intends to franchise the stores sometime in the future.
A cocktail of non-pathogenic bacteria naturally occurring in the digestive tract of healthy humans can protect against a potentially lethal E. coli infection in animal models, according to new research. The research, conducted by scientists at the University of Michigan Medical School in Ann Arbor, could have important implications for the prevention or even treatment of this disease.
AUSVEG, the body representing Australian vegetable growers, is backing a proposal by the Australian Green Party to modify food-labelling laws to clarify country of origin status for produce. The proposal has been introduced in a bill currently before the Federal Senate.
Horticulture New Zealand has announced its intention to investigate charges that Zespri has been double invoicing shipments to China to avoid paying excise to the Chinese government. The announcement follows revelations in New Zealand media that Zespri was aware that its double invoicing policy was of doubtful legality in China.
Here we go again, the finals of the latest New Zealand MasterChef approach, simultaneously promoting culinary skills and demeaning the term ‘master’, at least in the association with chefs. If the winner of this event is a master chef, then chefs are pussies and our restaurant trade is doomed.
Lewis Road Creamery has just upped the stakes in premium butter production with the launch of its latest product it calls the ‘Grand Cru’ of the butter world.
Queenstowners will have their first chance to see award-winning celebrity chef Simon Gault in action at a charity evening to be held at Jervois Steak House in the Sofitel Queenstown on Saturday June 1 2013. The award-winning chef, who is also a judge on TV1’s MasterChef show, has prepared a special seven-course degustation menu for the event with all proceeds from the night going to Cure Kids.
Seguin Moreau will be conducting two workshops as part of the 15th Australian Wine Industry Technical Conference at Sydney in July. The WineTech Workshop W02 “Premium Oak Selection — a new direction for the future”, conducted by Graeme Little and Dr Kerry Wilkinson on Saturday 13th July 9am-1pm.
Whatever the real cause, New Zealand meat shipments to China continue to be stalled at the wharf while bureaucrats wrangle over purported documentation issues. Opposition politicians in New Zealand are blaming poor administration by the Ministry of Primary Industries, while the Ministers responsible claim it is merely a glitch.
UK media have called the latest food decision by the EU as a ‘diktat’ by demanding olive oil is presented in sealed, tamper-proof packaging. But the decision has been greeted enthusiastically by Spanish and Italian restaurateurs and olive oil producers as an advance towards in cleaning up persistent fraud in the oil trade.
Archaeologists have made a discovery in southern subtropical China which could revolutionise thinking about how ancient humans lived in the region.