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THE FOOD BOWL PARTNERS WITH TECH FUTURES LAB

 

Advancements in food technology are being brought to a wider audience through a recent partnership between Tech Futures Lab and The FoodBowl.

Tech Futures Lab and The FoodBowl have partnered up to provide access to practical knowledge and expertise on food technology and innovation through the Master of Applied Practice – Technological Futures. This new partnership complements the recent partnership between Tech Futures Lab and Lincoln Hub to provide an optional agritech focus to candidates enrolled in the November 2017 intake of the programme. Candidates will gain access to a diverse network of industry leaders and first-hand experience in the future of the food and beverage industry.

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SOFT PLASTICS NOW IN COUNTDOWN SOUTH ISLAND STORES

From this month, customers across the South Island can now recycle their soft plastics while they pop in for their weekly shop at any Countdown supermarket. All 38 Countdown stores from Blenheim to Invercargill have joined the Soft Plastic Recycling Programme, including Nelson which launched today, with the rest of the South Island launching in the coming weeks.

The programme is a consumer recycling initiative that enables customers to recycle a range of soft plastic packaging such as empty bread and frozen food bags and plastic shopping bags which have previously gone to landfill.

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NEW WORLD ASKS NZ TO VOTE ON PLASTIC BAGS

New World supermarkets are giving customers the opportunity to vote on whether to keep plastic bags free or bring in a five or 10 cent charge for each plastic bag they use at the checkout – in a concerted effort to reduce pollution.

If customers vote to pay for bags, New World will donate the proceeds from the bag charge to a variety of community and environmental causes including SEACLEANERS, who work to remove rubbish from waterways around New Zealand.

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FRENZ SUPPORTS AN END TO 'WILD WEST' FREE RANGE

FRENZ, New Zealand’s free-range pioneers, are supporting political calls to end ‘wild west’ free range food labelling, but warn any new policies may fail to protect consumer expectations. Today when Kiwi customers stand in the supermarkets before a plethora of free-range brands, they have no assurance that the humble hens that laid those eggs ever see the light of day, let alone freely roam green pastures.

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KIWI'S CHOLESTEROL LEVELS SET TO BENEFIT FROM NEW FOOD INNOVATION

A new innovation to a breakfast food first introduced almost 90 years ago will see the country’s most popular cereal brand introduce a new product containing plant sterols which are clinically proven to reduce LDL (or bad) cholesterol by up to nine per cent in four weeks.

Sanitarium has launched a NZ-first extension to its iconic Weet-Bix, Weet-Bix Cholesterol Lowering, following a clinical study which showed a significant improvement in the cholesterol levels of adults who consumed it.

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