1) Government agencies: Country Freedom addition; Cruise ship fines start; Government and industry partners release report on biological emissions; WTO Notifications
2) New Zealand News: Pacific diplomatic footprint; Special Envoy for Commonwealth Trade Integration announced; New President and Vice-President elected to HortNZ board; National standard for organics; CPTPP trade deal will hugely benefit New Zealand growers; “India trade deal is a valuable prize”; Horticulture growth retains momentum; New housing is eating our lunch; Zespri looks at North America for kiwifruit orchards; Potato virus here to stay; Tasman District Council gives Waimea dam project final nod; Rain hurts South Canterbury potato production; No record volumes but good sized cherries this season; Tulip growers fined for illegal water takes; Samoa back on track with banana export to New Zealand
3) International news:GAIN reports; China-US Tariff Ceasefire a Hopeful Development for US Fruit Exporters; UK government to ration ferry space under no-deal Brexit; Copa and Cogeca make statement on Brexit process; "The basics of plant breeding must remain free for further use by all breeders"; Freshfel headlines; Imported fruit "loses status"; The first list of antidepressant foods; NASA technology to grow crops faster; Measuring the taste of a tomato with an iPhone
2) New Zealand News: Awards for best primary sector employers; Consumers to know country of origin for food; Horticulture congratulates New Zealand Government on CoOL law; Onion biosecurity plan; Torrential rain damages Teviot Valley fruit; Soaring international demand leads to strong investment in New Zealand orchards; Plastic bags to be phased out by the middle of 2019; Strawberry saga continues; New Zealand is unprepared for more frequent droughts; New biological control for kiwifruit disease; Border security authorities praised for keeping stink bug out of New Zealand and Australia
3) International news:GAIN reports; EU trademarks & IP rights will still apply in UK under Brexit Deal; OECD: “Trade tariffs and higher interest rates are slowing global economic growth”; European biocontrol industry proposes new EU regulatory framework; Bayer opens up glyphosate research; Bayer to cut 12,000 jobs; Romaine lettuce E. coli outbreak narrowed down to California; WMO Update: 75-80% chance of El Niño within next 3 months; Green and edible cling film; Blockchain will change the floral industry
1) Government agencies: ICPR update; New biosecurity fines to be introduced; Brexit trade planning underway; DAWR draft pest risk analysis for cut flower and foliage imports; Nutritional labelling to GCC; Working Tariff Document reprint
2) New Zealand News: Support to Pacific Horticultural and Market Access Plus programme; Have your say on a United Kingdom-New Zealand trade deal; Export NZ Trade Update; Blockchain system for exporters could speed trade up; Small business success is at the heart of a thriving Asia-Pacific region; A coalition of powerful business groups urges a complete overhaul of the resource management system; China's slump - is the dragon running out of fire?; Zespri takes top honours among stellar cast; What it takes to win the Ballance farm environment award; Increase in Pacific worker numbers good for horticulture; Central Otago frost - disaster avoided; Fears after peonies flattened by snow; CSM, Forestburg Eggplants; Can marijuana save this Maori town in New Zealand?; New Zealand blueberry growers expecting bumper sales; New Zealand police find record 190 kg of cocaine in banana container; Australia saves New Zealand from billion-dollar stink bug invasion
3) International news:GAIN reports; Rabobank: Global food price stability in 2019 threatened; Five large shipping companies want to create an association; Five large shipping companies want to create an association; Understanding Good Food Safety Culture; UK: Worker facial recognition feature launched for fruit and vegetable producers; US research: Robotic hands, sensitive enough to pick soft fruit; Orange juice, leafy greens & berries tied to decreased memory loss; "Onions help against antibiotic resistant bacterial, viral or fungal infections”
Government agencies: ICPR changes; Proposals to improve cost recovery in MPI's food system; WTO Notifications; Guides to doing business in Latin America.
New Zealand news: New High Commissioner to Australia New Zealand opens first embassy in Dublin; New Ambassador to Spain; Peters speech to Institute of International and European Affairs; Upgraded Singapore agreement; Substantial progress made on RCEP; Viet Nam seventh nation to ratify CPTPP; 'New Zealand could be forced to pick a side between US and China'; Improved relationship between MPI and US facility; An international rip-off or an innocent abroad; Yamaha puts $12 million into Robotics Plus; Strategic review readies NZ horticultural innovator to go global; Zespri kiwifruit harvest begins across globe; Happy medium needed in hops growth; Investment fund eyes Central Otago cherry option; BayWa reports higher turnover but lower EBIT; Seeka announces $50m rights offer to fund expansion; Asparagus grower branches into strawberries to shore up staff; Peony growers 'flat out' until Christmas; Seeka takes a win at Tauranga Business Awards 2018; Kiwifruit orchards being sold, Seeka selling $16 million worth of orchards; Further growth planned for Port of Tauranga; Australia: Biosecurity assurance for cut flower and foliage imports; Farm worker put needles in strawberries over workplace grievance; Trans-Tasman alliance to stamp out threats to national biosecurity.
International news:GAIN reports; British cabinet agrees on interim Brexit deal; Increasing cases of bacteria in IQF vegetables is restraining growth of the market; Resistant germs: Can raw food and lettuce be health risks?; Sustainable packaging in the floral industry; Eating green vegetables helps prevent fall injuries; UK firms makes new labels that track produce as it spoils; 9 Robots Invading primary Industry; EU accelerates digital transformation of European agri-food sector.
Government agencies: New Zealand a world leader in land management and climate change research; Inside stories food & beverage film; China Market Research; NZ-China trade: Trust is gold.
New Zealand news: New Zealand opens embassy in Stockholm; Trade deal fantastic for horticulture; Workers for NZ horticulture; Zespri makes $95 on share sales; Zespri seeks $70 million damages; Man in kiwifruit smuggling case named; Collaboration launched to create super-premium hops; 2018-2019 apple acreage forecast to be up 3 %; Joint agreement to protect onion industry; Hawke's Bay product Jazz voted UK's tastiest apple; Videos to support NZ flower week; Cannabis grower acquires 10,000 m2 hydroponic greenhouse; Asparagus going great as harvesting continues; New residue compliance information booklet; 88% chance of El Nino; PGG Wrightson shareholders vote to sell; Guiney, McBride win Fonterra board seats; Select committee recommends Waimea dam local bill be passed with amendments; Young Horticulturist of the Year announced; Nursery industry runner up Young Hort 2018.
International news:GAIN reports; Chile and China signed agreements to export fruit; France: Ban on metam sodium-based pesticide; Bayer CEO says would consider glyphosate settlement depending on costs; Ireland: Sustainability Support & Advisory Programme rolled out; Detecting E.coli strains using molecular electronics; DogBot an affordable solution to labour deficit?
Government agencies: New food safety guide for directors, executives and business owners; WTO Notifications.
New Zealand news: Trade update October; New Zealand dollar heading to GFC lows by end of the year; Kiwi natural products exporters offered US insights; Food Safety Culture – Take It Seriously; Shipping companies - low pollution fuel could carry high price tag; Moving horticulture from products to brands; China’s Dream – Trade War and Peace; Zespri Chairman Peter McBride announces retirement; Avocado thefts : Electric fences and armed patrols; Cannabis cultivation license granted to New Zealand's largest site; Kiwi Cannabis start up Zeacann calls in help to raise $20 million in funding; Kiwi exporters largely upbeat but challenges ahead; Seeka enters into $15.9m sale deal for five kiwifruit orchards; Kiwifruit is king!; Alternative fruit sticker wins top accolade; Could carrots be the secret ingredient to strengthen concrete?; Synthetic pyrethroids come under EPA microscope; New Zealand is beating Australia regarding Pacific work force.
International news:GAIN reports; USDA updates National Road Map for Integrated Pest Management; US: FDA announces measures to prevent future E. coli outbreaks; IBM and Maersk struggling to find blockchain shipping partners; Import risk analysis for US-apples commences; US: Draft guidances to help growers comply with FSMA; USA More and more growers open to labor certification; Jack Ma backs global Alibaba strategy in final letter to shareholders; China's currency value has dropped dramatically; Impact of Chinese tariffs applied to U.S. fresh fruit exports; Freshfel times; Avocado implicated in food protein-induced Enterocolitis Syndrome cases.
Government agencies: ICPR changes; New regulations proposed to strengthen food recalls and manage risks; Report shows opportunities to leverage food and beverage exports with tourism; WTO Notifications.
New Zealand news: Food and fibre fund open for agribusiness; Top primary sector employers shortlisted; New Zealand ratifies CPTPP during trade minister’s trip to Ottawa and Washington; NZ first country to ratify PACER Plus trade deal; Trade agreements: good things come in threes; Will increased compliance promote growth?; Primary Sector Council an expensive white elephant?; Farmers urged to consider partial kiwifruit conversion; Apple and stonefruit industry members successfully broker meeting between MPI and US facility; Talking to plants big potential market for Kiwi high-tech company Autogrow; Waikato’s Zealong tea brews another global winner; New Zealand avocados crack Chinese market; New cherry orchard is a vote of faith in sector’; The Apple Press wins New Zealand Food Award; Dry spring leads to water warnings in New Zealand; Study links glyphosate to antibiotic resistance; Judge upholds jury's ruling that Roundup caused dying man's cancer; Potato mop top virus here to stay.
International news:GAIN reports; Regulatory; EU parliament urged to reverse de facto ban on gene-edited crops; BASF licenses CRISPR-Cpf1 genome editing technology; Chile: 2017/18 fruit and vegetables export season – record numbers; Barcoded apple more important than many realise; Not enough fruits, vegetables grown to feed the planet'; Chile: Scientists keep fruit from turning black.
Government agencies: September 2018 Situation and Outlook for Primary Industries; WTO Notifications; Customs Annual Report now available
New Zealand News: New High Commissioner to Malaysia and Singapore; New Ambassador’s announced for Timor Leste; Italy and the United Arab Emirates; New Zealand hosts RCEP round; Reform of the World Trade Organization focus of North American talks; MFAT 75th anniversary speech; Country of Origin labelling a step closer to law; Female Horticulture NZ group members sought; Many ways for our crop growers to adapt to climate change; Robots to train vineyard and orchard workers to do a better job; Tomatoes NZ agroecology projects hoping to reduce r pest-reducing chemicals; Conservation comment: Lawsuit adds weight to call to restrict weed killers; Conservation comment: Lawsuit adds weight to call to restrict weed killers; Will consumers pay up for glyphosate-free production?; More funding to tackle fruit flies in Australia; Psa confirmed in Australian kiwifruit orchard.
International news:GAIN reports; US Treasury sends China warning shot regarding currency; The Obstacles Facing China's World-Leading Kiwifruit Industry in 2018; Belgium: Soil passport as new tool to more sustainable management of agricultural parcels; China: Online trade of fresh produce increased by 23.5% in first half of 2018; Cleaner, fresher and more exotic foods the trend for 2019; Flexitarian’ diets key to feeding people in a warming world; "Insect pests will increase due to climate change"; New sustainability pact between Panalpina and CMA CGM; Fairtrade sees 9% sales growth in 2017, exceeding €8 billion for first time; Belgium: Soil passport as new tool to more sustainable management of agricultural parcels; Breeding companies are leaving Europe due to CRISPR-Cas ruling; Aerobotics presents AI app to identify crop problems.
Government agencies: New road signs for kauri lands; Biosecurity Award finalists reflect huge national effort in biosecurity; WTO Notifications; Indonesia, New Zealand to Strengthen Food-Industry Cooperation.
New Zealand News: EPA ramps up chemical reassessments programme; Saving the World (Trade Organisation); Tradeworks comment on the EU FTA negotiations; NZ food prices ease as lettuce prices plunge; NZ nurseries & orchards might be compensated for fruit tree seizures; Croptracker implemented by New Zealand apple supplier; Grower exports 90% of the Cymbidium Orchids they grow; New World enters war against plastic waste; Potato virus no threat to New Zealand chip supply.
International news:GAIN reports; Denmark introduces climate label for food; European seed industry, unanimously in favor of CRISPR; Container demand forecasts adjusted to changing economic tide; United Nations Report: 7 of the top 10 container ports are Chinese; Chemical residue warning on fruit and vegetables Thailand; Food safety about more than just “keeping regulators happy; Five lessons from the Australian strawberry needle crisis; Outbreak that killed seven was largely caused by dust storms.
Government agencies: ICPR Changes; WTO Notifications; Find out more about opportunities in the Gulf region.
New Zealand News: Tabuteau lead New Zealand’s first trade delegation to South Africa; Foreign Minister visited Indonesia and Thailand; Climate outlook; Increased RMA powers and regulation of intensive farming planned in water quality push; NZ government moves to support businesses trading with Iran; Frozen berries recalled because of foreign matter; New Zealand avocado growers concerned about thefts; Avocado industry on track to bounce back from last year's low volume season; Thailand: New Zealand avocado season takes off; Avanza to debut in China; NZ Flowers Week; Fruitful results for Vietnam’s dragonfruit industry; Vietnamese rambutan imports enter New Zealand; Kellogg Rural Leadership Programme; Seeka staff lose more than 180kg combined in Biggest Loser challenge; Potential sale of Napier port; Auckland waterfront chaos spills over to other ports; Survey shows rural people less likely to ask for help with mental health; Seeka notifies of Australian kiwifruit orchard symptoms; Bay of Plenty collective forms to strengthen biosecurity fight.
International news:GAIN reports; EU Parliament moves to ban unfair trading practices in the food supply chain; China: How to solve the problem of unmarketable fruit?; Freshfel times; Food safety conference delivers key learnings to the fresh produce industry; Listeria in fresh produce: Are we any the wiser?; Singapore recalls Malaysian iceberg lettuce over pesticide content; Xylella… a global threat to citrus.