New Zealand News:Primary Sector Council announced; Agriculture Minister heads to Australia; Export NZ April Trade Update; New tool for Food & Beverage exporters; Early predictions for a record-breaking kiwifruit season; Zespri heads for record breaking season in China; Seeka shareholder Farmind to cut stake to reduce foreign ownership; Spraying without chemicals, residues or health and safety issues
International news:USDA re-establishes Fruit and Vegetable Industry Advisory Committee; a 58 strong sales tam Europe uses Dutch calculation model for risk assessment of pesticides; EU and Mexico agree on new free trade pact; US China Tariffs; "A new plant health framework impacting the movement of seed"; Russia approves Bayer-Monsanto deal; California commodities to be hit hard by Chinese tariffs; US: New campaign to address "plant blindness" among youth; China: The demand for sustainable fruit is growing; China imported 22% more fruit in the first two months of the year; The Chinese market is the toughest of them all; Scientist creates faster way to fingerprint foodborne pathogens; Indian study finds antibiotic resistant gene in food samples; US: Big Data: a new approach to improving global food safety; UK: Red Tractor launches first TV ads; US: Advocate for change to establish a Food Safety Culture; US Romaine lettuce E. coli outbreak quite relentless; North America: Grower recalls microgreens over listeria concerns; US: European listeriosis outbreak blamed on frozen corn: 6 dead; AU: Rockmelon Listeriosis investigation summary; US study finds a surprising link between food waste and diet quality; Wageningen University publishes booklet on plant breeding techniques; UK Study: Fresh produce bacteria can thrive despite routine chlorine sanitizing.
Government agencies: ICPRs and Country freedom status; Significant Contribution to Food Safety Award; WCO3 information sessions.
New Zealand News:Progressive and inclusive Trade for All Agenda launched; Let’s protect our valuable soils; US position on TPP unclear, says Govt; Kiwifruit sales to China & Japan set to hit $1 billion; Zespri Group: Gold3 licensing tender to generate $195 million in 2018; Unlisted celebrates first $1 billion issue as Zespri resumes trading; Seeka purchase; Tougher South Australia import restrictions; Tasmania lifts ban on fruit from Melbourne fumigation facility.
International news: European Commission to ban unfair trade practices in food supply chain; Global body adopts new measures against spread of plant pests; Australian Seed Company making the most of restriction on imports; Label manufacturer develops anti-counterfeit labels; Singapore: Syngenta opens digital innovation lab; China: Apple import and export markets; Season's First New Zealand Kiwifruit Arrive in China; Zespri" imitation "Zeopri" confuses the market; Yiguo’s Win-Chain to Boost the Fresh Food Industry with Big Data; China: Walmart unites suppliers in "Fresh Food Alliance"; 7Fresh: The supermarket of the future; WHO claims Australia exported listeria-tainted rockmelons to nine countries; Two Singapore patients infected by listeria bacteria; US: Government narrows E. coli outbreak search; An alternative to chemical control in open field carrot and cabbage production; Study shows reusable plastic containers emit 60% less CO2; More fruit means fewer wrinkles; Raw fruit and vegetables produce better mental health outcomes; Farming drone imagery often inaccurate; Researchers develop first gene drive targeting worldwide crop pest.
Government agencies: Busy summer for frontline biosecurity officers; Land on your feet in Africa – new market guides online now; New Zealand at Expo 2020; Success on the right terms; Big potential in China's Greater Bay Area.
New Zealand News: Foreign Affairs Minister to travel to Belgium, UK and Singapore; "Partnership key to address labour shortages"; Freshmax Appoints new CEO New Zealand; Seed company will compensate; Iwi leader helps out with Hawke’s Bay’s apple picking crisis; Kiwano joins in Cino de Mayo celebrations; New Zealand kiwifruit orchard prices reaching record highs; New Zealand ready to welcome Vietnamese rambutan; Tasmanian blueberry growers count the cost of fruit fly outbreak.
International news:GAIN reports; Possible import tariffs of 20 percent on food after Brexit; Australia: Horticulture exporters unhappy about fees; President Trump exploring to re-join Trans-Pacific Partnership; Compelling reasons to reduce global hotel food waste; Australian blockchain fix for mangoes; Major changes coming to AQSIQ & China’s regulatory environment; Millennials one of the most influential generations in history; Australia: Coles frozen pomegranate linked to hepatitis A outbreak; Cleaning product toxins found in crops; "‘Extreme bacteria’ could be game-changer for organic vegetable production".
Government agencies: Primary sector exports forecast to rise to over $42 billion in 2018; ICPR Update; WTO Notifications; New Approach to manage myrtle rust; MBIE food and Beverage report on Cherries
New Zealand News: Research decodes farmers’ media habits; Trio taking $5m bet on medicinal cannabis industry that doesn’t exist yet; New website aims to make it easier for seasonal workers and employers; PMA Australia-New Zealand welcomes a new director; Collateral damage: Nobody wins in a trade war; "Water essential to feed New Zealand"; Seeka sells off Zespri shares; Zespri: Kiwifruit crop increase could lead to labour shortage; Kiwi apple remains 'Envy' of others in USA; Harlequin ladybirds a threat to New Zealand horticulture.
International news:Agreement EU and UK means good news for the economy for now"; US objects to South Korean import restrictions on American fruit; Europe: Plant passport requirement expanded; Food Traceability and Safety Software FoodLogiQ Raises $19.5m; Australia: Horticulture Statistics Handbook out now; Blockchain and cryptocurrency to usher in new era for supply chains; Overview of global berry production; China: logistics tracking and collaboration platform ensures multi-party cooperation; Australian rockmelon farm linked to listeria outbreak resumes production; Rockmelon Listeriosis Outbreak Update; US: Water quality interpreter tool available
New Zealand News: "Employment law plans could destroy trust and not fit for this era"; Multimillion-dollar freight facility coming to Mount Maunganui; T&G announce new CEO and COO; Darling Group ready to start shipping New Zealand avocados to China; BayWa brings 2017 to a successful conclusion; Kiwifruit sales to China, Japan set to hit $1 billion; Three hundred apple pickers found but labour shortage extended; New Zealand growers to vote on Fresh Tomato levy; New Zealand onion crop affected by disease; Sales window for New Zealand imported onions tends to be shorter'; First New Zealand kiwis loaded for the Chinese market; The healthy snack alternative getting the most out of kiwifruit crops; Season’s first Royal Galas arrive in India from New Zealand; Fruit fly battle looms between states; Myrtle rust infects 93 Western Bay properties.
International news:GAIN reports; Australian import industry squeezed; Secretary Perdue issues USDA statement on plant breeding innovation; Japan launches online application system for new variety registration; Fertinnowa develops water book; China's three market supervision agencies will merge; China to improve market access for Indian agricultural products; China: Local fruit suppliers target the high-end market; China enters a golden age of investment in Australian farms"; Everyone wants to have a little slice of China; Retail, payment and supply in China; China: Vending machines are transforming into smart storefronts; The evolution of organic products; The 'dirty dozen' and the 'clean fifteen'; Monsanto plans to breed sweeter strawberries using Crispr