1) Government agencies: New funding for 31 community-led projects; WTO Notifications; Bill Perry to be Acting Chief Executive and Comptroller of Customs; Brexit Seminar Series
2) New Zealand News: New Ambassador to Indonesia announced; New Zealand continues push to protect post-Brexit trade quotas; Leveraging the benefits of digital trade for New Zealand; China watchers cautious for 2019; NZ agriculture groups urge WTO rescue at global forums; EU and New Zealand keen to seal trade deal; More Fijians to get contracts under NZ Seasonal Work Scheme; Marlborough still ‘home of NZ garlic’. NZ blackcurrant harvest improves, Stage 1 of Kerikeri packhouse upgrade nearly done, 2019 Apple and Pear Crop Forecast released, Ellips commission the first Optical Onion Grader in New Zealand, Plant & Food Research establishes base at University of Adelaide, Property changes in the Bay, HortNZ Vegetable Sector Scholarship applications open, Potatoes New Zealand - Potato update, Australia wary of Brown Marmorated Stink Bug
3) International news: GAIN reports; Comment from the Economist magazine, UK: No Deal advice for business updated; Intellectual property in the commercial market place ‘ Widespread concern about Brexit; Taiwan: High insecticide residues in fruits and vegetables; Australia: Needle crisis hits Perth strawberry plantings; Sustainability is not a cost item it’s a money generator; Eating vegetables and fish during pregnancy may help reduce risk of high blood pressure; Breakthrough research finds new benefits of blueberries; Blockchain trialled for sea cucumber traceability in Japan
2) New Zealand News: NZ UK trade relations advanced in Prime Ministers' meeting; New Zealand to take part in talks on global e-commerce rules; CPTPP meeting agrees guidelines to expand trade agreement; New Zealand trying to get rid of plastics; Double standard: Vege aisle plastic rolls on despite supermarket bag ban; Double standard: Vege aisle plastic rolls on despite supermarket bag ban; Labour problems at New Zealand’s Hawke's Bay orchards; Tariffs put squeeze on tomato exports; Kiwi cannabis firm in liquidation as founders battle; Hemp deal to spin green yarn; 2018 climate continues 'alarming trend; New nutrient management guidelines for vegetables; Announcing crackdown after brown marmorated stink bug find; Foreign car firms: 'Stink bug Australia: Calls for emergency action plan as myrtle rust pushes plants to extinction measures need strengthening'; Fruit fly outbreak declared in Thevenard, South Australia
3) International news:CSIRO builds analytics platform to help Australian farmers; Theresa May presents 'Plan B'; EU publishes its proposals for free trade talks with US; Brexit: France fears no-deal blow to farms; UK: Government encourages industries to prepare for chemical use in case of no-deal Brexit; BVT receives first patent approval for its proprietary microbial strain; Cities in China showing strong growth; New campaign to get kids to eat veggies; Canadian farmers raise concerns over Food Guide makeover; A future-proof diet with future foods ; New report recommends reduced dairy intake; "Crop genetics hold key to cutting food chain waste"; Responding to the growing demand for plastic alternatives; Toy plants made out of plants; Floral trends for 2019 according to New Covent Garden Market traders; DJI and Microsoft - working on AI drones that can recognize objects
2) New Zealand News: Parker to attend first CPTPP Commission meeting in Tokyo; Retail NZ welcomes Nathan Guy Bill on Food Contamination; Deal or No Deal: Sliding closer to the Brexit cliff-edge; Australia & New Zealand compete for harvest workers; Investment company MyFarm finances first cherry development; NZ Kiwifruit Growers to appoint labour; New chair for Horticulture New Zealand coordinator; Hemp gives small Māori community of Ruatoria a chance to redefine itself; New Zealand lavender farm makes essential lavender oil; Fruit and vegetables cheaper at the end of 2018; South Australia's Riverland temporarily loses its Pest Free Area recognition from China
3) International news: Horticulture industry responds to rejection of Brexit deal; EU tightens import rules for some fruits, vegetables & nuts; "Patents on fruit and vegetables are a regulatory gap"; The Netherlands as a hub for international trade; US: Plant health companies merge, uniting under one banner; Support for IBM's Food Trust platform announced; Cyclosporiasis outbreaks associated with consumption of raw produce; The Netherlands will have a new institute for food safety; Found in Germany: Apple packaging made partly from grass; Florist predicts trends for 2019; List of alkaline foods and fruits; Greenlight Biosciences plants $50M round; France: Artificial intelligence to optimise Carrefour’s supply chain
2) New Zealand News: Central Otago fruit growers back call for help; Slowing Chinese growth likely to weigh on prices; Genetically modified NZ apples; Northland export growth in September 2018; Extreme weather causes Auckland supermarket to run out of vegetables; Primary industry figures celebrate as Tasmania declared fruit fly free.
3) International news:Beijing: US-China officials begin trade war talks; US: Government shutdown and the upcoming Valentine’s high season; Japan and Australia trying out year-round fruit production; Canada’s new Safe Food law just one week away; New German law implements EU no-variety-denominations rule in trademarks; Chile: Fruit exports increased by 10.8% in 2018; High prices but no certificates for some imported fruit; Chengdu will have the first intelligent and automated railway port in China; Major New Soil Pollution Legislation Comes into Effect in China; Buyer Programme and Aggressive New Pricing for China Fruit Logistica; Imported fruit gaining ground quickly in western China; Pocket-size food scanner to battle food waste; “The French agricultural model is the most sustainable in the world”; Are pesticides necessary to feed the world?; Consumers expect flowers to last 8+ days"; Tomato health benefits; Blueberries to lower risk of tooth decay; Daily orange juice consumption, key to preventing loss of subjective cognitive functions; Diabetes management: Broccoli may help regulate blood sugar levels
2) New Zealand News: New Zealanders wary of organic food fraudsters; Rush to plant cherries in Central Otago shows no sign of slowing; Wrapped vegetables and the fuss around plastic packaging; Shipping line Maersk withdraws Port Nelson direct service to New Zealand; Stink bug discovery affects imports, trade deficit
3) International news:GAIN reports; India's retaliatory tariffs to hit US exports for $900 million; Maersk Container Industry to focus on reefer technology; Food irradiation technology not widely used with fresh produce, but it could be; Recycling potato peelings into MDF substitute; Oranges better than carrots at preventing Macular Degeneration; ‘Metabolic syndrome patients need more vitamin C’; Eating better = hearing better; Five green vegetables that may help manage blood pressure
1) Government agencies: Assistance from MPI over the Xmas break; Access to Myanmar; ICPR changes; Updated requirements for food exports to Canada; MPI acknowledges SSC report into staff misconduct; Special traps set in Tauranga as part of brown marmorated stink bug surveillance; Biosecurity New Zealand and DOC warn of myrtle rust risk this summer; WTO Notifications
2) New Zealand News: Why aren’t there more robots in New Zealand?; How to prepare your New Zealand business for Brexit; Netlogix and Oji Fibre Solutions Launch Large Scale Shipping Solution; Do you want free market research?; Proposed temporary visa changes welcomed by horticulture; Zespri sues for $70m over trademark breach in China; T&G Global profit dented by cheaper tomatoes & small grape harvest; Cherry prices to go up after unseasonable rain New Zealand; New Zealand suspected 'slave boss' arrested; Ngāti Hine people invest in kiwifruit orchards; Still fighting to keep stink bugs off Australian shores
3) International news: GAIN reports; USDA Releases 2017 PDP Report; US apple exports decreased by 19%; European promotions of fresh fruit and vegetables; Farm identified as source of romaine lettuce E. coli O157:H7 outbreak; Green leafy vegetables may prevent ‘fatty liver’
1) Government agencies: Appointment of the Comptroller of Customs; Brexit information for exporters; Holiday hours for Customs locations.
2) New Zealand News: Foreign Minister to visit United States of America; New Zealand primary industries exports forecast to grow to $44.3 billion; New Zealand passes medical marijuana bill; Organic production standard Bill to be advanced; New Zealand avocado growers in Environment Court; New role may alleviate kiwifruit labour shortage; Wet weather has upside for New Zealand-grown produce; Māori berry company appoints CEO and directors; Mushroom farm draws dozens of complaints for smell; Rising strawberry prices around Christmas 'unavoidable'; New Zealand food prices ease in November; Samurai wasp on standby to fight brown marmorated stink bugs
3) International news: GAIN reports; Bookings open for Asia Fruit Logistica; Mergers raise concern in seed market; "Number of recalls surprises me; British greengrocers: "Backlash against plastic has sparked trade boom"; Food technology company develops ‘purposeful packaging’ to help combat food waste; New studies reveal broccoli lowers your risk of heart attack, stroke and cancer; Reducing anxiety: 6 foods that will do the job; Five green vegetables that may help manage blood pressure.
Government agencies: Country Freedom addition; Cruise ship fines start; Government and industry partners release report on biological emissions; WTO Notifications.
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.
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.
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 .
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.
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.
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 .
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”.