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.