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  • 25 Mar 2024

    Food Safety & Risk Analysis Update - March 2024

    Welcome to this edition of our Food Safety Update. We aim to provide you with a snapshot of information on topical and relevant food safety issues and, where, applicable, the links to allow you to take your knowledge further.

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  • 27 Feb 2024

    Food Safety & Risk Analysis Update - February 2024

    This edition discusses MPI’s review of imported foods, particularly in light of the recent observation from the Auditor General to improve food import supervision, after the Performance Audit his office conducted in the last quarter of 2023.

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  • 16 Feb 2024

    IFPS: A More Functional PLU Database & Next Steps in Sustainability Standardization

    The International Federation for Produce Standards (IFPS) has completed the transition to a significantly improved website including a more functional PLU database.

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  • 13 Feb 2024

    International Trend Report 2024

    This is our eighth Trend Report for New Zealand. A continuing trend that is reaching a wider audience, is the movement encouraging individuals to make choices that not only benefit their well-being but also contribute to a healthier planet. This global drive towards mindful living takes centre-stage as individuals seek to enrich and extend their lives by embracing a diet rich in fruit and vegetables.

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  • 24 Jan 2024

    Women in Horticulture – Women Sweep Horticulture Awards

    Three young wāhine took out the top positions in last year’s Young Horticulturist of the Year competition. Team Leader from Bark Ltd and Women in Horticulture member Renee Johnson, was a successful contender and won Best in Sector, second place in the Countdown Innovation Project and placed second overall! We had a chat to Renee about the competition and working in horticulture.

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  • 15 Dec 2023

    Women sweep Young Horticulture Awards and Future Plans for WiH

    Three young wahine took out the top positions in the New Zealand Young Horticulturist of the Year competition. Nelson orchardist Meryn Whitehead won the coveted title with Auckland’s Renee Johnson and Lydia O’Dowd of Christchurch placing second and third respectively.

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  • 12 Dec 2023

    Food Safety & Risk Analysis Update

    This edition discusses the upcoming review of the United Fresh Produce Industry Food Safety and Traceability Framework (the Framework). We examine the increasing importance of this Framework, to ensure the effective coordination of the fresh produce supply chain food safety initiatives.

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  • 12 Dec 2023

    The United Fresh and IFPA A-NZ Sustainability workshop

    On Wednesday 15 November 2023, United Fresh partnered with the International Fresh Produce Association Australia New Zealand (IFPA A-NZ) to host a sustainability workshop in Auckland.

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  • 04 Dec 2023

    United Fresh Members’ Meeting Presentations Now Available

    Thanks to our members who attended our annual Member’s Meeting at Waipuna Conference Centre on Thursday 23rd November. As always, it was a great opportunity for our members to catch up

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  • 04 Dec 2023

    United Fresh Video Update

    For an update on our current and upcoming work, please watch our five-minute video. You will find the video on our home page.

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  • 20 Nov 2023

    Food Safety Culture in Organisations

    On Tuesday 07 September 2023, The New Zealand Food Safety, Science and Research Centre (NZFSSRC) conducted the webinar: “Food Safety Culture in Organizations” which highlighted the experience and studies of Frank Yiannis. Frank is well known for highlighting the need for an effective food safety culture, in order to achieve successful food safety systems in business.

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  • 06 Nov 2023

    WiH Building Confidence Workshop a Success and Girls who Grow On Farm Lunch & Learn Experience

    On 12th October we held our Women in Horticulture (WiH) workshop: Building Confidence to Thrive in Horticulture, at Zespri International in Mt Maunganui. Over 40 people attended the workshop, facilitated by Loshni Manikam of Thriving Farming Women and MC’ed by WiH Executive Committee member, Jen Scoular.

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  • 30 Oct 2023

    Trend Report Aotearoa 2023

    As we head into the latter half of 2023, New Zealand's food scene continues to be influenced by availability, sustainability and affordability with health and budget conscious Kiwi making smart choices about buying locally grown, in-season produce.

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  • 13 Oct 2023

    Fruit and Vegetable Prices Drop 3.9 percent over Last Month - Vegetable volumes on the increase

    Produce prices have fallen 3.9 percent in the latest Food Price Index (FPI) data released today. The FPI, which tracks changes in the cost of food from month to month, decreased by 0.4 from August 2023 to September 2023, with the decreasing price of fruit and vegetables contributing the most to the overall monthly fall.

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  • 11 Oct 2023

    United Fresh Launches Fresh Facts 2023 with Fresh Produce Insights for NZ

    Celebrating over two decades of providing invaluable insights into the fresh produce sector, Fresh Facts, an annual resource collating data contributions from the industry, has found a new home under the stewardship of United Fresh.

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  • 09 Oct 2023

    Food Safety Modernization Act (FSMA) Section 204 Update

    The United States Food and Drug Administration (FDA) oversees the Food Safety Modernization Act (FSMA), a set of regulations aimed at addressing food safety issues occurring within the food system.

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  • 03 Oct 2023

    Food Rescue Update

    Food rescue is the redirection of good-to-eat food, which is unable to be sold, and would have become food waste, back to human consumption, rather than landfill, compost, animal feed, or other uses.

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  • 03 Oct 2023

    First webinar on Economic Sustainability in the fruit and vegetable industry attended by participants from all over the globe

    In September, the Global Coalition of Fresh Produce held the first of a series of global webinars with over 200 commercial operators, industry representatives, national and international officials.

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  • 19 Sep 2023

    Global Coalition of Fresh Produce calls for urgent policy measures to safeguard the supply of fruits and vegetables to consumers

    The Global Coalition of Fresh Produce today published the final results of its survey into the increasing costs of fruits and vegetable production around the world and their impacts on the whole produce industry and end consumers, conducted in the spring of 2023.

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  • 12 Sep 2023

    United Fresh Spring Trend Report 2023

    Restricted household budgets, the need for balanced health and well-being, and an awareness of being eco-friendly for our planet have influenced the food and shopping trends for 2023.

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  • 04 Sep 2023

    Food Safety & Sustainability Update - Demystifying Smart Bioplastic Anti-Bacterial Food Packaging

    Welcome to our latest Food Safety Update. We aim to provide you with a snapshot of information on topical and relevant food safety issues and, where, applicable, the links to allow you to take your knowledge further.

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  • 31 Aug 2023

    Save the Date - United Fresh & IFPA Sustainability Workshop - Wednesday 15th November at Waipuna Hotel & Conference Centre

    We’re pleased to announce that United Fresh New Zealand Incorporated (United Fresh) and the International Fresh Produce Association Australia-New Zealand (IFPA A-NZ) are partnering to deliver a hands-on and educational Sustainability Workshop.

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  • 15 Aug 2023

    Food Safety & Traceability - August 2023

    This edition discusses activities in the Food Safety and Traceability area over the last year. We examine the increasing attention directed to having effective and efficient Traceability of fresh produce along the supply chain.

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  • 31 Jul 2023

    Situation and Outlook for Primary Industries – June 2023

    The Situation and Outlook for Primary Industries report (“the report”) from the Ministry of Primary Industries (MPI) is a series of reports intended to analyse the performance of primary industries, and forecast how they will perform over the next 2-5 years.

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