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The long arm of competition law

8th January 2018

Yes, there is a branch of law called competition law. Simply put, its aim is to make sure consumers get the best price, by making sure companies compete with each other in the fullest possible way.

PM’s prize focuses on the value of science in horticulture

14th February 2018

The Plant & Food Research team that took on the devastating Psa-V disease and won, are the deserving recipients of the Prime Minister’s top science prize, Horticulture New Zealand chief executive Mike Chapman says.

Linking compliance to consumer expectations

9th February 2018

The way to grow a primary sector business is to provide the consumers of our food with what they want. But in recent years, the focus has been forced away from consumers and onto compliance. This creates the risk that having to put so much focus on compliance might take...

Horticulture: growth predictions and constraints

23rd March 2018

This week the Ministry for Primary Industries released its growth predictions. Modest growth is predicted for horticulture (including wine), with kiwifruit and apples predicted to be growth leaders. This comes after two years of exceptional growth: 10% in 2015, and 19.5% in 2016.

Does complexity produce quality?

27th July 2018

A constant concern of all businesses, whether urban or rural based, is that running their business is becoming increasingly harder as profit margins become tighter. Complicated business processes and regulations do not necessarily produce the high quality produce that consumers demand.

The facts about nitrogen in horticulture

11th December 2018

Stuff recently gave space to an opinion piece from Glen Herud, a dairy farmer, which had a number of inaccurate references to the use of nitrogen in horticulture and horticulture practices in general (Stuff, December 4, 2018).

Growing what consumers want

5th April 2019

The days of the standard New Zealand evening meal being meat and three vegetables are changing. Research from IBISWorld reports that sales of vegan food products “have soared” over the past five years in New Zealand. This represents a shift in consumer preferences to healthier eating.