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News and views on all things organic from BioGro NZ

Welcome to our September Newsletter!


It's been a busy (bee) month, as we celebrated bee awareness month and the nations first inaugural Organic Wine Week. Find all the September highlights as we spring into the new season.

See below for all the latest, and if you're launching a new product, kicking off a community event or just want to share your story, please get in touch with robyn@biogro.co.nz to discuss. We're always happy to shout from the rooftops and celebrate on your behalf.

Until next time! 
Happenings at BioGro
Bragato 2018

We thoroughly enjoyed seeing so many familiar faces at this years Bragato Wine Conference. If you missed the event and would like to view some of the content, this can be found on the Bragato website.
Bee Aware Month
September is a month dedicated to celebrating bees - although small, they are crucial for the environment. We teamed up with TranzAlpine Honey who has been a BioGro licensee for 25 years. We helped offer tastings at Commonsense in Wellington and TravelPharm at Christchurch airport whilst piloting some exciting technology in stores.
In the news
10,000 electric cars cruising around NZ
It's great to see such a dramatic increase in electric cars hitting the roads of New Zealand. In 2013, there were as little as 210, and this has now increased to 10,000 in 2018. We were thrilled to find a BioGro licensee - Claridges - had purchased the milestone 10,000th car.
Commerce Commission charges 'free range' egg farmer
The Commerce Commission have laid eight charges against a West Auckland egg farmer for falsely labelling millions of eggs as free range. The commission have clamped down on misuse of the terms 'free range' and 'organic' stating it's important that traders can back up their claims. As always, we stress the importance of looking for organic certification when any organic claim is being made.
Organic Celebrations
2018 Inspire+ NZ Artisan Awards
The finalists for the 2018 Inspire+ NZ Artisan Awards have been announced, and we're pleased to see three BioGro licensees amongst the line-up. A big congratulations to Kiwi Saffron, Greenleaf Organics and FRENZ for making the finalist lists.
 
Organic Wine Week 2018
An amazing Organic Wine Week was had by all, with an overwhelming response to the initiative put forward by Organic Winegrowers NZ. A short blog can be found on the website, with numerous images from the week for you to enjoy at your leisure. 
 
Pentawards 2018
A silver award was presented to Tasman Bay Food Group Limited for their Zesti product packaging at this years Pentawards. It was great to see the BioGro logo in amongst such amazing artwork - congratulations!
 
In the community
There are heaps of super interesting community events and stories happening throughout the country. If you've got anything you would like to share, please email robyn@biogro.co.nz with the details. 



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A warm welcome to our new licensees
5779 - Milkio Foods Ltd - Processed Product
5774 - Liquid Fertiliser Pty t/a Agrichem - Input
4902 - NICAL LTD - Primary Producer
5905 - Candover Orchard Ltd - Primary Producer

5925 - Warwick Farm Orchard - Primary Producer
5931 - Murdoch Manufacturing Limited - Processing
5940 - York Farm Holdings - Primary Producer
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