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News and views on all things organic from BioGro NZ

Welcome to our June Newsletter!


We're wrapping up warm, and we hope you are too. Compostable stickers on fruit is now a reality and was trialled by New Zealands largest organic apple grower. Costco have announced that they are coming to New Zealand, find out how this American giant could potentially benefit the organic sector.

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
JAS Training for Processors

If you are a JAS certified processor or have an interest in JAS, BioGro will be hosting a webinar that you are welcome to attend. We highly advise attendance if you have any staff changes or require a refresher. The webinar will be taking place on Friday 5th July from 1-4pm NZT. If you'd like to sign up or have any questions, please contact BioGro.

We would also like to gauge interest in JAS Training for producers. Could you please contact BioGro if you would be interested.
Natrue Membership Assembly 2019

On 7th May 2019, NATRUE held it's annual Membership Assembly in Frankfurt (Germany), entitled "Evolving natural and organic into the 2020s: hot topics and emerging trends". The number of label users is continuing to increase, with the logo present on more than 270 brands, in 30 countries and appearing on more than 6,200 certified cosmetic products available globally. More details can be found on the website.
Events
Horticulture Conference
BioGro are proud to sponsor and exhibit at this years Horticulture Conference, taking place from 31st July - 2nd August in Hamilton. Be sure to come and introduce yourselves if you are also attending, and contact us if you'd like to organise a meeting.
Mystery Creek Fieldays
Thank you to those that came to visit us at Mystery Creek Fieldays this year. Conversing with so many like-minded individuals with a passion for organic production was great to see. See you  next year!
 
Organic Winegrowers Conference
BioGro were proud to sponsor this years Organic & Biodynamic Winegrowing Conference, that took place from 25th - 27th June in Blenheim. 
Primary Industries Summit
BioGro are pleased to be sponsoring this years Primary Industries Summit taking place from 1st - 2nd July in Wellington. Recipients of this email are entitled to a discount of $100 off using our promotional code - please be aware that restrictions may apply.
In the news
Bold ideas to transform New Zealand
The government recently presented its go at its bold wellbeing budget. Sunday Star Times asked 20 thought-leaders for one single idea that could help NZ lead the world. Donald Nordeng, BioGro CEO was a feature, with a great idea to change accounting and tax law that would require environmental costs to be accounted for and paid into direct environmental taxes - there's nothing quite like fees and responsibility at the board table to encourage change.
Hawkes Bay organic business for sale
A large-scaled Hawke's Bay organic business is up for grabs, certified organic with BioGro for 25 years. They produce blueberries, carrots, onions, potatoes, kumara and pumpkin branded under the True Earth label. Tenders close at 4pm on Thursday 25th July so get in quick. 
Costco an opportunity
Costco have recently announced that they will be opening a store here in New Zealand in 2021. As the largest supplier for organic produce in the United States, they have a reputation for working collaboratively with suppliers and that its philosophy could mean that organic suppliers have more opportunity to get to scale with the retailers.
Compostable Stickers on Fruit
Compostable stickers on fruit is now a reality, and introduced as the first of its kind in the Southern Hemisphere by New Zealands largest organic apple grower Bostock New Zealand
An organic future for food sustainability
Organic farming has a history of falling off the radar when it comes to the big topic of sustainability, yet it's not a method that should be forgotten about. With logical benefits for biodiversity and animal welfare, making these foods more available will prove advantageous to the farmers, producers and consumers - what we invest our money into is key to drive for a more sustainable future.
Local school children speak for the planet
School students from year 7 to 13 are given a voice on how we can combat many environmental issues we face today with a 'Speak 4 the Planet' competition. The first of it's kind in New Zealand, the Christchurch based competition aims to encourage young people to put forward their ideas through creativity.
Every little helps
As we celebrate World Oceans Day, the nation continues to find new ways to combat our plastics problem. Foodstuffs have started fitting its car park drains with litter traps - on average you get 5000 plastic items washed down the drain in a carpark, who knew! 
Organic apples made export-ready
Have you ever wondered the process of production for a large-scale organic apple producer? Here's your chance to understand it from start to finish from Bostock New Zealand.
Organic Celebrations
Fieldays Innovation Award
FuturePost have walked away from the Southern Hemispheres largest agribusiness event with the top prize for innovation - join us in congratulating them!
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. 
9Wire Applications now open
The Ministry of Primary Industries (MPI) has partnered with WWF-NZ (the World Wildlife Fund, New Zealand), and other organisations, to co-found 9Wire - a brand new programme aimed at unearthing and backing New Zealand's great environmental innovations. Now open for applications.
Sustainable Cosmetics Summit
The Ecovia Intelligent recently published a news release about the outcomes of the North American editions of the Sustainable Cosmetics Summit, hosted in New York last month. The summit discussed some of the key developments in the beauty industry - full outcomes can be found in the report.
Plastic Free July
Be part of the solution. This is a global movement that helps millions of people be part of the solution to the plastic pollution - so we have cleaner streets, oceans and beautiful communities. Read all about it on the website. If you're based in Wellington, the Sustainable Business Network are hosting a 'Party' to encourage you to get involved, more information and tickets can be found on the website.
A warm welcome to our new licensees
5707 - Dr Meyer Trust - Primary Producer
5775 - Escarpment Vineyard - Primary Producer
5919 - Te Aranui Family Trust - Primary Producer
5948 - Kaituna Crops - Primary Producer
5949 - Paritua Vineyard Ltd - Primary Producer
5961 - Hastings Distillers Ltd - Processing
5974 - Power Farming 2015 Ltd - Primary Producer
5980 - Honey Ventures Ltd - Primary Producer
5981 - Armstrong Farming CO LTD - Primary Producer
5977 - Aotearoa New Zealand Fine Wine Estates Limited Partnership - Primary Producer
6008 - Produce.e.Central - Primary Producer
6010 - Maxx Marketing Consultants Ltd - Processing
5965 - Little Bird Organics - Processed Product
6004 - Meadowbank Vineyard Ltd - Primary Producer
6027 - Zeffer Brewing Limited - Processing
6030 - HempConnect Ltd - Processing
6032 - Living Drinks Limited - Wholesaler/Distributor
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