Fresh http://fresh.co.nz Fresh Recipes & Ideas, Latest Food News & Innovations Thu, 23 Mar 2017 02:08:40 +0000 en-US hourly 1 https://wordpress.org/?v=4.7.3 Love Mastercraft http://fresh.co.nz/2017/03/23/love-mastercraft/ http://fresh.co.nz/2017/03/23/love-mastercraft/#respond Wed, 22 Mar 2017 11:00:00 +0000 http://www.fresh.co.nz/2016/09/02/love-mastercraft/ New kitchen on the cards for 2017? We love your thinking. Mastercraft are proud to be New Zealand’s largest network of locally owned and operated full service kitchen design specialists, with 30 locations nationwide. Your kitchen is the heart of your home so why settle for second best? Watch Trudi from Fresh and find out […]

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New kitchen on the cards for 2017? We love your thinking.

Mastercraft are proud to be New Zealand’s largest network of locally owned and operated full service kitchen design specialists, with 30 locations nationwide.

Your kitchen is the heart of your home so why settle for second best?

Watch Trudi from Fresh and find out why she loves a Mastercraft kitchen:

http://mastercraft.co.nz/kitchens/

Mastercraft Kitchens design a kitchen and bathroom solutions specifically for your unique requirements and budget. With custom-made cabinetry designed to fit your space, Mastercraft provides the ultimate kitchen design service; everything from quality design, manufacture, and installation, for your new home or renovation project.

They are so confident in their workmanship, they offer an industry leading, ten-year transferable guarantee on their kitchens, giving you peace of mind as well as offering reassurance for prospective purchasers should you wish to sell your home.

Get what you really want for the right budget. Start by visiting a Mastercraft showroom near you.

For 30 years, they’ve been making New Zealanders happy with the most imporant room in the house.

Kitchen Design Ideas & Inspiration:

Visit Mastercraft’s kitchen design ideas gallery for a taste of inspiration for your next project and see for yourself some of the award winning bespoke designs manufactured right here in New Zealand for their satisfied clients.

10 Year Kitchen Guarantee:

Mastercraft Kitchens are built to last. Mastercraft kitchens are backed up by their exclusive Ten Year Transferable (between owners) Guarantee.

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Mushroom Soup http://fresh.co.nz/2017/03/22/mushroom-soup/ http://fresh.co.nz/2017/03/22/mushroom-soup/#respond Tue, 21 Mar 2017 17:44:55 +0000 http://fresh.co.nz/?p=89586 Beat the Autumn chill with this deliciously grunty mushroom soup. Serves: 6 Ingredients: 1 tablespoon extra virgin olive oil 50g butter 450g mushrooms, roughly chopped or sliced 1 red onion, chopped 2 garlic cloves, sliced Salt and pepper 6-8 baby potatoes, washed and cut into chunks 150ml white wine (eg. Chardonnay) 1 litre chicken stock 1 […]

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Beat the Autumn chill with this deliciously grunty mushroom soup.

Serves: 6

Ingredients:
1 tablespoon extra virgin olive oil
50g butter
450g mushrooms, roughly chopped or sliced
1 red onion, chopped
2 garlic cloves, sliced
Salt and pepper
6-8 baby potatoes, washed and cut into chunks
150ml white wine (eg. Chardonnay)
1 litre chicken stock
1 teaspoon each of dried oregano or Tuscan herbs (or fresh if you have it, double the amount)
1/3 cup cream
Dollop of crème fraîche
Parsley to garnish

Method:
1. Heat the oil and butter in a large saucepan over a low heat. Add the chopped mushrooms, onion, garlic, salt and pepper, then cook for 10 minutes.

3. Add the cubed potato, white wine, chicken stock and herbs. Bring to the boil then simmer for 20 minutes.

4. Cool slightly, then whizz until smooth.

5. Return to the pot, add the cream and heat to boiling point, stirring well. Taste and season. Ladle into soup bowls, add a dollop of crème fraîche, a sprig of parsley and serve with your favourite crusty bread.

Tip:
– I love adding a small handful of freshly grated parmesan cheese for extra bite.
– A grainy, nutty bread works well here and a buttery Chardonnay will be delicious with the soup.

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Breakfast Potatoes http://fresh.co.nz/2017/03/21/breakfast-potatoes/ http://fresh.co.nz/2017/03/21/breakfast-potatoes/#respond Tue, 21 Mar 2017 07:00:58 +0000 http://fresh.co.nz/?p=89140 This one-pan brunch recipe is delicious and easy. Potatoes, mushrooms, Chorizo sausage and relish. What more could you ask for? Ingredients: 700g Wilcox Dig Me Baby Roasters potatoes1 brown onion 1 red capsicum 1 clove of garlic, finely chopped Fresh rosemary sprig1 teaspoon fresh Thyme leaves 2 teaspoons paprika2 tablespoons olive oil 2 chorizo sausages, […]

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This one-pan brunch recipe is delicious and easy. Potatoes, mushrooms, Chorizo sausage and relish. What more could you ask for?

Ingredients:

700g Wilcox Dig Me Baby Roasters potatoes
1 brown onion
1 red capsicum
1 clove of garlic, finely chopped
Fresh rosemary sprig
1 teaspoon fresh Thyme leaves
2 teaspoons paprika
2 tablespoons olive oil
2 chorizo sausages, cut into chunks
1 250g punnet of Meadows kebab mushrooms
Maison Therese Tomato Relish
Chopped fresh parsley to garnish

Method:

Preheat the oven to 220 degrees Celsius bake or 200 degrees fan bake.
Cut the potatoes into small cubes, then dice onion and capsicum. Mix together.
Add garlic, rosemary sprig, thyme, add chopped chorizo and the whole mushrooms.
Toss together then spread over an oven tray and drizzle over the olive oil and sprinkle over the paprika.

Place in the preheated oven for 30 minutes.
Shake tray gently during cooking to get golden, crisp potatoes.
Remove from the oven and garnish with chopped parsley.

Serve with Maison Therese tomato relish on the side.

Tip:
This recipe serves 4-6.

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Outstanding NZ Food Producers Finalists http://fresh.co.nz/2017/03/21/outstanding-nz-food-producers-finalists/ http://fresh.co.nz/2017/03/21/outstanding-nz-food-producers-finalists/#respond Tue, 21 Mar 2017 04:47:34 +0000 http://fresh.co.nz/?p=89657 The Fresh Factory was proud to hold the judging for the inaugural Outstanding Food Producer Awards and now the finalists have been announced! Outstanding Producer Dairy Finalists 2017 DAIRY Primary Jersey Girl Organics, Jersey Girl Organic Whole Milk Crafted Cilantro Cheese, Cajeta Clevedon Valley Buffalo Company, Buffalo Mozzarella Clevedon Valley Buffalo Company, Lemon Zest Buffalo […]

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The Fresh Factory was proud to hold the judging for the inaugural Outstanding Food Producer Awards and now the finalists have been announced!

Outstanding Producer Dairy Finalists 2017

DAIRY

Primary
Jersey Girl Organics, Jersey Girl Organic Whole Milk

Crafted
Cilantro Cheese, Cajeta
Clevedon Valley Buffalo Company, Buffalo Mozzarella
Clevedon Valley Buffalo Company, Lemon Zest Buffalo Yoghurt
Kingsmeade Artisan Cheese, Tinui Blue
The Drunken Nanny, Fresh Lush Goats Cheese with Dill
The Drunken Nanny, Black Tie Goats Cheese
Whitestone Cheese Company, Vintage Five Forks
Whitestone Cheese Company, Windsor Blue
Whitestone Cheese Company, Vintage Windsor Blue
Whitestone Cheese Company, Lindis Pass Camembert
Wooden Spoon Boutique Freezery, Movie Night

EARTH

Primary
Farm Eighty4, Heirloom Tomatoes
Curious Croppers, Large Heirloom Medley
Curious Croppers, The Summer Medley
Curious Croppers, Spanish Green Tomatoes
Pinoli Pinenuts
Southern Belle Orchards, Sweet Palermo Capsicum
Sweet Tree Honey, Kirikiriroa Honey
The Secret Garden, Edible Flower Petals
T & G Global, Beekist® Y.E.L.O™ Tomato

Crafted
Aroha Drinks, Elderflower Sparking
Aroha Drinks, Feijoa Sparkling
Aroha Drinks, Rhubarb Sparkling
Bohemein Fresh Chocolate, Raspberry Ganache
Bohemein Fresh Chocolate, Coconut Cream Truffle
Clareville Bakery, Clareville Cracker
Clareville Bakery, Miche – Wholemeal Sourdough
Fix and Fogg, Dark Chocolate Peanut Butter
Fix and Fogg, Super Crunchy Peanut Butter
Heartland Potato Chips, Old Fashioned Wave Cut Southern Salt
Heilala Vanilla, Heilala Vanilla Extract
Heilala Vanilla, Vanilla Pod
Line’s Knaekbrod Beer Crackers
Line’s Knaekbrod Cumin Cracker
LOT EIGHT Cold Pressed Yuzu Olive Oil
Mandy’s Horseradish, Horseradish Sauce
OCHO Solomons 70% Cacao
Paneton Bakery, Paneton Flaky Puff Pastry
Proper Crisps, Parsnip Crisps
Quina Fina Tonic Water
Taste of the Alps, The Vineyard Pinot Noir Quince Jelly
The Kvas Company, Brod Lemon
Te Mata Figs, Fig Preserve
ViBERi New Zealand, Viberi Ruby
Zealong, Zealong Organic Tea

PADDOCK

Primary
Absolute NZ Meat, Absolute Angus
The Organic Farm Butchery, Rack of Lamb
Waitaki Bacon & Ham, Naked Pork Ribs
Waitaki Bacon & Ham, Naked Braided Ribeye

Crafted
Matakana Bacon Company, Loin Bacon
Matakana Bacon Company, Streaky Bacon
Salumeria Fontana, Pork & Leek Sausage
The Prodigal Daughter, Coppa
The Prodigal Daughter, Bresaola
The Prodigal Daughter, Spicy Sicilian Sausage

WATER

Primary
Cloudy Bay Clams, Wild Harvest New Zealand Surf Clams
Keewai New Zealand, Live Freshwater Crayfish

You can still vote on the People’s Choice awards up until 31st March.
More information on the Outstanding NZ Food Producers Awards here.

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Essie’s Fall Collection http://fresh.co.nz/2017/03/21/essies-fall-collection/ http://fresh.co.nz/2017/03/21/essies-fall-collection/#respond Tue, 21 Mar 2017 04:15:33 +0000 http://fresh.co.nz/?p=89650 Get ready to dazzle disco divas! Essie’s new limited edition fall collection is sure to ignite your inner incandescence and bring a bit of sparkle to the season.  The three new luxe shades of the fall collection capture all the glitz and glimmer of the disco era with gorgeous glitter-infused top coats. Designed to be […]

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Get ready to dazzle disco divas! Essie’s new limited edition fall collection is sure to ignite your inner incandescence and bring a bit of sparkle to the season.

 The three new luxe shades of the fall collection capture all the glitz and glimmer of the disco era with gorgeous glitter-infused top coats. Designed to be worn over any essie nail colour, these shimmering hues sparkle like a swirling disco mirror-ball from the dance floor days of the past.

Each shade in the collection is designed to help create the perfect party look with a touch of glittering glam.

With tiny flecks of onyx and gold glitter, in the mood ring takes its name from the must have fashion accessory of the seventies. It’s dark and dazzling – especially when paired with the brooding wicked shade from essie’s core range.

Glow your own way brings bronze and ivory brilliance to any manicure and is destined to be just as popular as its namesake, the hit song by Fleetwood Mac. Try this over the top of the cool grey hue, chinchilly for a healthy dose of good vibrations.

The cool-toned blush rose disco doll will ensure you boogie the night away, with its micro flecks of pink and silver – beautiful paired with the pale pink best-seller, sugar daddy.

Get down and glimmer with essie’s limited edition fall 2017 collection.

Available now at selected Farmers stores and pharmacies nationwide – RRP $22.99 each.

For the latest in nail trends follow essie online:

Instagram: @essiepolish

Facebook: www.facebook.com/essieNZ

About essie:

USA’s nail salon expert since 1981, essie cosmetics was founded in New York City by Essie Weingarten, the colour authority. essie is beloved for a visionary approach to nail lacquer featuring catchy, clever names that created a new standard for the category. A leader in luxury, essie is the go-to nail brand for beauty professionals, industry insiders, celebrities and women of style in over 100 countries. essie is committed to safe standards with an award-winning line of nail care products and more than 900 shades to date.

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Adairs New Collection http://fresh.co.nz/2017/03/21/adairs-new-collection/ http://fresh.co.nz/2017/03/21/adairs-new-collection/#respond Tue, 21 Mar 2017 04:09:40 +0000 http://fresh.co.nz/?p=89642 Adairs have just released their new season distinctive collection offering charm and practicality in a beautifully versatile form. The range includes a new collection of linens, homewares, bedding, manchester, kids furniture and more.   

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Adairs have just released their new season distinctive collection offering charm and practicality in a beautifully versatile form.
The range includes a new collection of linens, homewares, bedding, manchester, kids furniture and more.
  

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Double Dutch at NZ Cheese Awards http://fresh.co.nz/2017/03/20/double-dutch-nz-cheese-awards/ http://fresh.co.nz/2017/03/20/double-dutch-nz-cheese-awards/#respond Mon, 20 Mar 2017 10:36:21 +0000 http://fresh.co.nz/?p=89410 Two New Zealand cheesemakers of Dutch origin have stepped outside their traditions with two new cheeses that have claimed the top prizes at the 2017 NZ Champions of Cheese Awards. The Smoked Goat Gouda by Meyer Gouda Cheese was judged as the Countdown Champion of Champions (Commercial), and Fifty Fifty by Mercer Cheese was awarded […]

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Two New Zealand cheesemakers of Dutch origin have stepped outside their traditions with two new cheeses that have claimed the top prizes at the 2017 NZ Champions of Cheese Awards.

The Smoked Goat Gouda by Meyer Gouda Cheese was judged as the Countdown Champion of Champions (Commercial), and Fifty Fifty by Mercer Cheese was awarded as the Puhoi Valley Champion of Champions (Artisan).

Both Meyer Gouda Cheese and Mercer Cheese are from Waikato and both have won top honours in the past with traditional Dutch style cheeses. This year it is their innovation with new cheeses that has set them apart from the hundreds of entries submitted for judging.

Both the Champion of Champions cheeses were gold medallists in the Ministry for Primary Industries New Cheese category. 

The best New Zealand cheeses were judged by an unprecedented contingent of 34 international and local cheese experts, from more than 370 entries. The twenty-one category winners were announced at a gala dinner at the NZ Champions of Cheese Awards, held at the Grand Millennium in Auckland on Tuesday 14 March, following a two-day cheese competition. 

Master Judge and Australian cheese guru Russell Smith, says “Dutch Kiwis have a growing reputation for making inspirational cheeses with New Zealand milks. The 2017 champions are great examples of this expertise.”

“The Smoked Goat Gouda by Meyer Gouda Cheese is an absolutely gorgeous goat cheese, and a pleasure to eat,” Smith says of the Countdown Champion of Champions (Commercial) cheese winner.

“It has a smooth creamy texture that delights the palate with sweet and mild piquant flavours,” he adds.

Smith was also clearly impressed with Fifty Fifty by Mercer Cheese, describing it as “a beautifully aged gouda, with complex sweet and savoury flavours coming from the combination of cow and goat milk.”

A rare cheese, Mercer Cheese only makes it on occasional years when the last of the summer milks are right for this type of Gouda to be produced, and then aged.

2017 was notable for the inclusion of three new cheese companies entering into the awards, including Winsam Farm. This new player to the cheese scene produced an incredible feat, scoring a perfect 100 for their Just Ewe Winsam Farmhouse cheese. The result lead its cheesemaker Catherine Oakley of Winsam Farm to be named the Cheesemaker Of The Year (Milk Test NZ Champion Cheesemaker), with her first ever entry.

 Just Ewe Winsam Farmhouse was also the NZ Chefs Association Champion Sheep Cheese. Russell Smith described the outstanding cheese as “a semi hard sheep cheese with a delightful texture and feel in the mouth. It’s delicate savoury and mildly spicy flavours finish off this delightful newcomer to the New Zealand cheese scene.” 

While new cheeses dominated the top three prizes of the night, 2017 saw a popular Kiwi blue cheese take out a number of categories. Kapiti Kikorangi from Fonterra Brands NZ won the Ecolab Champion Blue Cheese Award, the Renco New Zealand Export Cheese Award and Fonterra Champion Original Cheese Award.

Officially the most decorated blue cheese in Awards history, Kapiti Kikorangi was described by judges as a truly exceptional and distinctive cheese. “The very seductive creamy texture of this cheese is combined with sweet, spicy blue flavours,” Smith says.

Another Kapiti blue also secured the public vote once again, to win the New World Champion Favourite Cheese Award – a competition where New World shoppers had the opportunity to judge their personal favourite. The Kapiti Kahurangi Creamy Blue from Fonterra Brands NZ proved the winner for the second year running in the public vote, owing to its delightfully smooth texture, delicate blue veining, and mild savoury flavour.

“The people have spoken,” Smith said, commenting on the developing sophistication of New Zealanders’ palate in selecting such a full favoured cheese as their favourite. 

Another notable win from a classic Kiwi cheesemaker, Puhoi Valley Cheese, was the Puhoi Valley Feta which was awarded the Kiwi Labels Champion Feta Cheese Award. Puhoi Valley Cheese also went home with the Thermaflo Champion Washed Rind Cheese Award with the Puhoi Valley Cellar Range Washed Rind. Three of the four golds awarded to washed rind cheeses went to Puhoi Valley Cheese.

Now in its 14th year, the NZ Champions of Cheese Awards are held annually by the NZ Specialist Cheese Association, to honour excellence in cheese making.

 A full list of all award winners and medallists is available on www.cheeselovers.co.nz.

And if you love a good and cheesy success story, check this out…
https://www.tvnz.co.nz/one-news/new-zealand/humble-block-cheese-gave-young-northland-dad-inspiration-turn-his-life-around

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Pedigree Child Replacement Programme http://fresh.co.nz/2017/03/20/pedigree-child-replacement-programme/ http://fresh.co.nz/2017/03/20/pedigree-child-replacement-programme/#respond Mon, 20 Mar 2017 06:10:47 +0000 http://fresh.co.nz/?p=89593 A new charitable initiative has launched to help rehome some of the thousands of dogs from around New Zealand rescued annually from abuse and neglect. The campaign will bring together pet charities in a bid to have empty nesters ‘replace’ their children with rescue dogs. Cormac van den Hoofdakker, spokesperson for the Pedigree Adoption Drive […]

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A new charitable initiative has launched to help rehome some of the thousands of dogs from around New Zealand rescued annually from abuse and neglect.

The campaign will bring together pet charities in a bid to have empty nesters ‘replace’ their children with rescue dogs.

Cormac van den Hoofdakker, spokesperson for the Pedigree Adoption Drive Charitable Trust, says the campaign will target the parents of adult children or those suffering from what is known as Empty Nest Syndrome.

The interactive website helps match dogs with the physical characteristics of kids who have moved out.

“At this time of year, thousands of Kiwi parents will be feeling the effects of seeing their children leave home for the first time as they head to university or to start work, says van den Hoofdakker.

“There are also just as many rescue dogs in need of rehoming throughout New Zealand, we want to do all we can to bring them together,” he says.

Auckland psychologist Sara Chatwin says the impact of having an empty nest on our mental health should not be underestimated.

Chatwin says empty nest syndrome can manifest itself in a number of ways with some feeling depressed or anxious when there are less people in the home.

“Having spent much of their life looking after children and caring for them, parents can have difficulties coming to terms with a house that isn’t so busy and frenetic.

“All of a sudden their role as caregiver is significantly diminished and people can struggle with loneliness and depressive symptoms.

“They will often think long and hard about ‘what next’ to keep them physically and mentally active and getting a K9 companion can help answer that question,” she says.

Chatwin says a new pet dog can allow the empty nester to shift the focus off themselves, their issues and feelings of emptiness.

She says choosing a dog that has attributes of a child who has moved out can also have significant benefits.

“I suspect that if a dog embodies characteristics of a family member; long hair, a type of physique, it could really feel like a great fit in the family.

“Often people are looking for a replacement and are attracted to things they’re used to (in regards to looks) or that remind them of certain people,” says Chatwin.

The campaign will run for a month and van den Hoofdakker says there is also a need for foster parents to help socialise the dogs which have been saved from abusive environments.

“For those that can’t commit to taking a dog permanently, helping to socialise the dog through fostering it in a caring home is a key part in preparing it for long term adoption.

For more information on the Pedigree Child Replacement Programme see here

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Cost of Marketing Online Set to Drop for Kiwi Food Exporters http://fresh.co.nz/2017/03/20/cost-marketing-online-set-drop-kiwi-food-exporters/ http://fresh.co.nz/2017/03/20/cost-marketing-online-set-drop-kiwi-food-exporters/#respond Mon, 20 Mar 2017 06:04:19 +0000 http://fresh.co.nz/?p=89590 New Zealand food exporters are expected to benefit from access to a Google platform which makes it easier to compare prices of products according to a local marketing expert. Managing director of Pure SEO Richard Conway says the introduction of the Google Shopping platform to the New Zealand market will allow users to search for products […]

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New Zealand food exporters are expected to benefit from access to a Google platform which makes it easier to compare prices of products according to a local marketing expert.

Managing director of Pure SEO Richard Conway says the introduction of the Google Shopping platform to the New Zealand market will allow users to search for products on online shopping websites and compare prices between different retailers – ultimately making it easier to save money.

“Kiwis using Google may have already started to find a ‘carousel’ of images of products and their prices at the top of the search results.

“What used to be a manual process of opening each site and checking for the correct product and lowest price will now take a fraction of the time,” says Conway.

“Most consumers don’t search past the first page of search engine results but this ‘prime real estate’ is often dominated by those businesses with the largest marketing budgets – not necessarily the lowest prices,” he says.

Conway says recent research into New Zealand shopping habits found that more than half (53%) of shoppers compared products and pricing online before purchasing.

The research also found search engine results were the most popular online source of pre-purchase information with almost four in ten (39%) consumers using them.

He says in addition to businesses targeting the domestic market, many New Zealand exporters will also benefit from the introduction of Google Shopping as it makes it more cost effective to reach global markets.

“What this will mean for Kiwi businesses is a levelling of the playing field against dominant larger competitors.

“As the cost to reach each consumer comes down, those Kiwi businesses which sell direct to consumers will find it easier to compete with the marketing spend of larger players,” he says.

Conway cites the example of one food exporter which was able to reduce their marketing spend with Google by 45 percent in a recent trial of the Shopping platform.

“New Zealand businesses spend tens of millions each year advertising online and this is expected to reach $900million by 2020.

“The introduction of new technology like Google Shopping will help improve the online shopping experience for Kiwi consumers and we expect it to open up new markets for Kiwi retailers almost overnight.”

Conway says that Google Shopping will not replace the traditional text adverts and will help anyone with an ecommerce presence in their ability to compete including bricks and mortar with a smaller ecommerce presence.

“Research has found that this new advertising service actually complements traditional AdWords, as when a consumer is faced with both Shopping and text ads, more than 90 percent visit the website and 83 percent make a purchase.

“Because of this, we expect to see to see businesses incorporating the new technology rather than replacing an existing one,” he says.

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Donate for those in need http://fresh.co.nz/2017/03/20/donate-those-need/ http://fresh.co.nz/2017/03/20/donate-those-need/#respond Mon, 20 Mar 2017 05:56:55 +0000 http://fresh.co.nz/?p=89587 For these two weeks (Monday 20 March until Sunday 5 April) Countdown is offering a range of cheaper sanitary products at $4 each, and encouraging customers to donate a pack to The Salvation Army, either in-store or online via The Foodbank Project foodbank.org.nz. To kick start the campaign, Countdown has donated $5000 of sanitary products […]

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For these two weeks (Monday 20 March until Sunday 5 April) Countdown is offering a range of cheaper sanitary products at $4 each, and encouraging customers to donate a pack to The Salvation Army, either in-store or online via The Foodbank Project foodbank.org.nz.

To kick start the campaign, Countdown has donated $5000 of sanitary products to The Salvation Army and is calling on customers to take advantage of the cheaper prices and buy an extra pack or two for women in need.

In July last year, Countdown worked with Labour MP Louisa Wall and The Salvation Army to launch online donations of sanitary products which are distributed through eight Salvation Army foodbank hubs. To date almost $40,000 worth of sanitary products has been donated.

Countdown’s General Manager Corporate Affairs James Walker says, “Women’s sanitary products are a necessity item that can become hard to fit into the budget when you’re under financial pressure.

“Over the next two weeks, we’re encouraging customers to take advantage of discounted prices and donate a pack to young women through our specially marked Food Rescue bins in store. This small gesture will make a big difference and go a long way to helping women who might be struggling to afford these products each month.

“Since launching in eight months ago, through The Foodbank Project www.foodbank.org.nz, more than 11,000 sanitary products have already been donated. However we can all do more and we think our customers may be able to help us with this cause,” he says. Louisa Wall, Manurewa MP and Labour Youth Affairs spokesperson says that the initiative was originally inspired by the needs of young women and their advocacy.

“We want to make sure that all females, whether at school, university, or working are able to access female products that helps support their full participation at school, on the sports field and in society.

“Female sanitary products are not a luxury, but for young Kiwi women on tight budgets they’re an expense that’s hard to afford. Without these products, young women are staying at home and missing precious time at school or University.” she says.

“We know that some women and young girls are choosing to stay home when they have their period and university students are choosing not to catch the bus or eat. Others are creating makeshift products or even recycling used pads, which is unhygienic and can put their health at risk from infection or sickness, all because they cannot afford sanitary products.

“We must make sanitary products more accessible and this initiative will certainly contribute to that outcome, “says Louisa Wall.

Major Pam Waugh from The Salvation Army says foodbanks around the country are rarely donated women’s hygiene products yet they’re an essential for families.

“The response online to donations of sanitary products have been outstanding, but that’s only reaching the main centres and we absolutely know there is a need for these products across New Zealand.

“There are too many young women going without basic hygiene products and sadly we know some are resorting to theft, which has resulted in our young women getting convictions and sentencing, adding to their shame.

“Donating through Countdown is an easy thing to do and The Salvation Army makes sure donations get where they need to go.”

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