Thursday, June 30, 2016

Food Safety Concerns Driving Kiwis to Buy Local - Research


Food Safety Concerns Driving Kiwis to Buy Local - Research
Kiwi consumers are seeking out locally made food, as concerns about product safety and levels of additives in consumer goods manufactured offshore drive purchasing behaviour - according to the findings of a new survey.
The Munchkin study which investigated the attitudes and habits of Kiwi shoppers showed that more than two thirds (69%) of Kiwi consumers said country of origin for food products they ate was important to them.
Interestingly, this figure jumped to 86% for parents who had children who were of school age or younger, with almost nine in 10 of this group saying it was an important factor in deciding whether or not to give the product to their children.
The regional sales director for Munchkin Gary Hunter says the survey provides insights for food policy makers in this market.
“The one clear message from the research is that Kiwi’s care where their food is made. It provides consumers with an important level of reassurance of quality as well as allowing them to proactively support local suppliers,” he says.
More than half (54%) of Kiwis believe products sold on our supermarket shelves do not label their products adequately with enough country of origin details.
The research showed the majority two thirds, (65%) of New Zealand shoppers try to buy food or beverage products made in NZ from NZ ingredients as often as possible. A fifth (19%) said they always purchase food or beverage products that are made in New Zealand with locally sourced ingredients.  
Respondents were also asked to provide the most important reason for knowing the country of origin of their food products, the most common response was a desire to support locally made wherever possible with more than a third (35%) giving this answer.
This was closely followed by concerns over food safety standards with another third (34%). Issues with chemicals, preservatives or additive levels was listed by a fifth (20%) of Kiwis. Taste preferences and environmental concerns about the distance the food has travelled were identified by 6% and 5% of respondents respectively.
When asked what product categories where country of origin labelling was important to them; meat and dairy products came up top at 96% and 95% respectively. This was followed closely by fruit and vegetables with more than nine in ten (92%) consumers stating this. Knowing the source of their tinned or glass bottled products and dry packaged goods was also important with 86% and 83% identifying this preference.
The survey also found that 95% of Kiwi’s indicated that given the choice, they would rather have dairy products from grass fed cows. Only 5% said they preferred products from grain fed cows.
The research was carried out in conjunction with the launch of the new Munchkin Grass Fed™ milk-based formula and toddler drinks produced in Canterbury.

Written on behalf of Munchkin by Impact PR. For further information or images, please contact Fleur Revell-Devlin (021509600) or Mark Devlin (021509060)

Tuesday, June 28, 2016

curry leaves and fruits…/VkGVZC…/s400/curry+leaf+seeds.jpg, my curry leaf plant had fruits and wonder if they can be eaten.
The fruit pulp contains Vitamin C, ash, protein, phosphorus, potassium, calcium, magnesium and iron.… The nutritious sweet pulp around the seed (fruit) can be eaten fresh. I also read some where, seeds cannot be eaten.

The sad thing about my beautiful wonderful tree was my neighbour asked to inherit it. I told her yes, but it was for the neighbourhood. 8 years after I left Singapore, I went back to check on the tree. It was half dead.

Monday, June 27, 2016

Amourphophallus paeonifolius.

Margaret Nancy Yong from Kuching is blessed with a very rare flower. She has given me permission to share it with you all.
With my Beauty...Amourphophallus paeonifolius.

Sunday, June 26, 2016

Red: a colour of luck.

I gave a short talk during the Students' reunion when i went back to Borneo.

Thursday, June 23, 2016

fake branded products.

Nicky loved shopping, she could afford only fake branded products.

Tuesday, June 21, 2016

Phyllanthus niruri or Dukung anak.

I have been looking for this wild herb for a long time. When we were young, my mother would send my siblings and I to collect by pulling these herb, roots and all. She boiled this for us to drink. I found this growing a in pot sharing another plant in Singapore.
We called this MA ZAI CHO. Phyllanthus niruri or Dukung anak.


persimmons, in China in the past, when mothers couldn't breastfeed their babies. The babies were fed with mashed persimmons. I have a story on this in "One Roof, Two Lives."

Traditional Medicine.

My Sis E inherited the skills of a traditional medical practitioner. Here a peppery leaf was used to apply to a bump, and the swelling will go away by the next day.