dairy products

Told you plain packaging will extend beyond cigarettes, now it will be a trade weapon

I’ve been talking about it for ages, and commenters and other including politicians scoffed…Don’t be silly Cam, plain packaging legislation is for tobacco only.

Except it gives the antis a toehold and now we are seeing the results of that. On top of that tobacco producing countries can use it to conduct a trade war against our exporters.

New Zealand’s wine and dairy producers will be forced to export their products without branding in retaliation for Government’s introduction of plain packaging of cigarettes, tobacco firms are warning MPs.

A senior Indonesian official has been reported saying New Zealand exporters will pay a price for draconian law changes which will require tobacco producers to sell their products in plain packs with standardised fonts and colours.

Tobacco firms and lobbyists repeated the warning to a Parliamentary committee yesterday.

Emergency Committee for American Trade president Cal Cohen told MPs that plain packaging was likely to lead to restrictions of trademarks for other goods such as wine and dairy.

Tobacco giant Phillip Morris pointed to a letter by Indonesia’s former Minister of Trade Gita Wirjawan to New Zealand’s Ministry of Health, in which he said plain packaging breached WTO rules and would have an impact on New Zealand exports.

Wine and dairy…ouchy…I wonder what Fonterra and all the exporters of dairy products think about that…especially those exporting branded baby formula to China.

What about sugar containing products…will they be the next victims in the war of business?

The former minister, now the Indonesian Director General for International Trade Co-operation, made a similar warning in a local news report: “If the cigarettes we export there are not allowed to have brands, then the wine they sell here shouldn’t also.”

New Zealand’s exports to Indonesia were worth nearly $900 million, half of which came from dairy. Food and beverages made up 70 per cent of total exports.

Trade Minister Tim Groser said New Zealand was “exercising its normal rights” through the plain packaging legislation.

He told the Herald: “I’ve met numerous Indonesian officials since we initiated that action and no concern has been expressed to me personally.

“So I would be very surprised if I hear talk in the future of that.”

Be surprised Groser…it will happen. The health busybodies will move from tobacco to sugar, to alcohol to dairy…they will use the same tactics, the same denigration and on top of that use state funding and taxpayer money to do it all.

If tobacco producing countries retaliate they will use the very same arguments Groser is advancing…that [insert country] was “exercising its normal rights” through the plain packaging legislation against alcohol…which from a muslim country like Indonesia is perfectly defensible on religious grounds without any pesky scientific evidence, which is severely lacking in tobacco legislation.

Corporate New Zealand better gear up for a war with the state funded health busybodies, it is coming whether they like it or not and their silence against plain packaging simply emboldens them toa ttack harder.

Leaks tell PR nightmare about to get worse for Countdown

unnamed-1Today in the NZ Herald, Countdown’s boss Dave Chambers has a nice little PR puff piece…banging on about how proud he is of the way Countdown conducts its business.

His line “Kiwis like to buy local products, because of the high quality of our nation’s produce” is soon to be proven to be nothing more than PR spin.

All is not well in Countdown land by the amount of information flooding into the tip-line from disgruntled employees, who are seeing Kiwis protesting outside their supermarkets, Facebook hate pages and constant negative media attention.

The buzz from the tip-line is hinting at a massive hit to New Zealand’s dairy suppliers is about to be announced soon. If my source prove out then Dave’s PR woes will only deepen. If he thinks he can laugh off John Campbell and Mike Hosking and bluff his way around Shane Jones’s accusations, this announcement will hit at the core of New Zealand’s heartland.   Read more »

Some proper facts on the Fonterra cream recall

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Recall is just 350 of these type of crates of cream

The media are making much of the recall of 8700 bottles of cream…it sounds like a large number but is it really?

I made a few calls and ascertained that cream is not delivered in pallets, but in crates and 8700 bottles is only 350 crates of cream.

I then enquired as to how many supermarkets this could affect and the answer was 350 crates would easily be consumed by just two decent sized PaknSave supermarkets.

In other words stuff all.

So there you have it…reality…a very small product recall, of just 350 crates of maybe, possibly, dodgy cream.

Readers have also commented that recalls happen frequently.  Read more »

Calm Down, move On

Better circle the wagons.

In what is a typical product recall, Fonterra is recalling a few thousand bottles of cream.

Nothing strange about that, yet, as typical of most lightweight young MSM journalists you’d think the plague had struck New Zealand.

8,700 bottles of cream is a slightly different situation to 38 tonnes of whey protein. Perspective is needed.

Sensible comments from Federated Farmers’ Willy Leferink who said:

“If you don’t trust your product you do a recall. It probably shouldn’t have gone into the marketplace in the first place but food safety is paramount, so if you then find there is problems with the product then a recall is justified,” he said.  Read more »

Sucking on the Taxpayers’ Tit, Ctd

And just while I’m nursing an interest in these troughers and their ideas, all this talk against plain packaging from big tobacco reminded me that these troughers also want plain packaging on infant formula.

Seeing New Zealand’s biggest company Fonterra is proudly selling its Anmum product in countries like Malaysia, Philippines, Indonesia, China, Singapore, Taiwan, Hong Kong, Thailand and Vietnam earning NZ much needed export dollars, I thought I’d scare the horses by showing how their loopy ideas like plain packaging would look for infant formula.

These troughers don’t want anything on the product that seems or may send a positive message to mums. So those happy smiling mum/baby pics would be replaced with an image of a mother that looks depressed and all Aunty Mingy-like, a baby that looks unhappy, a big warning label (now required in the Philippines) and let’s not forget take away the colour is another seducing factor. Whammo

I’m no fan of Fonterra, but the problem I have is that large corporates sit there all high and mighty thinking that loopy ideas that impact on one industry won’t happen to them. Well plain packaging is stalking Fonterra now as it is stalking the booze companies. It is the thin end of a very large wedge.

Meanwhile the troughers who are bitterly against various causes, i.e. the troughers that think infant formula manufacturers are evil, keep pushing their ideas through their government providers. Before you know it, their ideas are written up in reports and presented to government as ideas that have the endorsement of “stakeholders”.

All this talk makes you wonder whether the Government has looked at its values recently…

I knew it!

NZ Herald

I knew it…Ice cream is like crack:

Cravings people have for ice cream are similar to those a junkie experiences for cocaine, a US study claims.

According to the study, published by the American Journal of Clinical Nutrition, the more ice cream an individual eats, the less “reward” they get.

Co-author of the study, Dr Kyle Burger, from the Oregon Research Institute, told The Daily Telegraph overeating high fat or high sugar foods appeared to change the way the brain responded to the food.

“This tolerance is thought to increase use, or eating, because the individual trying to achieve the previous level of satisfaction,” he said.

“Repeated, over-consumption of high-fat or high-sugar foods may alter how the brain responds to those foods in a way that perpetuates further intake.”

The study involved 151 healthy teenagers, aged 14 and 16, who were asked about their recent eating habits and how much they craved particular foods. The participants were then shown a picture of milk shakes, before being given a actual milk shake, while their brains were scanned with a Functional Magnetic Resonance Imaging Machine.

According to the study, all of the participants craved the ice cream, but those who had eaten ice cream in recent weeks enjoyed it less.

Whale’s Budgeting Tips for the Poor

I am heartily sick and tired of Simon Collins carping and whinging as he manufactures a crisis of poverty in New Zealand. Cactus Kate is likewise over it and she eviscerates the rubbish masquerading as a column at the NZ Herald.

Milk seems to be a big focus with one over-priced grocery store making a big play along with various left wing parties about how the poor simply can’t afford milk.

This is of course complete rubbish. I will show you how to save heaps on milk costs if you are poor.

Let’s accept for a moment the premise that:

“Milk is a basic commodity and should be made available to all New Zealand consumers, not just those who can afford it,”

Nosh thinks they are being big heroes by selling milk at $2 per bottle, notwithstanding that you have to buy $25.00 of their other over-priced grocery items in order to qualify. We can ignore Nosh as they are simply grandstanding and their price is unsustainable, however I am going to show you how to save heaps on your milk costs.

It is actually simple. Milk Powder. Anchor conveniently explains the nutritional value of milk powder for you in comparison to fresh milk:

Milk Powder is the same…identical…a facsimile of fresh milk. Just add water, voila. Even better 1 kilo of milk powder makes up 8 litres of milk.

So how much is 1 kilo of milk powder?

Well that varies but for the Anchor product it is $14.99 a kilo or $1.87 per litre of nutritionally the same milk. Nosh milk at the moment is amrginally cheaper…remember they are selling at a loss and are unable to sustain that price, the supermarket is making a profit and there is so much milk powder available that store are forced to sell it.

But I can do better….if you buy Home Brand milk powder it is only 9.99 per kilo or just $1.24 per litre of milk. plus you don;t have to buy $25.00 worth of over-priced Nosh groceries to qualify. The milk powder will have been made in the same factory as the Anchor Brand more likely than not, so there is bugger all difference.

Using Whales Budget Tips for the Poor you can save plenty on milk,  you don’t have to drive miles to the upmarket and expensive Nosh stores and at supermarkets you can buy just one bag of milk powder which will provide you with 8 litres of relatively cheap and nutritionally identical milk.

Following my budget tips, for just $9.99 you can have 8 litres of milk.

I’m confused

Inspiration from Oswald

That was then when milk was evil:

Kiwis would be far healthier if they made the easy switch from full-fat to trim milk, reports Emily Watt from Sunday Star Times.

Orange, yellow, blue and green – it’s a rainbow of colours in the milk aisle at the supermarket, but most New Zealanders are sticking with fat-filled blue.

Kiwis bought nearly 100 million litres of blue-top milk last year, despite nationwide health messages to cut down on saturated fat. Nutritionists say if that was trim milk, our rates of high cholesterol, blood pressure and cardiovascular disease would improve dramatically.

A litre of blue-top milk contains 24g of saturated fat, equivalent to four nougat-filled chocolate bars.

The nation’s milk-drinking habits need to change, says Otago University professor of nutrition Jim Mann. “That’s a significant way people could cut down on saturated fat intake. It’s potentially very important. And it’s an easy thing to do.”

This is now, Milk is a basic commodity and should be made available to ALL:

“Milk is a basic commodity and should be made available to all New Zealand consumers, not just those who can afford it,” Nosh director Clinton Beuvink said.

Of course Nosh neglected to tell everyone that they had to spend a minimum $25.00 on other goods in their over-priced store to avail themselves of the cheap milk deal.

 

Benson-Pope won't stand in election

Benson-Pope won’t stand in electionDunedin South MP David Benson-Pope has confirmed he will not stand in the election. The widely expected announcement was reported today by the Otago Daily Times . Mr Benson-Pope lost the Labour Party nomination for… [NZ Herald Politics]

What a shame. I was so looking forward to Labour factions slapping themselves silly. No doubt he will have been paid off with some nice board appopintments should Labour steal another election.