UK activists have resumed their attack on the dairy industry.
Many very large food companies, particularly in the US, are struggling to adjust to the changing tastes of consumers, says Nick Fereday, RaboResearch senior analyst consumer foods.
New Zealand has been better than Australia at capitalising on the market for boutique foods, according to a top Australian scientist.
Farmers want policy certainty and are petrified about “kneejerk popular politics” similar to what the Government did with the oil and gas industry, says National agriculture spokesman Nathan Guy.
Changing to a more sustainable method of farming will be “in the money” in the long term, but the transition years are uncertain for a traditional farmer, says Weibe Draijer, chairman of Rabobank’s managing board.
Obtaining premium prices to pay for higher costs of production is the next challenge for farmers, says Rabobank dairy analyst Emma Higgins.
New Zealand farmers are starting to struggle to find the certainty they want in their businesses in the face of sustainability issues.
What made agricultural countries successful will not win the next era, says the chairman of Rabobank's managing board.