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Selwyn Times: October 03, 2017

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2 Tuesday [Edition datE] October 3 2017 30 Latest Christchurch news at www.star.kiwi SELWYN RURAL LIFE SELWYN TIMES Fruit & veggie growers join social media Global interest in the story behind healthy, fresh food has inspired Horticulture New Zealand to start an Instagram page, where people can better get to know the fruit and vegetable growers of New Zealand, Horticulture New Zealand, chief executive Mike Chapman says. Since going live last Tuesday, Growers of New Zealand (@growersofnz) has already sparked interest in New Zealand and around the world. Each week a grower will be profiled at work, and the seasonal crop they have been working with will be highlighted in a recipe. “Social media is a great way to reach a wide and engaged audience who want to find out more about their food and the people who grow it,” Mr Chapman says. “Instagram is really the social media of foodies, travellers and influencers, and of course, it is very visual which is perfect for healthy food. “But it is no longer just the food people are interested in. Increasingly people want to know their food has been produced in a sustainable way, with well-protected labour. “New Zealand fruit and vegetable growers have a great story to tell. Many run intergenerational family businesses where three or four generations of the same family have been caring for the land. They understand environmental sustainability from years of record keeping and experience. As the generations change, more science and technology is applied and in horticulture we have businesses at the cutting edge of healthy food production,” Mr Chapman says. “Growers of New Zealand can also tell our international audience more about New Zealand fresh fruit and vegetables, given that we export to 124 markets and there is interest in organic growing worldwide, which is another New Zealand strength. “Recipes are always popular on social media, as people look to healthier eating and want daily inspiration and advice. We will be promoting what is in season at the time and therefore readily available and affordable, and also will be profiling the lesser- known fruits and vegetables to encourage people to broaden their horizons. “Horticulture is growing rapidly and we need to attract more people into careers. So we hope by profiling the range of jobs available we will get people either starting out, or looking to change their career, interested in the varied paths horticulture has to offer.” Each week a grower will be profiled at work, and the seasonal crop they have been working with will be highlighted in a recipe. Canterbury Ltd • Pipes, valves, fittings sales • Filtration supply and installation • Pump service, repairs and maintenance • Bore flush and development • Bore pump sales, servicing and maintenance • Quotations for water system designs and water testing • We also sell, service and repair most pump brands including sewage pumps Sales and service | After hours service call Jason 021 649 944 or Mike 021 560 044 0800 GRUNDFOS / 0800 478 633 www.pumps-filters.co.nz Diesel Blower Heaters • An industrial diesel powered blower heater, which is ideal for warming a large area. • Clean burning technology and diesel economy allow it to operate for up to 14 hours on a single tank. • Designed especially to keep operation noise to an absolute minimum. • Plug the heater into a standard three pin plug power point and turn the thermostat to the desired heat setting and the burner starts automatically and will continue operation until it reaches the preset heat setting, automatically turning itself off and on as required to maintain the temperature. • A truly powerful, versatile and economical heater 30 kW - $795.00 GST incl 50 kW - $895.00 GST incl BUY DIRECT FROM THE IMPORTER! Lifestyle Tractors & Machinery Ltd • www.lifestyletractors.co.nz Tel. 03-347-4956 • Mob. 0274 770 070 Email. tractors@lifestyletractors.co.nz

[Edition datE] 3 SELWYN TIMES Latest Christchurch news at www.star.kiwi Tuesday October 3 2017 31 SELWYN RURAL LIFE New R&D centre to develop food technology expertise Mill processing company Synlait is establishing a research and development centre in Palmerston North to continue building expertise and capability in food technology. “Our goal is to become more profitable and diversified. Investing in our own research and development centre is an opportunity to explore new and unique ways to make the most from milk,” managing director and CEO John Penno says. “We will be developing intellectual property across our value chain, which aims to maximise value at every step, beginning behind the farm gate all the way through to providing market access for our customers.” Partnering with Massey University and FoodPILOT, one of the New Zealand Food Innovation Network’s four hubs, the new Palmerston North centre will be colocated at the forefront of innovative food technology research and commercialisation in New Zealand. Synlait’s research and development centre will concentrate on new product development, process technology and packaging. “We are serious about growing our research and category development capability and plan to double our investment over the next two years,” Mr Penno says. “Our commitment this financial year will be around $7 million, and our investment in Palmerston North is a major milestone on this journey. “This is the first step for us as we progress towards new products, categories and markets in the future. We will need our capability in this area to continue evolving so we stay ahead of the game.” General manager of innovation and technical services Roger Schwarzenbach says Synlait will have access to some of the best scientific, technical and commercial minds and equipment in this field. “It’s the perfect environment for our new team to explore options for diversifying our business, both at a product and process level.” Initially the centre will employ food technologists and engineers. Working closely with other teams at Synlait Dunsandel, they will also have access to some of the most sophisticated equipment and processing technology in the world. “As one of New Zealand’s fastestgrowing companies, our people have the opportunity to directly impact decisions we make. We will recruit a team in Palmerston North who aren’t afraid of a challenge and really want to make their mark,” Mr Schwarzenbach says. “This centre will have a real impact on Synlait’s future. The team will help us launch new high-returning dairy categories, bring new product options to market and contribute to ever-improving product quality.” Attention all farmers If you’re in need of a resource consent, we can help. • Effluent discharge • Groundwater • Surface water • FEP / Land Use • Due diligence • Monitoring & compliance • Advocacy 92 Williams St, Kaiapoi. Ph: 03 375 5015 www.bowden.co.nz Managing director and CEO, John Penno (left) and general manager of innovation and technical services Roger Schwarzenbach (right) GET CONNECTED WITH Scorch Broadband 0800 726 724 www.scorch.co.nz Canterbury C T H Timber & Hardware Visit us via our new entrance on Manion Rd We are here HOURS Mon-Fri: 7am - 5pm Saturday: 8am -12pm Your Local Timber Merchant Jason Pester 1304 Main South Road, Christchurch jason@cthl.co.nz P 03 3477465 F 03 3477032 Selwyn Auto ALL YOUR MOTORING NEEDS › WOF’s › Diagnostics › Repairs › Servicing › Batteries › Tyres › Motorbike WOF’s & Repairs › Courtesy Cars Available Phone 329 5841 | 132 Leeston Road, Springston www.selwynauto.com | office@selwynauto.com