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A dairy giant’s former factory is now home to a food company with sustainability at its heart – and it’s just been granted a million-dollar loan from the Government to keep up the good work. Kāpiti Sustainable Foods makes plant-based foods and meat alternatives, and in an announcement at the factory on Tuesday, Minister for Economic and Regional Development Stuart Nash said it would receive a loan of up to $1.25 million from the Government’s Regional Strategic Partnership Fund.
Fonterra’s R&D teams are working to develop dairy products that deliver health benefits around improved cognition, sight and even mood. We hear from Judith Swales, CEO of Fonterra Asia Pacific, to learn more.
Tāmaki Regeneration Company, Tātaki Auckland Unlimited and In The Flow State founder Tyrone Tangara-Makiri opened an innovation hub last week in Ukutoia-Glen Innes with big plans. The hub will assist local rangatahi Māori and Pasifika entrepreneurs as they start their businesses. The hub, named "Reserve", took three years to develop and was borne out of a need to connect with other local prospective entrepreneurs.
Five finalists have been announced for this year's round of Innovate Whanganui. The Dragon's Den-style competition puts local entrepreneurs in front of a panel of judges to compete for a $5000 cash prize. it is a collaboration between economic development agency Whanganui & Partners and Palmerston North business collective The Factory. Strategic lead for business at Whanganui and Partners, Tim Easton, said there were more than 30 entries this year.
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