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F&B Connect: Northland 2018

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The Orchard Business and Event Hub

85 Cameron Street

Whangarei, Northland 0110

New Zealand

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Brought to you by the NZ Food Awards, F&B Connect is your opportunity to engage with and learn from your peers and industry stakeholders:

  • Gain valuable market insights for developing truly competitive products from Countdown Supermarkets
  • Be inspired by Olivado's journey to success
  • Learn how Northland Inc can help support aspiring and growing foodies
  • Discover how the NZ Food Awards program can assist you in taking the next step in your journey

Seats for this free-to-attend event are limited. Register today to secure your place!


1.45pm Arrival and registration

2.00pm Opening from Northland Inc

A welcome from our host and Chair

Joseph Stuart, General Manager Business Innovation & Growth, NorthlandInc

2.05pm Keynote: “The Good, The Bad and The Ugly”: Our journey to success

Jason reflects on Olivado’s journey to success on the local, national and global stage, and some of the most valuable lessons learnt along the way.

Jason Vokes, Acting General Manager, Olivado

2.20pm: Global Movement for Kiwis: The impact of international trends in F&B

What do the dynamics of the natural vs. created movement mean for producers in New Zealand? How could trends in the international market affect the future of food and food production in Northland?

2.35pm: Using Intellectual Property to Control and Leverage Food Innovation

This session is an overview of the key considerations when identifying and leveraging your intellectual property and the strength of Kiwi IP in the international market.

Representative from James & Wells

2.50pm: Recognising the best of the best: The 2018 NZ Food Awards

Interested in adding another award to your trophy cabinet? This overview of the NZ Food Awards covers changes in judging categories and what you could be in to win.

MaryAnne Puno, Project Lead – New Zealand Food Awards, Massey University

3.05pm: How we can help: An Introduction to The Foodpilot

Based at Massey University in Palmerston North, The FoodPilot links all aspects of food manufacturing, boasting the largest collection of pilot-scale food processing equipment in the Southern Hemisphere. Find out what resources are available to you.

Nikki Middleditch, FoodPilot Client Solutions Manager; Massey Food Innovation Team Leader, The FoodPilot

3.20pm: Stand out on the shelf: Utiilising consumer trends in product and packaging development

Every year, transactions from One Card users are collated and used to take suppliers through to Countdown’s shelves. Hear about the key considerations for making your products move from shelf to trolley. Get in front of the trading and local store teams, and hear how Countdown is making it easier for all local producers to get on the shelf.

Representative from Countdown Supermarkets

3.35pm: Connect Q&A

Want more detail from our speakers? Grab some nibbles and put your questions to our speakers in this fireside chat, facilitated by Joseph Stuart.

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Whangarei, Northland 0110

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