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Top business mentoring on offer with our 2019 Auckland Good Food Boost

Entries are now open for the Good Food Boost 2019! If you have a fledgling food business and want the opportunity to participate in this six week programme with five exclusive mentoring sessions, enter now!

Mentors bring a range of business expertise to the table and include a distribution and supply chains specialist, a strategy and brand specialist, a sustainability and packaging expert and a top NZ chef!  It’s the perfect platform to make your food business fly.

This year’s top mentors are:

Chris Morrison– founder of All Good Bananas and Karma Cola and previously Phoenix Organics. A pioneer in organics and sustainable business.

Megan May– is the creator and chef behind the much-loved Little Bird Organics, specialising in delicious organic, raw food which is now available nationwide.

Martin Yeoman – strategist and brand man – he has held strategic leadership roles with the likes of Saatchi & Saatchi, Publicist and Assignment Group. Martin is now co-owner and Strategy Partner at The Enthusiasts, a strategic & creative brand communications practice.

Paul JohnstonLife Health Foods–  top Supply Chain and Distribution Manager at Life Health Foods with 25 years’ experience in food manufacturing, grocery industry, distribution and supply chains.

James GriffinCircular Economyand packaging specialist at the Sustainable Business Network. James leads SBN’s work to accelerate the circular economy in New Zealand. He has extensive commercial experience, having worked in large corporates and owned his own business.

The 2019 Good Food Boost mentors offer a breadth of experience, from a variety of backgrounds. The mentoring program will be run over a six-week period with the aim of arming promising food businesses with the tools to flourish into innovative forces, driving our national food system in both a healthy and equitable direction.

Last year’s winners, Very Good Dumplings said “the Mentors helped us by discussing our current situation, developing business strategy, sharing new ideas, and importantly, providing us with direction, insight and confidence to keep pushing forward.”

Here at SBN, we believe good food should:

  • Be legal, safe, healthy and nutritious
  • Contribute to local economies
  • Reduce ‘waste’ and inefficiencies
  • Protect water, soil and biodiversity
  • Be transparent about where it comes from and how it is grown and cared for
  • Recognise and enhance cultural diets and food practices

So, if your fledging food and/or beverage business in the Auckland Region hits one or more of those criteria, why not enter now? Entries close 15 February 2019.

The Good Food Boost is brought to the Sustainable Business Network and would not be possible without the generous funding and support of Auckland Tourism, Events and Economic Development (ATEED).