Why I’ll be at the Good Food Forum

5 May 2015

Our Good Food Forum is just under three weeks away and selling out fast. This week some of our members tell us why they are going, what they will be revealing and why it is the must-attend food event of the year.

The Good Food Forum looks set to change the future of New Zealand food. Come along to find out how to grow a smart, high-performing food business and network with NZ Trade & Enterprise, Yealands, Hallertau, NZ King Salmon, Te Kaahui o Rauru, AsureQuality, the Agribusiness Group, The Food Innovation Network, All Good Organics, Callaghan Innovation, Miraka, Foodstuffs, Commonsense Organics, Novotel Auckland Airport Hotel, Accor, Kokako, Fairtrade ANZ, Freedom Farms, Peoples Coffee,  Bird on a Wire, Conscious Consumers and many more.

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Ben Gleisner, Conscious Consumers 
Ben will present the latest data on what ‘conscious’ consumers care about and the growing importance of certification and traceability, as well as a revolutionary new idea that will help thousands of ‘good’ food businesses grow. 

Why I’m going:

  • I’m looking forward to hearing from a group of innovative experts from the food industry in New Zealand.
  • I am keen to hear stories from inspiring New Zealand food companies.
  • I want to understand more from food businesses about the challenges they are facing in improving their environmental and social impact.
  • I’m excited to learn more about the latest and greatest ideas coming from the food sector. 
  • I am hoping for some great input into our new game-changing idea!


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Vicky Ha from House of Dumplings
Why I’m going:

  • I want to hang out with people that are struggling with the same things I am – namely the small, artisan food producers.
  • I want to find some solutions to the issues that all food businesses struggle with: things like food safety, tracing batches, stream line production, costing, wastage control, staff health and safety, and the eliminations of hazards.
  • I’m interested to see what new products are out there.
  • I want to learn how to make my business better and strong!


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Mike Murphy, Kokako Organic Coffee Roasters
(Kokako will be supplying coffee from a vintage Citroen H Van)
Why I’m going:

  • I’m interested in finding out how New Zealand food and beverage producers can collaborate to create a competitive advantage for our products.
  • I’m also interested to see how third party verification (such as BioGro and Fairtrade) and consumer trends and expectations are dictating what type of products we should be selling to local and international markets.
  • I’d like to hear more about how iwi are investing in New Zealand food and beverage as well as a strategic investor’s view of what they look for in an innovative business opportunity.


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Marion Wood, Commonsense Organics
Why I’m going:

  • The speakers appear to be an eclectic mix of those involved in the mainstream food industry and those seeking to change it – which could be interesting.
  • We are tightening up on traceability and I am particularly interested in how you take your suppliers along for the ride.
  • Any event I have been to organised by Emily Dowding-Smith has turned out to be (a) surprising and (b) a great success and I am assuming this will be too.
  • We have just opened a branch of Commonsense Organics in Dominion Road, Mount Eden and I am interested in meeting other people involved in transforming the food industry.
  • I thoroughly enjoyed Jacqueline Ireland’s (Colmar Brunton) presentation at the Sustainable Business Network conference last year.


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Rachel Brown, Sustainable Business Network CEO
Why I’m going:

  • I’m looking forward to seeing business leaders tackle some of New Zealand’s really important food-related issues.
  • I want to discuss the issue of how we grow, market and make good food accessible to all (not just the really wealthy).
  • I want to hear from ethically-based businesses.
  • I want to find out how to become more effective in the role that SBN can play in restoring New Zealand’s food economy.
  • I want to know more about the issue of cost in the food chain.

Why should you go to the Good Food Forum? Find out more here.

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