Exporters’ Stories

‘Being there’ is still important

‘Being there’ is still important

‘Being there’ is still important The importance of getting your ‘boots on the ground’ has been a top tip from business leaders for decades, but for some that option is out the window right now.Sam Watson – Group CEO at Southern Spars...

‘Being there’ is still important

Shaking and stirring up global glasses

During his years managing cocktail bars around the world, Joe Slater – now Managing Director of Six Barrel Soda Co – set himself the task of working out how to make high quality drinks using fresh ingredients at a large scale. When he got back to NZ, he...

A sailing success

A sailing success

Catherine BeardNew Zealand is well known for its nautical prowess, and this runs into exports of a particular kind of boat, designed and manufactured right here in Milton NZ, and sought around the globe.Steve McLay, managing director of McLay Boats Ltd and boat...

A sailing success

The Crafty Way to Cider Success

Catherine BeardWhen I spoke to Josh Townsend, CEO of Zeffer – winner of the world’s best cider title – he was in the middle of playing host to two leading Chinese craft beer brands: Nbeer and Glass Hammer. What’s that all about? Their presence...

A sailing success

Winning formula

Catherine BeardWhen hearing about Blue River Dairy’s journey to success, I can’t help but think of famous musicians – such as Ed Sheeran – who slaved away relatively unknown for years before they hit the big time.You may have seen Blue River...

A sailing success

Connecting with Coffee

Catherine BeardA shining example of not simply making a product and shipping it overseas, Coffee Supreme is exploring a myriad of different models to take on markets around the world.Starting in Wellington with a single cafe in ‘93, this passion project has...

A sailing success

Navigating the long-haul China journey

Catherine BeardDoing business in China is not for the faint-hearted, but when it’s your first ever export market you’re in for a really steep learning curve! This didn’t put Rachael Speedy and her team at NZ Premium Foods off however, as she has...