Better Exporting Meetup – Food & Beverage

Better Exporting Meetup – Food & Beverage

Better Exporting Meetup – Food & Beverage

Are you an ambitious and motivated Food & Beverage business with global growth aspirations?

We would love to see you and members of your team at our Food & Beverage meetup to chat openly with fellow New Zealand exporters. The purpose of the meetup is to help facilitate the valuable exchange of ideas amongst the group, including an update on the year past, how that has affected your business and measures you have put in place to continue operating on a day-to-day basis.   What does 2021 look like for your business?

ExportNZ is a community of exporters providing each other with the inspiration, collegial support and advice to allow their business to prosper.  We see incredible power in companies learning from and listening to other companies’ experiences in different markets and sectors. These meetups are run in a relaxed format, and are highly interactive.

Highlights of the meetup:

  • You will hear how businesses have changed their business strategies post Covid-19
  • Importance of being agile in the current climate
  • You will likely hear about problems that you haven’t faced yet, but will in the future.
  • Although you may not be aware of the issue yet, hearing solutions from other professionals will help you plan accordingly
  • Input from many experts with varying perspectives which produces new thinking that challenges existing best practices


Joe Nelson, CEO – Cedenco

Joseph Nelson is the CEO of Cedenco a top 100 New Zealand food and beverage company specialising in ingredient manufacturing. From your favourite drink to your most loved snack, Cedenco ingredients are used by some of the world’s most iconic food and beverage brands. With processing facilities in Gisborne, Bay of Plenty, Hastings and Nelson, Cedenco employs over 700 staff and exports to over 20 countries.

Cedenco was a finalist in the NZTE International Business Awards and won ExportNZ Hawkes Bay Exporter of the Year in 2018. Joseph has spent the past 16 years promoting New Zealand as a world class producer of food and beverages and is a passionate advocate for New Zealand’s primary industry.

Tiffani Graydon, CEO – Yealands Wine Group

As Yealands Wine Group’s new CEO Tiffani brings extensive senior executive experience specialising in commercial strategy, marketing, and visionary leadership. Having spent the past two decades working across global markets, Tiffani has a history of transforming business performance through customer and consumer centricity and the promotion of a high-performance culture.

Tiffani’s passion for the industry began at Montana Wines in the mid-1990s. She went on to work for Lion Nathan throughout the early 2000s, leaving in 2006 to move with her family to live and work in Shanghai, China. Returning to NZ, in 2009 she joined Pernod Ricard Winemakers and held several senior executive roles within the company before leaving to take up the CEO position with Yealands Wine Group in October 2019

Tommy Li, General Manager Commercial & IS – Open Country Dairy Ltd

Tommy is an experienced finance professional with strong commercial, information system and marketing experience. He has spent the last 12 years in the dairy industry.

Tommy’s skills include: People management, Change management, Strategy formation & implementation, Financial ownership, commercial negotiation, entrepreneurship and communication.

For this event, we are accepting registrations from exporting businesses only.

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