Better Exporting Meetup – Food & Beverage

Better Exporting Meetup – Food & Beverage

Better Exporting Meetup – Food & Beverage

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

We would love to see you and members of your team at our fortnightly meetups to chat openly with fellow New Zealand exporters. Each session will cover a different industry sector where three presenters will give you a post Covid-19 update and follow with how they have previously and are currently succeeding globally through the application of best practice across all elements of their international growth strategy.

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. To help facilitate the valuable exchange of ideas amongst the group, these events are run in a relaxed, less structured format, and are highly interactive.

Highlights of the meetup:

  • You receive unexpected valuable information.
  • 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

This session will cover the Food & Beverage sector.


Nicola O’Rourke, General Manager, Lewis Road Creamery

Nicola has over 15 years experience in New Zealand FMCG industry across a range of disciplines, including Marketing, Sales, New Product Development and Operations. Throughout her career, she has launched over 80 products into the Australasian market. Nicola O’Rourke is currently the General Manager for New Zealand’s loved premium dairy brand, Lewis Road Creamery.

Nicola is also Chair of the New Zealand Food Basket, a coalition of well-known New Zealand Food & Beverage businesses who are working together to access a B2C sales channel in China, through Alibaba’s Tmall. The New Zealand Food Basket launched in China in 2019 and has now been operating on Tmall for close to 18 months, a market place for the highest quality New Zealand products direct to Chinese consumers.

Kate Davies, General Manager, Alpine Deer New Zealand

Kate is currently the General Manager at Alpine Deer a company that processes and trades deer products to China, Hong Kong, Taiwan and Canada. Kate has previously been Business Manager at Tatua Dairy Company for a number of years as well as having technical and sales roles in the dairy industry in the UK, Australia and New Zealand. Kate’s career has been in sales and marketing of dairy products involving all facets of business development, sales and R&D.

Wade Gillooly, Chief Bagel Guy – ABE’s Bagels

Wade Gillooly runs a private investment food group Marmont Private Capital and is a shareholder and CEO at ABE’s with a passion for growing NZ food manufacturing businesses. ABE’s is the largest Bagel business across Australasia, employs over 100 people. Abe’s is an ExportNZ Exporter of the Year winner and Deloitte Fast 50 Company.

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

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