FGC Diary


Still time to register for Cardinal Child Cancer Golf Tournament

19 September 2017

Registrations close next Friday, September 29, for Cardinal Logistics’ annual Child Cancer Golf Tournament, which will be held in conjunction with Whitford Park Golf Club, Auckland, on 27 October.

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Chocolate & Coffee Show Sept 23

6 September 2017

Tickets are now available for the Chocolate & Coffee Show 2017, which will be held at The Cloud, on Auckland’s waterfront, this weekend, September 23 and 24. The show will feature exhibits by the best of New Zealand’s artisan chocolatiers, coffee roasters and producers of tasty treats.

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Emerging leaders forum on Sept 20

 A forum aimed at the FMCG industry’s emerging leaders to be held in Auckland on September 20.

Kaleidoscope is a day dedicated to engaging, inspiring and equipping emergingleaders for the challenges of tomorrow.

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Food and Fibre Innovation for November 30

MPI’s 2017 Food and Fibre Innovation Conference will be held on 30 November in Wellington.

The theme this year is ‘Innovation – from Vision to Action’, and it will focus on how a business engages in innovation across its supply chain, from using inputs through to how products are processed, packaged, distributed and consumed.

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Annual conference Nov 1-3: speaker list grows

Kellogg’s Australia Managing Director Belinda Tumbers is the latest confirmed speaker for FGC’s annual conference, to be held in Wellington from 1-3 November.

Registrations are filling fast for the event, which is expected to sell out.

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Workshop on FSNI's operating model

A workshop to explain Foodstuffs North Island’s new operating model and provide information on how to calculate suppliers’ cost to serve will be held in Auckland this Friday, August 11.

FSNI CEO Chris Quin and FGC’s Katherine Rich will host the session, which will feature FSNI General Manager Merchansie David Stewart, General Manager Supply Chain Vaughan Grant, and other FSNI leaders talking about the model and answering questions.

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Registrations open for PIF V6.0 workshop

Registrations for an Auckland workshop and introduction on the Australian Food and Grocery Council’s Product Information Form V6.0 are now open. It will be held next Monday, July 31, at the Waipuna Hotel and Conference Centre, Mt Wellington, between 8.30am and 12.30pm.

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Bridges to talk infrastructure

Transport Minister Simon Bridges is to be the next guest speaker in the FGC Speaker Series, to be held in Auckland this Friday.

He will discuss future transport plans and infrastructure, along with the effect of the Kaikoura earthquake on the transport infrastructure in the South Island, the damage to Wellington’s CentrePort, and Auckland congestion issues – all of which are affecting distribution of goods and adding costs to the supply chain.

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Dr Food speaks tomorrow

A world-renowned expert on developments in the global food and beverage industry is to speak to FGC members in Auckland tomorrow, August 1. David Hughes is Emeritus Professor of Food Marketing at Imperial College London, as well as Visiting Professor at the Royal Agricultural University, UK.

He will  give an insight into the industry, and on the latest global food & drink trends, and opportunities.

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Future of omni-channel retailing

FGC members are invited to a free event on the future of omni-channel retailing being hosted by GS1 in Auckland on 27 June. 

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Workshop: insight into Fonterra's incident management

A workshop on how to prepare businesses for a major event, market disruption, or natural disaster will be held in Auckland on June 13.

It will be hosted by FGC’s Supply Chain Working Group, and will be led by Andrew Bull, Head of Incident Management for Fonterra, supported by four of his team.

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Key Account event looks at FMCG sales careers

Building a Broad FMCG Sales Career is the title of the third Key Account networking session, which will be held in Auckland on June 15.

Based on feedback from the previous session, there will be a retailer guest speaker followed by a panel of three supplier speakers who have successfully built their career with a breadth of functional roles. The retailer speaker will be Tim Bastin, Business Manager at Countdown.  He will share his career story and insights about what it takes to make a great Key Account Manager from a retailer perspective.

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Glimpse into food’s future

The future of the food and beverage sector will be the subject of a special event at Auckland’s Techweek’17 on 12 May.

Featuring an international panel of speakers, the Food + Tech event will challenge thinking and showcase the sector’s evolution – how science, technology and creativity are transforming the way food is processed, manufactured and marketed.

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Glimpse into food’s future

The future of the food and beverage sector will be the subject of a special event this Friday, May 12, during Auckland’s Techweek’17.

Featuring an international panel of speakers, the Food + Tech event will challenge thinking and showcase the sector’s evolution – how science, technology and creativity are transforming the way food is processed, manufactured and marketed.

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Finance Minister to speak to FGC this week

Finance Minister Steven Joyce will be the keynote speaker at FGC’s Half-Yearly and AGM event this Thursday.

He will join members for lunch before speaking. He joins Sir Rod Eddington, chairman of J.P. Morgan and Lion, and Pier Smulders, Business Development Director New Zealand at Alibaba.

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Jobs expo set for May 9

The FMCG industry jobs expo for 2017 will be held on May 9.

The FMCG Futures: Food and Grocery Industry Expo is a collaboration between FGC’s Talent Working Group and the Career Development and Employment Services team at the University of Auckland. It’s the industry’s opportunity to showcase itself as a fantastic career option aiming to becoming the industry of choice for graduates.

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Rare chance to meet buyers from China

FMCG exporters may be interested in a rare opportunity to network with buyers from China, at a function in Auckland on April 10.

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Speed dating for FMCG jobs

28 February 2017

FGC’s first employment promotion event for the year will be held at Auckland University on March 28 and it's open to members who want to be part of it.

Following on from our hugely successful Jobs Expo of last year, this is a Speed Dating event designed to again raise awareness and promote FMCG as an industry of choice. 

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Foodstuffs, Kotahi at supply chain forum

The Supply Chain Working Group’s Excellence Forum in Auckland on 1 March is one not to be missed for supply chain leaders, CEO’s and MD’s.

It will feature the double-whammy of supply chain updates from Foodstuffs NI and SI as well as from the CEO of New Zealand’s biggest export supply chain collaboration, Kotahi.

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Key Account Networking tomorrow

FGC’s Talent Working Group will hold its second Key Account Networking Session in Auckland on 15 February.

The session is themed “Building a Successful FMCG Sales Career”, and features guest speaker Brendon Lawry along with three leading FMCG panel speakers – Shane Webby, Janine Baldwin and Jenny Jones.  The session will be followed by networking drinks. The event is for Key Account Managers, Customer Managers, Key Account Executives, and Business Managers only.

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Superdiverse Women launch in February

A group that is seeking to recognise and inspire diverse women leaders will be launched in Auckland in February.

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Market access focus of ExportNZ seminar

A top line-up of speakers will talk on market access across different markets, at a seminar on processed foods to be hosted by ExportNZ in Auckland on December 9.

This is a chance for companies to meet ExportNZ’s market access team and have some of their questions answered. Tim Knox, Director Market Access Policy & Trade, will provide a general overview of market access developments with a particular focus on China and other Asian markets.

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HealthyWork 2016 - The heart of a good business

Industry and government speakers will feature at a conference on safety at work to be held in Auckland in November.

'Safeguard’ and ‘Employment Today’ magazines are running the one-day conference, on 18 November.

Keynote speakers at ‘HealthyWork – The heart of good business’ will be Professor Sir Cary Cooper, founder of ‘Good Day at Work’ (via videolink), and Dr Vicki Ashton and Anne Ohlmus from Monash University (recent winner of World's Healthiest Workplace at the Global Healthy Workplace Awards).

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Submissions on changes to managing hazardous substances

11 October 2016

The Environment Protection Authority is now calling for submissions on a number of proposed changes to New Zealand’s system for managing hazardous substances.

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Demystifying social media legal risks

Brand owners, marketers, customer service and contact centre managers of member companies may be interested in an address on the legal risks around social media, to be held in Auckland on 13 September. It will be made by Ciska de Rijk, Senior Regulatory Affairs Consultant, Simpson Grierson.

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Key Account best practice and networking

A networking event for Key Account Managers, Customer Managers, Key Account Executives, and Business Managers will be hosted by FGC in Auckland on 13 September. This will be an opportunity for people in these roles to develop, expand or strengthen their networks with people in similar roles within FMGC.

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Workshops aimed at SME food and beverage suppliers

One more workshop remains in the series aimed at SME food and beverage manufacturers looking to improve their effectiveness. It will be held at FoodBowl in Auckland on 3 August. The series was developed by the FoodBowl, Foodstuffs, Progressive, Nielsen and IRI in partnership with Estute+ / KPMG.

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Seminar on diversity in FMCG leadership

A seminar on why building diverse teams is so important in the FMCG industry is to be held in Auckland on 23 August. ‘Diversity in FMCG Leadership: Reaching for the Top’ has been organised by FGC. It aims to provide female FGC members with insights, inspiration and encouragement to build their careers in fast-moving-consumer-goods and encourage more to take on greater leadership roles. It's open to all members and members of their team.

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Fine Food NZ exhibition

Fine Food NZ, New Zealand’s biggest international food, beverage, and equipment trade exhibition, will be held from this Sunday, 26 June, at the ASB Showgrounds, Auckland.

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Katherine Rich to speak at FSANZ seminar

Katherine Rich will be one of four main speakers at a FSANZ seminar this Friday (1 July) to celebrate 20 years of the Australia New Zealand Food Treaty.

The seminar will explore consumer, public health, trade and scientific perspectives on the challenges that lie ahead, and will be in Wellington at the Wharewaka on the waterfront.

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Food integrity conference for July

A global food integrity conference with a focus on New Zealand’s supply chain with China is to be held in Auckland on 13 and 14 July. The Food Integrity Conference 2016 aims to provide a forum for discussion on issues facing food producers in New Zealand and China.

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Food & Grocery Executive Program

Registrations are open for this year’s Food and Grocery Executive Program, to be held on September 4-9 at the Mt Eliza Executive Education Campus in Victoria, Australia.

This year it will feature speakers from AFGC, Aldi, Cleanseas Tuna, Costco, Kono Foods, Mars Petcare, Primo Smallgoods and Simplot.

You can download their brochure here

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Farro Fresh founder to speak to FGC

FGC’s Industry Relations Working Group is to host a session with Farro Fresh founder and owner Janene Draper tomorrow in Auckland.

Janene will talk about the challenges faced and the lessons learned as she and her husband started their food retail business in 2006, taking it from one store and 12 staff to the company it is today – four stores and 320 staff. The event will be at the ASB Centre, Jellicoe St, from 8.30am to 10am and will be followed by morning tea. Numbers are limited to 100 with no more than two people from each organisation. You can register on the website here.

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Supply chain excellence forum on April 8

Foodstuffs NI CEO Chris Quin and health and safety leadership specialist Dr Phil Voss of Leading Safety Ltd will be guest speakers at a supply chain excellence forum breakfast speaker session in Auckland on April 8.

It is aimed at supply chain leaders, safety leaders, CEOs and MDs, and will be hosted by FGC’s Industry Relations Working Group.

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Safety Leadership workshop April 14

The FMCG industry’s Retailer and Supplier Safety Working Group will host its first Safety Leadership workshop for the year on 14 April. All CEOs and GMs are encouraged to attend. It will be held at Goodman Fielder from 7.30am – 9.30am and will start with a light breakfast. Registrations can be made in the registration section on the home page of this website.

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Half Year & AGM next Tuesday

Registrations are still open for the Half Year Meeting and AGM which will be held next Tuesday (April 12) in Auckland. The keynote speaker will be Diane Foreman, CEO of the Emerald Group. Other speakers include FGC Chairman Pierre Van Heerden, Phil O'Reilly & Dayne Riddell. Members will hear reports from FGC CEO Katherine Rich and all the FGC working groups, plus some other interesting industry short presentations.

At the Annual General Meeting, as per the FGC constitution, members formally elect and re-elect office bearers, hear reports from working groups and the secretariat, set subs for the year and approve accounts and budgets.

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FGC Annual Conference registrations filling fast

Registrations are still being accepted for FGC's Annual Conference on November 2-4. Go to the Members' section of this website for more information and registration details.

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Panel on food advertising to children

A breakfast panel session on food advertising to children will be hosted by FGC’s Health & Technical Working Group on March 1.

The session coincides with the proposed review of the Advertising Standards Authority Codes of Practice around food advertising to children.

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Food marketing to children – where to next?

The Food & Health Programme at Auckland University is hosting a seminar on food marketing to children on December 10.

Three academics from the university and one from Otago University will speak, as will Lindsay Mouat from the Association of NZ Advertisers and Simon Kenny from McDonald’s. Lindsay’s topic will be ‘Advertising Codes and Pledges – the ASA and More’.

Members wishing to attend can go to the university website here for more information and to register.

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Info session on novel foods

Food Standards Australia New Zealand is planning an information session on the Nutritive Substances and Novel foods review consultation paper due out in November.

We will publish more information as soon as details are confirmed.

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FoodBowl presents China export seminar

A seminar aimed exclusively at exporting to the China market is being presented by the FOODBOWL in Auckland on 23 November.    

The  Alibaba Group and China Shipping Group Encounter is a free event and will be at the Langham Hotel. The day consists of keynote addresses, presentations, networking opportunities, and a series of practical business engagement sessions.

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FGC Conference Highlights: 13 November

Sustainability – Lyn Mayes; Executive Health and Corporate Wellness – Nikki Hart; A World Without Advertising? – Lindsay Mouat and Grant Hartley; Corporate Leadership and Creating a Positive Culture – Barbara Chapman; Workshops – Smart Branded Content Strategies (BrandWorld), Negotiation Refresh (Peter Huskins); From Unilever to Air NZ – Christopher Luxon.

The conference booklet is available in the members' section of this website.

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FGC Conference Highlights: 12 November

The Power of Cooperation – Peter Davidson; From the Olympics to MediaWorks – Mark Weldon; Lessons from the Grocery Sector – Peter McClure; Workshops – Export Focus on Australia, Crisis Management, Future-Proofing Commercial Capabilities (Marc Childs); Nielsen Barometer; Foodstuffs’ Update; Mark Powell – The Warehouse.

The conference booklet is available in the members' section of this website.

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Food Protection Forum 12 October

FGC members are invited to attend the upcoming Food Protection Forum in Auckland on 12 October.

It will focus on the importance of a food safety culture and food defence in protecting our economy, reputation and consumers globally.

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SMA hosts Warehouse on Wednesday

The Sales and Merchandising Working Group is hosting Head of General Merchandise Mike Pook and Chief of Logistics Jon Adams from The Warehouse this Wednesday, 21 October.

The topic is ‘How to do better business’. It’s for FGC SMA’s only, but any sales agencies, brokers or merchandise members are welcome to join the SMA group.

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Health Star Rating forum tomorrow

FGC is supporting an MPI industry forum on the Health Star Rating scheme in Auckland tomorrow, 22 October.

The timing is to coincide with the results of benchmark research being undertaken by the Health Promotion Agency in September on ‘consumers and HSR’.

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Foodstuffs to give supply chain update

FGC is hosting a member session on Foodstuffs' supply chain in Auckland on Thursday 1 October. Vaughan Grant, GM Supply Chain FSNI, and John Mullins, GM Supply Chain FSSI, will be giving an update on key supply chain projects and strategy. This was one of our most popular speaker sessions in 2014.

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Customer relationships subject of third speaker session

CRM Consulting Director Laurie Smith will be the guest speaker at FGC's Customer and Consumer Services Working Group's third Speaker Session of the year, to be held in Auckland on October 2.

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Top speakers for ECRA 2015 convention

Members wishing to stay up with the latest ideas around changes sweeping the FMCG sectyor should check out the programme for this year’s ECRA Retailer and Supplier Convention in Sydney on 27 August.

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Export Speakers on Asia

FGC and NZ Trade & Enterprise is to host the third Export Speaker Session of the year, entitled “Developing and Succeeding in the Asian Market” in August.

It will be held in Auckland on Thursday 13 August and will be sponsored by ASB.

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Course on label claims, health stars

The NZ Institute of Food Science & Technology has a training course on labelling coming up at the end of July.

‘Compliant Food Label Claims and Health Stars’ will be the subject of a course by Anny Dentener-Boswell in Christchurch on 29 July. For further information and to register, go to the FIT website here

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Foodstuffs update session closed

The FGC update by Steve Bayliss and the Foodstuffs marketing team has closed due to over-subscription.

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FGC Conference 2015 filling fast

Time is fast running out for the last few available places for Conference 2015 in Sydney in November.

Latest speakers to be confirmed are Mark Weldon, former NZX CEO and the current CEO of Mediaworks, Barbara Chapman, CEO of ASB, and Peter McClure, former FGC Chair and former MD of Fonterra Brands.

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Healthy Food Guide editor at breakfast

The Editor-in-Chief of Healthy Food Guide, Niki Bezzant, will speak at a breakfast event hosted by FGC’s Health & Technical Working Group.

It’s on 11 August at the Royal Auckland Yacht Squadron, Westhaven, Auckland.

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Prime Minister John Key to speak to FGC company bosses

Prime Minister John Key will speak to FGC member chief executives, managing directors, and country heads in Auckland on 9 June. 

The event will be at the ASB Cube, North Wharf, from 9.30am-11am. The event will start with tea and coffee, courtesy of ASB.

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NZTE and Air NZ bosses, and media host Paul Henry to speak at AGM

NZTE Chief Executive Peter Chrisp, Air NZ Chair Tony Carter, and radio and TV host Paul Henry have been confirmed as guest speakers at FGC’s Half-Yearly and AGM in Auckland on May 14.

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FGC and BusinessNZ present food & beverage politics event

FGC and BusinessNZ are to present a first-of-its-kind event that is based around politics. It will be held in Wellington in May and has the working title of Food & Beverage Politics – Better Engagement with Government.

It’s targeted at consumer goods executives (MDs, government relations, corporate affairs) who want a good overview of all parliamentary processes and engaging with Wellington.

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NZTE's North America director to speak at FGC event

NZ Trade & Enterprise's recently appointed Regional Director for North America, Claudia Batten, is to speak at members-only FGC-NZTE Export Speaker Series event in Auckland on 16 March. The event will be sponsored by ASB.

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FGC to submit on MPI cost recovery proposals

FGC is to make a submission on the Ministry for Primary Industries’ proposals concerning cost recovery.

MPI says the purpose of the proposals is to update fee rates and improve policy settings. MPI has been holding stakeholder meetings around the country to explain its proposals. More than 250 biosecurity and food safety fees, charges, and levies are involved.

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Food innovation first speaker series topic for 2015

Food Innovation will be the subject of FGC’s Health & Technical Working Group’s first Breakfast Speaker Series of 2015. It will be in Auckland on March 4.

The guest speakers will be Professor Joerg Kistler and Dr Andrew Kelly who will discuss food innovation and R&D in New Zealand and ways of bringing that work to the global market.

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Health Star Rating workshop for Napier in February

FGC and Food Hawke’s Bay are supporting an MPI Health Star Rating workshop in Napier on 12 February.

It’s a ‘hands-on’ workshop that will look at how changes in food composition can alter ratings and will show companies how to find and use the tools available. Attendees can take products along to see the rating for them, or questions can be emailed through before the workshop.

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Course covers the management of allergens

The NZ Institute of Food Science & Technology is holding an important half-day course in December – a Toolkit for Managing Allergens in Your Food Manufacturing Operation. There are still spaces available and due to their popularity, extra sessions have been added.

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Apec Business Advisory Council meeting in January

The first Apec Business Advisory Council (ABAC) meeting for 2015 will be held in Hong Kong on January 27-30. FGC Chief Executive Katherine Rich will be attending as one of New Zealand’s three representatives.

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Consumer Goods Forum looks at food safety ahead of summit

The Consumer Goods Forum is holding a Global Food Safety Conference in March in Malaysia, ahead of its 59th Global Summit in New York in June.

The Global Food Safety Conference, from 4-6 March in Kuala Lumpur has been labelled as the leading global food safety event for food safety experts and stakeholders in the food industry.

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Warehouse Supplier Awards, Dinner

The Warehouse is holding its Group Supplier Awards and Charity Dinner evening in Auckland on Friday 7 November, with The Salvation Army being this year’s recipient of funds for the first time.

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Top seminar aimed at driving growth

A seminar aimed at helping private label suppliers drive growth will be held in Auckland on 13 November. It will be hosted by NZ Food & Grocery Council, NZ Trade & Enterprise, and the Private Label Manufacturers Association.

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Health Star Rating scheme workshops

FGC is helping the Ministry for Primary Industries to run two Health Star Rating (HSR) scheme workshops in Auckland on October 7. The sessions will be three hours each and are being hosted by Mars.

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ECRA 2014 conference in Melbourne

Registrations remain open for the Efficient Consumer Response Australasia 2014 conference in Melbourne on 23 & 24 October.

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Sugar taxes: controversial speaker for FGC event August 28

World renowned anti-prohibition campaigner Christopher Snowdon will speak exclusively to FGC members in Auckland on August 28.

His subject: the growing calls for taxes on sugar and why such taxes do not work. This is a rare opportunity for members to hear first-hand this controversial speaker. 

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PM's Science Adviser to speak to FGC members on 21 August

The Prime Minister's Science Adviser, Sir Peter Gluckman, will speak exclusively to FGC members at a breakfast in Auckland on 21 August.

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Gravida first in Breakfast Speaker Series

The first of FGC’s Health & Technical Working Group’s Breakfast Speaker Series will beheld this Wednesday, 21 May, when the Director of Gravida, Professor Philip Baker, will give an overview of his organisation’s work in the high-value nutrition sector. The event will be in Auckland from 7.30am to 9am. For further details and to register, email Kira Mikelatos

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Retailer engagement session – Foodstuffs

FGC is holding a retailer engagement session with Foodstuffs Supply Chain/Operations team of John Mullins, FSSI Manager, and Vaughan Grant, FSNI Manager.  It will be held tomorrow, 13 May, in Auckland, from 9am to 10:30am. For further information and to register, email Kira Mikelatos.

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FGC/Simpson Grierson Directors' Duties Seminar 2 April

The FGC/Simpson Grierson Seminar on Directors' Duties is now taking place on Wednesday 2 April. It will be presented by John Rooney and Craig Nelson from Simpson Grierson in light of health and safety issues that have arisen recently. The date was changed because it clashed with the Foodstuffs supplier event.  

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Late registrations for Conference 2014

Late registrations are being accepted for FGC's Conference 2014 in Queenstown from November 5-7. The conference is open only to FGC members. Go to the members' section of the website for further details and to register

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Grocery Charity Ball already a sell-out

The 2014 Grocery Charity Ball is a sellout already, more than three months before the 30 August event at the Langham in Auckland.

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Foodstuffs taking message to Australia

Foodstuffs are taking their message to Australia to talk to suppliers about their business and the cooperative model, and FGC and AFGC have invited CEOs and Sales Directors of Trans-Tasman companies to attend a breakfast meeting

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Finance Minister sells out Half-Yearly Meeting and AGM

Finance Minister and Deputy Prime Minster Bill English will be the keynote speaker at the Half-Yearly Conference and AGM at Villa Maria in Auckland this Thursday. Bill will be fresh from his sixth Budget a week earlier, so he will be be able to further analyse it for FGC members. Other speakers include Dr David Hughes, Professor of Food Marketing in the UK, and Phil O’Reilly, Chief Executive of BusinessNZ.

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Groups hold seminars on food, drink

Two seminars, one on "food policy, politics and population health", and one entitled "Sugary Drink Free Pacific by 2030?" promise to kick off 2014 on an interesting note.

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FSANZ to look at energy content on alcohol labels

Food Standards Australia New Zealand has been asked to work on a report on the costs and benefits of labelling alcohol with energy content/kilojoules, although no timetable has been set

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MPI reviews cost-recovery regimes

MPI is reviewing all cost-recovery regimes under Acts it administers, and intends issuing a consultation paper in the middle of next year, followed by analysis and determinations for application from the middle of 2015.

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The Great Debate: Brands or Government?

One of the top events on the marketing calendar is to be held in Wellington on 24 October. The Great Debate has as its topic: ‘Who Creates Positive Social and Behavioural Change Better – Brands or Government?’

The Marketing Association has confirmed a great line up of speakers, including the international (UK) guest moderator and keynote speaker Ben Page, who is the Chief Executive Officer of Ipsos MORI and was named one of the "100 most influential people in the public sector" by the UK's Guardian newspaper.

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Mark Powell to speak to FGC members

There are still some tickets available to hear The Warehouse CEO Mark Powell speak exclusively to FGC members this Thursday, 19 September. The title of his address is: 'Doing Better Business with The Warehouse’. 

This is a great opportunity to hear Mark talk about his ambition for the Red Sheds and his expectations from suppliers, and it’s no surprise that tickets are selling quickly. It is at the Langham in Auckland. Registration is $59.95.

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Woolworths boss to speak at FGC lunch

Woolworths Ltd Managing Director and Chief Executive Officer Grant O’Brien will speak at an FGC lunch at Villa Maria in Auckland on 16 September.  The last time he spoke to FGC members it was an excellent event, where he talked candidly about his views on leadership, the state of the grocery sector in Australia and New Zealand, and his vision for Woolworths.

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Seminar on certification for wood and paper products

A seminar on the global recognition of certified forests, wood, and paper products will be held in Auckland next Wednesday, 28 August. It will consist of presentations on the Programme for the Endorsement of Forest Certification (PEFC), a business view on certification, and an overview on the process to achieve certification.

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NZTE boss to speak at FGC breakfast

The FGC Exporters Forum is holding its second must-attend event for member companies in the export space or looking to move into it. On 21 August it will host a breakfast with NZ Trade & Enterprise CEO Peter Chrisp, entitled ‘What we can do for you to drive export sales’. It will be at the NZTE offices in Auckland from 8am till 9.30am. 

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FGC Event: Doing better business with The Warehouse

FGC is to host The Warehouse CEO Mark Powell to talk exclusively to FGC members in an event entitled ‘Doing Better Business with The Warehouse’. It’s an opportunity to hear from Mark Powell about his ambition for the Red Sheds and his expectations from suppliers.

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FGC event: Hold the date - Woolworths CEO

Woolworths Ltd Managing Director and Chief Executive Officer Grant O’Brien is scheduled to speak to FGC members in Auckland on 16 September. The last time he spoke to FGC members it was an excellent event, where he spoke candidly about his views on leadership, the state of the grocery sector in Australia and New Zealand, and his vision for Woolworths. 

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ECR Retailer and Supplier Convention

Efficient Consumer Response Australasia’s 2013 Retailer and Supplier Convention will be held at Olympic Park in Sydney on 17-18 October. It brings together leaders from across the food, beverage, and grocery industry to examine, discuss, and debate the key issues of the day. 

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Lars Wallentin, design legend - FGC member exclusive in association with Design Print Partners

Lars Wallentin has been influential in strategic design solutions in packaging, point-of-sale and branding for many of world’s most influential brands.

He was born in Sweden and educated at the Graphic Institute in Stockholm, before joining Nestlé at their headquarters and doing much of the work he was to become renowned for. He now spends his time writing about design and packaging, and consulting to consumer goods companies. His device, which comes through in his teaching, can be summarized in the three words: simplify, surprise, synergies.  

For more information go to the Design Print Partners' special website here.


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Registrations for 2013 conference

Registrations are still being accepted for FGC’s 2013 annual conference, which will be held on November 13 to 15. It is open only to FGC members. Full details are in the members’ section of the website.  

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FGC to host forum on Consumer Guarantees Act

The FGC’s Customer Services Forum is to host a briefing for members on the Consumer Guarantees Act by commercial law specialist Barnard Hutchinson in Auckland on May 30.

Barnard will talk about the Act and how it applies to manufacturers and suppliers.

He was admitted to the bar in 1975 and was a partner in Chapman Tripp, and has been associated with the firm for more than 30 years. He specialises in commercial law, particularly banking and taxation, but has a wide knowledge of all facets of commercial law. He also has expertise in estates and trusts. 

Registrations for this event close on May 25, and should be lodged by email with Kira Mikelatos.

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FSANZ boss to address FGC members

Food Standards Australia New Zealand will address food sector representatives in Auckland on June 13. 

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Listeria workshop for Hawke's Bay

A listeria workshop for manufacturers of ready-to-eat foods is to be held in Napier/Hastings on July 1 by the NZ Institute of Food Science and Technology and MPI. This follows workshops in Wellington, Auckland, Christchurch, and Nelson. The institute says it is planning further workshops for other parts of the country in May and July and will announce these soon. 

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Family Business Forum - April 10

The third annual Family Business Forum is to be held on 10 April at Villa Maria in Auckland. The forum is organised by KPMG, ANZ and Auckland Business School and runs from 9am to 7pm. 

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FGC Half Yearly Meeting and AGM

We are pleased to announce the speaker programme for the
Half Yearly Meeting and AGM.

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Grocery Charity Ball 2013

The 2013 Grocery Charity Ball will be held at the Langham Hotel in Auckland on 31 August. This year’s charity will be Steps for Life, a programme dedicated to reducing the rate of obesity among children.

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Foodstuffs supplier briefing February 25

Foodstuffs is hosting a supplier briefing on 25 February to collect views on how the industry can be more successful in the current tough trading environment.

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Caffeine policy discussion paper due in first half of year

The trans-Tasman Caffeine Policy Guideline Review Working Group is expected to circulate its discussion paper in the first half of this year.

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