Wednesday 1 November

Welcome Cocktail Function

Hilton Sydney

6:00 pm – 8:00 pm

* Please Note: Conference programme and timings are subject to change


Thursday 2 November

Conference – Day 1

Hilton Sydney

9:00 am – 5:00 pm

Gala Dinner

Doltone House, Jones Bay Wharf

7:00 pm – 10:00pm

Friday 3 November

Conference – Day 2

Hilton Sydney

9:00 am – 1:00pm followed by lunch


Pierre van Heerden

Grocery Commissioner.

Pierre van Heerden the newly appointed Grocery Commissioner will address delegates at our upcoming conference.
Pierre van Heerden was appointed Grocery Commissioner in July 2023. Most recently, he was the Chief Executive Officer of Mojo Coffee, General Manager Commercial Development of Zealandia, and Executive General Manager of Farrah’s Breads.

Megan Treston

NielsenIQ Pacific

Megan Treston is the Managing Director of NielsenIQ Pacific and has worked over two decades in FMCG research predominantly with NielsenIQ. Having worked alongside both suppliers and retailers to understand the market, opportunities for growth and development across the industry. Skilled in Consumer Behaviour, Client Services, Customer Insight, NielsenIQ, and Fast-Moving Consumer Goods (FMCG).

Tanya Barden

Australian Food & Grocery Council CEO

Tanya Barden is the CEO of the Australian Food and Grocery Council, the leading national organisation representing Australia’s food and grocery manufacturing sector, and is an Independent Director of Foodbank Australia.Tanya will share insights with the conference on a number of key topic areas including sustainability, innovation, supply chain and the future of the food and grocery sector in Australia and globally.

Debbie Simpson-Pudney


Debbie Simpson-Pudney has spent close to 20 years in the fast-moving consumer goods (FMCG) market, working in Auckland,  London and Dubai. For the past three and a half years, Debbie has been leading Circana’s consulting services and managing the company’s grocery, petrol and convenience retailer partnerships in New Zealand. Debbie will present Circana’s State of the Industry address.



This year’s NZFGC conference is proudly sponsored by:


Synergy Consumer

Premier Partner

Synergy Consumer are a small team of highly experienced FMCG Recruitment Consultants. Placing single positions to entire teams with a personalised service from the founding business partners – Hamish Marr, Kevin O’Shannessey and Johnny Bass. Benefit from superior market knowledge to partner your skills or your vacant role with leading industry players.

How can you get involved in the 2023 New Zealand Food and Grocery Council Annual Conference?

If you aspire to connect with top-notch industry leaders, attract valuable business leads, and maximise your marketing budget, we invite you to join us as a conference partner. A range of opportunities are on offer, and we take a flexible approach to tailored benefits to ensure optimal outcomes.

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