New Zealand’s largest Retail Food Show delivers up a mouth-watering event
The Foodstuffs Expo atASB Showgroundsis an impressive event in
every metric. As many as 1,500 supermarket owners, grocery
managers and category department staff meet at the event with 290
suppliers over the two days - taking the numbers attending the
event to more than 4,100 attendees.
The Gala Dinner on Wednesday night atSky City Convention
Centrecaters for 750 attendees and is a great industry networking
event where the supplier's displays throughout Expo are celebrated
through the Awards.
This year's Gala Dinner was hosted byTe Radarwho self describes
himself as "an award winning satirist, documentary maker, writer,
stage and screen director, failed gardener, and amateur historian."
Radar is well known for his TVNZ series, Global Radar, Radar Across
the Pacific, Radar's Patch, Off the Radar, Hidden In The Numbers
and Homegrown and his unique style of combining documentary making
with comedy has proven to resonate with Kiwis.
"Foodstuffs Expo really is the Field Days of food, but without
the tractors," says Radar. "The event is a wonderful opportunity to
meet the guys and gals that muster the stock, grow the spuds and
bake the cookies. In the middle of a massive supermarket nfood
enterprise Expo basically takes the you right back to meet the
individual behind the product. Fantastic."
Entertainment at the Gala Dinner this year was fromWilson Dixon.
Jesse Griffin is a comedian who created the country music alter ego
Wilson Dixon. Dixon hails from Colorado and is best known for his
songs about life on the range, his unique take on life is one that
resonates across the globe and tickled the fancy of the FMCG
audience at the Gala Dinner.
The Foodstuffs Supplier Awards were another highlight of the
evening with Market Gardens winning the Best Produce Display and
taking out the top prize of Overall Best Foodstuffs Expo 2014
Display. Other winners included Bauer Media, Farmlands Foods and
Foodstuffs New Zealand's, Head of External Relations, Antoinette
Laird was thrilled with the showing from suppliers and response
from attendees. "It was great to bring the show back to
Auckland this year, and the ASB Showgrounds is a great venue for an
event of this scale. Expo 2016 was a huge success , the facilities
were great and feedback from exhibitors and attendees was
overwhelmingly positive," says Laird.
"This year we have teamed up with Kiwi Harvest, an
Auckland-based food rescue charity responsible for distributing the
equivalent of 20,000 meals each month to those in need across the
community. All left over edible food products will be donated to
Kiwi Harvest who will distribute the goods to some of the 45
Auckland charities they support," says Laird.
Any products leftover that are not food-related will be donated
to Auckland Women's Refuge, another great charity that provides
invaluable support to women and children.
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Notes to editors
Foodstuffs Expo 2016 Award winners were:
- Best Produce Display - Market Gardens
- Best Seafood Display - United Fisheries
- Best Deli Display - Food International
- Best Meat Display - Farmlands Foods
- Best Bakery Display - NZ Bakels
- Best Floral and Garden Display - Fresh Direct
- Best General Grocery Display - Caffe L'affare
- Best General Merchandise Display - Bauer Media
- Best Health and Beauty Display - Schwarzkopf
- Best Liquor Display - Yealands
- Best Plant and Equipment Display - Wedderburn
- Overall Best Foodstuffs Expo 2014 Display - Market Gardens
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