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Food Moves: Silver Fern Farms creates global marketing role, hires at Natural Pet Food, Unilever… and more!
20 May 2022   /

Food Moves: Silver Fern Farms creates global marketing role, hires at Natural Pet Food, Unilever… and more!

Food and beverage industry appointments for the week to 20 May.


New chair for Good Spirits Hospitality after Makeig resigns
18 May 2022   /

New chair for Good Spirits Hospitality after Makeig resigns

Good Spirits Hospitality has named director Matt Adams as chair designate after Duncan Makeig signalled his intention to resign the chair following the upcoming June board meeting.


A2 Milk CFO quits, replacement announced
17 May 2022   /

A2 Milk CFO quits, replacement announced

The dairy company taps a former colleague of boss David Bortolussi to become its new finance lead.


Coca-Cola Oceania’s Julie O’Toole on Covid, competition and sugar consumption
16 May 2022  

Coca-Cola Oceania’s Julie O’Toole on Covid, competition and sugar consumption

“Growth has been across the board,” says the drinks giant’s NZ boss, as the company’s market share ticks up during Covid.


Food Moves: Fonterra pounces on Lion’s sales head, plus changes at GWF, Prolife, Kraft Heinz …and more!
13 May 2022   /

Food Moves: Fonterra pounces on Lion’s sales head, plus changes at GWF, Prolife, Kraft Heinz …and more!

The latest food and beverage industry appointments and people moves.


Food Moves: Seeka CFO, Comvita CTO, account managers at PepsiCo, Dairyworks, FrucorSuntory and more…
6 May 2022   /

Food Moves: Seeka CFO, Comvita CTO, account managers at PepsiCo, Dairyworks, FrucorSuntory and more…

Food and beverage sector appointments and people moves for the week to 6 May 2022.


Northland Inc taps Callaghan Innovation’s Paul Linton to be CEO
5 May 2022   /

Northland Inc taps Callaghan Innovation’s Paul Linton to be CEO

The EDA supports numerous F&B initiatives across the region, recently partnering with Pic Picot to test the feasibility of growing peanuts commercially.


Food Moves: Comvita, Zespri and Woolworths NZ’s senior marketing movers and more…
29 Apr 2022  

Food Moves: Comvita, Zespri and Woolworths NZ’s senior marketing movers and more…

Food and beverage sector appointments and people moves to the week of 29 April.


Food Moves: Countdown’s loyalty boss, Comvita product manager, Unilever NZ head and more…
22 Apr 2022   /

Food Moves: Countdown’s loyalty boss, Comvita product manager, Unilever NZ head and more…

Food and beverage sector appointments and people moves to the week of 22 April.


Heath takes the helm of Unilever New Zealand
19 Apr 2022   /

Heath takes the helm of Unilever New Zealand

Former Unilever Baltics GM Cameron Heath relocates to Auckland this month to lead the company’s NZ business.


Cassels brewery founder Alasdair Cassels dies
19 Apr 2022   /

Cassels brewery founder Alasdair Cassels dies

The patriarch of family-owned Cassels Brewing Company Alasdair Cassels died of cancer over Easter weekend.


Great South CEO Graham Budd dies
19 Apr 2022   /

Great South CEO Graham Budd dies

Great South chief executive and former Destination Queenstown boss Graham Budd has died.


Food Moves: Callaghan’s Crone resigns, FSNI’s new commercial manager, Fonterra departure and more…
14 Apr 2022   /

Food Moves: Callaghan’s Crone resigns, FSNI’s new commercial manager, Fonterra departure and more…

Callaghan Innovation CEO Vic Crone will leave the national innovation agency in mid-July.


Food Moves: Hirst Tristram’s new gig, Riley exits NZFF, NZ Story bolsters board, and more….
8 Apr 2022   /

Food Moves: Hirst Tristram’s new gig, Riley exits NZFF, NZ Story bolsters board, and more….

Food and beverage industry appointments and people moves for the week to 8 April.


Lewis Road Creamery gets new GM
6 Apr 2022   /

Lewis Road Creamery gets new GM

A new general manager is taking the reins at Lewis Road Creamery bringing years of marketing and F&B industry experience to the premium consumer dairy brand.


Subway taps former Kerry exec to lead NZ-Australia
5 Apr 2022   /

Subway taps former Kerry exec to lead NZ-Australia

Shane Bracken steps up to the top job following a turbulent period for the sandwich franchise, especially in Australia.


Food Moves: DB’s new sales boss, Hutchinsons hire, Foodstuffs movers and more…
1 Apr 2022   /

Food Moves: DB’s new sales boss, Hutchinsons hire, Foodstuffs movers and more…

Christiaan Crous is stepping up to take on DB’s sales director role from 4 April.


DairyNZ board gets new directors
29 Mar 2022   /

DairyNZ board gets new directors

Margaret Devlin fills an existing vacancy, while Mark Todd replaces Peter Schuyt who will be stepping down in October after almost nine years on the Board.


Foodstuffs promotions fill new South Island GM role, general counsel seat
28 Mar 2022   /

Foodstuffs promotions fill new South Island GM role, general counsel seat

20-year veteran Tim Donaldson is taking up an expanded GM role in the South Island, while up north it has gone internal to replace its long-standing legal chief.


Food Moves: Clement takes plant-based post, a departure from Pic’s, PepsiCo promotion and more
25 Mar 2022   /

Food Moves: Clement takes plant-based post, a departure from Pic’s, PepsiCo promotion and more

Clement is taking his dairy experience to a plant-based challenger entering the export market.


Cassettari breaks glass ceiling to take top PepsiCo NZ role
22 Mar 2022   /

Cassettari breaks glass ceiling to take top PepsiCo NZ role

Michelle Cassettari takes the helm of the NZ business – the first woman to hold the position.


Food Moves: Southern Pastures’ new food boss,  Kraft Heinz senior recruit, East Imperial adds in US and more…
18 Mar 2022   /

Food Moves: Southern Pastures’ new food boss, Kraft Heinz senior recruit, East Imperial adds in US and more…

Neil Senauer becomes the inaugural CEO of Southern Pastures’ wholesale and foodservice business.


Fonterra CFO Marc Rivers resigns
17 Mar 2022  

Fonterra CFO Marc Rivers resigns

Fonterra will shortly begin recruiting to replace Marc Rivers, who has resigned after four years with the co-op.


Hirst Tristram leaving Tasman Bay Food Co MD role
15 Mar 2022   /

Hirst Tristram leaving Tasman Bay Food Co MD role

After 18 years with her family business, Hirst Tristam is taking on a GM role at another F&B business.


Food Moves: Miraka’s new boss, NZTE’s new board, newcomers at Countdown and more…
11 Mar 2022   /

Food Moves: Miraka’s new boss, NZTE’s new board, newcomers at Countdown and more…

Karl Gradon takes up the helm at Miraka Milk, alongside other moves at NZTE, Countdown and New Fish.


Meat Business Women appoints new co-chairs
9 Mar 2022   /

Meat Business Women appoints new co-chairs

Meat Business Women New Zealand has appointed two new co-chairs to lead the organisation.


New appointments to NZTE board
7 Mar 2022   /

New appointments to NZTE board

Experience director Jennifer Kerr replaces Andrew Ferrier as chair after nearly a decade in that role.


Food Moves: KBC appoints inaugural CCO, Foodstuffs, Pāmu and NZ Hops add to the board
4 Mar 2022   /

Food Moves: KBC appoints inaugural CCO, Foodstuffs, Pāmu and NZ Hops add to the board

Angela Bull joins the Foodstuffs South Island board as an independent director.


Zespri creates sustainability board
4 Mar 2022   /

Zespri creates sustainability board

Zespri has created a board specifically to focus on its sustainability goals.


Food Moves: Senior appointments at Kono, Reefton Distillery, a GWF promotion and more…
25 Feb 2022  

Food Moves: Senior appointments at Kono, Reefton Distillery, a GWF promotion and more…

Andy Wotton has been appointed to the new role of Kono chief operating officer.


HortNZ director nominations open
24 Feb 2022   /

HortNZ director nominations open

Horticulture New Zealand has two vacancies to fill, with two directors set to retire by rotation.


Food Moves: Promotions at Woolworths, Frucor Suntory, and a Zespri secondment goes permanent at KBC
18 Feb 2022  

Food Moves: Promotions at Woolworths, Frucor Suntory, and a Zespri secondment goes permanent at KBC

Woolworths NZ’s Sally Copland heads across the ditch for a top e-commerce role.


Ex-Ryman boss joins Delegat as director
16 Feb 2022   /

Ex-Ryman boss joins Delegat as director

Former Ryman chief executive Gordon MacLeod has been appointed to Delegat Group.


Food Moves: Senior hires at Ārepa, Blis, KBC, and Lion
11 Feb 2022  

Food Moves: Senior hires at Ārepa, Blis, KBC, and Lion

Chanel Clark joins nootropics venture Ārepa as its new marketing manager.


Lion lures Diageo boss to CEO role
9 Feb 2022   /

Lion lures Diageo boss to CEO role

Sam Fischer will join the brewing group in July tasked with delivering a new mid-term plan to return to sustainable growth.


Food Moves: Appointments at Kellogg, Sanford, My Food Bag
1 Feb 2022  

Food Moves: Appointments at Kellogg, Sanford, My Food Bag

A new Australian New Zealand MD for Kellogg, appointments at Sanford executive leadership team, Synlait loses strategy and business transformation director, Seeka CFO to go, and My Food Bag bags supply chain lead.


Former NZAPI boss Alan Pollard takes CCNZ helm
9 Dec 2021   /

Former NZAPI boss Alan Pollard takes CCNZ helm

Alan Pollard has been appointed chief executive of Civil Contractors New Zealand, the national business association for New Zealand’s civil infrastructure construction industry.


Ambrose joins Cooks Global Foods board
7 Dec 2021   /

Ambrose joins Cooks Global Foods board

Cooks Global Foods has appointed Michael Ambrose to its board as an independent director. Among his governance roles, Ambrose is chair of cherry operation Deep Creek Fruits and a director at MORE »


NZ Winegrowers names 2021 Fellows
7 Dec 2021   /

NZ Winegrowers names 2021 Fellows

New Zealand Winegrowers has named five recipients for its 2021 Fellows awards.


Frucor Suntory appoints new ANZ director
3 Dec 2021   /

Frucor Suntory appoints new ANZ director

Beverage company Frucor Suntory has appointed Sophie Lodge to corporate affairs director for Australia and New Zealand, based in Sydney.


Just Life hires former DB marketing manager
2 Dec 2021   /

Just Life hires former DB marketing manager

Tony Falkenstein’s Just Life Group has appointed Luan Howitt general manager of its new healthy homes division. Howitt is a former marketing manager for DB Breweries and Pernod Ricard and MORE »


PepsiCo names new ANZ chief executive
1 Dec 2021   /

PepsiCo names new ANZ chief executive

The beverage giant has filled the vacancy at the top of its Australian and New Zealand business.


Former Air NZ, Unilever Canada boss Chris Luxon wins National Party leadership
1 Dec 2021   /

Former Air NZ, Unilever Canada boss Chris Luxon wins National Party leadership

Prior to leading Air NZ, he was at the global FMCG giant for 18 years, and left as president and CEO of its Canada division.


Plant & Food Research scoops three KiwiNet awards
1 Dec 2021  

Plant & Food Research scoops three KiwiNet awards

Plant & Food Research has won three gongs at the ninth annual KiwiNet Research Commercialisation Awards.


Blis marketing and e-commerce director resigns
1 Dec 2021   /

Blis marketing and e-commerce director resigns

Blis Technologies marketing and e-commerce director, Laura Grant, is leaving the Dunedin headquartered probiotics firm she joined just six months ago.


Food moves at Frucor, MenuAid
30 Nov 2021   /

Food moves at Frucor, MenuAid

Frucor Suntory has appointed Rhodi Bulloch as its nutrition and regulatory affairs specialist.


New boss for FoodWaikato
26 Nov 2021   /

New boss for FoodWaikato

Dairy product manufacturer New Zealand Food Innovation Waikato has appointed Tony Giles as its new chief executive.


Just Life, Synlait appointments
24 Nov 2021  

Just Life, Synlait appointments

Just Life Group has hired Graeme Read to be its chief financial officer.


Coca-Cola retains The Gender Tick
22 Nov 2021  

Coca-Cola retains The Gender Tick

Coca-Cola Europacific Partners New Zealand has retained The Gender Tick accreditation for 2021.


Former dairy industry leader John Luxton passes
17 Nov 2021  

Former dairy industry leader John Luxton passes

Former dairy industry leader and minister of agriculture John Luxton has passed away, aged 75.


Townshend off Tatua board after social media posts
17 Nov 2021  

Townshend off Tatua board after social media posts

Tatua director Ross Townshend has resigned from the Waikato dairy co-operative’s board with immediate effect.


“We went to a wartime setting” – Coffee Supreme’s Jesse Newson
12 Nov 2021   /

“We went to a wartime setting” – Coffee Supreme’s Jesse Newson

After 18 months of co-leadership to navigate Covid-19, the new CEO now oversees a broader channel mix at the reshaped coffee wholesaler.


Mike Brown joins Cooperative Business board
11 Nov 2021  

Mike Brown joins Cooperative Business board

Marlborough Grape Growers Cooperative chief executive Mike Brown has been elected to the Cooperative Business New Zealand board.


Jim Delegat moves in exec reshuffle
9 Nov 2021   /

Jim Delegat moves in exec reshuffle

The chair of winemaker Delegat Group, Jim Delegat, is moving from the role of executive chairman to executive director from 1 February 2022.


Sanford COO Clement Chia resigns
5 Nov 2021   /

Sanford COO Clement Chia resigns

Sanford’s chief operating officer, Clement Chia, has resigned after seven years with the business.


Apples and Pears appoints CEO
5 Nov 2021   /

Apples and Pears appoints CEO

New Zealand Apples and Pears Inc has appointed Terry Meikle its chief executive.


DB Breweries promotes Matt Wilson to MD
4 Nov 2021   /

DB Breweries promotes Matt Wilson to MD

Heineken’s DB Breweries has promoted its director of corporate affairs, Matt Wilson, to managing director.


Board changes at NZ King Salmon to help develop China
4 Nov 2021   /

Board changes at NZ King Salmon to help develop China

New Zealand King Salmon has appointed Carol Chen to its board.


Beef + Lamb NZ Inc appoints CEO
3 Nov 2021   /

Beef + Lamb NZ Inc appoints CEO

Beef + Lamb New Zealand Inc has promoted its general manager of marketing Kit Arkwright to chief executive.


East Imperial puts boots on the ground in US
3 Nov 2021   /

East Imperial puts boots on the ground in US

Premium mixer company East Imperial has appointed Mark Zonghetti as head of sales for North America.


My Food Bag ex-COO joins auto startup
3 Nov 2021   /

My Food Bag ex-COO joins auto startup

My Food Bag’s ex-chief operating officer, Richard Wafer, has joined Trade Me-backed, auto-repair comparision startup My Auto Shop.


Former Bidfood GM drives NZ Coastal Seafoods 76% sales surge
2 Nov 2021   /

Former Bidfood GM drives NZ Coastal Seafoods 76% sales surge

New Zealand Coastal Seafoods says a surge in quarterly revenue can be attributed to the appointment of former Bidfood general manager Peter Fletcher to chief of sales.


New boss for Coffee Supreme
2 Nov 2021   /

New boss for Coffee Supreme

After 18 months without a chief executive, Coffee Supreme has promoted group commercial director Jesse Newson into the role.


Two new directors for Moana New Zealand
2 Nov 2021   /

Two new directors for Moana New Zealand

Māori Fisheries Trust Te Ohu Kaimoana and Moana New Zealand have appointed two new directors to the Moana New Zealand Board.


New director for BurgerFuel
28 Oct 2021   /

New director for BurgerFuel

BurgerFuel Group has appointed its former chief operating officer Tyrone Foley as a director, effective from today.


Nestlé, Blis fill senior roles
26 Oct 2021   /

Nestlé, Blis fill senior roles

Both Nestlé and Blis Technology have made internal appointments to fill vacancies at the top of their ranks.


Food Moves: Asahi appointments, NZ Hops, Blis board changes
22 Oct 2021  

Food Moves: Asahi appointments, NZ Hops, Blis board changes

Supply chain, field sales and board changes announced at Asahi, NZ Hops and Blis.


Mainfreight’s NZ country manager resigns
19 Oct 2021   /

Mainfreight’s NZ country manager resigns

Mainfreight’s New Zealand country manager, Craig Evans, has resigned and is to leave the business at the end of January 2022.


Scales appoints operations and sustainability manager
15 Oct 2021   /

Scales appoints operations and sustainability manager

Diversified agribusiness Scales has appointed Geoff Smith as chief operations and sustainability officer.


Food moves: Asahi poaches PepsiCo’s Celoni, exec moves at Lion, Domino’s
11 Oct 2021  

Food moves: Asahi poaches PepsiCo’s Celoni, exec moves at Lion, Domino’s

Asahi Beverages has appointed PepsiCo ANZ boss Danny Celoni the new chief executive of its Australian brewer, Carlton & United Breweries.


Mr Apple executive joins NZAPI board
8 Oct 2021   /

Mr Apple executive joins NZAPI board

New Zealand Apples and Pears Incorporated has appointed John Allen as a director to its board.


Food moves at FoodBowl, Ferrero and AGMARDT
7 Oct 2021  

Food moves at FoodBowl, Ferrero and AGMARDT

Chocolate company Ferrero makes two appointments across its Asia Pacific operations, The FoodBowl announces Alexandra Allan’s replacement and AGMARDT names a new chair.


ANZCO founder Sir Graeme joins Nats board
28 Sep 2021   /

ANZCO founder Sir Graeme joins Nats board

ANZCO Foods founder Sir Graeme Harrison has joined the National Party’s board.


Kono seeks COO – not CEO – with Taulelei departure
27 Sep 2021  

Kono seeks COO – not CEO – with Taulelei departure

The parent company of Nelson-based food and beverage exporter Kono is looking to fill the newly created role of chief operating officer, instead of recruiting a new chief executive to replace Rachel Taulelei.


Brewers, produce groups appoint leaders
27 Sep 2021  

Brewers, produce groups appoint leaders

The Brewers Guild of New Zealand and the Produce Marketing Association Australia New Zealand have brought in new leadership. Melanie Kees has been appointed executive director of the Brewers Guild MORE »


Sanford taps ex-Cavalier CEO Paul Alston to be CFO
23 Sep 2021   /

Sanford taps ex-Cavalier CEO Paul Alston to be CFO

The former Turners & Growers executive will join the listed seafood exporter as CFO next month.


Ebos appoints animal care CEO
23 Sep 2021   /

Ebos appoints animal care CEO

Healthcare and animal care company Ebos Group has appointed Julie Dillon the chief executive of its animal care business.


Scales’ Mr Apple CEO banks $416k
14 Sep 2021  

Scales’ Mr Apple CEO banks $416k

The chief executive of Mr Apple, Andrew van Workum, has sold more than 80,000 shares in parent company Scales Corporation, raising $415,918 in the process, according to an NZX filing.


Comvita, Scales make director changes
14 Sep 2021  

Comvita, Scales make director changes

Manuka honey exporter Comvita has appointed a trio of new board directors, namely Bridget Coates, Yawen Wu and chief executive David Banfield.


Mary Devine to take reins at Foodstuffs South Island
10 Sep 2021   /

Mary Devine to take reins at Foodstuffs South Island

The retail veteran and current Foodstuffs director will take over from Steve Anderson to be FSSI’s chief executive.


Synlait looks for 150 layoffs to save up to $12m
8 Sep 2021  

Synlait looks for 150 layoffs to save up to $12m

The move to “review and reset the structure of the business” could see as many as 150 jobs go at the dairy company.


Senior food moves at T&G Fresh, Ngāi Tahu,  and an ex-Progressive boss’ new post
8 Sep 2021  

Senior food moves at T&G Fresh, Ngāi Tahu, and an ex-Progressive boss’ new post

Former Countdowners find new homes, while a COO and a CEO get bumped up the ranks at Ngāi Tahu.


Good Spirits appoints new director
7 Sep 2021  

Good Spirits appoints new director

Good Spirits Hospitality has appointed commercial lawyer and experienced director John Seton to its board effective immediately.


Good Spirits director departs after 8 months
6 Sep 2021  

Good Spirits director departs after 8 months

Andrew Christie has resigned as a director of Good Spirits Hospitality, effective immediately, Friday 3 September.


Food moves at Spring Sheep Milk Co, Scales and Invivo
3 Sep 2021  

Food moves at Spring Sheep Milk Co, Scales and Invivo

Internal promotions, arrivals and departures are all in today’s trio of executive food moves.


Food firms’ executive merry-go-round with T&G, Delegat, Zespri jv appointments
1 Sep 2021  

Food firms’ executive merry-go-round with T&G, Delegat, Zespri jv appointments

A former Foodstuffs executive moves to T&G Fresh, Pāmu’s boss jumps ship to Delegat, and an inaugural kiwifruit jv CEO named.


Nelson to leave MPI to lead DOC
1 Sep 2021  

Nelson to leave MPI to lead DOC

Penny Nelson is leaving the Ministry for Primary industries to become the Department of Conservation’s director-general and chief executive.


Blis Technologies CMO resigns
24 Aug 2021   /

Blis Technologies CMO resigns

Blis Technologies’ chief marketing officer, Julie Curphey, has resigned from her role effective 29 October 2021.


Grove avocado oil presses on in Asia
23 Aug 2021   /

Grove avocado oil presses on in Asia

With China and Korea its number one and two markets, Grove is looking to Thailand and Vietnam for further growth.


Service Foods bolsters board, signals growth
23 Aug 2021   /

Service Foods bolsters board, signals growth

Two KPMG alumni join the wholesaler’s board and executive team to “contribute to next phase of growth”.


New execs for Synlait, Fonterra
20 Aug 2021  

New execs for Synlait, Fonterra

Synlait recruits from Qatar to fill its director of operations role, while Fonterra goes internal for its new people and culture MD.


DB Breweries brand manager departs
20 Aug 2021  

DB Breweries brand manager departs

DB Breweries’ domestic beer brand manager, Michael McRae, is leaving Heineken after more than four years to go full time on his own venture.


SeaDragon ditches CEO role, Nevin moves to COO
17 Aug 2021   /

SeaDragon ditches CEO role, Nevin moves to COO

The news follows Bryan Mogridge’s appointment as executive chair of the omega fish oils refiner.


Kiwifruit NZ board seat confirmed
17 Aug 2021   /

Kiwifruit NZ board seat confirmed

Incumbent Kiwifruit New Zealand director Colin Olesen is to serve a second three-year term on the body’s board. KNZ said that when nominations for the election closed on Monday 9 MORE »


D’Esposito departs Takitimu Seafoods
16 Aug 2021  

D’Esposito departs Takitimu Seafoods

Takitimu Seafoods general manager Marcus D’Esposito has resigned from the company.


New members for NZACS
13 Aug 2021  

New members for NZACS

The New Zealand Association of Convenience Stores has appointed two new members.


Interim boss for FSANZ as Booth departs
11 Aug 2021   /

Interim boss for FSANZ as Booth departs

Adjunct Professor Mark Booth has left Food Standards Australia New Zealand to join an international management consultancy.


NZTE appoints first Pacific trade commissioner
9 Aug 2021   /

NZTE appoints first Pacific trade commissioner

New Zealand Trade and Enterprise has appointed David Dewar the first New Zealand Trade Commissioner to the Pacific, based in Fiji.


Foodstuffs South Island’s new supply chain boss in modernisation drive
6 Aug 2021   /

Foodstuffs South Island’s new supply chain boss in modernisation drive

Foodstuffs South Island has recruited Nick Barnes as general manager of supply chain, replacing John Mullins who retired after 43 years working for the grocery group.


Final call for Eat New Zealand Kaitaki
6 Aug 2021  

Final call for Eat New Zealand Kaitaki

Eat New Zealand is seeking 30 storytellers who have a passion for telling food stories.


New director for Blue Sky Meats
4 Aug 2021  

New director for Blue Sky Meats

Blue Sky Meats has appointed Sarah Brown to its board.


Snacks & wraps  – General Mills’ focus for new ANZ leadership
3 Aug 2021   /

Snacks & wraps – General Mills’ focus for new ANZ leadership

Finding growth means driving existing brands like Old El Paso but could also see new products brought down under from the United States.


Rachel Taulelei exiting Kono, new venture in the wings
2 Aug 2021   /

Rachel Taulelei exiting Kono, new venture in the wings

Taulelei is teaming up with brand specialist Tabitha Harris to launch a new venture focusing on “business design through story, strategy and brand”.


‘Chanui tea guy’ Doug Hastie returns, brews plan for new products, Aus entry
28 Jul 2021   /

‘Chanui tea guy’ Doug Hastie returns, brews plan for new products, Aus entry

Hastie is back at the firm he founded 19 years ago, and he has growth on his mind for his tea and biscuit business.


New people chief for A2 Milk
26 Jul 2021   /

New people chief for A2 Milk

The A2 Milk Company has filled another role in its leadership team appointing a new chief people and culture officer following the departure of Lisa Burquest in January.


My Food Bag bags DB marketing boss
23 Jul 2021   /

My Food Bag bags DB marketing boss

The meal kit firm has appointed DB Breweries’ Jo Mitchell to be its chief customer officer.


General Mills appoints new ANZ boss
23 Jul 2021   /

General Mills appoints new ANZ boss

US food giant General Mills has appointed of Matthew Salter as its new managing director for Australia and New Zealand.


Allan bows out of FoodBowl, heads to Fonterra
22 Jul 2021   /

Allan bows out of FoodBowl, heads to Fonterra

FoodBowl CEO Alexandra Allan resigns after seven years with the Food Innovation Network.


Reefton Distilling Co appoints top talent to plot global growth
20 Jul 2021   /

Reefton Distilling Co appoints top talent to plot global growth

Patsy Bass, co-founder of West Coast spirits powerhouse Reefton Distilling Co, hires two senior executives to lead the company’s drive into export markets.


My Food Bag COO heads for the exit
20 Jul 2021   /

My Food Bag COO heads for the exit

My Food Bag’s chief operating officer Richard Wafer has resigned from the meal kit company.


Brent King to chair Greenfern Industries
20 Jul 2021   /

Brent King to chair Greenfern Industries

New Zealand medicinal cannabis and industrial hemp start-up Greenfern Industries has appointed Brent King as its independent non-executive chair.


New Deer Industry NZ director
19 Jul 2021   /

New Deer Industry NZ director

Central Otago deer farmer and veterinarian Amanda (Mandy) Bell has been selected as a producer member of the Deer Industry NZ board.


Alliance appoints first associate director
13 Jul 2021  

Alliance appoints first associate director

Alliance Group has appointed Victoria Trayner to be its first associate director.


A2 in APAC restructure, reshuffle and recruitment
12 Jul 2021   /

A2 in APAC restructure, reshuffle and recruitment

Its Asia Pacific division will be split three ways in an effort to revive growth.


Downs to take helm at NZ Story
9 Jul 2021  

Downs to take helm at NZ Story

David Downs has been appointed as chief executive of New Zealand Story, replacing inaugural boss Rebecca Smith who will leave after seven years at the helm.


A2 poaches Danone marketing lead
2 Jul 2021   /

A2 poaches Danone marketing lead

The A2 Milk Company has appointed an infant nutrition marketing specialist from European food giant Danone as its new chief marketing officer.


B+LNZ’s Marsh appointed Agmardt GM
1 Jul 2021   /

B+LNZ’s Marsh appointed Agmardt GM

The former Fonterra and Nestlé insights manager will take over from Malcolm Nitschke in August.


KVH calls for grower nominations
29 Jun 2021   /

KVH calls for grower nominations

The Kiwifruit Vine Health board is calling for nominations for one grower director for a term of three years.


Chia Sisters’ growth agenda
25 Jun 2021  

Chia Sisters’ growth agenda

“We’re right on the cusp of growth which is always a challenging time to navigate,” says new GM Bonnie Slade.


T&G’s Lutz departs after nine years
24 Jun 2021   /

T&G’s Lutz departs after nine years

T&G Global’s outgoing chairman, Professor Klaus Josef Lutz, said the fresh produce company is “primed to harness opportunities into the future” following a strategic programme of work carried out over his nine-year tenure.


NZ King Salmon appoints CFO
23 Jun 2021   /

NZ King Salmon appoints CFO

New Zealand King Salmon has appointed Kiwibank’s deputy chief financial officer, Ben Rodgers, as its new CFO.


Honorary fishery officers get volunteer week recognition
22 Jun 2021  

Honorary fishery officers get volunteer week recognition

The Ministry for Primary Industries’ honorary fishery officers are among the thousands of volunteers being honoured as part of National Volunteers Week.


People moves at Foley, B+LNZ, Natural Health Products
21 Jun 2021  

People moves at Foley, B+LNZ, Natural Health Products

Foley Wines’ group chief winemaker and head of viticulture, Alastair Maling MW, is moving to a consultancy role for Te Kairanga, Martinborough Vineyard, Grove Mill, Vavasour and Mt Difficulty from June 30. Foley has also appointed Stuart Dudley as a viticulturist consultant based in Marlborough.


Ebos appoints new independent director
15 Jun 2021   /

Ebos appoints new independent director

Healthcare and animal care company Ebos Group has appointed Dr Tracey Batten as an independent director.


Sanford CFO resigns
11 Jun 2021  

Sanford CFO resigns

Katherine Turner is to leave the seafood company in September after three years in the role.


Pollard to depart NZ Apples & Pears
9 Jun 2021  

Pollard to depart NZ Apples & Pears

NZ Apples and Pears Inc’s chief executive of nine years, Alan Pollard, is to step down from his role later this year.


Young fruitgrower of the year makes it a double
9 Jun 2021  

Young fruitgrower of the year makes it a double

A 25-year-old orchard foreman at T&G Global has won the Hawke’s Bay Young Fruitgrower of the Year competition for the second time.


Food industry stalwarts recognised in Queen’s Birthday Honours
8 Jun 2021   /

Food industry stalwarts recognised in Queen’s Birthday Honours

The Queen’s Birthday Honours list for 2021 includes some notable names from New Zealand’s food and beverage sector. Dr Kevin Marshall, the current chair of the Riddet Institute, was made a Companion of MORE »


Dairy Woman of the Year to join AGMARDT
2 Jun 2021   /

Dairy Woman of the Year to join AGMARDT

AGMARDT has announced the appointment of Trish Rankin as the next associate board member to join its board of trustees.


Two directors for PharmaZen
31 May 2021  

Two directors for PharmaZen

Christchurch biotechnology company PharmaZen, which trades as Waitaki Biosciences, has made two appointments to its board.


Dionysus poaches The Warehouse marketing talent
31 May 2021   /

Dionysus poaches The Warehouse marketing talent

Wine business Dionysus Investments, which owns the Messenger, Mutu and Moana Park Estate brands, has poached two marketing specialists from The Warehouse Group to expand its Auckland team.


Food & Fibre Youth Network launched
31 May 2021   /

Food & Fibre Youth Network launched

Nine young people from across the primary sector have came together at Mataatua Marae in Whakatane for the official launch of He Tatai Rangahua – the Food and Fibre Youth Network.


Swisse Wellness NZ gets new GM
28 May 2021  

Swisse Wellness NZ gets new GM

Hayes Taylor has been appointed general manager of Auckland-based supplement and vitamin company Swiss Wellness NZ.


Bond takes the reins at NZKGI
25 May 2021   /

Bond takes the reins at NZKGI

New chief executive Colin Bond replaces outgoing boss Nikki Johnson.


Blis nabs Lion’s e-commerce lead
21 May 2021   /

Blis nabs Lion’s e-commerce lead

Laura Grant will join Blis’s executive team in the role of e-commerce director on 24 May 2021.


After 43 years, Foodstuffs SI supply chain boss calls it a day
20 May 2021   /

After 43 years, Foodstuffs SI supply chain boss calls it a day

Foodstuffs South Island general manager of supply chain, John Mullins, is retiring after 43 years working for the grocery group.


Zespri appoints Barrass to board
20 May 2021   /

Zespri appoints Barrass to board

Zespri Group has appointed the former Goodman Fielder and Griffins Foods chief executive Alison Barrass to its board as an independent director.


T&G Global chair heads for the exit
18 May 2021   /

T&G Global chair heads for the exit

T&G Global’s chairman of nine years, Professor Klaus Josef Lutz, is to step down at the end of its annual meeting on 23 June 2021


Last call for Lion chief executive
17 May 2021   /

Last call for Lion chief executive

Stuart Irvine to stand down after more than eight years at the helm of drinks


Synlait scrambles after third exec resigns
17 May 2021   /

Synlait scrambles after third exec resigns

CFO’s departure follows that of chief executive Leon Clement and director of operations Mark Toomey.


E Tipu 2021: Aquaculture at tipping point
13 May 2021   /

E Tipu 2021: Aquaculture at tipping point

Global demand for protein is set to drive a rapid transformation of the US$260bn aquaculture industry, says investor Aqua-Spark.


Asahi appoints GM for The Better Drinks Co.
13 May 2021   /

Asahi appoints GM for The Better Drinks Co.

Former Fonterra sales director will head up non-alcoholic business arm in NZ.


Sanford appoints Tauranga port CEO to board
13 May 2021   /

Sanford appoints Tauranga port CEO to board

New Zealand seafood company Sanford has appointed Mark Cairns as its newest board member.


Ebos loses animal care, consumer brands CEO
10 May 2021  

Ebos loses animal care, consumer brands CEO

Ebos animal care and consumer brands chief executive Sean Duggan has resigned.


Ex-Barkers boss to lead $50m Southland oat milk venture
7 May 2021  

Ex-Barkers boss to lead $50m Southland oat milk venture

Southlander Justin Riley returns home to bring forward Great South’s oat initiative.


HortNZ appoints Nadine Tunley CEO
5 May 2021   /

HortNZ appoints Nadine Tunley CEO

The former New Zealand Apples & Pears chair will take over from Mike Chapman on 14 June.


New co-op chair for Silver Fern Farms
5 May 2021   /

New co-op chair for Silver Fern Farms

Rob Hewett has been appointed Silver Fern Farms Co-operative chair following the announcement on 29 April that Richard Young was standing down.


Five hort heavyweights battle for two board seats
28 Apr 2021   /

Five hort heavyweights battle for two board seats

Five horticulture heavyweight’s have thrown their name in the ring for two existing vacancies on the Horticulture New Zealand board.


Agmardt GM Malcolm Nitschke resigns
23 Apr 2021   /

Agmardt GM Malcolm Nitschke resigns

After nearly nine years in the role, Nitschke says now is the time to call it a day.


Beatrice Faumuina named Just Life brand ambassador
19 Apr 2021   /

Beatrice Faumuina named Just Life brand ambassador

Former world discus champion Beatrice Faumuina is a new brand ambassador to the Just Life Group.


Synlait CEO resigns
13 Apr 2021   /

Synlait CEO resigns

Leon Clement will leave the listed dairy company at the end of April.


KVH names new CEO
13 Apr 2021   /

KVH names new CEO

Leanne Stewart replaces outgoing CEO Stu Hutchings.


New marketing, comms manager for HNZ
13 Apr 2021   /

New marketing, comms manager for HNZ

Sandi Reily is the the new marketing, events and communications manager for Hospitality New Zealand.


Kiwifruit Vine Health boss moves to top MPI role
6 Apr 2021   /

Kiwifruit Vine Health boss moves to top MPI role

The chief executive of Kiwifruit Vine Health is leaving the biosecurity organisation after three years to take up a top job with the Ministry for Primary Industries.


Delegat appoints former boss as acting managing director
31 Mar 2021   /

Delegat appoints former boss as acting managing director

Former managing director Graeme Lord has stepped in as the winemaker looks to replace John Freeman, who resigned in February.


Synlait loses ops director back to Australia
23 Mar 2021   /

Synlait loses ops director back to Australia

Mark Toomey has resigned from the specialist diary company after just over a year in the role.


Woolworths NZ appoints managing director
18 Mar 2021   /

Woolworths NZ appoints managing director

Spencer Sonn steps into the role from Woolworths Holdings South Africa.


Anderson to exit Foodstuffs South Island after 20 years at the top
15 Mar 2021   /

Anderson to exit Foodstuffs South Island after 20 years at the top

The long-time CEO will leave the South Island supermarket co-op in February next year.


Coca-Cola Oceania appoints new country lead
15 Mar 2021   /

Coca-Cola Oceania appoints new country lead

Former head of customer & commercial, Julie O’Toole, takes up a new role.


Neuroscientist joins NZ brain food company Ärepa
12 Mar 2021  

Neuroscientist joins NZ brain food company Ärepa

Neuroscientist professor Andrew Scholey has joined New Zealand brain food company Ārepa to lead its 2021 research programme.


Blue Sky Pastures appoints CEO
10 Mar 2021   /

Blue Sky Pastures appoints CEO

Atkins Ranch CEO Jim Goodall will take over from Todd Grave at the meat processor.


New brand director at Pepsi
10 Mar 2021   /

New brand director at Pepsi

Tania Bui is the new brand director of CSD PepsiCo brands Pepsi Max, Pepsi, Mountain Dew and 7UP.


Call for HortNZ director nominations
25 Feb 2021   /

Call for HortNZ director nominations

The vacancies came as two directors will retire by rotation this year.


Delegat’s John Freeman resigns
17 Feb 2021  

Delegat’s John Freeman resigns

Freeman intends to relocate to Australia with his family but will remain with Delegat until late March.


Beef + Lamb names Pellow to lead farm planning
14 Dec 2020  

Beef + Lamb names Pellow to lead farm planning

Pellow is well-known in the agribusiness arena, working across dairy, arable and sheep and beef industry.


Zespri goes in-house with sustainability boss shuffle
11 Dec 2020  

Zespri goes in-house with sustainability boss shuffle

Carol Ward has been appointed chief grower, industry and sustainability officer.


Marlborough Wine Estates snaps up Clarke as OTU winemaker
9 Dec 2020  

Marlborough Wine Estates snaps up Clarke as OTU winemaker

Clarke is known throughout the industry both internationally and locally.


New ExportNZ chair: F&B “strong” despite Covid disruptions
7 Dec 2020   /

New ExportNZ chair: F&B “strong” despite Covid disruptions

Export boss David Boyd says New Zealand exports have been “remarkably resilient”.


Sprout to grow under new CEO
7 Dec 2020   /

Sprout to grow under new CEO

Gil Meron, founder of Yarden Group in Israel, is taking up the role.


PepsiCo ANZ names new CMO of snacks, beverages to drive growth
4 Dec 2020  

PepsiCo ANZ names new CMO of snacks, beverages to drive growth

Vandita Pandey has held various positions at snack firm Frito-Lay in the US.


Flegg in first for NZ Avocado Growers Association
27 Nov 2020  

Flegg in first for NZ Avocado Growers Association

She is the first woman in the position in the organisation’s 40-years.


Ex-Tip Top boss Ballinger named as AsureQuality CEO
13 Nov 2020  

Ex-Tip Top boss Ballinger named as AsureQuality CEO

She replaces Jeremy Hood who has been interim chief executive.


Inaugural chair of new Food and Fibre CoVe appointed
11 Nov 2020  

Inaugural chair of new Food and Fibre CoVe appointed

The role is to be based at the Eastern Institute of Technology (EIT) in Hawke’s Bay.


Wyeth moves to Westland Dairy to lead growth
9 Nov 2020  

Wyeth moves to Westland Dairy to lead growth

He takes over from Shiqing Jian who has been interim chief executive.


Invivo and Co appoints Mark Darrow as chair
9 Nov 2020  

Invivo and Co appoints Mark Darrow as chair

The wine and gin maker has announced Mark Darrow as its new chair.


Cathy Quinn joins Fonterra board
5 Nov 2020  

Cathy Quinn joins Fonterra board

Former lawyer Cathy Quinn has been appointed to Fonterra’s board of directors.


New Govt ministers unveiled
3 Nov 2020  

New Govt ministers unveiled

David Parker has been appointed minister of the newly named Ministry for Oceans and Fisheries, formerly known as the Ministry of Fisheries.


Zespri boss joins PMA board
28 Oct 2020  

Zespri boss joins PMA board

Zespri’s chief executive Dan Mathieson has been appointed to the Produce Marketing Association Board.


Hort NZ creates new role for career development
28 Oct 2020  

Hort NZ creates new role for career development

A new role has been created, and an appointment made, to help develop careers in New Zealand’s horticulture industry.


DairyNZ re-elects directors
23 Oct 2020  

DairyNZ re-elects directors

Jim van der Poel, who chairs the DairyNZ board, and Colin Glas would each serve another three-year term on the board.


PepsiCo NZ names new GM
28 Sep 2020  

PepsiCo NZ names new GM

PepsiCo New Zealand has named Daniel Engeman its new general manager.


Sanford CEO resigns
10 Sep 2020  

Sanford CEO resigns

Sanford chief executive Volker Kuntzsch has resigned.