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

7th December 2020 By Staff Reporter | | @foodtickernz

New Zealand exports have been “remarkably resilient” with food and beverage strong despite a tough year with Covid-19 disruptions, says new ExportNZ chair David Boyd.

David Boyd

Boyd, the founder and director of orthotics company Foot Science International, was announced the chair of the body on Friday. He took over from Sir Ken Stevens, who recently retired from the role after 11 years.

“Exports from New Zealand have been remarkably resilient in the face of a tough year with Covid-19 disruptions and the lack of ability of exporters to travel,” Boyd said.

“Food and beverage exports have remained strong, particularly for goods that are destined for supermarket shelves, while foods and beverages exported into food service channels like restaurants and hotels have had a tougher time.”

Boyd said the main frustrations exporters were experiencing were with logistics, including longer lead times and more expensive freight options.

“Exporters have been investing in enhancing their online presence, but are looking forward to the time when they can travel to their export markets again,” he said.

Otherwise, brand New Zealand was strong overseas because of the country’s handling of Covid-19 and having a good communicator in prime minister Jacinda Ardern, who had led New Zealand admirably.

Boyd added that it was “never been more important for the export community to support each other than in these challenging economic times, and that is the strength of the ExportNZ network”.

ExportNZ, which was part of the BusinessNZ network, would celebrate its 50th anniversary in 2021.



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