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Nestlé, Blis fill senior roles 26th October 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 22nd October 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 19th October 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 15th October 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 11th October 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 8th October 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 7th October 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 28th September 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 27th September 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 27th September 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 23rd September 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 23rd September 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 14th September 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 14th September 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 10th September 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.


Senior food moves at T&G Fresh, Ngāi Tahu,  and an ex-Progressive boss’ new post 8th September 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 7th September 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 6th September 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 3rd September 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 1st September 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 1st September 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 24th August 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 23rd August 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 23rd August 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 20th August 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 20th August 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 17th August 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 17th August 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 16th August 2021

D’Esposito departs Takitimu Seafoods

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


New members for NZACS 13th August 2021

New members for NZACS

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


Interim boss for FSANZ as Booth departs 11th August 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 9th August 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 6th August 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.


New director for Blue Sky Meats 4th August 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 3rd August 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 2nd August 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”.


New people chief for A2 Milk 26th July 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 23rd July 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 23rd July 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 22nd July 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 20th July 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 20th July 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 20th July 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 19th July 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 13th July 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 12th July 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 9th July 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 2nd July 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 1st July 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 29th June 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.


T&G’s Lutz departs after nine years 24th June 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 23rd June 2021 /

NZ King Salmon appoints CFO

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


People moves at Foley, B+LNZ, Natural Health Products 21st June 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 15th June 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 11th June 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 9th June 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.


Food industry stalwarts recognised in Queen’s Birthday Honours 8th June 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 2nd June 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 31st 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 31st 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 31st 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 28th 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 25th 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 21st 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 20th 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 20th 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 18th 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 17th 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 17th May 2021 /

Synlait scrambles after third exec resigns

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


Asahi appoints GM for The Better Drinks Co. 13th 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 13th 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 10th May 2021

Ebos loses animal care, consumer brands CEO

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


HortNZ appoints Nadine Tunley CEO 5th 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 5th 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 28th April 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 23rd April 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 19th April 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 13th April 2021 /

Synlait CEO resigns

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


KVH names new CEO 13th April 2021 /

KVH names new CEO

Leanne Stewart replaces outgoing CEO Stu Hutchings.


New marketing, comms manager for HNZ 13th April 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 6th April 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 31st March 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 23rd March 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 18th March 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 15th March 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 15th March 2021 /

Coca-Cola Oceania appoints new country lead

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


Blue Sky Pastures appoints CEO 10th March 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 10th March 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 25th February 2021 /

Call for HortNZ director nominations

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


Delegat’s John Freeman resigns 17th February 2021

Delegat’s John Freeman resigns

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


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

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

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


Ex-Tip Top boss Ballinger named as AsureQuality CEO 13th November 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 11th November 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.


New Govt ministers unveiled 3rd November 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.


DairyNZ re-elects directors 23rd October 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.


Sanford CEO resigns 10th September 2020

Sanford CEO resigns

Sanford chief executive Volker Kuntzsch has resigned.