Fine Food NZ a must-see event!

25 June, 2018 by
FMCG Business
Kaitahi won The 2018 James & Wells Champion of Innovation Award.

Fine Food New Zealand is on in Auckland from 24-26th June and it’s where the industry gets down to business. See more than 330 exhibitors, 10 interactive feature zones and 200+ new products at the ASB Showgrounds and enjoy networking opportunities, seminars, innovations, trade deals and cooking demonstrations.

It’s the country’s largest trade event for the foodservice, food retail and hospitality industries and it only rolls around once every two years. In its fifth edition, the show has attracted both national and international exhibitors and is expected to draw more than 8,000 delegates over the course of three days. Delegates will have the opportunity to participate in the Silver Chef Seminar Series, the Mojo Café Hub, the Baking Industry Association of New Zealand’s competition, and to see all that is on offer from a broad cross section of exhibitors.


Fine Food New Zealand incorporates Top Shelf, the industry’s biggest trade liquor event, and the Networking Lounge provides ample opportunity to do business and make new contacts.

Look out for more highlights from Fine Food NZ in the July issues of FMCG Business and Hospitality Business.

Innovation Awards

The winners of the Fine Food New Zealand Innovation Awards were announced on Sunday evening with the top honour going to Kaitahi™ for Kaitahi™ Frozen Superfood Smoothy Drops.

The 2018 James & Wells Champion of Innovation Award was also the winner of the foodservice category, one of three ‘Most Innovative’ awards in retail, foodservice and hospitality.

The winner in the retail category, sponsored by FMCG Business, was Cabernet Foods’ Everton Dry Aged Beef and iMonitor came out on top in the hospitality category with its wireless temperature monitoring technology.

Lorraine Smith, Event Manager of Fine Food New Zealand says competition for the Innovation Awards was exceptionally strong. “The judges certainly had their work cut out for them, with high quality entries from diverse companies in every corner of New Zealand and internationally. Reflecting changing attitudes to food and hospitality, many of them are innovators in eco-conscious and healthy living – but what every entrant has shown is the high calibre of food production, food service and hospitality we enjoy in this country.”

Kaitahi™ Frozen Superfood Smoothy Drops represents an advance on the frozen smoothie blends currently on the market. Delivered in the form of frozen drops, trapping in the flavour and goodness, it’s a refreshingly different product that delivers delicious and nutritious functional food in a highly convenient way. The drops include traditional Māori ingredients such as kūmara, pūhā and kawakawa, made by ringawera (cooks) who are familiar with the old ways of doing things.

The finalists in the most Innovative Retail Product or Service category were:

  • Cabernet Foods – Everton Dry Aged Beef
  • Molly Woppy – Chewy Ginger Delight
  • Kaitahi – Kaitahi Frozen Superfood Smoothy Drops
  • Five Percent – Gault’s Tomato Ketchup
  • The Spirit Workshop – Curious Gin

Entry to Fine Food New Zealand and the Innovation Awards Showcase is open to industry trade professionals.

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