Foodstuffs Expo 2021

New Zealand’s largest B2B food show, Foodstuffs Expo, saw more than 5,000 attendees from across New Zealand’s FMCG industry travel to Claudelands Event Centre in Hamilton. The event was held 12-13 May, to showcase product innovations, recognise accomplishments and celebrate the winners of the inaugural Foodstuffs Partnership Awards.

This year’s Expo was an invite-only event with the 300+ exhibitors going to great lengths to capture the attention and tastebuds of Foodstuffs’ co-operative members, merchandise managers and store representatives from New World, PAK’nSAVE and Four Square.

The ecostore team – Foodstuffs South Island Sustainability Award Winners

“The Foodstuffs Expo is an awesome opportunity for New Zealand’s food and grocery supplier partners to put their products, solutions and innovations on display for all Foodstuffs members to experience first-hand,” says Dominic Quin, GM of Marketing and Customer Experience, Foodstuffs New Zealand. “It’s also a place where our teams can engage with suppliers to learn about the need or problem their product or solution is solving for New Zealanders as store representatives are always looking for new and innovative products to add to their local store’s range and deliver for their own customers.

“This year’s Expo is also unique because it’s one of the first opportunities we’ve had as an industry sector to come together and acknowledge what we were able to collectively accomplish in looking after New Zealanders over the past year. We are incredibly proud of the strong and long-term relationships we have with our supplier partners, and it’s a privilege for us to be able to gather under one roof and celebrate.”

Expo always celebrates the best-of-the-best displays with six Awards, and this year’s event also saw the inaugural Partnership Awards to recognise suppliers for their Partnership, Innovation and Sustainability efforts. Two Awards were given out on behalf of both Foodstuffs’ co-operatives, and three Awards awarded on a national level across both Foodstuffs co-operatives.

The Griffin’s Food Company was awarded the inaugural Foodstuffs National Partnership Award, with the judges acknowledging Griffin’s collaboration and relationship with the Foodstuffs co-operatives to create a positive impact in New Zealanders’ lives, as well as the Foodstuffs National Innovation Award, for its Snackachangi brand launch and the introduction of New Zealand’s first unwrapped snack bar in the Lunchbox category.

The Innovation Zone

Also new to Expo this year was the Innovation Zone which showcased the most innovative products fresh & grocery suppliers have to offer. Carefully selected by a panel of judges, the 20 finalist products from 15 different suppliers, fall within four categories: New Consumer Products, Sustainability & CSR Initiatives, Store Solutions and Innovative Packaging Designs & Functionality.

The Best Grocery Stand Award went to Quarterpast.

Fonterra exhibited in the Innovation Zone featuring their Anchor plant-based 2L bottle and Anchor Carbon Zero 2L Milk range in Sustainability & CSR Initiatives.

“We are proud to have played a part in the industry’s collaboration and collective response to the pandemic,” says Brett Henshaw, Managing Director of Fonterra Brands New Zealand. “The Foodstuffs Expo is one of the first events in over a year where we’ve been able to meet with fellow suppliers, share ideas and celebrate everyone’s accomplishments.”

Quin says there is always a chosen food bank or food rescue partner to receive surplus chilled and ambient product from Expo exhibitors, and this year’s recipient was local food rescue organisation Kaivolution, who redistributed food from the event to those in need throughout the wider Hamilton community.

Foodstuffs Expo 2021 Award Winners

Award CategoryAward NamesWinners
ExpoBest Overall StandMG Marketing
ExpoBest Fresh StandL’Authentique
ExpoBest Grocery StandQuarterpast
ExpoBest Store ConsumablesMcAlpine Hussman
ExpoBest Liquor StandPernod Ricard New Zealand
ExpoMembers’ Choice AwardHenkel New Zealand
Co-operativeFoodstuffs North Island Partnership AwardThe Griffin’s Food Company
Co-operativeFoodstuffs North Island Sustainability AwardFonterra Co-operative Group
Co-operativeFoodstuffs South Island Partnership AwardMondelēz International
Co-operativeFoodstuffs South Island Sustainability Awardecostore
NationalFoodstuffs National Innovation AwardThe Griffin’s Food Company
NationalFoodstuffs National Sustainability AwardTalley’s
NationalFoodstuffs National Partnership AwardThe Griffin’s Food Company

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