Foodstuffs NI invites emerging suppliers to register for nationwide forum

Foodstuffs NI invites emerging suppliers to register for nationwide forum

Foodstuffs North Island in partnership with The New Zealand Food Innovation Network are introducing a new series of nationwide forums to help emerging grocery suppliers set themselves up for supermarket success, hosting 14 events across New Zealand from March to September.

As part of the forums, the co-op will partner with regional business development agencies and industry specialists to provide a range of support to small businesses. The New Zealand Food Innovation Network will provide a focus on supporting product formulation, manufacturing, scaling, compliance – and the business development agencies will bring a network of local support to enable small businesses to thrive.

The forums, which kick off at The Foodbowl in Māngere Auckland on 5 March, will have a team of Foodstuffs experts on hand to share their experiences and insights into supplying products to their more than 300 PAK’nSAVE, New World and Four Square stores across the North Island.

Foodstuffs North Island Emerging Supplier Manager, Rachel Prenty, says “the forums have been developed as a way to connect with suppliers at the start of their growth journey, sharing crucial insights on how to scale up their business for supermarket supply. The overall objective is help take emerging suppliers through this process, which we know can feel challenging when you’re standing at the starting line”.

“If the ultimate goal is to make it onto supermarket shelves, then considerations like having a robust supply chain, sustainable operations, as well as how supermarket distribution works and what customers are looking for can be incredibly helpful” she adds.

Foodstuffs North Island also supports emerging suppliers through events like Emerge, Foodstuffs’ Emerging Supplier Competition, and with resources like their Supplier handbook.

Last year’s Foodstuffs Emerge winners were Solid, a sustainable plastic free toothpaste in a jar and toothpaste tablets and Herbivore (pictured above), a premium plant-based butter made from natural coconut, both winners have received dedicated resources and support to help with the next stage of their expansion.

Rachel says for many small businesses, having that guidance when they’re at the early stages of establishing themselves helps set them up for success and inform decision making about the future.

“These forums will serve as a way for small business in the same regions to build a network of support and we encourage any supplier at any stage of their business to head along to a local event,” she says.

To register, visit Foodstuffs North Island Emerging Supplier Forum registration page.

Event Details

Auckland5th March10am to 12pmFoodbowl, 28 Verissimo Drive, Mangere
Waikato21st March2pm to 4pmWaikato Innovation Park, 1 Melody Lane, Hamilton East, Hamilton
Tauranga22nd March10am to 12pmThe Atrium Café and Conference Centre, 252 Otumoetai Road, Tauranga
Whangarei29th April10am to 12pmThe Orchard Business and Event Hub, 35 Walton Street, Whangārei
Kaikohe29th April2pm to 4pmNgawha Innovation & Enterprise Park, 5449A State Highway 12, Kaikohe
New Plymouth7th May1pm to 3pmThe Devon Hotel, 390 Devon Street East, Strandon, New Plymouth
Wellington11th June9.30am to 11.30amWharewaka Function Centre, Taranaki Wharf, 2 Taranaki Street, Waterfront, Wellington
Wairarapa11th June2pm to 4pmThe White Swan, 109 Main Street, Greytown
Kapiti12th June10am to 12pmSouthward Car Museum, Otaihanga Road, Otaihanga, Paraparaumu
Queenstown27th August1pm to 3pmThe Buzzstop Honey Centre & Cafe, 26 Hansen Road, Frankton, Queenstown
Nelson28th August1pm to 3pmMahitahi Colab, 322 Hardy Street, Nelson
Christchurch29th August1pm to 3pmChristchurchNZ, BNZ Centre, Level 3, 101 Cashel Street, Christchurch
Tairawhiti11th September10am to 12pmWaikanae Surf Life Saving Club, 280E Grey Street, Awapuni, Gisborne
Hawkes Bay12th September10am to 12pmFoodeast – Haumoko, 4 Hanui Road, Tomoana, Hastings, Hawke’s Bay
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