Local Govt | National News Video | Parliament Headlines | Politics Headlines | Search

 


Showcase puts new business the way of Wellington

Showcase puts new business the way of Wellington food and beverage suppliers

The Visa Wellington On a Plate (VWOAP) 2014 Supplier Showcase, held in Wellington on Monday is being praised by industry and participants as a huge success.

Grow Wellington’s Sector Development Manager for Manufacturing, Grant Lumsden, says the event was attended by over 40 suppliers from around the region, with a number securing new contracts for supply from the hospitality trade who attended.

The Supplier Showcase, run by Grow Wellington in conjunction with the Wellington Culinary Events Trust, is a forerunner to the VWOAP festival in Wellington in August, and gives the region’s chefs, restaurant owners and suppliers a chance to begin planning menus and events.

“We also hosted out of town buying delegations from boutique food retailers in Auckland, as well as local industry, and all were extremely pleased by the day and the quality of the producers and products on show. Our businesses are attracting national and global attention around their products because of their quality and originality,” says Mr Lumsden.

Michael McHugh, Editor in chief of MiNDFOOD, attended the event to announce several new categories for producers in the media company’s MiNDFOOD Producer Awards which will run during the VWOAP festival later in the year. “I’m incredibly impressed - the products of Wellington’s suppliers are leaps and bounds ahead of what I’ve seen in recent food shows in California,” Mr McHugh says.

Regional suppliers play a vital part in the festival which brought in $4.1 million in GDP value to the Wellington regional economy last year.

Olive Oil maker and owner of LOT EIGHT Nalini Baruch, says she feels her day at the showcase was very valuable. “After 12 years of commercial operation I assumed I knew most people in the food industry – but I was pleasantly surprised by the number of new contacts I made.”

Ms Baruch says she will be continuing talks begun at the showcase with a view to getting her products stocked by new suppliers outside of the Wellington region.

“Buyers were impressed by my commitment to wholesome local ingredients which have 100% traceability – this is something that so many artisan producers in the Wellington region have in common.”

Ms Baruch also brought her new line of pressed Aromatic and Harissa olive oils, which are pressed in the Wairarapa. “Buyers were able to do their own sensory and taste tests. We get to witness the pleasant surprises on their faces. VWOAP is considered a premium event and to be a part of the showcase sends a signal to the buyer that the participating supplier has the right credentials.”


ENDS…

© Scoop Media

 
 
 
 
 
Parliament Headlines | Politics Headlines | Regional Headlines

"New Faces, Wise Heads": Andrew Little Announces New Labour Line Up

Labour Leader Andrew Little today announced a bold new caucus line up which brings forward new talent and draws on the party’s depth of experience.

“Labour has many new and highly capable MPs who will have the opportunity to prove their ability. At the same time our senior hands will be on deck to take the fight to the National-led Government and support our upcoming stars,” Andrew Little says.

“I am pleased to announce Annette King will be my deputy for the coming year. In recent weeks she has shown how crucial her wisdom and strength is to Labour. More>>

 

Parliament Today:

Gordon Campbell: On Rick Ellis As Te Papa’s New CEO

The recent appointment of former TVNZ boss Rick Ellis to head Te Papa has copped a fair bit of criticism. Much of it has been inspired by the suspicion that Ellis has been hired to pursue the same purely commercial goals as he did at TVNZ, while similarly neglecting the serious cultural side of his mandate. More>>

Passport Cancellation, Surveillance: Draft 'Foreign Fighters Legislation' Released

The final draft of the Countering Terrorist Fighters Legislation Bill contains proposals previously announced by Mr Key in a major national security speech earlier this month. More>>

ALSO:

Related

Joint Statement: Establishment Of NZ-China Strategic Partnership

At the invitation of Governor-General Lt Gen The Rt Hon Sir Jerry Mateparae and Prime Minister The Rt Hon John Key of New Zealand, President Xi Jinping of the People’s Republic of China made a state visit to New Zealand from 19 to 21 November 2014... More>>

ALSO:


Savings Targets: Health Procurement Plan Changes Direction

Next steps in implementing DHB shared services programme Health Minister Jonathan Coleman says the Government has agreed to explore a proposal put forward by DHBs to move implementation of the shared services programme to a DHB-owned vehicle. More>>

ALSO:

More on Health Policy:

Auckland Unification: 'No IT Cost Blowout' (Just More Expensive)

Following discussion of an update on Auckland Council’s Information Services Transformational Programme at today’s Finance and Performance Committee, council has released the report publicly. More>>

ALSO:

Other Expensive Things:

Gordon Campbell: On The SAS Role Against Islamic State, And Podemos

Only 25% of the US bombing runs are even managing to locate IS targets worth bombing. As the NYT explains at length, this underlines the need for better on-the-ground intelligence to direct the air campaign to where the bad guys have holed up... More>>

ALSO:

Public Service: Commission Calls For Answers On Handling Of CERA Harassment

EEO Commissioner Dr Jackie Blue is deeply concerned about the way in which the State Services Commission has handled sexual allegations made against CERA chief executive Roger Sutton this week and is calling for answers. More>>

ALSO:

Gordon Campbell:
On Andrew Little’s Victory

So Andrew Little has won the leadership – by the narrowest possible margin – from Grant Robertson, and has already been depicted by commentators as being simultaneously (a) the creature of the trade unions and (b) the most centrist of the four candidates, which would be an interesting trick to see someone try in a game of Twister. More>>

ALSO:

Get More From Scoop

 

LATEST HEADLINES

 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
Regional
Search Scoop  
 
 
Powered by Vodafone
NZ independent news