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Excellence To Be Revealed In Marketing Challenge

DIARY NOTE 19 May 2004

industry excellence TO BE revealed through marketing challenge

Heinz Wattie's is bringing together the best of the best in new business leaders from around New Zealand at a gala dinner where the winners of the annual Heinz Wattie's Grocery Challenge will be announced.

48 regional entrants have been whittled down to 12 regional finalists, who will compete in a day of demanding mental, team building and leadership challenges.

This year's entrants all displayed a high degree of business acumen and leadership, illustrating the skill behind those who manage and run some of the country's biggest businesses.

Heinz Wattie's Managing Director, Nigel Comer, says that the supermarket industry is the perfect vehicle for those who are wanting to pursue high level careers in management and marketing. People often overlook that this is a multi-billion dollar industry offering numerous career options.

The Challenge is a perfect partnership for Heinz Wattie's and the supermarket industry. The largest competition of its kind in New Zealand, Wattie's is committed to helping young business leaders achieve their professional dreams. As New Zealand's number one brand, with more than 1200 Wattie's branded products and sales of $177 million (ACNeilsen May 2003) it is natural for the company to work with the supermarket sector, to encourage rising stars.

This is the premium event in the supermarket industry's professional development calendar. The gala night will produce two winners covering both the corporate and store industry levels. Each winner receives $7500 towards a development course in Australia.

What: Heinz Wattie's Grocery Challenge National Final Gala Dinner

When: 28 May, Sheraton Hotel, Symonds Street. 6.30pm

Who: Surprise celebrity MC and entertainment, 12 finalists from around New Zealand, Heinz Wattie's MD Nigel Comer


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