Auckland exhibitor testimonials 2016
“Wow what a show! Fine Food New Zealand has enabled us to showcase a small selection of the glorious food, [NZ Black Truffles & Brie, Apple Donuts with White Chocolate & Tonka Bean Custard went down a storm!] and non-food products that we supply the foodservice industry to new and existing customers. It was a fabulous opportunity to introduce the passionate and knowledgeable team behind the name.”
- Jessica Naylor, Bidvest NZ
“Our experience at Fine Food New Zealand this year was very positive. For us the three main objectives of exhibiting were to generate ‘new’ sales leads, showcase our new products, and build brand awareness in Reso (after our rebranding exercise last year bringing Reso Tech Foods and French Imports together).
Post show we have many new (genuine) leads to follow up on, very good interest in the new products (muffins, mini donuts were some..), and
confident through discussions on the stand that the industry has a much better awareness of who Reso is and what we have to offer.."
- Tim Thorburn, Resotech Foods
“It was our first time attending Fine Food New Zealand this year and it was a great success. Our calendar is full for the next couple of months following up on qualified leads and partnership opportunities here and abroad. We will be back in two years’ time for sure.”
- Jeremy Absolom, WilliamsWarn
“Fine Food was a superb opportunity for our team to showcase our business capabilities and engage in meaningful conversation to inspire visitors with value adding solutions for their businesses. We served a unique range of product reflecting the latest industry trends - a snapshot of the full Bidvest basket on offer to both our new and existing customers.”
- Kelly Galloway, Bidvest NZ
“The Fine Food New Zealand was successful show for our company. It was a well-organized event and focused on bringing industry decision makers at the retail level or large scale distributors for the NZ as well as the neighboring markets such as Australia and the small islands.”
- Gustavo A. Fayad, Ginseng Up Corp –USA
“We came to New Zealand with the hopes of generating interest in our new Meltique beef products, Our Company Hokubee Australia found that the Fine Foods New Zealnd show certainly generated many leads and gave us great exposure. We were able to secure distributors and forge what we hope will be long standing business relationships. We are excited at the potential to expand our business in NZ in the years ahead”.
- Joel Laurie, Hokubee Australia
"Fine Food New Zealand in fact was to mark the launch of the Manetti brand in New Zealand - while the Manetti family have been making gold leaf in Florence since 1600 their products have never before been available here. Lorraine’s help and advice made the whole process very easy. Another organiser, Freddie Gillies, was a godsend helping me with loading data and videos and just generally being there to answer any questions. In fact all the staff were helpful and made the experience fun and as stress free as those sort of events can be. I also decided to enter one of Manetti’s new products - their flavoured gold range, Gold Chef - into the Innovation Awards which generated a lot of interest in the Manetti brand and was very worth while doing. From a business point of view I was extremely happy with the response I got. I had a huge number and wide variety of visitors to my stand - caterers, restaurants, hotel chains, cake decorators, luxury lodges and food bloggers to name a few. I also made some great contacts among the other exhibitors at Fine Food and as a result I can see some interesting opportunities for collaboration with them in the future. I will definitely be back in 2018."
- Rosemary Waller, ROMAN HOLIDAY LIMITED
"Our experience at the 2016 Fine Food New Zealand was highly effective, fun and inspiring. We gained insight and feedback on our product proposition, met key industry contacts which will very likely lead to commercial transactions, and also had the opportunity to meet passionate foodies to share trials, tribulations and knowledge with. Overall, I found the return on investment to be effective, especially for early stage market entrants, and for those looking to expand and achieve growth".
- York Spencer, MANUKEE
"It has been an amazing show; the number of leads we gathered and the increased interest we have garnered for our new product offerings would not have been possible without an event like this. I know I speak for myself and many others when I say this but Fine Food New Zealand will always be one of my favorite trade shows"
- Shiv Maharaj, Washtech Ltd
"The 2016 Fine Food New Zealand for The Rocky Road House was a very positive experience. Travelling abroad to showcase your products to a new market with the aim to secure a distributor suitable to work with us on a national level in New Zealand could have been challenging, but for us with 80+ distributor and wholesale inquiries over the three days as an exhibitor it was definitely worth the investment. I look forward to what the future has in store for our products in New Zealand once our supply chain network is established. Fine Food New Zealand see you in 2018!"
- Danielle Proctor, The Rocky Road House
Exhibitor testimonials 2014
“Fine Food New Zealand, to me, is [all about] opportunity, impact and professionalism. I went as a visitor a couple of years ago and was really impressed with the number of stands, the caliber of the stands, as well as how busy the show was.”
– Wendy Kendall, Waiheke Herbs
“Our product is only three months old, so it’s a great opportunity to get it out there to the people that we want to sell it to. People who have only read about our product are getting a chance to get it in their hands, sample it and get a taste for it.”
– Ryan Christensen, Hopt Soda
“We’re looking to see our customers and we’re looking to get feedback from customers. We’ve got a range of clients now and it’s a great opportunity to touch base and network with them, as well as network with other businesses. It’s a great opportunity all round.”
– Alistair Parker, Molly Whoppy
“The show was a real success for us, we had excellent feedback about our products and the show opened the door to some great opportunities.”
– Liz O’Meara, Life Health Foods
“Fine Food New Zealand 2014 has to go down as one of the most successful trade shows we have participated in, both here in New Zealand and overseas.
Time will tell on how successful it has been from our company point of view but I believe we have a number of genuine enquiries for our range of products that will convert to future viable sales. Enquiries varied but included domestic buyers from New Zealand, Australia, Hong Kong, Malaysia and the Middle East.
Fine Food NZ was also used as a launching platform for our newly released foodservice range. The show was an excellent way of promoting the range and having product and application ideas in a face-to-face meeting with visitors.”
– Peter McCracken, Wild Appetite
“We’ve been at every show since its inception. For our company, it’s a brilliant showcase where we can bring all of our products to one place and the whole industry comes to us. It is the biennial showcase for the New Zealand hospitality industry, so if you’re not here you’re going to miss out on 7,500+ business opportunities. I’d recommend it to anyone. If they want to be fully exposed to the hospitality industry they must exhibit at Fine Food NZ.”
– Chris George, Burns and Ferrall
"The enthusiasm the team at Fine Food New Zealand has for our industry is extraordinary. The show is an excellent opportunity to showcase our brand and services to a captive hospitality audience, and with such a well organised event this was a great space to hold our Barista Competition.''
– Marisa Bidois, CEO of the Restaurant Association of New Zealand
“Greetings from Poland. I want to thank you for the very professional and well-organized trade show. I hope that our company Mebel Art made a good first step in starting sales in a new market. Best regards and see you next time.”
– Janusz Zajdel, Mebel Art
Visitor testimonials 2014
"Great show, excellent exhibitors. We went yesterday with a purpose, to find around seven suppliers in particular categories that we could either use their products or their services for our new ventures and we didn't go away disappointed. Big ups to exhibitors such as YQ (in particular their switched-on Carlos Cumberbatch - what a delight and can he make a brilliant coffee as well as walk-the-talk!), Bennetto, Te Mata Figs, French Imports (boy Wayne Horsewood is a great guy!).
Also thanks to the people at T-sips (absolutely awesome and passionate about their product) and we managed to touch base again with Alan Lilburn at Nuttz and James Bowyer at Proper Crisps.
We also came away with some unexpected surprises through Quack'A'Duck, Parnell Agencies, Mediterranean Food Warehouse (hope you get your voice back Roberto!), Chelsea with "Naturals", Steel Fern (thanks Kendall), Brian and Ingrid at Soprano, and a winner for us, Green Valley with their Barista Milk. What amazing, helpful people on the stand, and the coffee rated with the best.” – Mervyn Hurley, Hurley New Zealand
"Food and beverage processing is one of Auckland's most exciting innovative growth sectors. Fine Food NZ is a key event in the sector that stimulates this innovation, whether it is connecting leading companies or having barista's competing over a state of the art latte."
– Brett O’Riley, CEO of ATEED
“Awesome show - went for one hour and stayed for three. Amazed at the products available. Well done to all concerned. I look forward to the next one in two years time.”
– Anne Carmichael, Bencorp Systems - suppliers of dockets and diaries to the hospitality industry
Exhibitor testimonials 2012
"Dealing with the team at North Port Events and Fine Food has been a pleasure, they always had the answer or the right person to put me onto. Having the BIANZ Feature Area in such a great spot, we were able to showcase our business and the industry to everyone that came through, no one could miss it."
– Veronica Thompson, Marketing Executive, Weston Milling New Zealand
"Fine Food New Zealand 2012 – a great show with fantastic people and a wonderful range of products. Taking part should be compulsory for anyone in the hospitality industry. Thanks, we thoroughly enjoyed ourselves."
– The Team from Skellon Foods (Skellonz)
"The Fine Food Show was a great event and while showcasing our products, was a great place to catch up with our existing clients. This platform also helped us to meet with new prospects and gain further exposure for our brand. A great show for the industry in general, and also perfect for Altura to mix it with our suppliers and potential new suppliers! Ticked all the boxes and helped us spread the Altura Coffee experience."
– John Riley, 'Coffee with Altitude'
"We were relatively late in booking for Fine Food NZ. However, every aspect of being involved was made easy thanks to the team at FFNZ. We had a huge response to our stand at the show and believe it has not only lifted our brand awareness but also brought in enormous business opportunities for us. Many thanks everyone."
- Cynthia Daly, HospoNews
"I have been to Fine Food shows across Australasia for many years and would rate the Auckland show as one of the better shows held. With time this show could and should become NZ's premier event to generate large volume international and local food sales and provide a one-stop location for the NZ food and beverage industry."
– Winston Herbert, ENZA Foods NZ Ltd
"It was our first time at Fine Food New Zealand and compared to other shows we have done this one really worked for us! Meeting the right people in the right circumstance lead to new customers, new sales and better brand awareness. Looking forward to 2014 and bigger, better highs!"
– Tracy Levey, Alpine Gold
"Fine Food NZ was a well-run trade show that provided significant opportunities for our business. We generated a large number of leads from people interested in how we can help their business and formed some great relationships with dealers and suppliers."
– Attie O'Rourke, Silver Chef
"I feel proud as a business owner to be associated with such a professionally run show. Couldn't fault anything and can only praise the team and the calibre of exhibitors. Run off my feet with orders, show visitors and new leads. Well laid out. We will be demanding the same site again and have our hands up to be back for the next one. We attend around six trade shows a year and this has been the best trade show in 10 years!"
"Fine Food New Zealand was a great experience – it was a really well organised show with a great range of exhibitors and, for us, generated a lot of quality leads. We'll definitely be back!"
– Helen Robinson, Organix Wholefoods
"The web-based system for promoting products, show specials etc was great, very intuitive and effective. The pre-show visibility we received via the FFNZ website was beneficial and instrumental in us receiving greater results than previous shows."
– Philip Dowling, Nero Italia
"Fine Food NZ 2012 was a great boost for our business and provided great exposure in one event."
– Mike Grassick, JL Lennard
"Excellent showcase for the food service industry, offering opportunity to showcase new products/services and to network with industry colleagues."
"Launching our range of food base products from Custom Culinary USA at Fine Food NZ was the best venue available. The show provides a targeted audience to foodservice businesses."
"Excellent showcase for foodservice industry, offering opportunity to showcase new products/services and to network with industry colleagues."
"A well organised, systematic trade fair. One of the best organised trade fair shows across the globe. In simple words, it's value for the money spent."
Exhibitor testimonials 2010
"Fine Food New Zealand 2010 was a world-class event, attracting both quality exhibitors and high-value visitors. It showcased the industry professionally and is a great addition to the food service calendar. I look forward to the next event in 2012."
– Tim Beck, Fonterra Brands New Zealand
"An excellent opportunity for all those involved in food retail or hospitality to see, taste and discuss new products at a leisurely pace."
– John Kinley, Independent Fisheries
"I found the Auckland Fine Food show to be extremely well organised. We generated leads from food service establishments and retail outlets that were from out-of-town which we would not ordinarily call on."
– Rachael Speedy, NZ Premium Foods
"The Fine Food show was brilliantly run. The quality of leads was far above what we were expecting and proved to us that this is a must-do show. We could not be happier with the new business the show has led to."
– Darren Perry, Henergy Cage-Free Eggs
"It was great to be involved with Fine Food NZ 2010. Well organised, a good mix of exhibitors, vibrant atmosphere, a good mix of customers, good leads and some good sales. Well done Fine Food NZ."
– Mark Twyman, Choice Catering Equipment
"We were very pleased with the results. The quality of visitors was of a very high standard with many decision-makers attending the exhibition, and the quantity of leads was outstanding with direct sales made from the show. We were fortunate to have seven overseas suppliers working on our stands and all commented on how great the show was, both in attendance and quality of exhibitors. It is full credit to you and the team – well done."
– Tony Broome, Burns & Ferrall Ltd
"Very professional show, lots of serious visitors – well done."
– Doris Evans, German Business Association
"Exhibiting at Fine Food NZ altered our perception of trade show effectiveness in Auckland. The quality of both visitors and exhibitors was great. Not only was the show effective, but it was enjoyable to attend as well."
– Brenda Davenport, Wedderburn