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New Zealand Forum in Singapore Works Towards Safe and Secure Asian Food Supplies

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2011-06-20 14:00 


SINGAPORE, June 20, 2011 /PRNewswire-Asia/ — New Zealand and global food trade experts say recent safety scares underscore the importance of building a global consensus on tackling future food supplies.

“The recent scares with E. coli and radiation are just some examples. Consumers are increasingly conscious about what they are eating and where it is coming from,” says Tony Egan, Chief Executive Officer of New Zealand food safety and security organisation, AsureQuality.

With Asia’s growing populations and limited resources, there is a need for increased investment in cutting-edge science and international collaboration to ensure current and future generations have safe and secure food supplies.

“New Zealand companies are global leaders in producing high quality food products for export across the world. Innovative and high-tech New Zealand companies have increasingly proven the ability to be at the top of food safety and science,” says Benny Goodman, Senior Investment Manager, New Zealand Trade & Enterprise.

The New Zealand and Asia Food and Beverage Forum brought together some of the best minds in the field of food sciences and investments. It provided a platform for an in-depth and interactive discussion on the future hurdles faced by the food and beverage sector in Asia, and how New Zealand companies can help overcome these.

“The Asia Pacific region accounts for more than half of global food production. By working together and making the best use of technology we could feed the world,” comments Mark Ward, General Manager of Riddet Institute.

The half-day forum held at the Grand Copthorne Waterfront Hotel in Singapore was attended by a select number of fund managers, venture capitalists, regional food producers and exporters from countries including Indonesia, Malaysia, Thailand and Singapore looking to invest in New Zealand technology.

Presenters at the forum:

  • Shankar Athreya, Senior Vice President of Strategic Investments, Olam
  • Neil Craig, Chairman of the Board of Directors, Comvita
  • Simon Eriksen, Founder and Managing Director, Neat Meat
  • Dr Andrew Kelly, Executive Director, BioPacific Ventures
  • Paul Morgan, Chairman of the Board, Wakatu Inc. and Kono

New Zealand Trade and Enterprise (NZTE) is the New Zealand government’s national economic development agency. For more information, visit

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June 22, 2011 at 4:34 pm

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Food and Beverage Showcase Brings Flavours of New Zealand to Singapore

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2011-06-20 14:00
SINGAPORE, June 20, 2011 /PRNewswire-Asia/ — Singapore’s leading chefs and hospitality personnel were treated to the “fresh tastes of New Zealand” at the country’s largest ever food and beverage showcase here today.

Organised by New Zealand Trade and Enterprise (NZTE), 30 New Zealand companies showcased delicacies including tender grass-fed beef and lamb, fresh seafood such as oysters and greenshell mussels sourced from clean oceans, dairy products like natural ice cream and uniquely crafted cheeses, nutritious kiwifruit and juices, fresh fruits and vegetables, fine wines and other beverages, as well as specialty foods.

“New Zealand is coming to Singapore in a big way,” says Ziena Jalil, New Zealand Trade Commissioner to Singapore. “The scale of this premier food and beverage event demonstrates New Zealand’s commitment as a long-standing trade partner of Singapore and also our belief in the opportunities we see here as well as the solutions that New Zealand companies can provide. With a booming retail market and strong growth in the hospitality sector, particularly with the establishment of the integrated resorts, we see huge growth opportunities for New Zealand food producers and their local partners.”

Singapore is New Zealand’s sixth largest bilateral trading partner. In ten years, New Zealand exports to Singapore increased by more than 85 per cent, with food and beverage exports growing by a massive 147 per cent over the same period. Food and beverage exports (including meat, dairy, seafood, fruit, vegetables and beverages) currently make up more than 70 per cent of New Zealand’s total exports to Singapore.

Award-winning New Zealand chef Jason Dell who created culinary delights for guests at the event said: “There is a growing trend around the world of consumers placing increasing importance on food safety, and constantly seeking new tastes, high quality and health benefits. New Zealand’s unblemished record as a safe, trusted provider of food and beverage products means our produce has an edge.”

Adam Haywood, Director of Food and Beverage at The Sentosa Resort and Spa, who attended the event, said New Zealand is well positioned to provide solutions to new challenges facing the food service sector. “New Zealand offers a solution that few countries in the world can match. A wide range of sustainably sourced food and beverages of the highest quality, or put simply – pure tastes from a pure place,” Mr Haywood said.

New Zealand Trade and Enterprise (NZTE) is the New Zealand government’s national economic development agency. For more information on New Zealand Trade and Enterprise visit:

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June 22, 2011 at 3:50 pm

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