New Zealand Beverage Conference 2018

A New Normal? Adapting to Change in an Evolving Market 

Conference Log Aug18The New Zealand Beverage Council and Sensient Technologies New Zealand are proud to bring you the New Zealand Beverage Conference on Thursday 25 October 2018, in association with Directus International, New Zealand Sugar and ADM.

This year’s conference will be hosted at the spectacular Kelliher Estate. Located on Puketutu Island in the Manukau Harbour, the estate is an historic homestead and is surrounded by one of Auckland's finest gardens.


To attend the New Zealand Beverage Conference, simply download and complete the registration form (in Word document format) and return it to

Conference numbers are limited, act now to reserve your place.

Early Bird – Closes 30 September 2018

  • NZBC Member  $395 + GST
  • Non-Member    $450 + GST

Standard – From 1 October 2018

  • NZBC Member   $450 + GST
  • Non-Member    $500 + GST

Registration includes all drinks and canapes at the Welcome Function at Villa Maria, all food and drinks at the Kelliher Estate as well as an exciting speakers programme. We will also be running a complimentary shuttle to and from surrounding accommodation to and from conference venues.


The theme for this year’s conference is A New Normal? Adapting to Change in an Evolving Market and we will spend the day exploring the changing political, economic, regulatory and demographic environment that the industry is operating in, and what that might mean for companies moving forward.




 8.30 – 8.50am

Delegate arrival/registration



8.50 – 9.00am


Conference welcome and housekeeping



9.00 – 9.30am


Opening Keynote Address


Erica Stanford, Associate National Party Spokesperson for the Environment


9.30 – 10.00am


Keynote Address: Trade Wars


Nick Tuffley, Chief Economist, ASB Bank

10.00 – 10.40am


The Adventures of an NZ Beverage Entrepreneur – The Journey from the Foodbowl to Asia

Alasdair Baxter (Food Bowl)

York Spencer (Manukee)


10.40 – 11.00am


Morning Tea


Bought to you by Kerry


11.00 – 11.40pm


Keynote speaker: What is the Public Thinking?


Chris Coomer - Nielsen


11.40 – 12.30pm


Panel Discussion: Increasing Recycling Rates and Reducing Waste: Is a Container Deposit Scheme really the answer?


Adele Rose - Glass Packaging Forum 

Lyn Mayes - Packaging Forum

Marty Hoffart - Zero Waste Network

Keith Smith  - Flight Plastics (Facilitator)

 12.30 – 1.30pm


Brought to you by Tate and Lyle


1.30 – 2.15pm


Keynote Speaker


Dave Currie (Former NZ Olympic Chef de Mission) 

2.15 – 3.00pm

 The View from Wellington: The continuing evolvement of New Zealand’s Food and Environmental Regulations

Glen Neal (FSANZ) 

Paul Dansted (Ministry for Primary Industries 

Hinemoa Awatere (Ministry for the Environment)


3.00 – 3.30 pm


Afternoon Tea


Brought to you by Kerry

3.30 – 4.00pm

 Keynote: What’s Going On? Understanding the dynamics of New Zealand’s current political environment

Mark Unsworth (Saunders Unsworth)

Olly Munro (NZBC Vice President)

 4.00 – 4.10pm 

Drawing of the Food Bowl Voucher and Concluding remarks

NZBC President Bruce Sherman 

 4.15 – 6.00pm

Team-building activity


 6.00pm to late

Drinks and BBQ

Brought to you by Bronson and Jacobs

Keynote Speakers

Nick Tuffley: Nick is ASB's Chief Economist and leads a team that has won three Forecast Accuracy Awards from Consensus Economics as well as having a strong track record with their Official Cash Rate and dairy price forecasts. 

Dave Currie: Dave was Chef de Mission for the New Zealand Olympic and Commonwealth Games teams from 2002 to 2012 and is a former manager of the New Zealand Cricket Team. 

Hon Scott Simpson: Scott Simpson is the National Party spokesperson for the Environment, Workplace Relations and Safety as well as the MP for Coromandel.

Mark Unsworth: Mark established Saunders Unsworth, one of New Zealand’s leading government relations and public policy firms.

Villa Maria Welcome Function

All registered delegates are invited to join us for the Conference Welcome Function at Villa Maria Winery from 6.30pm – 8.30pm on Wednesday 24 October.

Villa Maria is New Zealand’s most awarded winery and we would love for you to join us for drinks and canapes as we toast the industry amongst the vines at Villa Maria’s showcase Auckland vineyard.

While the Welcome Function is included as part of your registration, it is critical that you RSVP by indicating your attendance in your registration form.

Conference BBQ

With the start of daylight savings and an opportunity to enjoy the warmer weather, the Conference will conclude with drinks and an exclusive BBQ within the Kelliher Estate Gardens.

This will provide an informal and relaxing end to the day.

The cost of the BBQ is included in your registration, but as with the Welcome Function, it is important that you RSVP for catering purposes by indicating your attendance in the registration form.


We have partnered with the Naumi Auckland Airport Hotel to provide discounted accommodation to our conference delegates. You can book directly with the Naumi Hotel here

To ensure you get the cheapest rate, it is important that you book through the link provided in this email, which will apply the group rate discount. Breakfast and car-parking are included in your room rate.

The Naumi offers luxury accommodation with stylish rooms, surrounded by quiet gardens. A fitness centre and Asian-influenced restaurant are featured.

Naumi Auckland Airport is just 3 km from Auckland Airport and Auckland’s CBD is an 18-minute drive away.

Other nearby accommodation options include the Holiday Inn and Jet Park Auckland Airport Hotel.


Naumi Hotel


Host Responsibility

We want you to have a good time at the conference but we would strongly encourage you to consider how you plan on travelling home if you are planning on having a few drinks in the evening.

Taxis, uber and dial a driver will be available, but it is important to note that vehicles cannot be left at the estate overnight.

If you are planning on drinking, we would encourage you to rideshare or consider making use of accommodation in the area. We will be providing transport to and from nearby hotels to both Villa Maria and Kelliher Estate.

This year’s conference promises to be an exciting and fun day, with a couple of surprises, and we look forward to seeing you at the Welcome Drinks on Wednesday 24th October and at the Conference on Thursday 25th October.


Commercial partnerships and sponsorships are vital to the success of the Conference. We simply could not host the Conference without the very generous support of a wide range of organisations.

Becoming a commercial partner or sponsor is a great way for a company to communicate to existing and potential clients, partners and suppliers. Partnership with the Conference will also reinforce your role as a key stakeholder in our dynamic and innovative industry.

To support this, we have developed a range of packages designed for all budgets and with a range of benefits. We are also happy to discuss the development of something more bespoke to meet your needs

Email us for a sponsorship prospectus.