About Us

MeatExportNZ covers production, processing and marketing of lamb, mutton, beef, veal, venison, goatmeat or any of the co-products.

If you are working in, or for, the New Zealand meat cold chain at any point from production through to consumption, or simply want to keep up-to-date, then join us, subscribe to the blog (see side-bar on the front page), follow us on Twitter, join the LinkedIn group and comment and discuss. Scroll down to learn more about your editor and our regular contributors.

Ali SpencerWinner - BLNZ News AwardHailing originally from the UK, Ali Spencer (Editor) has spent over 30 years working with the New Zealand trade not only here in New Zealand, but also in the UK and Europe. She regularly contributes meat industry material for Food New Zealand and Deer Industry News, among others. In the past, she has also contributed material for NZ Meat Producer and European News (the former NZ Meat Board’s European newsletter) and Vetscript. She is a Past-President and Life Member of the NZ Guild of Agricultural Journalists & Communicators and the 2018 winner of the Guild’s Beef + Lamb NZ News Award.


Allan BarberWell respected NZ meat industry commentator, Allan Barber, contributes regularly to MeatExportNZ in his Barber’s Wire guest blogs. He is a freelance agricultural journalist, specialising in the meat industry. He writes a monthly staff newsletter for Auckland Meat Processors and also produces columns for NZ Farmers Weekly and Interest.co.nz and also from time-to-time for other publications including the Angus Cattleman. His previous life saw him working for many years as a chief executive (Elders Pastoral), chief operating officer (AFFCO) and general manager (Quality Packers division of LD Nathan) and marketing and export manager for other companies, Allan became a business consultant advising on strategy, company structure and corporate governance. In recent years he has worked primarily in agribusiness. Allan also maintains his own blog, Barber’s Meaty Issues.

Another occasional contributor is sustainability expert Kevin O’Grady. He is a principal consultant with Pinnacle Quality (formerly Pinnacle Consulting) and, while he has worked in and for the New Zealand meat industry in the past, is currently based in Australia. He spent nine years in the New Zealand meat industry, including a role as secretary of the New Zealand Beef council and has been involved in trialling a sustainable beef stand in New Zealand. Pinnacle Quality is a multi-disciplinary group offering a complete range of sustainability and quality-based business solutions. Through knowledge of emerging high-end sustainability standards and legislative requirements, Pinnacle helps businesses build on their sustainability systems and identify commercial and competitive advantage.

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