Dunedin’s Town Hall will be the setting for this year’s 2017 Red Meat Sector Conference, which will run from 30-31 July 2017.
This is the seventh time the event has been held to provide an opportunity for farmers, industry and service providers to meet and mingle, as well as a providing a showcase for expertise and best practise in the sector.
Jointly organised by the Meat Industry Association (MIA) and Beef + Lamb NZ, the event will open on the evening of Sunday 30 July with the Hamburg-Sud Welcome Cocktail Function held at Silver Fern Farms’ corporate head office. During the function, a panel discussion will give delegates the chance, during election year, to hear first-hand the thinking on the meat industry from various political parties.
Monday morning will open with a session looking at the ‘social licence to operate, with keynote speakers, including Parliamentary Commissioner for the Environment Dr Jan Wright.
This will be followed by other sessions looking at trade matters and the concurrent break-out sessions on ‘Our Story’ and ‘The Future of Food’.
Non-tariff trade barriers will be covered in an early morning trade workshop.
The main Trade Matters session will open with Rabobank rural manager for sustainable farm systems Blake Holgate, followed by a panel discussion on ‘New Zealand’s role in a disrupted trade environment to deliver opportunities for the meat sector’. This will feature Clare Kelly (Ministry for Foreign Affairs & Trade), Mike Petersen (NZ special agricultural trade envoy) and Roger Smith (Ministry for Primary Industries).
MIA will chair the ‘Future of Food’ session after lunch, targeted at meat processor representatives. This will feature Ricky Xu, editor in chief for Chinese food magazine ‘New Western Cuisine’ talking about how to personalise food for consumers and populations.
Running alongside will be a session on ‘Our Story’ opening with B+LNZ’s Nick Beeby outlining the New Zealand Red Meat Story for red meat farmers and other speakers.
Following the break-out sessions, Melissa Clark-Reynolds, a highly successful entrepreneur, will share her experience on a range of topics including entrepreneurship, innovation and sustainability.
Long-time sponsor of the Gala Dinner Maersk Line NZ will repeat its support. It will be joined by another long-time sponsor Hamburg Sud (Welcome Cocktail Function). AsureQuality, Aus-Meat Ltd (name tags), Hally Labels (coffee carts), Rabobank and Quality Consultants NZ have all also confirmed as sponsors of RMSC 2017.
For more information and registration: see www.redmeatsector.co.nz.
This article appeared in Food NZ magazine (June/July 2017) and is reproduced here with permission.