Proceedings will kick off with a speaker panel and the Welcome Cocktail function on Sunday 26 July.
The conference itself will take place on Monday 27 July and aims to provide a forum for industry participants from the whole sector to meet, network and discuss the industry.
This year’s programme includes a line-up of interesting and engaging speakers including: Callaghan Innovation’s chief executive Dr Mary Quin; the chair of Meat & Livestock Australia Dr Michele Allan; the new Landcorp chief executive Steve Carden; and Rabobank meat industry analyst Matt Costello.
Professor David Hughes, emeritus professor of food marketing from Imperial College in London, will be a popular returning speaker with his witty observations of the world of food retailing around the globe.
Others returning to inform and update delegates on the domestic and international scene for New Zealand meat include: Arron Hoyle, former senior supply director for McDonald’s China; political journalist Colin James; Richard Brown of Gira Euro Consulting; and Andrew Burtt, Beef + Lamb NZ chief economist.
Maersk is once again sponsoring the Gala Dinner, which will take place on the evening of Monday 27 July, following networking drinks.
Maersk Line New Zealand’s trade and marketing director Hennie van Schoor says the shipper is pleased to continue its involvement with the RMSC, both as long-term sponsor and as a “very interested” participant.
The conference is a great forum for farmers, processing companies and marketers all working together to improve the long-term profitability of all industry players, he believes.
“The challenge of cooperating strategically and reducing costs, is not just a matter for farmers and processing companies, it is something we all need to try and work towards. As part of the meat industry supply chain, this is of great importance to Maersk Line as well. Our business is only as strong as our customers’,” says van Schoor, adding that the New Zealand meat supply chain needs to focus on being at the leading edge of efficiency.
“We must all work together as business partners to facilitate a sustainable growth in volumes.”
The RMSC will take place on Sunday 26 July and Monday 27 July at the Rutherford Hotel in Nelson. Register online and find out more and register at www.redmeatsector.co.nz.
Confirmed sponsors for the 2015 Conference are:
Gala Dinner: Maersk Line New Zealand
Pre-dinner Networking Drinks: Rabobank.
Silver: Ecolab, Milmeq and Sato.
Bronze: Marel, Port of Tauranga and Triton Commercial Systems.
This article has appeared in Food NZ magazine (June/July 2015) and is reproduced here with permission.