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Whanganui Business Forum


Thu 24 Sep 2015, 12:00pm–1:00pm

Where: Whanganui UCOL, 16 Rutland Street, Whanganui, Manawatu / Whanganui

Restrictions: All Ages

Ticket Information:

  • Admission: Free


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Growing the High-value, High Quality Food and Beverage Market

Speaker: Mark Ward, Programme Director Food HQ, Director Business Engagement Massey University

Mark Ward has worked with the NZ food and agricultural sectors for nearly 20 years, and has consulted to the Ministry for Primary Industries on growing high-value exports across the food value chain, and building capability to do so. Mark’s role is to develop and execute strategy in the primary industries and related sectors, including research and education. His current work includes helping to execute the Riddet Institute’s ‘All Call to Arms’ high-value food and beverage strategy with a specific regional focus on Marlborough, New Zealand’s centre for seafood (aquaculture) and wine production and export.

Mark led the establishment of the national partnership FoodHQ, New Zealand’s gateway to food innovation, and is its foundation programme director ( He has also worked with Australian meat processors and horticulture companies on high-value products and processes, and with funders Meat & Livestock Australia and Horticulture Australia. His executive roles have included CEO of NZ Crop & Food Research, GM of Riddet Institute, GM Food & Health at AgResearch, and international marketing in the dairy industry in South Asia, Middle East and Eastern Europe.

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