Left Menu
Development News Edition

Kiwi organic products firms gathering at HEI programme

Mr. Hirshberg says he’s committed to running his programme in New Zealand because of the enormous opportunity the country faces in the organic and natural products sector.


Kiwi organic products firms gathering at HEI programme
Auckland is the only location outside of the United States to host the HEI programme, which attracts huge demand in the US. Image Credit: Twitter(@the_dti)

Kiwi natural and organic products firms looking to expand domestically and internationally are gathering in Auckland this week to hear from global leaders in the sector at the third annual Hirshberg Entrepreneurship Institute (HEI), led by Stonyfield Farm founder Gary Hirshberg.

Stonyfield Farm is the world's largest organic dairy company. Hirshberg is joined in Auckland by a high-caliber team of experts and business leaders who help him run the practical, case-based, problem-solving programme for New Zealand and Australian businesses. Auckland is the only location outside of the United States to host the HEI programme, which attracts huge demand in the US.

Participating companies work closely with industry leaders to solve business challenges. Hirshberg's team includes former co-CEO of Whole Foods Market Walter Robb who now chairs the Whole Kids Foundation and Whole Cities Foundation, as well as founder and CEO of the Independent Natural Food Retailers Association (INFRA), Corine Shindelar.

Mr. Hirshberg says he's committed to running his programme in New Zealand because of the enormous opportunity the country faces in the organic and natural products sector.

"We've got some natural advantages here, notably being GMO-free – many producing regions can't get that genie back in the bottle – as well as having a vital agricultural economy and a clean, green brand globally," he says.

"As someone who has built a world-class brand, I can recognize brands that have all the right ingredients for the 21st Century consumer. 'Brand NZ' is a powerful platform for US, European and Asian consumers seeking clean, natural, environmentally friendly products. But that reputation needs to continue to be earned and I hope our Institute can help kiwi entrepreneurs capitalize on their special advantages."

For the first time this year, the programme includes team members representing investor interests, says Hirshberg.

"We've folk on the team interested in bringing direct investment to the NZ sector," said Mr. Hirshberg. "We are starting to build powerful networks connecting the NZ sector into the US and other markets. The opportunity for New Zealand in what is the fastest-growing sector in the world is enormous. Consumers want quality, organic and natural products with strong provenance.

The 2019 HEI programme runs in Orakei, Auckland, on Tuesday and Wednesday this week (Nov 19 – 20, 2019). Minister of Agriculture, Biosecurity and Food Safety, Damien O'Connor, will join the programme for a session.


TRENDING

OPINION/BLOG/INTERVIEW

Hyderabad Encounter: Time to review modern judiciary and restore people’s confidence

Its probably for the first time in the history of independent India, the parliamentarians, chief ministers and ministers in the Union and State governments are openly supporting an encounter. This indicates the people from top to bottom hav...

What happens to your outstanding loans if the bank falls?

... ...

Time for a change! Innovations to stop the growing plastic pollution

As the planet is drowning in plastic pollution, many new innovative approaches and solutions have emerged to effectively deal with the menace....

How to avoid fake universities and fishing bait like Farmington

As education sharks are roaming around to prey, we present a guide on how to mitigate hunters and reach to a genuine universityinstitute. In this era of commercialization of education, the fake universities and economic frauds in educationa...

Videos

Latest News

UPDATE 2-Mexico, U.S. draw closer to finalizing USMCA -source

U.S. and Mexican negotiators are very close to finalizing the United States-Mexico-Canada Agreement, a Washington-based source familiar with the talks said on Saturday, after a top Mexico official said the two sides had made progress on the...

IMF and Ukraine reach staff-level agreement on a new 3-year program

The International Monetary Fund and Ukraine reached a staff-level agreement on a new 5.5 billion three-year program, the managing director of the IMF said on Saturday. I was pleased to note that IMF staff has reached an agreement with the a...

Shooting near Mexico's presidential residence leaves four dead - local media

Shooting on Saturday near Mexicos National Palace, the presidents residence in the capitals historic downtown, has left four people dead and two people injured, Foro TV reported.Mexican President Andres Manuel Lopez Obrador was traveling on...

Saudis devastated over Florida naval base shooting: Trump

The Saudi King and the Crown Prince are devastated over the shooting by a Saudi air force trainee at a US naval base in Florida this week that resulted in the death of three and injury to eight others, President Donald Trump said Saturday. ...

Give Feedback