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Nov 21, 2016

Trade Mission Down Under 2

As always, trade missions start off with impressive sightseeing activities in the region concerned – this time we enjoyed a pleasant boat cruise through the harbour of Auckland, New Zealand.

As always, trade missions start off with impressive sightseeing activities in the region concerned – this time we enjoyed a pleasant boat cruise through the harbour of Auckland, New Zealand.

 

On Monday we were back to business with several presentations about New Zealand’s and the Maori economy, followed by a matchmaking session with our New Zealand partners.

Unfortunately, we had to miss the company visits on Tuesday. Though, in exchange we had a great time at the meeting with the leading supermarket brand Countdown arranged by ourselves. Apart from an extraordinary variation of fruits and vegetables on the shelves, Countdown is offering one particular fruit basket that is stealing the show at the moment. All 181 Countdown supermarkets across the country are providing a basket topped with free fruit for children. A wonderful, smart and generous initiative, which of course gets overwhelmingly positive feedback.

 

Countdown 

 

 

After our meeting at Countdown, we flew to Gisborne to visit one of New Zealand’s most recognised and diverse horticultural businesses: LeaderBrand. For the last couple of months LeaderBrand has been doing trials with our ultrasonic humidification technology and their broccoli. A fruitful meeting, as they were absolutely enthusiast about the trial results.  

 

LeaderBrand

 

On Wednesday, we had a most interesting visit to Southern Paprika, the country’s largest single site glasshouse grower of quality capsicums (bell peppers or paprikas). Afterwards, together with Their Majesties King Willem Alexander and Queen Máxima we enjoyed a final networking lunch and the close  of a refreshing and rewarding two weeks Down Under.

 

Southern Paprika