Among the topics on the agenda for Zespri’s Momentum 2020 conference at Mount Maunganui in February are: climate change, futures research and playing “the Infinite Game”. The conference is expected to attract some 400 New Zealand and international delegates. It is also a chance for kiwifruit marketers to focus on their future.
“Standing Up and Standing Out” is the conference theme and Zespri CEO Dan Mathieson says it is about resetting the industry “in the midst of a period of real growth and success”. “We’re challenging ourselves to continue to grow and do even better in the years ahead. It means looking at new products and new thinking, while reminding ourselves of the values and principles that have helped us get here today and that will continue to help us reach our goals by working together.”
“We’ll do that by standing up - demonstrating our leadership by addressing some of the challenges we’re seeing today, like helping reduce the use of plastics and looking after our waterways, and by ensuring our industry continues to look after our people, our communities and our environment.”
“And we’ll also do it by standing out – making sure we continue to innovate so that we stay ahead of our competition and ensure Zespri’s brand continues to be recognised as the world’s leading provider of premium quality kiwifruit.”
The two-day conference will be held on February 13 and 14 at Trustpower Arena in Mount Maunganui, when a range of international experts will be among the speakers. A number of Zespi customers and exhibitors from around the world, including Japan, China, Korea, Canada, Taiwan, France, Italy, the Netherlands and Spain will attend.