The panel presentation will be facilitated by our event MC Julian Blanchard and will include 4 presenters talking about their local exports, produce and innovation. 

The topic is: Primary Exports & Innovation the South Canterbury Story so far…………….

Each presenter will focus on a current product or innovation that has been applied to their business, outlining the opportunities, the challenges this created and how these have been overcome.

Our Primary Produce Panel speakers include:


Fonterra: Mark Piper 

100% Pure NZ Honey: Sean Goodwin


100% Pure New Zealand Honey is a privately-owned company that operates a processing/packing factory in Timaru, supplying premium quality honey to international markets since 1996. With customers in sixteen different countries, the company is constantly challenged to assist in-market partners with local marketing activities and identifying opportunities to develop the honey sector.

Innovation is critical to establishing a point of difference for the 100% Pure New Zealand Honey brand and over recent years the company has launched new products (such as a Honey & Fruit range), services (such as Honeyid™, an on-line traceability tool that allows consumers to check a batch of honey to determine its’ authenticity) and marketing initiatives, including a global supply agreement with NZ Rugby for the marketing of All Blacks® branded honey.

In 2017, 100% Pure New Zealand Honey has continued to look for innovative ways to meet consumer needs. These include the launch of a new internal quality platform that provides consumers with confidence that the honey they are buying is the highest standard available; re-launched website and social media presence focused on enhancing health and wellness communication; and working with the University of Otago on packaging and formulation projects.

With the global market for natural, healthy products continuing to expand, 100% Pure New Zealand Honey is well placed to meet consumer demand and build strong future growth.

Timaru Container Terminal: John Bromley


John Bromley heads the Timaru Container Terminal, the region’s international gateway for containerised cargo
John has a long association with primary industries, starting his career in Hastings in 1989 with the New Zealand Apple and Pear Marketing Board. The Board shifted him to Nelson where he spent 24 years in the apple industry, punctuated by a four-year stint with Port Nelson Ltd. He has managed shipping and cold storage logistics, as well as a large packhouse coolstore supplying export markets and supermarkets throughout New Zealand.
In September 2014, John and his wife and two daughters moved to Timaru. John is General Manager of the Timaru Container Terminal, a joint venture between Port of Tauranga and Kotahi. The operation has grown four-fold in just three and a half years.
John also has a career in cricket, being appointed this summer to the NZ Cricket National Umpiring Panel. His umpiring highlights include a Pakistan touring game, live TV games and a three week exchange to South Africa to umpire first class games.

Sanford: Grant Day


Grant Day is the Site Manager for the Sanford Timaru on-shore operations. The site processes a range of fresh and frozen fish for local and international markets.
Grant has been working in primary industries for the vast majority of his working life, with 23 years in the meat industry, with the last 10 years up until 2012 as Works Manager at Silver Fern Farms’ Pareora Site and the last five years in the seafood industry, in his current role.
Grant believes the seafood industry is a dynamic and challenging industry to work in, and Sanford epitomises this through its values, Care, Passion and Integrity. He is passionate about these values and about the people working for Sanford.
In parallel with Grant’s civilian career, he was a commissioned officer in the NZ Army’s Territorial Force for 24 years, retiring in 2011 with the rank of Lieutenant Colonel. One of the highlights of Grant’s military career was deploying to the Sinai Peninsula for seven months commanding a training team for the Multinational Force and Observers (MFO) peace keeping mission.
Grant has been married to Stacey for 27 years and they have two adult daughters. He is also a keen sportsman, who after playing rugby for many years took up refereeing in 2002. Upon retiring from refereeing in 2015, Grant had refereed in excess of 110 senior level matches, six first class fixtures and been an assistant referee for a Meads Cup and a Lochore Cup Final. He now enjoys mountain biking and road cycling – particularly epic multi-day rides.