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First Fresh wins export award

The room was filled with excitement and celebration at the Napier Conference Centre as the winners of the 2018 ExportNZ ASB Hawke's Bay Export Awards were announced.

The Judges’ Choice Award was won by First Fresh. The judges said the Gisborne company was “snapping on the heels of the winner in their category”.

“We liked their focus on niche markets, with absolute clarity about how to prioritise markets for entry, and their investment in understanding their customers’ customers, all stood out as praiseworthy – we hope they will enter again.”

Congratulations to Cedenco Foods for winning the ASB Exporter of the Year Award.

It was the first time the awards had been opened up to include Gisborne exporters so It was fantastic to see the success of Gisborne companies at this years awards.

 

The results for each category are:

ContainerCo Best Emerging Business

The ContainerCo Best Emerging Business Award recognises success by net return to the New Zealand economy for businesses with a total annual revenue under NZD $5 million and a history up to a maximum of 5 years of operating internationally with growth.

FINALISTS:

Rock-it Boards
Starboard Bio
The Damson Collection
Woodcut Tools (Winner)

T&G Global Best Medium/Large Business

T&G Global Best Medium/Large Business Award recognises success by net return to the New Zealand economy for businesses with a total annual revenue of over NZD$5 million.

FINALISTS:

First Fresh
Pultron Composites
Cedenco Foods (Winner)

Tomoana Food Hub Excellence in Innovation

The Tomoana Food Hub Excellence in Innovation Award recognises success in developing and commercialising innovation in international markets; incorporating intellectual property, strategy, processes and monitoring.

FINALISTS:

Pultron Composites
Starboard Bio
Woodcut Tools
Rock-it Boards (Winner)

T&G Global Unsung Hero Award

The Unsung Hero Award provides you as an exporter the opportunity to recognise an individual within your own business who makes a huge contribution to your export success. These nominees are often the unsung heroes of your business and may sit at any level within your organisation.

The winners are:

- Kellie Millar, Sales Co-Ordinator, Future Products Group
- Steve Young, Business Development Manager, Napier Port
- Mairead Hart, Finance Manager, Pultron Composites

 

ASB Exporter of the Year Award: Cedenco Foods

The winner of the ASB Exporter of the Year award is one of the winners from the previous three categories who has demonstrated sustained and outstanding performance and results in terms of:

Earnings, growth and profit
Leadership and direction
Excellence in marketing
Strategy and business planning
Commitment to quality management
Governance