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September 2017 Issue 



ANZCCJ Gourmet Food & Wine Garden Party 2017

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Message from the Chair

This month we celebrated Australia and New Zealand’s world class food and wine culture at our annual gourmet event, the ANZCCJ Gourmet Food and Wine Garden Party.

The agriculture and food sector make a significant contribution to export earnings for both Australia and New Zealand. Agriculture is one of the Australian economy’s pillars with 2/3 of production exported. In 2015-16 the gross value of Australia’s agriculture was $56 billion, an increase by 3.1 billion from the previous year and this figure is expected to continue rising. New Zealand is the largest exporter in the world of dairy products and lamb and a major exporter of beef, apples, kiwifruit, wine and seafood. Even with a small  population of 4.7 million, New Zealand feeds 40 million people in over 200 countries. With high-quality and safe produce and a focus on sustainable and organic farming methods, both Australia and New Zealand are competitive agricultural exporters.

In recent years, there has been a growing understanding by producers that different production activities have varied impacts on soil erosion, water use, nutrient leaching, organic waste generation, and greenhouse gas emissions. This, plus the increased awareness and high consumer demand for sustainably produced goods, has led to the development of the organic and sustainable food industry in Australia and New Zealand. Many of us are now familiar with terms like organic, free range, hormone-free and pasture-fed, and the health and environmental benefits of sustainably produced and organic food is becoming more and more evident.

The move towards this type of product is also becoming more prevalent in Japan. For example, in November last year Japan’s giant retailer Aeon responded to rising consumer demand for health and wellness products by turning its “Top Value Green Eye” product range into “Organic”, “Natural”, and “Free From”. This new version of Top Value Green Eye is now being rolled out to around 2,600 stores in the Aeon Group nationwide, including Aeon, Aeon Style, and Max Value.

Many Australian and New Zealand companies have adopted innovative production and distribution methods to not only ensure premium quality and fresh food but also to benefit the environment and future generations. I hope you enjoy reading the news section of this newsletter where we have highlighted examples of some of these practices.

In September we also held the Australian and New Zealand Economic Briefing  in partnership with the Commonwealth Bank of Australia. The event provided deep insights into our economies and delivered a strong key message of the broad array of attractive investment opportunities in Australia and New Zealand for long-term investors.

As September draws to an end, we look forward to the final months of 2017 which will bring two major conferences to Japan: AJBCC’s 55th Annual Joint Business Conference and JNZBC’s Conference.  If you are able, I do encourage you to register for both events which attract key players in the Australia-Japan and the New Zealand-Japan commercial relationship.

Finally, next month ANZCCJ will host its Annual General Meeting (AGM) and Executive Council Member elections at the New Zealand Embassy. I encourage members to engage in the process and take the time to learn about the candidates who are up for the six Executive Council positions. A reminder that nominations close on 9 October and the absentee ballot period starts on 10 October.


Andrew Gauci



Australian and New Zealand Economic Briefing

ANZCCJ partnered with Platinum Sponsor, Commonwealth Bank of Australia (CBA), to deliver insights and predictions on the Australian and New Zealand economies on 8 September. The panel, made up of CBA's Chief Economist; Executive Director, Currency Rate Strategy & International; and Director FX Strategy & International Economics was facilitated by Julianne Merriman, Trade Commissioner, Austrade.
A strong key message that came out of the discussions was that Australia and New Zealand offer an array of attractive investment opportunities for long-term investors and strong business potential for 2017 and beyond.


Sustainable and organic food and wine showcase: ANZCCJ Gourmet Food & Wine Garden Party 2017

On 25 September, ANZCCJ held the Gourmet Food and Wine Garden Party co-hosted with Tokyo Chamber of Commerce and Industry (TCCI) at the Australian Embassy. The Garden Party provided an opportunity for ANZCCJ members in the food, beverage and hospitality sector to showcase their products within the theme of sustainable and organic food.

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Austrade Success Stories

Read about Australia's largest organic wine producer, Angove Family Winemakers, and their long and successful history of exporting premium organic wine around the world. The company is now focusing on North Asia markets,exporting bottled and bulk red and white wine into Japan.

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Zealander by Terra - a New Zealand-themed restaurant in the heart of Tokyo is now open

On 26 September, ANZCCJ Sponsor, TERRA opened a New Zealand-themed restaurant, "ZEALANDER" on the 5th floor of Shin Marunouchi Building.

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Congratulations to Zespri for outstanding innovation in marketing

Head of marketing for Zespri in Japan, Kanako Inomata, was awarded the New Zealand Kiwifruit Industry Innovation Trophy for her marketing approach. Her mascots “The Kiwi Brothers” helped increase brand awareness and sales by 30 percent between 2015 and 2017. Zespri plans to further increase sales by 25 percent over the next five years. This shows that innovative marketing approaches based on consumer insights can unlock further growth potential. 

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The future of food

By 2030, there will be around 3.5 billion people on the planet with middle class incomes who are willing to pay more for trusted, premium food products.  This CSIRO article outlines the opportunities for Australia to lead the premium food and agriculture revolution.

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Kiwi beef Japan's flavour of the month

Lean, high protein New Zealand beef is gaining popularity in Japan as indicated by increasing sales. ANZCO Foods and Fonterra Japan paired up for a campaign promoting Kiwi meat and cheese at NZ specialty restaurant, Wakanui Grill Dining Bar Tokyo.

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Exclusive invitation to ANZCCJ Members

Watch Japan Rugby with SANZAAR CEO Andy Marinos

29 Sep 2017 | 5:00PM-9:00PM | Chichibu Prince Stadium


South Australia Food and Beverage Showcase

10 Oct 2017 | 1:30 PM-4:30PM | Happo-en

Austrade invites ANZCCJ members in the food industry (importers, distributors, food service companies and retailers)  to a South Australia Food and Beverage Showcase.

Taste South Australian wine, beer, kangaroo meat, lamb, abalone, gelato, Southern Bluefin tuna, oranges, nuts, crackers and more.  The event will be highlighted by cooking demonstrations for some of the produce.



Sports for Business breakfast with John Wylie, Chair of the Australian Sports Commission


10 Oct 2017 | 8:00AM-9:30AM |
The Peninsula Tokyo

Mr Wylie will outline 'Australia’s Winning Edge 2012-2022', the Government's high performance game plan for moving Australian sport from world class to world best.

The Winning Edge sets high targets for Australia to be a top five nation at the Olympics and Paralympics, top 15 at the winter Olympics and Paralympics, number one at the Commonwealth Games and have more than 20 world champions annually.


Keeping up with changes to the Australian market

11 Oct 2017 | 5:00 PM - 7:00 PM | Hogan Lovells Offices

An overview of investment opportunities and trends and the issues that you need to know covering the Energy, Resources and Infrastructure Sectors, Financial Services Sector and Foreign Investment Changes, Approvals and Compliance by ANZCCJ Bronze Sponsor Hogan Lovells.


ANZCCJ Annual General Meeting

17 Oct 2017 | 5:00PM-7:00PM | New Zealand Embassy Tokyo

The ANZCCJ's strength comes from the continued and active participation of its members and the strategic leadership of its Executive Council.  Nominations for the six Councillor positions currently available are now open.

Members are encouraged to become engaged in the election process.  The absentee ballot period will start on 10 October.


The Economist Events: Japan Summit 2017

26 Oct 2017 | 8:00AM-5:40PM | Hotel Okura Tokyo

The Japan Summit 2017 will bring together government officials, senior business leaders, entrepreneurs, and experts from think-tanks and academia. In a day of lively debate, they will explore whether Japan can take advantage of current global and domestic trends, and discuss how the public and private sectors can work together to put the country back on the path to strong and steady long-term growth.

The event will convene 150+ business leaders, senior policy-makers and leading academics to examine economic mega-trends that will shape Asia’s economies and how will they affect Japan.

Yuriko Koike, the Governor Tokyo Metropolitan Government, will be the keynote speaker at the Summit. 


2019 Rugby World Cup: 2 Years to Go!

2 Nov 2017 | 7:00PM-9:00PM | Happo-en

Join the international business community in Tokyo as we celebrate two years to Japan's hosting of the Rugby World Cup in 2019! 

The event will feature a panel discussion with Alan Gilpin – World Rugby COO and Head of Rugby World Cup and Rob Abernethy - General Manager - Rugby World Cup 2019 at World Rugby.


Wallabies v Brave Blossoms Match Tickets

4 Nov 2017 | 2:40PM | Yokohama

Category 2 tickets (Main, reserved 1F) for the first match in the Qantas Wallabies 2017 Spring Tour against Japan's Brave Blossoms are available for ANZCCJ members.  The match will take place at Nissan Stadium in Yokohama on Saturday, 4 November 2017.

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International Business Connections with YEG

14 Nov 2017 | 5:30PM | Ruby Jack's Steakhouse & Bar

Expand your business network in Japan by attending the first International Business Connections Joint Chamber event on 14 November 2017.

The aim of the event is to promote business matching and information sharing between Japanese SMEs/entrepreneurs and overseas firms planning wishing to expand their market and/or the range of products and services supplied to Japan.