First China Business Breakfast held in Christchurch
22 November 2022
On 15 November 2022 North Asia CAPE partnered with NZCTA NZ to hold our first China Business Breakfast in Christchurch, at the Canterbury Club.
Our guest speaker was Andrew Harvey, GM Sales & Marketing at Fiordland Lobster Company. This year is Andrew’s 30th working in the seafood industry. He first exported live seafood to China in the early 1990s, when that was almost unheard of, and first exported live lobsters to China in 1997.
Andrew shared the ups and downs of his business over the last few years, made vivid with pictures and personal insights. The audience gained an appreciation of how much expertise and logistical planning goes into exporting live lobsters. A few key takeaways from Andrew’s talk:
✔ When things get tough, remember that everyone is doing their best to make the deal work
✔ It takes trial and error to find the best business model that will work for you
✔ Solid relationships with partners on the ground are essential to maintain market share
Thanks to our partners in Christchurch who enabled us to deliver this successful business breakfast.