Nelson-based winemakers Mahana Estates is championing small, family-run businesses with a switch to Kemp Wine Merchants as its new domestic distributor. Winegrower Michael Glover says Kemp appealed because its culture matched Mahana’s own.
Dunedin tech executive Ina Kinski has summoned much-needed cashflow for Kaikoura retailers by creating a slick online platform which makes it easy for Kiwis to access Kaikoura’s shops. She wants the site to raise awareness that Kaikoura is open for business.
The success or failure of regional retail sits primarily with town planners, says Bayleys senior retail salesperson Ed Donald. He explores some regional successes and failures from around New Zealand.
The word from retailers targeting farmers is that the low dairy payout has yet to filter through, but challenges may lie ahead. Fonterra’s forecast of its 2015-16 Farmgate Milk price dropped from $5.25 to $3.85 earlier this year, leading to a cut in income that DairyNZ chief executive Tim Mackle puts at around $150,000 per farm.