“Unfortunately we are missing out on this premium because many overseas consumers are unaware their food originates in New Zealand.”
Dr Lees said his own research showed that the majority of New Zealand's exports are unbranded commodities that enter the manufacturing or food service sectors. This mean our products are frequently not identified to the consumer as being of New Zealand origin.
“The lack of branding and marketing means we give away the potential to take advantage of how consumers see our food products.”
In Japan, USA and Spain New Zealand was the second most trusted source for fresh fruit and vegetables. This is also true for other New Zealand food exports.
Consumers in the US rated NZ beef as a close second to local US beef. In the UK, New Zealand lamb was seen as just as good as local lamb.
“While the growing preference for local food is a challenge for our food exports, there is also a significant opportunity to use this positive view to capture greater value.”
“If we can replicate this with other food exports then we can move away from the current focus on increasing the volume of agricultural products and focus instead on increasing value.”