This year’s PITCHme Foodservice is down to the wire—finalists are perfecting their pitches, and panellists are hoping to be blown away.

After a difficult process of elimination to establish the final 10, the chosen suppliers will pitch to the panel in Auckland on 13th August.

This year’s PITCHme panel consists of seven industry experts, each with substantial product knowledge and buying power. Newcomer to the panel Marty Kindleysides, the executive chef of SKYCITY’s signature restaurants, is hoping to see a strong product narrative, something he believes inspires people to support the product.

Alongside Kindleysides, the two other new panellists are Karina Hellyer, Night 'n Day, Alan Gardner, The Produce Company, they join PITCHme veterans Jon Hassall, Foodco, Danielle Lendich, Wendy’s, Rose O’Keeffe, Foodchain, and Shelley Hughes, Gilmours.