4th September 2020

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4th September 2020


The Australian food and beverage sector is worth A$122 billion, with the retail channel experiencing 3.2% growth in 2019. In this collaboration between Singapore Food Manufacturers’ Association, Enterprise Singapore and Export Connect, hear from industry experts Peter Huskins, Director, ShopAbility, and Marnie Macaulay, Senior Own & Exclusive Brand Manager, Woolworths Supermarket, on topics including;

  • Australia market overview and trends
  • Updates on retail, e-commerce & foodservice channels
  • Recent developments arising from the pandemic
  • Opportunities for international products
  • Woolworths overview and supply opportunities
  • Panel discussion and Q&A

This live online forum will be moderated by Najib Lawand, Founding Director, Export Connect who brings over 25 years’ experience in food & agribusiness market development across Asia and the Middle East. Registration slots are limited – secure your spot now to avoid missing out!



Marnie Macaulay – Senior Own & Exclusive Brand Manager – Grocery, Woolworths Supermarket

Marnie Macaulay is a commercially astute and results driven business and people leader, with a unique combination of leadership and strategy skills. Entrepreneurial spirit, with a track record of leading high performing teams to deliver business growth through format and offer development, partnerships, and cost optimisation. Expertise across the Consumer & Retail sectors, with a passion for food and customer experience. Marnie currently leads the Grocery Food, Breakfast and International Private Label team at Woolworths.

Peter Huskins – Director, ShopAbility

Peter Huskins has over 45 years retail experience at board and senior management team level after holding a number of various roles in Department stores, Mass or Discount Department Stores, Supermarkets, Liquor, Wholesale, Foodservice, Fashion and Hardware stores, and international retail and business consulting experience in New Zealand, UK, Asia and UAE. Peter also writes for Retail World Magazine and Hardware Magazine.

Najib Lawand – Founding Director, Export Connect

Najib Lawand founded Export Connect in June 2017 in order to use the skills, connections and expertise he acquired over 25 years in the industry to help food & agribusinesses prepare for the right markets and connect with the right buyers and grow. Najib is highly experienced in export market development, having spent a quarter of a century leading Australian food-export businesses and agri-food industry development teams. The value of Export Connect’s services to Australian business is proven by our work. Since founding in June 2017, we’ve delivered 150+ projects for 105+ clients covering 20+ markets.

Cindy Ang – Lead/Special Projects, Singapore Food Manufacturers’ Association

Cindy assists the Association in championing initiatives in the area of Internationalisation, Innovation, Productivity, and Jobs & Skills for Singapore’s Food Manufacturing sector. The association is also committed to create more local and overseas channels to aid our enterprises for good business growth and in return, generate good jobs for Singaporeans through constant emphasis on Innovating new products as well as business processes.

Hui Wen Chong – Regional Director, Northeast Asia & Oceania, Enterprise Singapore

Hui Wen is the Regional Director for Oceania of Enterprise Singapore, where she supports Singapore companies’ expansion and partnership interests in Australia and New Zealand. Enterprise Singapore is the government agency championing enterprise development. It also supports the growth of Singapore as a hub for global trading and startups.