Meet the Team


 Rachael Speedy  In 2008 NZ Premium Foods was established by Rachael Speedy, Managing Director.  Rachael is a driven business person who is inspired by her passion for quality New Zealand food and produce.

Rachael’s food career dates back to The Hotel Corporation of New Zealand in 1984.  After working up from trainee to senior management within Hyatt Hotels, she went on to work in and manage a number of businesses internationally and locally, from a company that catered the Embassies in  Zimbabwe to multi-nationals such Elizabeth Arden Cosmetics in the UK.

Returning to New Zealand, Rachael decided to pursue her passion to take high quality New Zealand food and produce to both local and international markets. NZ Premium Foods Ltd was formed in 2008 to do just that.

Rachael has many years business experience and has built a formidable reputation.  She has a vast network of contacts throughout New Zealand, Australia, China, Korea, the Philippines and beyond and has initiated many business partnerships locally and internationally.


Paula Kappeli
Office Manager/Sales Support

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Paula has also come from a background of hospitality and events.  Most recently Paula has held roles in administration, fundraising and marketing in the not for profit sector.  Paula has an interest in food which compliments her office skills.




Margriet O'Reilly
Graphic Designer


Margriet O'Reilly has been in the graphic design industry since 2004, and part of the NZ Premium Foods team since 2012. Born in the Netherlands, Margriet migrated to New Zealand in 1987. She has completed a Bachelor of Design majoring in Visual Communication at Unitec in Auckland. Margriet works with the NZPF team to create labels, packaging, brochures and various other designs. She is passionate about all things visual - layouts, typography, imagery - and loves seeing ideas come together as a final design. 


Robert Ayon

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Robert is our financial guru and is always on hand to answer all our financial questions.