We've got so many great New Zealand based businesses and now more than ever we need to be supporting our locals. These homegrown companies have some amazing stories of how they came to be and we’re sharing their stories with you.
Founded in the Wellington region in the summer of 1999 at a fish and chip shop turned bakery, Farrah and Jovan began working on creating the perfect wrap, and after a trip to Mexico and the States to refine their craft, Farrah’s was born.
Barker's of Geraldine
Barker’s of Geraldine stills sits on a corner of the original family farm in Geraldine, South Canterbury. Over 50 years later, we’re a thriving business, making world-class products and are proud to support the local community, employing around 100 locally.
There are plenty of reasons we need a pick me up these days. But dwelling on them isn’t really the kiwi way. Instead we reach for a cup of Bell, feel that flavour, and feel alive.Bell. With ‘Feel alive flavour’ since 1898.
Sugar is about enjoyment, it sweetens the moment and brings delight. Since 1884, Chelsea has been a familiar and reassuring part of New Zealander’s lives. Generations have grown up with the taste of Chelsea in their baking; whether it be school baking, birthday cakes, baby shower, cupcakes, Christmas cake and the iconic pink packs in their pantry.
The Collective was founded in Auckland by straight-shooting chefs Angus Allan and Ofer Shenhav who had a simple quest: create a Kiwi-made yoghurt with unbeatable flavour, that tastes like a real yoghurt should. How did they do it? A belief that great ingredients make great products, it’s that simple, no bull!
Cookie Time Group is an iconic, family owned business, founded in Christchurch. On the first day of business, 70 jars of Original Chocolate Chunk Cookies were delivered to 70 Christchurch dairies. Kiwis quickly fell in love with this giant taste of happiness – making these New Zealand’s favourite cookies for close to 40 years.
Farmland Foods started in a family butcher shop owned by the Davis family over 50 years ago in 1964, and now three generations later are one of New Zealand’s leading smallgoods producers. Still passionately family run in Bulls, Rangitikei district, Farmland Foods employ over 120 local staff and continue to invest in state-of-the-art manufacturing and equipment to produce outstanding meats for any occasion.
Delmaine Fine Foods was established in 1980, bringing New Zealanders high quality European food products. Beginning with olives and sundried tomatoes, the range of foods grew over the last 40 years to include a range of locally made fresh pasta and pasta sauces, tomato sauces, ice cream toppings, chilled dips and pesto’s. These household favorites are made across our two production sites by a team over 200 Kiwis.
Donovans Chocolates are lovingly crafted in the Waikato - the heart of the New Zealand dairy country. By combining the finest quality ingredients with European technology and a good dash of Kiwi ingenuity, founder Patrick Donovan’s ambition was to bring premium chocolate with New Zealand-inspired flavours to households across the country.
Ecostore was founded on a dream to help New Zealand families care for their homes, their health, and the world. The company develops, manufactures, and packs its household cleaners, body and oral care products at its own carboNZero certified factory in Auckland.
The past 90 years have certainly dished up an unprecedented number of challenges and changes, but one thing is for sure -Weet-Bix™ has been there for Kiwis throughout. Weet-Bix has been the go-to breakfast for New Zealanders since 1930–once a Weet-Bix kid, always a Weet-Bix kid, no matter what your age. It has been with us through good times and the bad, enjoyed at the kitchen bench, in front of TV, in the office lunch room & out on the farm.
Nostalgic NZ Brand Flemings launched one of the first chewy muesli bars in NZ in the early 80’s, using Flemings Rolled Oats from Gore that had a 100-year history of growing and processing Oats.
Gregg's began in the city of Dunedin, when William Gregg produced Gregg's Club Coffee. It was soon a national institution, winning medals at exhibitions throughout Australasia. Over the years William Gregg became a renowned coffee roaster, spice merchant and food manufacturer, bringing exotic international flavours to New Zealanders countrywide. To this day Gregg's is still all about flavour, whether it be a great cup of coffee, tasty herbs and spices.
Griffin’s, New Zealand’s favourite biscuit bakers, has been delighting Kiwis' taste buds for over 150 years. Whether it is a seriously dunkable Gingernut or a truly indulgent ToffeePop, everyone has a favourite Griffin’s bikkie.
South Canterbury farmer Raymond Bowan grew up around potatoes. Digging up spuds on the neighbouring property for pocket money, he always returned home after a long day’s work with dirt under his nails and a satisfied grin on his face. Years later, when the local chip factory closed its doors, Raymond seized the opportunity to fulfil a lifelong dream, and Heartland Chips was born.
Regal King salmon
Raised in the clean and cold waters of New Zealand’s Marlborough Sounds, Regal Marlborough King Salmon is known for its incredible flavour, colour, texture and healthy omega-3 fatty acids. With farms scattered through the cool, deep waters of the Marlborough's pristine Pelorus and Queen Charlotte Sounds. It’s the unique mix of currents, water quality and temperatures, the ‘merroir’ that make the different. When you choose Regal Marlborough King Salmon, you can be sure you’re enjoying the finest salmon in the world.
Massimo's Italian cheeses
Massimo’s fresh cheeses are made here in NZ using only locally sourced ingredients, milk is delivered from farm gate and processed onsite. The question we get asked so often is Massimo actually a person.......YES he is! Massimo and his wife Marina came to NZ on holiday from Puglia, Italy in 2004, they fell in love with NZ and were impressed by the high quality dairy available but were surprised by the lack of fresh Mozzarella. After a three year Cheese making apprenticeship in Italy, they returned to NZ in 2010 to settle here and introduce Kiwi's to Mozzarella, Burrata and Ricotta, fresh produce that is part of a daily Mediterranean diet.
A classic tale of Kiwi entrepreneurship, Meadow Mushrooms sprouted on the outskirts of Christchurch in 1970, thanks to two mates who shared a spirit for adventure, loved a challenge and had the heart to bring their vision to life through good hard yakka and continual investment in the farm and its people. Now, 50 years on, we’re still proudly New Zealand family-owned and operated and our belief in ‘family values’ is stronger than ever - albeit across a much larger and culturally diverse ‘extended family’ of close to 500.
Mother Earth was born on Waiheke Island in the 70s and was bought in 2009 by the Hamilton entrepreneurs, the Crosby family. Choosing quality ingredients with care, the Mother Earth team provides you with delicious food that makes you feel good about feeding your family. Made in New Zealand, Hamilton is Mother Earth’s busy hub – that’s where bars are baked, nuts are roasted, honey from Mother Earth’s hives is creamed and natural peanut butter is ground.
Mr Chips is a 100% New Zealand owned and operated family business based in Auckland. For over 40 years, our premium potato and kumara products have been supplied all over New Zealand and across the globe. Every Mr Chip’s chip has been crafted from premium NZ potatoes - carefully planted, grown, and processed by Balle Farms, our family owned and operated business. We pride ourselves on our unique ‘field to fork’ solution that ensures we have full control of our quality from our farms to your plate.
Much Moore Ice Cream Co, Winner of the Supreme Champion Award for NZ’s Best Ice Cream at this year’s NZ Ice Cream awards. We also hold the crown for New Zealand’s best Vanilla, Hokey Pokey and Caramel ice creams. Renowned for making delicious, exciting, innovative flavours, Marcus Moore and team have been making Much Moore ice cream here in NZ for over thirty years.
Nice & Natural
Established in Auckland, NZ in 1985 by a true entrepreneur, Alan Peters. Recognised the need for good tasting, nutritional snacks in the marketplace. First in NZ to launch nut bars and fruit strings.
Pics peanut butter
Pic’s Peanut Butter is made of Hi-Oleic nuts, freshly roasted and lovingly squashed in sunny Nelson. From a few sales at the Nelson Farmers Market, local Pic Picot began selling his homemade natural peanut butter commercially in 2007, with word quickly spreading across the country.
Purex Toilet paper has been locally made by New Zealanders since 1955 and continues to live by the strong values it was built on 65 years ago – delivering a soft, strong yet sustainable product made in Kawerau, Bay of Plenty. The only tissue manufacturer in the world that uses renewable energy in the form of geothermal steam in the paper making process.
Because Robert Harris, or “Bob” to his friends, was never one to follow the herd. A community-minded entrepreneur, he was one of the founding fathers of fresh coffee in New Zealand. In the back room of his small delicatessen, he crafted perfect coffee blends with his daughter Zelda by his side. He was constantly tinkering and experimenting with his blends, carefully recording his customers’ favourites in his ‘book of blends’.
Established in 1961, in Nelson, Sealord is half owned by the Maori people of New Zealand, through Moana New Zealand (Aotearoa Fisheries Ltd), and half owned by global seafood company Nippon Suisan Kaisha, Ltd (Nissui). With fishing operations in New Zealand and Australia we are one of the largest seafood companies in the Southern Hemisphere. With more than 50 years of fishing experience, we are passionate about bringing quality seafood to our customers in New Zealand and around the world.
This little pig is from the South Island.We make Sauvignon Blanc from the Awatere Valley. We went on a mission to make crazy good bold, fresh, fruit-driven wines – ideally to be enjoyed with some crackin’ food, hip tunes and great people. We didn’t hesitate to explore Central Otago to find grapes that make rugged, extreme Pinot Noir, and back up to Marlborough for some extraordinary Pinot Gris. And then came Rosé from a blend of our favourite vineyards. Yummo! But don’t take our word for it.
Tasti began in 1932 after two friends created a crystallised ginger that caught the attention of Auckland’s bakers. Tasti’s innovative spirit continued over decades, and remains today.
Tip Top is New Zealand's favourite and most award-winning ice cream, creating delicious ice cream in New Zealand for more than 80 years and counting. We combine the supply of fresh milk and cream, expertise in quality, production and innovation to share our ice cream creations with people around New Zealand.
Over 60 years ago, Tiny Moore, a Blenheim inventor, developed a baked dog biscuit to fuel even the hardest working farm dogs. To test his invention for investors he took a sack, a steak, one of his biscuits and with the help of a few hungry farm dogs, Moore demonstrated the appeal of his new product. Moore covered the steak and the biscuit with a sack, the dogs sniffed around and headed straight to the biscuit! This was the moment TUX was born. TUX has been fuelling kiwi dogs, big or small since 1954 and is still produced today by a dedicated team of dog lovers at the TUX factory in Marton.
The truth is we have always been a little bit crazy about honey. So when we discovered that in 1839 a pioneer woman named Mary arrived on kiwi shores not with the usual dainty accoutrements of the English immigrant but instead with two beehives, we knew we’d found our hero – and the inspiration for our new Mānuka honey brand.
Westgold’s home is on West Coast of New Zealand’s South Island. A remote area known for its rugged coastline, towering mountains, fresh air, and pouring rain.It’s also the perfect place to make the finest dairy products. Nature just happens to have created the lushest, greenest pastures you could ever wish to farm. And that’s what we have been doing, for over 125 years.
Making good honest chocolate for over 100 years, the Whittakers’ family business has grown to become a much loved and widely trusted New Zealand brand. For the Whittaker family, being a stickler for quality chocolate is embedded into their DNA. This is reflected in their use of only the finest ingredients, the very best methods and the most precise machinery.