Supplier Showcase 2016 Product Participants

The 2016 Supplier Showcase participants were:

Hutt Valley/Petone/Wainuiomata

Baylands Brewery, Nikki Carmichael, Petone

Launched in May 2013, Baylands Brewery is the passion of Aidan Styles, Nikki Carmichael and Steve Young.

When they aren’t helping at the brewery, Steve works full time at a power company and Nikki works full time in communications and marketing.

Aidan has always been one of those kiwi blokes who like to tinker in the garage on different projects. After tinkering with race cars, then hunting, then tramping, he started tinkering with making home brew beer. His passion quickly expanded and the area set aside for his hobby got bigger and bigger. The space for the cars quickly ran out as more and more pots and fridges arrived. More and more friends wanted to drink his homebrew and it started getting really really popular.

In November 2012 we converted one side of the garage into a commercial brewery. We ordered a brew kit from China that would fit in the garage.

We had been solely producing kegs until we made our put our Enforcer Black IPA and Woodrow’s Veto IPA into cans. We started a bottle range in August 2015.

Bees Blessing, Jo Donnelly, Upper Hutt

Kau Whero Farm is our 22-hectare piece of paradise in Mangaroa Valley, northeast of Wellington. Aside from Jo, Ian, Em & the bees the farm is home to our beloved red poll cows (kau whero), ducks, chooks, pigs, Mr Stripey the cat, Rosie the lamb and Boy the (very naughty) dog. Often there are other WWOOFers too.

You won’t find any “numbers” in our ingredient lists—it’s short and sweet—JUST FOOD.

We’ve kept bees for over 30 years now, so we know a thing or two about honey’s sweet benefits—it’s a delicious, nutritious alternative to cane sugar, and our chief ingredient.

We choose organically grown produce from New Zealand wherever possible and brew in small batches with NO additives, preservatives or ‘fillers’ (like water)—so each bottle contains deep, concentrated flavour that goes wayyy further.

Our cordial recipes are all Bees Blessing originals, sometimes based on a traditional favourite (like Lemon, Honey & Ginger, Cider Vinegar & Honey or Elderflower) and sometimes delightfully unexpected (like Mulled Lemon & Honey, Lemon & Thyme or Strawberry cordial).

Products at the Showcase: New product samples for a salad dressing range.

Kereru Brewing Company, Chris Mills, Upper Hutt

Kereru beers are made exclusively from New Zealand malt, hops, water, and other local treats. Owners Chris Mills and Natasha Dahlberg are originally from the US. The craft beer culture they found in Wellington encouraged the hobby brewers to start a fully-fledged business.

Kereru Brewing opened in 2010 with branding and recipes developed in the couple’s home in Silverstream in the Hutt Valley. In 2013, business had expanded enough for a move to larger premises and an 18,000 litre brewery was fitted out in the former Feltex factory building in Upper Hutt.

New products at the Showcase: Karengose – briney and tart – a North German wheat beer produced using a purple sea lettuce (Karengo fronds) from Kaikoura.

Panhead Custom Ales, Acky Aspros, Upper Hutt

Here at Panhead Custom Ales we apply every bit of our skill, creativity and impeccable taste to the business of brewing great craft beer.

Totara Cottage, Christine Stopforth, Lower Hutt

Totara Cottage is an artisan producer and wholesaler of home made, delicious gourmet baking.  Our products are hand made, cooked to order and taste just like home baking should, with a dash of innovation to make us stand out from the crowd.

We supply to specialist food stores, gift companies, corporates, food service and other retail outlets throughout New Zealand.

Zany Zeus, Meropi Matsis, Lower Hutt

Zany Zeus is a boutique cheese making operation which specialises in handcrafted cheeses. It is a family operation which utilises traditional open vat techniques for cheese manufacture.

Porirua and Mana

Whittaker’s Chocolate, Caitlin Attenburrow, Porirua

Whittaker’s was founded in 1896 by James Henry Whittaker when he started making chocolate in his Christchurch home in Addington. James moved to Porirua in 1969 where 100% of the company’s products are made today.

The company is currently owned by Andrew and Brian Whittaker, James Henrys grandsons, and aims to make world-class chocolate. It controls the whole manufacturing process from bean to bar to ensure quality.

New at the Showcase: The company is looking to develop new ideas with its chocolate pips product and sante bars and is on the lookout for innovate chefs and coffee companies. It will be bringing a range of product to the showcase.

Wellington and suburbs

Asian Food Republic Limited, Tania Siladi, Wellington

A boutique company with a fresh modern approach to Asian flavours

Products at the Showcase: A selected range to chefs and restaurants offered in bulk quantities making products unique and cost effective for use in VWOAP.

The company is also looking at the possibility of developing a product to create a special product co-branded for individual chefs or establishments.

Carrello del Gelato, Nathan Meyer, Wellington CBD

Carrello del Gelato is New Zealand’s leading gelato company having won numerous awards and supplying the best restaurants and cafes across the country.

New products at the Showcase: A range of new flavours.

Choice Bros Brewing Co, Kerry Gray, Wellington

Choice Bros Brewing is a gypsy brewing project based in Wellington. Inspired by the new wave of experimental brewers emerging out of Europe, Scandinavia and locally, founder and head brewer, Kerry Gray, started pushing his brewing to the limits from the very start.

Earnest & Almighty, Morgan Allen-West, Wellington

Earnest – Every day we take fresh fruit and vegetables and turn them into healthy cold-pressed juices, nutritious salads and delicious raw treats.

Fix and Fogg, Roman Jewell, Te Aro

In additional to our Super Crunchy and Smooth peanut butters, we’ll also be showcasing our new Smoke and Fire and Dark Chocolate peanut butters. We are an artisan peanut butter maker in Wellington.

Garage Project, Hannah White, Aro Valley

With it’s brewery in an old petrol station in Aro Valley, Garage Project prides itself on its skill of creating unlikely, unique and beautiful beers. The Garage Project team like pushing boundaries reinterpreting styles and challenging the notions of what beer can be.

Products at the Showcase:  The latest from their range of over 100 different beers produced since the brewery was founded.

Gelissimo Gelato Ltd, Joe Graham, Wellington

An established company producing gelato ice cream, some savoury inspired flavours, some more traditional, but all worth trying.

New products at the Showcase: Gelissimo will be bringing examples of flavours inspired and made in conjunction with chefs from across Wellington in the past 12 months.

Harrington’s Smallgoods, Peter Doile, Miramar

The company has had a proud history as a premium supplier of top quality handcrafted small goods products primarily to fine dining restaurants as well as some specialist retailers.

More recently, Harringtons has expanded its business to include finest quality gourmet meat cuts. All our fresh cuts are supplied vacuum packed for extra freshness.

Harringtons is New Zealand’s exclusive purveyor of Waimarino Free Range Pork to the restaurant trade in New Zealand. This fine product is also exported to Singapore and sold retail in New Zealand as Dr Rene’s Eco-Pork.

We also offer you premium quality fresh cuts of Texel lamb from Wharekauhau Country Estate and our retail stores at Miramar and Otaki supply a range of other fine meats and delicatessen items.

House of Dumplings, Vicky Ha, Te Aro

House of Dumplings is not only an expert in hand crafting dumplings, but also provides a sensational sensory experience to customers.

Products at the Showcase: Bringing its latest available range.

Meat Direct, Vic Brown, Wellington

Welcome to Meat Direct; your online butcher, where you can purchase the freshest possible quality meat, chicken and seafood.

Having worked as a farmer for 20 years with the opportunity to enjoy the taste of fresh meat I realised that city people were missing out! In 1998 we established Meat Direct with the aim of providing the freshest possible meat, chicken and fish products at a reasonable price to our customers.

We are continually sourcing new products and are able to courier throughout New Zealand and overseas for some products. New Zealanders based overseas are now able to enjoy New Zealand lamb and other products through Meat Direct. New Zealanders overseas are also using Meat Direct to deliver meat packs to family and friends at home.

Moana Pacific Fisheries, Richard Evans, Wellington

We are passionate about supplying Wellington and the Lower North Island the freshest seafood form our Wellington buisness. We supply retail through our stores inside Moore Wilson Fresh and foodservice from our central Wellington-based factory.

We promote as much local product as possible from boats on the Kapiti Coast and the Wairarapa. We can also draw on species predominantly found elsewhere from our factories in Chatham Islands (Blue Cod), Auckland (Snapper) and West Coast (Gurnard).

Product at the Showcase: Day caught local product

Pandoro, Neville Thompson, Wellington

At Pandoro we are a dedicated bakery product solution provider to the Food Service Industry as well as a specialist boutique retail bakery.

We produce primarily specialty breads and non-yeasted sourdoughs that are all additive free, GM free and made to a premium standard using traditional artisan methods.

We offer a wide variety of bread products which are baked fresh daily then delivered seven mornings a week.

We also offer a range of traditional and contemporary cake and pastry products as part of our commitment to being a one-stop shop solution provider.

ParrotDog, Wattie Watson, Wellington

Beginning at the beginning; there were two characters named Matt who were just really into nice beer.

After a spell of sampling various craft beer styles together one Wellington summer, the duo became inspired to try and make beer that tasted good; like the ones they were drinking.

So it goes; they got to homebrewing out of the basement of their dingy Aro Valley flat and it was surprising – they could produce a fairly drinkable beverage.

On a student budget, and after joining forces to share costs, they started developing what would become the first commercial ParrotDog beer recipe – an India Pale Ale.

With a third Matt added into the mix, ParrotDog produce a range of just. real. nice beer.

Preston’s Master Butcher, Tania Thomas, Te Aro

With family associations and connections through the supply chain, Preston’s offers an comprehensive range of meat and meat products, crafted to defined specifications. Our master butchers are skilled in producing the perfect cuts of meat for your needs. Preston’s supply a full and extensive range of offal. If its meat, we can supply!

Preston’s Select Lamb is Preston’s new Lamb Brand. Preston’s Select Lamb come from selected New Zealand farmers, farms of lush green grass, pastures ideal for nurturing lamb. Lamb is almost exclusively free-range pasture fed, and is farmed by certified farmers who comply with Taylor Preston’s Export grade standards from New Zealand’s greater central region.

Wellington’s finest Meat Supplier; supplying meat and meat products to the greater Wellington region for over 110 years.

PureWei, Gina Jin, Wellington

With an unique understanding and mastery of the traditional patisserie, we introduce new flavours inspired by different cultures. Purewei fully embodies the spirit of modern patisserie through our creativity. Unlike others, our personal touch features in our creations.

The love and passion of patisserie that drove us to share our creations with customers.

This is just the beginning……

Ritual Tea Company, Katie Smith, Wellington

Tea is a ritual. It is a tradition and an everyday fixture. Taking time out to prepare and enjoy a cup of tea should be a relief and an escape.

In Eastern cultures, tea ceremonies have an ancient and important role in society. In modern times, drinking tea is a healthy way to unwind and recharge.

Tea is a ritual to be savoured and kept sacred. Preparing and serving tea is a ritual to bond over. Drinking tea provides a time for reflection.

When there is noise and clutter around you, find sanctuary in tea.

Rutherford & Meyer, Wellington

Rutherford & Meyer is a small and dedicated team of foodies who are passionate about creating gourmet products that enhance the lives of our customers. The product range has grown considerably and now includes Fruit Pastes, Gourmet Wafers, Gluten Free Rice Wafers, Waferbites, Honey Plus and Frubees.

We are passionate about creating innovative gourmet food products. Today Rutherford & Meyer are a thriving export company with markets in Australia, North America, Asia & Europe as well as at home.

Steel Press Cider, Sean Manning, Wellington

The company’s signature varieties – Brew Bee and Brew Dry – are made in the traditional English way, with nothing added but apples, and select New Zealand ingredients such as the honey that gives the Brew Bee varieties their sweetness. They won’t deliver the denatured sweetness of supermarket-bought, made-from-concentrate cider, but they will give you a refreshing, thirst-quenching hit of the compex flavours and distinctive apple aroma of cider brewed in the traditional way.

Te Aro Brewing Co, Karl Hayes, Wellington

The Te Aro Brewing Co is a small batch brewery in the heart of Wellington city.

Yellow Brick Road, Martin Bosley, Wellington

Yellow Brick Road’s fish is predominantly long-line caught on day-boats. Fish are landed live, ike-jime killed, placed into slurry, packed, processed, and to your restaurant within 24-36 hours of leaving the boat. I am happy to supply details on who caught your fish, when and how. Most of this information is available on the box in which it is delivered.

Wellington Chocolate Factory, Miriam Ramos, Wellington CBD

Wellington Chocolate Factory make organic, ethically traded, bean to bar chocolate of the highest quality.

Products at the Showcase: Bringing its latest available flavour range and favourites.

Wooden Spoon Boutique Freezery, Sharon Galeon, Miramar

Founded in Wellington in 2011, Wooden Spoon Boutique Freezery makes small batch, hand-crafted ice creams using high quality, local and seasonal ingredients.

New products at the Showcase: The Corn Star, ice cream cookie sandwich – a cereal-milk stout ice cream sandwiched between two cornflake cookies, produced at last year’s Beervana with  Garage Project. The company has had a huge response to this relatively new product.

Their ice cream flavours with unexpected twists are: chocolate and sea salt, Ca Phe Da (Vietnamese ice coffee) made with Peoples Coffee, and Smokey Pokey (caramel and sea salt with chocolate covered hokey pokey).

Zelati Gelato and Sorbet, Alberto Tuason, Tawa

Zelati produces gelato and sorbet and has been collaborating and working with chefs and restaurateurs on new, creative and bold ideas.

New products at the Showcase: The company has been trialling new flavour pairings, using herbs, spices and tropical ingredients. It’s developing a non-dairy range featuring new sorbet and coconut-based flavours.

Kapiti Coast / Horowhenua

Arahi Beverages, David Wilson, Kapiti

Arahi is a range of sophisticated gourmet juices with social character and a depth of flavour rarely achieved with the absence of alcohol.

Our secret is a combination of cold-pressed, unfermented, super-premium New Zealand wine grapes in the hands of our contemporary beverage makers.

Baxter’s Original, Scott Baxter, Kapiti

All Natural Sauces and Dairy Free Ice Cream

Baxter’s Original is a family run business in New Zealand. We are located on the Kapiti Coast. This whole idea started as our family had so many different food allergies, it seemed as far as condiments went there wasn’t anything store bought we could have. They were all full of gluten, colouring, preservatives with strange numbers, and you would have to go home and look up what the heck they were. Why do they have to put so many random chemicals in there? So I made up hypoallergenic sauces that everybody could have, that are all natural, and taste even better than what you can get in stores.

We then saw our 3 year old son missing out on ice cream while we were out and about because he was dairy free. So I started making coconut based dairy free ice cream that was gluten free. Not just boring flavours, the REAL fun flavours! It was an instant hit with everyone so much, we decided to expand on it into the public with our sauce line as well.

Country Treats, Craig Cameron, Horowhenua

Horowhenua Freeze Dry strives to be “New Zealand’s best solution and quality driven Freeze Drying service provider”.

Horowhenua Freeze Dry was established in 2011 when Craig and Diane were looking at the best way to dry chestnuts for their range of chestnut products, which are marketed under their trading name ‘Country Treats’.

When not being used to freeze dry products for Country Treats, Horowhenua Freeze Dry, is able to undertake contract Freeze Drying.

Genoese Foods Ltd, Kelly Taylor Chapman, Levin

Genoese is a family-owned and operated business manufacturing premium Pesto’s from fresh herbs and all natural ingredients.

Products at the Showcase: New products for new ideas and inspiration for winter menus including Pronto Pesto and also preservative free Fresh Basil Chunky Pesto.

Kapiti Olive Oil, Helen Walshaw, Te Horo

David and Helen Walshaw’s 2,300 olive trees are nestled amongst the productive Te Horo market garden area on the Kapiti Coast.

We have a mix of Italian, Spanish, and Greek olive trees which gives us a wonderful variety of olive tastes. From these olives we produce two blends a year; usually one a full fruity and more robust oil and the second a mild fruity and smooth oil. Both blends have proved to be gold medal winners over the past decade including Best in Class and Best in Show (Olives New Zealand Awards).

We aim to maintain the highest ethical standards in every part of the olive oil process from tree management, harvesting, pressing, blending, bottling, labelling and selling. Because we are personally hands-on at every step of the way we know that we are delivering the highest quality oil possible.

Over the years our grove has been the focal point for many olive growers’ field days where knowledge is shared both locally and nationally. David has been active in leading the local growers’ network and on the national executive of Olives New Zealand.

KOAST Limoncello (Bite Holdings),  Ingrid Chew, Paraparaumu

A New Zealand family-owned business handcrafting Limoncello on the Kapiti Coast.  The company uses New Zealand produce to manufacture their Limoncello and it is 100% natural, preservative and additive free.

New products at the Showcase: New release, Orangecello. Also favourite products Lemon Limoncello and Lemon Cream Limoncello.

Prana Greens, Mayatiita Southerwood, Te Horo

There is something incredibly interesting about the core “protein” within fresh greens. The green chlorophyll in living greens is the most immediate and most readily absorbed resource of the necessary goodness to maintain our own blood health; and to note the magnesium gained through eating the chlorophyll in living greens helps to maintain emotional health!

Mayatiita in Te Horo has an amazing array of fresh organic Microgreens available. Available for either weekly or fortnightly delivery – you can buy a mini edible garden for $20, which is picked on the day of delivery and have it dropped to your door!

Microgreen varieties include:
Kale, Basil, Coriander, Radish, Cress, Pea shoots, Mustard Greens and Rocket

Tuatara Brewing Ltd, Paul Brown, Paraparaumu

We seek to brew balanced beers that interpret classic styles with kiwi ingredients which inevitably leads to beers that match outstandingly well with food likely to be: sour beer, and barrel aged beer.

Tuatara is dedicated to saving the world from the tyranny of bad beer, with outstanding kiwi interpretations of classic styles. Tuatara kicked off the craft revolution in Wellington and continues to pave the way!


Cabernet Foods, Brent Murphy, Wairarapa

Cabernet Foods is New Zealand’s most versatile meat supplier. With our own livestock buyers, nursery farms, processing plants, refrigerated delivery vehicles and dedicated sales teams we are uniquely able to respond to our customers’ needs.

Cabernet Foods delivers the meat of 100,000 sheep, 10,000 cattle, 40,000 pigs and sundry other animals to distributors, meat processors and retailers throughout New Zealand annually. Our relationships with individual farmers, processors and retailers, and with butchery managers in the nation’s largest supermarkets, allows us to tailor the end product precisely to the consumer’s requirements.

Cocodeli, Glenys Almao, Greytown

Cocodeli drizzles have been created to enhance any dish and are produced from organic coconut sugars, organic spices and New Zealand fruit juice and fruit oils.

Products at the Showcase: A range of products which are constantly being developed.

Greytown Olives Limited, Julie Winder, Greytown

A family-owned boutique producer of olives and now saffron. Greytown Olives uses sustainable horticultural practices to ensure that the company produces extra virgin olive oil and saffron which meet international quality standards.

New products at the Showcase: A new product line: New Zealand Saffron.  It is unlikely that there are any other commercial producers in the region.

Greytown Gold Extra Virgin Olive Oil Estate Blend (Gold Medal), Greytown Gold Extra Virgin Olive Oil Koroneiki Single Varietal (Bronze Medal). The company will provide recipes which show its products can be used in dishes for all courses, baking and in gin.

Kingsmeade Cheese, Miles King, Masterton

Kingsmeade started out making ewe’s milk cheeses with milk sourced from Miles and Janet King’s own flock of East Friesian sheep. They now make a broad range of supreme ewe and cow’s milk cheeses on their farm.

Kingsmeade won The Supreme Award at the 2014 MiNDFOOD Producer Awards and were also awarded the Best Sustainable Producer Award for the second year in a row.

Products at the Showcase: New and established favourites from the range which includes Gouda, Havarti, Manchego, Halloumi and Emmental.

Longbush Free Range Pork, Naya Brandenburg, Wairarapa

Longbush Free Range Pork is a premium pork supplier. We raise pigs ethically and sustainably on our farm in the Longbush valley of the Wairarapa. We supply primals, whole, and half pig carcasses for restaurants, butchers, and small goods producers.

Lot Eight Olive Oil, Nalini Baruch, Martinborough

Olive Oil maker and owner of Lot Eight Nalini Baruch has been producing commercially for over 12 years and is committed to delivering wholesome local ingredients which have 100% traceability.

New products at the Showcase:  Two new cold pressed fragrant oils, Harissa (spicy) and Aromatic (sweet). Lot Eight is the first olive oil company to make these unique blends of cold pressed fragrant oils in New Zealand along the same lines as its already popular citrus olive oil.

Marmalada, Sally Duckworth, Wairarapa

Marmalada provides quality, hand crafted marmalades that are cleverly spiced to compliment a range of foods.  These marmalades won gold and silver awards at the 2014 World Marmalade Championships in the United Kingdom.

Products at the Showcase: Bringing Marmalada’s latest available range.

Mela Juice/Bacchus Artisan Beverages, Brian Belluomini, Greytown

We press our apples at the ol’ Mela shed in Greytown. In 2004 my father-in-law Andrew Wright converted his fruit packing shed into an apple press, kick-starting Mela. It remains a 100% local enterprise with only New Zealand-grown apples going into our juice. We only press fresh Wairarapa and Hawkes Bay beaut’s, with the specific varieties being Braeburn, Granny Smith, Pacific Rose and Royal Gala.

We don’t add enzymes or fillers—just the juice and a touch of vitamin C. Apple juice is apple juice, but each variety spins a unique story in your mind. These bottles contain apples that may remind you of Richard Scarry, Johnny Appleseed, William Tell or your favourite teacher. Twist the lid, turn the page and come along for an adventure with Mela’s special variety juices.

Products at the Showcase: As our juice products work great in the front of house, our 100% naturally fermented cider vinegar works great in the kitchen. Logan Brown loves it!!! We will also have an oak aged version available this year. It is very mellow and really amazing in a vinaigrette. Mela will be offering our 50/50 pure pear and pure apple juice in a 330ml glass bottle. We are also in the development of 2 new vegetable and apple mixed juices, again available in 330ml glass. Very secret stuff!!

Olivo, Helen Meehan, Martinborough

Olivo is the oldest commercial olive grove in the Wairarapa. It was planted by Robin and Ian Lockie in 1991 and first started producing awarding winning extra virgin olive oil in 2001. The Lockies were pioneers of the olive industry in the Wairarapa and New Zealand.

We – Helen and John Meehan – bought Olivo in May 2003 and have extended it to 1200 olive trees; the main cultivars are Barnea, Manzanillo, Leccino, Frantoio and Koroneiki.

Our intent is to create innovative and top quality oils that pair with excellent food and the good wines that Martinborough produces – oils that are boutique, artisan and gorgeous. We want you to enjoy and experiment with them as much as we do.

Salute, Travis Clive-Griffin, Greytown

Travis brings a range of products inspired by the menu of his Greytown restaurant, Salute.

The Clareville Bakery, Michael Kloeg, Clareville

Mike and Rose Kloeg opened The Clareville Bakery just outside Carterton in August 2013. Creating food they love and sharing it with those of the same passion is the reason for its existence.

Fresh produce, artisanal craftsmanship and hard work is the recipe for the delicious food the Clareville Bakery is famous for.

Each handcrafted loaf is created using quality ingredients, time honored methods, long fermentation and is baked on the stone hearth of the oven. We don’t use any preservatives or additives in our bread.

The Drunken Nanny, Amanda Goodman, Martinborough

Launched in December 2015. Sixteen kilometres south of Martinborough, Amanda and Lindsey Goodman’s rolling farm is home to a growing herd of gorgeous dairy goats, whose milk goes into making The Drunken Nanny’s sublime farmhouse cheeses.

The Prodigal Daughter, Rachel Priestley, Wairarapa

Prodigal Daughter products taste so good because of top quality ingredients and the way they are made. Handpicked olives are preserved naturally in salt and water, pastas made only with superior hard durum wheat flour are the best artisan-produced pastas brought into New Zealand, sun-dried tomatoes are hand-picked and cut then dried in the warm southern Italian sun. “As for my truffle products, well, truffles are aphrodisiacal so enjoy!” Truffle oils are synthetic and not made of real truffle, all my truffle products are made with real white truffles, summer truffles, or bianchetto Italian truffles including the famous to New Zealand: TLC: Truffled Lard Cream.