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Our Artisans

Taste of the Alps, Lake Wanaka


Tineke-Maree Sutton at Taste of the Alps is the chef, owner and operator. The picking, gathering, foraging and growing of the produce for the natural preserves falls solely in her capable hands. Based in Wanaka, Taste of the Alps is inspired by the alpine climate and abundant seasonal offerings that the Central Otago fruits basket has to offer. Tineke emphasizes that her preserves are not just to be enjoyed on a cheese platter, but to get creative and add them to jus, glaze on BBQ meat, dollop on the pavlova and fold through plain yoghurt for a dressing. 

 

 

 

 

OCHO Chocolate Company, Dunedin

OCHO founder Liz Rowe started making chocolate back in 2013. She loved chocolate, but was curious about where it came from. From kitchen-bench experiments she grew a successful boutique business. Fast forward five years and OCHO was sold to more than 3,000 small investors. This broad base of NZ community ownership were table stakes in ensuring fair pay and fair working conditions for their bean suppliers. OCHO beans are sourced from the Pacific Islands and hand sorted before being roasted, ground, tempered and wrapped with craft philosophies at heart. This craft chocolate is delicious, healthy and sustainable. Good for the growers, makers, and eaters alike. 

 

 

 

Gathered Game, Southland

Gathered Game is a family artisan producer based in Southland that handcrafts premium wild venison salami and deer sticks, naturally cured the traditional old fashioned way. The authentic curing process is a fine craftsmanship that takes time, expertise and dedication. With a passion for natural ingredients, Gathered Game’s products are wild organic with no artificial additives. You can even trace the exact details and location of the specific wild deer of which the salami was made. 

 

 

Te Mata Figs, Havelock North

Te Mata Figs is a family owned, organically certified fig grower and award winning fig manufacturer, established from a passion to grow amazing figs in the warm Mediterranean type climate of Hawke’s Bay. With 30 varieties of fresh figs and produce there is a wide range of fig products at The Figgery near Havelock North. Te Mata Figs have a strong commitment to sustainability throughout, including fig growing, production and packaging. 

 

 

 

 

 

Little Beauties, Nelson 

Back in 2010 the Wastney family started drying feijoas from their family orchard in sunny Nelson, looking to send this treasure to friends and family abroad who longed for a taste of home. Motivated by the positive feedback from family, locals and visitors they launched Little Beauties with a mission to share the joy of our distinct Aotearoa fruits with the world. As a family the Wastneys aim to create and add value to the unique fruits and share them with the world. In time other favourites were added to their range including the deliciously sweet Gold Kiwifruit and Superfood Boysenberries. 

 

 

 

Telegraph Hill, Hawke's Bay

Telegraph Hill is a family business.  It started its humble beginnings in the home kitchen making table olives. Since starting out in 2001 Telegraph Hill has been producing award winning olives, olive oil and hand crafting innovative condiments, sauces and drizzles. "From the hills surrounding Hawke's bay (where their olives grow), to the colours of the sunrise and the flavourful foods that nourish and sustain our bodies. “Telegraph Hill is my inspiration for making life better" says Geoff Crawford (Owner).

 

 

 

Seed Craft Crackers, Auckland

Seed started around 4 years ago, Rachel was following a gluten free diet and the thought of eating another rice cracker had her searching for an alternative. There was a gap in the market for a cracker that was not only gluten free, but that actually tasted great and that is how Seed began. Rachel started baking the crackers for herself and her partner Aaron suggested she start selling the crackers at the markets...just as a fun experiment! They were such a hit that they decided to try and get into their first local store. Fast forward 4 years and Seed has grown to a team of 7 bakers, hand rolling and baking our delicious crackers. These are some Crafty little Crackers, bursting with 5 Seeds and a sprinkle of fancy pink salt, they pack quite a crunch and a delicious seedy flavour that's famously addictive. The perfect companion to your cheeseboard.    

 

 

 

 Robbies Pickles and Preserves, Gore

Robbie’s is a small but passionate family team based in Gore. They started making pickles and preserves when Mr and Mrs Pickles had a surprise baby and Josie yearned for the morsels she grew up with. With full creative freedom, Josie focused on creating healthier products through methods and ingredients with a strong understanding of differing dietary requirements. Fast forward five years and they are achieving their goal of creating genuine and authentic recipes to fulfill the desire for pickles and preserves just like our grandparents made. 

 

 

 

Bennetto Natural Foods Co, Christchurch

Bennetto Natural Foods was established by Lucy Bennetto in 2010 in Christchurch. Wanting to experience firsthand the importance of sourcing ethical, Fairtrade cacao beans, Lucy travelled to the Dominican Republic. Seeing this process was imperative to cementing Bennettos values and understanding their impact on the world. Careful consideration is paid to people, animals and our planet, and at every step Bennetto look at ways to minimise their footprint. With a flare for innovation, Lucy is constantly creating original flavours and ways to enjoy all things natural and edible without anything added that really shouldn’t be there. Natural-creative-deliciousness always takes high priority at Bennetto. 

 

 Mahoe Farmhouse Cheese, Northland

Mahoe cheesery was established by Anna and Bob Rosevear in 1986 in the beautiful Bay of Islands. Mahoe remains a proud family business; their son Tim tends to the small herd of 60 Friesan-cross cows and sons Jesse and Jake, alongside Dutch cheesemaker Tony, work in the adjoining cheesery. Dedicated to constantly improving techniques and recipes, you can look forward to an ever-evolving assortment of Mahoe Cheese products.