Fantastic New Zealand food and drink products to add to your supermarket trolley

NZ Life & Leisure is proud to celebrate the people who create beautiful food.  Every foodie should know about these outstanding artisan food and drink producers, all medal winners at the Outstanding New Zealand Food Producer Awards.


Neat Meat

Our HARMONY range of Taupō beef is ethically produced by Taupō Beef & Lamb Collective, working with regulation experts and research scientists to develop sustainable farming methods that respond to the unique requirements of the region. Lake Taupō is one of New Zealand’s most important landmarks. Taupō Beef & Lamb has designed a system of land, pasture, and animal care that ensures this beautiful place remains pristine for all to enjoy — today and tomorrow.

Premium Game

Premium Game are proud suppliers of award-winning wild game meat which has been harvested and processed in the most natural way. With a passion for field-to-plate food experiences, they strive to deliver premium quality, sustainably sourced meat for chefs and foodies alike. Available at selected supermarkets and specialty stores nationwide.

CH’I Source

Smooth is the word everyone, including the judges, use to describe the water that was the original source for CH’I Drinks. This is not just another water. It is bottled at its source near Auckland and has natural alkalinity with the pH tested at 9.7 — one of the highest naturally occurring pH levels for bottled water.


CH’I Ginger Crunch

Show us a café that does not offer a ginger crunch! CH’I’s clever people built their hand-crafted ginger extracts into a delicious drinkable version of New Zealand’s favourite café treat. Sweet and spicy but with only 7g sugar per 100ml — that’s 33 per cent less than a regular soft drink.

Forage & Ferment

Wild Kefir Soda from Forage & Ferment is a living soda for a new way of living. A sparkling probiotic beverage that’s alive, unpasteurized, low-sugar and small batch fermented using water kefir cultures and the best ingredients from Mother Earth. Available in two award-winning flavours: Ginger Root & Berry Blush

Anabelle Fine Fresh Cheeses

A boutique cheesemaker based in Auckland, Anabelle sources premium milk from small local farms and transforms it into wholesome, 100 per cent natural quality dairy products. Her cheeses are made from sheep, goat or cow milk according to seasonal availability. All recipes are French-inspired, including the award-winning Sheep Fromage Frais.

Whitestone Cheese

Windsor Blue, a 2020 gold medal winner, was first crafted in Whitestone Cheese’s Ōamaru factory in 2005. It is now Whitestone’s flagship cheese and an original world-class champion blue. Whitestone developed their own unique blue mould culture with a sweet finish, smooth and creamy with a soft buttery texture — the blue cheese converter for many. Buy online or join our cheese club at

PURE New Zealand Ice Cream

We believe in purity, sustainability and provenance — meaning all our flavours are intense and original. We use all-natural, carefully selected ingredients, from New Zealand’s finest berries to local mānuka honey. You can be sure that only the best produce available is used to handcraft your serve of PURE indulgence.

The Damson Collection

We craft antipasti and condiments from damson plums grown sustainably in the Heretaunga Plains. Our Spicy Ketchup (which won a silver medal) is delicious on homemade burgers, chips and meats, and also makes an amazing marinade for your BBQ. We also make “The World’s Best Fruit Liqueur”.

Kaimai Range Honey

New Zealand’s most-awarded honey company is based in the Kaimai Ranges. Producing superior raw cold-creamed specialty honey from some of the country’s most pristine wild places. Our passion for what we do and attention to detail is key to providing the best honey from our family to yours.
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Lovingly fermented in the Waikato using spray-free produce from local growers. GoodBugs bring you two deliciously unique, award-winning kimchi products packed with probiotics and just the right amount of heat. Find GoodBugs’ Sauerkraut, Kimchi & Zesta Fermented Pesto at farmers’ markets, local retailers or shop online. Spend $45 for free delivery.


Sharing the authentic flavours and colourful heritage of Lebanese cuisine with Kiwis is something Kohkoz Real Lebanese Cuisine has always been passionate about. The award-winning Kohkoz range includes Traditional Hummus, Smoky Baba Ghanoush, Golden Falafel, Lebanese Pita Bread and For the Love of Garlic — a smooth, creamy traditional Lebanese  garlic dip. See for stockists.

Martinborough Jelly Co

Our hand-crafted, small batch jellies are made from hand-selected pinot noir grapes from our boutique vineyard in Martinborough. Each pottle is identified by the vineyard row numbers. Our jelly is a perfect accompaniment to your cheese platter, meats and sweets. Instagram / martinboroughjellyco

Forty Thieves

Forty Thieves is an honest health-food business crafting delicious, nutrient-rich nut butters in sunny Stanmore Bay. During the lockdown, co-owners Shyr and Brent were thrilled to receive four new medals including a Gold for their Chai Spiced Almond with Fruit Pieces at the 2020 Outstanding Food Producers Awards. Available in New World and Pak’nSave stores across NZ or online at:

Greytown Honey

Nestled in the Wairarapa, our family operation is busy creating honey from the creamiest clover to exquisite mānuka and everything in-between. We’ve spent five generations getting honey to perfection and our awards speak for themselves. Try our award-winning products online and take advantage of our 20% off for NZ Life & Leisure readers.

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