Outstanding New Zealand products every foodie should know about

NZ Life & Leisure is very proud to celebrate people who create beautiful food. Here’s a list of some fantastic New Zealand artisan food producers you should be adding to your shopping cart.

To those who put such heart, soul and sinew into enterprise, we salute you. We’re inspired by your innovation and stand in awe of the challenges you meet face-to-face to overcome setbacks. Entrepreneurial farmers, breeders, orchardists, growers, foragers, fermenters, bakers, makers and preservers open our eyes to opportunity.

You bring wealth and work to the country and we celebrate your success in the Outstanding NZ Food Producer Awards. Your products are the best in their fields – there to be savoured and devoured with pride. Enjoy.

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At the Drunken Nanny we believe that happy goats make happy milk. Free-ranging four-legged ladies gladly roam the family fields in Martinborough, providing the finest milk which is processed in a small creamery on site. With two golds and two silvers gathered in this year’s awards, and a product range including cheeses Lemony Lush, Dill-Lush, Fresh Lush as well as Goat Milk Kefir and Pasteurised Goat Milk, our products cater to the zesty, tarty, creamy cravings in us all. Visit us at thedrunkennanny.co.nz

Clevedon Buffalo Co. make cheese and yoghurt with milk from their own herd of milking buffalo. Marinated buffalo cheese won Supreme Champion award and they won a gold medal for the chilli and lime variant. These sublime cheeses are available at leading stores, supermarkets, Moore Wilson, Farro Fresh and Clevedon Farmers Market.

Over the Moon Dairy’s Sue Arthur believes there are no excuses for making boring cheese. Their unique hand-crafted buffalo milk Volcano won gold at this year’s awards. Their innovative range of cheeses are found in quality delicatessens all over the country – including their factory tasting room in Putaruru and flagship store in Cambridge. Visit overthemoondairy.co.nz or @overthemoondairy

For five generations the Vosper family, of Cleavedale Farms in Matamata, have used traditional processes to produce the best-quality, natural organic milk from their single-source A2 Jersey herd. There’s no milk blending or over-processing, just full-flavoured milk that’s full of goodness, and tastes like milk should. For stockists and vending machines, visit jerseygirlorganics.co.nz

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Turk’s are proud to serve you and your family our new corn-fed free range Sriracha Chilli & Lime Butterflied chicken, winner of the NZ Life & Leisure Spirit of NZ award. Judges described this champion product as mouth-wateringly delicious with an innovative approach that tastes great with clean, fresh flavours. Enjoy the rich taste experience of Turk’s award-winning chicken now. Available at select supermarkets. Visit turks.co.nz

Homegrown Farm Fresh Meats offers New Zealanders the chance to buy premium lamb online direct from the producers, Dion and Ali. They are this year’s Paddock Champions with their divine marbled Charollais gourmet half and whole lamb boxes. Guaranteed for consistency of flavour and texture throughout the year. Visit homegrownfarmfreshmeats.co.nz

Dad’s Pies recently launched their Gourmet Craft Range. With its all-natural ingredients, no MSG, no added preservatives and it’s all-butter pastry, their Beef Bourguignon with Mustard Cheddar has earned a silver award. This hand-crafted family meal really lives up to its name and can be found at your local Farro Fresh stores. Visit dadspies.co.nz

Know your farmer, know your butcher, love your food. That’s our motto and our girls are a special breed – a Romney Texel cross with a Charollais persuasion. They are raised on a farm with blocks in Wellington and Wairarapa under the care of Dion and Ali Kilmister, processed at Taylor Preston’s and crafted to specific cuts by the master butchers in Preston’s talented team. Exclusively from Preston’s Master Butchers, prestonsmasterbutchers.co.nz

Molly Woppy

Molly Woppy has launched the Handmade Artisan Cookie Range to freshen up the indulgent sector in the NZ grocery market, baking delicious homestyle cookies for those who don’t always have the time.
Look out for their six delicious flavours in all good food and specialty stores. For more information, contact sales@mollywoppy.co.nz

Barker’s Fruit Compotes are award-winning preserved fruit toppers perfect for breakfast, baking and dessert dishes. Made with 65 per cent whole fruit, these compotes help you enjoy fruits out of season and come in delicious flavour blends packaged in a no-mess, pour-and-store pouch.
Find them alongside canned fruits in your local supermarket. RRP $5.99, barkers.co.nz

Jenny’s Kitchen create multi award-winning Tamarind Chutneys. Combining the intriguing taste of tamarind with a selection of spices produces a truly unique chutney with amazing flavour depth. Warming and rich, it’s deliciously addictive with everything. Once a Waiheke Island secret, and now available around the country.
See jennyskitchen.co.nz for stockists.

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Kiwi Crush is a delicious, functional fruit drink that helps keep your digestive system regular and healthy (it helps you go!). Snap-frozen to lock in the natural goodness of green kiwifruit, only the skin and seeds are removed. Find it in the frozen berry section of your local supermarket. Visit kiwicrush.co.nz

Ghiotto is a family-run bakery which specializes in authentic Italian pasticceria such as Amaretti, Biscotti and Torta. We are particularly proud of our gold-medal winning Amaretti Morbidi range. These gluten-free Sicilian specialties can be purchased at La Cigale and the Clevedon Farmers Market. Italian Tradition. Made in New Zealand. Visit ghiotto.co.nz

Forty Thieves is a boutique, natural, nut butter producer from the Hibiscus Coast. Owners Shyr and Brent are thrilled to receive a gold medal for their Salted Macadamia made with NZ spray-free macadamias and real Canadian maple syrup. Try the range including 100% Almond Butter, available at Farro Fresh and selected New Worlds. Visit fortythieves.co.nz

Traditional Country Preserves has, for more than 25 years, produced sustainable, handcrafted, gourmet, gluten-free chutneys, jams and sauces. Gold-medal winning Sugar-Free Plum Conserve is part of our natural sugar-free range. Available at Marlborough Farmers’ Market, where many ingredients are sourced, also The Gourmet Collection, Vines Village, Blenheim or admin@countrypreserves.co.nz

I Love Baking cookies are shaking things up in the biscuit aisle. Twenty per cent of the sweetness comes from dates and they don’t contain any nasties like palm oil. The Munchy Choc Chip (silver medal) variety is available in supermarkets and gourmet food stores nationwide, along with Ginger Ninja (Highly Commended), and Manuka Honey Muesli and Coconut Choc Chunk. Visit ilovefoodco.com

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Dr. Feelgood pops are frozen treats that are better for you – and the planet. With no refined sugars, gluten, preservatives, E numbers, stabilizers or colourings, we like to say they contain, “Nothing weird whatsoever.” Compostable packaging and big flavour make for a guilt-free treat. Visit drfeelgood.co.nz

Ludbrook House is a leading producer of artisan food in Northland. Our orchard supplies us in abundance with luscious figs and juicy limes. Ludbrook House Fig Conserve and Ludbrook House Lime Syrup with Chilli are highly recommended in this year’s awards. Find our products in specialty food stores and delicatessens nationwide. Visit finefoods.co.nz

Harraways Oat-activ ® offers a natural double action to help lower blood cholesterol. This new single-serve oat mix works by added plant sterols combining with the beta-glucan (contained in oats). This combination helps to block blood-cholesterol absorption. Check out the science behind this breakfast at harraways.co.nz or Harraways’ Facebook or Instagram pages. Available at participating New World and Pak N Save stores.

The Whole Mix brings you a winning mix of fresh salads and sides that are nutritious and tasty for on the go. Products include the champion Spiralised Vegetable Noodle range (Zucchini, Butternut and Kumara Noodles and Noodle Medley) as well as Grab & Go salads, side salads and Potato ‘n’ Gravy. Visit thewholemix.co.nz

At Blue Frog Breakfast we love breaking the rules – who said we can’t put kumara in breakfast cereal? It’s one of our best-selling products. This crisp, golden sensory delight has moreish clusters of nuts and seeds, bound together with Kaipara kumara and warming spices. Perfect for snacking anytime. Available at all good stores nationwide. Visit bluefrogbreakfast.co.nz

Proper Crisps present their award-winning Garden Medley of New Zealand root vegetables seasoned with Marlborough Sea Salt. They use chioggia beetroot with its hint of earthiness and candy-cane stripes, balanced against the sweetness of carrot and distinctive kumara and parsnip flavours. Available at supermarkets nationwide, or online at propercrisps.co.nz

Forage & Ferment is an exciting new Clevedon-based fermentary using natural wild fermentation to produce award-winning sauerkraut and kimchi, rich in probiotics and nutrients. The Wild Kraut range includes Turmeric & Marigold, Beetroot & Nasturtium, Coriander & Dandelion, as well as Lemon, Dill & Kawakawa. Good gut-health never tasted so delicious! Visit forageandferment.co.nz



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