Manawatu Represented in the New Zealand Food Awards Finalists

Manawatu has shown it’s not only the heart of food science but is also the home of some nifty food companies.
Three companies from the region across three award categories have been named as finalists in the New Zealand Food Awards.

The Whole Mix Co. – Finalists in the Massey University Health and Well-being category and also in the James & Wells Business Innovation Award category.

Based in Marton and owned by Speirs Foods, The WHOLE MIX CO. are an inspired group of talented foodies collaborating on a range of fantastic food to go. Their outlook is simple: they refuse to compromise when it comes to health, quality and taste, and aim to cater to time-poor individuals and families who share their values.

Their food is authentic and made with care by sustainable minds. THE WHOLE MIX CO. are proud to be 100% Kiwi, and their extensive range of Grab & Go salads and sides are freshly sourced from New Zealand’s pristine rural surroundings and beyond.

The product range that caught the eye of the judges consists of THE WHOLE MIX spiralised vegetable noodles, including their Butternut, Kumara, Medley and Zucchini options.


Turk’s Poultry FarmFinalists in the James & Wells Business Innovation Award category

 Located in the Horowhenua, TURK’S are proud to serve your family deliciously tender, juicy corn-fed and free range chicken with a rich, buttery flavour; its golden colour reflecting the goodness of sun ripened corn that all their chickens are raised on in line with the finest European tradition.

The family-owned business proudly raises corn-fed and corn-fed free range chickens on select farms in the Horowhenua.


The judges were impressed by their exceptional range of chicken products, including their corn-fed free range  Whole Chicken, Roast in Bag Chicken, Chicken Nibbles and Butterflied Chicken with either Filipino Pinoy BBQ or Sriracha Chilli and Lime.

The Crafted and Co. – Finalists in the Chilled/Short Shelf Life Award, In Association With Eagle Protect category

The Crafted and Co. is a partnership between a group of obsessive foodies, including Bread Bakers, a nationally recognised Cake Decorator, Passionate Chefs and Event Planners.

With a fully customised and high spec catering trailers, The Crafted and Co. can provide any style of food for up to 300 people at a private event or far more in a food truck style setting. Specialising in high-quality wholesome food they aim to provide high quality and tasty food customised by the client.

Crafted and Co.’s Fig and Walnut Loaf was a hit with the judges, and it is well worth tracking down one of their food trucks to try for yourself.

Finalists of the New Zealand Food Awards 2018 Announced

Finalists for the 2018 New Zealand Food Awards have been announced and include a range of products new to grocery shelves, including Pāmu deer milk powder, Ōra King TYEE salmon from New Zealand King Salmon and cultured vegan butter from Savour Ltd.

The awards, now in their 32nd year, showcase the best New Zealand has to offer in the food and beverage industry and celebrate the creative innovations from Kiwi food and beverage manufacturers, from artisanal products through to large-scale companies.

Sixty-seven products from 54 companies are finalists this year, across 11 categories including Artisan, Novel Food or Beverage and Business Innovation. One of the category winners will be announced as the Massey University Supreme Award winner, at the Gala Dinner in Auckland in October. The Gala Dinner is always a wonderful event and tickets can be purchased here.

Massey University Vice-Chancellor Professor Jan Thomas says the University is extremely proud of the role the awards have had in showcasing excellence and innovation in food and beverage production for the past three decades.

“We know New Zealanders are regarded as world leaders in this sphere and it is right that we remind ourselves each year just how extraordinarily talented and creative the people in our food sector are – and celebrate their achievements,” Professor Thomas says.

FoodHQ is pleased to be a partner of the New Zealand Food Awards and CEO Dr. Abby Thompson was invited to discuss the finalists for the Non-Alcoholic Beverages Award which is presented in association with FoodHQ.
There were a number of exciting entries in the category and FoodHQ as the category sponsor is pleased to announce that the three finalists selected are The Apple Press with their premium apple juice, WNS Group with their long life lactose free milk and Aunt Jeans Dairy featuring a light milk.