A principled approach
Ceres Organics is a respected organic food brand punching above its weight. Locally, it’s the most recognised name in organics. Carolyn Enting tracks the beautiful progress of this trail-blazing company.
The first seeds of Ceres Organics were planted at a biodynamic and organic fresh produce stall at Michael Park School market in 1982.
This was the vision of mother-of-two Juliet Lamont who had been living in Germany where she’d had access to organic and biodynamic produce.
When she moved to New Zealand in the early ’80s she was shocked to discover that even spray-free fruit and vegetables were not readily available in grocery stores and decided to do something about it. The word spread and soon Lamont set up a co-op out of her garage. By 1984, the co-op had grown so much that the Ellerslie store, which still operates today, was opened.
It was the first organic food store in New Zealand and was given the name Ceres after the Roman goddess of harvest, agriculture and civilisation. In 1985, Ceres Organics, as it is known today, was born.
Fast forward more than 35 years and Ceres Organics is a household name, its leaf logo instantly recognisable as a seal of quality that can be trusted. It has grown from a small collective of like-minded visionaries in those early years (that included founders and current directors Noel Josephson and Rodnie Whitlock) to a company that now offers more than 3000 products across the organics food category.
Eat well To make this Red and Green Salad, above, and, below, Black Rice Pudding and many more delicous recipes, head to ceres.co.nz