Students go into business with sorbet
College students are heading for market with their newly developed fruit sorbets.
Waihi College and Paeroa College students have been working together to make the products from scratch, and plan to release the finished product in store on October 27.
The Grapefruit & Paeroa sorbet and L&P sorbet will go on sale at L&P Cafe, Bar & Brasserie in Paeroa.
Pacific Coast Technical Institute director Mark Hellyer said about 10 Waihi College students had been collecting and juicing grapefruit and lemons, blending the fruit to get the sugar content just right.
The juice was then made into sorbet by about 10 Paeroa College food academy students.
‘‘They’ve literally had to go from gate right through to service to plate, so it’s a pretty cool little project,’’ he said.
Paeroa College principal Doug Black said it was an authentic project with a link to the community.
‘‘We couldn’t do it by ourselves, we need support from industry professionals,’’ he said.
‘‘You have for our kids the understanding about how to go about producing commercial products and that should serve them well in the future as they go on and up. That’s what we’re really looking for.’’
Hellyer said it took between 40 and 50 attempts for students to get the flavour of the sorbet just right for sale.
Students had also worked hard to create branding for the sorbet and market the product.
They had also calculated how much product was needed to meet demand and had worked out the cost of producing it.
Students had agreed to supply 50ml pottles of sorbet to the cafe for one month. It was expected 50 litres of sorbet would be sold in the first two weeks.
Hellyer said they hoped to continue the programme in the future to keep a good supply of sorbet in store.
‘‘We’ve got capacity here to be able to produce what they need,’’ he said.
Students had worked hard on the project, with some students working in the holidays, he said.
The programme is an initiative between the colleges, Pacific Coast Technical Institute, Hauraki District Council and local industries.
Hellyer said proceeds from the sale of the sorbet would likely go to charity.