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.

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